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Past and Present Guatemala

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    What to Expect
    Kick off your full-day Guatemala City and Antigua sightseeing tour with hotel pick up. Head with your expert guide to Avenue of the Americas—named in 1948—where you’ll venture to the Civic Center. Notice the impressive buildings surrounding this popular destination, which date back to the 1950s and 60s. You’ll wander past City Hall, the National Mortgage Bank and the Supreme Court, as well as other municipal structures.

    Your guide will show you murals by artist Dagoberto Vasquez and explain the scenes straight out of Guatemalan history that are showcased in his work. You’ll also see impressive and colorful mosaic work by Carlos Merida.

    From the Civic Center you will head to Constitution Plaza (Plaza de la Constitucion). Your guide will point out the famous structures that surround you, like the National Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

    Once you’ve taken in the beauty and history of Guatemala City, follow your guide through the stalls of the city’s Central Market. You’ll see handicrafts, colorful textiles, leather goods and jewelry that make great gifts and keepsakes to remember this incredible day.

    Savor a traditional lunch with your guide and fellow travelers at a local restaurant before heading to Antigua—about 45 minutes west of the capital—in air-conditioned comfort. This stunning city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its Spanish colonial style and charm.

    Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the old city’s cobble stone streets, past key sites like Central Park, the Palace of the Captain Generals, City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace. Wander past the iconic Sirens’ Fountain, which was built in the 1930s before making your way to the whitewashed halls of San Jose Cathedral. The Baroque architecture of this iconic church proves a highlight of this memorable tour. Your guide will share insight and information about the underground passageways that cloistered nuns once used to cross the street while you take in the building’s beauty.

    Before returning to Guatemala City and your hotel, make a final stop at La Merced Church where you’ll marvel at Antigua’s largest fountain and savor your last bit of colonial beauty.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off at select hotels
    • Professional guide
    • Transportation
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country are required at time of booking for all participants.
    • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
    • Please contact us if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact Gray Line Guatemala to arrange.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    I was traveling solo and did not have the best wifi connection were I was staying. I told the tour company that and told them exactly where I would be and sent an address. I tried calling the number listed the morning of but nobody would answer. I waited for an hour before
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    Thank you. Great time visiting Antigua. I opted out of the Guatemala City tour but I am sure that was just as informative and interesting.
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    Response from GrayLineGua, Public Relations Manager at Past and Present Guatemala
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience with us!!
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    I’m a solo traveler. When I travel I like to spend the first day of my trips doing my own thing and finding little gems myself. However, the second day I like to book tours with local guides to get a better sense of the country I am in. JP exceeded all of my expectations. He was
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    Response from GrayLineGua, Public Relations Manager at Past and Present Guatemala
    Responded 8 Apr 2019
    Dear Patrice Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience with us!! We are going to share with our staff your good comments about them and we are going to be waiting for you the next time in Guatemala!!
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    I have to say that the best part of this tour were my driver (Urbano) & tour guide (Transito Adolfo). They were respectively fropm Guatemala City & Antigua and were incredibly knowledgeable. They entertained many of my questions and photo requests and were very candid. I will
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    Response from GrayLineGua, Public Relations Manager at Past and Present Guatemala
    Responded 3 Mar 2019
    Dear Marianne Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your experience with us, your opinion is valuable and very important!!
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    I did not get to go on this tour, but I visited Antigua on my own. What a great city. The churches are beautiful, the ruins are great. Beautiful pics.
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 10h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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