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Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya World

Belize to Tikal - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Quest
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Travel to Belize and Guatemala and discover the reefs, rivers, and ruins of the Maya world. This magical 9-day cruise is the perfect introduction to this historical world. Visit Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. Enjoy the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. Hike nearby trails or explore the lesser-visited ruins at Topoxte, secluded on an island in the lake.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Belize City, Belize | Embark
Day 2 : Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Belize
Day 3 : Quiriguá & Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Day 4 : Glover’s Reef | South Water Caye Marine Reserve
Day 5 : Lighthouse Reef & Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
Day 6 : Belize City | Disembark | Flores, Guatemala
Day 7 : Tikal, Guatemala
Day 8 : Yaxha & Topoxte, Guatemala
Day 9 : Flores | Guatemala City

Highlights

  • Discover the dazzling undersea of the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef
  • Observe the detailed stonework of the Mayan ruins at Quiriguá
  • Explore turquoise seas and protected corals of Glover’s Reef
  • Walk through the endangered and fragile littoral forest at Half Moon Caye

Ship

National Geographic Quest

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tikal Ruins Spider monkey at Tikal The famous Tikal temple used in the filming of Star Wars Arches in Guatemala City

Day 1 Belize City, Belize | Embark

Embark the National Geographic Quest and start your journey.

Day 2 Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Belize

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snorkel, kayak, or stand up paddleboard the crystalline waters of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Discover the dazzling undersea of the Belize Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity, while snorkeling or, if certified, scuba diving. 

Day 3 Quiriguá & Rio Dulce, Guatemala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
See the highly detailed stonework of the Mayan ruins of Quiriguá, sculpted to glorify Maya kings. Enjoy lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal then take local boats through the beautiful limestone canyon of the Rio Dulce. 

Day 4 Glover’s Reef | South Water Caye Marine Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore turquoise seas and protected reefs of Glover’s Reef and South Water Caye by snorkeling or, if certified, diving, then explore the shoreline and reef top by kayak or stand up paddleboard. If conditions permit, stop at a remote field station to learn about reef research. 

Day 5 Lighthouse Reef & Half Moon Caye Natural Monument

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand up paddleboard inside the fringing reef that surrounds Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches, and is known for its high diversity of corals and fishes. Walk through the endangered and fragile littoral forest at Half Moon Caye to view the nesting population of red-footed boobies from observation platforms. 

Day 6 Belize City | Disembark | Flores, Guatemala

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a charter flight to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Check into the Camino Real Tikal Hotel.

Day 7 Tikal, Guatemala

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Delve deeper into Maya history and architecture over three nights with local experts in Tikal while enjoying a stay at the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. Explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 feet from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. 

Day 8 Yaxha & Topoxte, Guatemala

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Yaxha, the third largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. Hike nearby trails or explore the lesser-visited ruins at Topoxte, secluded on an island in the lake.

Day 9 Flores | Guatemala City

  • 1 Breakfast
Be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.

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Camino Real Tikal

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Book by October 31, 2018 and receive free round trip economy group airfare between Miami/Guatemala City or save $350 as air credit. Plus, Upgrade to Business Class for just $550. Select departures only. Contact us for details.
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Category 1
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 2
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 3
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and a large view window. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 4
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 5
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 
 

Rates Include:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of the expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
 
Rates Exclude:

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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