November 6 - 17, 2017

Celebrity Educator:
Jinny Beyer
Pam Holland

Package Price:
$3,664.00 | Air from USA

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip International airfare from the USA to Guatemala.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers in Guatemala.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Antigua, Guatemala city and Lake Atitlan.
  • Some breakfast, lunches and dinners.
  • Sightseeing in Antigua and Lake Atitlan.
  • Boat ride from Lake Atitlan to San Juan La Laguna.
  • Enjoy shopping in various markets for coffee, textiles and local crafts.
  • A day trip to Chichicanstanego.
  • Backstrap Loom workshop with local artists.
  • A professional tour guide the entire time.
  • Traveling and workshops with our special guest, Pam Holland.

GUATEMALA HIGHLIGHTS:

Antigua, Guatamala Play Movie
Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Antigua is a growing tourist destination in Guatemala as it is close to Guatemala City but is much calmer. It is possible to take buses from Antigua to many parts of Guatemala, Many of the main areas to visit include: Monterrico beach, Atitlan Lake, Coban, Lanquín, or Tikal. Antigua is also known for its chocolate makers.
Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of about 340 metres (1,120 ft). Atitlán is technically an endorheic lake, feeding into two nearby rivers rather than draining into the ocean. It is shaped by deep surrounding escarpments and three volcanoes on its southern flank. The lake basin is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed by an eruption 84,000 years ago.

Lake Atitlán is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and is Guatemala's most important national and international tourist attraction. The lake is surrounded by many villages in which Maya culture is still prevalent and traditional dress is worn.
San Juan La Laguna Play Movie
Just east of San Pedro, on a rise above a spectacular bay, this mellow village has escaped many of the excesses of its neighbors, and some travelers find it a more tranquil setting in which to study Spanish or experience indigenous life. San Juan is special: the Tz'utujil inhabitants take pride in their craft traditions - particularly painting and weaving - and have developed their own tourism infrastructure to highlight these traditions to outsiders.

Perhaps part of what makes it all run so well is the communal spirit: coffee growers, fishers, organic farmers, natural dyers and widows are among the like-minded groups who've formed cooperatives here. As you wander around the village, you'll notice various murals depicting aspects of San Juan life and legend.

WEATHER
The rainy season lasts from June to October and dry season from November to May. But the latter is not free of rainfalls, especially in some regions, most of the time in the afternoon. In the Pacific coast, the hotter weather is often intense with temperatures around 38°C, and high humidity during the heavy rainy season.
For current weather in Antigua, Click here.

CURRENCY
The quetzal is the currency of Guatemala, named after the national bird of Guatemala, the resplendent quetzal.
In ancient Mayan culture, the quetzal bird's tail feathers were used as currency. It is divided into 100 centavos or lenes in Guatemalan slang. The plural is quetzales. Click here for a currency converter.


TESTIMONIALS:

Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, California - "I loved Guatemala - the beautiful country, the bold bright colors, and the welcoming and gracious people. The settings and accommodations in Lake Atitlan and Antigua were amazing. The villages we visited provided a view of traditional customs and the crafts we learned are still being practiced today. What a privilege to experience this rich and colorful country and its people!"
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, Ohio - "What a fantastic tour. I loved meeting the Guatemalan people and getting to see where they lived and even having a home-cooked meal at thgeir home. The crafting was wonderful and I was able to try some new things such as pine-needle basket weaving. It was a unique experience. As usual, Craftours made sure we stayed in superb accommodations. This was a trip of a lifetime for me."
Merry Smith, Mashpee, Massachusetts - "Fantastic full of fun, laughter and great crafts"