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13 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero & Manuel Antonio - Thursday Departure

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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. Truly a nature lover's paradise! Arrive at the lodge in Tortuguero in time for lunch. After, drive to the village for a walking tour. Here, 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, Saturday - 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 at the lodge
Overnight: Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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 after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy 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, dinner is 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, Friday - Travel to Manuel Antonio
Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean's shores - it's not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer's paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisine for lunch. Afterwards, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you're sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy all of the pleasures of your final day in Manuel Antonio National Park. Relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. Consider joining the optional Catamaran Cruise that sails along the coast with picturesque views of the wildlife and vegetation. You can relax in one of the two jacuzzis, or have fun on the two giant trampolines or water slides. Time at Biesanz Beach for snorkeling while you have up-close sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
Today, tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world's most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the best of nature and the peace and tranquility. Optional adventures include diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, a canopy tour, and much more. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Travel to San Jose
Today, travel back to San Jose stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. Perhaps, 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 13, Tuesday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

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Inclusions

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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
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights San Jose
  • 2 nights Tortuguero
  • 2 nights Arenal
  • 2 nights Monteverde
  • 3 nights Manuel Antonio
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 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

  • Take 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
  • Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • At Manuel Antonio enjoy the beach and an exuberant tropical forest
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city center of San Jose and offers easy access to explore the city.

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

    Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city center of San Jose and offers easy access to explore the city.

    Arenal Paraiso
    This tourist class hotel is located just in front of 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.

    Shana By The Beach - Hotel Residence & Spa
    This first class hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

    Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the city center of San Jose and offers easy access to explore the city.

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