Textile and Photography Tour with Gregory Case

Main Tour - November 5-12,  2013  

Optional Photography Workshop begins November 3

An incredible opportunity to visit one of the most colorful areas of the world! Join Deb Roberts and World of Quilts Travel as we explore the highlands of Guatemala, including Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Chichicastengo. Our photography expert, Gregory Case, will be teaching us the best tips and tricks for travel photography during our optional pre-tour workshop and together, we learn about the the textile and folk-art cultures these areas are known for. 

November 5, 2013: Main Tour Begins Today
(See Pre-tour photography workshop schedule for days 1, 2 and 3, November 3 - 5, with Gregory Case - below)

Day 3:  November 5, 2013:  For those not participating in the photography classes, today, you will fly into Guatemala City from your home town. With the World of Quilts Travel 'Free to Fly' program, not only will you avoid the hassles associated with meeting at a fixed departure airport to travel with a group, but you may leave when you want and use any points or mileage plan that suits you!  In the past, clients who fly independently save 100s of dollars over group arranged flights.  Deb's program allows you to save money while you relax and enjoy your flight from anywhere you choose.  On arrival, you will meet our complimentary hotel shuttle for transfer to our Guatemala City hotel.

Day 4:  November 6: GUATEMALA CITY – This morning we will enjoy an orientation to our Guatemala tour over breakfast with our guide.   Our first stop of the day will be the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing where we will enjoy a curatorial guided tour.  The museum has notable collections of ceramics, textiles and jewelry.   Following our visit here, we will go to the Museum of Archeology which houses the country's most important collection of Maya artifacts. After lunch we will spend time in the craft market and include a stop at the famous shop,  “In Nola”.  This is known as 'the place'  in Guatemala City for textiles and other Guatemalan folk art.

Late this afternoon we will transfer to Antigua. La Antigua Guatemala, is a colonial city declared by UNESCO as a  "Cultural Heritage of Humanity" site.  It has a rich past of culture and tradition. Before arriving at our hotel in Antigua, we will make a stop at, Casa des Artes for weavings and embroidery. After we check into our hotel, we will enjoy a welcome dinner together.  B, L, D

Day 5:  November 7:  After breakfast, we will visit the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, known for its beautiful textiles.  We will visit the public market and stop at Carolina's house, a cooperative of women selling handmade textiles.  Carolina Perez de Guaran, a Quiche Maya, is internationally recognized as one of the world's greatest weavers and has shown her art in Berlin, New York, Milan and Scandinavia. She is a living national treasure. With her three daughters, Graciela, Astrid and Dali, she tries to keep the weaver's tradition alive through her school to train local girls in the weaving techniques of their ancestors. After lunch, we return to Antigua for walking tour, the central market and the shop known as Nim Po't which is a FREE TRADE shop for textiles.  Tonight we will have dinner together.   B, L, D

Day 6:  November 8:  This morning we will leave Antigua, and head for Panajachel and Lake Atitlan.  On our way we will stop in San Andres Xecul, to see the well known yellow church which is covered with Mayan symbols.  Following lunch, we will continue to Lake Atitlan which they say is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Americas, and the village of Panajachel, the afternoon will be at leisure.   B, L.

Day 7: November 9: This morning, while in Panajachel, we will visit and tour a quilting workshop that is a cooperative among women in this village.  Then, we will take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago where we will visit the Cajolya Association of Mayan Women Weavers.  For more than a quarter of a century Cojolya has been providing sustainable, fair trade work for women from the area who weave using the backstrap loom.  Following lunch in the Cajolya Association Restaurant, we will return to hotel.  We will have dinner together in the local area.  B, L, D.

Day 8:   November 10:  Following breakfast, we will drive to the village of Chichicastenango for their famous Sunday market. After lunch, we will return to Antigua City.  Dinner.  B, L, D

Day 9: November 11:  Free day in Antigua, farewell dinner together this evening.   B,D

Day  10  November 12:   Coach transfer from Antigua to Guatemala Airport for independent departures.  B


Optional Pre-Tour Photography Workshop

This is your opportunity to brush up on your travel photography skills or learn some amazing techniques from Gregory Case, an internationally regarded photographer and educator.  During the workshop, Gregory will be teaching hands on workshops and lead walking tours to help you gain a better insight into landscape and travel photography.


November 3:  Depart from your city to arrive independently in Guatemala City.  Upon arrival, meet the complimentary transfer to the hotel.  The group will meet and have dinner together this evening.  B, D

November 4:  Gregory will be teaching a workshop which will help you further develop  travel photography skills.  A materials list will be provided to registrants.   Lunch will be provided at the hotel.  B, L.

November 5:  This morning Gregory will lead the class on a photographic journey of Guatemala City.  After the tour, you will be free to explore the city and encouraged to take pictures along your way.   This evening, there will be a question and answer session and critique of selected images.  B

November 6:  The group will meet with the remaining travelers to begin the remainder of our Guatemala journey.


Cost of optional tour includes airport transfer, hotel, breakfast daily, welcome dinner, lunch on November 4 and photography workshops. 

$359 per person double occupancy/$179 single supplement (additional)


$1899 double occupancy

$699 single supplement


Your Guatemala Tour Includes:

  • All Guatemala transfers and scheduled travel by deluxe motor coach

  • English speaking guide throughout

  • Services of a full-time tour director, translator and cultural expert.

  • Deluxe Hotels and Resorts

  • Luggage handling

  • Entrances, workshops and activities per the scheduled itinerary

  • Most Meals and meal gratuities

  • Special Guatemalan bag and surprise gifts.




    Your tour price does not include:

    *Optional travel insurance
    *Optional Gratuities
    *Items of a personal nature, such as laundry or room service, excess baggage charges
    *Passport or visa fees (visa not needed for US/Canadian Citizens staying for less than 30 days)
    *Immunizations or vaccinations
    *All other items not specified on the itinerary.

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