Classic Costa Rica Tour

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Classic Costa Rica Tour

  • Discover Costa Rica's unique & key attractions easily as you cross the country from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific.
  • Spot wildlife from your boat as you explore Tortuguero national parks canal, home to monkeys, sloths and caiman.
  • Experience the biodiversity of Manuel Antonio Park and relax on some of the tropical beaches inside the park
  • Try a canopy tour within the Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Marvel at the picture perfect Arenal volcano from your hotel.
  • Direct flights available with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures also possible)
  • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements

Discover some of the key attractions, from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific side, via the amazing Arenal volcano area.

Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is home to an incredible range of rare flora and fauna. This small and extremely friendly country contains famed volcanoes, waterfalls, uncrowded beaches and national parks with bountiful wildlife. Discover the key attractions such as Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio on this wide-ranging 12 day itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in San José

Arrival in San José

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

Both hotels are central within San Jose and are walking distance to the city's shopping, dining and cultural landmarks, including the National Theatre, National Museum, Gold Museums, Costa Rican Congress, Plaza de La Cultura and the National Cathedral.

Standard Option - Presidente Hotel San Jose. Standard Room
Superior Option - Park Inn Hotel. Standard Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 1 - Arrival in San José

Day 2 - Tortuguero

San José – Tortuguero

Early pick up from your hotel for the journey to the un-spoiled Caribbean coastal 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, 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 the tiny town of Tortuguero: the green turtle information centre and beach area 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.

Standard Option - Evergreen Lodge
Superior Option - Manatus Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Tortuguero

Day 3 - Tortuguero

Tortuguero

After breakfast, enjoy 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.

Standard Package - Evergreen Lodge
Superior Package - Manatus Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Tortuguero

Day 4 - Tortuguero – Arenal

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 hours 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.

Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano. At 5,437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Ricas most active volcano for the past 43 years. Its history is charged with eruptions - both major and minor - that have intimately affected the region and the people who live here.

There are many optional activities on offer in this area, including nature trails close to the base of the volcano and to picturesque waterfalls.

Standard Option - Hotel Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa. Standard Bungalow
Superior Option - Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa. Junior Suite

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Tortuguero – Arenal

Day 5 - Arenal Campesino Culture Tour

Arenal

This morning, take a 10min drive from La Fortuna, you will get to the Agro Ecological Farm located in the picturesque Agua Azul downtown. You will have a short explanation and informative introduction about the farm´s objectives, sustainability, use of natural resources and traditions while you enjoy a fresh tropical juice. Then you will learn how to milk cows and try it; after that you will admire the “artisanal liquor distillation” process and participate in the sugar cane extraction.

Later, visit a small archeological ranch to observe some ancient pieces and put them to work in the of making chocolate from the cocoa fruit. At the end, you can walk through the orchid and medicinal plants garden.  During the activity you will enjoy fresh milk, chocolate and delicious juices including sugar cane, spearmint, liquor and other organic farm products.

Standard Option - Hotel Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa. Standard Bungalow
Superior Option - Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa. Junior Suite

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Arenal Campesino Culture Tour

Day 6 - Monteverde

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 whilst 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 the town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the Cloud Forest. Here the climate is cooler, with an average of 17ºC (60ºF).

Standard Option - Heliconia Hotel. Standard Room
Superior Option - Trapp Family Lodge. Mountain Suite

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 - Monteverde

Day 7 - Monteverde

Monteverde

Morning visit to Selvatura Park, for a Canopy and Walkways tour - after a briefing you will be kitted out to then 'fly' through 15 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 it is also the only canopy tour located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Following this thrill there will be the chance to experience the tree top walkway along a range of bridges of various lengths and altitudes.

Afternoon at leisure; walk round the village of Monteverde or to take an optional excursion - night tours are popular in this area.

Standard Option - Heliconia Hotel. Standard Room
Superior Option - Trapp Family Lodge. Mountain Suite 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7 - Monteverde

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio - Half day Catamaran tour

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 and good surfing conditions. There's a selection of bars and restaurants to try and yet more opportunities to encounter wildlife at the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Standard Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Garden Room
Superior Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Premium Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio - Half day Catamaran tour

Days 9 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

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

Manuel Antonio National Park is internationally recognised 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.

Standard Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Garden Room
Superior Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Premium Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Days 9 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio

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.

Standard Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Garden Room
Superior Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Premium Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio

Day 11 - Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

A day to spend relaxing around the Parador's grounds, enjoy a swim in one of the pools or perhaps take a spa treatment. A popular pastime is spotting the resident sloth! 

Standard Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Garden Room
Superior Option - Hotel Parador Resort & Spa. Premium Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11 - Manuel Antonio

Day 12 - Departure

Departure

After breakfast and depending on your international departure flight time, take a private transfer to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (approx. 3 hours).

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Pricing

All prices shown represent a from price per person based on low season travel unless otherwise stated.
Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
To obtain a tailored quote for you and your party, please call one of our travel experts today.


Standard Option; 1st July 2020 - 31st August 2020

Superior Option; 1st July 2020 - 31st August 2020

Standard Option; 1st September 2020 - 31st October 2020

Superior Option; 1st September 2020 - 31st October 2020

Standard Option; 1st November 2020 - 30th November 2020

Superior Option; 1st November 2020 - 30th November 2020

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