10 days from $6,950*
  • Snorkel or dive alongside spectacular whale sharks.
  • Zip-line alongside monkeys and birds in the rainforest canopy.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal National Park.
  • Learn how to make tortillas and grow coffee at the Maya Museum.
  • Spend nights in luxurious Francis Ford Coppola properties.
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Opulently exotic, this luxury tour of Guatemala & Belize is a fusion of Mayan ruins, jungle safaris, beaches & exclusive Francis Ford Coppola retreats. With cocktails atop a temple, horse rides, zip-lining, jaguar sanctuary, 5* cuisine & more. Sites include Lake Peten Itza, Ixpanpajul, Yaxha, Tikal, Xuanantunich, Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge, Placencia & Cockscomb.

It’s easy to see why these other-worldly Mayan sites inspired the greatest filmmaker of the 20th century, and this tour will help you see the rare beauty of this haunting place through his eyes. Dating as far back as the 4th century B.C., marvel at the tremendous Caana pyramid that soars 140 feet above the jungle floor and is capped by three temples. Take in the views of the Maya Mountains and fertile Belize River valley from the palaces at Xuanantunich; snorkel the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef at Placencia; meet the howler monkeys of Ixpanpajul Nature Park; and enjoy sunset drinks atop a rainforest temple near Lake Yaxha.

If it’s possible to match the unbelievable beauty of Belize’s Mayan ruins, the stunning properties that make up this exclusive accommodation collection certainly do the job. Conceived by Francis Ford Coppola himself, you’ll stay in remote lake retreats, deluxe mountain villas and impeccably-designed beach resorts that belong in a glamorous Coppola film. And your knowledgeable private guides will relate the lesser-known stories and urban legends that surround the legendary filmmaker and his love affair with Belize. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Belize City to Flores
    Belize City to Flores
    • Meet and Greet
    • Belize City - Flores [Belize City Int'l Airport Direct (45 minutes)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Airport/La Lancha - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Flores
    Flores
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Ixpanpajul Canopy & Yaxha Sunset (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Flores
    Flores
    • Tour - Private - 3/4 Day Tikal Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Flores to Mountain Pine Ridge
    Flores to Mountain Pine Ridge
    • Flores - Mountain Pine Ridge [(Guatemala to Belize border crossing)] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Blancaneux Lodge Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Mountain Pine Ridge
    Mountain Pine Ridge
    • Tour - Shared - Xunantunich, Cahal Pech & Green Hills Butterfly Farm from Blancaneaux ( with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Mountain Pine Ridge
    Mountain Pine Ridge
    • Tour - Private - Caracol & Rio Frio Tour from Blancaneaux Lodge (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Mountain Pine Ridge to Placencia
    Mountain Pine Ridge to Placencia
    • Mountain Pine Ridge - Placencia [Turtle Inn (3.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Turtle Inn Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Placencia
    Placencia
    • Tour - Shared - Cockscomb Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Placencia
    Placencia
    • Whale Shark Snorkelling from Turtle Inn (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Placencia
    Placencia
    • Placencia - Belize City [Turtle Inn to Int'l Airport (BZE)] - Vehicle/Driver(1)
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Day 1: Belize City - Flores

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Enjoy a direct flight from the Belize International Airport to Flores, Guatemala.

Upon arrival to the airport you will be met and transferred to La Lancha.

Accommodation: La Lancha

Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá is La Lancha, a quaint, 10-room lodge decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as well as fabrics and carvings from Guatemala personally selected by the Coppola family. Beyond the clear water of the lake is Tikal, the epicenter of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins include more than 3,000 structures where moss clings to the steps of ancient temples and plazas. With its beautiful lakeshore setting, relaxed ambiance and close proximity to the lost world of Maya, La Lancha is an ideal destination to both enjoy a languid pace and explore the many adventures of the Petén region.

Flores
Flores
La Lancha
La Lancha

Day 2: Flores

Guests are picked up from their hotel and transferred to the Ixpanpajul Nature Park in the rainforest near the town of Flores. (1hr) At the park guests can choose between a Canopy walk Way trail or an exciting zip line adventure through the canopy. On either trip guests will be able to appreciate the local flora & fauna and hopefully see a variety of tropical wildlife. Guests then transfer with their driver and guide to Yaxha National Park (1hr) where they have lunch and enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited, atmospheric site. Guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this area which is rich with wildlife. Sunset drinks are then enjoyed at the end of the tour on top of the main temple with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby lake Yaxha. Guests then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark - perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way - and return to their hotel.

Accommodation: La Lancha
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Ixpanpajul Nature Park

Day 3: Flores

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred with your driver and guide to Tikal National Park. Here, enjoy a private guided tour of this fabulous site with huge temples rising up through the jungle canopy and a variety of tropical animals and birds on show. Observe the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals. Lunch is provided at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, explore the museum before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: La Lancha
Tikal National Park
Tikal National Park

Day 4: Flores - Mountain Pine Ridge

Meet your driver for a private transfer from La Lancha to Blancaneaux Lodge in Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize.

Experience the natural beauty surrounding Blancaneaux Lodge with a variety of different optional activities incuding horseback riding, nature hikes, swimming, biking and more! All activities are subject to an additional cost.

Accommodation: Blancaneaux Lodge

A Francis Ford Coppola Property. A marvelous taste of nature awaits those who visit Blancaneaux Lodge, in the Mountain Pine Ridge nature reserve near San Ignacio. The dreamchild of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, the lodge is broken up into deluxe villas and cabanas, each possessing a rustic air accompanied by rich furnishings and fabrics. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort hotel in Belize where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Mtn Pine Ridge
Mtn Pine Ridge
Blancaneaux Lodge
Blancaneaux Lodge

Day 5: Mountain Pine Ridge

You will begin with a tour of the famous sites of Xuanantunich, situated on the banks of the Mopan River. Xunantunich means " Stone Woman " in Mayan. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period ( 300-900 A.D ) with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The centre of the site is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. After lunch continue to the site at Cahal Pech " Place of the Ticks ", just outside the town of San Ignacio. This site center sits on the crest of a steep hill on the west bank of the Macal River and the central acropolis, approximately 900 feet above sea level, provides a commanding view of the Maya Mountains to the south and the fertile valley of the Belize River to the northeast. This center includes pyramid temples, palaces, and a ball court as well as five stelae and an altar (plain). The site shows a gradual architectural growth and indicates occupation likely running through the entire Classic Period. Then you will be transferred through the Cayo region to the Butterfly farm and Green Hills. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful butterfly sanctuary and learn about butterflies of this area.

Accommodation: Blancaneaux Lodge
Green Hills Butterfly
Green Hills Butterfly

Day 6: Mountain Pine Ridge

Transfer to Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, a 106,000 acre protected national park. In the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, many Belizeans were employed as timber cutters in this area and on our tour we will see testament to that history. Arrive at the beautiful Maya site of Caracol (which means The Snail), named by archeologists because they found numerous snails on site. The original name is Oxwitza which means the sky place. Caracol is the largest archeological site in Belize, covering 30 square miles in thick, high canopy jungle, and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings that have been identified. The loftiest among them, a massive pyramid (Caana) capped by 3 temples and rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor. Guests enjoy a private guided tour of the site with entrances and picnic lunch included. We then return to the hotel and on the way back guests can choose to stop and explore the Rio-on Pools and Rio Frio Caves if they wish.

Accommodation: Blancaneaux Lodge
Rio Frio Cave
Rio Frio Cave

Day 7: Mountain Pine Ridge - Placencia

Transfer to Turtle Inn by private vehicle and professional driver.

The Caribbean's largest barrier reef lies just offshore from Turtle Inn, offering snorkellers and divers a magnificent diversity of coral and marine life to explore. In addition, a number of easily accessible cayes (tiny islands) have their own reefs and underwater ecosystems, cementing Belize's reputation as one of the world's great underwater destinations.  Optional activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, fishing, cycling, sunset cruises and more! All activities are subject to an additional cost.

Accommodation: Turtle Inn

A Francis Ford Coppola Property. Turtle Inn is located between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village of Placencia at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. This 25-room seafront hideaway combines natural wonders with luxury style. Luxury Belize resort dwellings are in individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings and are naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition, the resort has two infinity swimming pools for your daily enjoyment. With its friendly, attentive staff, three restaurants, a rejuvenating spa and idyllic seafront setting, Turtle Inn is a perfect refuge for those seeking a truly relaxing and tranquil getaway.

Placencia
Placencia
Turtle Inn
Turtle Inn

Day 8: Placencia

Transfer from the hotel to the Cockscomb Nature Reserve where you begin with a nature hike looking for wildlife, discovering medicinal plants and learning about the park’s history and efforts to save the jaguar. After a picnic lunch (included) enjoy a refreshing tube-float downriver, enjoying the rainforest from a different perspective. Combine a visit to the Jaguar Preserve with a stop at the fascinating Maya Museum where you will learn about ancient and contemporary Maya culture. Your Maya hosts will show you how to make corn tortillas and how they grow  shade coffee and cacao. Your trip to the Maya Museum at the entrance to the Jaguar Preserve can also be combined with a night walk in the Jaguar Preserve.

Accommodation: Turtle Inn
Jaguar
Jaguar

Day 9: Placencia

Every year during the months of March, April, May & June, whale sharks migrate to an area off the beautiful shores of Placencia in Belize called the Gladden Split. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, and one of the largest creatures of the animal kingdom. Swimming with whale sharks is done with snorkeling gear. Whether diving or swimming with the gentle giants, whale sharks can be as close as a few feet away or even at touching distance. It is recommended to snorkel to look for whale sharks 2 Days before – 10 Days after full moon.

Accommodation: Turtle Inn
Whale Shark
Whale Shark

Day 10: Placencia

Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver from Turtle Inn to Belize City International Airport.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

La Lancha: Flores

Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá is La Lancha, a quaint, 10-room lodge decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as well as fabrics and carvings from Guatemala personally selected by the Coppola family. Beyond the clear water of the lake is Tikal, the epicenter of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins include more than 3,000 structures where moss clings to the steps of ancient temples and plazas. With its beautiful lakeshore setting, relaxed ambiance and close proximity to the lost world of Maya, La Lancha is an ideal destination to both enjoy a languid pace and explore the many adventures of the Petén region.

La Lancha
La Lancha

Blancaneaux Lodge: Mountain Pine Ridge

A Francis Ford Coppola Property. A marvelous taste of nature awaits those who visit Blancaneaux Lodge, in the Mountain Pine Ridge nature reserve near San Ignacio. The dreamchild of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, the lodge is broken up into deluxe villas and cabanas, each possessing a rustic air accompanied by rich furnishings and fabrics. Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury resort hotel in Belize where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Blancaneaux Lodge
Blancaneaux Lodge

Turtle Inn: Placencia

A Francis Ford Coppola Property. Turtle Inn is located between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village of Placencia at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. This 25-room seafront hideaway combines natural wonders with luxury style. Luxury Belize resort dwellings are in individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings and are naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition, the resort has two infinity swimming pools for your daily enjoyment. With its friendly, attentive staff, three restaurants, a rejuvenating spa and idyllic seafront setting, Turtle Inn is a perfect refuge for those seeking a truly relaxing and tranquil getaway.

Turtle Inn
Turtle Inn
Turtle Inn
Turtle Inn
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

  • Amy G. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    I've already passed on the name of my trip planner to friends that are looking to go to Costa Rica. Working with Brandi was invaluable.

  • Kristen E. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Everyone was amazing! We were able to do local activities with our tour guides and they were all very accommodating and great.

  • Margaret H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Beautiful hotels with very friendly helpful staff, and very passionate guides keen to show off their heritage to us, of which they are rightly proud. I think having higher end hotels pays off in terms of personal attention and there was nothing I would have changed. At the Turtle Inn we felt like part of a family which was pretty special. I'd do it all again!

  • Collin B. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Our trip went extremely well. Everything from pick-ups to transfers to accommodations and tours went as smooth as silk. Everybody was prompt and courteous and very friendly. Small changes while in country were happily accommodated. We would highly recommend Kensington Tours to our friends and family.

  • Doug N. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Thanks to all the in country staff for helping me to change one activity just a few days prior to the event. I would also recommend all of my guides, but especially Marcela in Monteverde and Barbara in Manuel Antonio.

  • Jeffrey B. — May 13, 2016 — Central America

    Nella Huaringa was wonderful. She took care of everything. I've already referred her to another client. All the people working for Kensington Tours were incredibly thoughtful, considerate, patient, helpful and really made our stay in Costa Rica exceptionally wonderful. We look forward to using Kensington Tours for all our future travel plans.

  • Alex P. — May 12, 2016 — Central America

    The Kensington experience exceeded our expectations and our trip to Costa Rica was just perfect. My wife, children and I had an amazing experience.

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