Puerto Quetzal Shore Excursion: Antigua, Jade Museum & Factory

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    07:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Ports
    Puerto Quetzal, Escuintla
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

When your cruise ship docks in the port of Puerto Quetzal, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Antigua Guatemala. During your shore excursion, a local guide leads you on a walking tour to the citys central plaza and offers expert commentary about colonial monuments, such as La Merced Church and the main cathedral.
Youll pass under the 17th-century Santa Catalina Arch on this full-day sightseeing tour, which includes lunch and round-trip transport from the cruise terminal.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Lunch included

Know More about this tour

Begin your shore excursion with pickup at the Puerto Quetzal cruise port. Youll be transferred to Antigua Guatemala (Old Guatemala City), designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural beauty and well-preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Meet your guide and embark on a walking tour through this former capital of Guatemala, whose charming and colorful style permeates everything from its houses, churches, squares and parks to its folklore and cultural traditions.

Your guide will take your group to see some of the top attractions of this beautiful city, enjoyed by visitors from around the world. Your full-day tour includes lunch.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Puerto Quetzal cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Inclusions

Local guide

Port pickup and drop-off

Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

Exclusions

Gratuities

Beverages

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum 2 passengers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

All departure times are based on the GUATEMALA LOCAL time. Ships sometimes do not adjust their clocks to the local time in port, so it is very important to make sure you meet your tour at the correct local time.

Please search for the Gray Line representative , we will be outside with our Gray Line Logo.

To find pictures of our experiences, search us on Instagram as @graylinetoursgt

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

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  • 29-Feb-2020

    We were picked up at Puerto Queztal, Guatemala, for an excursion to Antigua. It turned out to be a small group of about 11 from the cruise ship. The guide gave us information during the 1-1/2 hour trip about that part of Guatemala, and showed us different places of interest in that historical town. Even though we were taken to a jade factory, there was no real pressure to buy. Lunch at a local restaurant was included. Afterwards we were taken back to the port in good time.

  • 08-Jan-2020

    When we booked this tour I told the company that our ship did not dock until 8:00 am and that it would take some time to get off the ship. At 8:20 someone from Viator called me on my cell phone to ask me where I was. I told them that we weren't allowed to disembark yet. She said that everyone else had and didn't know why my group wasn't there. Turns out she had us disembarking off of a Azamara ship and not Oceania. When we got to shore Viator scrambled around trying to figure out what was going on. They finally put us on another tour and off we went. The condition of the van was abysmal and several people complained about the lack of suspension on the car and the driver's competence in navigating the pot holes. My husband's back went out because of it and when he complained, Viator sent another newer van for the trip back. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The only thing was that he did not wait for the older, slower people to catch up on the walking tour. I would not recommend this tour company.

  • 09-Dec-2019

    Charming city with a lot to see. Very Warm to Hot with the occasional cooling breeze. Friendly town with history and stories of the indigenous people. The Jade Museum and factory was actually OK. They do have some good deals on unique pieces. Lunch was local.

  • 30-Nov-2019

    It was just so busy on a Saturday during a flower festival that it was hard to keep our group on 18 together.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    We loved our guide. He was well informed about the country and showed us so many great things. The lunch was in the neatest restaurant and the food was delicious. We loved it.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    We loved our guide. He was well informed about the country and showed us so many great things. The lunch was in the neatest restaurant and the food was delicious. We loved it.

  • 22-Mar-2019

    We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide, Celestino was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The bus trip was nice with only 20 guests onboard. The city of Antigua was lined with cobble stone streets and beautiful old churches. A quaint town with a lot of history. We are older and was afraid that a long walking tour might be overwhelming but it wasn’t at all. The jade factory was nice if you like jewelry etc.. Many Street vendors selling their wares which by the way are much less than the shops by the ship. We had a delicious lunch with many options to choose from. We chose the chicken with a green tomato and cilantro sauce which started off with a green salad, then the chicken (whole breast or leg and thigh) with green sauce, rice and vegetables along with freshly made hot corn tortillas. They even let us hand make a tortilla if we wanted too! We would definitely recommend this tour!

  • 21-Mar-2019

    We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide, Celestino was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The bus trip was nice with only 20 guests onboard. The city of Antigua was lined with cobble stone streets and beautiful old churches. A quaint town with a lot of history. We are older and was afraid that a long walking tour might be overwhelming but it wasn’t at all. The jade factory was nice if you like jewelry etc.. Many Street vendors selling their wares which by the way are much less than the shops by the ship. We had a delicious lunch with many options to choose from. We chose the chicken with a green tomato and cilantro sauce which started off with a green salad, then the chicken (whole breast or leg and thigh) with green sauce, rice and vegetables along with freshly made hot corn tortillas. They even let us hand make a tortilla if we wanted too! We would definitely recommend this tour!

  • 06-Mar-2019

    We were booked today on a tour of Colonial Antigua and Santa Teresita Hot Springs. Due to a mixup, we were moved to a tour that was just Colonial Antigua, without the hot springs. (Cultural & Colonial Antigua Walking Tour). Apparently not enough people signed up for our tour, but we were told at the port that it was because our ship was in port for 2 hours less than planned. This was completely false, as the time in port did not change from the day we booked the cruise in June, 2018, let alone from when we booked this tour just last month. OK, so we go off on this tour. What a joke! While a few things were pointed out along the way, the main focus of this tour was 3 stops at particular shopping locations (jade factory, main square where vendors practically attack you to get you to buy, and a shop that was actually many small shops all connected) Each of these stops was for a good ½ hour to be sure we bought as much as possible. We then walked up the block to lunch, where, after spending an hour, we learned that there was still 30 minutes to go, so we left and walked around on our own until the bus returned to pick us up. So here are the problems: 1) We paid $102 each for a combo tour, and were replaced on an $86 tour. 2) Calling what we did a "cultural" walking tour is hyperbole at the very least, and false advertising. "During the 2-hour, easy walking tour, you'll pay visits to sights like La Merced Church, Santa Catalina Arch, Central Park (Parquet Central)with its European style plaza, the Cathedral and the Jade Factory - Museum. Be provided with free time for buying handmade souvenirs to take home memories of this special day" was the promise. But we did not visit the church, or the cathedral. We did see the arch, and the government building was pointed out to us from the square, with minimal information given. 3) Our lunch was supposed to be: "a delicious lunch is included that will consist of homemade tortillas and other traditional Guatemalan food. Watch first-hand how the tortillas are made and learn about the importance of the traditions and history that is rooted in the country's food." Lunch was ok--salad or soup and a choice of entrees--but there were no tortillas and we sure as heck didn't watch anything being made, or learn about traditions and history of food. 4) The old bus we traveled on seemed not to have any shocks or suspension speak of, and this, combined with the atrocious condition of the roads, led to a jaw-rattling 90 minute journey in each direction. Had we had ANY idea what was in store for us, we would have cancelled this tour and gone with one of the ship's tours. The conditions reported by people who did that (at a much lower price, surprisingly) was far superior.

  • 06-Feb-2019

    Juan Pablo was an excellent guide. I enjoy local tours so much vs the big crowds of cruise excursions. There were four (4) of us! We toured in a comfortable van, saw the volcanoes & the City of Antigua. My husband bought me a beautiful jade & pearl necklace & earrings at the jade factory. There was an excellent informative tour there...no pressure to buy, but Valentine’s Day and my birthday was just around the corner, so my husband was thrilled with an easy-do! Doing this over, I probably would not do the lunch. It was prepaid, but we had 4 beers and the charge was $17 USD. Seemed excessive. The other couple purchaed fruit from a street vendor and were very happy with that.

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