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Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean

Round-trip Cozumel - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Champlain
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Join this wonderful cruise and first stop at Water Caye which offers wonderful scuba diving opportunities to discover the treasures of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. From there, an extension by plane is possible to discover the Mayan site of Copán. Next, view Santo Tomás de Castilla. Discover the pyramids of Tikal, another major site of the Maya civilization, or the palaces, pyramids and sanctuaries of the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá. Then sail for Livingston in Guatemala, the heart of Garifuna country, which proudly cultivates an original culture and music that is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Explore Belize, its heavenly beaches and its wonderful barrier reef, home to the emblematic Great Blue Hole, one of the most stunning diving spots in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cozumel | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Water Caye, Isla Utila
Day 4 : Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
Day 5 : Livingston, Guatemala
Day 6 : Belize City, Belize
Day 7 : Half Moon Caye, Belize
Day 8 : Cozumel | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit idyllic beaches, pre-Columbian sites, and discover the Garifuna culture
  • Visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Swim, snorkel or scuba dive at the Great Blue Hole in Belize
  • Explore the town of Livingston, which can only be reached by sea

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traveler photographing Maya ruins in Belize Beautiful Belize A green iguana suns itself in the Belizean rainforest The view from Tikal ruins Snorkeling in the Caribbean with a starfish
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Day 1 Cozumel | Embark

Off the Riviera Maya, Cozumel is Mexico’s second-largest island. Located at the northern extremity of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the island is renowned for its snorkeling and diving sites and the incredible clarity of its waters protected by a marine park. The island’s coasts and interior are also full of treasures: sacred Maya sites devoted to medicine, love and fertility; cenotes; a museum; an ecological reserve; mangroves; lagoons; coastal dunes; long unspoiled beaches. Don’t hesitate to climb to the top of the lighthouse in the Punta Sur Nature Reserve in the island’s south, to admire the panorama of these wild expanses from above.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Water Caye, Isla Utila

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Bay Islands archipelago is home to stunning cays, sheltered coral islets with warm, crystal-clear turquoise waters. Off the island of Utila, the white-sand beaches lined with palms and coconut trees and the reefs of the deserted islet called Water Caye offer a picture-postcard setting that will delight fans of swimming and snorkeling.

Day 4 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A port city located in the north-east of Guatemala, on the coast of the Amatique Bay, Santo Tomás de Castilla offers exceptional access to the fabulous Mayan archaeological site of Quiriguá. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, this place takes you back in time, deep into a décor of ruins and vestiges from the 8th century. Another unmissable visit is to the San Felipe fortress. Built at the end of the 16th Century by the Spanish to protect the villages on the shores of Lake Izabal from pirate attacks, it offers the opportunity to discover an example of colonial military architecture and to enjoy unspoiled views over the Dulce River and the surrounding environment.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Quirigua National Park, Las Escobas Reserve & Community.

Day 5 Livingston, Guatemala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Livingston is a town unlike any other in Guatemala, an enclave with a Caribbean atmosphere on the edge of the Rio Dulce. Lanchas, the motorboats that travel along the river and the Caribbean Sea, are the only way of reaching this small, welcoming town with no overland access to the rest of the country. Here, you are in Garifuna country: the inhabitants, descendent from Jamaican slaves, perpetuate their culture through oral tradition and ceremonies. Garifuna music, which is lively and sounds similar in some respects to reggae, and Garifuna dance, to the beat of drums, have both been classified by UNESCO as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Ak' Tenamit Community Project, Rio Dulce Hot Springs Water.

Day 6 Belize City, Belize

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Belize City is the former capital and the country’s largest town. Located on the Caribbean Sea, this lively little town symbolizes the fusion of British, Spanish and Maya cultures. The departure point for flights over the Great Blue Hole and the barrier reef, it’s also the ideal gateway for discovering the treasures of Maya architecture: in the heart of the jungle, the grandiose and mysterious ruins of temples and palaces at the Lamanai and Xunantunich sites await you. Another unmissable experience: a trip to the mouth of the Belize River: with a little luck and care, you’ll get a glimpse of manatees, dolphins, crocodiles, iguanas and many aquatic bird species.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Lamanai Mayan Site & New River, Scenic Wildlife River Cruise, Xunantunich Archaeological Site.

Day 7 Half Moon Caye, Belize

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tropical green crescent of Half Moon Caye is a natural monument of Belize stretching out over crystal-clear waters. The appeal of the oldest protected marine and ornithological area in Central America stems from its beaches lined with coconut trees, but most importantly from its incredible underwater world, which you will be able to explore with fins, mask and snorkel. Corals, sponges, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, eels and groupers live in the turquoise waters, while on land the coastal forest is home to amusing geckos and a large colony of red-footed boobies, spectacular divers that penetrate the water at high speed to feed on small fish and squid.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Blue Hole Snorkel Adventure.

Day 8 Cozumel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast.
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Area: 38 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower.
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Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with sliding bay windows. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower + bathtub.
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Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with hot tub and sliding bay windows. King-size or twin beds and shower + bathtub.

Notes

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
     
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned. Contact us for details.
  • Scuba Diving packages are an additional rate. Contact us for details.
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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