Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

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Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

10 Days Starting in San José Province, San José, Costa Rica and ending in Liberia

Visiting: San José, Monte Verde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste Province

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

VRIGZM20

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 52

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

English

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Tour Overview

Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.

Highlights

  • San José : Enjoy an orientation tour in the capital city of Costa Rica and explore Sarchi, the arts and crafts capital, famed for its intricately painted oxcarts.

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest : Hike with your Local Specialist who offers insights into the region's unique bird and wildlife ecosystems.

  • Arenal : Enjoy trails and suspension bridges, hike along lava trails through Mirador 1968, a private reserve, located adjacent to Volcano Arenal National Park and take a scenic float trip safari with your Local Specialist.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive San José

Location: San José

Accommodation: Lodge, Lodge

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí

Ahh, Costa Rica. Let the Pura Vida way of life take over as you arrive in San Jose. Trendy Barrio Amon offers a glimpse into the history of the city with colonial mansions converted into art galleries, while Barrio Escalante is a foodie’s paradise and the best place to grab dinner to begin your Costa Rica value tour.

Day 2 : San José – Monteverde

Location: Monte Verde

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tick off San José’s iconic sights with a quick sightseeing tour before travelling towards the creative little town of Sarchí. Seen as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship, this is the place to buy intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs including the hand-painted and bright coloured oxcart, the national symbol of Costa Rica. The journey continues through the Tilaran Mountain range listening for the collective “oohs” and “aahs” as you enter the mysterious and misty Cloud Forest.

Day 3 : Monteverde Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Step into another world on your Costa Rica value tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Learn about the thousands of plant and animal species that thrive in this area, many of which only exist right here, from your Travel Director. Keep your ears open for the sounds of hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and if you’re really lucky, the Quetzal bird. Leaving the forest on a real nature high, why not end the day with a tasty ‘El Trapiche’ Choice Experience tour visiting sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations?

Day 4 : Monteverde – Arenal

Location: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bubbling hot springs and geothermal activity, wildlife and of course the sleeping giant, Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the jewels in Costa Rica’s crown. Boasting outdoor pools, a butterfly garden, botanical gardens and tame iguanas roaming the grounds, your secluded resort on the banks of the San Carlos River will make you feel like you’ve entered a little corner of heaven.

Day 5 : Arenal Full Day Sightseeing

Location: Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Resort, Resort

Accommodation Name: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast

Best way to explore Arenal’s private reserve? On a guided hike, of course! Be astounded by leftover lava rocks and boulders and plunge through the forest for views of the volcano and Arenal Lake. Next up: Reach all new heights at Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Join a Local Specialist for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on a ‘sky walk’ through the jungle canopy. Keep your eyes peeled on the suspension bridges while spotting birdlife. To round off the day of your Costa Rica value tour, let your worries drift away over a dip at local hot springs before heading back to your resort.

Day 6 : Arenal Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Resort, Resort

Accommodation Name: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If a tranquil river float and wildlife search sounds like you, you won’t want to miss this morning’s safari float down the Peñas Blancas River. Paired up with a Local Specialist, you’ll love spotting monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and tropical birds. Visit a local family, and learn how connected the people of Costa Rica are to their natural environment. Free afternoon? Your optionals are endless. Take a dip in the pool, shop or choose a horseback riding Choice Experience through the rainforest.

Day 7 : Arenal – Guanacaste (2 Nights)

Location: Guanacaste Province

Accommodation: Resort, Resort

Accommodation Name: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast

From tropical rainforests to golden beaches, it will be a complete change of scenery today as you travel towards the 'golden coast' in the northwest of Costa Rica, arriving into the province of Guanacaste. A region loved for its glorious beaches, biodiverse parklands and fun surf, there's no better place to spend a couple of days than on the sun drenched shores of Playa Tamarindo.

Day 8 : Guanacaste Free Time

Location: Guanacaste Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Wyndham Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Meals Included: Breakfast

With an entirely free day, how you explore is completely up to you. Keep it low key with a book and a cold beer at your resort, or choose to join one of our choice experiences. Choose to explore Palo Verde National Park with an optional boat tour inside the park. Get a close view of the amazing habitat, where hundreds of species of birds, animals and trees coexist. If you would rather be by the coast, join our Sunset Cruise optional and discover exquisite beaches of white sand and blue-green waters. This tour is ideal for swimming in the calm waters, or for snorkeling amongst the coral. Our last optional, the Mega Combo, is for those who are looking for something more active. Enjoy Zip Lines, hiking and a ride along Costa Rica's longest water slide. Natural hot springs and volcanic mud bath in the middle of a beautiful forest will take you a new level of peace and relaxation to complete the picture. However you choose to explore today, make sure you spend this evening surrounded by new friends, toasting to a final Costa Rican sunset.

Day 9 : Depart Guanacaste

Location: Guanacaste Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

Perhaps you will catch the sunrise and enjoy a final dip in the sea before your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Depart at leisure to the airport and then onto to your respective corner of the world, we wish you a safe journey and look forward to seeing you again some time soon!

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

  • Fully Guided

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver on this tour.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations are provided for 8 nights, including stays at the Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí, El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, and the Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center. The final two nights are spent at the Wyndham Tamarindo in Guanacaste.

What's Not Included

Accommodation

Accommodations are provided for 8 nights, including stays at the Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí, El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, and the Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center. The final two nights are spent at the Wyndham Tamarindo in Guanacaste.

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An expert travel director and professional Driver is English speaking on this tour.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 52 guests.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

Reviews of this operator

Trusted Customer  

ONE OF MY BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE!

12-Jan-2023

Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Definitely recommend

14-Dec-2022

Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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Best Travel Experience

05-Jan-2023

We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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Trusted Customer  

No hesitation recommending Costsaver

17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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Why I chose Costsaver

15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of costsaver charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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