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  • Costa Rica is a naturalist’s paradise with a spectacular range wildlife and unspoiled scenery, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • This 10 night tour takes you to some of the country's highlights including lush rainforests, San Jose City and the utterly idyllic North Pacific beaches!
  • Our offer includes comfortable accommodation throughout and direct flights with British Airways.

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 rainforest, 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 and 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...

Our Offer

10-night, 11-day tour of Costa Rica

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose 
Day 2: San Jose
Day 3: San Jose to Arenal
Day 4: Arenal Volcano
Day 5: La Fortuna to Rio Celeste
Day 6: Rio Celeste
Day 7: Rio Celeste - Carillo Beach Area 
Day 8-9: Beach Relaxation
Day 10: Carillo Beach Area - San Jose 
Day 11: Departure

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose
This afternoon you will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport located 20km away from San Jose City. You will then be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

As the main entryway to the country, the Central Valley which includes San José, offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica´s best museums: the Pre Columbian Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children´s Contemporary Art and Design Museums.  In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theatre.

Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight in San Jose.
Day 2: San Jose
After breakfast, you will be taken on a VIP City Bus Tour which includes lunch. A mini-bus will take you to the National Stadium where the first European Style double-decker bus in Costa Rica will be waiting for you to start the city tour. 

A bilingual guide will explain the details of the main attractions while an onboard waiter will serve you beverages (including a welcome cocktail) Your tour will stop at some of the town's best-loved sights with a stop for lunch in between. Afterwards, there's a brief walking tour where you can become familiar with San Jose culture and history. You can later enjoy a marimba live folk music show in the comfort of the bus while you enjoy typical local drinks & dishes.

Overnight in San Jose.
Day 3: San Jose to Arenal (approx. travel time: 4 hours / 200km)
Today you will be transferred to Arenal, with views of the conical shape of this massive mountain.  On your way, admire the amazing scenery while crossing the cloud forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. 

Today you will be treated to a thrilling rafting activity, although this can be substituted by a Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve if requested in advance. The Sarapiquí River is known as one of the most scenic rivers in Costa Rica's tropical rainforest & is used for rafting. What to bring: shorts or swimsuit, tennis shoes or rubber sole feet ware, tee shirt, solar filter lotion and extra clothes to change after the activity.

Overnight in Arenal. Lunch is included during the excursion.
Day 4: Arenal Volcano
After breakfast at the hotel, depart on an amazing guided walk through the treetops. Admire the breathtaking scenery from a different perspective on the Sky Walk hanging bridges with this guided visit. Enjoy great views of the volcano and the lake from the adventure centre balcony.

At 5,437 feet, the Arenal Volcano looms large and ominous over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. With a surface of over 33 square miles (85 square km) and a depth of some 200 ft (60 m), Arenal Lake is Costa Rica’s largest landlocked body of water. As such, it provides ample opportunities for activities such as windsurfing, fishing, boating and more.

The afternoon is free to do as you please.

Overnight in Arenal. Lunch is included during the excursion.
Day 5: La Fortuna to Rio Celeste (approx. travel time: 2 hours / 75km)
After breakfast, your shuttle transportation will depart from your hotel towards the area of Tenorio National Park and where you will find the famous Celeste River. Your guided excursion will take you directly to the national park for a nature walk till the amazing Celeste Waterfall. The magnificent turquoise blue waters together with all the nature that surrounds it make of Rio Celeste a place to admire.

Continue along a 7km trail which will take you through the forest, to various interesting places, starting with magical Rio Celeste Waterfall & the blue lagoon, followed by an observation deck which offers incredible views of the volcano and the surrounding mountains. 

Next, come two more unbelievable attractions: “Las Ollas” which are fumaroles filled with boiling mud and finally the “Teñideros” which is the place where the river acquires its unique colour due to a natural chemical reaction.

On the way back you will continue to walk alongside the riverbank, admiring the bubbling waters, the natural hot springs and the incredible scenery that surrounds you. The final highlight of your visit to one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica will be a delicious hot lunch, before driving back to your hotel.

Overnight in Rio Celeste. Lunch is included during the excursion.
Day 6: Rio Celeste
Enjoy a Costa Rican breakfast while relaxing on a free day at this amazing boutique hotel. Enjoy their relaxing pool, book a spa treatment or massage taking advantage of your 15% discount on spa services. 

Tenorio Volcano National Park is located in the northern part of Costa Rica, which forms part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. The jewel of the National Park is the volcano, from which it receives its name. 

Overnight in Rio Celeste.
Day 7: Rio Celeste - Carillo Beach Area 
After breakfast, you will be whisked away to your final destination: a beautiful beach on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

Overnight at Carillo Beach Area.

Day 8-9: Beach Relaxation
Spend your days relaxing on the beach & working on your tan. You can also book several excursions if you want to explore more of Costa Rica.

Overnight at Carillo Beach Area.

Day 10: Carillo Beach Area - San Jose 
Today, you will be transported back to San Jose where you can spend your final night soaking up its culture.

Overnight at San Jose.

Day 11: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

Your Hotels

Our members will stay at the following accommodation with this offer.

San Jose: 2 Nights at Holiday Inn Express San Jose Forum Hotel or similar in a Standard Room
Located on route 27 which takes you to the main tourist attractions of the country and only 25 minutes away from San Juan Santamaria Airport and surrounded by many major destinations and the largest business parks in San Jose, this hotel's accommodation assures contemporary comfort and convenience. Free high-speed, wireless internet access, complimentary breakfast, a grocery store and as many as 34 restaurants within walking distance are among its advantages.
La Fortuna: 2 Nights at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar in a Standard Room
Located in the dramatic landscape of La Fortuna, the Magic Mountain Hotel earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and faces the mighty Arenal Volcano, with jaw-dropping views from the panoramic elevator. The restaurant serves an array of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside offering evening cocktails. There's also an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical gardens and a large spa with an outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna, four treatment rooms and a selection of facials, massages and beauty treatments. All guest rooms open onto private balconies with mountain views.
Rio Celeste: 2 Nights at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel or similar in a Standard Room
This hotel is located on the river, close to Rio Celeste Waterfall, within easy reach of the Miravalles Volcano. This four-star resort is home to 26 individually-designed rooms, each with a private balcony, TV, iPod docking station and minibar. There is an abundance of leisure facilities, including three spa tubs, a lazy river, pool, and bicycle rental.
Carrillo Beach: 3 Nights at Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows or similar in a Deluxe Room
Located right on Carrillo Beach, this eco-friendly hotel offers a true paradise stay, with a swimming pool that opens out onto views of the sprawling sands. Your deluxe room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding area, as well as all modern amenities you could wish for.
San Jose: 1 Night at Palma Real Hotel & Casino or similar in a Standard Room
Near downtown San José, the airport, and the notably beautiful Parque de la Sabana, this bright and cheerful hotel offers convenience as well as comfort.  Standard Rooms contain hardwood floors, a large flat screen television, and a work desk.

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Journey

Flights: Included with British Airways

Offer 1
Outbound: London Gatwick - Depart at 08:05
Arrival: San Jose - Arrive at 13:40
Inbound: San Jose - Depart at 17:30
Arrival: London Gatwick - Arrive at 10:45 (+1)

Offer 2
Outbound: London Gatwick - Depart at 11:20
Arrival: San Jose - Arrive at 15:35
Inbound: San Jose - Depart at 15:05
Arrival: London Gatwick - Arrive at 08:35

All flight times are local.

Luggage: 23kg checked baggage and 7kg hand luggage.

Transfers: Shared transfers are included as per itinerary.

Weather

Jan
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Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

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

  • 10 nights accommodation at hotels mentioned on a Twin Sharing Basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
  • 1 lunch during VIP City Bus excursion
  • 1 lunch during Sarapiqui River Rafting activity
  • 1 lunch during Rio Celeste Waterfall activity
  • Entrance fees at all attractions (one time only) as per the itinerary, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges & sales taxes
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours on air-conditioned tourist vehicles
  • Shared transportation on shuttle basis between each destination (not guided)
  • Services of an English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing & excursion tours as per the
  • itinerary
  • San Jose VIP City Bus Excursion
  • Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III OR Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve
  • Sky Walk Hanging Bridges in Arenal
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall Nature Hike
  • CRT representative for assistance on all arrival transfer
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • 15% discount on any additional excursion booked at the destination

Not Included

  • 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

Your Contract

The flight-inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé is acting as agent for The Holiday Place with ATOL number 3101 and your contract is with that company.

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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