- Round-trip international airfare from Houston to Guatemala City. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
- Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
- Professional Craftours tour escort the entire time.
- First-class hotel accommodations. (Suite upgrades available)
- Delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
- Special welcome dinner.
- Visit a medicinal garden and learn more about special plants with health benefits.
- Arts & Crafts workshops with master instructors. (Supplies provided.)
- Visit a master weaver in his studio to learn firsthand the art of Guatemalan loom weaving.
- Scenic boat ride on glorious Lake Atítlán
- A leisurely walking tour of the old city of Antígua.
- An optional tour to a family owned coffee grower as we learn how to craft the perfect cup of coffee and we will enjoy lunch.
- All taxes are included in this package and insurance highly recommended.
- Enjoy shopping in various markets for coffee, textiles and local crafts.
- A Craftours lanyard and commemorative gift.
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 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.
An optional tour to a family owned coffee grower including local family-style cuisine.
The cost of this optional tour is $65.97 pp.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST GUATEMALA TOURS:
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 their 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"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This is my sixth tour with Craftours. It was wonderful."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Victoria - "Loved going to the local markets... meeting the local people and bargaining. Language was no issue when buying and selling... calculators are a great communication tool! We saw or participated in many special moments... Riding horses up the mountain, riding the chicken bus or just eating local food."
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, IL - "I had a wonderful time! Guatemala is beautiful and interesting. Our accommodations were top rate; transportation was comfortable and safe. Pam Holland is a terrific tour leader, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable."
David Whittick, Monterey, CA - "Wonderful experience with fabric artist Pam Holland. Fun days learning photo composition with her artistic eye; seeing beautiful textile colors, people, markets & people of Antigua & Lake Atitlan."
Marsha Mowery , Fort Collins, CO- "I am so happy I decided to go to Guatemala. Craftours does such a wonderful job to make travel a joyful experience."
Zoe Enright , Cincinnati, OH- "I was expecting to see some colorful costumes, some handicrafts, some architecture. I got there and it was WAY beyond expectation. The colorful costumes were everywhere as normal dress. Weavers around every corner, and so many beautiful colonial buildings. Our guide showed us even more than the itinerary and gave us insights into history and culture. This may have been my best trip ever."
Susan Kesler Simpson , Danville, PA- "Fantastically organized and one of the best travel trips I’ve been on. Everything that you said and more. Carols, the local guide, was exceptional. I would highly recommend this trip for textile lovers. It was just wonderful"
Grace Brouillette , Banning, CA- "The trip was wonderful. Both hotels were great. The trip to have lunch with the family who had the coffee plantation really let us see the real people. Carlos was very knowledgeable and kind and watched over us. All cee was always prepared and patient. The free time versus planned time was perfect. Also enjoyed the small group experience"
Bev Brown, Bloomington, IN - “Fantastic trip! Sites and people were amazing. Food was delicious and both guides were excellent!”
Lauren Cory, Palo Alto, CA - “The Guatemala trip is absolutely worth your time! Antigua is the old colonial capital and is filled with good restaurants, cafes and great shopping. Their famous yellow arch is beautiful against the blue sky and puffy white clouds. Lake Atitlan is utterly spectacular and is surrounded by volcanoes. Hotel Atitlan was a surprise and delight to the entire group. Don't forget your bathing suit because the pool and the hot tub face stunning views of volcanoes. Our escort, Kate, and local guide, Carlos, could not have been better! Carlos took us to shops and cooperatives where our purchases helped the local people. I think everyone wanted another day at Lake Atitlan just to relax and soak in the beauty. Do sign up for this trip!”
Sheila Mcguinness, Kannapolis, NC - “Wonderful trip.”
Sandra Kendall, Concord, NC - “This was one of the best trips I have done. I enjoyed mingling with the local people and buying local things. Most enjoyed seeing how they live and work. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Carlos is a jewel to this trip. He made everyone of us so comfortable and his kindness was outstanding.”
Pamela Brands, Cupertino, CA - “This was my first tour with Craft tours and it was such an extraordinary experience. Carlos, (our local guide) was so knowledgeable regarding the history, culture, religion, indigenous people and customs. Our experience with the people who live there (our visit to the coffee farm, as well as lunch with them, and the weaving demonstration), was one of the highlights of the trip. Lake Atitlan was Beautiful, serene and magical. The visits to the Mayan villages were truly an unforgettable experience. Our guide Kate, was terrific. I am so lucky to have had this experience with a great group of 8 kind, thoughtful, friendly ladies!”