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  • Costa Rica is a naturalist’s paradise with a spectacular range wildlife and unspoiled scenery, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • This 10 night tour takes you to some of the country's highlights including lush rainforests, San Jose City and the utterly idyllic North Pacific beaches!
  • Our offer includes comfortable accommodation throughout and direct flights with British Airways.

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Your Destination

As the eco-and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica is magnet for nature enthusiasts, thrill seekers and those who want to step off the beaten track. La pura vida (the pure life) is the unofficial motto of the country, and it's easy to see why - emerald rainforest, pastel-coloured hummingbirds, smouldering volcanic peaks, tumbling rivers...this verdant chunk is one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet!

The country's national parks are its greatest glory, with one-third of the country set aside as protected natural areas. As well as being a world leader in eco-tourism, Costa Rica superbly caters for visitors looking for an adrenalin kick, with options including whitewater rafting, zip line tours through the rainforest canopy, surfing and quad biking.

This complete tour will give you the full experience, from the quaint beauty of its capital city, the lush depths of its green forests and protected eco-reserves and the wild vistas of its Pacific coast. It is quickly becoming more popular, so grab this chance to visit now, while landscapes are still exceptionally unspoiled...

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose (No meals)
This afternoon you will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport located 20km away from San Jose City. You will then be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

As the main entryway to the country, the Central Valley which includes San José, offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica´s best museums: the Pre Columbian Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children´s Contemporary Art and Design Museums.  In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theatre.

Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2: San Jose
After breakfast, you will be taken on a VIP City Bus Tour which includes lunch. A mini-bus will take you to the National Stadium where the first European Style double decker bus in Costa Rica will be waiting for you to start the city tour.

A bilingual guide will explain the details of the main attractions while an on board waiter will serve you beverages (including a welcome cocktail) Your tour will stop at some of the town's best loved sights with a stop for lunch in between. Afterwards there's a brief walking tour where you can become familiar with San Jose culture and history. You can later enjoy a marimba live folk music show in the comfort of the bus while you enjoy typical local drinks & dishes.

Overnight in San Jose.
Day 3: San Jose to Arenal (approx. travel time: 4 hours / 200km)
Today you will be transferred to Arenal, with views of the conical shape of this massive mountain.  On your way, admire the amazing scenery while crossing the cloud forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Today you will be treated to a thrilling rafting activity, although this can be substituted by a Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve if requested in advance. The Sarapiquí River is known as one of the most scenic rivers in Costa Rica's tropical rain forest & is used for rafting. What to bring: shorts or swim suit, tennis shoes or rubber sole feet ware, tee shirt, solar filter lotion and extra cloths to change after the activity.

Overnight in Arenal. Lunch is included during the excursion.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano
After breakfast at the hotel, depart on an amazing guided walk through the tree tops. Admire the breathtaking scenery from a different perspective on the Sky Walk hanging bridges with this guided visit. Enjoy great views of the volcano and the lake from the adventure centre balcony.

At 5,437 feet, the Arenal Volcano looms large and ominous over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. With a surface of over 33 square mile (85 square km) and a depth of some 200 ft (60 m), it is Costa Rica’s largest landlocked body of water. As such, it provides ample opportunities for activities such as windsurfing, fishing, boating and more.

The afternoon is free to do as you please.

Overnight in Arenal. Lunch is included during the excursion.
Day 5: La Fortuna to Rio Celeste (approx. travel time: 2 hours / 75km)
After breakfast your shuttle transportation will depart from your hotel towards the area of Tenorio National Park and where you will find the famous Celeste River. Your guided excursion will take you directly to the national park for a nature walk till the amazing Celeste Waterfall. The magnificent turquoise blue waters together with all the nature that surrounds it make of Rio Celeste a place to admire.

Continue along a 7km trail which will take you through the forest, to various interesting places, starting with magical Rio Celeste Waterfall & the blue lagoon, followed by an observation deck which offers incredible views of the volcano and the surrounding mountains. 

Next come two more unbelievable attractions: “Las Ollas” which are fumaroles filled with boiling mud and finally the “Teñideros” which is the place where the river acquires its unique colour due to a natural chemical reaction.

On the way back you will continue to walk alongside the riverbank, admiring the bubbling waters, the natural hot springs and the incredible scenery that surrounds you. The final highlight of your visit to one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica will be a delicious hot lunch, before driving back to your hotel.

Overnight in Rio Celeste. Lunch is included during the excursion.

Day 6: Rio Celeste
Enjoy a Costa Rican breakfast while relaxing on a free day at this amazing boutique hotel. Enjoy their relaxing pool, book a spa treatment or massage taking advantage of your 15% discount on spa services. 

Tenorio Volcano National Park is located in the northern part of Costa Rica, which forms part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. The jewel of the National Park is the volcano, from which it receives its name. 

Overnight in Rio Celeste.
Day 7: Rio Celeste - Tamarindo Beach Area (approx. travel time: 3 hours / 165km)
After breakfast, you will be whisked away to your final destination: a beautiful beach of Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

Overnight at Tamarindo Beach Area.

Day 8-9: Beach Relaxation
Spend your days relaxing on the beach & working on your tan. You can also book several excursions if you want to explore more of Costa Rica.

Overnight at Tamarindo Beach Area.

Day 10: Tamarindo Beach Area - San Jose (approx. travel time: 4 hours / 255km)
Today, you will be transported back to San Jose where you can spend your final night soaking up its culture.

Overnight at San Jose.

Day 11: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

Your Hotels

You will be staying in the following hotels with breakfast included throughout.

If the hotels below are not available, you will be accommodated in ones of a similar standard. 

All rooms sleep up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Holiday Inn Express San Jose Forum Hotel – San Jose (3 nights in a Standard Room)
Located close to the main tourist attractions of the country and only 25 minutes away from San Juan Santamaria Airport, this hotel is surrounded by many major destinations and its accommodations assure contemporary comfort and convenience. 

Magic Mountain Hotel –  La Fortuna (2 nights in a Standard Room)
Located in the dramatic landscape of La Fortuna, the Magic Mountain Hotel has earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and faces the mighty Arenal Volcano, with jaw-dropping views from the panoramic elevator. The restaurant serves an array of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside offering evening cocktails. There's also an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical gardens and a large spa with an outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna, four treatment rooms and a selection of facials, massages and beauty treatments.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel – Rio Celeste (2 nights in a Castle Suite Room)
Occupying bungalows surrounded by tropical gardens, this chic hotel is adjacent from the rainforest of Volcan Tenorio National Park. 

Nammbú Beachfront Bungalows Hotel - Carrilo Beach (3 nights in a Deluxe Room)
Guests of this beach front hotel will appreciate convenient on-site amenities such as spa services  and the hotel's chic style.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Hotel 4* – San Jose (1 night in a Standard Room)
This modern hotel occupies a convenient spot within easy reach of Juan Santamaria International airport. There are two swimming pools, as well as a welcoming restaurant, which offers lovely views over the pools and gardens. 

Your Journey

Flights: Direct flights to San Jose are included with British Airways & includes 23kg of hold luggage per person.

Outbound
Depart London Gatwick: 08:05
Arrive in San Jose: 13:40

OR

Depart London Gatwick: 11:20
Arrive in San Jose: 15:35


Inbound
Depart San Jose: 17:30
Arrive in London Gatwick: 10:45 (+1)

OR

Depart San Jose: 15:05
Arrive in London Gatwick: 08:35

All flight times are local.

Transfers: Shared shuttle transfers are included throughout your tour.

Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change.  We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.

Shared Transportation Description Described as a seat in coach/shuttle transportation with several stops on route to pick up and drop off passengers at different hotels, which does not include bilingual escort. A bus change may be required for necessary connections on route, so please make sure your luggage is correctly moved to the connecting unit.

What's Included?

  • Direct flight London Gatwick - San Jose with BA
  • 2 nights in San Jose
  • City cultural experience with San Jose VIP City Bus
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III OR Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve
  • Sky Walk Arenal Hanging Bridges
  • 2 nights in Rio Celeste
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall & Tenorio National Park Nature Hike
  • 3 nights in Tamarindo Beach area
  • 1 night in San Jose
  • Breakfast throughout
  • 3 lunches as per the itinerary
  • Shared transfers throughout
  • Direct flight San Jose - London Gatwick with BA

Your Contract

The flight inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé is acting as agent for The Holiday Place with ATOL number 3101 and your contract is with that company.

Travel Documents

Once the booking process is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Voyage Prive detailing your chosen travel arrangements. 

Your official ATOL receipt and booking confirmation issued by the Tour Operator will follow within 5 days. 

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure. Generally, travel documents are sent via email however, in some cases they will be sent by post. 

Please do make sure that you add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list and check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

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Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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