Guatemala Highlights

7 days from $2,495*
  • Journey back in time on a private tour of Tikal National Park.
  • Enjoy the tropical birds, howler monkeys, and temple pyramids of Yaxha National Park.
  • Walk through the rainforest canopy on a series of cable bridges.
  • Mingle with the locals at the native markets in Chichicastenango.
  • Expertly selected hotels.
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Wipe the sweat from your brow as you climb to the top of ancient Tikal ruins deep in the steamy Guatemalan jungle and proudly claim your reward of panoramic views over the rainforest canopy.

Here in Flores you’ll encounter this important Mayan settlement that dates back to 700 B.C. and survived as a thriving metropolis for 1,500 years. Now shrouded in deep jungle, howler monkeys climb amongst the vines and their distinctive calls echo around the eerie ancient ruins. Elsewhere in this incredible country, you’ll trek to reflective lakes and slumbering volcanoes in Atitlan; learn about the ancient rituals and mysticism of the local tribes people; and explore the colonial sites of charming Antigua – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

From behind-the-scenes peeks at ruined cathedrals to meeting artisans at vibrant local markets and hiking to secret waterfalls, your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will be at your side to ensure you get the most out of the many experiences this trip has to offer. And you’ll have ample time to rest and recharge at your collection of luxury accommodation that spans Spanish villas, peaceful village hotels and beautiful natural retreats. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Guatemala City to Antigua
    Guatemala City to Antigua
    • Meet and Greet
    • Guatemala City - Antigua - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Antigua
    Antigua
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking tour - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Antigua to Lake Atitlan
    Antigua to Lake Atitlan
    • Tour - Private - Chichicastenango Market Day Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Lake Atitlan to Antigua
    Lake Atitlan to Antigua
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hike & Canopy Tour at Reserva Atitlan - Guide
    • Lake Atitlan - Antigua - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Guatemala City to Flores
    Guatemala City to Flores
    • Transfer - Airport/hotel - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Guatemala City - Flores [Direct (0.5 hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Airport/Villa Maya - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Yaxha Sunset Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Flores
    Flores
    • Tour - Private - 3/4 Day Tikal Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Flores
    Flores
    • Transfer - Airport/Villa Maya - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Flores - Guatemala City [Direct (50 min)] - Economy
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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Day 1: Guatemala City - Antigua

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

Transfer to Antigua by private vehicle and professional English-speaking driver.

Accommodation: Villa Colonial

Like many of the hotels in Antigua, the Spanish influence is still obvious in the Villa Colonial. An old, quaint ambiance surrounds this 50 room hotel, where traditional decor and modern necessities ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay. Enjoy an array of fresh fruits and juices at breakfast, along with other staples for a satisfying start to the day. Be sure to try the nearby restaurants to have a taste of the region's specialties firsthand. Lounge in the courtyard, mingle with other guests, or simply take in these beautiful surroundings. Villa Colonial is located 5 minutes away from Antigua's beautiful main plaza, surrounded by coffee plantations, three majestic volcanoes and colonial ruins and churches.

Antigua
Antigua
Villa Colonial
Villa Colonial

Day 2: Antigua

You will be met at your hotel reception by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural & historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals. Entrances are included to the Iglesia San Francisco (church), the Cathedral, Central Park and La Merced Church.

This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide. If you wish to visit other monuments you will need to pay the entrances directly. At the end of the tour your guide can accompany you back to your hotel or take you to a place of your choosing.

Accommodation: Villa Colonial
Iglesia in Antigua
Iglesia in Antigua

Day 3: Antigua - Lake Atitlan

The Chichicastenango Market tour includes a visit to the famous Maya market. This service will drive you from your hotel to Chichicastenango (2.5hrs) where you will enjoy free time to enjoy the market. 

Along the way, pass through the central highland region and see the local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives - working in the fields, collecting firewood, traveling between markets, selling their wares. Upon arrival at Chichicastenango your guide will take you to explore this famous market both the local areas of the fruit & vegetables & everyday items as well as the craft area where you can find endless variety of beautiful textile, wooden & ceramic crafts. You can also visit the famous St Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform Maya rituals within the Catholic church - demonstrating the interesting way the two faiths have combined in recent times. You can also hike up the hill to the Pascaul Abaj ritual site to see if any local shaman are performing rituals and/or to the cemetery on the outskirts of town. Return to your hotel in Antigua after the end of the tour.

This tour departs on Thursdays and Sundays only.

Accommodation: Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s finest and most charming boutique hotels surrounded by Botanical Gardens. The hotel is situated 10 minutes from the main town of Panajachel on what once was the estate of a family owned coffee plantation. It is wonderfully decorated with wood hand-carved furnishing combined with ornate ceramic tiles. The design and décor reflect the elegant Spanish colonial style of an 18th century Guatemalan plantation. Outside, amidst meticulously cultivated Botanical Gardens abundant with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas. Floors are made from traditional tile and covered with beautifully hand-woven area rugs. Hotel Atitlan is designed to be a relaxing home away from home for discriminating travellers in search of a truly unique travel experience.

Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan

Day 4: Lake Atitlan - Antigua

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private guide. Here, you will enjoy a moderate hike in the tropical forest with enchanting waterfalls and bridges. The reserve contains a variety of interesting plants and animals, including monkeys, the raccoon-like coatis and exotic birds, such as Guatemala's national bird, the quetzal. The Nature reserve also has an enclosed butterfly preserve with a breeding laboratory with approximately 200 living specimens of nearly 20 species of native Guatemala butterflies. Later, if you are in for a bit more adventure, end your hike with an exciting canopy tour. During the canopy tour you will have to hike uphill for approximately 30 minuts on a steep trail, however, are rewarded with lovely views of the lake whilst on the canopy ride of which the longest cable is over 200 meters.

Pick up from your hotel in Atitlan and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Antigua with a professional English-speaking driver..

Accommodation: Villa Colonial
Atitlan Reserve
Atitlan Reserve

Day 5: Guatemala City - Flores

Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.

Enjoy a short flight from Guatemala City to Flores.

Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer with your driver and guide to Yaxha National Park. Enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited, Mayan ceremonial site. Set atop a hill overlooking two scenic lakes this is a particularly picturesque site. Temple 216 in the East Acropolis towers above the site and provides magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. At sunset, enjoy sunset snacks and wine at the shore of Lake Yaxha and cruise the lagoon in a small vessel before returning to your hotel in the evening.

Accommodation: Villa Maya

A haven of wildlife and nature's secrets, the Villa Maya sits on the shores of Petenchel and Monifata about 45 minutes from the Tikal National Park, the hotel is located in a vast natural private reserve, and the shores of Petenchel and Monifata lagoos, where a wide variety of birds inhabit, as well as unique flowers and trees. The huge private reserve plays host to the villa's 56 rooms, which are designed to offer the most modern living conditions while still keeping to the rustic, pleasant side of adventure getaways. This means there are no televisions or phones in the rooms. Friendly service goes hand in hand with tasty local and international dishes utilizing ingredients from the region. This beautiful environment features monkeys, deer, birds and insects of all sorts, for guests are practically left to play in the jungle. Roam the lagoons, swim in the pool, and simply discover Villa Maya.

Flores
Flores
Villa Maya
Villa Maya

Day 6: 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 Jaguar Inn hotel or for an extra supplement, a luxury picnic lunch can be arranged inside the Tikal Site itself. After lunch, explore the museum before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Villa Maya
Tikal National Park
Tikal National Park

Day 7: Flores

Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.

Take a domestic flight from Flores to Guatemala City. Approximate duration is 50 minutes.

Accommodation:
Guatemala City
Guatemala City
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.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • 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.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Villa Colonial: Antigua

Like many of the hotels in Antigua, the Spanish influence is still obvious in the Villa Colonial. An old, quaint ambiance surrounds this 50 room hotel, where traditional decor and modern necessities ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay. Enjoy an array of fresh fruits and juices at breakfast, along with other staples for a satisfying start to the day. Be sure to try the nearby restaurants to have a taste of the region's specialties firsthand. Lounge in the courtyard, mingle with other guests, or simply take in these beautiful surroundings. Villa Colonial is located 5 minutes away from Antigua's beautiful main plaza, surrounded by coffee plantations, three majestic volcanoes and colonial ruins and churches.

Villa Colonial
Villa Colonial

Hotel Atitlan: Lake Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s finest and most charming boutique hotels surrounded by Botanical Gardens. The hotel is situated 10 minutes from the main town of Panajachel on what once was the estate of a family owned coffee plantation. It is wonderfully decorated with wood hand-carved furnishing combined with ornate ceramic tiles. The design and décor reflect the elegant Spanish colonial style of an 18th century Guatemalan plantation. Outside, amidst meticulously cultivated Botanical Gardens abundant with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas. Floors are made from traditional tile and covered with beautifully hand-woven area rugs. Hotel Atitlan is designed to be a relaxing home away from home for discriminating travellers in search of a truly unique travel experience.

Hotel Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan

Villa Maya: Flores

A haven of wildlife and nature's secrets, the Villa Maya sits on the shores of Petenchel and Monifata about 45 minutes from the Tikal National Park, the hotel is located in a vast natural private reserve, and the shores of Petenchel and Monifata lagoos, where a wide variety of birds inhabit, as well as unique flowers and trees. The huge private reserve plays host to the villa's 56 rooms, which are designed to offer the most modern living conditions while still keeping to the rustic, pleasant side of adventure getaways. This means there are no televisions or phones in the rooms. Friendly service goes hand in hand with tasty local and international dishes utilizing ingredients from the region. This beautiful environment features monkeys, deer, birds and insects of all sorts, for guests are practically left to play in the jungle. Roam the lagoons, swim in the pool, and simply discover Villa Maya.

Villa Maya
Villa Maya
Villa Maya
Villa Maya
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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    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

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  • 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.

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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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