Belize to Tikal – Reefs, Rivers, and Ruins of The Maya World (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Belize City, Belize to Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Air travel
Belize City, Belize

Fly to Belize. Embark National Geographic Quest. (D)

Laughing Bird Cay, Belize
Sapodilla Cayes, Belize

Snorkel, kayak, or stand up paddleboard the crystalline waters of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Discover the dazzling undersea of the Belize Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity, while snorkeling or, if certified, scuba diving. (B,L,D)

Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala
Quiriguá, Guatemala
Lake Izabal, Guatemala
Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Rio Dulce Canyon, Guatemala
Livingston, Guatemala
Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

See the highly detailed stonework of the Mayan ruins of Quiriguá, sculpted to glorify Maya kings. Lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal then take local boats through the beautiful limestone canyon of the Rio Dulce. (B,L,D)

Glovers Reef, Belize
South Water Caye, Belize

Explore turquoise seas and protected reefs of Glover's Reef and South Water Caye by snorkeling or, if certified, diving, then explore the shoreline and reef top by kayak or stand up paddleboard. If conditions permit, we may stop at a remote field station to learn about reef research. (B,L,D)

Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Half Moon Caye, Belize

Snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand up paddleboard inside the fringing reef that surrounds Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches, and is known for its high diversity of corals and fishes. Walk through the endangered and fragile littoral forest at Half Moon Caye, to view the nesting population of red-footed boobies from observation platforms. (B,L,D)

Belize City, Belize
Air travel
Flores, Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala

Delve deeper into Maya history and architecture over three nights with local experts in Tikal while enjoying a stay at the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. Explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 ft from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D)

Tikal, Guatemala
Yaxha, Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala

Visit Yaxha, the third-largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. Hike nearby trails or explore the lesser-visited ruins at Topoxte, secluded on an island in the lake. (B,L,D)

Tikal, Guatemala
Flores, Guatemala
Air travel
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Air travel

Transfer to flights home. (B)

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National Geographic Quest

The 100- guest National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration.

What's Included


  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap. Fitness center or exercise equipment. The guidance and company of our expedition staff. The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary. Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary Sightseeing & entrance fees Special access permits, park fees, port taxes Transfers to and from group flights The expertise of our expedition staff

  • All excursions Zodiac & kayak explorations (Kayaks not available on Panorama II)Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

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All accommodations aboard ship, meals as indicated, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment, services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides, services of a ship physician, all gratuities, and all port charges and service taxes.

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