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HONDURAS / GUATEMALA / BELIZE

Adventures Afloat: Islands, Reefs, Rainforests & Ancient Sites of Central America’s Caribbean Coast

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Program #20807RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jan 18 — Jan 26, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Fort George Hotel, set on the beautiful coast of Belize in Central America, is an award-winning resort hotel that is convenient to the cultural and commercial attractions of Belize City.

Contact info:
2 Marine Parade
Belize City, Belize
phone: +5012233333
web: www.radisson.com/belizecitybz

Room amenities: Spacious rooms, cable TV, direct dial phone, coffee maker, ironing board and fully stocked mini bar. Portions of the hotel feature views of the Belize coast and handcrafted furniture made by Belizean craftsmen.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet at business center for in-house guest, Gifts & souvenirs shop, Two swimming pools, Two restaurants, Café on property, Guest Services desk, Fitness room, Wireless internet in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for additional info.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for information regarding additional nights after your program.


Day One: Friday, January 18 - Arrivals in Belize City, Belize.
Arrive To: Arrivals in Belize City, Belize.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel.



Afternoon: Before dinner, enjoy a program orientation at the hotel.


Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Saturday, January 19 - Exploring the Mayan Ruins at Lamanai/Embarkation ...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the New River dock and embark on a scenic boat ride (approx. 31 miles) upstream to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. While navigating the calm waters of the New River, try to find and identify some of the many bird species found in the area, including: Black-collared Hawks, Northern Jacanas, Mangrove Swallows, Olive-throated Parakeets, American Pygmy Kingfishers, and Purple Gallinules, to name just a few. If lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the rarely seen Jabiru Stork! Get close-up views of mangroves and virgin forests flanking the narrow waterway and try to spot the colorful orchids that grow along the river banks.

Disembark at Lamanai for a walking exploration of the more than 50 impressive structures found at the archaeological reserve.

This large Mayan ceremonial center is set in a tropical forest on the banks of the New River Lagoon in the north central region of Belize. Unlike most Mayan sites, the ruins found at Lamanai were built in layers; each generation adding on to the existing structures. Some of the site’s highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the High Temple, and the Mask Temple. A beautiful panoramic view of the lagoon and surrounding jungle can be seen from the top of the High Temple. It is believed that the ancient center was occupied during more than 3,200 years, and as recently as in the 18th century.


Lunch: At the ruins.


Afternoon: After lunch, continue exploring the archaeological complex at Lamanai.

Boat ride and bus transfer back to Belize City. Transfer to the port and embark on the ship.

Attend a welcome briefing and safety drill.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, January 20 - Half Moon Cay, Lighthouse Reef/Blue Hole.
Note: Snorkel and fins will be provided, but snorkeling enthusiasts often bring their own gear to ensure a good fit.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.


Morning: Sail from Belize City in the morning to begin our passage through Belize's Great Barrier Reef. A vast coral formation extending more than 120 miles from the Yucatan to the coast of Guatemala, this reef is second in size to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The reef community constitutes the earth's oldest and most complex ecosystem, some two billion years old. Not visited by mega cruise liners and mass tourism, the area is a paradise for sailors, snorkelers, and nature lovers.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Disembark at Half Moon Cay, a national reserve and sanctuary for nesting red-footed boobies. Magnificent frigate birds, seabirds and turtles also inhabit the island.

You will also discover the remarkable undersea world of the Blue Hole, a natural phenomenon that is part of an underwater national park. Elliptical in shape the entire hole is surrounded by a 1,000-ft coral rim that rises to the lagoon's surface. Jacques Cousteau spent a month here exploring the stalagmitefilled caves along the walls of the Hole. A local diving boat will take you to the reef system surrounding this remarkable site. A protected area teeming with marine life, this is an excellent spot in which to snorkel.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail for Dangriga.


Dinner: Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, January 21 - Dangriga/Mayflower Bocawina National Park.
Note: Participants on the hike should wear good walking shoes or sneakers, long pants and a bathing suit underneath should you wish to swim. Sun screen and insect repellent are highly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Morning arrival into Dangriga, the center of Garifuna culture.

After breakfast, drive into town to explore Gumagarugu and meet with a family of drummers and drum makers. Continue to the Gulisi Garifuna Museum to learn more about Garifuna history, art and culture.

Transfer to the nearby Mayflower Bocawina National Park.


Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Arrive at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park, a lush forested area at the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Walking trails through the forest lead to waterfalls and Maya temples, including Mayflower, a Late Classic site. The forest is home to over 230 species of birds, howler monkeys, and other wildlife.

Late afternoon, return to the ship. The ship will set sail to Guatemala this evening.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, January 22 - Santo Tomas de Castilla/Quirigua/San Felipe Fortr...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Located at the head of the spacious Amatique Bay, Guatemala’s port town of Santo Tomas de Castilla is our gateway to Quiriguá and the San Felipe Fortress, two of the country’s most interesting sites. Drive in the morning to Quiriguan ancient Maya site, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Quirigua is famed for its intricately carved stelae sandstone columns, some of which are over 30 feet tall. Completed in the 8th century a.d., the carvings depict the deeds of local rulers, mythical figures, and animals, and contain Maya glyphs.


Lunch: Transfer to Rio Dulce for lunch ashore.


Afternoon: After lunch, drive to the waterside village of San Felipe for a visit to its fortress, which was built by the Spanish in the mid-17th century to protect their trade routes from British pirates. Set at the confluence of the Dulce River and Lake Izabal, the fortress offers splendid views of the lake and the surrounding forest.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail to Punta Gorda.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, January 23 - Punta Gorda/Lubaantun/Nim Li Punit/Snake Cayes, B...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.


Morning: Facing the tranquil waters of the Bahia de Amatique, the small port town of Punta Gorda was founded by the Garifuna, who emigrated here around 1830. Take an excursion to the Maya sites of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit. Located on a high ridge, Lubaantun was a major Maya center that flourished around 700 A.D. The site includes five plazas flanked by buildings and ball courts. Nearby, Nim Li Punit was the ceremonial and religious center of the region, and it is known for its impressive stelae.

Return to Punta Gorda late morning to re-board Yorktown and set sail for Snake Cayes.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Arrive at Snake Cays and enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, January 24 - Big Creek/Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary/Laug...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Disembark at Big Creek and drive to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a dense tropical rain forest set against the peaks of the Maya Mountains. This protected sanctuary that is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including tapir, armadillo, anteater, jaguar, and over 290 species of birds.

Enjoy a guided hike on jungle trails in search of local wildlife and interesting flora.

Before returning to the ship, pay a visit to the Maya Center.


Lunch: Lunch on board as the ship sails to Laughing Bird Caye.


Afternoon: After lunch, disembark at Laughing Bird Caye, part of the Belize Great Barrier Reef Reserve System. Enjoy the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the island.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, January 25 - South Water Caye/Dock at Belize City/Captain's Fa...
South Water Caye/Dock at Belize City/Captain's Farewell Reception & Dinner.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Set sail for South Water Caye, scheduled to arrive around lunch time.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: South Water Cay's waters constitute a veritable coral garden. Discover the magnificent coral formations and rich variety of tropical fish within these unexplored crystal-clear waters via memorable swimming and snorkeling.

Late in the afternoon, sail to Belize City, arriving in the evening.


Dinner: Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner.


Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, January 26 - Disembark in Belize City/Departure Flights to the...
Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Disembark in Belize City and transfer to the international airport to check-in for the return flights to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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