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The Caribbean coastline of Honduras, Belize and Guatemala is both astonishingly beautiful and unspoiled. This is an ideal area to be explored by a small ship such as Yorktown. On this voyage to seldom-visited islands, ports, and sites, we will explore the wonders of lush rain forests and their rich wildlife, and ancient Maya sites, swim at pristine white-sand beaches, and snorkel in crystal-clear waters to discover the astonishing marine life of the reefs that surround the places we will visit. All in all, this is the perfect winter getaway to places few travelers have seen.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in San Pedro Sula / Embark in Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Day 2 : Punta Gorda / Lubaantun / Snake Cays, Belize
Day 3 : Le Ceiba, Honduras
Day 4 : Roatan, Bay Islands
Day 5 : Trujillo
Day 6 : Cayos Cochinos
Day 7 : Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala / Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Day 8 : Disembark / San Pedro Sula



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Trip Snapshots

Relax on the beach or take a boat out The Pre-Columbian Mayan city of Tulum. Snorkel the clear, tropical waters The Spanish fort Castillo de San Felipe de Lara in Guatemala. Snorkelling the warm waters

Day 1 Arrive in San Pedro Sula / Embark in Puerto Cortes, Honduras

Arrive in San Pedro Sula. Transfer to Puerto Cortes to embark Yorktown. Sail in the evening.

Day 2 Punta Gorda / Lubaantun / Snake Cays, Belize

Arrive in the morning at Belize’s Punta Gorda, a port town sited on sea cliffs. Drive inland to explore Lubaantun, a Late Classic Maya center that thrived between a.d. 730 and a.d. 890. Built on a ridge and surrounded by forest, Lubaantun’s remains include five main plazas, eleven major structures, three ball courts, and other edifices. The visitor center displays artifacts excavated at the site. Spend the afternoon at the nearby Snake Cays, where you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Day 3 Le Ceiba, Honduras

Friendly and bustling La Ceiba, built beneath the forested slopes of the Cordillera Nombre de Dios, will be your base for exploring the most important attractions of this region. Choices will include the Pico Bonito National Park, a vast rain forest with its 20 rivers and abundant wildlife, including howler and spider monkeys, armadillos, tigrillos, and many bird species; and the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, a major wetland and mangrove lagoon that is home to a rich wildlife. There will also be the opportunity to go rafting on the Cangrejal River and kayaking on the Cacao Lagoon.

Day 4 Roatan, Bay Islands

Spend the day on Roatan, the main island of Honduras’s Bay Islands. Roatan’s glory is its superb beaches and reef that stretches for almost 70 miles, providing unparalleled swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Your exploration of Roatan includes visits to the Institute for Marine Sciences, with its exhibitions of marine life and geology of the island, the Carambola Botanical Gardens, whose native trails are lined with tropical plants and flowers, and the Tropical Treasures Bird Park, which is home to scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, and other birds. Also enjoy swimming at the white-sand beaches of the West End and snorkeling at the surrounding reef.

Day 5 Trujillo

In 1502, Columbus landed at the spot where Trujillo was founded 22 years later, becoming one of the earliest Spanish settlements in Central America. Explore Trujillo and some of its colonial buildings, including the 16th-century Santa Barbara Fortress, which overlooks the sea. Also visit the Campo del Mar Nature Park, with its native flora and fauna, and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the beautiful white-sand beach that lines the park. For the more adventurous, there will be opportunities to discover the area’s wildlife by exploring the Guaymoreto Lagoon, with its boardwalk that meanders along the mangroves, and the Capiro y Calentura National Park on Mt. Calentura, which looms some 4,000 feet above Trujillo.

Day 6 Cayos Cochinos

Call at the unspoiled Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands), consisting of two small islands and thirteen tiny, lush islets that are a protected marine park. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water that surrounds this small archipelago. Also hike on Cochinos Mayor, the main islet in the group. On the nearby Cayo Chachahuate visit the small Garifuna village, where you will be greeted by a traditional drumming and dancing ceremony.

Day 7 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala / Puerto Cortes, Honduras

Yorktown will dock in the morning at Guatemala’s port town of Santo Tomas de Castilla, set at the head of spacious Amatique Bay. Drive to Quirigua, an ancient Maya center that was founded around 200 a.d., and flourished in the eighth century a.d. when it embarked on a major construction program. Quirigua, set in its exquisite location in the rain forest, is famous for its huge stelae and altars that are covered with some of the finest carvings in the Maya world. Alternatively, visit the Castillo de San Felipe, a well preserved fortress built by the Spanish in the 17th century. Return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Puerto Cortes, where Yorktown will arrive in the evening.

Day 8 Disembark / San Pedro Sula

Disembark and transfer to the airport in San Pedro Sula for return flights.


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Outside cabins with two lower beds, two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins M18-M26
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Outside cabins with two lower beds (converts to queen), two picture windows, private shower & toilet. Cabins L27-28, P59-60
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• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
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