Journey Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive Managua, Nicaragua

Upon arrival you are escorted to your luxury accommodations in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Elements Boutique Hotel, Managua

DAY 2Managua Sightseeing

Begin today with a VIP tour of the Flor de Caña Rum Factory, a family owned rum business that started in 1890. Learn the origins of rum as you witness the fascinating manufacturing process, and see their impressive warehouse stocked with hundreds of rum-filled oak barrels. Savor a rum tasting session before exploring the Pellas family’s museum. Next, depart the city for a drive to the base of Momotombo Volcano and the colonial city of Leon. Founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1524, the city still retains its colonial character. Visit the unusual La Asuncion Cathedral - climb up to the roof for an extraordinary panoramic view of this charming city and the imposing mountain backdrop. After lunch at a local Leon restaurant, arrive back in Managua in the late afternoon. ​(B,L)

Elements Boutique Hotel, Managua

DAY 3Managua Sightseeing

This morning you will embark on a Managua city tour, including both the old city center, destroyed by an earthquake in 1972, and the modern downtown. Visit the National Historic Park Loma de Tiscapa, and discover the story behind national hero Augusto Cesar Sandino and the Somoza dictatorship. See the ruins of the old presidential palace, the symbolic Park of Peace, and the monument to Simon Bolivar, as well as the National Theater Ruben Dario, and the 6000 year old human footprints of Acahualinca. View the modern metropolitan cathedral and visit the arts and craft market before driving to Granada, the oldest European settlement in the Americas. After lunch, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, followed by a walking tour of this 500-year-old city. Admire La Merced church and the famed convent of San Francisco, before visiting the Cacao Museum for a chocolate-making cooking class. Your Granada tour ends at the port, where you transfer by boat to the Jicaro Island Ecolodge and your private casita home for the next two nights. ​(B,L,D)

Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Granada

DAY 4Granada Sightseeing

Enjoy the morning of Day 4 at leisure, before afternoon visits to the Masaya market, artist workshops, and the Masaya Volcano. At the volcano, view the impressive Santiago crater as a local expert tells you about its history, myths, and geology. Then, equipped with a flashlight and helmet, explore the underground tunnel formed by lava streams, to observe the rock formations, bat chambers, and perhaps spy the glowing lava hidden inside the crater mouth. Afterwards, return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. ​(B,L,D)

Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Granada

DAY 5Granada to the Emerald Coast

This morning, drive to the foot of the Mombacho Volcano, then transfer to a 4X4 vehicle for a nature adventure through this cloud forest region. Surrounded by exuberant vegetation and breathtaking views, your park guide leads you on a trail walk while narrating details of the flora and fauna, as well as the ancient history of the volcano. Relax in this mountain setting with lunch at the park’s Casa Hacienda, before driving to Mukul Resort, a boutique retreat on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. ​(B,L)

Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa, Guacalito de la Isla

DAY 6 & 7Mukul & Ometepe Island

Begin Day 6 with an early rise for a full day exploration of Ometepe Island, the biggest volcanic lake island in the world. Begin with a ferry ride through the fresh waters of Lake Nicaragua to reach this island recently designated a UNESCO Biosphere. Once ashore, visit the Numismatic & Pre-Columbian Museum, to learn about the island’s different ethnic groups, then drive through colorful rural villages to the natural reserve of Charco Verde. Explore the tropical wonders of the reserve on a light trek, viewing the native birds, mammals, and reptiles, lush vegetation, and the breathtaking landscapes of famous Charco Verde Lake. After a succulent lunch by the shores of Lake Nicaragua, your exciting journey continues to the base of Maderas Volcano, an impressive cloud forest mountain located in the southwest of Ometepe. View the ancient petroglyphs and discover the abundant variety of tropical fruit trees before returning to your resort.

Day 7 is at leisure to enjoy the white-sand beach or other luxury facilities at your resort. ​(B,L)

Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa, Guacalito de la Isla

DAY 8Mukul & Depart

This morning you will be transferred to the Managua airport for your flight home or onto your next destination. ​(B)

Tour Details

Managua, Nicaragua
Managua, Nicaragua


Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Local taxes
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

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Journey Overview

Discover the abundant beauty and visual delights of colonial Nicaragua. Adventure through caves and tunnels created by Masaya Volcano lava flows, enjoy a gentle hike amid a lush Mombacho volcanic reserve, and swim along the shores of scenic Lake Nicaragua. Taste the hypnotic rum and sweet chocolate and relax on the Emerald Coast. Learn the history of this region founded by 16th century Conquistadors, and taste the hypnotic rum and sweet chocolate that have impressed visitors ever since. Topped off with pampering stays at a rainforest eco-lodge and a luxury Emerald Coast resort, and you will relish this Nicaragua journey forever.

Journey Pace: Active

Learn all about rum at the family owned Flor de Caña Rum Factory near Managua. Travel by ferry on Lake Nicaragua, where French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau first identified the freshwater bull sharks
Discover the history of colonial Leon City, founded by Spanish conquistadors
Tour the old city center of Managua, nearly destroyed by an earthquake in 1972
Enjoy a horse drawn carriage tour of colorful Granada, the oldest European settlement in the Americas

  • Savor a delightful chocolate cooking class at the ChocoMuseo in Granada
  • Explore the underground lava tunnel and caves at the impressive Masaya Volcano
  • Admire the amazing biodiversity of a cloud forest as you take a guided walk along “The Crater Trail” at the Momb
  • Stay in a private casita nestled in the rainforest at deluxe Jicaro Island Ecolodge
  • Enjoy 3 days at luxurious Mukul Resort, in a private beach community on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast