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Indulgence in Costa Rica

7 Days from $3,776 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Comfortable

Welcome to Costa Rica, a breathtakingly beautiful country in Central America. From rugged rainforests to sweeping coastlines and pristine beaches, this ecologically-friendly destination embraces the celebrated pure way of life—known as pura vida to the locals. Our eco-focused itinerary will allow you to head on your own jungle adventure and reconnect with Mother Nature, while traveling in a sustainable manner. Discover the majestic Arenal Volcano with a local volcanologist and relish lunch among the tropical plants at idyllic Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, as you make your way through this biodiverse country at a pace that suits you.

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Welcome to Costa Rica, a breathtakingly beautiful country in Central America. From rugged rainforests to sweeping coastlines and pristine beaches, this ecologically-friendly destination embraces the celebrated pure way of life—known as pura vida to the locals. Our eco-focused itinerary will allow you to head on your own jungle adventure and reconnect with Mother Nature, while traveling in a sustainable manner. Discover the majestic Arenal Volcano with a local volcanologist and relish lunch among the tropical plants at idyllic Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, as you make your way through this biodiverse country at a pace that suits you.

  1. Welcome to San Jose, where a warm greeting and private hotel transfer await you at the airport. At 6:00 pm, join your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Costa Rica Marriott.
  2. You'll start your journey by heading to the outskirts of the Central Valley for some delicious coffee with the Arrieta family, as they share their local way of life on their coffee plantation. In Sarchí, savor an exclusive lunch among tropical plants and flowers at the Else Kientzler Botanical Garden. Gain insights into the working side of the flower industry, as you relax in a tranquil garden. After lunch, travel to the Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest for birdwatching and wildlife spotting with a Local Expert. You'll witness fascinating weather changes over Dinner with wine at the charming El Silencio Lodge.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:El Silencio Lodge & Spa.
  3. Release your inner explorer with a guided mystic cloud forest hike in the morning. You'll trek around the base of the volcano and through the cloud forest trails and hidden paths that embrace nature’s elements. Head to La Fortuna before arriving at your unique hotel just outside the Arenal Volcano National Park. Enjoy a special dinner of Costa Rican cuisine and local wine, alongside the active volcano. You'll be joined by a volcanologist from the National University of Costa Rica, who will share fascinating insights into their work.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa.
  4. Rise early this morning to meet with a volcanologist from the National University of Costa Rica's Volcanological and Seismological Observatory. Learn of their research in the area and how the area has been transformed by volcanic activity. Later, join your Traveling Concierge for an adventure. Choose from zipping through the canopy treetops (WAIVER REQUIRED), enjoying a skywalk on a series of suspension bridges, joining a naturalist guide on an aerial gondola, or perhaps river-rafting on the controlled rapids of Piedras Negras River. Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the Tabacon Thermal pools and choose to dine here as well to extend your time in this tropical paradise.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa.
  5. Bid farewell to the mountains and continue your journey around Lake Arenal—the largest lake in Costa Rica. Descend to the Guanacaste plains and the resort beach destinations that the region is famous for. Enjoy lunch at the magnificent Hacienda La Pacifica, a local favorite famous for its mouthwatering tilapia and other seafood delicacies. Journey on to your beachside resort, a place that not only stimulates the senses but revitalizes spirits.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort.
  6. Today you'll head to the village of Guaitil, in Diria District, a place known for its specialized traditional pottery. Once here you'll visit artisans using local clays and the same tools and techniques of their indigenous ancestors to create the region's famous pottery. Foodies rejoice, as you enjoy a cultural tasting of homemade rosquillas (a type of empanada) with your fellow travelers. Afterward, journey on an open-boat along the Tempisque River, keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife including crocodiles, macaws and howler monkeys. Spend the afternoon at your resort where you can make the most of its spa facilities, take a walk on the beach or take a dip in the pool. Toast to your Costa Rican journey at a Celebration Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
  7. Enjoy a final breakfast with your new friends before your transfer to Liberia International Airport, where you'll connect with your onward flights. Alternatively, extend your holiday with additional nights at the hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

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 $1,875.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Traveling Concierge and Driver $89 per person.

Private Door to Door: Private door-to-door transfer service is available for guests traveling in a party of three or fewer on vacations to Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and India. Private door-to-door transfers are not available on vacations to Australia and New Zealand. Private door-to-door transfers are limited from/to one address within a 50 miles radius of an international airport within the USA and include the gratuity for the driver with 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag per person permitted. No additional stops and/or drop-offs are permitted. All private door-to-door transfers are subject to availability and must be confirmed at time of booking. If private door-to-door transfers cannot be provided, a credit will be applied to the booking.

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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

Included Dining

6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners with Wine.

Signature Experiences

Arenal:

  • Meet with Mr. Eliecer Duarte, volcanologist from the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, and learn about the geothermal activity of active Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano:

  • This volcano is one of Costa Rica's most notable natural features.

Guanacaste:

  • Enjoy an exclusive marimba show, showcasing the beautiful sounds of one of the most popular instruments in Central America.

Central Valley:

  • Have a coffee with the Arrieta family and explore their coffee farm.

Palo Verde National Park:

  • A major conservation effort is underway to preserve one of the world’s last remaining tropical dry rainforests. Explore the park’s spectacular variety of bird species, considered among the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.

 

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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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