Costa Rica - The Jewel of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel of Central America

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Costa Rica - The Jewel of Central America

16 Days

Visiting: San José, River Tarcoles, Muelle San Carlos, Lake Arenal, United Kingdom, San Jose

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Titan Travel

Tour code:

TTJCA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Tour Overview

Green visually and ecologically, Costa Rica is a haven for wildlife lovers. An adventure of two halves, on this tour we split our time between the humming rainforests and tropical beaches of the Pacific Coast, and the tawny volcanoes and river-filled jungles of northern Costa Rica. Staying in rainforest resorts with experienced guides, we get closer to nature on included and optional excursions - chasing waterfalls, floating down rivers and hiking trails surrounded by sleepy-eyed sloth and rainbow-striped toucan.

Highlights

  • VIP door-to-door travel service

Places You'll See

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Costa Rica - The Jewel Of Central America

Itinerary

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Day 1
Location: San José

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to San Jose.

Day 2
Location: San José

Today is free to spend at your leisure or take an optional trip to Poas Volcano National Park - the volcano's crater is considered one of the largest in the world.

Day 3
Location: San José

This morning we take a guided tour of San Jose, visiting both the new and old neighbourhoods to get an insight into Costa Rica’s cosmopolitan but often chaotic capital. A city in transition, the historic barrios of colonial mansions are now home to stately museums, farm-to-fork restaurants and locals sipping guaro sours in trendy bars. We visit the National Museum, where the pock-marked yellow turrets of this former fortress bear the scars of Costa Rica’s past. As well as visiting the beautiful National Theatre, the soaring statues and ornate colonnades of which were modelled on the Paris Opera House.
Swapping the city for the jungle, we drive west to Puntarenas province - where swathes of rainforest-clad beaches and tangled tributaries flow into the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Home for the next four nights is located on the Tarcoles River on the edge of Carara National Park. Set on a 500-acre private rainforest reserve, suspended forest walkways and nature trails hum with the sound of 230 species of bird, including scarlet macaw, parrots and toucans.

Day 4
Location: River Tarcoles

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the hotel, relax by the outdoor pool and explore the grounds - keeping an eye out for monkeys peeking through the trees. There’s an optional excursion to visit one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful reserves - Manuel Antonio National Park. The dense forest here camouflages toucans, parakeets and hummingbirds. You may see some of the park’s monkeys - the endangered Mono Titi, Central American squirrel monkey and the vociferous howler monkeys.

Day 5 : Days 5-6
Location: River Tarcoles

Our hotel is on the doorstep of Carara National Park, where the convergence of two unique ecosystems - the Tropical and Dry Pacific - make the forest-floor and light-dappled canopies buzz with life. Accompanied by an experienced guide, we explore the trails that crisscross the park in search of giant anteater, poison-arrow frogs, armadillo and peccaries (wild pig-like mammals). Free flowing sections of the Tarcoles River also form wetlands and marshes that are home to 400 species of bird, not to mention crocodiles keeping one eye open from the sticky mud flats.
The afternoon is free to join an optional aerial tram ride. Day 6 is also free to do as you please.

Day 6 : Days 7-8
Location: Muelle San Carlos, Lake Arenal

The Tarcoles River is home to large populations of crocodile. This morning, there’s an option to take a boat trip in search of these prehistoric predators, watching out for peering eyes above the water and smooth splashes as they slide into the water.

We then make our way up into the vibrant green agricultural heart of northern Costa Rica, where ox-pulled carts and generations-old coffee plantations rub shoulders with organic farm shops and eco-resorts. We stay for seven nights close to the adrenaline capital of La Fortuna and Arenal National Park. Set in 35 acres of luscious orchid-filled gardens on the banks of the San Carlos River, day 8 is free to enjoy the resort.

Day 9
Location: Muelle San Carlos

It’s an early start this morning as we explore the unspoilt forests of the hotel’s private walking trails. Expect extraordinary scenery and incredible wildlife from howler monkeys to toucans, rainbow-coloured insects and amphibians, as well as a lesson in the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.
This afternoon an optional walk is available, taking you along lava trails close to the base of an active volcano.

Day 10
Location: Muelle San Carlos

The next four days are at leisure to soak up your wilderness surroundings from the resort, with the option to take daily excursions. Today’s optional excursion is a boat trip floating down the calm waters of the Peñas Blancas River, keeping a close watch for smiling sloth hanging out in the trees, as well as rare butterflies, anteaters and hummingbirds.

Day 11
Location: Muelle San Carlos

The day is for leisure or perhaps you’d like to indulge your adventurous side with an optional excursion to Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges. You’ll ascend into the rainforest canopy, criss-crossing at different levels.

Day 12
Location: Muelle San Carlos

The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the most diverse habitats in Costa Rica, and this morning’s optional excursion takes the scenic route - meandering down the river on a safari raft. Hidden amongst the overflowing riverbanks and overhanging vines, keep an eye out for spider and howler monkey, ocelot, tree frogs and migratory birds including green-backed heron and roseate spoonbill.
This afternoon there’s an optional excursion to rainforest hot springs. The pools and waterfalls are naturally heated by the geothermal activity of Arenal volcano. Soak up the sights and sounds of the forest from the steaming pools.

Day 13
Location: Muelle San Carlos

The fertile hills and blanketed valleys beneath the ever-present gaze of Arenal volcano are home to endless stretches of plantations dotted with pueblitos (small villages) and roadside fruit sellers. Today’s optional excursion is a chance to get our ‘five a day’ as we visit a family-run fruit plantation to see how they grow pineapples, papayas and medicinal herbs.
Back at the resort we sit down to a farewell dinner and live band, taking one last opportunity to enjoy our tropical surroundings as we listen to the sounds of traditional marimba music.

Day 14
Location: San José

We head back to San Jose, stopping at La Paz waterfalls along the way - impressive waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest.

Day 15
Location: San José

We transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

Day 16
Location: United Kingdom

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

What's Included

  • 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick or Lufthansa from London Heathrow via Frankfurt.

  • Titan tour manager

  • 42 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 14 lunches (days 2-15) 14 dinners (days 1-14)undefined excursions and visits

  • Wildlife tour in Carara National Park

  • San Jose city tour

  • Rainforest walk

  • Visit to La Paz Waterfall GardensPlus

  • Welcome drink

  • Free bar open 16 hours a day

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  • Do I have to pay a Single Supplement?

    In most cases a single supplement will apply. If the price for a Single room for sole occupancy is not shown, please ask our team for details and we will be able to check the details for you.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    We've been taking our customers across the world on escorted tours for more than 40 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Our commitment to sustainable travel is part of our ethos. We love exploring the world and hope that, alongside our customers, we can be part of a bigger change in respecting the people and wildlife on our planet and minimising the impact we have on our environment.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    With some COVID-19 rules and restrictions still in place there are a few details that you need to know. This information is subject to change. It’s your responsibility to monitor changes and ensure you fulfil all relevant criteria for travel. Rest assured that we’re on hand to help and answer any questions you might have.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You’ll receive your Final holiday documents via email approximately 14 days prior to your departure.

Reviews of this Operator

Brian Jones (Google Reviewer)  

Recently returned from the great...

08-Apr-2024

Recently returned from the great Indian rail journey.My wife and I could hardly believe the value for money.From pick ups from Durham to Heathrow and back,to the number of coach and train journeys , quality hotels, great choice of food throughout and our first night in Heathrow Hilton. What really made our trip a success was our guide, Prashant,who managed a party of twenty four very varied, sometimes a little unpredictable travellers with ease.Nothing was too much trouble for him and as a group we gelled and warmed to Prashant as he kept us safe, well informed and a little entertained by his mix of authority and humanity.Where do I begin with the tour itself ? India,a country of extremes.Poverty,wealth,order,chaos.Sometimes bleak,often breathtakingly beautiful.The people,the cities,art, architecture,flaura and fauna.Delhi,Jaipur, Amritsar,Agra, Ranthambore, Chandigarh and the icing on the cake that is Shimla. An absolute masterclass of man versus nature,the railway and buildings are an unbelievable feat,but wait until you see the dual carriageway being built on the mountainside.🤯I could go on for a very long time but I'll just post some photos.Thanks to Titan,thanks to the excellent Prashant and and a massive thanks to the other twenty two travellers who helped shape our holiday of a lifetime.🏁💜

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I have booked the Icelandic Adventure holiday with Titan Travel, the Booking Staff was pleasant throughout. What I love about Titan Travel, transfer from your home to the airport and vice versa is included in the holiday.

Thomas Fisher (Google Reviewer)  

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Sarah Hoad  

Exceptional trip and service by Titan

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Just returned from a fabulous tour of California & the golden west. It’s a full on tour with early starts but you see so much varied landscape from the ocean to the desert to Yosemite. My 2nd tour with Titan & my first solo tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it & met some great people. Grand Canyon was amazing would definitely recommend

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Ms Margaret Aldgate  

Not merely a holiday, rather a memorable experience

29-Dec-2022

I have used other travel operators; this was the 1st time of touring with Titan----Israel, The Holy Land, from being collected from home and returned at the end of the holiday this was an unforgettable experience; the Tour Manager, a PhD Archaeology made the whole tour so interesting, he enlightened us throughout each day from an historical, archeological and Biblical viewpoint, bringing each site we visited come to life, and went over and above his remit escorting us for evening trips around the local area; thanks also to our very patient driver who coped with the very busy traffic; our hotels were good, professional and pleasant staff and really good food; I would recommend Titan to anyone looking for a fascinating tour with excellent efficient service thank you Titan nor just for a holiday for a memorable experience

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We had a 2 weeks...

05-Dec-2023

We had a 2 weeks fantastic holiday arranged by Titan to Vietnam and Cambodia. Excellent,well organised Throughly enjoyed. Very good service by Vietnam Airlines, if you could afford book it in premium economy. We had a door to door service , picked up to airport from home and then dropped at home from airport, very convinient. Particular credit goes to our guide THI who is a caring, knolegeable, friendly down to earth man who made our trip a memorable one. I will not hesitate to book another holiday through Titan, their staff are friendly and helpful

Eileen Bulsara (Google Reviewer)  

We had a fantastic holiday...

26-May-2023

We had a fantastic holiday in Mississippi. Right from our chauffeur driven car picking us up to the return journey, we had a great time. The first hotel The Gaylord was amazing,absolutely huge,first class. The second The Double tree in Memphis unfortunately wasn't, the hotel was tired and very basic, the only plus was where it is situated in the centre of town, we were only there two nights so it wasn't to bad. The American Queen Steam Boat was first class all the way, thoroughly enjoyed the seven nights sailing down the Mississippi. The last hotel the Sheraton New Orleans was very comfortable too. Our guide throughout our time away was Laura Tuttle. she was amazing, very knowledgeable, and helpful. We also had a coach driver Guil, who went over and beyond to give you the best time. Other coach guides included Jim,who was so funny, and also very knowledgeably. Very entertaining throughout. The entire itinerary itinerary was very well thought out, included a huge variety of visits to different Interesting locations. Highly recommend using Titan for all your holiday destinations.

Mrs Crompton  

Perfect Italian Holiday…

31-Oct-2022

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Susan Hawken (Google Reviewer)  

THE GREAT INDIAN RAIL JOURNEY!!!!...

03-Feb-2024

THE GREAT INDIAN RAIL JOURNEY!!!! (Dreadful) Avoid Titan and Saga at all costs. False descriptions of the tour and dreadful administration Returned to the UK last evening with a great sigh of relief after the worst holiday ever. 1. No block booking of airplane seats by Titan. (Husband and I sat apart on the long, overnight flight) 2. Unable to pre-book seats as Titan reference numbers did not coincide with anything. 3. Husband and I not sat together on any of the train journeys! In fact, on one occasion I was sat, alone on a sleeper carriage, a couple of carriages away from the rest of the group who were scattered over two or three carriages. Terrifying as a female to be sat alone in the midst of noisy locals!!!!! (Eventually the guide, Rahi, did come to rescue me and found a seat near the main group) 4. The guide, Rahi, would usually get off the coach and begin walking off without waiting for all the group to disembark the coach. (Spot the guide in the crowd!) 5. The guide, Rahi, refused to use any identifying prop such as a flag, hat, jacket or umbrella. Frightening to be in the manic crowds of Delhi and other crowded places to be unable to see the guide. 6. NO AUDIO HEADSET system on any excursion 7. The guide, Rahi, didn’t face the whole group, but stood sideways on and was unable to be heard by the majority. 8. OUTRAGEOUS behaviour by the guide when he enquired as to the whereabouts of my husband, whom I explained was in bed with an upset stomach and was feeling unwell. Rahi DID A REVERSE AIR PUNCH😳😳. This was in response to an earlier conversation when my husband had complained about our separate seating arrangements. TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL 9. When we arrived at Heathrow to find our aircraft seats were not allocated, we were advised to speak to our guide on arrival at Delhi. Rahi merely shrugged his shoulders and said he couldn’t do anything. 10. Tour pace incorrect - gruelling pace and only half a day relaxation due to the guide, Rahi, throwing in visits to shops and factories fie him to earn his commission as I head him tell another!!!!!!! 11. When off loaded the return flight due to illness, we were unable to get in contact with Titan/Saga. Left in Delhi without an hotel or flight!!! Found accommodation but didn’t remove shoes or clothes due to the poor standard. Final summary: Poor, disappointing, inefficient, incompetent, misleading, misrepresentations, are just a few words to describe.

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Luxury VIP door to door...

17-Jul-2023

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