El Salvador & Nicaragua

Take in the best of El Salvador and Nicaragua. Visit the impressive volcanoes of San Salvador, Cerro Verde, Italzco & Santa Ana and the lovely volcanic crater lake of Coatepeque. Explore the unique Maya ruins of Joya de Cerén. Browse the artisan stalls in El Salvador’s coffee-growing Flowers Route. Learn about the Leatherback Turtle conservation programme in Jiquilisco Bay. Travel by boat over into Nicaragua and visit the Spanish-colonial towns of León and Granada. Explore the Masaya region and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua. End your holiday by relaxing on a white-sand beach.



El Salvador & Nicaragua - a sample holiday itinerary

Day 1

San Salvador

Fly into San Salvador & transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

San Salvador Volcano

Enjoy a City Tour of San Salvador then drive to visit the nearby San Salvador Volcano, known as 'El Boquerón' where you can walk in the cool cloudforest on the rim.

Day 3

Joya de Cerén

Visit one of Central America's most exciting Maya sites - Joya de Cerén, known as the Pompeii of the Americas. End the day in Suchitoto, one of El Salvador's best-preserved colonial towns.

Day 4


Enjoy a City Tour of Suchitoto in the morning and a boat ride on Lake Suchitlan in the afternoon. Here is a good place too to sample El Salvador's famous pupusas!

Day 5

Volcanoes' Route

Journey down El Salvador's 'Volcanoes Route' - including Izalco, Cerro Verde and Santa Ana Volcanoes along with the volcanic crater of Lake Coatepeque - to marvel at this stunning & beautiful scenery. End the day in Ataco, known for its vibrant street murals.

Day 6

Flowers' Route

Explore El Salvador's 'Flowers Route' a 36km-long rider through villages in the heart of El Salvador's coffee-growing region and home to the main artisan centres.

Day 7

Jiquilisco Bay

Travel down to the coast and along the scenic coastal road over to Jiquilisco Bay, a RAMSAR Biosphere Reserve and a prime site for Hawksbill turtle nesting.

Day 8

Jiquilisco Bay

Enjoy a boat ride along the Bay and - in season - stop for an explanation of the preservation measures in place to aid and protect the nesting turtles. Time for some kayaking at the end of the day along the bay before you transfer to La Union, beside the Gulf of Fonseca.

Day 9

Crossing the Fonseca Gulf - León, Nicaragua

Take a scenic boat across the Fonseca Gulf to Nicaragua on the far side where you connect with a road transfer to Nicaragua's university town of León.

Day 10

León - Masaya Region - Granada

Quick City Tour before travelling over to Nicaragua's other colonial beauty - Granada. Along the way stop for a guided visit to the Masaya Region - Masaya Volcano, Masaya Market, Lake Apoyo and Los Pueblos Blancos.

Day 11


Time at leisure to enjoy Granada. Options for a boat ride around Las Isletas, a nature hike in the cloudforest on Mombacho Volcano, a City Tour on foot and horse-drawn carriage.

Day 12

Beach R&R

Transfer over to the San Juan del Sur area for some beach R&R. Alternatively, fly to the Corn Islands in the Caribbean and either stay on Big Corn or take a local boat over to Little Corn.

Days 13-14

Beach R&R

Days at leisure for swimming, snorkelling, diving.

Day 15

Managua - flight home

Transfer to Managua airport for your flight home.

The above sample El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday itinerary can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


El Salvador and Nicaragua offer a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your El Salvador and Nicaragua Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday.

Duration of your El Salvador and Nicaragua Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday but either have fewer days to spend on your El Salvador holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made El Salvador and Nicaragua holiday.