LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
The heart of Central America
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Fly direct from Gatwick to join this unforgettable small group tour - an incredible opportunity to experience Costa Rica's amazing natural beauty. Explore the canopy of Monteverde's majestic cloud forest, see the brooding mass of the Arenal volcano, spend blissful days relaxing in a luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio, and encounter some the rarest and most colourful wildlife on the planet.
Fly from the UK to San Jose, the friendly, cosmopolitan capital of Costa Rica. Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay.
Make a very early start this morning, boarding the coach to head east through jungle landscapes towards the Caribbean Sea. After an en-route stop for breakfast you'll arrive at the pier in Cano Blanco or Pavona, to board a canal boat for the last part of the journey, to the very edge of the Caribbean Sea, where you'll spend two nights in the fiercely protected Tortuguero National Park, a ribbon of thick rainforest criss-crossed by canals and waterways, and home to an amazing diversity of bird and wildlife. You'll spend the next two nights in the heart of this exotic paradise, in the Mawamba Lodge.
Settle into your surroundings, which include colourful butterfly gardens, frog and iguana gardens, walking trails and a swimming pool.
This morning wake up early to enjoy an optional morning boat tour to witness the beauty of the park as the wildlife comes alive as a new day begins. Your tour, accompanied by an expert guide will take you through the backwater canals offering great opportunities for wildlife sightings. After breakfast enjoy an included full day tour of the park, home to land turtles, monkeys and languid manatees, as well as sloths, caimans and crocodiles, some 375 bird species and countless tree-and plant-species, Tortuguero is a natural wonderland. Complete your stay in this amazing place this evening with dinner on the lodge's 'floating restaurant'.
Complete your stay in this amazing place this evening with dinner at the lodge's floating restaurant.
Bidding farewell to Tortuguero,journey back to the dock through the rainforest, then continue by coach across the Costa Rican lowlands and on to La Fortuna, in the shadow of the picturebook cone of the volcano that erupted spectacularly in 1968 and continued unabated for the next 40 years. Enjoy all the benefits of being in a region famed for its hot springs and thermal baths on a visit to the Eco Termales springs, and the chance to enjoy the hotel's 13 pools during your two-night stay.
Today you'll travel north towards the Nicaraguan border to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, to enjoy a canal boat cruise from the village of Los Chiles, on the stunning Rio Frio, through a marshland area as biologically diverse an area as any in Costa Rica. Expect to see caimans and crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and a variety of colourful birds, before returning to the hotel in La Fortuna this evening.
This morning enjoy an optional 'gentle' hike along the base of Arenal Volcano, and through the forest over recent lava flows. Later drive round the northern tip of the Tilaran cordillera on the stunning 'Highway to Heaven', to spend two nights in the idyllic
Monteverde, set amongst the lush forests that are home to many birds, like the exotically coloured resplendent quetzal.
Enjoy today's excursion under the lush canopy of Selvatura, an area of incredible biodiversity, where a 1.9-kilometere trail over eight bridges leads through the rainforest, with the chance of encountering yet more of Costa Rica's native species. Visit the Hummingbird Garden, which brings you into contact with the fascinating creatures, while the adjacent Butterfly Garden provides yet more wonders.
During the day the energetic - and brave - can join an optional excursion taking Selvatura Park's famous 'zip-line' across the park canopy.
Today you'll journey down to Costa Rica's central Pacific Coast, where the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park, at the edge of the ocean provides the perfect background for rest and relaxation for the next four days, as you enjoy all the facilities of a secluded luxury hotel set above the blue waters, just minutes from the park entrance.
Enjoy the hotel and its stunning surroundings, perhaps heading into the park on an excursion, or lazing around the pool or beach. Accommodation is on a bed and
breakfast basis, giving you the opportunity to dine in the hotel or in the neighbouring fishing village of Quepos.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of an extraordinary glimpse of nature's wonders, and a thoroughly enjoyable stay in a truly stunning corner of the world.
Group sizes on each departure on this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20. As a result you'll be able to travel in smaller vehicles, enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.
Small group tours
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
The optional morning Arenal hike in the morning of Day Six will not be available.
Optional excursions on 2017 departures
Departures in September 2018 may have the chance to see baby green turtles hatching at the nesting sites along Tortuguero's 22 miles of beaches.
Turtle hatching time in Tortuguero
British citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Passports must be valid for one day beyond your stay in Costa Rica.
Passports and visas
A departure tax of USD$29 per person is payable on departure at San Jose airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.