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Belize
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 20, 2014
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Belize Family Vacation Packages!

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Belize with your family. Watch for a variety of colorful, native birds while on your way to the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich. See who can climb to very top of the largest Pyramid, El Castillo. Take a trip of the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave where you will explore the Xibalba chamber. Zip line through lush jungle and take a cave tubing adventure. Spend a day at a protected Marine reserve. With adventure and relaxation, Belize will enchant the whole family.

  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Cave tubing, cliff jumping, Caribbean snorkeling. There’s never a dull moment to be had in Belize, home to 1.2 million acres of pristine wilderness and a fascinating world of ancient Mayan history.

  • Awake to the call of exotic birdsong at Mystic River eco-resort, tucked into the heart of the jungle
  • Paddle the Mopan River to the Xunantunich Mayan Site and climb to the tip-top of El Castillo pyramid, where you can see all the way to Guatemala
  • Marvel at the sparkling stalactites, stalagmites, and flow stones on a hike through Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, where ancient stoneware and skeletal remains tell spooky stories of the rituals and ceremonies of the Mayan past
  • Count to three before launching from a limestone cliff on a heart-thumping zip-line ride through Jaguar Paw Park
  • Cave-jump into crystal-blue waters before taking in the natural beauty of the Mayan underworld by inner tube
  • Snorkel the turquoise waters around Silk Cayes on the hunt for sea turtles, eagle rays and arrow crabs. Enjoy a day of leisure at Robert’s Grove with guided scuba diving, snorkeling, fly-fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, and cave swimming, or simply relax with the family on an oh-so-perfect, white sand beach
Jaguar in the jungle
Photo: Jaguar in the jungle

Life can be quite hectic and stressful day to day and our guides took all of that away, and allowed us to fully enjoy time with our families in an amazing setting.

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Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Belize City, Belize (BZE)

Day 1: Belize City Arrival
Belize City Arrival
Meals Included:  D

On Day 1, arrive at Belize City International Airport.

After passing through immigration and customs you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign with your name on it.

Transfer to Mystic River Resort, approx. 2 hour’s drive. Then, relax in your cabana or by the shallow splash pool after a long day’s travel.

About Mystic River Resort
On a steep bank of the beautiful Macal River, eco-friendly Mystic River Resort Jungle Lodge offers the best of all worlds to those traveling to Belize.

In this oasis of privacy, serenity and rejuvenation, there are no crowds, just the soothing sound of birds, rustling trees and soft breezes. Located in the jungle of Belize, seven miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Mystic River Resort is best place to find the perfect something – or nothing – to do.

The friendly and accommodating staff will strive to make your stay at Mystic River a wonderful experience. Mystic River takes pride in the fact that they generate their own electricity, without sacrificing the small luxuries life has to offer. They also collect and purify their own water, which is safe to drink anywhere on the property. As part of a reforestation program, Mystic River has endeavored to replant many indigenous trees cut down during the logging years in Belize.

Hotels may have fancy lobbies and high-rise views, but Mystic River is returning to nature – in comfort and style!

Accommodation: Miles of well-kept trails, lily pool, complimentary use of tubes and boogie boards, free Wi-Fi, complimentary basket of tea or coffee in the morning.

Day 2: Xunantunich / Cahal Pech Tour
Xunantunich / Cahal Pech Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, paddle and float downstream the Macal River to San Ignacio Town, enjoying the beautiful scenery and variety of birds and wildlife along the way.

Upon arrival to San Ignacio, your guide will take you on a tour of Xunantunich Maya Site located in the San Jose Succotz Village. The center is composed of 6 major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces.

The largest pyramid, El Castillo, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple. El Castillo rises 131 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view over the Mopan River valley including views of Belize’s neighboring country, Guatemala.

Our second stop will be Cahal Pech Maya site, once a hilltop home of an elite Mayan family and recognized as one of the oldest Maya sites in Western Belize.

Later this afternoon, we’ll head back to Mystic River for some downtime.

Day 3: Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast your guide will transfer you to the start of your tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave.

After a short hike to reach the cave entrance, swim a short distance, leading to an amazing underworld realm. A 45 minute trek leads to the main water passage where you can admire sparkling stalactites, stalagmites and flow stones.

This chamber is known as Xibalba; a world beneath the face of the earth, into which kings and shamans of Mayan past could communicate with gods and ancestors through rituals and ceremonies.

Late afternoon, we’ll head back to the resort.

Day 4: Robert’s Grove / Jaguar Paw
Robert’s Grove / Jaguar Paw
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, we drive to Robert’s Grove located in Placencia.

  • En route to Robert’s Grove, we’ll stop at Jaguar Paw to experience an exhilarating zip lining and cave tubing adventure.
  • The zip lining adventure gives you the ultimate bird’s eye view of the lush jungle that leads you into a cavernous opening to one of the Maya’s ancient ceremonial caves
  • Following an exciting rappel to the floor, you will make your way to the cave entrance
  • Hike a short distance across the subtropical forest where you begin your underworld tubing experience
  • Once there, sit back and relax while you float through a series of caves with crystal blue waters, limestone walls and much more!

After lunch, we’ll continue on our three hour transfer to Robert’s Grove Resort via the Hummingbird Highway, one of the most scenic highways in Belize.

Day 5: Silk Cayes
Silk Cayes
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, we’ll depart our resort’s marina en route to Silk Cayes, a protected Marine reserve known for its abundance in aquatic life, fish stocks, and coral reef biodiversity.

Silk Cayes are beautiful small coral islands ranging in size from one half to four acres, displaying lovely beaches with restroom facilities, barbeque pits and picnic tables making them perfect sites for a fun filled adventure day trip that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Snorkelers are likely to see huge lobsters, arrow crabs, snapper, barracuda and a variety of colorful reef fish.

Return to the marina and your resort late afternoon for some downtime before dinner.

Day 6 & 7: Placencia / Robert’s Grove
Placencia / Robert’s Grove
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Experience 2 days of leisure at Robert’s Grove with countless options of how to spend your time at this beautiful resort.

Choose to relax by the beach, enjoy one of the many complimentary activities offered by the resort or go on an organized tour.

You may opt to visit the Placencia Village which is only a short drive or bicycle ride away; the resort can help you get a cab to take you into the village if you desire.

Day 8: Departure to Belize City International Airport
Departure to Belize City International Airport
Meals Included:  B

This morning, you will be taken to the nearby Placencia airstrip for your forty minute flight to the International airport.

From here, make your post trip connections home.

* This trip is operated in partnership with Darah Travel.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Darah Travel.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 20, 2014
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Dec 20 2014
  • Dec 27 2014

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Upon arrival at Belize International Airport, pass through immigration and immediately enter the luggage claim area.
  • After collecting your luggage you will pass through customs and then continue towards the airport exit door on your right hand side.
  • Outside look for a representative of Austin Adventures who will be holding an Austin Adventures sign with your name on it.
  • Your driver will then transfer you a half hour to Mystic River Resort, where you may spend the rest of the day resting and preparing for your adventure.
  • On your last day, you will be taken to the nearby Placencia airstrip for your forty minute flight to the International airport where you will make your post trip connections home.
Activities

Activities at each location are customized to meet the interest level of each guest and include:

  • Touring Mayan ruins
  • Snorkeling
  • Jungle hiking
  • Swimming
  • Safari cave tubing
  • Zip lining

Adventures also include:

  • Exploring Mayan ruins and primeval caves
  • Wandering nature trails on foot
  • Watching over 400 species of exotic birds and other wildlife
  • Or simply luxuriating on a beautiful tropical beach.

Your guides will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Most alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths as noted in itinerary.
  • Meals as indicated in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • Road and boat transfers throughout duration of trip.
  • Daily tours and activities as listed in itinerary.
  • Tour entrance fees and equipment.
  • Local flight from Placencia Airstrip to Belize International Airport.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and marine park entrance fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures / Darah Travel guide, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Any meals not indicated in itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Bring your binoculars, bird lovers! Belize has over 500 distinct varieties of birds more than any other country in the world.
  • 2. Belize cares about the environment as much as we do! Due to strict government regulation, 2/3 of the Belizean natural forest is safe from exploitation. Phew!
  • 3. While cultures may be different it is nice to know we have a lot of similarities: Belize’s national motto is, “Under the Shade, I flourish.”
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