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Captivating Costa Rica

  • Route:
  • UK
  • San Jose
  • Tortuguero
  • Poas Volcano
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jose
  • UK
TOUR PACE:
11 DAYS from £1849pp

Tour Highlights

  • Explore enchanting Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Experience the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Enjoy a city tour of San Jose
  • Experience the mighty Arenal Volcano
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Captivating Costa Rica

Explore some of the highlights of this incredibly beautiful country on our classic journey, which incorporates the very best that Costa Rica has to offer. Navigate the mystical waterways of Tortuguero National Park to spot unique wildlife, view the magnificent Arenal volcano, visit the spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall and discover the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest teeming with flora and fauna.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to San Jose

Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Day 2: San Jose

    Today's excursion takes you to Irazu Volcano Park, Costa Rica's most visited national park. Walk through tropical rainforests and lush cloud forests, taking in fantastic views of the active volcanic craters and surrounding area and looking out for the abundant wildlife of the area.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3: San Jose to Tortuguero

    Journey to the mystical town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. A brief stop for breakfast will be made before continuing to the port where a boat will take you to your lodge. Following lunch, explore the charming town before enjoying some free time to relax.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Tortuguero

    An early start today takes you on a fascinating hike through the trails of Tortuguero National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Following lunch, travel by boat through the maze of canals for the best chance to spot the wildlife of the rainforest.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Tortuguero to Poas Volcano

    This morning, travel back through the canals to the port where our ground transportation will take you to the impressive Poas Volcano region. Stop en route to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch then continue to your mountain lodge located on the edge of the cloud forest.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Poas Volcano to La Fortuna

    Drive through rolling coffee plantations and flower farms to Poas Volcano National Park. Embrace the sheer beauty of the famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica which is also a rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals including jaguars and white-faced monkeys. After lunch, travel to La Fortuna.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: La Fortuna

    Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall. Your guide will lead you down the trail for a swim or a chance to relax and take in the tranquil surroundings. After a stop at the charming town of Fortuna, explore a private 4.5-kilometre path around the base of the volcano and ascend to a lookout point to experience a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: La Fortuna to Monteverde

    Your tour continues to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a small community at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range. You will be served a traditional meal for lunch whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation. Before arriving at your hotel, you will visit the town of Santa Elena, famous for one of South America's most resplendent birds, the quetzal.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Monteverde

    Today takes you high above the clouds to the Cloud Forest where an abundance of biodiversity thrives in the humid and moisture-rich environments, creating habitats found nowhere else on earth. Amble along the 1.9-mile-long treetop walkways, providing excellent vistas of the forest below.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Monteverde to San Jose

    On arrival back into San Jose, a city tour will visit some of the residential areas before driving past historical buildings and stopping in the downtown area for lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, the tour will finish at a souvenir centre where you can see a range of wood and leather craft markets.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: San Jose to the UK

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK via Newark.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Important Information

    Visas

    UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa for Costa Rica prior to travel. You must also pay a departure tax of USD $29 when leaving the country. This must be paid before you check-in at San Jose airport and must be paid in USD cash. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

    Payment

    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    Your flight is to San Jose Airport will be direct with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage Size and weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

    Health and Vaccinations

    It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    Currency Information

    Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
    2018 Dates
    18 Apr 201828 Apr 2018£1979ppBook
    02 May 201812 May 2018£1849ppBook
    06 Jun 201816 Jun 2018£1959ppBook
    05 Sep 201815 Sep 2018£2059ppBook
    29 Sep 201809 Oct 2018£2099ppBook
    03 Oct 201813 Oct 2018£2129ppBook
    24 Oct 201803 Nov 2018£2129ppBook
    10 Nov 201820 Nov 2018£2129ppBook
    24 Nov 201804 Dec 2018£2129ppBook
    2019 Dates
    05 Jan 201915 Jan 2019£2199ppBook
    19 Jan 201929 Jan 2019£2199ppBook
    09 Feb 201919 Feb 2019£2199ppBook
    23 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£2149ppBook
    09 Mar 201919 Mar 2019£1999ppBook
    01 May 201911 May 2019£1899ppBook
    08 May 201918 May 2019£1849ppBook
    22 May 201901 Jun 2019£1899ppBook
    04 Sep 201914 Sep 2019£2099ppBook
    18 Sep 201928 Sep 2019£2099ppBook
    02 Oct 201912 Oct 2019£2149ppBook
    09 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£2149ppBook
    23 Nov 201903 Dec 2019£2149ppBook

    Travelling alone?

    Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

    Private Tours:

    If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

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