This exploratory journey through
Central America takes in the natural and
cultural wonders of Panama, Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and
Guatemala, with an option to extend to
Belize. Discover highlights ranging from
tropical landscapes, volcanoes and lakes to
colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities.
Get an insight into the history of the civil
war and colourful indigenous cultures, and
learn about the amazing engineering feat
that is the Panama Canal.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via the US, with United Airlines. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 3 nights. (N)
Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. (B)
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)
Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás volcano. Overnight at the Hotel Presidente. (B, L)
Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights at the Heliconia Hotel (or similar). Afternoon visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden and hanging walkways.
Morning visit to Monteverde cloud forest to see its rare flora and fauna. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Full-day journey across the border into Nicaragua to the city of Granada, overlooking Lake Nicaragua (approx 7-8 hours). Stay 2 nights at the Dario Hotel (or similar). (B)
Morning tour of the colonial city, including the Franciscan convent. Take a boat ride through the canals formed by the small islands in the lake, which is the tenth largest lake in the world. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador. Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for 1 night at Posada de Suchitlán. (B)
Explore the cobbled streets of Suchitoto, then transfer to the archaeological site of Joya de Cerén, known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. Later, explore cloud forest trails and enjoy spectacular volcano views on the picturesque Route of the Flowers. Overnight at Hotel Misión de Angeles. (B, L)
This morning explore the traditional artisan town of Ataco and stop at Santa Ana en route to Honduras (approx 10 hours). Stay at the Hotel Marina Copán for 2 nights. (B, L)
In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán with its intricate and well-preserved sculptures. Optional afternoon tour to a bird sanctuary. (B)
Cross into Guatemala and on to the Caribbean coast, visiting the impressive carved stelae at Quirigua en route (approx 6 hours). Take a 1.5-hour boat ride along the coast to the town of Livingston, which has a strong Garifuna culture. Stay overnight at the Hotel Villa Caribe. (B)
Morning walking tour of Livingston, before taking a boat trip along the lush gorges of the Dulce river to visit Bird Island and an indigenous community. Continue by road to the Flores area for a 2-night stay at the lakeside Camino Real Tikal. (B)
Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Early morning flight to Guatemala City and transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at Mesón de Maria. Afternoon walking tour. (B)
Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London via the US with United Airlines, arriving the next day. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each country by an experienced local tour guide.
This tour includes some long road journeys and is based in 3- and 4-star hotels where rooms may vary. A flexible approach is recommended for travel in Central America
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
The Crowne Plaza Panama City Hotel is a modern hotel located just 10 minutes by car from the city centre and 35 minutes from the airport. There are 186 guestrooms and suites, while facilities include a restaurant serving a variety of national and international cuisine, a bar, outdoor pool and...
Dario Hotel is a charming colonial property, located in Granada's historic centre, close to Lake Nicaragua and with views of the cathedral and the Mombacho volcano. The neo-classical building, with a pale green and white facade originating from the early 19th century, has been completely refurbished and features lush, plant-filled courtyards. There are 22 rooms and the hotel facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, swimming pool and...
El Meson de Maria is a lovely small hotel, located in an old house in the centre of historic Antigua. It offers real local character and traditional furnishings. The rooms and suites are decorated with local crafts, and the suites include a private terrace and jacuzzi. The hotel features a central courtyard and terraces on which to relax and appreciate the views of the old town and surrounding volcanoes. This is a character property and individual room styles and sizes will vary. Breakfast is served in the dining room or courtyard, and while other meals are not available at the hotel, many of the local restaurants will deliver meals which you can then enjoy in the dining areas of the property, or your room.
Features: 20 rooms, dining room, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe,...
The Heliconia Hotel is a charming family run property built in an alpine style and surrounded by lush gardens. The 55 rooms and suites are furnished in a cosy rustic style and most have a balcony. The suites are located further up the hillside and on clear days offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The hotel has an excellent restaurant offering international food, a bar, internet access and a tour...
The centrally located Hotel Colonial is built around three flower filled courtyards and features 37 air-conditioned rooms with tiled floors and wooden furnishings. Facilities include a breakfast area, wireless internet access and two small swimming...
Overlooking the Central Plaza in the charming town of Copan Ruinas in Honduras, the Hotel Marina Copan was named in honour of Doña Marina Welchez, and built on the site of her family home in 1945. This was Copan's original hotel, home for generations of investigators and Maya enthusiasts. Today, the Hotel Marina Copan is the most comfortable and convenient base for exploring the region's Mayan heritage and diverse natural landscape. The hotel has 50 spacious rooms with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable television and...
Hotel Misión de Angeles is located on a quiet hillside, a short walk from the centre of the small town of Concepción de Ataco. Rooms feature simple yet stylish decor and private bathrooms, and the restaurant and bar have a delightful outdoor terrace with views of the surrounding coffee plantations and forested hills. Free wireless internet access is available in the public areas.
Features: 11 rooms, restaurant/bar.
Room amenities: Television,...
Situated in the downtown area of San Jose, the Hotel Presidente is conveniently located within walking distance of a range of dining options and shopping facilities, as well as various cultural and historical landmarks. This boutique hotel offers 91 well-appointed rooms, La Cafeteria restaurant, a spa and fitness...
The Hotel Villa Caribe is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Rio Dulce inlet. This simple hotel has 45 rooms set in tropical gardens, all with a balcony and view of the sea or river. There is also a large pool, outdoor bar with terrace, and...
Situated close to the centre of Suchitoto, the Posada de Suchitlán is a restored colonial property featuring 12 simple but comfortable air-conditioned rooms. The restaurant has a terrace offering spectacular views over the lake and surroundings. There is also a cosy bar, a peaceful plant-filled courtyard and verdant gardens with fountains and a small swimming pool. This is a character property and individual room styles and sizes will vary.
Features: 12 rooms, restaurant/bar, pool, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe,...
Villa Maya is located amidst the rainforest on the shores of the Petenchel Lagoon, just 15 minutes from Flores airport and 1 hour from the ruins of Tikal. Rooms are situated in two or three-storey white-washed buildings, surrounded by tropical gardens. Relax on the sun terrace, cool off the pool or stroll along the nature trails that wind through the tropical grounds.
Features: 55 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Telephone, air-conditioning, minibar,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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GCA2018: 17 Nights
From 1543 to 1773, Antigua was the capital city of the Kingdom of Guatemala, and its...
The site at Copan flourished from 5th century to 9th century AD and is widely regarded a...
The colonial, red-roofed town of Flores is built on an island in Lake Peten...
Located on the Caribbean coast the town of Livingston is an anomaly in Guatemala, with a...
First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...
One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...
San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...