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Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes

8 Day Costa Rica Tour from San Jose to Arenal

Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes Guided Tour
8 Days
1 Country

Costa Rica

8 Cities

San José, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero, Tortuguero National Park, Horquetas, Sarapiqui, Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

16 Meals

1 Kickoff Party, 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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The entire family will delight on this Costa Rica tour with endless days spent ziplining through a lush canopy, gliding along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colorful toucans, and trekking up the slopes of a volcano in this action-packed family adventure in the Pura Vida playground.

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Day 1

Your Adventure Starts in San Jose

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! Cute sloths, boat rides and ziplines are waiting in the Pura Vida playground of Costa Rica and we can't wait to show you them all. On arrival, a local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax or hit the pool for a swim before meeting your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for some fiesta fun at our Kickoff Party.

Tree Frog in San Jose, Costa Rica
Accommodation Sheraton San Jose Hotel
Included Meals Kickoff Party

Day 2

Float Through Tortuguero National Park

Rise this morning and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park, where we’ll embark on a river journey with a Local Specialist through protected wetlands to secluded Tortuguero as we glide through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest. Then continue to your Stays with Stories at Laguna Lodge, where you’ll learn the story of how the lodge was built with materials that protect this biodiverse environment and natural habitat. For dinner tonight enjoy a buffet at the resort's open-air restaurant.

Woman Kayaking in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Accommodation Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference
Stay with Stories

Welcome to Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, a remote 15-acre retreat which embraces the rich natural environment Costa Rica is known for. You’ll feel a par...

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Day 3

Take a Voyage Through Tortuguero

There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a Family Fun cruise through the park's canals with your Local Specialist and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colorful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys - agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. A MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience awaits this evening as you enjoy dinner while the young musicians of Tortuguero Music School entertain you with the joyful sounds of the Caribbean. 

Squirrel Monkey in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Accommodation Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Family Fun Take boat tour down Tortugero River in Costa Rica
Tortuguero River Journey

Cruise through Tortuguero's canals and lagoons both in the morning and in the evening, seeking out incredible tropical wildlife species such as mon...

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Family Fun

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Music School Presentation Tortuguero

Support the Cultural Association of Tortuguero while you are entertained by local musicians on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the Tortuguero...

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Day 4

Unlock Horquetas

Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll Make Travel Matter and visit local Tico family's palm plantation to learn how they grow this exotic vegetable. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. After, head to a local restaurant for some refreshing passion fruit sorbet and view some of the huge green iguanas that hang around. This evening, enjoy a pizza party in an open-air kitchen where kids get to make their own pizza.

Trees in field, Horquetas, Costa Rica
Accommodation Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet the Tico family at their palm plantation in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Heart of Palm Plantation Experience

Meet the Tico family at their palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm surrounded by tropical forest. Your experience s...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Help to support a local community with a visit to the family run Snake Garden Wildlife Center, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Explore Sarapiqui Snake Garden Wildlife center

Help to support a local community and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor with a visit to the family run Snake Garden Wildlife Center.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 5

Venture into Arenal National Park

Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Meet our hosts Rodrigo, Ana Julia and their family, for a Be My Guest experience hearing the amazing stories of the volcano eruptions. Explore the beautiful botanical garden and finish with lunch at the family ranch. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel. 

Red Ginger near Volcano in Arenal, Costa Rica
Accommodation Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Family Fun Thermal springs at Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Discover Arenal National Park

Visit a wildlife center in Sarapiquí and interact with the resident reptiles and amphibians. Walk along the Arenal Hanging Bridges and go ziplining...

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Family Fun

Be My Guest
Arenal Volcano Lunch

Discover the stories behind the Arenal Volcano with hosts Rodrigo, Ana Julia and their family -  born and raised in La Fortuna where generations ha...

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Be My Guest

Day 6

Fly above Arenal National Park

Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you zipline (Waiver Required) through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and ocean views. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio, renowned for its warm blue waters, beautiful beaches and abundant exotic wildlife.

Boy Zip Lining in Arenal, Costa Rica
Accommodation Parador Nature Resort and Spa, Manuel Antonio
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Marvel at Manuel Antonio National Park

Walking deep into the national park with your Local Specialist guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or choose an optional Mangrove Kayak tour^ or Open Sea Kayak and Snorkel tour^ where you may see various bird species, reptiles, anteaters and white-faced monkeys. This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Girls crossing suspension bridge in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Accommodation Parador Nature Resort and Spa, Manuel Antonio
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Guided walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

Walking deep into the national park with your guide, you'll check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Toucan in Monteverde Cloud Rainforest, Costa Rica
Damas Island Estuary Boat Trip

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Go Kayaking in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Beach Kayak Tour

Kayak and snorkel exploring marine wildlife during this exciting excursion departing from the pier in Quepos. Paddle your kayak for a little over a...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Catamaran & Snorkeling Adventure

Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marin...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Surfer in Oahu, Hawaii
Surfing Lessons

The beautiful beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park offer the perfect setting for your surfing classroom. Shortly after being picked up at your h...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Back To San Jose

Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight home or consider extending your stay at the Sheraton San Jose. Airport arrival will be at approximately 11:00 am, please be aware when booking your flights.

Sloth in Costa Rica
Included Meals Breakfast

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Trafalgar Difference
Stay with Stories

Welcome to Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, a remote 15-acre retreat which embraces the rich natural environment Costa Rica is known for. You’ll feel a par...

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Family Fun
Tortuguero River Journey

Cruise through Tortuguero's canals and lagoons both in the morning and in the evening, seeking out incredible tropical wildlife species such as mon...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Music School Presentation Tortuguero

Support the Cultural Association of Tortuguero while you are entertained by local musicians on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the Tortuguero...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Heart of Palm Plantation Experience

Meet the Tico family at their palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm surrounded by tropical forest. Your experience s...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Explore Sarapiqui Snake Garden Wildlife center

Help to support a local community and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor with a visit to the family run Snake Garden Wildlife Center.

Included in Trip
Family Fun
Discover Arenal National Park

Visit a wildlife center in Sarapiquí and interact with the resident reptiles and amphibians. Walk along the Arenal Hanging Bridges and go ziplining...

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Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Arenal Volcano Lunch

Discover the stories behind the Arenal Volcano with hosts Rodrigo, Ana Julia and their family -  born and raised in La Fortuna where generations ha...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

Walking deep into the national park with your guide, you'll check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Arenal Volcano National Park for a guided hike
Visit Tortuguero Village, Arenal Hanging Bridges, Zipline through treetops at a local adventure park, Manuel Antonio National Park
View Arenal Volcano
Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Damas Island Estuary Boat Trip

Explore the Costa Rican mangrove ecosystem on a comfortable boat gliding along the water while birdwatching and admiring the verdant flora of the a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Manuel Antonio Beach Kayak Tour

Kayak and snorkel exploring marine wildlife during this exciting excursion departing from the pier in Quepos. Paddle your kayak for a little over a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Catamaran & Snorkeling Adventure

Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marin...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Surfing Lessons

The beautiful beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park offer the perfect setting for your surfing classroom. Shortly after being picked up at your h...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language of Costa Rica: Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica.
  • Currency used in Costa Rica: The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC).
  • Capital city: The capital of Costa Rica is San José
  • Time Zone(s) in Costa Rica: Central Standard Time (CST) zone. During Daylight Saving Time, it follows Central Daylight Time (CDT).

 

Costa Rica passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Costa Rica.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The dry season, or "verano," lasts from December to April, bringing sunny days and less rainfall. The wet season, or "invierno," spans from May to November, characterized by more frequent rain showers, predominantly in the afternoons. The coastal regions, both on the Pacific and Caribbean sides, experience higher temperatures and humidity, while the central areas, like the capital city of San José, have milder temperatures due to higher elevation. The country's diverse topography and microclimates create a wide variety of ecosystems, including rainforests, cloud forests, and dry savannas.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather, but also consider bringing a light jacket or layers for cooler evenings or higher-altitude areas. Pack quick-drying shirts, shorts, and pants for warm and humid conditions. Long-sleeved shirts and pants offer protection against sun, bugs, and cooler evenings.
  • Quick-dry pants: Opt for comfortable pants that dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing.
  • Rain jacket or poncho: Be prepared for sudden rain showers, especially during the rainy season.
  • Swimsuits: For beach and water activities.

Outdoor Gear & Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.
  • Water-resistant backpack cover: To protect your belongings from rain.
  • Lightweight, quick-drying towel: Useful for beach visits and other water activities.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experiences. Helpful for bird watching and wildlife spotting.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter if needed).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Water shoes: For water-based activities or beach walks.
  • Hiking gear: If your tour involves more intense hiking or trekking, consider bringing sturdier boots and tear-away, convertible clothing items.
  • Rain pants: For additional rain protection during outdoor activities.
  • Hat with neck protection: Extra sun protection for your neck and ears.
  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

As an American citizen traveling to Peru, here's what you need to know about electricity, adapters, hair dryers, and air conditioning:

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz. Costa Rica uses a standard voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, which is similar to the electricity standards in the United States. This means that most American devices will work without the need for a voltage converter.

Adapters and Converters

  • Costa Rica uses Type A and Type B outlets. Type A outlets have two flat parallel pins, while Type B outlets have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.
  • You might not need a voltage converter, but you will likely need a plug adapter to fit your American devices into the Costa Rican outlets.

We recommend purchasing a universal adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Many hotels in Costa Rica provide hair dryers in their rooms for guests to use, especially those catering to international travelers. These hair dryers are usually compatible with the local voltage and plug types, so you won't typically need to worry about bringing your own unless you have specific preferences or requirements.

Since Costa Rica uses the same voltage as the United States (120V), most American appliances, including hair dryers, if you have a high-powered or specialized hair dryer that you prefer to use or if you're staying in accommodations that might not provide hair dryers, yours should work without the need for a voltage converter. However, if your appliances aren't dual-voltage, you'll still need a plug adapter to fit them into the Costa Rican outlets.

Remember also to pack any necessary travel adapters or voltage converters if your hair dryer is not compatible with the local voltage and plug type. It's always better to be prepared to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience during your trip.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can see if they provide this information on their site or contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Depending on the area you're visiting in Costa Rica, the climate can vary. Some areas are quite warm and humid, while others may be cooler due to higher altitudes.
  • Air conditioning is used in Costa Rica. Given the warm climate, air conditioning helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces typically have air conditioning to provide relief from the heat. 
  • In more traditional or older buildings, air conditioning might not be as prevalent as in modern structures.
  • Keep in mind that local customs and practices might influence the use of air conditioning.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Cynthia Selby
Review date: Friday, March 2, 2018
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This is my 12th time travelling with Grand European Travel. All my previous trips have been with adults. I was surprised that there were so many families with children on this trip. This particular departure date was not my first choice and the travel agent did not mention that this trip would have lots of families. I would have selected a different departure date without children if I would have known. The itinerary, hotels and tour guide were excellent. And 3 of the families were fine - there were unfortunately 2 families with very loud and obnoxious kids (and adults that spent most of their time at the bar drinking). I'll be sure to ask about families on my next trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were caught by surprise by the mix of guests on this trip.  Since this trip is operated by our partner Trafalgar Tours, there are many different booking offices involved, not just GET.  But we will be sure to find a better fit for you on your next trip.  Thank you for your continued business.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Vacation
Great itinerary, hotels and tour guide.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Service
The trip was great. Kids were welcomed and enjoyed the hotels and excursions.
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Service
This is our 2nd tour with GET,Italy and C.R. Arangements met our expections. The tour guides,Jorge and Erik were fantastic...The buse driver,Geovani, handled the bus like a mini car. He backed in to spots it would take me 3 hours. He drove the narrow streets like threading a needle. He was fantastic.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate the repeat business and so happy that you enjoyed your Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanos Vacation. Dee-Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Vacation
We saw the volcanoes from all sides. The jungles filled with flora were beautiful, Unfortunately we didn't see too many monkeys nor birds.Blame mother nature. Weather wise was perfect. Clear skies, very little rain. Food was great in hotels and in between. Thank you.
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