September 23 - 30, 2018


Package Price:
$1,997.00 | Air from the USA

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


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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

  • TRIP-AT-A-GLANCE
  • TESTIMONIALS

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip international airfare from the United States to Guatemala city.
  • 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 instuctors. (Supplies provided.)
  • Visit a master weaver in his studio to learn firsthand the art of Guatemalan loom weaving.
  • Scenic boat ride on glorious Lake Atíitlán
  • A leisurely walking tour of the old city of Antígua.
  • A 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, luggage tag and commemorative gift.

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.

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.


GUATEMALA TESTIMONIALS:

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"