Holiday Itinerary - An Adventure through Central America

Day 1 - UK to Panama

Depart on your scheduled flight to Panama City today.

Day 2 - Panama City

​You'll stay for two nights in Panama's cosmopolitan capital. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner. D​

Day 3 - Panama City

We'll start our explorations of Panama with a visit to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake which forms a major part of the Panama Canal. On a scenic cruise you'll sail past lush rainforest, so keep a lookout for thrilling wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys, three-toed sloth and many species of tropical birds, including toucans. Our next stop is the fortified city of Portobelo, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 and once the only port of entry and exit for the whole of South America. 

Our final highlight of the day is a ride on the Panama Canal Railway, an incredibly scenic route which takes us from the Pacific to the Atlantic following the banks of the famous canal​. B

Day 4 - Panama City - San Jose

​This morning's guided tour will introduce you to both sides of Panama City. The modern district's skyline is dominated by towering skyscrapers, while the UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to architecture dating back to the days of the Spanish Conquest. We'll also see the Miraflores Locks, which form part of the Panama Canal, before we fly to Costa Rica​. 
This evening you'll enjoy typical Costa Rican cuisine at a local restaurant and have an opportunity to taste the popular dish of rice, black beans, salad, plantains and a tortilla - casado - which means "married man". The name is thought to originate from restaurant customers who asked to be treated like 'casados', as such meals were enjoyed by married men at home. ​B,D

Day 5 - San Jose

We'll discover some of the incredible natural wonders of Costa Rica on today's included tour. First we'll head to Irazu Volcano National Park to see the country's tallest volcano, which resides in an area of primary, secondary and cloud forest. We'll then head to Lankester Botanical Garden, where more than 3,000 plants, including 1,000 species of orchid, offer a year-round display of colour. Our tour ends in the Orosi Valley, where we'll visit a traditional village whose colonial church was built by Franciscan missionaries. B

Day 6 - San Jose - Sarapiqui

An exciting highlight today is an aerial tram ride through the rainforest. This trip takes us through the treetops of primary forest in the company of a naturalist guide. After this we'll visit the Earth University, where we'll learn about the country's biodiversity as we tour a banana plantation and a forest reserve. During a 1.2-mile trek, we'll see, hear and smell many species of native plants. The forest is also home to three of the four types of monkey found in Costa Rica, many types of insect and more than 150 species of birds. ​B

Day 7 - Sarapiqui - Caño Negro

Today we head to Caño Negro, where we’ll stay for two nights. En route we’ll stop at La Selva Biological Station, an ecology research facility where we’ll see some of the country’s most immaculate primary tropical rainforest. We’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. B,D

Day 8 - Caño Negro

On this day of discovery we’ll start with a boat tour of Caño Negro’s wetlands. The area is home to more than 350 species of birds including the great blue heron, wood storks, black-bellied whistling duck and the endangered jabiru, as well as caimans, sloths and monkeys. We’ll also visit a farm to learn about the growing and harvesting of medicinal plants. We’ll gather again this evening for dinner at the hotel. B,D

Day 9 - Caño Negro - Granada

Today we'll journey by road into Nicaragua, where we'll stay in Granada for two nights. En route to our hotel we'll have a guided tour of the city, the oldest in the country, and see the striking blue San Francisco Church and its convent - home to a fascinating museum. B

Day 10 - Granada

Thousands of years ago the Mombacho Volcano erupted, throwing huge rocks into Lake Nicaragua. These are now known as the Granada Islets and we'll enjoy a cruise here today. Some of the islets are uninhabited and some feature grand houses. Birdlife is plentiful here, so look out for cormorants, herons, parrots, vultures and many more species. 

Our tour concludes as we head to the White Villages – picturesque rural communities scattered amongst the hillsides whose buildings were constructed using volcanic rock and limestone. Each village specialises in a different traditional craft, and, with an average elevation of around 1,600 feet, the view from each is spectacular. B

Day 11 - Granada - Managua

After breakfast, our tour continues as we head to Nicaragua's capital Managua, where we stay tonight. Badly damaged by earthquakes in 1931 and 1972, much of the city centre has never been rebuilt, so the dilapidated buildings we'll see here are a haunting reminder of nature's power. Perhaps pick up a locally crafted souvenir in Roberto Huembes Market. B

Day 12 - Managua - San Salvador

We've a morning at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flight to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, Central America's smallest country. On arrival we'll head off on a tour of the city, with highlights including its historical centre, the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and El Rosario Church. B

Day 13 - San Salvador - Copan

A journey by road today will take us to Copan in Honduras. En route we'll stop to admire the colonial architecture and ancient cobbled streets of Suchitoto, a charming town considered El Salvador's cultural capital. Once in Honduras, we'll visit Joya de Ceren, an ancient Mayan farming community which was buried by volcanic ash, leaving the remains in a wonderfully preserved state. B

Day 14 - Copan

The archaeological site of Copan is the most studied Mayan site in the world, and we’ll visit this morning. Among the incredible stone sculptures here we’ll discover the Great Plaza and the huge pyramidal Acropolis. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. B

Day 15 - Copan - Livingston

Our day begins with a drive to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala’s main Caribbean Sea port, where we board a boat for our journey to Livingston. En route to our hotel, where we’ll stay for two nights, we’ll visit the UNESCO-listed site of Quirigua. Here we’ll admire its famous stelae, or stone carvings, the largest of which is 35 feet high, five feet wide and carved from a single piece of stone. B

Day 16 - Livingston

The enchanting Caribbean town of Livingston was founded by the Garifuna people in around 1795. Today their local traditions, customs, cuisine and music set the town apart from the rest of Guatemala and we’ll discover it on an included tour. An afternoon at leisure gives you the chance to explore further with your travelling companions or to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, which enjoys a lovely position overlooking the Caribbean Sea. B

Day 17 - Livingston - Flores

After breakfast we embark on a boat trip on the Dulce River to the Ak’Tenamit co-operative, a social development organisation that supports local community projects. We’ll also visit the San Felipe Fort, built to stop pirates entering the region from the Caribbean. B

Day 18 - Tikal - Guatemala City

Enjoy a guided tour of UNESCO-listed Tikal National Park, home to one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the Americas. This ancient Mayan citadel comprises 3,000 structures including temples, palaces and plazas that lie among the tropical rainforests. Steep pyramids rise above the lush green canopy and birds, monkeys and other wildlife including the Morpho Butterfly with its shimmering shades of blues surround the incredible ruins. This afternoon we'll fly to Guatemala City for an overnight stay.​ B,L

Day 19 - Guatemala City to UK

Today we fly back to the UK. B

Day 20 

You'll arrive back in the UK today. 

Departure dates and prices 2021

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23 November 

£6199

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Just You Singles Holidays
An Adventure through Central America

Holidays by Air 20 Days

From £6199 - no single supplement

This You tour takes you through six countries in Central America, is the adventure of a lifetime. Dense rainforests and smouldering volcanoes, exotic wildlife and iconic Mayan treasures – all are yours to discover as you head from Panama to Guatemala. 

Discover our great range of Just You Singles Holidays from Travel 55

What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host and specialist local guide
  • Return flights from Heathrow with United Airlines via Newark
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 17 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 23 meals: 17 breakfast, 2 lunches, 4 dinners including a welcome drink and dinner
  • All highlights included 
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports ​

Included holiday highlights

  • Scenic cruise on Gatun Lake
  • Visit the fortified city of Portobelo
  • A thrilling journey on the Panama Canal Railway
  • Tour of Panama City and Miraflores Locks
  • Try a Casado in San Jose - a Costa Rican Staple
  • Visit Irazu Volcano National Park, the tallest volcano in Costa Rica
  • Lankester Gardens and Orosi Valley
  • Aerial tram ride over primary rainforest and visit to the Earth University
  • Visit La Selva Biological Station
  • Tour of Cano Negro Wetlands and farm visit
  • Walking tour of Granada
  • Discover the Granada Islets and the White Villages
  • Tour of Managua
  • San Salvador tour
  • The archaeological site of Joya de Ceren
  • Visit the Maya ruins at Copan 
  • Quirigua, famous for its stone carvings
  • Tour of the Caribbean town of Livingston
  • Boat trip to Cano Dulce and visit to San Felipe Fort
  • The incredible site of Tikal​

Accommodation

Torres De Alba Hotel and Suites

Double Tree by Hilton Hote, Cariara San Jose

4-star Double Tree Cariari Hotel by Hilton, located in typical colonial hacienda is a sustainable hotel and offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with en-suite facilities. Guests can enjoy various drinks at Bar Chiquiri or some local Costa-Rican meals at Las Tejas Restaurant. At the same time, breakfast can be enjoyed in the many poolside shaded areas. In addition to all luxurious facilities featured in the hotel, Double Tree Cariari also offers a casino and a beauty salon.

Selva Verde

The Selva Verde is located in the midst of the 500 acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area. The rainforest is home to over 300 bird species and over 100 species of mammals. Hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant that sits alongside the Sarapiqui River, swimming pool and gift shop.

Cano Negro Natural Lodge

As per many of the lodges within Costa Rica, the hotel is surrounded with beautiful grounds, don’t be surprised if a monkey suddenly appears! Hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant and pool. The hotel has also been awarded an incredible 3 leaves award for their sustainability projects.

Paraiso Granada Hotel

Globalres Camino Real

The Globale Camino Real is a relatively large hotel in Managua. Hotel facilities include; a large pool with poolside restaurant. Room facilities include; complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, desk and safe deposit box.

Hotel Mirado Plaza

Located in El Salvador next to Torre Futura, World Trade Centre, restaurants and shopping centres. Hotels facilities include breakfast buffet, restaurant and bar.

Hotel Marina Copan

The 3-star Hotel Marina Copan is situated overlooking the Central Plaza of Copan. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
Hotel Villa Caribe
The Villa Caribe is located in the beautiful Livingston, famed for its Garifuna culture in Guatemala. Hotel facilities include; a restaurant, pool, safety deposit box and also a lovely private beach
Villa Maya
Villa Maya is 45 minutes' drive from Tikal National Park, providing the perfect base for the area's exploration. Hotel facilities include private bathrooms, hot water and air conditioning. The hotel has numerous facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools, outdoor jacuzzi, sun beds and beautifully kept gardens.
Barcelo Premium
The Barceló Guatemala City is a large modern hotel with elegantly furnished rooms. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool and fitness studio. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


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