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Nicaragua & Guatemala

2 countries
3 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
2 character accommodation properties
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Explore some of the lesser-known countries of Central America, from heritage-listed colonial cities and towns to steaming volcans and misty jungles. Discover the authentic way of life, meet the locals, wander through charming streets, visit ancient ruins and admire the beautiful scenery.DRAMATIC VOLCANS & COLONIAL CITIESStep back in time in Nicaragua's beautiful colonial cities, Leon and Granada. Learn about the country's fascinating history from a revolutionary Sandinista guerrillero and tour the colourful and character-filled streets. Peer into a steaming crater of an active volcano, explore volcanic Omotepe Island and cruise through Granada's stunning isletas, formed by an ancient volcanic explosion.A GUATEMALAN ADVENTURECross the border into Guatemala and discover the amazing ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Famous for its great stone monuments and temples, Tikal is set amidst lush tropical rainforest which hid the city for centuries, only to be rediscovered in 1848. Enjoy the serenity of scenic Lake Atitlan in Panajachel and discover the lake's traditional villages and fascinating culture. Visit the largest and most vibrant market in Central America, Chichicastenango, then experience the baroque-influenced architecture of beautiful Antigua.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included.
  • Return economy-class flights from USA to Central America
  • 3 economy-class flights in Central America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $175pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a former convent in L on
  • 3 nights in a former convent in Antigua
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Step back in time in the colourful towns of volcanic Nicaragua

  • Discover the colonial city of Leon on a walking tour. Visit the Cathedral de la Asuncion, the largest church in Central America, and enjoy the view from the rooftop.
  • Learn about the revolutionary history of Nicaragua from a real Sandinista guerillero at the Museum of the Revolution.
  • Visit Masaya Volcano and peer down at the bubbling lava within the crater.
  • Take the local ferry to Omotepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, characterised by its two towering volcanoes (Concepcion and Maderas).
  • Spend two nights in a lovingly restored, century-old colonial hacienda at Santo Domingo Beach on Omotepe Island with stunning volcano views.
  • Tour Omotepe Island and see the Devil's Viewpoint, Charco Verde Reserve, Punta Jesus Maria, the Pre Columbian and Numismatic El Ceibo museum and Ojo de Agua.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through the charming cobblestone streets of historic Granada including Casa de los Leones, San Francisco Convent, the colourful market and the numerous architecturally-significant churches and monuments.
  • Take an excursion to the Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest to discover the flora and fauna of the area and admire the surrounding panoramic views.
  • Travel by boat around Granada's famous isletas, a unique archipelago formed by an ancient volcanic explosion, and view the prolific bird and animal life.

Delve into Guatemala's ancient history

  • Take a sightseeing tour to discover Guatemala City, including visits to the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing, the Popol Vuh Museum - home to one of the world's biggest collections of Maya art, and Historic Centre.
  • Spend 2 nights on quaint Flores Island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a 500 metre long causeway.
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal.
  • Enjoy a picturesque lunch inside Tikal National Park.
  • Stop at the archaeological ruins and former capital of the Maya kingdom, Iximche, en route to Panajachel.
  • Spend 2 nights in one of Guatemala's finest and most charming boutique hotels, surrounded by botanical gardens, right on the shore of scenic Lake Atitlan.
  • Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Atitlan to visit the picturesque lakeside villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Travel by tuk tuk to visit the home of the Mayan god, Maximon, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market - the best in Central America - as well as the Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango.
  • Spend 3 nights in a boutique hotel that was a former convent in Antigua.
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua including visits to the Ciudad Vieja and Cerro de la Cruz. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Central Plaza, the Cathedral, Municipal Government building, Palace of the Captain's General and a jade factory.
  • Enjoy a dinner and Guatemalan folkloric dance show.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $9,995
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
6 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
30 Apr 201917 May 2019AvailableAUD $8,745
11 Jun 201928 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $8,745
06 Aug 201923 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $8,745
17 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $8,745
29 Oct 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $8,745
03 Dec 201920 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,045
28 Jan 202014 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,145
03 Mar 202020 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,145
ItineraryExpand
Nicaragua & Guatemala

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Managua

Bienvenido a Nicaragua! We arrive in the capital, Managua, also the cultural, commercial and political centre. Located on the shores of Lake Managua, the sprawling city is home to vibrant street art, neoclassical monuments and busy markets.

Day 2. Managua - Le n

This morning we depart for the stunning colonial city of Le n, one of Nicaragua's most culturally rich communities. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or begin exploring. Why not visit some of the many art galleries or several ancient churches? Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Le n

Today we explore Le n's city centre on a walking tour, including the largest church in Central America, Catedral de la Asunci n, where we'll visit the rooftop for panoramic views over the town and nearby volcans.

Special Experience: Hear the incredible stories behind the city's many revolutionary street murals from a Sandinista guerrillero at the Museum of the Revolution.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 4. Le n - Ometepe Island

Special Experience: Peer into the steaming crater of one of Nicaragua's most active volcans on a visit to Volc n Masaya National Park.

We'll then catch the ferry to beautiful Ometepe Island, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, characterised by its two towering volcans, the active Concepci n and the dormant Maderas. [B]

Day 5. Ometepe Island

We'll spend the day discovering the island's best scenery, including the Devil's Viewpoint, Charco Verde Reserve, Punta Jesus Maria and Ojo de Agua, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. [B,L]

Day 6. Ometepe Island - Granada

This morning we return to the mainland by ferry and travel to Granada, a photogenic Spanish colonial town, characterised by colourful buildings and streets. [B]

Day 7. Granada

After breakfast, we depart for the Mombacho Volcano cloud forest, a misty oasis brimming with beautiful flora and fauna. This afternoon we cruise through Granada's Isletas, a group of islands formed by an ancient volcanic explosion. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Nicaragua. [B,D]

Day 8. Granada - Managua - Guatemala City

Make the most of a morning at leisure in beautiful Granada before our flight to Guatemala later this afternoon. [B]

Day 9. Guatemala City - Flores

We'll discover the city on a sightseeing tour this morning and visit the Ixchel and Popolvuh Museum, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we fly to Flores, on Lake Pet n Itz . [B,L]

Day 10. Tikal National Park Excursion

Special Experience: Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period 1,000 years ago, it represents one of the most impressive achievements of the Mayan civilisation. [B,L]

Day 11. Flores - Guatemala City - Panajachel

Today we fly back to Guatemala City and make our way to the scenic lakeside town of Panajachel, stopping along the way at the archaeological site of Iximch . The afternoon is at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Panajachel

This morning we board a boat on stunning Lake Atitl n. This body of water sits in a massive volcanic crater ringed by steep, verdant hills and is known for its Mayan towns and villages, and its strikingly-pointed volcans. We'll stop to visit the villages of Santiago Atitl n and San Juan la Laguna. [B]

Special Experience: Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maxim n, and witness a traditional ceremony.

Day 13. Panajachel - Chichicastenango - Antigua

Special Experience: An early start to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the best in Central America. [B]

Day 14. Antigua

Known for its baroque-influenced architecture, we'll tour the sights of colonial Antigua including the Ciudad Vieja, San Antonio Aguas Calientes and the Cerro de La Cruz. [B]

Day 15. Antigua

Today is at leisure to relax or explore. As Guatemala's former capital, Antigua is filled with beautifully renovated buildings, pastel facades and bustling plazas and markets, making it a great city to explore on foot. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner and folkloric show to farewell Guatemala. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Antigua

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. In transit
Day 18. Arrive Australia