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Grand Tour of Costa Rica

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A comprehensive journey from Caribbean coastal wetlands to cloud forest mountains, volcanic landscapes, rainforest valleys, Pacific shores and exotic wildlife

Revered for its unparalleled biodiversity, undiluted tranquillity and untamed wilderness of rainforest, rivers, and jungles, Costa Rica is a beautiful, colourful country.
From coast to coast, from the dazzling plumage of quetzals to dizzying heights in cloud forest canopies, from brooding volcanoes to botanical gardens, and from whale-watching waters to the nesting beaches of green sea turtles, this is nature at its glorious best. Punctuating the tour with rural towns and oceanfront resorts, visit the biggest volcano in the country, Irazú, travel by boat to the Caribbean sandbar of Tortuguero, a marshland maze of waterways, inaccessible by road. Enjoy astonishing birdlife opportunities throughout this journey of discovery.

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
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural Tour & Wildlife
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site: Guanacaste
  • Eco-friendly Accommodation
  • Local Guide Throughout

A comprehensive journey from Caribbean coastal wetlands to cloud forest mountains, volcanic landscapes, rainforest valleys, Pacific shores and exotic wildlife

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.

Accommodation

Aurola Holiday Inn - San Jose

A mirrored tower 4-star hotel with views of the Central Valley and WiFi (free). 200 air-conditioned rooms with mini bar, safe, hairdryer, coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Villa Florencia - Turrialba

A picturesque hotel set amongst lush gardens. Restaurant, pool, WiFi (free) and 21 rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Evergreen Lodge - Tortuguero

The lodge is located in an ideal position, just a 5 minute boat ride from the entrance of Tortuguero National Park. Restaurant, pool, WiFi (chargeable) and 55 rooms with fans.

Volcano Lodge - Arenal

A 3-star hotel at the foot of Arenal Volcano, admist tropical gardens with restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free). 62 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hacienda Guachipelin - Rincon

A 3-star eco-lodge surrounded by gardens with native trees and exotic flowers attracting a great variety of birds and located next to Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste. Pool, bar, restaurant, WiFi (free) and 59 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, coffee making facillities and satellite TV.

Bahia del Sol - Potrero Beach

A beach front hotel on the Pacific Coast with restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 28 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Poco a Poco - Monteverde

Situated in the mountains of Monteverde. Spa, pool and WiFi (free). 30 rooms with hairdryer, coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Macaw Lodge - Turrubares

An authentic eco haven with an abundance of bird life, in the hills of Cerros de Turrubares and situated near to Carara National Park. Restaurant, gardens, lounge and WiFi (free). 12 rooms with fans.

Talamanca Reserve - San Gerardo de Rivas

A wildlife lodge located in a private reserve, abundant in vegetation and wildlife. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 15 rooms with hairdryer and coffee making facilities available from reception.

Tamarindo Diria

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.

Extension Options

Manuel Antonio Extension

Stay four nights with breakfast in sea view rooms at the stunningly located and beautifully decorated 4-star Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio National Park combining idyllic white sand beaches with wonderful wildlife.

Note:
On Day 18 of the main tour itinerary participate in the scheduled activities and then transfer directly to Manuel Antonio (not San José) for your extended stay.

Hotel Parador - Manuel Antonio

A stay at the Manuel Antonio National Park combines idyllic white sand beaches with wonderful wildlife. The 4-star hotel is stunningly located and beautifully decorated with restaurants, bar, pools, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 130 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A complimentary shuttle service operates between the Parador, the nature reserve and nearby beaches.

Extra Nights

Stay in San José before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements
Aurola Holiday Inn (per night) £65
Single supplement £60

Aurola Holiday Inn - San Jose

A mirrored tower 4-star hotel with views of the Central Valley and WiFi (free). 200 air-conditioned rooms with mini bar, safe, hairdryer, coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Chocolate Tour

Enjoy a cocoa production visit within the grounds of the Macaw Lodge cocoa plantations with a briefing on the cocoa tree, its characteristics, the soil it needs, the fruit and its different varieties. Watch a demonstration of how the cocoa bean is processed in the factory with an included tasting.

Departures & Prices

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

October
October 29 (Tuesday)
  • Spring Sale

Was £4995

£ 4795

November
November 12 (Tuesday)
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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Oct, Nov
  • £995
  • 2025: Jan, Feb
  • £1195
  • 2025: Oct, Nov
  • £1095
Flight Options
  • British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Club World
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available, £2395 per person (based on 2 people)
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Chocolate Tour (2024)
  • £33
  • Chocolate Tour (2025)
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £995
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £25
Extension Options
  • Manuel Antonio Extension - Grand Tour of Costa Rica 2024 (4 nights)
  • 2024: Nov
  • £1025
  • 2025: Feb, Mar, Nov
  • £995
  • Single Supplement
  • £765

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