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  • Choose from an 8 or 11-night tour through Costa Rica's highlights, taking in tropical rainforest, soaring volcanoes and sun-drenched beaches.
  • Costa Rica is a naturalist’s paradise, with a spectacular range of flora and fauna, unlike anywhere else in the world.
  • Choose from Standard or Superior Rooms throughout, to suit your budget.

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Your Destination

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.

This complete tour will give you the full experience, from the quaint beauty of its capital city, the lush depths of its green forests, the protected eco-reserves and the wild vistas of its Pacific coast.

It is quickly becoming more popular, so grab this chance to visit now, while landscapes are still exceptionally unspoiled!

Your Itinerary

You may choose from an 8 or 11 Night Stay.

8 NIGHTS
Day 1: UK - San José (Airport - San José 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.
1 night in San José.

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero (4h00 en route and 1h30 in boat)
Meet at your reception for a  transfer to the Tortuguero pier. Arrival in the city of Guápiles and breakfast in a local restaurant, before taking a boat to Tortuguero National Park, travelling on the canals, in the heart of the rainforest.

Check into the lodge, and enjoy lunch on site. Ride a boat to the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero to visit it, before heading to the lodge. Afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the lodge and to walk around. Between July and October, you can join a night excursion to observe the nesting of green turtles, baulas or loras.

Enjoy Dinner and Overnight accommodation at the lodge.

Day 3 : Tortuguero - Arenal (1h30 in boat et 4h00 en route)
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). Breakfast at the lodge.

Return to Guápiles by boat, and then have lunch in a local restaurant.
The car rental agent will meet you at the restaurant to give you your rental car.

Continuation to the north of the country to reach La Fortuna, a town at the foot of the Arenal volcano.
Check in at your hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 4: Arenal
Breakfast at the lodge.

Free day to enjoy the lodge or embark on an optional excursion in the region.

At the end of the day, you will head to the thermal baths of Baldi: relax and dine in this family complex offering 25 pools of warm or temperate mineralized water, a large natural sauna and spa for jacuzzi-type use, three minibars, two gourmet restaurants, 3.5 kilometers of paths and 3.4 acres of quaint tropical gardens. Enjoy overnight accommodation at your hotel.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Arenal Volcano National Park (note: the park is closed on Mondays)
- Walk on suspension bridges
- Fortuna River Waterfall


Day 5 : Arenal - Rincón de la Vieja (3h30 de route)

Breakfast at the lodge.

Continue to Guanacaste province where you'll notice a cowboy atmosphere and a radical change of scenery. The road will end on a track that joins the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.

You will then have a free afternoon to enjoy the lodge or make an optional excursion in the area.

Our suggestions for visits:

- Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - walks from 2h to 4h walk depending on the level of walking to discover the dry tropical forest, its gigantic trees and mud pots (attention: park closed Mondays)
- Horseback riding
- Tubing (descent of a river on a big tire)
- Canopy (zip line)

Enjoy complimentary dinner and overnight accommodation at the hotel.


Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja – Sámara/Carrillo (4h00 de route)
Breakfast at the lodge.

Enjoy a morning drive towards the Guanacaste Peninsula. You will pass by Liberia, as well as Nicoya, before arriving finally at the seaside resort of Sámara/Carrillo. Check in at the hotel.

Take a free afternoon to enjoy the lodge and the nearby beach.

Night at the hotel on a B&B or All Inclusive Board.


Day 7: Sámara / Carrillo
Breakfast at the lodge.

Have the day free to enjoy the lodge and the nearby beach.

Night at the hotel on a B&B or All Inclusive Board.


Day 8: Sámara / Carrillo / San José
Breakfast at the lodge.

Take a shared transfer to the city of San José for your last day in Costa Rica.

Overnight accommodation in San José.

 
Day 9: San José / UK
Breakfast at the hotel.

Shared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your return home.

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For guests who wish to extend their stay to an 11 Night trip, the itinerary will be as follows:

11 Nights

Day 1: UK - San José (Airport - San José 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.
1 night in San José.

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero (4h00 en route and 1h30 in boat)
Meet at your reception for a  transfer to the Tortuguero pier. Arrival in the city of Guápiles and breakfast in a local restaurant, before taking a boat to Tortuguero National Park, travelling on the canals, in the heart of the rainforest. 

Check into the lodge, and enjoy lunch on site. Ride a boat to the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero to visit it, before heading to the lodge. Afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the lodge and to walk around. Between July and October, you can join a night excursion to observe the nesting of green turtles, baulas or loras.

Enjoy Dinner and Overnight accommodation at the lodge.

Day 3: Tortuguero
Breakfast at the lodge.
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).

Later, you will be able to visit the surroundings of the Lodge accompanied by the local guide to discover a very humid tropical forest, its fauna and its flora. Head back to the Lodge for lunch. You will then have the rest of the day free to enjoy the lodge's facilities and on-site activities.
Dinner and overnight accommodation at the lodge.

Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal (1h30 in boat et 4h00 en route)
Breakfast at the lodge.

Return to Guápiles by boat, then lunch at a local restaurant.
The car rental agent will meet you at the restaurant to give you 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 at your hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 5: Arenal
Breakfast at the lodge.
Free day to enjoy the lodge or embark on an optional excursion in the region.

At the end of the day, you will head to the thermal baths of Baldi: relax and dine in this family complex offering 25 pools of warm or temperate mineralized water, a large natural sauna and spa for jacuzzi-type use, three minibars, two gourmet restaurants, 3.5 kilometers of paths and 3.4 acres of quaint tropical gardens. Enjoy overnight accommodation at your hotel.

Our suggestions for visits:
- Arenal Volcano National Park (note: the park is closed on Mondays)
- Walk on suspension bridges
- Fortuna River Waterfall

Day 6: Arenal - Rincón de la Vieja (3h30 de route)
Breakfast at the lodge.

Continue to Guanacaste province where you'll notice a cowboy atmosphere and a radical change of scenery. The road will end on a track that joins the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.
Overnight accommodation in Rincon de la Vieja.

Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja
Today you will have a free afternoon to enjoy the lodge or make an optional excursion in the area.

Our suggestions for visits:

- Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - walks from 2h to 4h walk depending on the level of walking to discover the dry tropical forest, its gigantic trees and mud pots (attention: park closed Mondays)
- Horseback riding
- Tubing (descent of a river on a big tire)
- Canopy (zip line)

Enjoy complimentary dinner and overnight accommodation at the hotel.


Day 8: Rincón de la Vieja – Sámara/Carrillo (4h00 de route)
Breakfast at the lodge.

Enjoy a morning drive towards the Guanacaste Peninsula. You will pass by Liberia, as well as Nicoya, before arriving finally at the seaside resort of Sámara/Carrillo. Check in at the hotel.

Take a free afternoon to enjoy the lodge and the nearby beach.

Night at the hotel on a B&B or All Inclusive Board.


Day 9 and 10: Sámara / Carrillo
Breakfast at the lodge.

Have the day free to enjoy the lodge and the nearby beach.

Night at the hotel on a B&B or All Inclusive Board.


Day 11: Sámara / Carrillo / San José
Breakfast at the lodge.

Take a shared transfer to the city of San José for your last day in Costa Rica.

Overnight accommodation in San José.

 
Day 12: San José / UK
Breakfast at the hotel.

Shared transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your return home.

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Your Hotels

You may choose from Standard or Superior Hotels throughout your stay. Meals will be served as per itinerary, with our members having a choice of either Bed and Breakfast, or All Inclusive dining at their final beach resort hotel.

All Rooms Sleep Up To

Adults Adults
2 Adults
+
2 Children
Standard Hotels

Just For You:
- Complimentary Caribbean Cocktail served during 1 dinner at the Evergreen Lodge 3*
- Free WiFi at the Villas Eco Arenal 3*
- An Upgrade to a Buena Vista Lodge at the Cañon de la Vieja Lodge 3*

San José : Sleep Inn 4* or similar
Tortuguero :
Evergreen Lodge 3* or similar 
Arenal : Villas Eco Arenal 3* or similar
Rincón de la Vieja : Cañon de la Vieja Lodge 3* or similar
Sámara/Carrillo:
Sol Sámara 3* or similar when on a BB basis 
Samara/Carrillo: Villas Playa Sámara 4* or similar when on an All Inclusive basis
Superior Hotels

Just For You:
- Self-Guided at the Mawamba Lodge 3*
- Self-Guided hike to the crocodile pond, ant farm, butterfly garden, and Arenal Volcano lookout point at the Los Lagos Hotel 4*
- Visit to a Serpentarium at Hacienda Guachipelin 3*

San José : Park Inn 4* or similar
Tortuguero : Mawamba Lodge 3*sup or similar
Arenal : Los Lagos 4* or similar
Rincón de la Vieja : Hacienda Guachipelin 3*sup or similar
Sámara/Carrillo: Nammbu 4* or similar when on a BB basis
Samara/Carrillo: Villas Playa Sámara 4* or similar when on an All Inclusive basis

Please note: The bed for the 3rd/4th guest is likely to be a sofa bed / camp bed.

Please note: If the hotels above are not available you will be accommodated in ones of a similar standard.

Your Journey through Costa Rica

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: Transfers are included in this offer as per itinerary.

Car Hire
: Car hire in an upgraded Suzuki Grand Vitara is included in this offer as per itinerary.

Our members have the opportunity to upgrade their car type, upgrade their insurance package, and add an additional day of car hire at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee.

Visa Waiver Programme

If you are travelling to the USA or choose a flight option with a US layover, the US authorities have introduced a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Passengers who have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at the US port of entry. However, neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry. Please remember that issue of ESTA does not guarantee admissibility to the United States - it is only part of the travel approval process. All queries in relation to this requirement should be addressed via the US Embassy Consular department.

Please remember that if you are refused boarding or denied admission at the US port of entry, you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you.

How do I apply for ESTA?
There is an online application form which is available now at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Prior to travel, you will need to visit this website and fill in the on-line application (currently in English only).

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Dec
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What's Included?

  • Welcome by our English speaking representative and transfer to your hotel located in the capital city San José
  • Hotels of standard or superior category according to your choice upon booking.
  • All breakfasts, full board (excluding drinks) in Tortuguero from breakfast of day 2 to lunch of day 4. Also the All Inclusive system for those who book the All Inclusive beach hotel
  • Baldi thermal water pools and dinner.
  • A rented car type Daihatsu Bego for 2/3 people (free upgrade to Suzuki Gran Vitara), from day 3 around 13:00 to day 6 or 8 (depending on duration) around 14:00.
  • GPS, basic insurance and rechargeable phone card.
  • Transfer from the hotel to San José at the airport

Travel Advice

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

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

Car Hire

SUPPLIER: NATIONAL / ALAMO / ENTERPRISE
Contact:
(506) 2242-7878 / Office hours, Monday through Sunday

Call center 24 Hours:
800-NATIONAL (800-6284625)

PROTECTION PACKAGE (NPP)
National Protection Package (NPP) is a package product which includes Loss Damage Waiver-Theft Protection (LDW-TP), Third Party Liability (SLI), Zero Deductible and Windows & Tires (W&T), at a discounted price.  

LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW)
Renting a vehicle at National Car Rental means you are held responsible for returning it in the same conditions as you received it. The LDW is not a coverage, yet it releases you from any payment obligations in case of theft, vandalism, collision, and damages to the vehicle’s exterior, regardless of the culprit, provided you comply with the terms established in the lease.

Once the LDW is accepted, the lessee shall only be liable for the first $800 - $1500 of the total damage expenses (depending on the type of vehicle).

Lessees may reject the LDW if the credit card they are paying with was issued in the United States or in Canada, offers coverage and can be verified by a National Car Rental employee in Costa Rica. There may be car types for which the LDW is mandatory. If the LDW is rejected, the lessee will be held responsible for the total damages expenses and the SLI policy will be mandatory. This coverage does not include roadside assistance required as a result of the client’s negligence or assistance in the event of lost keys, flat tires, etc.

SUPPLEMENTAL LIABILITY COVERAGE (SLC)
This insurance policy releases you from any third party liability. If you are involved in an accident while you are driving a rental and any damages are cause to third party property, the SLI will cover up to ¢10.000.000.00 in third party property damages.

National Car Rental guarantees that all policyholders or any insured parties under this insurance policy shall be covered

This insurance policy covers up to ¢40 million PER PERSON and up to ¢100 million PER ACCIDENT in which the rental vehicle is involved. This policy covers “all sums for which the insured party, or any other parties covered by such policy, are held liable by a final judgment, in relation to such accident and any personal or property damages caused by it.” This coverage excludes the driver and any family member thereof, any person residing in the driver’s household, or any family member of the latter.

Under this insurance policy, the lessee will be liable for 20% of all damages, which under no circumstance will be less than $250.

This coverage becomes mandatory when the LDW is declined.

$0.00 DEDUCTIBLE
When you rent a vehicle at National Car Rental and you accept any of our coverage, you become responsible for a specific deductible amount for each of them.

The $0.00 deductible option allows you to reduce your payment obligations under any of the previously accepted coverage, provided you agree to the terms and conditions of the rental agreement in relation to the deductibles of the accepted insurance policies.

Any damages caused by driving on sand, in water or under the influence -as stated in the rental agreement- are not covered. Should you decline this option, you will be responsible for paying the deductibles of the accepted coverage, as stated in the rental agreement.

WINDOWS AND TIRES (W&T)
Through this coverage, National Car Rental releases you from any payment obligations relating to any tire/windshield damage caused by accidents, collisions, poor road conditions (does not cover theft).

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
National Car Rental offers, at a reasonable price, locksmith, tow truck, and battery charge services, as well as the delivery of up to 3 gallons of fuel, for your rental vehicle.

Coverage does not apply in case of negligence.

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.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, Meet & Greet, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services. Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com


Accommodation Only

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

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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