7 Day Classic Costa Rica (Thursday Departure)
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager.
DAY 2, Friday - Travel to Arenal
Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart 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. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy 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 a dinner. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour.
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM).
DAY 4, Sunday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde
In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Monday - 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, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*.
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*.
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired.
DAY 6, 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 consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs. (Breakfast)
DAY 7, Wednesday - Depart Costa Rica
Your vacation ends this morning after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
6 nights accommodations
9 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Tour downtown San Jose enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels
Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano
Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
Experience a traditional Costa Rican Coffee Farm, followed by a Chocolate Tour
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
San Jose: Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose
Arenal: Arenal Volcano Inn
Monteverde: El Establo Hotel
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Some departures will be accommodated at Park Inn by Radisson San Jose.
Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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