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10 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero - Monday Departure

10 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Cities Visited

Arenal, Monteverde, San Jose, Tortuguero

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Rest, relax and get ready for your adventure in eco-rich Costa Rica, often called "Pura Vida" - the country with a relaxing and happy lifestyle
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Tuesday - Travel to Tortuguero
Depart San Jose this morning traveling east to the shores of the scenic Caribbean coast. See the lush vegetation along with acres of banana plantations, one of Costa Rica’s major exports. At a nearby port, board a motor launch that takes you to the canals in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle with their unique flora and fauna. Perhaps you'll spot toucans, jacamars and even screech owls. Truly a nature lover's paradise! Arrive at the lodge in Tortuguero in time for lunch. After lunch, drive to the village for a walking tour. Here, you learn about the significant conservation efforts developed to protect sea turtles that come to nest here each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day in Tortuguero
Awaken this morning to the sounds of the jungle in one of the most remote areas of Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a magical area where the lagoons, rivers and canals are a never-ending story of marine biology. Acquaint yourself with the many tree and insect species of Costa Rica on an easy guided hike through trails in the nearby rainforest. Learn first-hand how wildlife here interacts with forest plants, thus achieving a perfect balance of each species. After lunch, a boat takes you through remote unspoiled sections of the park's waterways on the winding canals where you're likely to see turtles, caimans, monkeys, and many colorful tropical birds thriving in the wild. Dinner together is at the lodge
Overnight: Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to San Jose
Travel by motor launch and motor coach this morning on your return to San Jose, center of Costa Rica's best museums, including the Gold Museum and the Costa Rica Art Museum. Take the afternoon to independently explore the city. Be sure to visit the Museo Homenaje Joaquín García Monge, which features temporary exhibitions by contemporary Costa Rican and Central American artists. Perhaps, shop for handicrafts in the Central Plaza, filled with artists selling their wares. This evening, enjoy a drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Travel to Arenal
Morning departure for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. Later this evening, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Arenal
Spend a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest
In the morning, embark on a brisk two mile hike on a paved trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. At the end of the trail, admire stunning views of the volcano from a lookout tower before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Monteverde
Spend this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 9, Tuesday - Travel to San Jose
Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps, explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums or, join the optional San Jose City Tour with dinner. Take a panoramic city tour of San Jose including visits to the Gold museum, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed and the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city
Optional: San Jose City Tour with dinner (PM)
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-San Jose, San Jose-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights San Jose
  • 2 nights Tortuguero
  • 2 nights Arenal
  • 2 nights Monteverde
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Enjoy a boat tour along the Tortuguero canals, through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
  • In Arenal, view the now dormant conical-shaped Arenal Volcano
  • Tour a coffee plantation and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Accommodations

    Studio Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in Santa Ana, near San José, the capital city of Costa Rica.

    Hotel Evergreen
    This tourist class hotel is located nearby Tortuguero National Park.

    Studio Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in Santa Ana, near San José, the capital city of Costa Rica.

    Arenal Volcano Inn
    This tourist class hotel overlooks the Arenal Volcano.

    El Establo Hotel
    This first class hotel is famous around the world for its rich flora and fauna, where six different ecological systems converge. El Establo is a Quaker / Costa Rican family owned lodge, situated on 150 acres of tropical forest.

    Studio Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in Santa Ana, near San José, the capital city of Costa Rica.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Does this price quote include round trip airfare to from Miami/San Jose?

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    Question: How far is the airport to the first hotel Holiday Inn Aurola Downtown San Jose?

    About a 30-45 minute drive from SJO to Holiday Inn Aurola.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.1
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.4
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.3

    Ratings based off 14 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

    The hotels were beautiful and the rooms were very nice. Edgardo our guide was so knowledgeable and a great guide. The sites were amazing!

    Excellent trip and experience

    Guide Manfred acted in a professional manner. He even made long bus trips seem short because of his educational sessions coupled with trivia and prizes. He was the first guide in all of our trips with Gate 1 to see us off prior to departure and made sure everything was ok.He schedules stops for meals and restroom breaks. Weather in Costa Rica is so unpredictable but despite the setbacks, we were able to continue on with our schedule as planned, rain or shine. The optional tours made it possible for us to select which ones we can handle and are glad we made the right choices as the canopy tour is definitely not for everyone.The steps just to get to the start of the zipline was too high for most. Hotels are great and views from the hotel door or window makes you appreciate nature more. I recommend a pill for motion sickness because of several trips with winding roads and a poncho or ponchos especially during the hike to the Arenal volcano. The dance performance of the students we visited as part of the Gate 1 Foundations was an extra treat. The children were so enjoyable.

    I loved it! The tour guides, drives, accommodations were great. Sunny is awesome! Thank you!

    Overall, my experience was amazing. I wanted to extend a special thank you to our tour manager Luis. He made the trip so memorable. He was patient, extremely accommodating and so knowledgeable about the country, subject matter, and geography. He made our experience even better!

    We had amazing trip to Costa Rica. Our tour guide and manager Larry was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot about history, culture, wild life and much more.


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