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7 Day Essential Costa Rica 2022 (Thursday Departure)

7 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer independently to your hotel. 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, 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. Learn about the history and production of coffee, one of the country’s most important exports, on the optional Arenal Coffee Tour. Perhaps wind down after a long day during the optional tour in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal where you can relax and enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner. (B)

Optional: Arenal Coffee Tour with lunch (AM).
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with dinner (PM).

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Arenal
Spend a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. Or, in the morning, embark on the optional 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. Perhaps, join the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna endemic to the area. (B)

Optional: Arenal National Park Tour (AM).
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour (PM).

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to Monteverde
Enjoy the lovely surroundings as you make your way to Monteverde. In the evening, you can join the optional exploration of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest where you will be provided dinner before embarking on a guided hike in Bajo del Tigre, part of the reserve located in Monteverde, with its 2-mile system of trails. Explore the mysteries and experience the immensely different sights and sounds of the nocturnal forest. (B)

Optional: Children's Eternal Rainforest Night Hike with dinner (PM).

DAY 5, 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 evening, you may choose to join an optional tour of Life Monteverde, a coffee farm nestled amidst beautiful primary rainforest which has evolved from a dairy farm to a diversified one that grows specialty coffee in combination with organic food production. Conclude the tour with dinner, made with fresh ingredients from the organic garden. (B)

*Passengers can participate in both optional tours, if desired

Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)
Optional: Cultural Farm Tour with dinner (PM)

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 spend the balance of the day at leisure or, join an optional panoramic tour of the city, including a stop for a visit to the Gold Museum where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed, dating from 500-1500 AD. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city. (B)

Optional: San Jose City Tour with dinner (PM)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Depart Costa Rica
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (B)

All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily
  • 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

  • Stop at the charming artisan town of Sarchi, known for its vibrant oxcarts
  • View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano
  • Leisure time to explore the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest on a self-guided hike

†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: Monteverde Country Lodge

  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. 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 Value program. 
  • 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.