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If you are due to travel shortly, we will be in touch to support and guide you in either postponing or cancelling your holiday, based on current Foreign Office advice and your insurance arrangements.
 
To ensure you can still enjoy a holiday this year, we have launched a new travel agency Auriel Holidays – to offer a range of holidays closer to home, in the UK and Europe. Working with long-established specialist tour operators, who know their destinations intimately, we can suggest the best way to explore these incredibly varied destinations, whether you’re looking to do a road trip, fly/drive, travel by rail, island hop or have a privately guided holiday. All our holidays can be tailor made to your needs.
 
After a few months of hibernation, we are more than ready to start dreaming again!

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director

Best of Belize

Orange Walk + Cayo (guided) + Ambergris Caye
QPM12B
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Belize Holidays Honeymoon Lamanai Ruins Caves Ambergris Caye Diving

Experience both culture & wildlife on our fascinating Belize Holidays or Honeymoon. Starting in Orange Walk, explore the famous Lamanai Ruins & impressive Xunantunich Ruins. Visit the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary & venture into Barton Creek Caves, before flying to spectacular Ambergris Caye for some of the best snorkelling & diving in the world. All transfers, sightseeing & light aircraft flights included.

Belize Holidays Honeymoon Lamanai Ruins Caves Ambergris Caye Diving
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Belize City
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Orange Walk
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Lamanai Ruins
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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Xunantunich Ruins
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Barton Creek Caves
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Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
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Ambergris Caye
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Belize Holidays or Honeymoon
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Belize City
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Orange Walk
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Lamanai Ruins
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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Xunantunich Ruins
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Barton Creek Caves
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Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
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Ambergris Caye
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Belize Holidays or Honeymoon
Day 1
You will be met at Belize City Airport and transferred northwest for 2.5-hours, travelling by shared road and boat to your jungle lodge situated in the Orange Walk district.
 
Known for growing sugarcane, Orange Walk City is nicknamed 'Sugar City'. It is also the gateway to the famous Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, home to some of the country's most important Mayan ruins.
 
Check into your jungle lodge surrounded by wilderness, rivers and wildlife.
Days 2 To 3
Today is set aside to explore the Belize Jungle, with its important Mayan ruins and exotic wildlife.
 
Two activites per day are included. These vary by lodge, but will always include a visit to the Lamanai Ruins (meaning 'submerged crocodile'). Once a major city of the Maya civilization, this pre-Colombian site was continually inhabited for over 3,000 years, from as early as the 16th century BC until the 17th century AD. Important surviving structures include the Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple and High Temple, from whose summit you can enjoy wonderful views across the surrounding jungle.
 
You can also visit the nearby La Milpa Ruins, which include more than 20 courtyards, 19 upright stone stela, 2 ball courts, 4 temple pyramids (the largest is almost 79 feet high) and the large Great Plaza, that provided outdoor space.
 
Wildlife enthusiasts will want to head to the peaceful Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - a protected RAMSAR Wetland of international importance that is a birder's mecca. Here you will see many exotic birds, as well as water-loving iguanas. During Belize's dry season, many resident and migratory birds find refuge in these lagoons.
 
Dawn, day and night jungle walks are available, as well as a Maya Medine Trail, sunrise canoe ride and sunset cocktail cruise (each activity take about 1.5 to 2-hours).
Day 4
Today travel 2.5-hours by shared boat and road transfer from Orange Walk to Belize City Airport. Here you will be met and transferred 2.5-hours to your lodge in the Cayo District.
 
Located in the west of Belize, close to the border with Guatemala, this vast strech of highland rainforest contains some of the country's most remote and rugged terrain. It offers the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on foot, mountain bike, horseback, kayak or canoe.
Day 5
Today enjoy a full day visit to two incredible ancient Mayan sites.
 
We start with a visit to Xunantunich (meaning 'stone woman'), which flourished towards the end of the Classic Period (300-900 AD). This riverfront city has six major plazas, surrounded by more than 25 palaces and temples. Marvel at the amazing El Castillo Temple, which soars 130 feet (40 m) over the lush landscape. Its famous decorative stucco frieze once extended around the entire temple.
 
After lunch (own account) we travel through the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge area, passing through a traditional Mennonite community, where horse and carriage rule the road.
 
We then go off road to reach the mysterious Barton Creek Caves. Here we climb into canoes with a high-powered light, and your guide will paddle you into this cave system used by the ancient Maya as a ceremonial centre and burial site. Enjoy gently paddling along this scenic creek and, with lights shining, glide into this dark 4-mile (7.5 km) cave system, known as the Mayan underworld. Stalactites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations in cathedral-like chambers. On this low intensity adventure, your guide will explain the relevance of these caves to the Mayan people and their archaeological significance.
Day 6
At leisure to relax and enjoy the butterflies, birds and wildlife of the rainforest around your lodge in the verdant highlands of the Cayo District.
 
Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, river tubing and swimming in the Macal River.
Day 7
Today enjoy a private tour exploring the impressive Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (the 'Caves of the Stone Sepulchre'), with included lunch.
 
Located in the heart of the rainforest, this cave system was a sacred place for the pre-Hispanic Mayans of Belize. A series of chambers ends in a huge 'Cathedral', where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. This fascinating living museum allows you to view artifacts in their original surroundings and travel back into the past.
 
During the tour we trek for 45-minutes through the dense jungle of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, wading across three streams as we learn more about its flora and fauna. Please note that some swimming is involved today.
 
Note: A hard hat and flashlight will be provided. You need to be relatively fit for this demanding activity, which is not suitable if you suffer from claustrophobia.
Day 8
Today take a shared transfer to the small town of San Ignacio for your light aircraft flight to Ambergrys Caye.
 
You will be met at San Pedro Airport, with a shared transfer to your hotel on this spectacular Caribbean island - the largest 'caye' (low-elevation sandy island on the surface of a coral reef) in Belize.
 
Note: Your drivers will only speak Spanish today.
 
As this is a single propeller plane, it is essential to avoid oversized baggage and remain within 23 kg, plus one carry on item up to 6.8 kg that must fit on your lap. Oversized bags may not fit into the luggage pods and may not be able to be transported at all.
Days 9 To 11
At leisure to relax on Ambergris Caye, surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
 
With a fun and laid-back atmosphere, this tiny island is only 25-miles (40 km) long and 5-miles (8 km) across at its widest point, although in many places it is much less than this. Formerly a fishing village, San Pedro is the island's only town and its sandy streets lined with waterfront restaurants and bars are the centre for most sailing, diving and fishing activities.
 
There are many simple pleasures to be had here, including swimming in the crystal clear waters, riding a bike along the beach or enjoying water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing.
 
If you wish to snorkel or dive, you will need to take a boat ride to the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef, which runs parallel to Ambergris Caye. Here you can explore famous sites such as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with its abundance of sea life, and the 400 ft (124 m) deep Great Blue Hole.
 
Note: Please be aware that there is a lot of sargassum seaweed on the beach, which is cleared by the hotels daily. The closest reefs for snorkelling and diving are about 15-20 minutes by boat.
Day 12
Transfer to San Pedro Airport for your light aircraft flight to Belize City Airport for your flight home.

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