Overview

San José - 1 night
Turrialba - 1 night
Tortuguero - 2 nights
Arenal - 2 nights
Rincón de la Vieja - 1 night
Potrero Beach - 2 nights
Monteverde - 2 nights
Turrubares - 2 nights
Dominical - 2 nights
San Gerardo de Rivas - 2 nights
San José - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

GRAND TOUR OF COSTA RICA

A comprehensive journey discovering diverse landscapes and exotic wildlife from the Caribbean lowlands and central highlands to the Pacific coast and less-visited south

Encompass the depths and variety of Costa Rica’s ecosystems from the Caribbean lowlands of Tortuguero on the east coast, the central highlands of Irazú, the Pacific west coast, to the Dominical area in the south. This small country covers less than 1% of the world and yet has 5% of its bio-diversity.

Well-known places of Costa Rica are visited along with some more remote areas of the country. The natural hydrologic system of Palo Verde National Park gives home to the most important concentration of birds in the country, plus reptile wildlife and monkeys. The fishing village of Potrero is surrounded by tropical vegetation uncrowded beaches and stunning coves to discover. San Gerardo de Dota, a rural town set against the Talamanca mountain range, is surrounded by forested hills and an ideal place to spot the Quetzal, among many other bird species.

Key Features

Cultural Tour & Wildlife 
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Guanacaste
Eco-Friendly Accommodation
Local Guide Throughout
Small Group Size: 5 - 18

Special Events

Rural Home Visit & Evening Tortuguero Cruise

Visit a rural home in La Trinidad de Dota for a tasting of local products and to see the farming activities of the local communities. Enjoy a cruise on the waterways of Tortuguero, with a complimentary drink.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick direct to San José. Transfer to the Aurola Holiday Inn Hotel for overnight.

Day 2 Visit Irazú Volcano National Park. Visit Cartago City and continue to Turrialba Valley and visit the CATIE Botanical Gardens with grand displays of gardens and tropical plants. Overnight at Villa Florencia. (B, D)

Day 3 Transfer by boat to the Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero for two nights. Visit the Turtle Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning boat tour, exploring the Amazonesque channels surrounding the Tortuguero Lagoon before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. Evening Tortuguero cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Fly to San José. Visit the Doka Coffee Estate, Grecia town, Sarchi and Else Kientztler Botanical Gardens. Two nights at Volcano Lodge or similar. (B, L)

Day 6 Naturalist walk includes the hanging bridges and Arenal Volcano National Park. Bathe in the hot springs at Ecotermales La Fortuna. (B)

Day 7 Visit Palo Verde National Park, enjoy a Bebedero river cruise. Overnight at Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel. (B, D)

Day 8 Discover Rincón de la Vieja National Park with a gentle hike to see geothermal wonders and ancient forests. Travel to Potrero Beach for two nights at the Bahía del Sol Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 9 At leisure. (B)

Day 10 Travel to Monteverde (3 ½ hrs) for two nights at Poco a Poco Hotel. Night walk at the Children’s Rainforest. (B)

Day 11 Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 12 Travel towards the Central Pacific Area and visit the Carara National Park with its unique ecosystems. Two nights at Macaw Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit Macaw Lodge Sustainable Farm. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Continue to the Pacific area of Dominical for an afternoon guided walk through the jungle. Two nights at Hotel Villas Río Mar or similar. (B, L)

Day 15 Morning dolphin and whale watching tour. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 16 Travel to San Gerardo de Rivas (2,200m). At leisure or walk with the guide in search of rare bird species. Two nights at the Talamanca Reserve. (B, D)

Day 17 Visit the Secret Gardens. (B, L)

Day 18 Take a Quetzal trail. Visit a rural house. Continue to San José. (B)

Day 19 Morning at leisure for an optional city tour (bookable locally). Return flight. (B)

Day 20 Arrive London in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with some steps, uneven surfaces and occasional areas of altitude. On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

Notes

The hotels and lodges are 'eco-friendly'. Whilst precise definition will vary from property to property, it generally implies a scenic setting, environmentally sensitive architecture and operation, an active involvement in schemes to protect and regenerate Costa Rica's indigenous fauna and a desire on the part of an establishment's management to facilitate in some way its guests' enjoyment and appreciation of Costa Rica's superb natural world heritage. Our local agent has been awarded the prestigious Costa Rican Sustainable Tourism certificate and has recently been upgraded to the highest level, 'five leaves'. On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick 

Date Price
November 19 £3795

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
February 11 £3995
February 25 £3795
March 3 £3845
November 3 £3795
November 17 £3845

2021

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
January 5 £3995
January 19 £4095
January 26 £4195
February 2 £4195
February 9 £4195
February 23 £4145
March 2 £3995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £845

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £595
British Airways Club World from £2275

Extension Options

Extension - Manuel Antonio
Hotel Parador - 4 nights £795
(Nov £725; 2021 £845)
Single supplement £565
(Nov £495; 2021 £595)

Privately Guided

Add £1945 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £700 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 18 nights' accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels and lodges, breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, itinerary as described, services of a naturalist guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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