The following itinerary is ideal for families. It is designed for several families to travel together and share experiences. There are many travel dates to choose from. Sign up and meet the other families on-line before travel or when you arrive into Guatemala. A meaningful and personalized “homeland journey” !
8 day / 7 night – Antigua and Panajachel (Lake Atitlan)
This itinerary includes service project options and morning activities with enough down time to spend as a family to relax, volunteer, schedule a birth and/or family meeting, or otherwise plan your time and activities for a personalized experience. Flexible to add days before or after the group itinerary for birth family visits, more travel, service work, etc.
4 PRICING PLANS DEPENDING ON THE HOTEL CHOICE BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY !
Many dates are currently available for 2012 and 2013: (Arrival Saturday / Departure Saturday)
*** Email for special itinerary and pricing for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Saturday / Travel to Guatemala
Transfer from airport to Antigua.
Included: Airport transport, hotel.
(Note: Many families choose to travel earlier for other activities / family time and meet the group in Antigua. Transport from Guatemala city to Antigua is included).
Sunday / Orientation/ Niños con Bendicion
Meet as a group for introductions and orientation.
Mid morning transport to San Antonio Aguas Calientes (@20 min from Antigua). Visit a “typical” home – try weaving, grinding corn, make tortillas and get a taste of daily life. Opportunity to buy textiles and crafts.
Afternoon/evening at leisure.
Included: Breakfast, transports, guide, snack, hotel.
Monday / Mayan Music Museum
Transport with your guide to the Mayan Music Museum / cultural complex La Azotea @10 min from Antigua. Visit the music and coffee museums with an early afternoon return to Antigua.
Afternoon at leisure.
Included: Breakfast, guide, transport, museum entrance fee, hotel.
Tuesday / Iximche / Panajachel
After breakfast, depart for Panajachel via the ruins of Iximche – the first Capital of Guatemala after the conquest.
Iximche is still an active Mayan ritual site.
Visit the ruins with your guide then continue to Panajachel and your hotel.
Afternoon/evening at leisure.
Overnight in Panajachel Pana.
Breakfast, transports, guide in Iximche, entrance fees, hotel.
Wednesday / 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, rock climbing, relaxing and more! All equipment and activities as per USA safety standards. Enjoy a family style lunch. Late afternoon return to hotel in Pana.
Optional: Evening speakers from “Mission Guatemala” and/or “Mayan Families“
Overnight in Panajachel.
Included: Breakfast, boat rides, activities, bilingual guide, lunch, hotel.
Thursday / Free Day
Free day to enjoy the hotel pool, take another boat ride, visit the nature reserve, zip line, participate in a local service project. OR: Day trip to Chichicastenango (activity fees extra).
4:00pm Transport to Antigua.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, transport to Antigua, hotel.
Friday / Walking tour of Antigua OR Pacaya Volcano Climb
Morning walking tour of Antigua including the San Francisco Church, Central Park, Cathedral, La Merced Church. Afternoon/evening at leisure.
OR: 8:00am – 3:00pm +/- PACAYA VOLCANO CLIMB ($25. additional cost p/p).
Overnight in Antigua.
Included: Breakfast, bilingual guide, entrance fees, (volcano = + transport + lunch), hotel.
Saturday / Departure
Included: Breakfast (for those departing after 7:30am), airport transport.
“The bottom line”
Package 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); Daily BREAKFAST.
4 PRICING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR FAMILY.
Costs are per person. Extra fee for single room.
Platinum – $1280: (Antigua) Hotel Antigua – restaurant, heated pool, garden and play area, buffet breakfast.
(Panajachel) Posada de Don Rodrigo – lake view suite with private garden area, restaurant, hammocks, large heated pool with water slide. Breakfast included.
Gold – $1175: (Antigua) Hotel Antigua – (Panajachel) Hotel Dos Mundos -1 block from the lake front. Hotel has restaurant, large garden area, heated pool, breakfast included.
Silver – $920: (Antigua) Hotel San Jorge – located across the street from the Hotel Antigua, with free wifi, drinking water, garden with outside sitting areas. Breakfast included.
(Panajachel) Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo
Bronze – $840: (Antigua) Hotel San Jorge (Panajachel) Hotel Dos Mundos
Payment via personal check (US Dollars) or Paypal.
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 arrangements.
For additional information: Nancy@GuatemalaReservations.com