Self Drive Tour: Costa Rica with possible extension - Costa Rica - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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Your Itinerary in Brief

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is a dynamic city that combines rich history with modernity. It is famous for its colonial architecture and impressive museums, such as the National Museum and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Arenal Volcano National Park is another Costa Rican highlight. This imposing active volcano, with its perfect conical shape, is an impressive sight.


Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, is a national park renowned for its biodiversity and heavenly beaches.


Finally, complete your holiday with a visit to Tamarindo, on Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast, a popular coastal destination known for its beautiful beaches and world-class surfing. It offers lively nightlife, outdoor activities such as kayaking and sport fishing, and a wide variety of dining options.


Choose the length of your stay:

Day 1: San Jose

Day 2: Arenal

Day 3: Arenal

Day 4: Arenal

Day 5: Arenal - Monteverde

Day 6: Monteverde

Day 7: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

Day 9: Return to San José for international flight or beach extension (as part of option 2)


Beach extension for 3 or 5 nights (as part of option 2): Tamarindo region

Your Itinerary in Detail

Day 1 to 4

Day 1: San José

Welcome to Costa Rica!


Your local representative will meet you and assist you at the airport. Private transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport to your hotel in San José. Check in, make yourself comfortable in your hotel room and relax!


Overnight in San José.


Day 2: San José - Arenal

Breakfast is included at the hotel.


At the agreed time, meet the representative of the car rental company in the hotel lobby to hand over the rented vehicle and all the necessary information.


Before December 2010, the Arenal volcano was one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world and put on a majestic show, spewing incandescent rock and ash from its summit every day.


Today, there are no more lava eruptions, but you can still see smoke and ash billowing from the volcano's summit.


On arrival, settle into your hotel room and enjoy some free time to relax in the hot springs and hotel facilities.


Overnight in Arenal.


Day 3 and 4: Arenal

Breakfast included at the hotel. Enjoy a free day to relax or explore the natural wonders of the Arenal region.


During your stay in Arenal, you can take advantage of the many options for enjoying and discovering the region: hiking the volcano, taking a guided chocolate tour, visiting waterfalls, flying on adventure zip lines, crossing suspension bridges, canyoning, taking a guided coffee tour, taking cooking classes, exploring the flora and fauna, enjoying the culture and much more!

Day 5 - 7

Day 5: Arenal - Monteverde

Breakfast included at the hotel.


At a time to suit you, you can leave the hotel and make your own way to your next destination: the mystical Monteverde cloud forest.


Monteverde is a unique destination that will captivate you. Here, you can always enjoy lush green landscapes and a mist that makes you feel as if you're touching the clouds with your hands.


Monteverde is known for its great biodiversity, as it is located in the high mountains of the province of Puntarenas. This destination has been hailed as one of the world's most remarkable wildlife sanctuaries. Free time to rest or explore the area at your leisure.


Overnight in Monteverde.


Day 6: Monteverde

Breakfast included at the hotel.


Free day to discover the secrets of the cloud forest and enjoy the many activities that the Monteverde region has to offer: birdwatching, nature walks, canopy adventure, visit to the café and much more!


Day 7: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Breakfast included at the hotel.


At the agreed time, departure for your next destination: Manuel Antonio.


Manuel Antonio is a coastal town located in the central Pacific of the country, privileged in terms of biodiversity. The Manuel Antonio National Park is considered the jewel in Manuel Antonio's crown, and for good reason: it is a tropical wildlife refuge with a unique ecosystem.


Enjoy the beautiful, tranquil beaches of Manuel Antonio during your stay.


Overnight in Manuel Antonio.


Day 8 - 9 & Beach Extension

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

Breakfast included at the hotel.


Free day to relax and make the most of your stay on the beach. Manuel Antonio offers a wide variety of eco-tourist, aquatic and cultural activities.


Discover the wonderful Manuel Antonio National Park on your own or with an expert guide.


Day 9: Manuel Antonio - San José (for 8-night stays) or Manuel Antonio - Tamarindo (if you wish to extend your stay by 3 or 5 nights)

Breakfast included at the hotel, then off to your beach extension hotel to enjoy the last few days of your trip.


The rental car is returned to the hotel around 3.00 pm.

Beach extension for 3 or 5 nights (as part of offer 2:)

Free days to relax or explore the natural wonders of the region.


Last Day: San José

Breakfast at the hotel.


Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport for your departure flight.


End of your stay.

Your Hotels

Hand-Picked Just For You

Maximum room capacity

Throughout your self-guided tour, you will stay in the hotels we have specially selected for you (or similar).


Hotels in your Standard package:

San José: Sleep Inn (or similar)

Arenal: Eco Arenal (or similar)

Monteverde: Jaurandi Lodge (or similar)

Manuel Antonio: Tabulia Tree (or similar)


Hotels in your Premium package:

San José: Park Inn 5* (or similar)

Arenal: Lomas del Volcan 4* (or similar)

Monteverde: Poco a Poco 4* (or similar)

Manuel Antonio: Parador Resort & Spa 5* (or similar)

Your dining choices

This offer is based on a Bed and Breakfast stay during the tour, followed by an All Inclusive stay during the beach extension (breakfast, lunch and evening meal with a selection of snacks and drinks).


Please note: some dining outlets/menu items/drinks may not be included and may be available at selected times only.


Your Optional Excursions

Arenal - Celestial River and Hike to Tenorio Volcano

Your Optional Excursions

One of the most incredible places to visit in Costa Rica, the magnificent turquoise waters and surrounding nature create a landscape to be admired. It begins with a hike along a 7-kilometre trail that takes you through the forest, past the magical waterfall, the blue lagoon, the viewpoint of the Tenorio volcano and the surrounding hills.

Two of the most interesting sites are "Las Ollas", mud-filled fumaroles, and "Los Teñideros", the place where the river acquires its characteristic colour. On the way back, you'll walk along the banks of the river, admiring its bubbling waters and magnificent natural surroundings.


The tour ends with a delicious lunch.

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Arenal - Arenal Volcano National Park + Boat

Your Optional Excursions

Enjoy a short boat ride from the dam on Lake Arenal to the entrance of "La Peninsula", a trail that takes you through the forest of the brand-new national park, where you'll enjoy incredible views and fantastic vantage points. This trail is ideal for bird watching and photography.

Visit areas that were destroyed by volcanic activity and are now being regenerated. A walk along the "Camino de Coladas" will give you an idea of what lava flows were like in the past.

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Arenal - Horse Ride to La Fortuna Waterfalls

Your Optional Excursions

This horse ride takes around 4 hours and starts at the foot of the mountain, passing through magnificent forest scenery, where you will enjoy breathtaking views and the chance to spot a few birds. Then you'll have to walk 500 metres through the forest to reach the waterfall, which is 70 metres high. At the foot of the waterfall, there is a "natural pool" where you can take a dip in the cool water.

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 does not include any additional taxes which will be payable locally.

Price includes:

Choice of standard or superior room

Full board according to the programme

Welcome and assistance

1 entry to the Ecotermales at Arenal (per person per stay)

1 hire car with basic insurance from day 2 to day 10

1 night's accommodation in San José

3 nights' accommodation in Arenal

2 nights' accommodation in Monteverde

2 nights' accommodation in Manuel Antonio (The stay at the 5* Parador Resort & Spa hotel benefits from a free upgrade for bookings made from 1 May to 30 June and from 1 September to 15 October).

Shared transfer to and from the airport/hotel

Shared transfer from the car rental company to the airport.


-Beach extension:

3 or 5 nights accommodation in the Tamarindo area at the beach extension hotel.

All-inclusive package


Price does not include:

Services not mentioned in the itinerary

Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

Meals and alcoholic beverages 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:

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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