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Costa Rica - Nature’s Paradise

13 Days From £2679*
Departing November 2015 - November 2016
* Price shown: 10 Nov 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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The heart of Central America

Fly direct from Gatwick to join this unforgettable escorted tour - an incredible opportunity to experience Costa Rica's amazing natural beauty. Explore the canopy of the majestic Cloud Forest, see the brooding mass of the Arenal volcano, and encounter some the rarest and most colourful wildlife on the planet.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Return direct flights from Gatwick to San Jose with British Airways
  • Journey through the rainforest, by boat, to Tortuguero National Park
  • Encounter Tortuguero's wildlife from Mawamba Lodge
  • Late-summer visitors may see Green Turtles nesting
  • Enjoy dinner at a floating restaurant
  • Journey back through the jungle to La Fortuna, close to Arenal's 'perfect' volcano
  • Visit the hot springs at Eco Termales
  • See amazing birdlife on a Cano Negro marshland cruise
  • Selvatura's spectacular Hanging Bridges through the rainforest
  • Spend three idyllic nights on the edge of the Pacific
  • Eleven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of carefully chosen hotels in San Jose (1 night), Tortuguero (2), La Fortuna (2), Monteverde (2) and Manuel Antonio (4)
  • Five lunches and three dinners (including a floating-restaurant dinner in Tortuguero)
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to San Jose, the friendly, cosmopolitan capital of Costa Rica. Meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel, then rest and relax after your journey.

Day Two

Very early this morning, we'll board the coach and head east, through jungle landscapes. After an en-route stop for breakfast, you'll arrive at the pier in Cano Blanco or Pavona, and board a canal boat for the last part of the journey, to the very edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Spend two nights in Tortuguero National Park, at Mawamba Lodge. The park is a treasure trove of biological diversity - it's home to land turtles, monkeys and manatees, and some 375 species of bird - criss-crossed by canals and navigable lagoons.

Day Three

Enjoy an unforgettable day in Tortuguero, discovering the park, in the company of an expert guide, aboard a canal boat. The park is a vital nesting site for both green and leatherback turtles, and visitors in September will have the opportunity to visit the hatching site where (with luck) newly hatched turtles will be emerging!

Complete your stay in this amazing place this evening with dinner at the lodge's floating restaurant.

Day Four

Leaving Tortuguero behind, we'll travel across the Costa Rican lowlands to La Fortuna and the Arenal Paraiso Hotel for two-night stay with views of majestic Arenal. After 40 years, the eruptions of this exceptionally active volcano have finally died down, but the region is blessed with hot springs and thermal baths, including those at Eco Termales that you'll visit today.

Day Five

Today you'll travel north to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a canal cruise along the stunning Rio Frio during which you should hope to see caimans and crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and a variety of colourful birds.

We'll return to the hotel in La Fortuna this evening.

Day Six

The privately owned Monteverde Reserve in the Tilaran Mountains, which protects six wildlife communities quite unlike those elsewhere in the country, is today's destination. Our base for two nights, the El Establo Hotel, boasts extensive hillside grounds and offers spectacular views across the forested hills and - on clear days - all the way to the Nicoya Gulf.

Day Seven

Today we'll follow the 1.9km trail over eight bridges through the lush rainforest canopy of Selvatura. Visit the Hummingbird Garden, and Butterfly Garden for a close encounter with these sparkling creatures, and perhaps dare to ride Selvatura Park's 15 zip lines (the longest of which is one kilometre long!) through the cloud-forest canopy on an optional excursion.

Day Eight

Stunning Manuel Antonio National Park, at the edge of the ocean on Costa Rica's central Pacific Coast, provides the perfect background for a relaxing pause in your travels as you enjoy the facilities of a secluded luxury hotel just a short walk from the beach and close to the park entrance.

Days 9-11

Relax beside the hotel pool, head into Manuel Antonio National Park on an excursion or visit the nearby fishing village of Quepos. The choice of how little or how much to do on these three days is entirely yours.

Day 12

Today you'll return to San Jose and head to the airport to board your flight home.

Day 13

Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
London Gatwick02 Sep 2017 £2679.00
London Gatwick07 Oct 2017 £2679.00
London Gatwick07 Nov 2017 £2679.00
London Gatwick09 Jan 2018 £2729.00
London Gatwick06 Feb 2018 £2829.00
London Gatwick06 Mar 2018 £2929.00
London Gatwick14 Apr 2018 £2829.00
London Gatwick08 Sep 2018 £2749.00
London Gatwick06 Oct 2018 £2749.00
London Gatwick10 Nov 2018 £2679.00

Costa Rica Touring Hotels

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. As you will transit through the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg. Please take an overnight bag, though, as luggage is limited to 11kgs for nights two and in Tortuguero National Park.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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Costa Rica - Nature's ParadiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
(8 out of 10)

HELEN

Gloucester Couple
interesting holiday spoilt by Newmarket, flights via Houston, 4 people missed connection on outward, (and were left to fend for themselves) everyone missed it on return partly due to a delay, we had to find accom in Houston ourselves, at our expense which Newmarket refuse to reimburse. No tour manager just a local guide, hotels fine but often remote with expensive food and no lounge for socialising as a group. Turtles excursion is additional cost, very controlled and does not show hatchlings running to the sea. But an interesting , well organised trip with a good driver
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 13 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

WILLIAM

Kenilworth Couple
Please refer to my email of 26th Sept outlining the problems we had getting there and coming back. You should not have left four people on there own in San Jose airport!

My email refers to other concerns.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 18 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

CHARLES

Bristol Couple
Super holiday bar one major problem - the routing of flights via the USA whicch involved a nightmare 3 hour battle getting through Houston immigration and security - absurd. On the way back the delayed flight and resulting missed connection leading to appalling customer service by United made this part of the holiday a horror story. It is essential direct flights or at least flights not via the USA are used.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 30 September 2016
(10 out of 10)

DAVID

Biggleswade Couple
Wonderful. Suggest you use Giovanni for all the Costa Rica holidays
Travel let down by immigration at Houston , particularly on return and by officious officers on the way out opening duty frees despite the logo ' do not open until final destination. Direct flights would be much better
But Costa Rica fantastic and made by the brilliant guide
El establo is the weakest hotel , because of its remote location and expensive food
Guide at Butterfly Farm very difficult to understand and made little attempt to speak to whole group -- only 12 but concentrated on those at front
Driver Alan , very good and always kept his bus clean and cool
Confirmed traveller: 15 March 2016
Published on: 01 April 2016
(10 out of 10)

ANNA

Falmouth Couple
Absolutely marvellous with wildlife all around the hotels before going to the coming to the National Parks. Small group. Charming and informed local guide. Beautiful accomodation. The only down side is the flights via Houston which make it very long and so leaves you rather drained for the start of the trip.
Confirmed traveller: 15 March 2016
Published on: 22 March 2016
(9 out of 10)

Helen

London Couple
We will definitely be returning to Costa Rica! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide's ability to spot the camouflaged wildlife was remarkable. Tortuguero National Park was breathtaking.
Confirmed traveller: 15 March 2016
Published on: 19 March 2016
(8 out of 10)

DONALD

Edinburgh Couple
Pre- travel arrangements showed inattention to detail eg. first offer of UA flights would have given us about two hours in our first hotel. Had to point this out when reqesting a change. Luggage dimensions given in final travel documents werre ridiculous. Had to check them on UA website. Insurance details left out of final documents. Had to request these. Note Riviera and Trailfinders have done better for us in the past.
Travel - United Airlines was a poor choice. Service was poor. No warning from Newmarket that Houston to San Jose and return leg was treated by UA as a domestic budget flight with cramped seats, poor service and expensive food and drink.
Tour- excellent itinerary, tour manager and coach driver. Hotels - Mawamba Lodge and Parador execellent, Arenal Paraiso rooms offered too far from reception/dining room, smelly drains and traffic noise from main road. Establo, Monteverde even further from reception/dining room (half a mile uphill in gale and rain), big draughty room with no heating.
We could have done with another two days at the Parador resort, bliss!
Confirmed traveller: 16 February 2016
Published on: 07 March 2016