10 Day Escorted Tour of Costa Rica incl. Air

10-Day Escorted Tour of Costa Rica
Visit Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, historic San Jose and Manuel Antonio National Park at the Pacific Coast.

Enjoy a panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights including historical & government buildings and the public park La Sabana. Next, stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. Depart for Arenal and enjoy time at leisure to explore the area, famous for the Arenal Volcano, before embarking on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park, to learn about the flora and fauna, while enjoying scenic views of the volcano.

In Monteverde, explore the stunning Cloud Forest Reserve on your own and enjoy the lush forests and verdant pastures, excellent for bird watching and hiking along the winding paths. Or, perhaps participate in one of our optional tours to see the rainforest by zipline or hanging bridges. Afterwards, tour a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm to learn how one of Costa Rica’s top exports is grown.

Travel along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio, a coastal city located between the beach and the rainforest. En route, stop in the town of Jaco, a surfers paradise. Enjoy a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most visited conservation areas, where you will have the opportunity to witness a variety of the biodiversity the park has to offer. Plus, with a full day at leisure, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the area’s abundant wildlife and vegetation. Lastly, travel back to San Jose and explore the city’s restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums independently.

A perfect destination for nature lovers, as well as those looking to simply relax. Costa Rica invites you to roam lush rain forests as you discover the essence of Pura Vida for yourself.

Trip Highlights

Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Montreal – San Jose, San Jose – Montreal. Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights San Jose
    • 2 nights Arenal
    • 2 nights Monteverde
    • 3 nights Manuel Antonio
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 13 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour downtown San Jose enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
  • In Arenal, view the now dormant conical-shaped Arenal Volcano
  • Tour a coffee plantation and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch
  • Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • At Manuel Antonio enjoy the beach and an exuberant tropical forest

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday – Depart for Costa Rica

Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Wednesday – Travel to Arenal

Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday – Full Day in Arenal

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica’s youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday – Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest

In the morning, embark on a brisk two mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday – Full Day in Monteverde

Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica’s top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 6, Sunday – Travel to Manuel Antonio

Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean’s shores – it’s not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer’s paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisine for lunch. Afterwards, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you’re sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday – Full Day in Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. Consider joining the optional Catamaran Cruise that sails along the coast with picturesque views of the wildlife and vegetation. You can relax in one of the two jacuzzis, or have fun on the two giant trampolines or water slides. Time at Biesanz Beach for snorkeling while you have up-close sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday – Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Today, tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world’s most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the best of nature and the peace and tranquility. Optional adventures include diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, a canopy tour, and much more. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It’s time to bid farewell to your Tour Manager, traveling companions and to “Pura Vida”
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9,  Wednesday – Travel to San Jose

Travel back to San Jose today stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. The opportunities are endless in this energetic city
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday – Depart Costa Rica

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Includes 9-night accommodations, flights, airport taxes & fees, most meals plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary as well as the services of an English speaking tour manager throughout. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold and optional travel insurance are additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available.

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