Captivating Costa Rica tour with volcano & beach stays

San José, Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo

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Capuchin Monkey, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Suspension Bridge, Arenal National Park

Ocelot, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Tamarindo

San Jose, Costa Rica

Hotel Sleep Inn, San Jose

Hotel Sleep Inn, San Jose

Capuchin Monkey, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

San Jose, Costa Rica

Sloth, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Green Thorntail Hummingbird, Arenal National Park

La Fortuna waterfall, Arenal National Park

Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa, San Carlos

Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa, San Carlos

Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa, San Carlos

Arenal Volcano

Sloth, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Emerald Basilisk, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Red-legged honeycreeper, Arenal National Park

River Turtles, Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Cloud Forest

Monteverde

Monteverde Rustic Lodge

Monteverde Rustic Lodge

Costa Rican Coffee Beans

Cloud Forest

Tamarindo

Hotel Pasatiempo, Tamarindo

Hotel Pasatiempo, Tamarindo

Tamarindo

Costa Rica nature: volcano, beach and cloud forest

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Marvel at Costa Rica’s enthralling landscapes, from Monteverde's cloud forests to Arenal volcano – includes all travel, plus optional excursions

Please note that if you opt for the nine-night tour, your trip will not include days four and nine of this itinerary, and you will therefore spend only two nights in Arenal and three nights in Tamarindo. Your tour will not include the guided waterfall sky walk excursion.

Day 1: UK - San José


Fly from your UK departure airport to San José, Costa Rica’s cosmopolitan capital. On arrival you’ll transfer to your hotel to settle in, then head out on a self-guided city walk.

Day 2: San José - Arenal

Head off towards Arenal this morning, admiring the landscapes of this captivating country on your drive. Arenal Volcano sits in the national park of the same name, and you’ll be staying in a verdant resort in San Carlos, just outside the national park and the charming town of La Fortuna. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 3: Arenal

If you opt for included excursions on your trip, you’ll embark on a tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Set off by boat, floating along the Río Frío, a slow-flowing river that winds through wetlands towards the Caño Negro wildlife refuge and its lake. Admire the wildlife on the banks of the lake, from white-faced monkeys and three-toed sloths to caimans and turtles, and a staggering array of birdlife - make sure you bring your camera. (Meals: breakfast, lunch)

Day 4: Arenal

If you opt for an 11-night trip with included excursions, you’ll spend another day in the volcano-backed area of Arenal today, and embark on a guided skywalk excursion through the rainforest and across suspension bridges, with stops at two waterfalls en route (not applicable for the nine-night trip with excursions). (Meals: breakfast)

Day 5: Arenal - Monteverde

After breakfast, set off on an adventure transfer to Monteverde, famed for its incredible cloud forests. You’ll drive through the landscapes, crossing Lake Arenal by boat on the way for unbelievable views of the volcano. Arrive at your hotel and settle in. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Monteverde

Today, you’ll spend most of the day at leisure, but you can opt to venture into the cloud forest for ziplining or hiking (at additional cost). If you opt for the trip with included excursions, in the evening you'll head out on a coffee tour which features a nature walk through the darkening forest, before learning about the world-renowned coffee beans - Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s most prolific coffee-producing zones, thanks to its volcanic soil. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 7: Monteverde - Tamarindo

Set off towards Tamarindo today, the beach paradise on Costa Rica’s northwest coast, well-known for its hatching turtle season. Arrive in the afternoon, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Meals: breakfast)

Days 8 - 10: Tamarindo

Spend your days at leisure in Tamarindo, lounging on the beach, learning to surf or dining on fresh seafood. If you opt for the trip with included excursions, on your second day here you’ll set off on a horse ride through the dry forest of the Guanacaste lowlands and along secluded beaches. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 11: Tamarindo - San José

Head back to San José this morning, for an overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 12: San José - UK

Transfer to the airport after a final breakfast for your flight back to the UK. (Meals: breakfast - dependent on flight time: if your flight departure is before 6.15am, breakfast will not be included)

Good to know

Please also note that should the hotels included in our offer be unavailable, you will stay in another of similar standard.

The order of your itinerary is subject to change, due to logistical or operational reasons.
Hotel Sleep Inn or similar, San Jose (night one and night nine)

Located a stone’s throw from the National Museum of Costa Rica, this comfortable hotel is located between three parks and features a casino, restaurant and fitness centre.

Amenities: restaurant, casino, fitness centre, currency exchange, complimentary coffee

Hotel Montaña de Fuego or similar, Arenal (two or three nights)

With jaw-dropping views of the Arenal Volcano, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel has charming rooms in wooden bungalows, each surrounded by tropical gardens. Costa Rican fusion cuisine is served, and wellness facilities make sure you’re truly relaxed.

Amenities: restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, thermal mineral pools, mud baths, adventure activities

Monteverde Rustic Lodge or similar, Monteverde (two nights)


This family-run mountain lodge is, as its name suggests, full of rustic charm and is situated within walking distance of Santa Elena town. Guests can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast each day, which includes traditional gallo pinto, and Wi-Fi is available throughout. This hotel also holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast room

Hotel Pasatiempo or similar, Tamarindo (three or four nights)

Yet another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winner, this boutique hotel is only a five-minute walk from Playa Tamarindo beach. Each room has a private terrace provides views of the surrounding lush vegetation. The poolside Monkey-LaLa restaurant serves up breakfast, a range of snacks during the day at the tiki-style bar, and dinner in the evenings, as well as hosting regular music nights.

Amenities: restaurant, bar, music nights, swimming pool
Hotel Sleep Inn, Avenida 3ra, Calles 9 & 11, 99999 San José, Costa Rica

Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.

Details

We source flights from all major scheduled and low-cost airlines to offer you a full choice of airlines, departure airports and flight times.

On the next page, you can select the flight options that best suit your plans. We check the prices and availability in real time, so bear in mind that the price for the package you select might be different to what's shown on the calendar at the bottom of this page.

One piece of hand luggage per person is included. Please note hold luggage is included when flying with British Airways or Virgin. For TUI, KLM or Thomas Cook, luggage can be purchased directly with the airline after booking.

Please note that baggage weight and size restrictions may vary between airlines - please check the airlines' terms and conditions.

If flying over the USA please always check if you need a visa or ESTA.

To enter Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, the local authorities demand that all travellers coming from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission like: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela as well as African countries, have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering the country. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes.

Shuttle transfers are included throughout.

When you buy a package with us, you are financially protected under the ATOL scheme.

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