These two fascinating Central American countries combine well, offering a blend of history, culture, nature and diving.
Guatemala is Central America in miniature and has everything from ancient Mayan ruins to tropical rainforests, colonial churches to Indian markets. Contrast this with the English speaking exuberant Caribbean-flavoured Belize, with its beaches and coral reefs.
In one holiday explore the colonial city of Antigua, the forest clad Mayan ruins of Tikal, the Blue Hole of Belize, plus all that both these small countries have to offer in between.
Day1: Fly to Guatemala City
Fly to Guatemala, arriving later the same day.
It is only a short drive to the former capital Antigua at the foot of Agua Volcano. Here you will stay in a restored 17th century monastery, Casa Santo Domingo, for three nights.
Located in the heart of historical Antigua, this enclave of understated ecclesial delight is one place not to be missed. Offering understated luxury and comfort without compromising its original features, a stay at Casa Santo Domingo is a unique and fascinating experience.
Days2-3: Discover the scenic, colonial city of Antigua
The ideal way to explore the city’s cobbled streets, with its pretty squares, ornate churches and colourful colonial buildings, is on foot. Intriguing alleyways and a multitude of shops, bars and cafés entice you to explore. The splendid surrounding scenery of the three towering volcanoes heightens the senses. Enjoy a half day guided tour.
Extend your stay and visit the Indian markets at Chichicastenango, a three and a half hour drive from Antigua. Alternatively head to Lake Atilan, often quoted as being one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Days4-5: Flores & the ancient Mayan city of Tikal
This morning you will transfer to the town of Flores, a short flight from Guatemala City and the springboard for exploring the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Spend two nights here at your chosen accommodation.
We recommend a stay at La Lancha Lodge or the boutique property of Bolontiku, which are set on the shores of beautiful Lake Petén and perfectly placed for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or swimming.
From here, enjoy a full day visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tikal, deep in the Guatemalan jungle.
Day6: Fly across the jungle to Belize City & continue to southern Belize
Take the short flight from Flores to Belize City this morning and transfer by road or flight to Dangriga or Placencia in the south of Belize. We suggest staying for seven nights at either Hamanasi Resort or Roberts Grove Inn.
Days7-12: Dive, relax or explore!
We recommend the reef and rainforest package at Hamanasi, allowing a mix of diving on the barrier reef, adventures in the rainforest or visiting one of the other local attractions such as the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve.
Day13: Transfer to Belize City & depart
Transfer back to Belize City by road and a short flight, connecting with your international flight back to the UK.
Day14: Arrive UK
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 daysfrom £3,295 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
5 nights in Guatemala (BB)
Full day trip to Tikal Park
7 nights in Belize (FB)
6 days diving, tanks & weights
All local transfers (flight/car)
The south of Belize is the least populated region of the country, and is characterised by pristine rainforest dotted with intruiging Mayan ruins, paradise tropical islands, beautiful beaches and idyllic cayes surrounded by pristine coral reefs.
Ideal for viewing: whale shark, bull shark, common dolphin, green turtle
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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A short flight away from Belize City, Hamanasi is a boutique resort nestled between lush mountains and the warm Caribbean Sea. Facilities include an infinity swimming pool, hammocks and a 19 kilometre stretch of beach.
This charming hacienda-style hotel is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Placencia Lagoon, and has its own on-site dive centre. Facilities include two freshwater pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre and a jacuzzi.