Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.
Today we will head to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.
Today we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. (Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip).
Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).
Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.
Today we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast.
Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to our eco-lodge near Poptún.
Today we have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.
Today we have a short drive to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. We will likely stop briefly in the colonial town of Flores en route.
Border information: Exit Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos, enter Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen.Today we have a short drive in local transport across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!Please note that in Belize we will travel in local transport, as we are not permitted to use a foreign vehicle. The bus will follow us to our destination.
We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.
Today we enjoy a second free day for activities in and around San Ignacio.
Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.
We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.
Relax on the beach or head out for an activity on our second free day on Caye Caulker.
Border information: Exit Belize at Santa Elena, enter Mexico at Subteniente López.Today we will head back to the mainland, Before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.
This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.
Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state.
Today we will have a full day drive to the village of Palenque.
Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.
Today we will have a drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. In the afternoon we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river.
Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.
Today we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
Today we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.
Today we have a full day drive to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.
Today we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.
Today we will have a full day drive to Mexico's incredible bustling capital of Mexico City.
Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
Today is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities.
Today we will leave the capital behind and have a full day drive to Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purepecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Parícutin volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.
Today we will have a free day to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Paricutín volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it's still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.
Today we will drive to the town of Tequila, where we will have time for an optional visit to the town's famous distilleries (either today or on the following morning).
Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.
Today we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!
Over the next two days we will drive north along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Mazatlan and Guaymas en route.
We continue our overland adventure north, where we will aim to stay near Guayamas.
Border information: Exit Mexico at Nogales, enter USA at Nogales.Today we will cross the border into the US state of Arizona.
Today we start to drive north through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in a rustic campsite to the north of the city, where we may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.
Today we will continue north to one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA - the world-famous Grand Canyon. On arrival we will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset.
Today we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.
Today we will have a full day drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.
Today we will have free time to fully explore the fascinating city of Las Vegas and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options, including its casinos and shows!
Today we will have a short drive into the state of Utah to the stunning Zion National Park, where we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations.
Today we have a day to explore Zion National Park.
Today we will head on a very scenic drive out of Zion National Park and on to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park. We will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion), before taking another short drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.
Today we will drive to the incredible Monument Valley, the iconic landscape symbolic of the American West. On arrival we will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture.In Monument Valley we will spend the night in a traditional Navajo 'Hogan' (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle).
Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wildernesses of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.We will spend the next day exploring and trekking in Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.
We will spend the next day exploring and trekking in Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.
Today we will drive to Utah's state capital of Salt Lake City, where we will have some time to explore the city centre and its famous Temple Square. We will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.
Today we will drive north into the state of Wyoming and the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.We then have a full day for white water rafting or to explore Jackson.
Today we have a free day for activities
Today we will drive north through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where we'll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. We will then continue to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.
Today we will have a free day to fully explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.
We can enjoy another free day in Yellowstone to explore and take part in activities.
Today we will have a long drive north into the state of Montana, to our campground on the eastern shore of the Hungry Horse Reservoir in the Flathead National Forest
Today we will have free time to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of Glacier National Park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points.
Border information: Exit USA at Chief Mountain, enter Canada at Chief Mountain.Today we will have a full day drive over the Canadian border to the town of Banff, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.
Border information: If you are joining in Banff, you will most likely enter Canada at Calgary International Airport (IATA code: YYC).There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.The rest of the day is free to explore Banff and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Banff before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Banff.NB: At certain times of the year, due to public holidays and the volume of tourists we may opt to camp in Banff
We will have a full day to explore the spectacular Banff National Park.
Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the town of Jasper, travelling through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. En route we will have an included visit to Lake Louise and the Athabasca Falls.
Today we will have a free day to explore the stunning Jasper National Park or take part in optional activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, or taking the Skytram up the near Whistlers' Mountain.
Today we will drive away from the Rocky Mountains to stay at the area of Francois Lake.
Today we will drive to the town of Hazelton and have an included tour of the historical Ksan Indian Village to learn all about the life and history of the Gitxsan people. After our visit we will continue our drive to the town of Stewart.
Today we have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. In Bear season, we will visit the Fish Creek Observation Site where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies or black bears fishing for salmon. We will also visit the huge Salmon Glacier before returning to Stewart for the night.
Today we will drive through the beautiful countryside of British Columbia.
Today we will have an included visit to the fascinating Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake before continuing our journey into the province of Yukon and its capital of Whitehorse.
Today we have a free day to relax in Whitehorse.
Today we will drive through the Yukon province to the famous Klondike area and the city of Dawson, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors. En route we will stop for a tour of one of the incredible original mobile mining rigs near Dawson, Dredge No. 4.
Today we will have free time to explore the area and take part in optional activities such as taking a tour of the old gold mines, trekking up the nearby Midnight Dome, or taking in a can-can show at the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!
Border information: Exit Canada at Little Gold Creek, enter the USA at Pokar Creek.Today we will travel along the spectacular 'Top of the World Highway' to cross into Alaska at North America's northernmost border. We will drive as far as the small town of Tok.
Today we will drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park.
Today we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights, glacier walks and ice climbing.
Today we a drive to the start point of our Alaskan glacier camp adventure. We will head out along the river on boats to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to trek to a nearby glacier, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the next two nights.
Today we will explore the area near our camp.
Today we will travel back downstream from our wilderness camp to rejoin our bus. We will then drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.
Today we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the area of Eielson Visitor Centre, where we will be able to explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Today we have a free day in the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here..
Today we will drive to the town of Seward on Alaska's southern coast.
Today we will have free time to explore Seward and take part in optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.
Today our journey ends with a short drive to the city of Anchorage, possibly via a short detour to the Portage Glacier. We will have free time to explore and relax on arrival.
Border information: If you are leaving in Anchorage, you will most likely exit the USA at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (IATA code: ANC).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Anchorage. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.