7, 9 or 11-night Self Drive Tour - Costa Rica - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Explore incredible rainforest and lagoon-filled National Parks, visit vibrant towns, and observe Costa Rica’s abundant wildlife up close.
  • Visit active volcanoes, hike along next to the rapids, and take a zip line through the treetops.
  • You’ll have a rental car for part of your tour, helping you to visit the area at your own pace, during a 7, 9 or 11-night tour!

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Your Itinerary In Brief

Travel through the majestic landscapes of Costa Rica, stopping off in some of the most popular ecotourism destinations. Start your trip in San José, before heading to Tortuguero National Park with its dense rainforests and lagoons. Set off on a boat tour, spotting wildlife in the way, visit an active volcano in Arenal with natural hot springs, and take a zipline through the jungle!

 

Our offers:

 

Self-drive tour in 7 nights
Day 1: San José
Day 2: San José, Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero, Arenal
Day 4: Arenal
Day 5: Arenal, Monteverde
Day 6: Monteverde, Manuel Antonio
Day 7: Manuel Antonio
Day 8: Return

 

Self-drive in 9 nights:
Day 1: Arrival in San José
Day 2: San José - Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero
Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal
Day 5: Arenal
Day 6: Arenal - Monteverde
Day 7: Monteverde
Day 8: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
Day 9: Manuel Antonio
Day 10: Return

 

Self-drive tour in 11 nights:
Day 1: San José
Day 2: San José, Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero
Day 4: Tortuguero, Arenal
Days 5 and 6: Arenal
Day 7: Arenal - Monteverde
Day 8: Monteverde
Day 9: Monteverde, Manuel Antonio
Days 10 and 11: Manuel Antonio
Day 12 - Return

Your Itinerary In Detail

7-NIGHT TOUR

DAY 1 | San José (30 min)

 

Welcome to Costa Rica!

 

Our local representative will receive and assist you at the airport. Private transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to your hotel in San José. Check in, get comfortable in your hotel room and relax!                

 

Overnight in San José.

 

 

DAY 2 | San José to Tortuguero (4 hours by road and 1 hour 15 on boat) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early check-out. At the agreed time, meet at the hotel reception for a shared transfer to the wonderful area of Tortuguero in the North Caribbean. 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.

 

En route, stop in the city of Guápiles to have a Costa Rican breakfast in a local restaurant and then continue to the pier where you will board the boat to Tortuguero. This boat transfer will be a wonderful introduction to the heart of the rainforest. While travelling on the canals, you will admire the natural landscapes with different shades of green.

 

Arrival in the Lodge. Check in, get comfortable in your room, and enjoy a tasty lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide to visit the enchanting Tortuguero Village. This town has a small population of around 500, no cars, and is located on a relatively narrow strip of land between the beach and a canal.

 

Get a feel for the Caribbean culture and lifestyle by exploring this colourful town.

 

Overnight in Tortuguero.

 

The order of the activities in Tortuguero may vary according to the hotel operations.

 

 

DAY 3 | Tortuguero to Arenal (1 hour 5 by boat and 2 hours by road) (Breakfast, Lunch)


Start your day early! Join the guide to enjoy nature in all its glory as you cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat at sunrise and take photos in the jungle.

 

Discover its network of canals, lagoons and dense tropical forests through a boat trip guided by an expert naturalist. Tortuguero has an abundant fauna, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles and 60 species of mammals. Return to the Lodge for breakfast.

 

After breakfast, take a shared transfer by boat and by land from Tortuguero to the restaurant located in Guápiles, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch.

 

Afterwards, meet the rental car representative for the delivery of your rented vehicle and all the information necessary for your road trip. Continue your journey by shared transfer to your next destination: La Fortuna de San Carlos, home to the impressive Arenal Volcano.

 

Prior to December 2010, Arenal Volcano was one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Today, there are no eruptions of lava, as of yet, but smoke and ash can still be seen from the top of the volcano. Upon arrival, make yourself comfortable in your hotel room and enjoy free time to relax in the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Arenal.

 

 

DAY 4 | Arenal (Breakfast)


Breakfast is included in the hotel. Today, you will have plenty of time to relax and explore the wonders of Arenal on your own.

Enjoy the natural hot springs, thanks to the geothermal activity of the volcano, immerse yourself in the jungle and experience of relaxation, privacy and tranquillity.

 

If you're more adventurous, enjoy a hike along the lava trails in Arenal Volcano National Park; discover the impressive La Fortuna waterfall, experience a good dose of adrenaline in the rapids of the Balsa River while admiring the beautiful vegetation; soar above the treetops on a zipline adventure and more.

 

Costa Rica is known the world over as an adventure destination, and the La Fortuna region is renowned for offering the best outdoor experiences. There are plenty of fun activities for all ages and all types of travellers.

 

Accommodation in Arenal.

 

DAY 5 | Arenal to Monteverde (3 hours en route) (Breakfast)


Breakfast included at the hotel and departure. At the agreed time, depart for your next destination: the mystical Monteverde Cloud Forest. This place is a true paradise for nature lovers, with a wonderful diversity of fauna and dense vegetation.

A very special ecosystem, characterized by a constant mist that looks like clouds and gives the forest its name, Monteverde is a unique blend of natural beauty and tranquillity combined with adventure and adrenaline-fuelled activities. Discover exciting ziplines to fly over the trees, amazing suspension bridges, cultural and culinary experiences to discover Costa Rican traditions, night hikes in the jungle to explore the nocturnal secrets of the forest and many more!

Accommodation in Monteverde.

 

DAY 6 | Monteverde to Manuel Antonio (3 hours by road) (Breakfast)

Breakfast included at the hotel and check-out. At the agreed time, leave for your next destination: the beautiful region of Manuel Antonio, which is a small coastal town with fantastic places surrounded by nature.

 

Famous for its national park, this bustling little town sits off the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The region is a treasure trove of biodiversity, attracting nature lovers, eco-travellers and adventurers. Enjoy your free time.

 

Accommodation in Manuel Antonio.

 

 

DAY 7 | Manuel Antonio (Breakfast)
Breakfast is included in the hotel. Free day to experience and discover the amazing flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Coast. Take a hike in the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, have an adventure or just relax on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.

 

Accommodation in Manuel Antonio.

 

 

DAY 8 | SJO Airport (3 hours) (Breakfast)
Breakfast included at the hotel and check-out. At the agreed time, departure to Juan Santamaría International Airport to return the rented vehicle to the car rental office near the airport. Then, a shared shuttle service will take you to the airport from the car rental desk for your return flight.

 

End of services.

9-NIGHT TOUR

DAY 1 | San José (30 min)

See Day 1 of 7-night tour.

 

DAY 2 | San José to Tortuguero (4 hours by road and 1 hour 15 on boat) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

See Day 2 of 7-night tour.

 

DAY 3 | Tortuguero (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your day early! Join the guide to enjoy nature in all its glory as you cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat at sunrise and take photos in the jungle.

 

Discover its network of canals, lagoons and dense tropical forests through a boat trip guided by an expert naturalist. Tortuguero has an abundant fauna, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles and 60 species of mammals. Return to the Lodge for breakfast.

 

Overnight in Tortuguero.

 

 

DAY 4 | Tortuguero to Arenal (1 hour 05 on boat & 2 hours 05 en route) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast included at the Lodge. After breakfast, check out and be ready to continue your trip. Shared transfer by boat and land from Tortuguero to the restaurant located in Guápiles, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch.

 

Afterwards, meet the Car Rental Representative to get your rented vehicle and all the necessary information for your road trip or meet the transportation to continue your journey in a shared transfer to your next destination: La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the stunning Arenal Volcano.

 

Prior to December 2010, the Arenal Volcano was one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, and it was a truly majestic sight, as it spewed molten rocks and ash from its summit daily. Today there are no lava eruptions, for now, but you can still see smoke / ash spew out of the top of the volcano. Upon arrival, get comfortable at your hotel room and enjoy leisure time to relax at the hotel facilities.

 

Overnight in Arenal.

 

 

DAY 5 | Arenal (Breakfast)

See Day 4 of 7-night tour.

 

DAY 6 | Arenal to Monteverde (3 hours en route) (Breakfast)

Breakfast included at the hotel and check-out. At the agreed time, leave for your next destination: the mystical Monteverde Cloudforest.

 

This place is truly a nature lover's paradise, with a marvellous diversity of wildlife and plant life. Unique from Costa Rica’s other rainforests, with a constant mist that looks like clouds and gives the forest its name.

 

Overnight in Monteverde.

 

 

DAY 7 | Monteverde (Breakfast)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure day to discover the many natural wonders of Monteverde. Monteverde is a unique blend of natural beauty and tranquillity, combined with adventure and adrenaline activities, such as thrilling zip lines to fly over the trees, amazing hanging bridges, cultural and culinary experiences to discover the Costa Rican traditions, jungle night walks to explore the nocturnal secrets of the forest and many more!

 

Overnight in Monteverde.

 

 

DAY 8 | Monteverde to Manuel Antonio (3 hours 5 by road) (Breakfast)

See Day 6 of 7-night tour.

 

 

DAY 9 | Manuel Antonio (Breakfast)

See Day 7 of 7-night tour.

 

 

DAY 10 | Departure (3 hours by road) (Breakfast)

See Day 8 of 7-Night tour.

11-NIGHT TOUR

DAY 1 | San José (30 min)

See Day 1 of 9-night tour.

 

 

DAY 2 | San José to Tortuguero (4 hours en route and 1 hour 15 on boat) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

See Day 2 of 9-night tour.

 

 

DAY 3 | Tortuguero (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Breakfast included at the Lodge. At the agreed time, join the guide for a naturalist walk along the private trails of the Lodge, and discover the flora and fauna that live in this magical place.

 

In the afternoon, after lunch, enjoy nature in its entire splendour by touring the canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat, and take photos in the jungle.

 

Discover 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. Return to the lodge.

 

Overnight in Tortuguero.

 

DAY 4 | Tortuguero to Arenal (1 hour 05 on boat & 2 hours 05 en route) (Breakfast, Lunch) 

See Day 4 of 9-Night Tour.

 

DAY 5 & DAY 6 | Arenal (Breakfast)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure days to enjoy, relax and explore the wonders of Arenal. If you are a nature and adventure lover, the Arenal region offers you numerous options of activities and places to discover.

 

Enjoy some of the natural hot springs, thanks to the geothermal activity of the volcano, immerse yourself in the rainforest and live an experience of a sanctuary of relaxation, privacy, and tranquillity.

 

If you are more adventurous, take a hike to the lava trails at the Arenal Volcano National Park; uncover the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall, experience a good dose of adrenaline in the Balsa River rapids while admire beautiful vegetation; fly over the treetop canopy on a zipline adventure and much more!

 

Costa Rica is known worldwide as a top adventure destination and La Fortuna area is famous for the best outdoor adventures. There are so many fun activities for all ages and travellers.

 

Overnight in Arenal.

 

DAY 7 | Arenal to Monteverde (3 hours by road) (Breakfast)

See Day 6 of 9-night tour.

 

DAY 8 | Monteverde (Breakfast)

See Day 7 of 9-night tour.

 

DAY 9 | Monteverde to Manuel Antonio (3 hours 5 by road) (Breakfast)

See Day 8 of 9-night tour.

 

DAY 10 & DAY 11 | Manuel Antonio (Breakfast)

See Day 9 of 9-night tour.

 

DAY 12 | Departure (3 hours by road) (Breakfast)

See Day 10 of 7-Night tour.

Your Hotels

HAND-PICKED JUST FOR YOU

Maximum room capacity

You can choose your accommodation in the Standard or Superior category to suit your own budget:

 

Standard category:

San José : Sleep Inn or similar

Tortuguero: Pachira Lodge or similar

Arenal: Lomas del Volcán or similar

Monteverde: Cloudforest lodge or similar

Manuel Antonio: Villa Bosque or similar

 

Superior category:

San José: Wyndham Garden Escazú or similar

Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge or similar

Arenal: Volcano Lodge or similar

Monteverde: Hotel Poco a Poco or similar

Manuel Antonio: Parador Resort or similar

 

You will benefit from the following exclusive advantages on the different destinations, depending on the category chosen:


Standard category:

 

Tortuguero
One glass of wine per person for the first dinner

 

Monteverde

Complimentary dessert with a minimum consumption of 20 USD per person at the Mar y Tierra restaurant (must indicate you are a Voyage Privé guest)
 

 

Superior Category:

 

Tortuguero
One glass of wine per person for the first dinner

One child 11 years old and under is free of charge for the services in Tortuguero

 

Arenal

Free and unlimited access to the hotel's thermal springs

Upgrade to the next room category subject to availability 

 

Monteverde

Complimentary dessert with a minimum consumption of 20 USD per person at the Mar y Tierra restaurant (must indicate you are a Voyage Privé guest)
 

Please note: Sanitary measures may be subject to change in line with government recommendations. Consequently, they may affect access to certain amenities.

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Your Dining Choices

Your meals will be taken care of as per the itinerary (please see description).

Your Journey to San José

Flights:

You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.

 

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers:

Tour transport and inter-hotel transfers are included as per your itinerary. 

Car Hire:

For the freedom to explore your destination at your own pace, make the most of included car hire with your booking.

 

Please note, you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group. The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver. The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted). The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on the collection of the vehicle and in some cases, a credit card or cash deposit will be required. Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions. Other fees may be applicable in addition to the cost of your car rental for any additional products added to your car rental.

Your Destination

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 whitewater 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!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 whitewater 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 allowed.
Our price doesn’t include a city tax which is payable locally - please see on site.

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 6 USD daily.

Price includes:

  • Standard or Superior Hotel Accommodation
  • Meals according to the program
  • Shared excursions in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park included
  • A rechargeable phone card
  • Welcome and assistance at the airport
  • Transfers to and from the airport included
  • Return transfer from car rental company to airport included
  • Shared boat and car transfers in Tortuguero
  • -In Standard category :
    Rental car with GPS and basic insurance: Suzuki Vitara
  • -In Superior category :
    Rental car with GPS and basic insurance: Suzuki Grand Vitara

 

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

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is 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.

 

Please note that due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.

We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel three days before your departure to keep you informed of the latest changes and information.

You can also refer to our FAQ section to find more information on the development of the situation.

We suggest that you keep informed of the latest regulations in force:

 In the UK via the corresponding link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Car Hire:

Car rental: Suzuki Vitara

Car Rental: Suzuki Grand Vitara

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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