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  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive tour of Costa Rica on either the 8 or 11 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 Plage de Guanacaste all in your ow time!
  • Our members will experience a free glass of wine, potential room upgrade and an included car for their trip!

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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-Nights
8-Night Fly Drive Tour in Standard Rooms
8-Night Fly Drive Tour in Superior Rooms

11-Nights
11-Night Fly Drive Tour in Standard Rooms
11-Night Fly Drive Tour in Superior Rooms

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 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 - Guanacaste
Day 7: Guanacaste
Day 8: Guanacaste - San Jose
Day 9: San Jose - UK

11 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
Day 8:
 Rincon de la Vieja - Guanacaste
Day 9: Guanacaste
Day 10: Guanacaste
Day 11: Guanacaste - San Jose
Day 12: San Jose - UK

Your 8-Night Itinerary

Day 1: UK - San Jose (Airport - San Jose - 45 minutes)
Welcome to Costa Rica! Meet our 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)
An early start will take you to Tortuguero by boat - leaving your car behind for this part of the tour. Upon arrival in the city of Guápiles, enjoy a breakfast in a local restaurant - this will be before you take the boat to Tortuguero, where you will travel along canals, in the heart of the rainforest. The afternoon, once in Tortuguero, is free your to enjoy the facilities of your lodge and to walk around.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Tortuguero - Arenal
Explore Tortuguero Park ahead of a delicious breakfast at the lodge. Following breakfast, members will return to Guápiles by boat and bus, and will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Have your car retured to you and continue the journey up north towards La Fortuna: a beautiful town at the foot of the Arenal volcano.

Day 4: Arenal
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a free day of leisure, exploring or making an optional excursion in the region. We recommend the Arenal Volcano National Park (closed on Mondays), the Walk-on Suspension Bridges and the Fortuna River Waterfall. The afternoon will be spent relaxing at the hot springs and thermal baths of Baldi.

Day 5: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja 
After breakfast at the lodge, continue to Guanacaste province to witness a cowboy atmosphere and a radical change of scenery. The road will end on a track that joins the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with the opportunity to add on some of our exciting excursions.

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 - 

Guanacaste 


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 7 and 8: Guanacaste

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.


Dinner included for day 8.


Day 9: San Jose 


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a s

hared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Your 11-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 evenig 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.
Overnight.

Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja
The same as Day 5 in the 8 Night itinerary, guests can enjoy exciting excursions and free time.

Day 8: Rincon De la Vieja -  Guanacaste
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 9 and 10: Guanacaste
These days will be lived out in the same style as days 7 and 8 in the 8-night itinerary.
 
Day 11: Guanacaste - San Jose 
After Breakfast, transfer to the city of San Jose for the last day in Costa Rica.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 12: San Jose 
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a shared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Please note: The entrance to the Tortuguero National Park is not included and will cost members approximately $15 per person.

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
  • Either a free glass of wine or a souvenir at Evergreen Lodge
  • An upgraded stay at the Los Lagos Hotel
  • Complimentary dessert
  • Visit a tree plantation
  • An early morning hike
  • Guided tours of Maleku and of the hotel Montaña de Fuego
  • Mud baths
  • A spa gift worth $25 per booking
  • English speaking guide
  • Included car rental

When staying in Superior Category Hotels, the following added values are included:
  • GPS & Upgrade to Suzuki Gran Vitara
  • Either a free glass of wine or a souvenir at Evergreen Lodge
  • Accommodation at the Los Lagos Hotel
  • Self-guided hike to crocodile pond, ant farm, butterfly garden and Arenal volcano lookout point
  • Complimentary dessert
  • Visit a tree plantation 
  • Visit the thermal waters at Hotel Montaña de Fuego
  • An early morning hike
  • Guided tours of Maleku and of the hotel Montaña de Fuego
  • Mud baths
  • A spa gift worth $25 per booking
  • Upgraded Tabacón Hot Springs
  • English speaking guide
  • Included car rental

Standard Category Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
San Jose: Sleep Inn 4* or similar
Tortuguero: Pachira Lodge 3*  or similar
Arenal:
 San Bosco 3* or similar
Rincon de la Vieja: Canon de la Vieja Lodge 3* or similar
Guanacaste: Pasatiempo Hotel or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
+
1 Child
or
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:
 Los Lagos 4* or similar
Rincon de la Vieja: Hacienda Guachipelin 3* or similar
Guanacaste: Tamarindo Diria 4 * or similar 

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
+
1 Child
or
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.

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: Roundtrip airport transfers are included. 

Car Hire: Car hire is included for the tour. 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.


Health 


For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries


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.

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: 
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

  • Welcome by an English-speaking representative upon arrival
  • Standard or Superior Hotels as per itinerary on the tour
  • Meals as per itinerary on the tour
  • Excursions and amenities included as per itinerary for Standard and Superior Hotels
  • Rented upgraded Suzuki Gran Vitara from Day 2 at 8 am to Day 7 at 2 pm
  • GPS, Basic Insurance and Rechargeable Phone Card

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.

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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