Belize and Guatemala

from $3,515

Dates (2018):  Jan 11-22; Jan 24-Feb 04

DURATION: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

EMBARK: BELIZE CITY

DISEMBARK: BELIZE CITY

SHIP: GRAND MARINER

All about the Belize and Guatemala.

The Belize Barrier Reef, one of the largest and most celebrated in the world, is the perfect setting for kayaking and snorkeling. In Guatemala, explore the roots of Mayan culture at Quirigua, an 8th century monument. Your Blount ship is uniquely designed to go where big ships cannot, including up the Rio Dulce, and to scenic and remote islands. A patented bow ramp lets you step directly from ship to sandy shore. An onboard naturalist guides you to breathtaking cayes, reefs and lagoons introducing you to exotic fish, Howler Monkeys, iguanas, and tropical birds.

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PORTS VISITED

  • Belize City, Belize
  • Man-O-War Caye
  • Southwater Caye, Belize
  • Placencia Village, Belize
  • Lime Caye
  • Punta Gorda, Belize
  • Livingston, Guatemala
  • Castillo de San Felipe, Guatemala
  • Nana Juana Resort, Guatemala
  • Casa Guatemala
  • West Snake Caye, Belize
  • Water Cay, Belize
  • Goff Cay, Belize
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Cruise aboard the Grande Mariner, with only 88 passengers.
  • Complete program of optional tours and excursions (An additional fee may apply)
  • Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship.
  • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • BYOB , Bring your own selection of beverages; mixers and ice is provided
  • Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader.
  • Professional tour staff.
  • Complete pre-departure materials.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, gratuities and Internet service
  1. Day 1 Depart from Belize City

    Welcome to paradise as you embark in Belize City for this 12-day adventure.

  2. Day 2 Man-O-War Caye & Southwater Caye, Belize

    About 40 miles south of Belize City you will explore 2 breathtaking cayes today. Our onboard naturalist helps you uncover the hidden gems of Man-O-War caye, a designated bird sanctuary where you may see magnificent frigate birds and brown pelicans, known to entertain with their aerial acrobats; as well as brown footed boobies, white ibis, ruddy turnstones and blue heron. On Southwater Caye, a private island listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its biological diversity and beauty, discover fascinating reef ecosystems, tropical fish and colorful coral when you swim, snorkel or kayak.

  3. Day 3 Placencia Village, Belize

    Replete with palm-lined beaches and home to a Garifuna community known for their traditional drumming and dance, this 16 mile peninsula has become known as an eco-destination. Look for the laughing gulls, royal terns, and several sandpiper species that live along the coast here. Experience a bow landing on Placencia Point. Step off the bow ramp of the ship and onto the sandy shore to visit this growing and diverse village.

  4. Day 4 Lime Caye & Punta Gorda Town, Belize

    Lime Cay, part of the Sapodillas Cayes Marine Reserve, invites you to swim, snorkel or kayak in its spectacularly clear waters or lounge on its pristine beaches for a day of perfect relaxation. Stop in Punta Gorda before you pass into Guatemala. This southernmost city is a seaport and fishing town that is also home to a unique mix of Garifuna, Creole and Mayan cultures. Explore the village market, and browse an array of family-owned shops

  5. Day 5 Livingston, Guatemala

    In Eastern Guatemala, Livingston sits where the mouth of the Rio Dulce meets the Gulf of Honduras. With no roads to Livingston, the only way here is by boat. Explore the local village, enjoy a cool drink at a unique cafe or simply relax by the river.

  6. Day 6 Castillo De San Felipe & Nan Juana, Guatemala

    Going where larger ships cannot, you cruise the gorgeous Rio Dulce brimming with lush, dramatic gorges. You may spot white egrets in the trees, and even the secretive keel-billed toucan, the national bird of Belize. Explore Castillo de San Felipe, a 400-year-old Spanish fort built to protect Lake Izabal from pirates.

    Later, dock where sailboats do at the Nana Juana Eco-hotel and Marina. Here you will relish in the spectacular setting, with its private bar, pool and hot tub. You may choose to venture off into the heart of unspoiled tropical forests on an optional jungle trail and canopy tour

  7. Day 7 Nana Juana, Guatemala

    Take an optional excursion that transports you to the 8th century as you tour the Quirigua Mayan Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, a recent birding group had the pleasure of seeing a turquoise-browed motmot with its “tennis racket” like tail.

  8. Day 8-9 Punta Gorda, Belize

    Heading back to Belize, you once again cruise the spectacular Rio Dulce filled with howler monkeys, toucans and picturesque waterfalls.

    Return to Punta Gorda for a day of relaxation. On an optional tour, indulge in the decadence of traditional Mayan chocolate as you visit a local cacao farm and learn how cacao farming supports the community. Continue at a chocolate factory, where the beans are made into a treat you can sample. This afternoon, lounge in the sunny splendor of the top deck or stroll along the waterfront.

  9. Day 10 West Snake Cay & Water Caye, Belize

    At gorgeous West Snake Caye, another bow landing takes you directly into the unspoiled inner lagoon of the Belize Coastal Zone, where you can swim, snorkel or kayak in the sparkling clear waters. Anchor this evening in serene Water Caye, where stunning seascape views unfold under the Caribbean stars.

  10. Day 11 Goff Caye, Belize

    The tiny island of Goff Caye sits on the edge of the Barrier Reef. Here, warm waters support thriving populations of lobster and conch. Tonight in Belize City, enjoy the tones of a local steel drum band and celebrate Belize with your fellow travelers and new friends during a festive farewell celebration.

  11. Day 12 Disembark in Belize City

    Disembark today in Belize City, Belize.

GRAND MARINER

Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.

WHAT SETS BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES APART?

• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics