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Costa Rica Eco Adventure with Guanacaste Beach Stay

10 Days from $2,014 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Embark on an eco-adventure through a land of volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forests. Glide through tree-lined waterways and relax in thermal pools, sample chocolate made from the world's best cacao and go on a journey back in time with a native Quaker who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

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Overview

Embark on an eco-adventure through a land of volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forests. Glide through tree-lined waterways and relax in thermal pools, sample chocolate made from the world's best cacao and go on a journey back in time with a native Quaker who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

  1. Welcome to San José where your journey begins with a warm greeting from a local host at the airport and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:InterContinental Costa Rica
  2. After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, for a taste of gourmet chocolate, a Cultural Insight. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Continue to Siquirres and embark on a river journey through protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

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    hotel:Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. Glide through the canals and waterways of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air, and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you're here in July, take an optional trip to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

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  4. Board your boat and bid adiós to Tortuguero. Enjoy lunch along the way before a visit a Tico family's palm plantation where you'll learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm, a Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free.

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    hotel:Sueño Azul Resort
  5. For the early risers, there is time for an optional rafting trip. Or relax, sleep in and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area surrounding your lodge. Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco-adventures. The family welcomes you with lunch and shares stories of how their retirement dreams have benefited the local community. Depart for the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Later, spend time in the thermal pools of your resort as well as the gardens with beautiful birds. In the evening, relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner.

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    hotel:Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  6. Enjoy a free morning before heading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you'll meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

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    hotel:El Establo Mountain
  7. Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Covering 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones and offers extremely high biodiversity. Later, ascend to the treetops for a bird's-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of 6 suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a Farewell Dinner.

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  8. Check into your seaside resort. With just a short stroll along the shore, you can spot a variety of wildlife.

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    hotel:Tamarindo Diria Beach and Gold Resort
  9. The day is your to further relax at the beach, head into nearby Tamarindo village or choose from numerous options to continue your Costa Rica Adventure as you please.

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    hotel:Tamarindo Diria Beach and Gold Resort
  10. A transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport for your flight.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $375.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Sarapiqui hotel.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

16 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 4 lunches , 5 dinners, all with tea and coffee. 

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Try gourmet chocolate and the delicate heart of palm.

Be My Guest

  • Visit Hacienda Pozo Azul to meet Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a special lunch in their home.

Local Specialist

  • Listen to a Quaker share stories of the beginning of Monteverde's colorful history.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its canopy skywalk
  • View Arenal Volcano
  • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park
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Reviews

Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Service rating : This was a wonderful trip. My family and I had a great time. My two granddaughters, ages 10 and 12 had the best time especially seeing a baby sloth and mom in the trees. All the lodges were exceptional and the scenery was beautiful everywhere we went. Our guide, German and driver Jesus were so knowledgeable and helpful if were ever needed them I can't say enough about the quality of your tours. This is my second trip with GET and I plan on doing more with your company.
Vacation : This is my second trip with GET and I can't say enough about your tours. Everything was great, the tours, the food, the lodging, your tour directors and drivers are exceptional
Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Service rating : GET and their affiliate, Trafalgar, provided an EXCELLENT tour experience. The tour guide, Victor Leiton, did an outstanding job, going above and beyond the call of duty, making sure everything ran like clockwork.
Vacation : Fabulous bus, terrific boat rides, got to see sloths, iguanas, monkeys, caimans, and all kinds of birds. The accommodations were all top notch.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Service rating : My husband and I were really satisfied with the efficiency and the organization of the entire tour. From the first phone call to the plane ride home, all went splendidly. We were very happy!
Vacation : All went well or even better than we expected. The logistics, tours, transportation modes were all great, on time, impeccably clean and comfortable. The best part of the tour was the Travel Director, Fabian Guzman! He was spontaneous, efficient, organized, funny, accommodating and just a wonderful person. He gave us information about Costa Rica as we traveled and filled our hours with pleasant banter and conversation. All in all the whole tour was wonderful!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We can't thank you enough for your feedback and are so happy that you enjoyed Costa Rica! We hope you'll think of us again when planning your next trip.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Service rating : The guide was fabulous,we felt like we saw the real Costa Rica! We enjoyed y=the trip very much!
Vacation : Was great! We saw more birds and animals than we did 3 months before in the Amazon in Brazil!
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Service rating : Their service is good
Vacation : The itinerary is good. The tour director and driver are outstanding. The lordges except for the Monteverde had various problem. Termites eggs and bugs in the first hotel; mole in the second hotel; ants and no water in the third hotel. The hotel in Monteverde is outstanding.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Service rating : I particularly appreciate the travel agent being upfront about their airfare. I was able to save a bit by booking my own airfare and she added the information into our file so our arrival and departure did not skip a beat.
Vacation : It was a good value. I particularly liked having so many meals included and being able to cover gratuities up front.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Service rating : Very good
Vacation : It was a good trip. The group was a little large but manageable - 43
Monday, January 29, 2018
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Service rating : Had a good tour director.
Vacation : Too much bus travel compared to other tours we took. Also needed more clothing guidance prior to leaving. Most of people on tour expected warmer weather. Travel agent should have coordinated our travel time better. We arrived on time (11PM in hotel), but welcome dinner was at 6PM. Had to be up by 5:45 next morning. Should have been given option of arriving a day earlier.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your constructive feedback.  We will be sure to share this information with our booking team.  We do hope you enjoyed the trip overall.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Service rating : Good, but somewhat hectic and crowded
Vacation : too much rain, I was unprepared also, the humidity wrecked my laptop, and it will cost me $500 to get it fixed
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Service rating : Responses were always prompt and accurate. if an error occurred it was corrected quickly and I received a phone call follow-up.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear.  Our team does a wonderful job in making sure every detail is taken care of.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Vacation : I bought very few items, only coffee and a few refrigerator magnets. There were not many opportunities to purchase souvenirs that may have been created by native Costa Ricans. I would have wanted to be directed to such outlets to purchase.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Sarapiqui

White Water Rafting Level II and III

Adult Price: $64.00 | Child Price: $64.00

This morning excursion on a class II and III river involves navigating nearly 8 miles (13 km) on the Sarapiqui River. It's a great introduction for first-time paddlers and families interested in a fun, wet roller coaster ride. Total duration approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

Adult Price: $42.00 | Child Price: $29.00

At this wonderful park you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Arenal Volcano Hike

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Ever since the 1500s, locals considered Arenal to be just a regular everyday mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968 when the mountain erupted, spewing ash and lava over the region. Up until 2010, the volcano was still quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption up close. Hike through recent lava flows and see how Mother Nature has brought life back to the region. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline, watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Monteverde

El Trapiche Tour

Adult Price: $32.00 | Child Price: $16.00

The tour begins with a walk through the farm where you’ll view sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations. Learn about the coffee making process and how liquor is made of out sugarcane. The farm provides an exciting education to visitors about the various crops and farm life in Costa Rica. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Monteverde

Horseback Riding Tour

Adult Price: $75.00 | Child Price: $61.00

On your horseback excursion, enjoy sweeping views of the Nicoya Gulf and its islands as you ride your way through coffee and sugarcane plantations, tropical forest and open fields. Be on the lookout for wildlife including toucans, green parrots and white-faced monkeys. Total duration is about 2 ½ hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests.)

Monteverde

Sky Tram And Sky Trek

Adult Price: $92.00 | Child Price: $68.00

Board a comfortable gondola and fly among the trees on the lookout for local wildlife. As you glide among the forest, see how the vegetation changes with the elevation level. At the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice: return to the starting point in the same way you came or you can enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush on the Sky Trek. With this option, you will fly across the forest in a series of ten zip lines with heights ranging from 100 – 650 feet (30 to 200 meters) and with lengths of over 650 feet (200 meters). All of these zip lines were built to give you a 360° perspective of the rainforest. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Costa Rica.

  • The currency in Costa Rica is the colón.  You’ll usually find the best exchange rates in your destination and can pay with your debit or credit card in many places.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Costa Rica. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat.  Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).

  • Costa Rica has an enjoyable climate with sunshine throughout the year. We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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