Panama & Costa Rica Experience

Panama & Costa Rica Experience

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Panama & Costa Rica Experience

14 Days Starting in Panama City, Panama and ending in San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Visiting: Panama City, Panama Canal, San Jose Province, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Jose

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Tour code:

CSG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

15-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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$4863 including Flights from the UK Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$229

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Tour Overview

Small in size yet possessing a superb biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama offer a wide variety of eco-systems including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This tour visits the incredible Panama Canal as well as a selection of Costa Rica’s most renowned national parks, from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of stunning Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Cruise along the Panama Canal

  • View the Arenal volcano from your hotel

  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero

  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation

  • No solo supplement

Places You'll See

Panama Canal

Arenal Volcano

Tortuguero National Park

Panama & Costa Rica Experience

Panama & Costa Rica Experience

Itinerary

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Day 1: Fly To Panama City Via Madrid

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via the US, with United Airlines.. Transfer to the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel for 3 nights.

Day 2: Panama City

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning city tour including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district . In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Day 3 : Panama Canal

Location: Panama Canal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal.

Day 4 : Fly To San José

Location: San Jose Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning flight to San Jose and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poas Volcano and, subject to volcanic activity, see its crater lake. Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel.

Day 5: Tortuguero

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño
Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a
boat ride along the backwaters that lead to
Tortuguero, looking for wildlife en route. Stay
at Pachira Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 6: Tortuguero

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day of shared excursions exploring the
tropical forest and waterways.

Day 7: La Selva Biological Station • Arenal

Location: Arenal Volcano

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive
to Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological
Station to learn about the scientific and
conservation work of the researchers and
take a short walk in the protected rainforest
surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso
with views of Arenal volcano.

Day 8: Arenal

Location: Arenal Volcano

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning tour of the circuit of trails and
suspension bridges, which allow an up-close
view of the rainforest floor and treetop
canopy. Optional evening visit to the hot
springs.

Day 9: Monteverde

Location: Monteverde

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive along the shores of Lake Arenal, taking
in the spectacular views of the lake and its
surroundings. Continue through the green
mountains to Monteverde and stay 2 nights at
Monteverde Country Lodge.

Day 10: Monteverde

Location: Monteverde

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest,
a habitat for rare flora and fauna such as the
colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon at leisure
or take one of the optional excursions on
offer, including a visit to the Santa Elena
Reserve.

Day 11 : Carara - Tarcoles

Location: Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Lapas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit Carara National Park, home to crocodiles, monkeys and scarlet macaws. Continue to Tarcoles and stay for 2 nights at the Villa Lapas Hotel (or similar).

Day 12 : Manuel Antonio

Location: Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning visit to Manuel Antonio for a walking tour of the national park, where the rainforest extends right down to the beautiful beaches. This small park is home to a surprising concentration of wildlife including sloths, iguanas, endangered squirrel monkeys and various colourful birds. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel.

Day 13 : Days 13-14: Fly To London

Location: San Jose

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to San José and fly to London via the US with United Airlines.

What's Included

  • 3- & 4-star accommodation

  • Twin / double rooms for single use

  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available

  • International & internal flights

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Experienced local tour guide in each country

  • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

  • Welcome and farewell group dinners

  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

  • International Travel

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

Accommodation


Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa, Arenal

The Arenal Paraiso has comfortable bungalow style rooms which offer spectacular views of the majestic Arenal Volcano, as well as a private bath, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and a private terrace. There is a host of services and activities, including a restaurant, swimming pool, jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and nature...


Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel, San Jose (Costa Rica)

The Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. Guestrooms are spacious and equipped with modern amenities. The main onsite restaurant serves both local and international dishes, with a second restaurant specialising in Japanese cuisine.

Features: 213 rooms, 8 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, bar/lounge, gym.
Room amenities: Television, desk, safe, hairdryer, coffee maker, Wi-Fi.

Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing renovation until March 2020. However, we have been advised that the work is being carried out on a gradual basis and should not cause any disturbance to...


Hilton Garden Inn, Panama City

The Hilton Garden Inn has a convenient location in the heart of downtown Panama City. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with modern amenities. After a day of sightseeing guests can relax in the outdoor whirlpool and enjoy views of the city skyline. The onsite restaurant serves a range of international cuisine and there are plenty of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

Features: 170 rooms, restaurant, bar, whirlpool, gym, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, desk, tea & coffee making facilities,...


Monteverde Country Lodge, Monteverde

Located just 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve, the Monteverde Country Lodge is a cosy rustic hotel set across three properties, each having maintained its original style and features. Rooms are simple yet comfortable with modern conveniences and feature tiled floors, natural wood furnishings and colourful fabrics and artwork. The restaurant serves locally sourced Costa Rican cuisine.

Features: 60 rooms, restaurant, laundry service, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, telephone, shared...


Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero

Pachira Lodge is located five minutes from Tortuguero National Park and is one of the best lodges in the area. Accommodation is simple yet comfortable and facilities include a restaurant and a freeform pool with a spacious sundeck. From the lodge, it is just a short boat ride to Tortuguero...


Villa Lapas, Tarcoles

Located just five minutes from the headquarters of Carara National Park and a short drive from Tarcoles, Villa Lapas is a rainforest eco-resort surrounded by lush tropical gardens and in the midst of a private reserve. Guestrooms are comfortable with air conditioning, balconies and either river, garden or pool views. The nature trails,Tarcolitos river and hanging bridges at the nearby national park are easily accessible from the property.

Features: 58 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, bar, garden & sun terrace, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room Amenities: Safe, television, fan, air conditioning,...

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    All Cox & Kings group tours have a maximum group size of 18 and average just 14 guests. Travelling in such a small group allows you to make stronger and deeper connections with fellow travellers.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. We only work with passionate local guides who have a firm grasp of English – so they can answer all your questions and offer invaluable insight into your destination.

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do so, the cost will be deducted from the tour price.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes. Quoted prices include all entrance fees.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • What are the four tour categories?

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. The Solo Travellers collection of small group tours is specially created to include accommodation based on single occu

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

01 Oct 2021

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied.

Suzie  

Delighted Customers!

13 Dec 2021

My partner and myself have been regular travellers for over 20 years and up to now been loyal to a rival company. After an incident with them, we decided to change loyalty and try C&K. Was absolutely a good move. For the past couple years I have spoken to Sabastian Gittany, what a delight to be able to speak to the same consultant! I was immediately impressed with the service, he was extremely helpful, polite and nothing is too much trouble. Sabastian has an immense knowledge through his own travel experiences, which in turn helped us to ensure we booked the right holiday for us. As a result of the excellent service we received from Sabastian we have booked 4 holidays for 2022, the first being Egypt Nile Cruise, which he tailored and with lots discussions finally created an itinerary for us, so we are delighted.

Yvonne  

Great itinerary and great service

9 Dec 2021

Great itinerary and great service from Cox & Kings. I will definitely use them in the future.

Haig  

Exceptional Service

02 Feb 2022

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

Steven  

Well looked after before and during

6 Apr 2022

We were well looked after before and during our vacation. Top class accommodation and guides.

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

13 Aug 2021

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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