Classic Superior Costa Rica Tour

Staying in superior accommodation discover some of the key attractions of this fascinating country

Embark on a special journey through Costa Rica's untamed landscape, taking in lush rainforests, mangroves, lagoons, active volcanoes and of course a colourful array of exotic wildlife. Staying at superior accommodation this 11-day tour begins at San José, and will take you to Tortuguero and the volcanic Arenal region, where you'll discover a breathtaking canopy or walkway tour at the Selvatura Park in Montaverde. The adventure concludes at Manuel Antonio National Park, home to over 100 different animal species and a dazzling stretch of tropical beaches.

Tour highlights

    • Premium experience to enjoy Costa Rica's bountiful natural marvels
    • Enjoy Tortuguero National Park, a vital haven to turtles 
    • Explore the Monteverde Cloudforest by zip wire
    • Relax in the many hot springs close to the picturesque Arenal volcano.
    • Amazing wildlife-spotting at Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Superior accommodation throughout
    • Direct flights available with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures also possible)
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in San José

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Driving time: 20 minutes 

The Crowne Plaza Corobicí is the perfect place to stay due to its location close to the airport. 

Night at Crowne Corobici. Deluxe room. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

San José – Tortuguero

Early pick up from your hotel for the journey to the un-spoiled Caribbean coast area. Accompanied by a guide who will be with the small group for the whole time at Tortuguero, experience a scenic drive with a variety of landscapes as you travel through Braulio Carrillo National Park and beyond. There will be a break for breakfast where you will enjoy fresh local produce including delicious pineapple. Further on you as the roads become basic tracks you will pass extensive banana plantations before reaching Caño Blanco pier to board a boat which is the only method of transport to reach the extraordinary exotic paradise of Tortuguero. Keep your camera handy as this is a wonderful wildlife-spotting opportunity as the boat meanders along verdant canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge. After lunch, visit to the tiny town of Tortuguero wit the guide, there is a green turtle information centre and beach area which is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here (July - Sept).

From July to September Optional night tour (not included in the package) to observe the turtle nesting. 


Night at Manatus Hotel Standard room. Meals included

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Tortuguero

After breakfast, there is a guided walking tour through one of the lodge's trails, where you are likely to spot a howler monkey and observe interesting trees. There is some free time before lunch, chance to relax by the pool or talk a stroll on the beach. In the afternoon, there's a visit to Tortuguero National Park, exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow a better visibility. Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife such as birds, monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, American crocodiles and caymans. The canals also provide shelter to endangered animals such as the Oriental Indian Manatee. More free time before dinner, enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset while you mix and mingle with guests, sharing your experiences of the day. Free time before dinner is served 

Night at Manatus Hotel Standard room. Meals included

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tortuguero – Arenal

After breakfast, head off back via the boat transfer through the canals again, enjoying the scenic ride once more to the pier, for the drive back through the lowlands with fruit plantations. Lunch is included before transferring to the Arenal area, an enjoyable drive of around 3 hrs passing cattle ranches, pineapple plantations and sugar cane fields to name but a few as the road climbs up to the town of La Fortuna. 

Night at Arenal Springs Hotel. Junior Suite. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Arenal

After breakfast, head off back via the boat transfer through the canals again, enjoying the scenic ride once more to the pier, for the drive back through the lowlands with fruit plantations. Lunch is included before transferring to the Arenal area, an enjoyable drive of around 3 hrs passing cattle ranches, pineapple plantations and sugar cane fields to name but a few as the road climbs up to the town of La Fortuna. 

Night at Arenal Springs Hotel. Junior Suite. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Arenal – Monteverde

After breakfast, depart the hotel and drive to the Lake Arenal Dam for a 30 minute scenic cruise across tranquil Lake Arenal (further views of the commanding volcano and a mountain range, with bird spotting opportunities as well as the area is popular with wetland birds including kingfishers. Following the boat trip sit back and enjoy an impressive drive up the mountainside on a steep road admiring stunning views of the lush valley and varied landscape to reach
t
he town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest. Here the climate cooler, with an average of 17ºC (60ºF).

Night at Trapp Family Lodge, Mountain Suite. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Monteverde

Breakfast. Morning visit to Selvatura Park, to enjoy an amazing Canopy and Walkways tour 

At Selvatura Adventure Park after a briefing you will be kited out to then 'fly' through 12 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tours in Costa Rica and the only canopy tour located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest..The Tree Top Walkways consist of a 1.9 mile trail that crosses through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, via a range of bridges of various lengths and altitudes.

Afternoon at leisure, walk round the village of Monteverde or to take optional excursions, night tours are popular in this area. 

Night at Trapp Family Lodge, Mountain Suite. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer to the Central Pacific coastal area. Another journey through varying countryside and many more glimpses of Costa Rican life, joining the Trans American Highway 1 briefly (the closest things get to a motorway!). 

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's leading beach destinations, with some fine stretches of sandy beaches & good surf conditions. There's a selection of bars & restaurants to try and yet more opportunities to encounter wildlife at the Manuel Antonio National Park.


Night at Parador Hotel, Premium room. Breakfast included.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Manuel Antonio National Park

After breakfast, visit Manuel Antonio National Park for a half day guided tour.

Manuel Antonio National Park is internationally recognized as being one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Lush tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches make up one of the most diverse ecosystems imaginable. Among the 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, some of the frequently viewed residents include white-faced and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths and iguanas. The endangered squirrel monkey calls the park home as well. After the tour you have the choice of remaining in the area to relax at Manuel Antonio beach or to return to the hotel to enjoy the facilities there in the afternoon.

Night at Parador Hotel, Premium room. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Manuel Antonio

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure. Optional tours are not included but can be arranged at the hotel activity desk.

The Parador Hotel offers excellent dining at a selection of restaurants and bars on-site. It has a choice of swimming pools and runs a shuttle to nearby beaches. There is a nature trail within the hotel grounds.


Night at Parador Hotel, Premium room. Breakfast included

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Departure for the UK

Breakfast. Private transfer to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International airport (approx. 3 hours). Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Hotels

Pricing

1st September 2016 - 12th October 2016

1st November 2016 - 3rd December 2016

7th January 2017 - 31st January 2017

1st May 2017 - 30th June 2017

1st September 2017 - 10th October 2017

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