7 Day Classic Costa Rica (Sunday Departure)
7 days with
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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 2, 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, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 3, Tuesday - 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 dinner. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour.
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
DAY 4, Wednesday - 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. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, 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. This evening, dinner together in Monteverde. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours, if desired
DAY 6, Friday - 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 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. (Breakfast)
Optional: San Jose City Tour with dinner (PM)
DAY 7, Saturday - Depart Costa Rica
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
6 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
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
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
San Jose: Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose
Arenal: Arenal Paraiso
Monteverde: El Establo Hotel
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Passengers arriving in San Jose should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
Tropical climate year round makes Costa Rica an ideal location for your moderate to activity-filled holiday, which may include zip lining, hiking, swimming, sailing, wildlife viewing, beaches, hot springs, volcanoes and so much more. Accommodations suit the natural, biodiverse environment. Clean, comfortable lodges in regional colors and décor may have fan-cooled rooms or air-conditioning, depending upon location. Specifically, some hotels in Monteverde are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning which may be uncomfortable during heat waves. Road travel will be picturesque and allow you to experience the uniquely "Costa Rican massage" of often unpaved, pot-holed roads providing the only access between cities. Expect uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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