Greeks to Belize | EF Ultimate Break

Greeks to Belize

10 Days  •  6 Cities

Why Go?

This trip is land, air, and sea to the tropical max. Where else can you zoom through the jungle canopy suspended on a zipline at nearly 50 mph? Or trek inland to Guatemala to unearth the treasures of Mayan ruins at Tikal and Lamanai? And once you’ve caught your breath from flying through the air, and properly observed leg day by climbing the temple stairs: sprawl out on some of the best beaches in the world, tube down a lazy river, snorkel, swim, and splash in the crystal-clear water until the Belizean sea cows come home.

What are the top highlights?

  • Explore the Maya ruins of Tikal and Lamanai
  • Enjoy the relaxed Caribbean beach atmosphere of San Pedro
  • Zipline and cave-tube deep in the jungle of Central America
  • Snorkel off the coasts of San Pedro and Hol Chan
  • Bask in the sun at Almond Beach
  • Keep an ear out in the rainforest for howler monkeys’ notorious calls
  • Immerse yourself in a wide spectrum of local cultures and traditions

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Ferry ride to Ambergris Caye
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Entrances to Tikal National Park, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve & other select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.


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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:


  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Belize City

Welcome to Belize! We’ll be waiting to bring you to your accommodations in the Belize City region.


Today's Highlights:


  • Meet an EF representative at the airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation in the Belize City region via coach
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director
  • Meet the other travelers as they arrive
  • Get to know your fellow travelers over an included dinner this evening

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.

Day 2: Explore the Mayan Ruins at Lamanai

Visit the ancient Maya ruins of Lamanai, one of Belize’s biggest and best-understood ancient sites. Today, it is a protected archaeological area, but it was home to nearly 3,000 years of continuous occupation by Maya peoples. Afterwards, it’s on to Ambergris Caye for dinner and free time.


Today's Highlights:


  • Travel by speedboat 25 miles up the New River, passing jungle scenery and a picturesque Mennonite village en route to Lamanai
  • Explore the ancient Maya ruins with an expert, local guide
  • Climb to the top of the High Temple for great jungle views
  • See the famed Jaguar Temple and Mask Temple
  • Enjoy a local Belizean dinner

Day 3: Snorkeling at Hol Chan + Optional Belize Food Tour

Journey by boat to this snorkelers' paradise. Get outfitted in your gear and join your guide for an orientation to Hol Chan’s spectacular marine life and colorful coral. Then enjoy a free afternoon. Stay in town to explore more of the area or head back to the beach and wetsuit up for more snorkeling.


Today's Highlights:


  • Glide past the colorful formations that Belize is known for as you snorkel the second largest barrier reef in the world.
  • See turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, jacks, tarpon, and many other marine species.
  • Swim in the warm waters—the average ocean temperature is 82.9 degrees.

Belize Food Tour(extra cost)

Saying Belizean food is just rice and beans is like saying American food is just French fries. Sure, we love them, but they’re merely a side dish within a deeply exciting cuisine. Sample salbutes (sort of like tacos), fry jacks (sort of like fried dough), and learn about how Mayan cuisine (sort of amazing) seeped its way into the vibrant foods Belizeans eat. After this experience, you’re doomed to wander your hometown looking for a bite of anything that will remind you of this delicious day.


Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 4: Welcome to the Jungle

You’re on the move inland, into dense, verdant jungle along the border of Guatemala. San Ignacio, today’s destination, is the gateway city to jungle and adventure.


Today's Highlights:


  • Stop back at Lamanai for a little more face time with Mayan history.
  • Listen closely for the howler monkey’s trademark...howl. As the loudest animals on the planet, they'll be hard to ignore.
  • Head back to the mainland via water taxi.

Day 5: Explore Tikal's Ancient Ruins

Visit Tikal, Guatemala. Home to impressive Maya temples, ball courts and numerous excavated buildings, this place once rivaled Ancient Rome in size and splendor. It's believed that more than 100,000 Mayan people called Tikal home. After working up an appetite exploring the grounds, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.


Today's Highlights:


  • Wake up to the sounds of the jungle in San Ignacio.
  • Cross Guatemala off your bucket list.
  • Visit Tikal, the most impressive ancient site in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Climb 221 feet to the top of Temple IV.
  • Be on the lookout for howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many other animals; Tikal is brimming with jungle wildlife.

Day 6: Zipline Through the Jungle + Cave Tubing

Experience the rush of the zipline as you cruise above the jungle canopy from platform to platform. Then chill out as you float through blue waters in caves within caves within caves. This will be one seriously awesome day.

Today's Highlights:


  • Zipline above the jungle canopy at speeds of nearly 50 mph.
  • Tube through sacred Maya caves, discovering stalagmites and stalactites with names like “Dragon” and “Eagle”.
  • Refuel from all your floating with a hearty barbecue lunch.
  • Make your way to the Southern Coast along Hummingbird Highway, one of the most beautiful (and beautifully-named) roads in the world.

Day 7: Snorkel the Southern Coast

Travel via private boat charter to the outer reaches of the Southern Coast. This atoll is another of Belize’s natural treasures. The mangroves that grow here provide the basis for an incredible ecological system while allowing more than 500 species of fish and 65 varieties of coral to thrive.
Today's Highlights:


  • Bask in the sun at Almond Beach—Belize’s premiere Southern Coast beach.
  • Take a boat cruise to Turneffe Atoll for snorkeling, sports, and more.

Snorkel at Turneffe Atoll(extra cost)

Take advantage of the country-that-has-it-all’s biggest atoll (that’s marine biologist for “coral reef island ring”). Take a private boat charter out to the Turneffe Atoll, part of the Belize Coral Reef, for a day of snorkeling. There’s dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees just chilling out in the pristine waters, so feel free to make a new friend. Legend has it Blackbeard the pirate used to hang out here, but please avoid buccaneering your friend’s paddle boards in his name.


Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 8: Free Day on the Southern Coast

Things that are better than spending the day at Almond Beach: *crickets*. Get it? Today is a chill day for everyone—no excursions or side trips, just tanning time. You have all day in paradise to spend how you want. Just try and remember the sunscreen.


Today's Highlights:


  • Dip your toe in the Caribbean Sea to see if the temperature is just right (kidding—it’s always perfect).
  • Make today the ultimate beach day—if that’s what you’re into. They don’t have beaches like these back in the States.
  • Start scheduling your “take me back to Belize” Instagram posts for the next few weeks.

Day 9: Return to Belize City + Farewell Dinner

After a wonderful time on the Southern Coast, it's time to head back to Belize City. Cap things off with a farewell dinner with your group.


Today's Highlights:


  • Spend one more morning waking up in paradise before continuing on to, well, more paradise.
  • Make a pit stop in the vibrant seaside town of Dangriga.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 10: Fly Home

Goodbye, friends!
Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.


EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS


1. Double the fun
Many of our trips line up back to back. Give us a call and we’ll help you add another destination—and save big while you’re at it.


2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy. During checkout, you’ll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for a $30 fee. We’ll adjust your flights accordingly, but you’ll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside the tour.


Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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