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Splendours of Central America

Group Tour | General Interest 19 Days & 17 Nights Lead-in price: £3195

Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes 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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Navigate through the locks of the Panama Canal
  • Spot wildlife in the Monteverde cloud forest & meet with early pioneers at Monteverde
  • Take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
  • Explore colonial towns & fascinating Mayan ruins, including Tikal & Copán
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Panama City via the US

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via the US. Transfer to the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel for 3 nights. (N)

Day 2: Panama City

Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. (B)

Day 3: Panama Canal

Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)

Day 4: Fly to San José, Costa Rica

Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás Volcano. Overnight at Hotel Presidente. (B, L)

Days 5-6: Monteverde

Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights at the Monteverde Country Lodge. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden and hanging walkways. Next day visit the Monteverde cloud forest to see its rare flora and fauna and in the evening meet up with one of the early local pioneers for a fascinating conversation. (B)

Day 7: Granada, Nicaragua

Full-day journey across the border into Nicaragua to the city of Granada, overlooking Lake Nicaragua (approx 7-8 hours). Stay 2 nights at Dario Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Granada

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)

Day 9: Fly to San Salvador - Suchitoto

Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador. Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for 1 night at Casa 1800 Suchitoto. (B)

Day 10: Route of the Flowers

Explore the cobbled streets of Suchitoto, then transfer to the archaeological site of Joya de Ceren, known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. Later, explore cloud forest trails and enjoy spectacular volcano views en route to the picturesque Route of the Flowers. Overnight at Casa 1800 Ataco. (B, L)

Day 11: Copán, Honduras

This morning, visit the traditional artisan town of Ataco and stop at Santa Ana en route to Honduras (approximately 10 hours). Stay at the Hotel Marina Copán for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 12: Copán

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)

Day 13: Livingston, Guatemala

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, with strong Garifuna culture. Stay overnight at the Hotel Villa Caribe. (B)

Day 14: Flores

A 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 Villa Maya. (B)

Day 15: Tikal

Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Days 16-17: Fly to Guatemala City - Antigua

Early morning flight to Guatemala City and transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at Mesón de María. Afternoon walking tour. Following day is at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)

Days 18-19: Fly to London via the US

Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London via the US, arriving the next day. (B) (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Tour + Lake Atitlán: 4 days & 2 nights from £495 Stay 2 nights at Hotel Atitlán on the shore of the sapphire-blue lake surrounded by hills and volcanoes. Take a boat trip to indigenous Mayan villages and visit the colourful Chichicastenango Market.

Tour + Belize beach: 5 days & 3 nights from £995 Fly to Belize City, via Flores and on to Ambergris Caye for 3 nights at the Portofino Hotel (beach cabaña), or upgrade to Victoria House Resort & Spa from £115 per person. Relax on white sandy beaches or swim in calm, turquoise Caribbean waters.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Locally escorted tour: This tour is led in each country by an experienced local tour guide.

Standard tour: 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.

Private & tailor-made travel: 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.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel
    Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

    The Best Western Plus Panama Zen is conveniently located in the heart of Panama City's financial district, within easy walking distance of a range of shops and restaurants. Comfortable rooms feature contemporary decor and modern amenities, while the rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to unwind by the pool with views of the city skyline. Features: 90 rooms, restaurant, café/bar, pool, gym. Room amenities: Television, desk, tea & coffee facilities, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Monteverde Country Lodge
    Monteverde Country Lodge

    Located just 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve, the Monteverde Country Lodge is a cosy rustic hotel set across three properties, each having maintained its original style and features. Rooms are simple yet comfortable with modern conveniences and feature tiled floors, natural wood furnishings and colourful fabrics and artwork. The restaurant serves locally sourced Costa Rican cuisine.Features: 60 rooms, restaurant, laundry service, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, telephone, shared porch.

  • Hotel Dario
    Hotel Dario

    Dario Hotel is a charming colonial property located on a pedestrian-only street in Granada's historic centre, with views of the cathedral and the Mombacho volcano. The neo-classical building has a white and pale green facade originating from the early 19th century, wooden staircases and patterned tiled floors. Its comfortable guestrooms are set around lush, plant-filled courtyards. The Tranvia restaurant offers Nicaraguan cuisine. Features: 22 rooms, restaurant, cafe, outdoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room Amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar.

  • Hotel Marina Copán
    Hotel Marina Copán

    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 phone.

  • Hotel Villa Caribe
    Hotel Villa Caribe

    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 restaurant.

  • Hotel Villa Maya
    Hotel Villa Maya

    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.

  • El Meson de Maria
    El Meson de Maria

    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.

Standard group tour extensions

Ambergris Caye
Belize
3 Nights from £995

Ambergris Caye lies off the coast of Belize, surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Relax on white sandy beaches or swim in calm, clear waters.


Fly to Belize City, via Flores and on to Ambergris Caye. Stay for 3 nights at the Portofino Hotel (beach cabaña). Upgrade to Victoria House Resort & Spa from £125. (B)


At leisure by the beach or snorkel in the coral reefs. (B)


Fly to London via Belize City & the US. (B) (N)

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.


Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlán
2 Nights from £495

Extend your tour with a visit to picturesque Lake Atitlán, a sapphire-blue lake surrounded by hills, volcanoes, traditional indigenous Mayan villages and market towns.


Transfer by road to Lake Atitlán. Afternoon boat trip to visit local villages. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Atitlán. (B)


Morning visit to Chichicastenango market. (B)


Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London, via the US, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.


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Dates & prices

GCA2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
2 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022 £3,195 £0 £725 Reserve
 

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Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • * 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • * International & internal flights
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour guide in each country
  • * 17 breakfasts & 5 lunches
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at airports

Destinations on this tour

  • San Jose (Costa Rica)

    San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...

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  • Monteverde

    Monteverde First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...

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  • Monteverde

    Monteverde First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...

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  • Granada

    The Andalucían city of Granada is set below the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the...

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  • Granada

    The Andalucían city of Granada is set below the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the...

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  • Copan

    The site at Copan flourished from 5th century to 9th century AD and is widely regarded a...

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  • Copan

    The site at Copan flourished from 5th century to 9th century AD and is widely regarded a...

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  • Livingston

    Located on the Caribbean coast the town of Livingston is an anomaly in Guatemala, with a...

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