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Central America tours reveal a mix of culture that dates back 4000 years and includes ancient Mayan heritage, laid-back Caribbean vibes and Spanish colonial history. Central America offers the perfect combination of culture and adventure, with the chance to enjoy adrenaline-fuelled activities amidst the spectacular landscapes.

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Treasures of the Yucatan

7 Nights - Cancun and Back from £1485pp
  • 7 Nights - Cancun and Back
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Delve into the soul of the Yucatán-home to sun, sea and the glories of an ancient civilisation which once ruled Central America, then mysteriously disappeared.

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Monkeys Jungles and Volcanoes

7 Nights - San Jose (Costa Rica) and Back from £1485pp
  • 7 Nights - San Jose (Costa Rica) and Back
  • Tour Only from £1485pp

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Glide along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colourful toucans and trek up the slopes of the Arenal Volcano-a family adventure in the Pura Vida playground.

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Natural Splendours of Costa Rica

10 Nights - San José  and Back from £1895pp
  • 10 Nights - San José and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1895pp

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Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the small country of Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. This journey explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting habitats found here, including rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, lakes and canals.

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

9 Nights - San Jose (Costa Rica) to Liberia from £1920pp
  • 9 Nights - San Jose (Costa Rica) to Liberia
  • Tour Only from £1920pp

This is a locally hosted extension.

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Mayan Explorer

8 Nights - Cancun and Back from £1995pp
  • 8 Nights - Cancun and Back
  • Fly Tour from £1995pp

Iconic Mayan sites, an idyllic Caribbean coast and a laid-back tropical ambience – the Yucatan Peninsula has it all. And this small group tour features them all.

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Cuban Discovery

10 Nights - Havana and Back from £2239pp
  • 10 Nights - Havana and Back
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An island lost in time, Cuba is a decadent blend of romantic grandeur and off-beat Caribbean charm. Iconic 1950s automobiles parade through the seafront streets and rumba bars rub shoulders with centuries-old churches.

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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City from £2349pp
  • 14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City
  • Fly Tour from £2349pp

A tangled jungle of eco-wonderland swathed in palm-fringed beaches and enchanting cloud forests - Costa Rica is perfect for those with an appreciation for the natural world. Our tour combines unforgettable wildlife-watching opportunities, typical coffee culture in San Jose, the colonial splendour of Panama City and the astonishing engineering marvel of the Panama Canal.

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Costa Rica

13 Days - San Jose and Back from £2399pp
  • 13 Days - San Jose and Back
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In Costa Rica every road seems to lead to another waterfall, a coffee plantation, a volcano, a lush rainforest or a stunning tropical beach. Everywhere you look, you are greeted by smiling faces who are immensely proud to live in a country whose happy motto is ‘pura vida’ - pure life!

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Viva Cuba

8 Nights - Cuba and Back from £2549pp
  • 8 Nights - Cuba and Back
  • Fly Tour from £2549pp

​Soak up the sights in Cuba's vibrant capital, enjoy a homestay in colonial Trinidad, then relax on a white-sand beach. This holiday really does offer the best of both worlds.

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Mexico's Mayan Trail

15 Nights - Mexico City to Cancun from £2549pp
  • 15 Nights - Mexico City to Cancun
  • Fly Tour from £2549pp

Emerald jungles, sapphire-blue waters and powdery white sands meet towering ancient temples and colonial towns in the captivating country of Mexico. But a trip here is just as much about its fascinating history and culture as its idyllic landscapes.

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Highlights of Costa Rica

8 Nights - San José and Back from £2635pp
  • 8 Nights - San José and Back
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This small group tour offers a fantastic introduction to some of Costa Rica's highlights without compromising on comfort. It's packed with immersive nature experiences and great wildlife-viewing opportunities.

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Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests

7 Nights - San Jose, Costa Rica to Guanacaste, Costa Rica from £2656pp
  • 7 Nights - San Jose, Costa Rica to Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth... From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, Tauck Bridges introduces your family to the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica's beach, rainforest and jungle!

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Highlights of Mexico (Standard)

13 Nights - Mexico City to Cancun from £2695pp
  • 13 Nights - Mexico City to Cancun
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Discover the legacy of the Aztec, Mayan and Spanish empires on this outstanding tour of Mexico’s finest sites. Explore magnificent pyramids and temples, colourful colonial cities with their indigenous influences, and the natural beauty of valleys, canyons, waterfalls and tropical rainforests.

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Costa Rica - Pura Vida

7 Nights - San José, Costa Rica and Back from £2730pp
  • 7 Nights - San José, Costa Rica and Back
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Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth... Witness volcanoes, rainforests, and an amazing variety of plant and wildlife on Tauck's Costa Rica travel adventure - raft on jungle rivers, zip line in the rainforest, sky-walk in a cloud forest, and visit eco-parks and reserves.

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Costa Rica Explorer

11 Nights - San José and Back from £2859pp
  • 11 Nights - San José and Back
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Costa Rica is a nature-lover's paradise and this wildlife-focused small group tour takes you on an unforgettable adventure to one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.

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Mexico's Mayan Trail

15 Nights - Mexico to Chichen Itza from £2999pp
  • 15 Nights - Mexico to Chichen Itza
  • Fly Tour from £2999pp

Emerald jungles, sapphire-blue waters and powdery white sands meet towering ancient temples and colonial towns in the captivating country of Mexico. But a trip here is just as much about its fascinating history and culture as its idyllic landscapes.

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Real Costa Rica

8 Nights - Costa Rica and Back from £3039pp
  • 8 Nights - Costa Rica and Back
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​If you want to discover the real Costa Rica, this is the tour for you. There's so much packed in to this nine-day adventure, from a visit to an indigenous community, to guided boat tours through the jungle.

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Solo - Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City from £3449pp
  • 14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City
  • Fly Tour from £3449pp

A tangled jungle of eco-wonderland swathed in palm-fringed beaches and enchanting cloud forests - Costa Rica is perfect for those with an appreciation for the natural world. Our tour combines unforgettable wildlife-watching opportunities, typical coffee culture in San Jose, the colonial splendour of Panama City and the astonishing engineering marvel of the Panama Canal.

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Windward Barbados

10 Nights - Bridgetown and Back from £3499pp
  • 10 Nights - Bridgetown and Back
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If you’d like your holiday to combine both relaxation and exploration, welcome on board. Throughout this excellent cruise we explore some of the Caribbean’s most interesting attractions, setting aside ample time to unwind on the glorious sandy beaches the islands are famous for.

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Cuba - Cigars & Classic Cars

15 Nights - Cuba and Back from £4199pp
  • 15 Nights - Cuba and Back
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Discover the many faces of Cuba as you delve into the country's intriguing history, relax on sun-kissed beaches and sway to sultry salsa beats.

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Cuba: Connecting with Culture

6 Nights - Miami, Florida and Back from £4654pp
  • 6 Nights - Miami, Florida and Back
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Meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba's cultural heritage through Tauck's 7-day trip featuring People-to-People educational exchange travel to Cuba. Interact directly with the people of Cuba on themes including culture and the arts, history, agriculture, architecture, entrepreneurism, community spirit, baseball and more.

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Panama Canal & Costa Rica - Westbound

11 Nights - Panama City, Panama to San José, Costa Rica from £5172pp
  • 11 Nights - Panama City, Panama to San José, Costa Rica
  • Tour Only from £5172pp

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Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! A 12-day journey includes a 7-night Panama and Costa Rica cruise aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts, and a full transit of the Panama Canal - plus exploring the ecological diversity of Panama, Costa Rica and pristine islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

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Panama Canal & Costa Rica - Eastbound

11 Nights - San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama from £5394pp
  • 11 Nights - San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama
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Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth... A 12-day journey includes a 7-night Panama and Costa Rica cruise aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts, and a full transit of the Panama Canal - plus exploring the ecological diversity of Panama, Costa Rica and pristine islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

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Cruising Cuba - Eastbound

Miami, Florida to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba from
  • Miami, Florida to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Our 11-day People-to-People cruise journey throughout Cuba features a memorable seven-night Cuba cruise aboard the three-masted yacht Le Ponant, calling on Cuba's coastal gems between Havana and Santiago de Cuba... including immersive experiences in the Cuban culture through People-to-People activities in Habana Vieja, Hemingway's Finca Vigia & Cojimar, Isla de la Juventud, Cienfuegos, Playa Giron on the Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and more! Begins and ends in Miami.

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Enchanting Costa Rica & Panama

14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City from £4095pp
  • 14 Nights - San Jose to Panama City
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Experience the natural biodiversity of Costa Rica and Panama on a tour that takes you to some of the best remaining unspoiled natural habitats on earth. We see rare and colourful wildlife, take in vibrant cities and sample local specialties on a tour that weaves its magic at every turn.

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Discover Central America

The Maya civilisations sprawled from Mexico to Honduras, leaving ruins across Central America where visitors can step back in time to a mysterious past with visits to lost temples, great ruined cities and pyramids hidden in the jungle.

The Mayan culture still persists today with over 6 million Maya carrying on the traditions and cultures of their ancestors. The Spanish conquistadors left their mark throughout Central America with atmospheric colonial cities, whilst African culture has influenced the Caribbean coast. Verdant rainforests, mist-shrouded volcanoes, secluded islands and white sandy beaches make Central America a holiday destination like no other.

Turquoise lagoons, fascinating caves, vivid green jungles and tumbling waterfalls combine to create a wealth of natural beauty. One of the world’s greatest engineering marvels, the Panama Canal connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and transitting the canal is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Central America touring holidays are perfect for adventure lovers, with the opportunity to hike along the summits of rocky volcanoes to see boiling mud pools and crater lakes, snorkel among vibrant reefs in warm Caribbean waters and white-water raft along pristine rivers. Whale enthusiasts can observe grey whales, sea lions and bottlenose dolphins at close quarters in Mexico whilst Central America’s national parks are home to an array of wildlife including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys and leatherback turtles. For a more relaxing experience some tours feature visits to local rum distilleries or coffee plantations high up in the mountains.


Highlights of Central America

  • Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s paradise with landscapes ranging from pristine cloud forests, mangrove swamps and smouldering volcanoes to coffee plantations and beautiful beaches. Tortuguero National Park has a fascinating ecosystem with over 350 species of birds and mammals. Hawksbill turtles, green sea turtles and giant leatherbacks make their nests on the beaches here while the rainforest is home to howler monkeys, toucans, caimans and sloths. Manuel Antonio National Park’s trails offer the chance to see white-faced monkeys and the Costa Rican squirrel monkey which is only found here. Visitors can traverse the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest from hanging bridges or zipline through the canopy.

  • Panama

    Dividing oceans and continents, Panama is best known for the amazing feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal which stretches 80km and connects the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. The country’s landscape includes clear turquoise seas, unspoiled cloud forests and colourful coral reefs, and its amazing biodiversity make it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Panama City is the most cosmopolitan capital city in Central America with shimmering skyscrapers and the futuristic BioMuseo which was designed by Frank Gehry. Learn about the thriving indigenous communities of the Kuna Indians in the remote San Blas islands and the Emberá tribes in the Chagres National Park.

  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

    A wonderful display of ancient and natural wonders has been squeezed into Ecuador, one of the smallest countries in South America. The charming colonial town of Cuenca and the capital of Quito are steeped in history with red-roofed colonial houses, flower-filled plazas and a number of cathedrals. Cotopaxi National Park, located on the Avenue of Volcanoes is home to the highest active volcano in the world and the tranquil Quilotoa crater lake. The Andean villages perfectly showcase the colourful local culture including the handcrafted textiles, delightful fresh-seafood dishes and sprawling markets.

    The famous Galapagos Islands are located 1,000 km west of mainland Ecuador and are a magnet for wildlife lovers. These isolated, volcanic islands have a truly unique eco-system with many species that are not found anywhere else on Earth, including the giant tortoise and marine iguana. This pristine wildlife haven is famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution as it was here that Darwin noted that blue-footed boobies and finches were perfectly adapted to their environment.

  • Nicaragua

    Discover Nicaragua’s extraordinary landscape of volcanoes, lakes, white sandy beaches and vast rainforests as well as its colourful colonial history. The elegant architecture of the colonial city of Granada includes a beautifully-preserved cathedral, enchanting mansions and the Convento de San Francisco which holds a collection of ancient stone carvings dating back over 1,000 years. Nicaragua is renowned for its delicious coffee and tours of rural plantations offer the chance to discover how coffee is produced.

  • Guatemala

    As the birthplace of the ancient Maya, Guatemala’s culture and history dates back centuries, with indigenous Mayan people today still proudly maintaining their traditions and languages. Discover the Mayan pyramids of Tikal or see the architectural legacy left by the Spanish in colonial cities. The country’s natural beauty includes jungles teeming with wildlife, highland mountains and shimmering lakes dominated by volcanoes.

  • The Caribbean

    Thousands of idyllic islands, reefs and cays make up the Caribbean with stunning landscapes of volcanic peaks, rainforests, lagoons and golden palm tree-fringed beaches. Each island has its own unique character; discover the revolutionary history of Cuba, the French atmosphere of Martinique and the glorious Bahamas with crystal-clear waters and colourful coral reefs. Relax with an exotic rum cocktail and enjoy the unhurried Caribbean tempo, or hike into the emerald rainforests for a more active adventure.

  • Mexico

    Mexico is awash with history, from the ancient civilisations that built some of the world’s greatest monuments, to the Spanish conquistadors that left beautifully preserved colonial towns. The jungle-covered Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with ancient ruins including the Mayan pyramids and temples of Uxmal, Kabah and Chichen Itza. Mexico’s spectacular natural scenery encompasses tropical rainforests, cactus-strewn deserts, snow-capped volcanoes and dramatic waterfalls. Palm-fringed beaches line the 10,000km of coastline, including Acapulco’s natural horseshoe-shaped natural bay and Cancun’s powdery white sands and turquoise waters.

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