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Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise

13 days from £2699*
Departing: January 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 08 September 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

The heart of Central America

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.

Costa Rica Tour Highlights

  • 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 four idyllic nights on the edge of the Pacific

What does the price include?

  • 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 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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

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.

Days 9-11

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.

Day 12

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight.

Day 13

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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 January 2018 £2829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 March 2018 £2829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 April 2018 £2799
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 September 2018 £2699
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 October 2018 £2699
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 November 2018 £2749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 January 2019 £2899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 February 2019 £2899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 March 2019 £2899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 April 2019 £2899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 September 2019 £2799
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2019 £2799
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 November 2019 £2799

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.

Further Information

Small group tours

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.

Hotel transfer times

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

Optional excursions on 2017 departures

The optional morning Arenal hike in the morning of Day Six will not be available.

Turtle hatching time in Tortuguero

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.

Passports and visas

British citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Passports must be valid for one day beyond your stay in Costa Rica.

Departure tax

A departure tax of USD$29 per person is payable on departure at San Jose airport.

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.

*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.

Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Costa Rica - Nature's ParadiseScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
(10 out of 10)

JOHN

RICHMOND, NORTH YORKSHIRE Couple
Excellent holiday made so by superb guide and accommodating coach driver. Hotels in the main were very good, particularly the last one (Parador) but we found it difficult to come to terms with no drawers or wardrobe space in one hotel and the lack of plugs for the wash basin in two others. This especially after we had been exorted to save water. The local guides who took us on various animal spotting trips were knowledgeable and helpful but "Laura" a guide used by the rain forest lodge is definitely in need of extra training both in terms of verbal delivery and appropriateness of some comments. At times we didn't know whether she was speaking Spanish or English. She really tested our patience on more than one occasion and detracted from the information she was trying to give us. It just needs someone to impress upon her the need to slow down her presentation and cut out irrelevent material.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2017
Published on: 26 March 2017
(8 out of 10)

ANNETTE

Chipping Campden Couple
A couple of hotels were only just good. The Parador was super.
Local guide and coach driver were first class.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2017
Published on: 26 March 2017
(10 out of 10)

ANTHONY

Lowestoft Couple
Great time in costa rica from start till finish
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2017
Published on: 26 March 2017
(10 out of 10)

SHEILA

Southport Single traveller
Well organised, excellent guides and drivers.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2017
Published on: 26 March 2017
(10 out of 10)

RODDY

Shenstone Couple
Excellent accommodation with exceptional access to animals and birds. Guides were amazing in spotting all kinds of wildlife. A truly memorable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 22 January 2017
Published on: 09 February 2017
(10 out of 10)

JANET

Bishop's Stortford Single traveller
Best holiday I've ever had. Guides and tour manager were very knowledgeable and eager for us to see as much wildlife as possible. Food was very good, accommodations clean and comfortable and staff very helpful and friendly. Was with a lovely group of people too. Costa Rica is a wonderful country and I would urge anyone with an interest in nature to visit.
Confirmed traveller: 22 January 2017
Published on: 05 February 2017
(10 out of 10)

CAROL

Harwich Friends
Hotels were amazing. Each was different and had wildlife on the doorstep including the most beautiful birds. Food was incredible, especially for a vegetarian like me. Our guide gave a history of Costa Rica as well as wildlife spotting and took good care of us during the holiday. Ticos very friendly and the group I travelled with were lovely. It was a holiday of a lifetime.
Confirmed traveller: 22 January 2017
Published on: 03 February 2017