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North & Central American Overland Panama City - Anchorage

Trip Overview

If you have 109 days to spare and want to explore North and Central America, then you will want to consider this trip. It travels along the spine of the two regions, through the great mountains and deserts and gives a great and diverse view of the region travelled through.

We travel from the glaciers, ice fields and wildlife of the Northern Rockies and Alaska, through the wonderful national parks of Banff, Jasper, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, and then on into the deserts of Nebraska and Arizona. There is time to explore the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion and Bryce Canyon and then for a bit of “civilisation” there’s Las Vegas.

In Mexico, it’s a whole mixture of Mayan, Aztec, Toltec and Zapotec cultures and monuments, which culminate in the astounding beauty of Tikal in Guatemala. But no trip would be complete without beaches, sea and sand and we have plenty of time to chill on Honduras’s Bay Islands and on the Belize Cayes.

Add in the wildlife of Costa Rica, the beauty of Nicaragua, the beaches and beauty of El Salvador and a canal in Panama and you have a pretty staggering journey.

109 DAYS THROUGH Belize, Canada (+ 8 more countries)
RATING:
of 4 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$10,190 (USD) + 3,440 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
109 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus, Boat, Flight
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
50%
50%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
CAP
DEPOSIT:
$1000 USD

Highlights

  Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

  Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise

  3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle

  Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park

  Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas

  Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe

  Visit Antelope Canyon near Page

  Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness

  Boat trip to the cloud forests of Monteverde Forest Reserve

  Visit the beaches and guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park

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A long road journey by iconic American transport, a converted schoolbus. This is an awesome trip. Some long distances to cover but a huge amount to see and do along the way. Loads of activities, from hiking, horse riding, caving, swimming, and boat trips, make this an active journey. A mix of good campsites, hotels, hostels and local guest houses.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Panama City ( 24th Mar 2020 )

Border information: if you are starting in Panama City, you will most likely enter Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Until the meeting, the rest of the day is free to explore the busting Panamanian capital. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Panama City 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 Panama City.

If you are continuing on from Cartagena today then your leader in Colombia will assist you with transport to the airport for your included flight to arrive in Panama in time for the joining meeting.

In Panama City we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama

USD 5

Freely explore the unrestored ruins of Panama Viejo, the original colonial settlement that was founded in 1519 and sacked by pirates in 1671

Free

Freely explore the streets and beautifully-restored colonial buildings of Casco Viejo, the old district of the modern city of Panama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Free

See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway

USD 5

Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama

USD 22
Day 2 - Panama City, Camino Real ( 25th Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. 

We will then continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobblestoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rainforests of Panama, established as the transport route of Gold and Silver by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Camino Real was rediscovered only recently, and we will visit and stay overnight at a community, which worked together with researcher Christian Strassnig to identify the original route of the Camino Real in the jungle.

At Alajuela Lake we take a dugout boat to observe the remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, before heading to our Community stay to enjoy a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic folklore.   We will then hike some of the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates.

Approximate walking distance: 3km Estimated time: 2hrs 

(please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

We will have an included hike on the Camino Real, and a community based overnight stay, with all meals included.

 

Included in Kitty

Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure

Included in Kitty
Day 3-4 - Boquete ( 26th Mar 2020 to 27th Mar 2020 )

After early morning coffee we can go for an optional birdwatching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds, followed by a hearty breakfast. Afterwards we will drive up into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama.

In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition on the Chiriqui Viejo river near Boquete, one of the world's best rafting areas with 35 world-class runs to choose from

USD 65

Head out on a tour of some of the fascinating coffee plantations around the Chiriqui Highlands near Boquete

USD 30

Trek up to the summit of Volcán Barú, at 3,478m the highest point in Panama - please note this is a strenuous trek and usually takes approximately 8-12 hours, so you will need to be in decent physical condition to participate

USD 80

Take a dip in the excellent Caldera hot springs near Boquete

USD 3

Freely explore the beautiful gardens and parks around Boquete and its surroundings

Free

Take a day trip out to Boca Brava on the Pacific coast, where you can swim, kayak, snorkel and relax on some of the stunning beaches there

USD 75

Head out on a quad bike tour of the mountains, forests and coffee plantations near Boquete (driver's licence required)

USD 55

Go on a half-day rock climbing trip to the basalt cliffs near Boquete, one of Panama's best climbing destinations

USD 45

Take a fascinating bird-watching trip into the Chiriqui Highlands, one of the most abundant areas of birdlife in the Americas

USD 50

Enjoy a fantastic short canyoning trip through the gorges of Gualaca near Boquete

USD 25

Trek the famous Quetzal Trail through the cloud forests of the Chiriqui Highlands, or trek to various waterfalls in the rainforest

USD 35

Explore the spectacular Caldera Highlands around Boquete on horseback, riding through rainforests and local farms and coffee plantations

USD 35

Head on an excellent 12-line zip-lining course through the cloud forests near Boquete

USD 65
Day 5-6 - Manuel Antonio National Park ( 28th Mar 2020 to 29th Mar 2020 )

Border information: Exit Panama at Paso Canoas, enter Costa Rica at Paso Canoas

Today we will drive across the border into Costa Rica, and arrive at the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches.

In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a wonderful quad biking trip through the tropical countryside of Manuel Antonio and Quepos

USD 40

Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park, finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax

USD 16

Take an exhilirating trip to the rainforests near Quepos to enjoy an incredible zip lining course

USD 40

Explore the ocean on a catamaran sailing trip, heading out in search of dolphins, tropical fish and turtles and witnessing an unforgettable offshore sunset

USD 40

Explore the mangroves of Manuel Antonio by boat or by kayak, in search of rainbow boas, crocodiles and various water birds

USD 20

Head on an exhilarating guided jet ski trip on the Pacific Ocean near Manuel Antonio

USD 40

Explore the stunning cattle ranches, fruit plantations and palm trees of the countryside near Manuel Antonio on a horse riding trip

USD 30

Go on an incredible white-water rafting trip on the Naranjo and Savegre rivers near Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 40

Take a paddle-boarding lesson to explore the secluded beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 20

Explore the rainforest canopy and its incredible wildlife and landscapes on a wonderful canopy bridge course near Manuel Antonio

USD 30

Join a scuba diving trip to explore the reefs and underwater volcanic rock formations in the oceans near Manuel Antonio

USD 50

Try your hand at surfing on a short lesson in Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 10
Day 7-8 - Monteverde ( 30th Mar 2020 to 31st Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the town of Tilarán, where we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi to the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.

In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

USD 20

Explore the stunning forests and banana plantations of Monteverde on a horse riding trip

USD 25

Fly above the cloud forests and valleys of Monteverde on an exhilarating zip-lining course

USD 50

Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit

USD 30

Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde

USD 35

Head out to the cloud forests of the Santamarias Reserve to explore the area by night, when much of the elusive local wildlife comes out

USD 23

Take a spectacular canyoning tour near Monteverde, including abseiling down 6 different waterfalls!

USD 50

Visit the fantastic Butterfly Gardens of Monteverde, and learn all about the abundant bug-life of Costa Rica's cloud forests

USD 10

Learn about Costa Rica's spectacular amphibians at the Monteverde Frog Pond 

USD 13

Visit the Bat Jungle exhibition in Monteverde, learning all about the various bat species of the area from an expert guide

USD 10

Explore the magnificent Monteverde Orchid Gardens, home to over 400 species of orchids found in the region

USD 10

Take an exhilarating off-road quad biking trip around the stunning countryside of Monteverde (driving licence required)

USD 70
Day 9-10 - La Fortuna ( 1st Apr 2020 to 2nd Apr 2020 )

Today we will continue by taxi and boat to La Fortuna, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.

In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Witness incredible views of the famous Arenal volcano, looming high above the town of La Fortuna

Free

Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica

USD 69

Take a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal, giving you the best views of the behemoth volcano of Arenal and an opportunity to spot many species of birds

USD 65

Head out for an evening at the spectacular volcanic hot springs complex of Baldi near La Fortuna

USD 34

Explore the breathtaking forests and volcanic landscapes of La Fortuna on several mountain biking trails in the area

USD 75

Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils

USD 100

Learn all about the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine on a cooking class in La Fortuna

USD 45

Learn all about the plants, animals, traditions and agriculture of Costa Rica on a visit to the El Bosque Eco-Farm near La Fortuna

USD 45

Explore the stunning countryside and lush forests of the Arenal region by foot, where there many excellent guided trekking options

USD 55

Visit the hanging bridge courses through the rainforest canopies near La Fortuna

USD 67

Explore the magnificent countryside and waterfalls around the Arenal volcano by horseback

USD 65

Head out on an incredible zip lining course in the rainforests surrounding La Fortuna

USD 55
Day 11-12 - Ometepe Island ( 3rd Apr 2020 to 4th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas, enter Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas

This morning we drive across the Nicaraguan border and to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.

On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb to the summit of the Madera volcano on Ometepe Island (please note that although this is an easier trek than up Concepción volcano, it is still a very strenuous hike and you need to have a high level of fitness to complete it - the trek usually takes between 7-9 hours)

USD 42

Head on a guided walk around Ometepe, and see some of the natural springs, beaches, and small villages on the island

USD 30

Trek to the summit of the iconic Concepción volcano that dominates over the island of Ometepe (please note that this is a very strenuous trek that will only be possible for those with a high level of fitness and in good shape - the trek is over 1000m of ascent and descent on rugged terrain, and will take between 9-12 hours).

USD 40

Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano

USD 40

Learn about the fascinating history and geology of the island at the Ometepe Museum in Altagracia village

USD 3

Freely explore the mysterious pre-Columbian petroglyphs scattered around the island Ometepe

Free

Visit the mystical and serene emerald-green lagoon of Charco Verde

NIO 20
Day 13-14 - Granada ( 5th Apr 2020 to 6th Apr 2020 )

Today we will take the ferry back to San Jorge to rejoin our overland vehicle and take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! We will have free time to explore the city upon arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.  

In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585

USD 2

Freely explore the spectacular buildings and atmospheric streets of the old colonial city of Granada

Free

Trek up the beautiful dormant volcano of Mombacho near to Granada, exploring its rugged terrain and dwarf forests

USD 55

Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada

USD 13

Take a boat or kayak trip around the beautiful Isletas de Granada, in search of the local birdlife and the magnificent views of the surrounding volcanoes

USD 25
Day 15-16 - León, Masaya National Park ( 7th Apr 2020 to 8th Apr 2020 )

Today we drive to the university town of León. En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here.

In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Freely explore the charming colonial city of León and its incredible old buildings including the Cathedral of the Assumption, the largest cathedral in Central America

Free

Visit León's many museums and galleries, such as the world-class Ortiz-Gurdián art museum, the Gallery of Heros and Martyrs, and the Museum of Legends and Traditions

NIO 20

Enjoy a fun and unique trip out to 'sand board' down the ash slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano

USD 30

See the bizarre volcanic mud pools of San Jacinto near León

USD 18

Trek up the impressive active Telica volcano near León (please note that this is a fairly strenuous trek and you will need to be in good physical shape to participate - the trek usually takes about 6-7 hours)

USD 50

Head to the fantastic modern visitor centre at the world-famous Flor de Caña rum factory

USD 35

Visit the ancient ruins of León Viejo, the original settlement built by the Spanish before the town was moved in 1610

USD 35

Explore the stunning mangroves and wild sandy beaches of the Juan Venado Natural Reserve on a kayaking trip out of León

USD 35

Head out on a horse riding trip in the stunning countryside near León, including views of the impossibly-circular crater of El Hoyo volcano and the beautiful Asososca lagoon

USD 40

Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

Free

Visit the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

Free

See a fascinating workshop in the village of San Juan de Oriente, demonstrating various local pottery-making techniques

Free
Day 17 - Somoto ( 9th Apr 2020 )

This morning we will drive to the Somoto Canyon, where we will have an included Canyon tour, or village tour if you prefer.

We will stay in dorm rooms within a small village.

Approximate Driving Time - 212km / 5hrs

Day 18 - Lake Yojoa ( 10th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Las Manos, enter Honduras at Las Manos.

Today we will have a a full day's drive across the border into Honduras and to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa.

In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

Day 19-21 - Roatán ( 11th Apr 2020 to 13th Apr 2020 )

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following 2 days we will enjoy lots of free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!

In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán

USD 50

Head on an epic underwater expedition in a unique private submarine, exploring the dark depths hundreds of metres under the surface of the ocean

USD 500

Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island

Free

Go on a spectacular snorkelling trip around the highlights of Roatán, such as the Blue Channel and St. Anthony's Key

USD 30

Head out on a guided tour of Roatán, seeing some of the most beautiful spots on the island and learning all about its history

USD 65

Sail out on a deep sea fishing trip in the Caribbean waters near Roatán (price for the entire boat with a maximum occupancy of 4 passengers)

USD 90

Go out horse riding across the stunning island of Roatán, through its wonderful eco-system of cacti, palms and orchids

USD 40

Take an exciting zip lining course on Roatán island

USD 45
Day 22-23 - Copán ( 14th Apr 2020 to 15th Apr 2020 )

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the bus! We will then continue our journey west through Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.

In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

Free

Visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Copán, home to many rescued birds such as macaws, toucans and kingfishers

HNL 200

Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán

HNL 30

Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about!

HNL 115
Day 24-25 - Suchitoto ( 16th Apr 2020 to 17th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit Honduras at El Florido, enter Guatemala at El Florido. Exit Guatemala at Anguiatú, enter El Salvador at Anguiatú.

Today we will have a full day drive into Guatemala and then through to El Salvador, arriving at the beautiful town of Suchitoto.

In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

On on second day we will have the chance to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

Free
Day 26 - Cerro Verde National Park ( 18th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the afternoon we will take a guided hike up the Santa Ana Volcano.

In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems

Free
Day 27 - Antigua ( 19th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit El Salvador at La Hachadura, enter Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado.

Today we will cross the Guatemalan border to arrive in the stunning colonial city of Antigua. The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

USD 79

Visit the Choco Museum of Antigua, learning all about the history of the culinary use of cocoa ever since the Mayan period

GTQ 120

Walk up to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint to get unrivalled vistas over the town of Antigua

Free

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums

GTQ 40

Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art

GTQ 30

Take a tour of the nearby small village community of San Lorenzo, and visit its schools and traditional handicrafts (only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

GTQ 250

Head out on an exciting exploration of the forests and farmlands surrounding Antigua on a mountain biking trip

USD 45

Head on a challenging trek up the Fuego or Acatenango volcanoes near Antigua (please note that both these treks are very strenuous and only those in excellent physical shape will be able to participate)

USD 59 - 99

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200

Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Antigua, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills

GTQ 200
Day 28 - Antigua ( 20th Apr 2020 )

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.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

USD 79

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums

GTQ 40

Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art

GTQ 30

Head out on an exciting exploration of the forests and farmlands surrounding Antigua on a mountain biking trip

USD 45

Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Antigua, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills

GTQ 200

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200
Day 29-30 - Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango ( 21st Apr 2020 to 22nd Apr 2020 )

Today we will head off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day 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.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan

USD 30

Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs

USD 45
Day 31 - San Andres Itzapa ( 23rd Apr 2020 )

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).

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children

Included in Kitty
Day 32-33 - Rio Dulce, Livingston ( 24th Apr 2020 to 25th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce. 

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise

GTQ 150

Explore deep into the Guatemalan rainforest on foot and trek on the canopy bridges near Rio Dulce

GTQ 135
Day 34-35 - Poptún ( 26th Apr 2020 to 27th Apr 2020 )

Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will camp at an eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan ranch.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight

GTQ 115

Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan

GTQ 150
Day 36 - Tikal ( 28th Apr 2020 )

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. 

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world

Included in Kitty
Day 37-39 - San Ignacio ( 29th Apr 2020 to 1st May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos, enter Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Today we have a short drive across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden'

USD 95

Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio

USD 85

Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City

USD 110

Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio

BZD 12

Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El Castillo pyramid

BZD 10

Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio

BZD 30
Day 40-42 - Caye Caulker ( 2nd May 2020 to 4th May 2020 )

Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip

USD 60

Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker

USD 260

Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available)

USD 65 - 260

Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island

USD 20

Go on a half-day fishing trip in the idyllic blue ocean near Caye Caulker

USD 250
Day 43 - Tulum ( 5th May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Belize at Santa Elena, enter Mexico at Subteniente López.

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the bus in Belize City, before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 44 - Tulum ( 6th May 2020 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the phenomenal clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum, wonderfully located right on the Caribbean coast

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to explore some of the incredible cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) near Tulum

MXN 100

Hire snorkel gear on the beautiful beaches of Tulum

USD 10

Go on a scuba diving trip through the ocean reefs near Tulum, or to some of the area's natural cenotes

USD 100
Day 45 - Chichen Itza, Mérida ( 7th May 2020 )

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 Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.

In Mérida we wil stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a swim in the stunning natural cenote of Ik Kil near the ruins of Chichen Itza

USD 6
Day 46 - Palenque ( 8th May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the village of Palenque.

In Palenque we will camp in the grounds of a hotel located within the national park.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 47 - Palenque ( 9th May 2020 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a fascinating guided tour around the magnificent ruined city of Palenque deep in the Mexican jungle, including time to freely explore the excellent on-site museum

Included in Kitty
Day 48 - Frontera Corozal, Yaxchilan ( 10th May 2020 )

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 Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river.

In Frontera Corozal we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat trip out for a guided tour of the stunning and remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilán

Included in Kitty
Day 49-51 - San Cristóbal de las Casas ( 11th May 2020 to 13th May 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day 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.

On the next day 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.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas we will stay in a good hotel in the centre.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a mountain biking tour through the cloud forests and highlands surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas

MXN 450

Visit the atmospheric Tzotzil Mayan villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

MXN 250

Learn all about the traditional medicines of the Mayan people at the award-winning Mayan Medicine Museum

MXN 55

Explore the wonderful botanical gardens of Orchideas Moxviquil, and discover its collection of over 400 species of native plants and orchids

MXN 50

See the incredbile showcase of handwoven fabrics from throughout Central America at the Mayan World Textiles Centre

MXN 52
Day 52-53 - Oaxaca ( 14th May 2020 to 15th May 2020 )

Today we have a full day drive to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.

Estimated Drive Time - 12-14 hours.

On the following day 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.

In Oaxaca we will stay in a good hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a guided tour around the ruined Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the splendid Baroque Dominican church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca's colonial centre

MXN 50

See the incredible Tree of Tule, which with a circumference of 42 metres hs the widest trunk in the world

Free

Visit the remarkably well-preserved Zapotec ruins of Mitla near to Oaxaca

MXN 64

Learn all about the history and cultures of Oaxaca at the incredible Museum of Cultures, one of the best regional museums in Mexico

MXN 64
Day 54 - Mexico City ( 16th May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to Mexico's incredible bustling capital of Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 55 - Mexico City ( 17th May 2020 )

Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez 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.

The rest of the day is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital 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 Mexico City 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 Mexico City.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square

MXN 30

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City

MXN 75

Visit the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes and see it's immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera

MXN 70
Day 56 - Mexico City ( 18th May 2020 )

We have a free day to enjoy Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

Free

Visit some of Mexico City's other incredible landmarks, such as the Palacio Nacional, the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and the Basilica de Guadalupe

Free

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan)

MXN 75

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery

MXN 250

Freely explore the colossal Chapultepec Park, one of the world's largest urban green spaces and a cultural hotspot where you can often see the pole-swinging 'Volador' dancers

Free
Day 57 - Angahuan ( 19th May 2020 )

Today we will leave the capital behind and have a full day drive to Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purépecha 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.

In Angahuan we will camp at a campsite near to the volcano.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 58 - Angahuan ( 20th May 2020 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek up the Parícutin volcano in Angahuan, the only volcano in the world to be spawned during modern times

USD 35

Explore the area of the Parícutin volcano on horseback

MXN 700
Day 59 - Tequila ( 21st May 2020 )

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).

In Tequila we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the famous Jose Cuervo tequila distillery

MXN 180
Day 60-61 - Sayulita ( 22nd May 2020 to 23rd May 2020 )

Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!

In Sayulita we will stay in a hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Try your hand at surfing at the relaxed coastal town of Sayulita

USD 20
Day 62-63 - Guaymas, Mazatlán ( 24th May 2020 to 25th May 2020 )

Over the next two days we will drive north along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Mazatlán and Guaymas en route.

In Mazatlán and Guaymas we will camp in well-equipped campsites.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.

Day 64 - Nogales ( 26th May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Mexico at Nogales, enter USA at Nogales.

Today we will cross the border into the US state of Arizona.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (heavily dependent on the time taken to cross the border).

Day 65 - Phoenix ( 27th May 2020 )

Today we start to drive north through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.

In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in multi-share accommodation, where we may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 66-67 - The Grand Canyon ( 28th May 2020 to 29th May 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day 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.

At the Grand Canyon we will camp at a well-equipped campsite in the Grand Canyon Village.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on one of the incredible trekking trails around the Grand Canyon

Free

Take an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

USD 300
Day 68-69 - Las Vegas ( 30th May 2020 to 31st May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day 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!

In Las Vegas we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a dazzling helicopter flight over Las Vegas at night

USD 124

Explore the incredible casinos and resorts of Las Vegas

Free

Visit the collosal Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, one of the most important architectural projects of the 1930s

USD 30

Visit some of the fascinating museums and exhibitions in Las Vegas, such as the Titanic Exhibit, Madame Tussauds, and the Mob Museum

USD 30

Head out on an exhilarating ATV quad biking tour of the deserts surrounding Las Vegas

USD 150

Kayak down the Colorado River to the scenic Black Canyon

USD 160

Go on a fantastic horse riding trip through the rock formations and deserts around Las Vegas

USD 130
Day 70-71 - Zion National Park ( 1st Jun 2020 to 2nd Jun 2020 )

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.

In Zion National Park we will camp at a well-equipped campsite just outside the park.

On Day 17 we have a day to explore Zion National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Zion National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go on a horse riding trip through the magnificent Zion National Park

USD 90

Head out on some scenic trekking routes in Zion National Park

Free
Day 72 - Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park ( 3rd Jun 2020 )

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.

In Kodachrome Basin State Park we will camp in a scenic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the beautiful and scenic Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park

Included in Kitty
Day 73 - Page ( 4th Jun 2020 )

Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.

In Page we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the iconic Antelope Canyon on a trip from the town of Page

USD 32
Day 74 - Monument Valley ( 5th Jun 2020 )

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).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona

Free
Day 75-76 - Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab ( 6th Jun 2020 to 7th Jun 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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.

In Moab we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the phenomenal 'Islands in the Sky' region of Canyonlands National Park and walk on some of it's stunning trails

Included in Kitty

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Arches National Park and see the iconic Delicate Arch at sunset

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire mountain bikes to explore the canyons around Moab

USD 40

Head on an amazing rafting trip to Fisher's Tower near Moab

USD 65

Visit the Moab Museum and the Museum of Western Film and Heritage

USD 5
Day 77 - Salt Lake City ( 8th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Antelope Island we will camp at a basic campsite with few facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns

Included in Kitty
Day 78-79 - Jackson Hole ( 9th Jun 2020 to 10th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive north into the state of Wyoming and the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

In Jackson Hole we will stay in quad rooms in a comfortable hostel.

We then have a full day for white water rafting or to visit Jackson.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

White water rafting near Jackson

USD 70
Day 80-81 - Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park ( 11th Jun 2020 to 12th Jun 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.

In Yellowstone National Park we will camp at a campsite in the Madison area of the park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the highlights of the famous Yellowstone National Park, including its hiking trails and the iconic geyser of Old Faithful

Included in Kitty

Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a short trek or boat ride at Jenny Lake in the heary of Grand Teton National Park

USD 15
Day 82-84 - Glacier National Park ( 13th Jun 2020 to 15th Jun 2020 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.

On the following two days 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. 

We will camp in a basic campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff

Free

Trek along some of Glacier National Parks magnificent walking trails

Free
Day 85 - Banff ( 16th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 86 - Banff ( 17th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

NB: At certain times of the year, due to public holidays and the volume of tourists we may opt to camp in Banff

Day 87-88 - Banff ( 18th Jun 2020 to 19th Jun 2020 )

We will have two full days to explore the town of Banff, the spectacular Banff National Park, and take part in the myriad of optional activities available here.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the gondola up to the fantastic viewpoint on Sulphur Mountain that looks out over Banff

CAD 40

Relax in the sulphuric hot springs near Banff

CAD 8

Head out on a horse riding trip through the mountains and forests near Banff

CAD 100

Hire mountain bikes in Banff to explore some of the area's numerous biking trails

CAD 20

Head out on an incredible white water rafting experience on the Kananashin or Kicking Horse River near Banff

CAD 100
Day 89 - Jasper, Banff ( 20th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Jasper we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains

Included in Kitty

Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Drive past the mighty Athabasca Glacier, part of the vast Columbia Ice Field between Banff and Jasper

Free
Day 90 - Jasper ( 21st Jun 2020 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the fantastic Skytram up Whistler's Mountain to take in the spectacular views over Jasper

CAD 40

Hire mountain bikes to explore some of the awesome biking trails around Jasper

CAD 32

Visit Maligne Canyon, one of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies

USD 5

Head out hiking in the forests and hills of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park

Free

Explore the wonderful scenery of Jasper on horseback

CAD 80
Day 91 - Burns Lake ( 22nd Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive away from the Rocky Mountains to stay at the area of Burns Lake.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 92 - Hazelton, Stewart ( 23rd Jun 2020 )

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.

In Stewart we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Ksan Indian Historical Village in British Columbia to learn all about the history and culture of the Gitxsan people

Included in Kitty
Day 93 - Stewart, Hyder ( 24th Jun 2020 )

On the following day we will have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. Here 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see Alaskan Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but please note that the dates vary every year and sightings can never be guaranteed)

Included in Kitty

View the colossal Salmon Glacier from Hyder, at the southern tip of Alaska

Included in Kitty
Day 94 - Boya Lake ( 25th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive through the countryside of British Columbia to the Boya Lake area.

We will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Depending on the timing of the drive we may opt to stay at Dease Lake or Watson Lake.

Day 95 - Watson Lake, Whitehorse ( 26th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimate Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the famous Signpost Forest near Watson Lake, and perhaps make your own sign to add to the collection!

Included in Kitty
Day 96-97 - Dawson ( 27th Jun 2020 to 28th Jun 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day 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!

In Dawson we will camp in a well-equipped campsite just across the Yukon River from the town.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the famous Dredge No. 4, a massive mobile gold-mining rig built in 1912

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a Klondike-themed cabaret show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City

CAD 12

Learn all about the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush on a guided tour of some the area's old gold fields

CAD 55

Trek up the Midnight Dome near Dawson for fantastic views of the Yukon River and Klondike Valley

Free
Day 98 - Tok ( 29th Jun 2020 )

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.

In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 99-100 - McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park ( 30th Jun 2020 to 1st Jul 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day 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.

In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the stunning mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on various trekking routes

USD 80

Take a breathtaking scenic flight around Wrangell-St Elias National Park, its mountains, glaciers and icefalls

USD 120

Head out onto the Root Glacier for a day of ice-trekking and ice-climbing

USD 125

Take a guided tour of the historic mill town of Kennicott, frozen in time from when it was abandoned in 1938

USD 30

Take a kayaking trip to the base of Kennicott Glacier, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Blackburn and the Stairway Icefall

USD 95
Day 101-102 - Denali Highway ( 2nd Jul 2020 to 3rd Jul 2020 )

Today we have a drive to our lodge along the Denali Highway, located in an area popular with wildlife spotters and fishermen.

Tonight we will camp at a well equipped camp site.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will head out along the river on boats to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to head out on a trek to a nearby glaicer, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head deep into the Alaskan wilderness by motorised canoe for an incredible remote overnight bushcamp

Included in Kitty
Day 103-105 - Denali National Park ( 4th Jul 2020 to 6th Jul 2020 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day 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. 

On the following day we will have a free day in the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.

In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore Denali National Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head on a 2-hour scenic flight around the glaciers and mountains of Denali National Park, including unparalleled views of Denali, North America's highest mountain

USD 500

Head on an excellent white-water rafting trip on the Nenana River in Denali National Park

USD 100

Head out for a fun quad-biking trip through Denali National Park

USD 115

Take a mountain biking tour around the trails and old mining roads of Denali National Park, getting wonderful views of the Alaskan wilderness

USD 57
Day 106-107 - Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park ( 7th Jul 2020 to 8th Jul 2020 )

Today we will drive to the town of Seward on Alaska's southern coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day you 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.

In Seward we will camp near the shore.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head on a 6-hour boat trip in the Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing the abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, rugged fjords and breathtaking scenery

USD 154

Visit the massive Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the largest and most accessible glaciers in Alaska

Free

Trek along one of the challenging alpine trails in the mountains surrounding Seward

Free

Kayak out along the rugged Alaskan coastline near Seward

USD 68

Head out on a mountain biking trip along the coastline or trails near Seward

USD 65
Day 108 - Anchorage ( 9th Jul 2020 )

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.

In Anchorage we will stay in private rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit some of Anchorage's fantastic museums, such as the Alaskan Native Heritage Centre which showcases the area's indigenous cultures, the world-class Anchorage Museum, and the fascinating Aviation Heritage Museum

USD 15

Explore some of Anchorage's famous parks, which are full of scenery and walking opportunities 

Free
Day 109 - Anchorage ( 10th Jul 2020 )

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 the Sales Team 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.

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Departing: 24 Mar 2020
Returning: 10 Jul 2020
Duration: 109 days
Route: Panama City - Anchorage
$10,190 USD + $3,440 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 22 Jul 2020
Returning: 7 Nov 2020
Duration: 109 days
Route: Anchorage - Panama City
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Incredibly enjoyable trip saw amazing sites and national parks and crew were absolutely brilliant.
Sean O
It was ALL fantastic. Each step in the itinerary brought new, interesting and beautiful things and landscapes.
Ann H
I enjoyed camping in national parks through America & Canada. With highlights being, monument valley, antelope canyon, Yellowstone NP. Also enjoyed the short stays on islands in Belize and Honduras. Each section of the trip covered major highlights of each country. The Central America sections (Panama to Mexico City) was well paced with sufficient time in each place.
Lisa G
Enjoyed most the National Parks of North America, amazing scenery.
Paul H