The Essentials of Costa Rica Fly Drive in 8, 10 or 12 Nights - Papagayo - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive tour of Costa Rica on the 8, 10 or 12 night itinerary of your choice.
  • Choose between Standard and Superior hotels throughout your tour, as you indulge with a tasty, daily breakfast!
  • Explore the sights of San José, Tortuguero, Arenal, Rincon De La Vieja and Sámara all in your own time!
  • Our members will experience potential room and hotel upgrades and an included car for their trip!

Your Destinations

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!

Our Offers

8-Night Fly Drive Tour in Standard Hotels
8-Night Fly Drive Tour in Superior Hotels

10-Night Fly Drive Tour in Standard Hotels
10-Night Fly Drive Tour in Superior Hotels

12-Night Fly Drive Tour in Standard Hotels
12-Night Fly Drive Tour in Superior Hotels

Your Itineraries In Brief

8 Night Itinerary
Day 1:
UK - San Jose
Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero - Arenal
Day 4: Arenal
Day 5: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
Day 6: Rincon de la Vieja - Sámara
Day 7: Sámara
Day 8: Sámara - San Jose
Day 9: San Jose - UK

10 Night Itinerary
Day 1: UK - San Jose
Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero
Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal
Day 5: Arenal 
Day 6: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja - Sámara
Day 8:
Day 9: Sámara
Day 10: Sámara - San Jose
Day 11: San Jose - UK

12 Night Itinerary
Day 1: UK - San Jose
Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero 
Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal
Day 5: Arenal 
Day 6: Arenal 
Day 7: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja 
Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja - Sámara
Day 10:
Day 11: Sámara
Day 12: Sámara - San Jose
Day 13: San Jose - UK

Please Note: As stated above, guests may either choose a package that includes Standard Tour Rooms or a package that includes Superior Tour Rooms. All guests will stay in Standard/Superior Rooms on their last night in San Jose, as per itinerary. 

Your 8-Night Itinerary

Day 1: UK - San Jose (Airport - San Jose - 45 minutes)
Welcome to Costa Rica! Meet your English speaking representative at the airport. Then transfer to your hotel located in downtown San José, the capital city. Receive your documentation of travel and accommodation at your hotel.

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero (4 hours plus 1.5 hour boat)
Meet at your reception for a semi-shared transfer to the Tortuguero pier. Arrival to Guápiles city and breakfast in a local restaurant, before taking a boat to Tortuguero to travelling on the canals, in the heart of the rainforest. Check-in at the lodge, and lunch on site. In the afternoon, ride a boat to the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero to visit it, before heading to the lodge. The afternoon is free to enjoy the facilities of the lodge and to walk around. 
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Tortuguero - Arenal
Early morning, embark on a boat trip to visit the canals of Tortuguero Park: it is a different and very fun way to discover this imposing panorama. (The entrance to the national park is not included: $15.00 per person). Enjoty breakfast at the lodge before returning to Guápiles by boat, and then have lunch in a local restaurant. Transfer to the agency to meet the agent and retrieve your rental car. Continue to the north of the country to reach La Fortuna, a town at the foot of the Arenal volcano. 
Check-in and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Arenal
After breakfast at the hotel early in the morning, you will enjoy a visit to the hanging bridges of Mistico Park. You will walk for at least 2 hours and pass for more than five suspension bridges accompanied by a guide specialized in the nature of Costa Rica and while keeping an eye on the different animals, which populate this forest. Rest of the day free to enjoy the hotel or to carry out additional activities in the area.
Overnight at the hotel.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Arenal Volcano National Park 
- Hot Springs 
- Fortuna River Waterfall
- Visit to Arenal Lake

Day 5: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja 

After breakfast at the lodge, continue to the North Pacific to reach the province of Guanacaste. Rincón de la Vieja has one of the most active volcanoes in the country and the national park where you will find fumaroles, a diversity of flora and fauna of dry climate as well as hot springs that are not open to the public due to high temperatures.
Check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
- Horseback riding
- Tubing (descent of a river on a big tire)
- Canopy (zip line)
Day 6: Rincon De la Vieja - 


After breakfast, head off on a morning drive towards the Guanacaste Peninsula. You will pass by Liberia, as well as Nicoya to arrive finally at the seaside resort of Sámara. Installation at the hotel and afternoon free to enjoy the hotel and the nearby beach.
Overnight at the hotel.

Days 7 & 8: Sámara

Enjoy breakfast free days to enjoy the hotel, the beach or to explore the region. Day 8 will involve journeying 

San José, ready for your for the last full day in Costa Rica.

 You will depart to the capital of the country for your last day in Costa Rica in order to make the last purchases of beautiful typical souvenirs. You could make a stop in the picturesque village of Sarchí to learn about the "carretas", its history and its manufacture. Return the rented car at the hotel around 6pm.
Overnight in San José.

Day 9: San Jose

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a s

hared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Your 10-Night Itinerary

Days 1 and 2: UK - San Jose - Tortuguero
These days are the same as Days 1-2 in the 8-Night itinerary. 
Overnight in San Jose day 1. Dinner and overnight day 2.

Day 3: Tortuguero 
An early start and breakfast in your lodge will set you up nicely for a boat trip along the canals of Tortuguero. You'll be in the heart of the rainforest, so why not make the most of discovering the very flora and fauna that gives Costa Rica its name. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your lodge and to walk around. There are also many evening excursions to observe the nesting of green turtles, baulas or loras.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Days 4, 5 and 6: Tortuguero - Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
These days are the same as Days 3, 4 and 5 on the 8-Night itinerary.

Day 7: Rincon De la Vieja - Sámara
Head on a morning drive towards the Guanacaste Peninsula and pass by Liberia before arriving at the seaside resort of Guanacaste. Once here, your afternoon will be free to enjoy the hotel and the nearby beach.
Overnight at the hotel.

Days 8 and 9: Sámara
These days will be lived out in the same style as days 7 in the 8-night itinerary.
Day 10: Sámara - San Jose 
After Breakfast, transfer to the city of San Jose for the last day in Costa Rica. Return the rented car at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 11: San Jose 
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a shared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Your 12-Night Itinerary

This itinerary is the same as the 10-Night with an extra day in Arenal (Day 6) and an extra day in Rincon de la Vieja (Day 8).

Your Tour Hotels

Our members will stay at the following Standard category or Superior category hotels in a Classic Room with meals included as per itinerary.

Just for you
Just for you:
When staying in Standard Category Hotels, the following added values are included:
  • GPS & Upgrade to a Suzuki Gran Vitara
  • Upgrade to Aninga Lodge (subject to availability).
  • Tortuguero National Park Entrance fee (free of charge)
  • Complimentary dessert at Don Rufino restaurant during dinner
  • Upgrade free of charge to Buena Vista Hotel (subject to availability).
  • Included car rental
  • Upgrade to Montaña de Fuego Hotel 4* (subject to availability) which includes:
  • Thermal waters at Hotel Montaña de Fuego
  • Tree plantation
  • Hiking early in the morning
  • Guided tour to Maleku town
  • Guided tour of the hotel Montaña de Fuego

When staying in Superior Category Hotels, the following added values are included:
  • GPS & Upgrade to a Toyota Fortuner  
  • Free glass of wine or souvenir at Aninga Lodge
  • Complimentary dessert at Don Rufino restaurant during dinner
  • Between July and October, you can join a night excursion to observe the nesting of green turtles, baulas or loras. Booked at the Lodge: $45.00 USD per person.
  • Visit to the thermal waters of Río Negro (subject to availability)
  • Included car rental

Standard Category Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
San Jose: Sleep Inn 4* or similar
Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge 3*  or similar
 Villas Eco Arenal or similar
Rincon de la Vieja: Canon de la Vieja Lodge 3* or similar
Sámara: Leyenda or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
1 Child
Adults Adults
2 Adults
2 Children

Superior Category Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
San Jose: Park Inn 4* or similar
Tortuguero: Aninga Lodge 4* or similar 
 Arenal Paraíso Hotel 4* or similar
Rincon de la Vieja: Hacienda Guachipelin 3* or similar
Sámara: Nammbú or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
1 Child
Adults Adults
2 Adults
2 Children

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), the cultural, leisure and wellness activities, as well as the outdoor swimming pools at this hotel, may be closed or limited in terms of access. We advise you to contact the hotel or the tourist office two days before your arrival.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), certain restaurants and buffets may be closed or places and tables may be limited. We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel for further information two days before your arrival.

Your Journey

Flights: 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: Shared return airport transfers are included for flight-inclusive offers only.

For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.

Car Hire: Car hire is included for the tour for 2/3 people from day 3 around 1pm to day 8 around 6pm. There are supplements for guests wanting additional days of car rental and total car insurance. These additional extras are payable at the next stage of the booking process.

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.

Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 

Entry Requirements 

You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 

If your passport describes you as a British Citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. For non-British citizens, you should check the Costa Rica embassy website.

If you choose a flight which routes via the USA and are travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), you must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) prior to departure. Passengers who have not received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel will be denied boarding. Please note that if you are denied from boarding, or are not allowed into the US for any reason, you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with our terms and conditions. 

Evidence of onward travel

Entry to Costa Rica may be refused if you are unable to produce evidence of return or onward travel (for example a return air ticket).

Airport tax

There’s a departure tax of $29 when leaving the country by air. Most airlines include this in ticket prices; a few have still not done so. Check with your airline or travel company whether you need to pay this separately.


For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required visit and

There are increased levels of dengue cases in 2019. Please be sure to check all health advice on the following link before travelling, paying particular attention to the 'Other Risks' section. This advice is subject to change. 

If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. 

UK health authorities have classified Costa Rica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Costa Rica and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Government is currently requesting that all travellers returning to the UK, (with exceptions), must provide their journey and contact details up to 48 hours before arrival, and self-isolate at home for 14 days. These restrictions will be reviewed every three weeks. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel, and this advice is also being kept under constant review.

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:

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This tour will not offer accessibility to people with reduced mobility. 
General check-in time: 3 pm
General check-out time: before 12 pm

Our price doesn’t include a city/accommodation/tourism tax which may be payable locally. Please note that government taxes are not included and there are possibilities to add an increase of 4% from July 01, 2021.

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • Standard or Superior accommodation as per itinerary depending on chosen package
  • Meals as per itinerary: All breakfasts, full board (excluding drinks) in Tortuguero from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 4
  • GPS free of charge
  • One rechargeable phone card
  • La Fortuna, Arenal - Guided excursion on the suspension bridges
  • Upgrade to Suzuki Grand Vitara (free of charge)
  • Tortuguero National Park Entrance fee
  • Complimentary dessert to share at Don Rufino restaurant
  • Welcome and shared return airport transfer included for flight-inclusive offers only
  • Included car rental type Daihatsu Bego for 2/3 people from day 3 around 13h to day 8 around 18h
  • Upgrade to Montaña de Fuego Hotel 4* (subject to availability) which includes:
  • Thermal waters at Hotel Montaña de Fuego, Tree plantation, Hiking early in the morning, Guided tour to Maleku town, Guided tour of the hotel Montaña de Fuego

Not Included

  • The entrance to the Tortuguero National Park
  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Car Hire

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.
The minimum age for driving a hire car in Costa Rica is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year.

If you don't have a driver's license for the country you are travelling in, you will need either a European or international driving license.

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 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.

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.

Important Information

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.

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