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

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Guatemala City, Guatemala to Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Air travel
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

Arrive in Guatemala City and connect to our charter flight to Puerto Barrios, where you'll embark NG Quest. (D)

Monkey River, Belize, Belize
Laughing Bird Cay, Belize

Board Zodiacs this morning and exploreone of Belize's coastal rivers in search of toucans, green iguanas, and other wildlife. This afternoon, anchor near one of the cayes within Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Snorkel,kayak or try stand-up paddleboarding. Certified scuba divers may opt to join a reefdive (at an additional cost). (B,L,D)

Belize Barrier Reef, Belize, Belize

Spanning more than 200 miles, the Belize Barrier Reef offers countless opportunities for exploration by ship and ashore on one of the many cayes. Don mask, fins, and snorkel or paddle a kayak on a turquoise lagoon. Conditions permitting, have a beach barbecue lunch or dinner ashore. (B,L,D)

Dangriga, Belize
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize
Dangriga, Belize
Manatee River, Belize, Belize

Devote your morning to exploring Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, internationally recognized as the world's first jaguar reserve. Hike one of the many nature trails with your naturalists, photograph colorful tropical plants, scan the forest for its abundant birdlife, and be on the lookout for the tracks of deer, tapirs, wild cats, and other wildlife. Afterward, stop at a traditional Mayan handicraft center. This afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise along the mangrove channels of one of Belize's coastal rivers. Internationally acclaimed drumming group, The Garifuna Collective, performs this evening. (B,L,D)

Lighthouse Reef, 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. (B,L,D)

Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
Air travel
Flores, Guatemala

Disembark this morning for our charter flight to Flores. Lunch at a picturesque restaurant overlooking Lake Petén Itzá, before transferring to the Hotel Camino Real Tikal. Check in on arrival, then take an optional birdwatching walk with your naturalists or a sunset boat ride on the lake. (B,L,D)

Flores, Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala
Flores, Guatemala

Today is dedicated to exploring Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Delve deep into Maya history and architecture as you explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 feet from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D)

Flores, Guatemala
Yaxha, Guatemala
Flores, Guatemala

Visit Yaxha, the third-largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. One of the few Mayan sites still known by its Mayan name, "green waters", Yaxha is spread out over nine plazas. This little-visited site contains hundreds of structures, dozens of stelae, multiple pyramid temples and ball courts. Stop at a traditional Guatemalan restaurant for lunch today. (B,L,D)

Flores, Guatemala
Air travel
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Air travel

We'll end our journey in Flores and have prearranged a charter flight to Guatemala City at an additional cost, to connect with international flights home. You may opt out of this flight should you chose to spend more time in Flores or make independent arrangements to Guatemala City. (B)

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About the Ship

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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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