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  • Visit La Fortuna de San Carlos where you can hike to the lava trails in Arenal Volcano National Park and uncover the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Discover the always-verdant region of Sarapiqui, home to rich biodiversity, and the small coastal village of Manuel Antonio.
  • Retire to lovely hotels and lodges, including the prestigious Parador Resort & Spa 5* which is tucked away in acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest.

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Your itinerary in brief

Discover Costa Rica on this 9-night road trip adventure. Visit breathtaking and verdant landscapes, an active volcano and beautiful beaches fringed by palm trees and azure waters.

 

Your itinerary:

Day 1: San José

Day 2: San José – Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui

Day 5: Sarapiquí – Arenal

Day 6: Arenal

Day 7: Arenal – Manuel Antonio

Day 8 & 9: Manuel Antonio

Day 10: Manuel Antonio – Sjo Airport

Your itinerary in detail

Day 1 - 3

Day 1: San José

Land in San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica which serves as the political, economic, and cultural hub of the country.

 

The city hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating music, dance, art, and literature. The National Theater of Costa Rica, located in the heart of San Jose, is a notable cultural landmark.

  • Local representative will meet and assist you at the airport
  • Private transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to your hotel in San José
  • Check-in, get comfortable at your hotel room and relax
  • Night in San José   

 

Day 2: San José – Tortuguero

Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica's most popular ecotourism destinations; it was created in 1970 to protect endangered nesting sea turtles.

 

The canals, rivers and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park are a study of rainforest, freshwater, and marine biology. Tortuguero National Park is a place unlike any other, a paradise for research and ecotourism.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Early check-out at the agreed time 
  • Meet at the hotel reception for a shared transfer to Tortuguero
  • Stop in the city of Guápiles to have a Costa Rican breakfast
  • Continue to the pier where you will board the boat transfer to Tortuguero
  • Arrival and check-in at lodge
  • Meet your Guide to visit the enchanting Tortuguero Village
  • Night in Tortuguero  

 

Day 3: Tortuguero

Discover Tortuguero National Park and its network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests through an early boat tour guided by an expert naturalist guide.

 

Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. 

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Join your guide for a naturalist walk along the private trails of the lodge
  • Tour the canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat 
  • Night in Tortuguero  

 

Day 4 - 6

Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui

Your next destination is the always-verdant region of Sarapiqui – famous for its amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being an adventure seeker's dream destination. 

 

Go for optional activities such as a chocolate tour, white-water rafting tour or a guided night walk at La Tirimbina Reserve (at an additional cost).

  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Check-out and continue your trip
  • Shared transfer by boat and land from Tortuguero to the restaurant in Guápiles for a traditional lunch
  • Meet the Car Rental Representative to get your rented vehicle and all the necessary information for your road trip
  • Overnight stay
  • Night in Sarapiqui

 

 

Day 5: Sarapiqui – Arenal

Today you'll head towards La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the wonderful Arenal Volcano. 

 

During your stay in Arenal, you can take advantage of the many options to enjoy and discover the region: hot springs, hiking to the Volcano, waterfalls, adventure flying ziplines, a coffee tour, cooking classes or wildlife watching trips.

  • Breakfast included
  • Check-out and continue your trip
  • Check-in at the hotel in Arenal
  • Night in Arenal

 

 

Day 6: Arenal

Enjoy today as a free day to relax or explore the surroundings at your own pace.

 

If you are looking for adventure, Arenal and La Fortuna region offers you numerous options of activities and places to discover. Take a hike to the lava trails at the Arenal Volcano National Park; uncover the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall or experience a good dose of adrenaline flying over the treetop canopy on a Zipline adventure.

  • Breakfast included
  • Free day to relax or explore the surrounding area 
  • Night in Arenal

Day 7 - 10

Day 7: Arenal – Manuel Antonio

Discover the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is a small Oceanside village with plenty of great places to stay tucked into nature.

 

Famous for its national park, this tiny yet bustling town is located off Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. The region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travelers, and adventure-seekers alike.

  • Breakfast included
  • Check-out and continue your trip
  • Free day at leisure
  • Night in Manuel Antonio 

 

 

Day 8 & 9: Manuel Antonio

Experience Manuel Antonio and see the amazing flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Coast for yourself. Hike to the famous national park of Manuel Antonio or just relax on the beaches.

  • Breakfast included
  • Free days at leisure
  • Night in Manuel Antonio    

 

 

Day 10: Manuel Antonio – Sjo Airport

  • Breakfast included
  • Check-out 
  • Take car to the car rental office near the Juan Santamaría International Airport to return your hire car
  • Take a shared shuttle to the airport from the car rental office 

 

* We suggest booking departure flights with times after 1 pm.

Important information about your tour and visits:

 

The hotels, which comply with local standards, are indicative and may be changed locally for hotels of a similar category. The itinerary is subject to changes due to compelling reasons such as delayed flights, weather conditions or other cases of force majeure.  The order of visits is also subject to change without affecting the overall experience of the itinerary. 

Your hotels

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Maximum room capacity

Throughout the tour, you'll stay in Standard Rooms in the following hotels:

 

San José: San José Radisson 5*

Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge 3*

Sarapiqui: Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge 3*

Arenal: Arenal Manoa 4*

Manuel Antonio: Parador Resort & Spa 5*

 

If the hotels listed above are unavailable, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in similar hotels. Local standards apply.

 

 

Your dining choices

Throughout your tour, enjoy meals as per your itinerary which consists of breakfast with 2 dinners.

Your optional services

Comprehensive insurance for your hire car

Your optional services

Go for comprehensive insurance for your hire car for peace of mind when you are travelling.

Your journey

Flights:

You will be able to choose your airline and flight times when you make your booking. This flight may include one or more stopovers. The stopover may be technical (without a change of aircraft) or transit (with a change of aircraft).

Luggage information

Luggage, meals and other services on board may be subject to an additional fee on certain airlines. It is possible to view details of luggage allowances when you choose your flights at the next stage of the booking process. If luggage is not included with your flight, please go to the airline's website before your departure to purchase your luggage for an additional fee.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving luggage. In this case, you will need to pay for it at the airport counter.

You will receive all the information you need to check in for your flights after you have made your reservation.

Your destinations

Costa Rica

As the eco-and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica is a 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 rainforests, 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 white water rafting, zip line tours through the rainforest canopy, surfing and quad biking. 

 

It is quickly becoming more popular, so grab this chance to visit now, while landscapes are still exceptionally unspoiled.

In more detail

Please find practical information about your trip:
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not permitted.
Your stay may be subject to an additional city or tourist tax payable directly to the hotel, which is not included in our nightly rate. Please check with hotel directly for further information.

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Sun protection, sunglasses, bathing suit, hat, raincoat, hiking or tennis shoes, sandals and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

 

If you are travelling with children is important to know that laws in Costa Rica clearly state that children below the age of twelve must be secure in appropriate seating for their age or height and weight. The Car Rental Company provides a child’s car seat or booster for an extra cost of $8 daily.

 

Rates and times are indicative and are subject to change. Some facilities/services are subject to a surcharge, payable locally. 

General terms and conditions of sale apply. 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in Standard Rooms as per your itinerary​
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Car hire (Suzuki Vitara for 3/4 people) with basic insurance from day 4 to the last day​
  • Shared excursions in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park and shared excursions

Transport/ transfers​:​

  • Arrival transfer to the hotel located in the capital city, San José
  • Shuttle transfer from the Car Rental Company in Belén, Heredia to SJO Airport
  • Shared transfer by land and boat in Tortuguero

 

Price does not include:

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • Anything not mentioned in ''price includes''

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy and configuration are not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

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

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

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.

 

Travel with peace of mind

 

To ensure a peaceful holiday, our partners are committed to respecting the local health and sanitary measures in force to protect your safety and well-being.

 

Please note: health and sanitary measures may be subject to change in line with government recommendations. Consequently, they may affect access to certain amenities and leisure facilities.

Car hire:

Your car hire conditions:

  • Valid driving licences or international driving permits are accepted in Costa Rica.
  • They must be presented together with your passport. Make sure that the date of entry into the country is entered in your passport.
  • Cars must drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit depends on the condition of the road. Speed limits are different in rural and urban areas.
  • The minimum age for renting a vehicle is 21 and there is no maximum age for renting.
  • Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 must pay a daily fee.
  • Drivers under the age of 25 pay $10.00 per day as young drivers.

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS:

  • All additional drivers must adhere to all rental terms and conditions.
  • Additional drivers must report to the rental counter with the main renter.
  • Additional drivers must sign the rental agreement.
  • An additional daily rate may apply for an additional driver.
  • The additional driver can only be added to the contract at the pick-up location.
  • Maximum of four additional drivers per contract.

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT PAYMENT:

In addition to your passport, a credit card in the name of the renter with available credit must also be presented. The signature on the back must match the name printed on the card. If the renter is making an online transaction, the number and name on the card presented by the renter must also match the name and number registered for the online transaction.

  • Accepted credit cards: American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club
  • A credit card authorisation of USD 500 plus the estimated rental price will be requested at the time of rental. This authorisation amount can be used for damage to the vehicle or overdue payments. If the customer declines the CDW-TP, the amount on the credit card will be set at $2,500 USD plus the estimated rental price.
  • Debit cards and cheques are only accepted as final payment at this centre. Debit cards are non-credit cards such as American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Diners Club, Discover. All other non-credit cards without one of these logos will not be accepted.
  • Cash is only accepted as a final form of payment at this venue.
  • Like every other country in the world, Costa Rica faces the challenge of ensuring the safety of its citizens and visitors.

 

Please follow these safety recommendations:

  • Lock the doors and keep the windows closed when driving or parking your car.
  • If possible, park in multi-storey car parks and not on the street.
  • Never leave money, credit cards, bags or valuables in the car.
  • Do not stop if you have a flat tyre, if someone tells you that there is a problem with your car, if you are being pushed or followed from behind. Get help from the police or go to a busy shopping centre.
  • Don't stop if a stranger asks you for a lift.
  • If you need to consult a map, do so in a safe, public place or ask a police officer for directions. Do not stop in front of strangers.
  • Pay parking tickets at banks, never directly to police officers.
  • The car will be returned with a full tank of petrol. (We recommend that you return it with a full tank, otherwise we will charge you a higher price than at petrol stations).
  • Please use premium petrol when refuelling
  • If you are travelling to areas that are far away from your hotel, you should carry your passport with you and be careful. If you are staying near your hotel, keep your documents in a safe and bring a copy of your passport with all relevant information.
  • Check the date and time of the return of the vehicle so that they can help you.

Your contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday. 

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