Summary : Discover the vibrant reefs of Belize and the dramatic Maya ruins of Tikal on a compact, yet comprehensive land-and-sea expedition. Sail aboard this new 100-guest vessel to snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard along the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere. Then venture to Tikal to explore stone temples swathed in rain forest and teeming with wildlife.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$5,490 to $7,790
Fly to Belize. Embark National Geographic Quest. (D)
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)
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)
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, stop at a remote field station to learn about reef research. (B,L,D)
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)
Take a charter flight to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to 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, which you’ll explore over two days. Check into the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. (B,L,D)
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 from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D)
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)
Transfer to flights home. (B) Charter flight from Flores to Guatemala City is not included (from $250 per person).
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Requires Advanced Open Water certification with 25 lifetime dives logged, plus one ocean dive in the 12 months prior to the trip. Guests do not need to bring their own gear.
Accommodations and meals as indicated per the itinerary; excursions; kayaking; entrance fees; port charges and service taxes; group airport transfers to and from the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; individual transfers; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, internet, etc.; scuba diving; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
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