Sandy beach with palm trees and turquoise-colored house on a sunny day
kayakers returning to the safari voyager small expedition ship on a sunny day with lush green islets in the background
mayan ruins among green grass and trees on a sunny day
busy street with pedestrians and tuk tuks in livingston, guatemala on a sunny day
Scarlet macaw flying above the Safari Voyager luxury expedition ship in Belize on a sunny day.
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Central America Belize Cruise

Belize & Guatemala Wonders—Rivers, Reefs & Cultures

Explore the Belize Barrier Reef and trek into colorful jungles and towns on this 8-day Caribbean paradise cruise. From the intimate 66-guest Safari Voyager, soak up Belize and Guatemala’s vibrant cultures and landscapes through hikes, kayak paddles, skiff rides, snorkels and swims.

Highlights include time cruising along the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest coral reef in the world; visiting with scientists at a Smithsonian Marine Field Station; hiking the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first recognized jaguar refuge; and a beach party on a private island. Along the way, take in indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures through food, music, dance and visits to ancient ruins. Look for aspects of these cultures in modern-day life while visiting the towns of Punta Gorda and Livingston. On land, trek through varied scenery including savannah, jungled and tiered waterfalls, watching for howler monkeys, birds and the trail of jaguars. On the water, try a plethora of activities to seek out manatees, crocodiles and birds along mangroves and limestone cliff-lined Rio Dulce.

After a day of exploration, unwind on the luxurious Safari Voyager while taking in the panoramic views of Belize and Guatemala’s awe-inspiring natural surroundings. The 174-foot M/V Safari Voyager offers advanced expedition functionality for cruising to hard-to-reach places in the Caribbean. She is built to handle the region’s humidity and heat that can challenge lesser-designed vessels.

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Itinerary

Belize & Guatemala Wonders—Rivers, Reefs & Cultures Itinerary

The Belize & Guatemala Wonders—Rivers, Reefs & Cultures cruise operates round-trip from Belize City, spending 8 days exploring the Belize Barrier Reef, southern Belize Coastline and the Gulf of Amatique that connects Belize with Guatemala’s shoreline. Trek through jungles, snorkel through the second largest coral reef in the world and soak up colorful cultures in a tropical paradise.

Route map of Belize & Guatemala Wonders—Rivers, Reefs & Cultures small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Belize City with visits to the Belize Barrier Reef., Payne's Creek National Park, Punta Gorda, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Carrie Bow Caye, and Guatemala destinations including Rio Dulce and Livingston.
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Day 1
Embark Belize City

Welcome to the Caribbean coast! Be greeted by a local representative at the airport for a transfer to the hospitality area. Later, head to the Safari Voyager—sweeping views and a happy-to-see-you crew are the perfect welcome to your time in Belize and Guatemala.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

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Day 2
Belize Barrier Reef

Start the adventure with a day of play at the beach. Explore Ranguana Caye, a private island of two acres prime for snorkeling, swimming, and paddleboarding. Take a spin around with your water toy of choice or kick back in a hammock under swaying palms and watch the fishermen off shore. Cruise to Laughing Bird Caye National Park named after Belize’s laughing gull. Head out in a kayak or go for a guided snorkel where angelfish, parrotfish, tangs, sea sponges, elkhorn, staghorn and brain coral flicker beneath the clear waters. Set sail for Guatemala with a sunset happy hour!

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Las Escobas Rainforest & Tapon Creek Nature Reserve, Guatemala

Today is boots-on-the-ground in Guatemala. Start the day with an early-morning hike through Las Escobas Tropical Rainforest Park, a birder’s paradise and home to more than 400 species of plants and animals. Toucans and parrots lure you to refreshing pools and waterfalls. To round out your big morning, sit back and rest your legs as you learn about the Garifuna culture firsthand through stories, song and snacks. This afternoon, you have a choice in Tapon Creek Nature Reserve, covering more than 1,600 acres of Guatemala’s lowland forests. You can take it easy on a skiff and stroll, or hard charge it through the jungle with your guide. The area protects endangered species including tapirs, howler monkeys and jaguars.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Rio Sarston, Rio Dulce & Livingston, Guatemala

Get to know the locals today with visits to the Kekchi Mayan Women’s Bakery and a women’s health clinic, each enriching the community in its own way. Then explore along the “sweet river,” the Rio Dulce. Glide past limestone cliffs where North American and Caribbean plates meet and jungles of howler monkeys and toucans tower above. Take it all in or grab a kayak and cruise the mangroves of lily pads past thatch-roofed homes. Stretch your legs in charming Livingston, a town perched on a hill lined with palms and packed with bustling shops and Caribbean flair. Go for an amble or take it up a notch with an optional hike from town to the Seven Altars waterfalls. The cooling waters ripple and cascade, never letting you forget that you’re in paradise.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Punta Gorda, Belize

It’s market day and there’s something for everybody—wooden and woven crafts, produce, chilies and tamales. Try a ripe mango or taste the local cassava while strolling past primary colored buildings and hear a jumble of languages and dialects from the locals. For lunch, sample Mayan flavors paired with a cacao or coconut demonstration. Delve deeper into history with a trip to Mayan ruins. When it’s time to cool off, the cayes call with white sands and from-the-beach or hop-off-a-skiff snorkeling. Sergeant major, purple reef fish and damselfish zip below as pelicans sweep by overhead.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Payne's Creek National Park

Beat the heat and head for land early. Get acquainted with this lush corner of Belize via a birdwatching skiff tour, hard-charging hike through the park’s savannah or kayak through the mangroves. Black howler monkeys, white tail deer, crocodiles and over 300 species of birds may join you along your way. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the ripples of a manatee. Bellies full after lunch, spend an easy afternoon at a private island, kayaking or snorkeling in Lime Caye.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

A jungle like no other. This protected area offers a range of hikes from easy ambles to thigh-burners—all boasting incredible wildlife. Hear the call of a crested guan, red-capped manakin, black-headed trogon or Amazon kingfisher. Keep your eyes up to arching palms and heart-shaped leaves tumbling from the trees or to the forest floor where leaf-cutter ants are on the move. A smooshed patch of grass and paw print mean the elusive jaguar may have shared your path—rest assured he’s the hardest charger of them all and is far along his journey. After your trek, soak in a lazy river in an inner tube or further your studies at the park’s museum. Back on the Safari Voyager, relive your week with the Captain’s Dinner and slideshow treat.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Belize City

Linger over one last fresh baked pastry while bidding farewell to the Caribbean. Share in hugs all around to the crew and fellow travelers before transferring to the Belize City Airport.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats.

Exclusions

Port taxes and fees of $495 per person (2020-2021); Round-trip airfare; passport and visa expenses; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and any telecommunications charges; optional excursions and land tours; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

Reservations Made Prior to 7/29/20:
A deposit of $750 per person is required to secure a reservation. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 50% of deposit
90 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 31 days – 75% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Reservations Made 7/29/20, On:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Belize & Guatemala Wonders—Rivers, Reefs & Cultures cruise begins and ends in Belize City (BZE), Belize. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Belize City by 2:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Belize City no earlier than 1:00pm on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, skiff riding, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding, and all equipment, including hiking poles, is included in the cruise rate. Wellness amenities such as fitness equipment, yoga mats and massage are also available aboard.

Room Configuration

In addition to any listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures. Special notarized consent documents and birth certificates for minors under the age of 18 may need to be presented to exit Panama.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Oct 31 - Nov 07, 2020
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Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2020
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Nov 28 - Dec 05, 2020
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Dec 05 - Dec 12, 2020
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Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2021
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Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2021
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Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2021
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Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2021
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Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2021
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Oct 30 - Nov 06, 2021
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Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
Safari Voyager

The Safari Voyager small ship carries 66 guests in comfort and style. All cabins are above the waterline with large picture windows. An elegant dining room, library and ample deck space make this ship ideal for comfortable and adventurous small ship cruising.

Deals

Current Deals on this Cruise

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a variety of other AdventureSmith Belize trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre- or postcruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise.

The Chaa Creek Expedition is a pre- or post-cruise land tour that offers a jungle experience within a 400-acre private nature preserve paired with the casual luxury of gardens and villas. Chaa Creek is located in the “heartland of the Maya” along the banks of the Macal River—prime for canoeing, horseback riding, nature walks, and access to Mayan temples and cave excursions. Explore the onsite rainforest reserve, natural history center, butterfly exhibit, morning bird walk, Maya medicinal plant trail, and more.

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Belize Sacred Caves & Coast

The 8-day Belize Sacred Caves & Coast land-based tour is an inspiring exploration of Belize’s jungles, caves and Caribbean coastline. A luxurious jungle lodge, Maya mountain tour and Placencia beachside cabana ensure the all-encompassing best of Belize.

From $2490USD
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8 Day Land Tour
Belize In Style

Experience Belize In Style on this 8-day tour designed for the adventurous traveler interested in luxury comforts. Stay at the world-famous Lamanai Outpost Lodge and in Placencia, a charming Caribbean gateway to the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere.

From $2675USD
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