~ 2012 ~ Christmas: December 22nd – 29th
8 day / 7 night –
5 nights in Antigua and 2 nights in Panajachel (Lake Atitlan)
The following itinerary is ideal for families. It is designed for several families to travel together and share experiences. Sign up and meet the other families on-line before travel or when you arrive into Guatemala. A meaningful and personalized “homeland journey” !
* Saturday December 22nd – Travel to Guatemala
Transfer from airport to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.
Included this day: Airport transport, hotel.
(Note: Many families choose to travel earlier for other activities / family time and meet the group in Antigua).
* Sunday December 23rd – Orientation / Children’s folk dance presentation.
Meet as a group during breakfast for introductions and a brief program orientation.
Mid morning transport to San Antonio Aguas Calientes (@20 min from Antigua). Enjoy traditional folk dance presentations from the “Niños con Bendición”. This dance group is made up of 17 children ages 7-15. The children present Mayan folk dances and traditional Guatemalan folk dances. A small snack (safe to eat) is presented after the dances. This is an excellent opportunity to see local culture in a “typical” home – try weaving, grinding corn, make tortillas and get a taste of daily life. Extra time for kids of all ages to play and share.
Opportunity to shop for textiles and crafts.
Afternoon/evening at leisure. Overnight in Antigua.
Included this day: Breakfast, transports, guide, snack, hotel.
* Monday December 24th – Morning walking tour of Antigua
After breakfast, join your bilingual guide for a leisurely walking tour of Antigua – learn about Christmas traditions in Antigua and Guatemala, visit the “nacimientos” / at the Cathedral, La Merced and San Francisco churches.
Visit the music and coffee museums with an early afternoon return to Antigua. Note at midnight there are many firecrackers going off !!!! Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, bilingual guide, entrance fees, hotel.
Tuesday December 25th – Antigua / Panajachel
After breakfast, depart for Panajachel – arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure at your lake side hotel (with pool). Afternoon/evening at leisure.
Overnight in Panajachel “Pana”.
Included this day: Breakfast, transport, hotel.
* Wednesday December 26th – “Fun Day” on Lake Atitlan
After breakfast, take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santa Cruz where you will spend the day with your
bilingual guide hiking, kayaking, swimming, and more ! All equipment and activities as per USA safety standards. Enjoy a family-style lunch. Late afternoon return to hotel in Pana. Overnight in Panajachel.
Included this day: Boat ride, bilingual guide, lunch, hotel.
* Thursday December 27th – Free Day Free day to enjoy the hotel pool, take another boat ride, visit the Nature reserve, zip line, visit a school, medical clinic, or participate in a local service project.
OR: Take a day trip to Chichicastenango.
4:00pm – Transport to Antigua. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Antigua
Included this day: (Breakfast depending on hotel option), transport to Antigua, hotel
* Friday December 28th – Zip line / mule ride / coffee tour / paintball (all optional)
After breakfast, take shared tourist transport to “Finca Filadelfia” @10 min outside Antigua. Free time to enjoy any or all of their available activities as a family. Afternoon return to Antigua when ready. Afternoon at leisure.
Included this day: Breakfast, shared transports, hotel.
* Saturday December 29th – Departure
Included this day: Breakfast (for those departing after 7:00am), airport transport.
(Note: Many families choose to extend their stay for other activities / family time in Guatemala).
“The bottom line“
Cost of $820. per person (single rooms extra) includes the following services as listed in the full itinerary:
- IN COUNTRY SUPPORT with EMERGENCY CONTACT 24/7;
- WELCOME PACKET with information and maps;
- use of CELL PHONE ;
- LOCAL CURRENCY UPON ARRIVAL;
- PROFESSIONAL BILINGUAL GUIDE;
- ALL TRANSPORTS;
- ENTRANCE FEES / ACTIVITIES as per the itinerary;
- 7 nights HOTEL (5 in Antigua, 2 in Panajachel with large heated pool);
- BREAKFAST (Antigua).
* More economical hotel option in Panajachel (breakfast included and small pool) for $770. p/p.
Payment via personal check (US Dollars).
Paypal or Credit card payment adds 5%. Note, prices and itinerary subject to change until reconfirmed ! $200. p/p deposit holds your space and locks in package price.
Itinerary is flexible to add days before or after the group portion with your airport transports included – regardless of additional dates or activities.
For additional information: Nancy@GuatemalaReservations.com