Antigua Tours by Elizabeth Bell

Antigua Tours LLC has specialized in Cultural Tourism in Guatemala since 1992. We offer personalized itineraries based on traveler’s needs and requests. We offer efficient travel throughout the country with new vehicles, licensed guides and great rates on hotels and airlines.

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Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala with Elizabeth Bell 2025

Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala with Elizabeth Bell 2025


Explore the most spectacular time of the year in Antigua with the largest celebration for Semana Santa in the world! Expert Elizabeth Bell, author of “Lent and Holy Week/Cuaresma y Semana Santa La Antigua Guatemala”, offers special tours beginning Palm Sunday through Saturday. Highlights include tips on enjoying this very special holiday, carpet making, processions in Antigua and a special Wednesday tour to San Mateo Milpas Altas. Each day offers different tours!

Palm Sunday Tour April 13th 8:00am –11:00am

8:00am Meet Elizabeth Bell at the Antigua Tours Park office (inside Café Condesa/Central Park) for a guided walk as Holy Week begins with grandeur. We see carpets made at their best and watch the Palm Sunday La Merced procession, providing helpful tips for getting around the busy streets of Antigua during this season.

Tuesday, April 15th 9:30am – 12:30pm

9:30am Meet your expert guide at the Antigua Tours Park office (inside Café Condesa/Central Park) for a cultural tour including Antigua’s history and contemporary life with the city’s art, architecture, history, descriptions of velaciones and carpet making. We highlight the Palace of City Hall, Royal Palace, San Jose Cathedral, Jades Maya Museum and Paseo de los Museos at Casa Santo Domingo.

$35 per person includes entrance fees to the Cathedral ruins and museums at Santo Domingo

Holy Wednesday, April 16th 2pm – 5pm San Mateo Milpas Altas Processional Tour

Located about 5 miles from Antigua, this village procession is a contrast to the larger Antigua processions for Semana Santa and will give you a sense of how this tradition evolved over the centuries.

2:00pm Meet Elizabeth Bell at the Antigua Tours Park office (inside Café Condesa/Central Park) for a 20-minute drive to San Mateo Milpas Altas. Participate in carpet making for the 4pm procession of Jesus of Nazareth and the Virgin Mary carried on the shoulders of cucuruchos and women carriers. Feel the humble nature of this authentic procession as you intermingle with the faithful locals. At 4:45pm, drive back to Antigua. Bring your camera!

$60 per person includes shuttle, local host, and guide.
Tickets required in advance.

Maundy Thursday, April 17th 8:30am – 11:30am

8:30am Meet Elizabeth Bell at the Antigua Tours Park office (inside Café Condesa/Central Park) for a cultural tour including Antigua’s history and contemporary life, the city’s art, architecture, and carpet making. We focus on the main sites and beautiful carpet making in progress for today’s San Francisco El Grande procession. We complete the tour at San Francisco Church.
Please leave your valuables at the home/hotel due to processional crowds.

Special Good Friday, April 18th 6am – 8:30am

6:00am Meet Elizabeth Bell at the fountain/Central Park for the background behind Holy Week’s history and how Antigua became the largest celebration in the world. Enjoy the best route to view the most spectacular street carpets. We see the La Merced procession and complete the tour near La Merced Church.
Please leave your valuables at the home/hotel due to processional crowds.

Special Good Friday

$35 per person includes entrance fees to the Cathedral ruins.

Saturday, April 19th 9:30am – 12:30pm

9:30am Meet your expert guide at the Antigua Tours Park office (inside Café Condesa/Central Park) for a cultural tour of Antigua’s main sites focusing on the city’s art, architecture, history, and cultural trends with information about today’s women’s processions. We highlight the Palace of City Hall, Royal Palace, San Jose Cathedral, Jades Maya Museum and Paseo de los Museos at Casa Santo Domingo.

$35 per person includes entrance fees to the Cathedral ruins and Santo Domingo museums.