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Tropical Costa Rica 2018-2019

9 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins
Explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. Your tour opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.

Day 2 San Jose - Coffee Plantation - Guanacaste
Welcome to the Central Valley. We start with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. (B,D)

Day 3 Guanacaste
Fun in the sun is in store. Spend a free day exploring the nearby town and beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of the resort’s lovely amenities. (B)

Day 4 Guanacaste - Monteverde
You won’t believe your eyes. It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem. Along the way you are sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! (B,D)

Day 5 Monteverde
It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem. Or you may take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. (B,D)

Day 6 Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal
Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross through the beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. (B,D)

Day 7 Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal
What’s next? Embark on a Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a panga (covered canoe). These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, we return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. (B)

Day 8 Arenal - Zarcero - San Jose
Today we get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. We will see the bustling Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. This evening, it’s time to say farewell to paradise during a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

Day 9 San Jose - Tour Ends
Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. (B)
All This Included
Lush forests and stunning waterfalls… rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines… Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights in Tamarindo Beach, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Travel Costa Rica and experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a river boat adventure. Relax in the mineral-rich waters of a hot springs with views of Arenal Volcano. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.
  • 13 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Climb high into the trees for your choice of a “Hanging Bridges” tour or Zip Lining in the cloud forest.
  • Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden.
Accommodations
San Jose: DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari 
Guanacaste: Esplendor Tamarindo
Monteverde Cloud Forest: El Establo Hotel 
Arenal: Arenal Springs Resort 
San Jose: DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Doubletree Cariari Hotel
Post Tour Extension:
  • Jungle Extension ( Land Only )
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.