Family Guatemala
Who: Families

10 Days

From £3,505pp

Kate B is here to help give you the inside track.

Spend ten days on a luxury family adventure in one of Latin America's coolest countries, Guatemala. Visit the charming colonial city of Antigua, spend time at beautiful Lake Atitlan and explore the amazing Mayan ruins at Tikal, all with expert family-friendly guides.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • Get under the skin of Antigua Guatemala, once the capital city of Spanish-ruled Central America
  • Hike to the top of a volcano on the shores of Lake Atitlan
  • Explore the ancient Mayan complex at Tikal

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: International Flight

Your connecting flight from London to Guatemala City will take off mid-morning and land in Miami after nine-and-a-half-hour. Make sure to have the children's Sharky & George fun packs to hand, and iPads loaded with their favourite TV series.

After a short layover in Miami, you fly on the two-and-a-half-hours to Guatemala City. Once you have cleared customs and collected your luggage one of our team on the ground will meet you for the hour-long private transfer to Antigua (the city, not the island!) and your first hotel. As it will be fairly late in the day by this point, we have arranged a picnic supper for you and the children to eat in the car before you arrive at your hotel in the city that was once the capital of Spanish-ruled Central America. Once you arrive at your hotel, we recommend early nights all-round.

Day 2: City Tour

This morning your expert guide will meet you at your hotel for a private half-day walking tour of Antigua.

Keeping pace appropriate for the littlest legs, you will hear stories of Mayans and conquistadores, covering how the city was built by indigenous people and colonisers alike, before it was levelled and re-built after several earthquakes, and take in the Antigua Cathedral, the Merced Monastery & the San Francisco Monastery.

Our expert guides are pros at making things child-friendly, so they will tailor the tour to your interests. This afternoon, we recommend exploring the city on your own.

Additional Activities

  • Pacaya Volcano hike
  • Mountain biking
Day 3: Lake Atitlan

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your driver for the three-hour private transfer to your hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Once you've checked-in, the rest of the day is for setting in and exploring the area around the lake, where Maya customs and beliefs are strongly adhered to and residents of the tiny remote towns proudly wear traditional dress that distinguishes each town from the next.

Day 4: Kayaking

This morning you will set off from your hotel with your adventure guide and make your way down to the dock where you will hop into kayaks for a one- to two-hour (depending how much you would like to do) kayaking tour of the lake.

As you set out you will pass fishermen from the local Tzutujil tribe in their cayucos - small fishing canoes - and spot pelicans and other birds circling overhead. Once you've paddled to a nearby dock, you will hike to the top of the Cerro de Oro (the mythical Hill of Gold).

After your hike you will take a private boat transfer to San Juan, where you will meet indigenous women. During your visit to their workshop, you will be shown how they mix dyes from local plants before colouring the thread and weaving intricate textiles by hand. After visiting a local art-naif painter's workshop you will be privately transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5-6: Family Fun

The next two days are all about relaxing and having fun as a family. Lake Atitlan is the perfect spot for watersports, or you can take a picnic and explore the area on foot.

If you want something a little different, we can arrange a riding trip around the lake.

Day 7: Comalapa

Bright and early this morning you will be privately transferred from your hotel to Comalapa. The journey will take roughly one-and-a-quarter-hours.

Once you arrive, you will have the morning to explore the market and have lunch, before a private transfer to the airport in good time for your flight to Flores. After your hour-long flight, you will be privately transferred to your hotel, by which time it'll be just about supper time.

Day 8: Tikal Tour

This morning you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to Tikal, the site of an ancient Mayan city which was rediscovered deep in the jungle. With your expert guide - and keeping things family-friendly at all times - you will explore the site's 3,000 temples, ball courts, ceremonial platforms and piazzas.

Wherever you are on the site - craning your neck up at the 200ft tall pyramids or peering down from the tops of temples - your guide will keep you and the children rapt with stories of the people who lived in the middle of the jungle, and ball games that had rather more grizzly consequences than the average school hockey match.

Day 9: International Flight

This morning you will be privately transferred to Flores airport for the first leg of your journey home, a 45-minute flight back to Guatemala City, connecting on to Miami.

From here, you will catch an eight-and-a-half-hour overnight flight back to London.

Day 10: International Flight

Your flight will land mid-morning today.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£4,125pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£3,505pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

From

£4,950pp

Kate B is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.