Splendours of Central America    *alt*

19 days, from £2895
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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.

Tour type: General interest

What's Included
* 3- & 4-star accommodation
* Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
* Average group size -14 people (max 26)
* 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

Tour Highlights:
- Navigate through the locks of the Panama Canal
- Spot wildlife in the Monteverde cloud forest
- Take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
- Explore colonial towns & fascinating Mayan ruins, including Tikal & Cop'n
Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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. Please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.


 Day 1: Fly to Panama City, Panama via the US

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)

 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 Jose, Costa Rica

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

 Day 5: Monteverde

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.

 Day 6: Monteverde

Morning visit to Monteverde cloud forest to see its rare flora and fauna. Afternoon at leisure. (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 the 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 Posada de Suchitl'n. (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 on the picturesque Route of the Flowers. Overnight at Hotel Mision de Angeles. (B, L)

 Day 11: Cop'n, Honduras

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 Cop'n for 2 nights. (B, L)

 Day 12: Cop'n

In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan ruins of Cop'n 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, which has a strong Garifuna culture. Stay overnight at the Hotel Villa Caribe. (B)

 Day 14: Flores

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)

 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)

 Day 16: Fly to Guatemala City * Antigua

Early morning flight to Guatemala City and transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at Meson de Maria. Afternoon walking tour. (B)

 Day 17: Antigua

 Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B)

 Days 18-19: Fly to London via the US

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