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  • Visit La Fortuna de San Carlos – home of the wonderful Arenal Volcano where you can take a hike to the lava trails at the Arenal Volcano National Park and uncover the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Explore the small oceanside village of Manuel Antonio which is famous for its national park. This tiny yet bustling town is located off Costa Rica's central Pacific coast.
  • Discover the always-verdant region of Sarapiqui where you'll uncover amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being an adventure seeker dream destination!

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Your Itinerary in Brief

Discover Costa Rica’s extravagant side during this 9-night self-drive adventure. Visit the most predominant natural areas of Costa Rica, navigating through the natural channels, seeing an active volcano, and beautiful beaches. Keep on the lookout for an extensive variety of animal life, bug life and plant life!


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

Welcome to Costa Rica! Today, you'll land in San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, a Central American country known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and commitment to environmental sustainability. San Jose serves as the political, economic, and cultural hub of the country.


San Jose was founded in 1738 and has a rich history. It became the capital of Costa Rica in 1823, following the country's independence from Spain. The city has preserved some historic neighborhoods and buildings, reflecting its colonial past.


San Jose is a vibrant cultural center with numerous museums, theaters, and galleries. 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!
  • Overnight stay


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.

  • 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
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch
  • Meet your Guide to visit the enchanting Tortuguero Village
  • Overnight stay


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 at the lodge
  • Join your guide for a naturalist walk along the private trails of the lodge
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch
  • Tour the canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat 
  • Overnight stay


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 dream destination. Upon arrival, get comfortable at your room and relax. Enjoy optional activities such an amazing chocolate tour, an incredible fun and exciting white-water rafting tour or a guided night walk at La Tirimbina Reserve.

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • 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



Day 5: Sarapiquí – Arenal

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


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, chocolate tour, waterfalls, adventure flying ziplines, hanging bridges, canyoning, coffee tour, cooking classes, wildlife, culture and much more!

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Check-out and continue your trip
  • Check-in at the hotel in Arenal
  • Overnight stay



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, experience a good dose of adrenaline flying 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.

  • Breakfast
  • Free day to relax or explore the surrounding area 
  • Overnight stay

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
  • Check-out and continue your trip
  • Free day at leisure
  • Overnight stay


Day 8 & 9: Manuel Antonio

Experience Manuel Antonio and see the amazing flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Coast for yourself. Take a hike to the famous national park of Manuel Antonio, enjoy some adventure, or just relax on the beaches!

  • Breakfast
  • Free days at leisure
  • Overnight stays


Day 10: Manuel Antonio – Sjo Airport

  • Breakfast 
  • Check-out 
  • Take car to the car rental office near the Juan Santamaría International Airport to return the vehicle.
  • Shared shuttle which will take you to the airport from the car rental office to your flight back home


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

Your Hotels

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Maximum room capacity

Throughout the tour, you'll stay in Standard Rooms in the following hotels (or similar):


  • San José: Radisson (or similar)
  • Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge (or similar)
  • Sarapiqui: Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
  • Arenal: Arenal Manoa (or similar)
  • Manuel Antonio: Si como No (or similar)

Your dining choices

This offer is based on a board basis as follows:


  • Breakfast each morning from days 2 - 10.
  • Lunch on days 2, 3 & 4 only.

Your Optional Other Services

Optional Supplement for Full Coverage Insurance

Your Optional Other Services

Make the most of your holiday by choosing to upgrade your car rental insurance to full coverage insurance.

Your Journey to Costa Rica


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

Baggage, meals and other services on board certain flights may be subject to a charge. You will find out whether your airfare includes baggage when you choose your airline and timetable. If your fare does not include baggage, please go to the airline's website before your departure with your travel file reference to find out the exact fare and purchase your extra baggage.

If you choose a low-cost airline, you will be able to add your baggage during the booking process.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving baggage, so you will have 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.
Our price doesn’t include any additional taxes, which may be payable directly to the hotel.

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.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in Standard Rooms in 4* accommodation as per your itinerary​
  • Board basis as per the itinerary
  • Car rental Superior Category (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
  • 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

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:

Car rental details according to your offer:

- Superior: Suzuki Vitara 4x4 for 3/4 persons   

Maximum capacity per car: 4 persons

Minimum age: 21 years

Duration and minimum validity of driving licence Driving licence must be valid at the time of presentation.

Passport: 6 months before the expiry date

Credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD or AMERICAN EXPRESS type): The credit card must be the driver's own.

Debit cards are not accepted.


Meeting point for collecting the car:

Day 4: at the restaurant located in Guápiles, where clients can enjoy lunch. Around 1 pm.

The representative will arrive at the restaurant to deliver the car.


Return instructions:

General conditions

Car picked up at the airport? No

Will the car be returned to the airport? On the last day of the programme, go to the car rental office in Belén, near the Juan Santamaría International Airport, to return the vehicle. Then, a shared shuttle will take you to the airport from the car rental office for your return flight.

Unlimited kilometres? Yes

24-hour assistance? Yes

Airport surcharge? No

Liability? No

Theft insurance (with excess)? Yes

Damage/accident insurance (with excess)? Yes

VAT? Yes

Additional costs

Surcharge for additional driver? No

Child seat? Yes, with an additional charge ($8.00 USD per day) and to be requested in advance.


GPS? Yes, with a supplement ($15.00 USD per day) and to be requested in advance.

Additional conditions? Yes, with a supplement to be requested in advance.

Disabled persons? Yes, with supplement and to be requested in advance.



Fuel is the responsibility of the driver who must return the vehicle with the initial level of fuel.



Excess payable? Yes, depending on the cover purchased.

If you are travelling with children, it is important to know that the laws in Costa Rica clearly state that children under the age of twelve must be insured in seats appropriate to their age or height and weight. The car rental company provides a child seat or booster at an additional cost of USD 8 per day.

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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