Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
This fascinating half-day tour will focus on the contrast between the ancient Mayan city of Altun Ha and the modern day Belize City. Altun Ha thrived as a trading post to the Mayan World during the Post Classic and Classic periods. Belize City is home to approximately 35% of the country's population and remains the commercial capital of the country.
Take a motor-launch ride up the Old Belize River and look for crocodiles, iguanas, and monkeys and take in the beautifully lush tropical foliage on this varied waterway. Make a stop at a local restaurant for a Belize-style lunch before a 35-minute ride to the Belize sanctuary where you'll see species endemic to the region, including five types of wildcat (jaguars, pumas, ocelots, jaguarundi, and margays) as well as the national animal of Belize, the Tapir.
Enjoy a city tour highlighting the history of Belize from its founding by shipwrecked British sailors in 1683. At the Airboat Outpost, receive a short orientation and safety briefing before boarding a 450-hp airboat. Travel via waterway to Almond Hill Lagoon. Quietly drift, keeping a lookout for the docile manatees that might be in the area. See beautiful water lilies, wading birds, turtles and maybe a crocodile on the unspoiled marsh. Minimum age: 5 years. Maximum weight: 290 pounds.
Experience Belize City's urban flavor and folklore as you ride our fascinating air conditioned Trolley. Go back in time to the 1700's when the Baymen first settled in Belize, engage in their favorite pastime, as you taste a line of Belizean Rums at the Traveler's Museum. Relax as you learn about our history and culture of Belize. This tour is appropriate for a guest who are completely confined to a wheelchair and travels only in a motorized wheelchair or scooter.
A Belize City tour unlike any other: by a horse-drawn carriage and open tour wagon. Enjoy all that is Belize City as you are taken on an intimate and quaint tour of its cathedrals, swing bridges, beautifully restored colonial mansions, elite residential areas and tropical gardens. Note: If rain is possible, it's suggested to bring rain jacket. Maximum weight limit is 250 pounds.
All aboard the Calypso Train to explore the colorful sights and sounds of Belize City. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze as your guide delights you with tales of our rich history and cultural diversity. You will see all the important landmarks and ride over the famous Swing Bridge.
Get picked-up by an open motor boat and travel up the Sibun River to The Landing, then drive in a rugged 4x4 Land Rover through the jungle trails to Gracy Rock. Walk over a wooden suspension bridge and along a trail and explore the ancient Mayan Caves. Bottled water and rum punch (after driving), enjoy a local snack of fresh fruit. Return to Belize City on the Jungle Bus. Tour may be run in reverse order.
Board a riverboat for a cruise of the New River, with its spectacular rainforest, mangroves, orchids and birds. Disembarking at the northern end of the New River Lagoon, you'll enjoy a Belize-style lunch. Then begin your tour of Lamanai, once the largest Mayan ceremonial site in Meso-America and occupied as early as 1500 B.C. The first stone buildings appeared here between 800 and 600 B.C. Please kindly note that the driving time is approx. 1 hour each way.
Cahal Pech boasts extensive restoration to masks, facades, terraces, stairways, and structures. In its heyday, it may have been the primary center of the central Belize River Valley region. Clusters of temples and palaces are arranged around a series of plazas on this 6-acre site. Many of the structures have been identified as elite residences indicating that Cahal Pech served mainly as a royal compound.
Travel across the rolling hills to the Mopan River located near the Guatemalan border. Experience the magic at the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock) Plaza. Afterwards, travel by bus to a local restaurant for a Belizean lunch accompanied by music from a local Marimba band.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.