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Explore some of the highlights of this incredibly beautiful country on our classic journey, which incorporates the very best that Costa Rica has to offer. Navigate the mystical waterways of Tortuguero National Park to spot unique wildlife, view the magnificent Arenal volcano, visit the spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall and discover the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest teeming with flora and fauna.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today's excursion takes you to Irazu Volcano Park, Costa Rica's most visited national park. Walk through tropical rainforests and lush cloud forests, taking in fantastic views of the active volcanic craters and surrounding area and looking out for the abundant wildlife of the area.
Journey to the mystical town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. A brief stop for breakfast will be made before continuing to the port where a boat will take you to your lodge. Following lunch, explore the charming town before enjoying some free time to relax.
An early start today takes you on a fascinating hike through the trails of Tortuguero National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Following lunch, travel by boat through the maze of canals for the best chance to spot the wildlife of the rainforest.
This morning, travel back through the canals to the port where our ground transportation will take you to the impressive Poas Volcano region. Stop en route to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch then continue to your mountain lodge located on the edge of the cloud forest.
Drive through rolling coffee plantations and flower farms to Poas Volcano National Park. Embrace the sheer beauty of the famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica which is also a rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals including jaguars and white-faced monkeys. After lunch, travel to La Fortuna.
Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall. Your guide will lead you down the trail for a swim or a chance to relax and take in the tranquil surroundings. After a stop at the charming town of Fortuna, explore a private 4.5-kilometre path around the base of the volcano and ascend to a lookout point to experience a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano.
Your tour continues to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a small community at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range. You will be served a traditional meal for lunch whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation. Before arriving at your hotel, you will visit the town of Santa Elena, famous for one of South America's most resplendent birds, the quetzal.
Today takes you high above the clouds to the Cloud Forest where an abundance of biodiversity thrives in the humid and moisture-rich environments, creating habitats found nowhere else on earth. Amble along the 1.9-mile-long treetop walkways, providing excellent vistas of the forest below.
On arrival back into San Jose, a city tour will visit some of the residential areas before driving past historical buildings and stopping in the downtown area for lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, the tour will finish at a souvenir centre where you can see a range of wood and leather craft markets.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK via Newark.
UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa for Costa Rica prior to travel. You must also pay a departure tax of USD $29 when leaving the country. This must be paid before you check-in at San Jose airport and must be paid in USD cash. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding required passport validity.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight is to San Jose Airport will be direct with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage Size and weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.
You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|06 Jun 2018||16 Jun 2018||£1959|
|05 Sep 2018||15 Sep 2018||£2059|
|29 Sep 2018||09 Oct 2018||£2099|
|03 Oct 2018||13 Oct 2018||£2129|
|24 Oct 2018||03 Nov 2018||£2129|
|10 Nov 2018||20 Nov 2018||£2079|
|24 Nov 2018||04 Dec 2018||£2129|
|05 Jan 2019||15 Jan 2019||£2199|
|19 Jan 2019||29 Jan 2019||£2199|
|09 Feb 2019||19 Feb 2019||£2199|
|23 Feb 2019||05 Mar 2019||£2149|
|09 Mar 2019||19 Mar 2019||£1999|
|01 May 2019||11 May 2019||£1899|
|08 May 2019||18 May 2019||£1849|
|22 May 2019||01 Jun 2019||£1899|
|04 Sep 2019||14 Sep 2019||£2099|
|18 Sep 2019||28 Sep 2019||£2099|
|02 Oct 2019||12 Oct 2019||£2149|
|09 Nov 2019||19 Nov 2019||£2149|
|23 Nov 2019||03 Dec 2019||£2149|
Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room
If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.
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