Fishing and farming villages emerged on Guatemala's Pacific coast as early as 2000 BC. They were the forerunners of the great Maya civilization that dominated Central America for centuries. By 250 AD, great temple cities were beginning to be built in the Guatemalan lowlands. Today, Guatemala is the most populous of the Central American republics and the only one largely indigenous in language and culture. Only about two-thirds of the country is populated with still large areas of unoccupied land. View more
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Explore the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive to La Antigua. Nestled in the shadow of the spectacular Agua Volcano, La Antigua was founded in 1543, and remains one of the best preserved colonial cities in Spanish America. The city features exquisite churches and convents, facades and a Main Plaza. Highlights include the beautiful, 16th-century Metropolitan Cathedral Metropolitana, stunning curves of the Palace of the Captains, and the Palacio del Noble Ayuntamiento, which houses the city's municipal offices and two museums; the Museo de Armas de Santiago and Museo del Libro Antiguo. At the very centre of the square is the impressive Fountain of the Sirens.
Upon arrival in La Antigua, proceed for a rum-tasting at Casa del Ron, where an expert bartender and rum connoisseur guide you through a tasting of two of Guatemala's, and the world's, finest rums. .
Lunch, Casa Santo Domingo and Jade Museum & Workshop
Next, take a guided stroll through the most famous Colonial city in Central America. Walk to Casa Santo Domingo and visit its Museums and Cultural Center. Lunch will be served at Casa Santo Domingo Restaurant. After lunch, your walk continues to the Jade Museum. Learn about and see some of the most famous and authentic Mayan treasures, including jewels, masks, sculptures and more. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 90-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and curbs. This tour is recommended for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket or sweater from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the Old World beauty, architecture and artefacts of the restored city of La Antigua during this memorable visit to Casa Santo Domingo. Spend time at your leisure inside the Casa Santo Domingo premises, and then proceed for lunch at the Casa Santo Domingo Hotel. After lunch, continue on to the Central Plaza, then visit a jade factory, museum, and shop to admire and browse the beautiful jewellery made from colourful jade.
Casa Santo Domingo
After Guatemala's Independence of 1821, the plots of land on which the convent and temple of Santo Domingo stood were divided and sold. Later, these plots were acquired by a company with a goal of rescuing the vestiges of the convent and temple, which were buried under tons of debris. The project was designated Casa Santo Domingo, and restoration of the area began in 1989.
Upon arrival at Casa Santo Domingo, explore the Guatemalan architecture dating from the 17th century during visits to the Cultural Centre at Santo Domingo. It houses the Chamber Theatre, the Carlos Merida Museum/Gallery of Modern Art, the Colonial Arts Museum, the Handicrafts Museum, and the interesting Glass Museum, which that compares modern glass pieces with Mayan art. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at Casa Santo Domingo Hotel Restaurant.
After lunch, continue on to the Central Plaza for a short visit and then visit a jade factory, museum and shop. Upon arrival, admire and browse the beautiful jewelry made from many colours of local jade.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 800 metres (about 875 yards) over uneven terrain and cobblestone streets, with stairs to negotiate to access sites, and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and curbs. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, sturdy walking shoes and sun protection.
Enjoy a half-day tour to Filadelfia Coffee Estate and learn about the coffee process from its beginning journey from plant to cup and enjoy a scenic drive by the highlights of La Antigua. Drive through lowland pastures, sugar plantations and cattle farms; passing between Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes, and unique landscapes.
Filadelfia Coffee Estate
The Filadelfia Coffee Estate is located in La Antigua Guatemala, in the central zone of the country, one of the best coffee producing regions in Guatemala. Guests will have the opportunity to experience two of the greatest coffee classifications, their aromas, body, acidity and their differences. A guided tour of the estate will be followed by a coffee tasting and refreshment.
La Antigua Panoramic Drive
Enjoy a glimpse of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, known today as La Antigua Guatemala, founded in the Valley of Panchoy in 1543; it became the third capital in the New World after those in Mexico and Peru. In 1979 UNESCO declared it World Cultural Heritage. Cobblestoned streets, colourful facades and tiled roofs, as well as restored and un-restored churches, palaces, convents and mansions covered with vegetation and colourful bougainvillea make this colonial city a favourite for visitors from all over the world.
Depart the La Antigua area for the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the port area.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over plantation trails and dirt paths and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should wear seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection. The drive time to the coffee farm is approximately 90 minutes. Due to Municipal regulations, driving near Main Plaza on Pullman Type buses might not be possible; therefore it is possible that guests will have to walk approximately 765 yards (700 metres) to return to the bus.
Discover how the macadamia nut industry helps the environment and economy of Guatemala during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut. An added benefit of encouraging farmers to plant macadamia trees is that it prevents the use of slash-and-burn agriculture, which is prevalent here, depleting the soil of nutrients and the expense of short-term crop gains. Macadamia trees also supply ample firewood, making them even more attractive to locals.
Macadamia Nut Farm
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive north to the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut Farm. En route, pass through the Pacific Coastal lowlands of Guatemala and take in spectacular views while driving between the Acatenango, Agua and Fuego volcanoes.
Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut Farm. This picturesque farm is a sustainable agriculture development project and Ecological Tourism destination that provides a source of employment, food and fuel for the farmers' families. In 2002, the project was awarded the Golden Fete D'Excellence in Geneva.
Macadamia nuts have become one of the most important export products in Guatemala, which ranks seventh among the world's largest producers of macadamia nuts.
At the conclusion of your tour, some free time is made available to purchase macadamia goods produced on the farm before commencing the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres) over gravel paths at the plantation, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Guests are advised to wear light-weight clothing and comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent.
Experience the ancient wonders of the Maya civilization during this memorable, full-day to picturesque Tikal National Park. During your guided walking tour, stroll along ancient dirt roads and pathways en route to the Maya ruins. Visit the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar, Central Plaza, Palace of the Masks, Lost World Complex, and Pyramid IV. Lunch is included.
Journey to Tikal
Upon ship's clearance, depart the pier for the transfer to the airstrip at the military base in Puerto San José, and a 1.5-hour flight via chartered plane to the vast northern region of El Petén. Upon arrival at the Mundo Maya Airport, board a bus for the one-hour drive through the tropical forest to Tikal, a World Heritage Site and one of the greatest Maya cities known and studied to date.
Tikal National Park
Upon arrival at the entrance of the 231-square-mile (598-square kilometer) Tikal National Park, leave your bus and commence your 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) walk along ancient dirt roads and pathways en route to the Maya ruins. A mysterious realm unfolds upon entering the forested surroundings that encompass the ruins, where your guide will explain the theories of life in the time of the Maya. Visit the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar, the Central Plaza, the Palace of the Masks, the Lost World Complex, and Pyramid IV, the tallest of all pre-Columbian structures in the Western Hemisphere.
Following your guided tour of Tikal, proceed by bus to Flores Island for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to Mundo Maya Airport for a 1.5-hour return flight to the military base at Puerto San José. Upon arrival, transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking covering approximately 2.5 miles (about four kilometres) over uneven terrain and gradual inclines, with stairways to negotiate at the park. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. All participants must be in possession of their passport to clear immigration at the airport. Guests are advised to wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and long-sleeved shirts and trousers to protect against insects, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent and raingear from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. The aircraft and transfer vehicle to the airport may not be air-conditioned.
Explore the City of La Antigua at your own pace during this round-trip transfer and self-guided visit to the city.
This convenient transfer to-and-from the city is ideally-suited for guests opting to visit La Antigua and sightsee at their own leisure.
You will board the bus for a guided transfer to a jewel of the colonial urban development and architecture.
Our driver and guide will welcome the guests, distribute maps of La Antigua city and will give information and instructions along the way.
La Antigua preserves its original features and because of its immense historical and cultural value, it was declared "world Heritage" by UNESCO in 1979. Located in a valley surrounded by mountains and by towering volcanoes, today is a pleasant city of cobbled stone streets, houses and businesses with colonial style facades and tile roofs and of restored and vegetation-covered ruins of churches, palaces, convents and mansions. In La Antigua, guests will witness the charm of this former capital of the "Kingdom of Guatemala" in its three-century old churches, convents and plazas.
Following your visit, re-join the coach at the pre-designated time for the return drive to the pier in Puerto Quetzal.
Please note: This tour provides round-trip transfers between Puerto Quetzal and La Antigua. Any admission fees or meals are at each guest's own expense. Please re-join your coach promptly at the appointed time for the return drive to the pier in Puerto Quetzal.