Itinerary Highlights
    • Discover Mayan mythology in Guatemala and on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
    • Travel in comfort to beautiful cities, tranquil lakes and vibrant villages
    • End your trip with a sublime seaside finale

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Guatemala is formed of epic volcanoes and Mayan mythology, while Mexico is an invitation to experience adventure and blissful relaxation in equal measure. The perfect blend of culture and coast, this 13-day Central American holiday is ideal for couples looking to experience the very best of both countries. Explore the charming colonial city of Antigua Guatemala before heading to Lake Atitlán, arguably the world’s most beautiful lake. On the way, visit the vibrant town of Chichicastenango with its bustling market providing a wonderful snapshot of Guatemalan life. Next, fly to Flores and explore the inspiring Mayan ruins of Tikal, then continue your cultural immersion in Tulum from your relaxing base in tranquil Tankah Bay on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast.
Offering beautiful accommodation, dramatic backdrops, world-class cuisine, authentic villages, museums and markets, spas and sea, this dynamic and delightful Central American adventure is seriously swoon worthy.


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After being whisked through check-in and security, enjoy some refreshments in the airport lounge before boarding your flight to Miami. The journey takes around ten hours, so it’s a good idea to have a book to hand. You’ll have a brief layover before flying on to pretty Guatemala City where a private chauffeur will be waiting to drive you to your luxury accommodation which will be your home for the next three nights. After settling into your comfortable room, stroll in the splendid gardens, go for a quick dip in the pool or indulge in a blissful treatment in the spa to unwind after your journey.

DAYS 2 & 3


Colourful cobblestone streets, picturesque venues, impressive architecture, local flavours, dreamy weather and surreal backdrops are on the agenda during this leg of your trip. Surrounded by volcano views, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua Guatemala is one of Central America’s oldest and most beautiful cities. It’s a fascinating mix of old and new, with ancient Mayan ruins and colonial-era buildings alongside modern shopping malls and trendy neighbourhoods. From the stunning National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology to the vibrant street art in the Cuatro Grados Norte district, there’s no shortage of attractions to explore. And for a culinary treat, we’ll reserve you a table for two at the famous fine-dining restaurant Quiltro.



Following a lazy lie in and a delicious hotel breakfast, your chauffeur will drive you to Solola, a two-hour-and-15-minute journey. This small town of the shores of Lake Atitlan is known for its stunning natural beauty, with mountainous terrain, lush forests and crystal-clear lakes. Twice a week, people from different indigenous communities travel to the village with their beans and maize to sell at the colourful market. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the stalls are treasure troves of traditional handicrafts, textiles, local food and other goods. Admire the sublime surroundings as you’re driven for a further one-hour-40-minutes around Lake Atitlan to your base for the next two nights. After taking in the panoramic views from the hotel’s terraces and your room, be sure to check out the restaurant, particularly the customary Guatemalan afternoon tea and tasty tortilla bar. Otherwise, there’s the infinity pool, spa, gym and – for active travellers – canoe trips on the lake itself.



Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is surrounded by three towering volcanoes and is home to numerous small villages, each with its own culture and traditions. Discover three of the Mayan communities located on its banks, including the terraced crops of San Antonio Palopo, the weavers of San Juan, and the coffee plantations of San Pedro. After a glorious half-day of boat rides, history and heritage, it’s back to the hotel’s sun loungers for a well-earned spot of R&R. Alternatively, culture vultures can take a leisurely stroll around Panajachel, which serves as the administrative centre of the region, where there are shops, bars and restaurants aplenty. Casa Cakchiquel, a meticulously restored hotel, houses an impressive exhibition of Guatemalan photography, while the 16th-century church of Saint Francis of Assisi will seduce architecture lovers.



After admiring the views of Lake Atitlan for the final time, your private chauffeur is on hand to drive you back to Guatemala City ahead of your short flight to Flores. The five-hour drive includes a fascinating stop at the highland town of Chichicastenango to see its world-famous market. Take in scenes of local Mayans wearing traditional dress, bold textiles piled high, and flower sellers lining the steps of San Tomas church. After browsing the stalls hand-in-hand, enjoy some delectable dishes prepared by a local chef. The flight time from Guatemala City to Flores is just one hour. Following your private transfer, settle in for two nights at Lake Petén Itza. Guatemala’s second-largest lake is a sparkling expanse at the heart of the hot, humid Petén Basin, and was one of the earliest cradles of Mesoamerican civilisation. Your hotel is tastefully furnished featuring romantic rooms that are private yet open to the elements. The restaurant is the perfect place to tuck into the distinct flavours of modern Mesoamerican cuisine, while the lake is a haven for water sports and lazing on jetties. Take a dip in the pool, go horse riding in the surroundings or enjoy a relaxing couples’ massage in the hotel grounds.



The ancient town of Flores – the last Mayan city to fall to the Spanish in 1697 – is an ideal base for exploring the lake and surrounding area. The lush rain forests at its fringe are home to numerous archaeological riches, including Tikal – one of the most important and impressive Mayan sites in the world. Enjoy a private guided tour of the ruins, which are located deep in the jungle, to learn about Tikal’s history and the daily life and customs of the Mayan people who lived there. Explore the large plaza with its two ancient temples and acropolises that were once the centre of Mayan civilisation and spot incredible jungle wildlife, including monkeys and toucans. Afterwards, the tour continues at the Morley Museum in Flores, which boasts an impressive range of artifacts and exhibits including pottery, jewellery and sculptures unearthed during early excavations of the royal tombs. It’s the perfect place to round off an unforgettable day of cultural immersion. Adventurers can also choose to visit the lost world of El Mirador by helicopter.



It’s time to bid goodbye to gorgeous Guatemala. You will be privately transferred to Flores airport for the one-hour-and-40-minute flight to Cancun, where you’ll be chauffeur driven to the beautiful and tranquil destination of Tankah Bay. Located on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, just south of Tulum, the bay is known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and lush tropical vegetation. Check in to your beachfront hotel for an idyllic three-night seaside stay and enjoy the views from the balcony of your cosy room before sampling the restaurant’s healthy international food. The hotel also boasts a top-notch wellness offering with a beautiful pool, a spa and morning yoga classes. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the warm Caribbean Sea or perfect the art of doing nothing by lazing on the secluded beach.

DAYS 9 & 10


With two days at your disposal, there’s enough time to sample the area’s pleasures as well as soaking up its incredible culture. Once you’ve had your fill of seaside hedonism, consider a day exploring Tulum, once a powerful rival of inland Chichen Itza. Dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the ancient ruins, including the Temple of the Frescoes and the castillo – formerly a lighthouse and lookout point – showcase the area’s rich history as well as it’s stunning natural beauty. The town itself is known for its vibrant arts scene and is home to several galleries as well as boutiques, restaurants and a lively street market selling a range of local handicrafts.

DAYS 11 & 12


It's time to bid farewell to Mexico. After a final morning to wander and snap up some souvenirs, your chauffeur will drive you to Cancun airport in good time for your direct flight home. The journey to the airport takes around one-and-a-half hours, after which you can make the most of the lounge facilities before boarding your nine-and-a-half-hour overnight flight, arriving in London the following day.

A la carte


Gain entrance to the art and archaeology collections on display in one of Antigua’s premier hotels with your ticket to Casa Santo Domingo. Stroll past artworks and artifacts spanning hundreds of years in the historic building turned luxury hotel before checking out its world-class spa. The museum highlights the architectural qualities and historical value of the convent, while a collection of colonial art brings colour to the old stones. Pre-Hispanic archaeology rooms and a contemporary art gallery add another dimension. As for the spa, expect professional service and a variety of treatments inspired by different traditions, both ancient and modern. The decadent cocoa treatments come highly recommended.


Known for its tasting menus, Quiltro has become the must-go restaurant for those seeking an exceptional gastronomic experience in Antigua Guatemala. There’s no better place to sample top-notch creative cuisine inspired by the country’s iconic ingredients and flavours in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere, whether for a quick lunch, or over seven courses and complementary fine wines in the evening.


Deep in the Mayan jungles of Petén lie the amazing ruins of El Mirador. Usually only accessible by a challenging five-day hike through the jungle, this scenic helicopter tour takes you all the way from Flores to this remote archaeological site and back in a day, with plenty of time left for a guided hike through the ancient pre-classic Mayan city. El Mirador, which flourished from the sixth century BC to the second century AD, features one of the most imposing pyramid structures ever built: La Danta – or the tapir. The temple rises 236ft from the forest floor and is thought to be the largest pyramid in the world. Explore this and miles of crumbling columns and constructions that have seemingly become part of the jungle as your guide takes you on a journey through time and Maya history. Then hop back into the helicopter for more breath-taking aerial views of the site as well as Lake Peten, Flores, and the exotic Maya rainforest.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £5,010 to £6,085 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £5,735 per person.
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