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

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.

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