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Volcanoes, Rainforest and Manuel Antonio National Park

12 Night Itinerary from  £2,811

Arenal Tour

Explore Poas, Irazu and Arenal volcanoes, enjoy optional excursions in in Arenal National Park and discover Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Travel Highlights

  • Experience abundant wildlife, volcanoes and coastline
  • Included excursions to Poas and Irazu volcanoes with expert guides
  • Visit a coffee plantation and learn about their production processes 
  • Spend 6-nights in Arenal, with a wide range of optional excursions and activities 
  • Explore hanging bridges and rainforest canopy at Arenal National Park
  • Optional visit to a local tribe, hike at Arenal volcano or cruise through wetlands
  • Relax on the golden Pacific Coast beaches in Manuel Antonio 
  • Explore Costa Rica's famous coastal National Park

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Poas Volcano 08

San Jose, Poás & Irazu Volcanoes - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from UK

Day 2 - Irazu Volcano & Lankester Gardens

Day 3 - Poas Volcano & Coffee Tour

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Thursday, 25 April 2024

Departure from UK

Depart on a direct flight to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to your comfortable lodge or hotel in the hills above the city for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Friday, 26 April 2024

Irazu Volcano & Lankester Gardens

Today, enjoy a shared excursion to Cartago, the original capital of Costa Rica. At 3432 metres, the Irazu volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica and it is easy to see why Neil Armstrong said that its desolate landscape looks like the surface of the moon. We also visit the lush Orosi Valley with its panoramic view of the Reventazon River and the Cachi Dam, We continue to the famous Lankester Gardens, one of the largest collections of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and anthuriums of the region. The gardens are the legacy of Sir Richard Lankester, an English botanist who made Costa Rica his home in the late 19th century. Lunch is included today. 

Saturday, 27 April 2024

Poás Volcano and coffee tour

Today we visit the Doka coffee plantation, owned by Costa Rican Vargas Ruiz family, pioneers in coffee production since 1931. During the coffee tour, you will learn about the whole production and processing. After an included lunch, we then visit the Poás Volcano, with its active, smoking crater and emerald green crater-lake. We continue to the stunning La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, where walkways lead you past a series of waterfalls which cut through the surrounding lush forest. 

Balmoral Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - Tourist Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous street and walking distance to the historic centre. It is easy to visit  the Iglesia de la Merced, the cathedral, the central and Morazán parks, as well as the impressive gold and jade museums.

The hotel’s rooms include double beds, complimentary coffee, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi, desk, and private bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries.

There is a bar, restaurant, café, pizzeria and even a wine shop. The award-winning El Patio del Balmoral restaurant serves a variety of authentic Costa Rican specialties and international dishes in a casual and relaxing setting. There is also an on site gym.

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Hotel Presidente

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

The Presidente Hotel is located in the heart of San José in the pedestrian zone of Central Avenue, 2 blocks from the National Theatre and the Cultural Square. The hotel has over 100 comfortable and spacious rooms, which all include cable TV, air conditioning, safety box and en-suite bathroom. The hotel offers amenities such as a restaurant-bar, a casino, and a spa with beauty treatments.

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Grano de Oro

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose's main street, the Hotel Grano de Oro is a welcome retreat in the heart of this bustling city. Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel preserves the warmth and comfort of a private home, with its atrium terrace and corridors of sparkling fountains and lush tropical plants.

There is a rooftop deck ideal for sunbathing and also featuring a Jacuzzi. The hotel's restaurant is one of the best in San Jose and offers continental cuisine in an intimate and cordial atmosphere.

The rates include breakfast.


Grano de Oro Hotel

Hotel Alta Las Palomas

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Hotel

Located on the outskirts of San Jose in Santa Ana, the 23 room Hotel Alta is an excellent base to explore the capital city and surrounding attractions, including the Poas Volcano.

Public areas include a swimming pool, excellent dining at the elegant La Luz Restaurant and bar or the more relaxed cafe de Verano.

There are 5 room types: deluxe queen, deluxe king, grand queen, grand king and a master suite. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.



Buena Vista Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

Buena Vista hotel is a Spanish colonial style resort located just outside San Jose, at the top of a mountain offering panoramic views of three volcanoes in the Central Valley - Poas, Barva and Irazu. It is a super place to stay when you arrive in Costa Rica.

The hotel has 30 air-conditioned and comfortable rooms. Deluxe standard rooms have private bathroom, TV and mini-bar.

Public facilities include the Quetzal Grille restaurant, of international and typical cuisine, a bar, an outdoor pool, gift shop, masseuse, free WiFi, and lush gardens ideal for walks.

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Xandari Resort

San Jose & Alajuela - First Boutique

Xandari Resort and Spa is perfectly located for excursions to Poas Volcano, La Paz waterfall gardens, and Doka coffee plantation, and is only 30 minutes’ drive from San Jose International airport. Over 3km of scenic trails through coffee and fruit orchards lead into a lush natural tropical setting with a year-round river and five beautiful waterfalls.

The hotel consists of 24 comfortable and spacious villas, decorated in bright colours and adorned with original works of art. Set on top of a hill on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation, all the rooms are overlooking the Costa Rica's Central Valley, featuring private terrace. Each room has a bar kitchen and a private bathroom with toiletries. The resort has 3 swimming pools, with one overlooking the valley, as well as a spa offering a variety of treatments.

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Finca Rosa Blanca

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Resort

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica, offering amazing views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations and nestled amongst 10 acres amid hundreds of fruit trees and tropical flora. It offers luxurious rooms including mini bar, Jacuzzi bath and private verandas overlooking the Valley. Each room has its own decoration allowing its unique atmosphere.

The hotel provides lots of amenities such as games room, large swimming pool, TV and reading area and 2 large dinner tables for group dining. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the coffee plantation and serves delicious local cuisine with fresh products.

4810 Finca Rosa Blanca
Arenal Volcano 09

Arenal Volcano - 6 Nights

Day 4 - Travel to Arenal National Park

Day 5 - Optional Hanging Bridges Tour 

Day 6 - Optional Arenal Volcano Trek & Hot Springs 

Day 7 - Optional visit to the Maleku Tribe

Day 8 - Optional Sloth encounter and Sky Tram

Day 9 - Optional Rio Frio Boat Excursion

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Sunday, 28 April 2024

Travel to Arenal National Park

This Morning, transfer to Arenal National Park where we stay for 6-nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the excellent tourist class Arenal Volcano Inn. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Monday, 29 April 2024

Optional Hanging Bridges Tour

Today enjoy an optional half-day visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Here, observe the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. While walking along the trails in the forest canopy the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you as your naturalist guide explains the species you will discover during the walk. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2024

Optional Arenal Volcano Trek & Hot Springs

This morning, enjoy an optional guided trek in the foothills of Arenal Volcano. You will enjoy amazing views discover a great variety of flora and fauna, such as the toucan, turkeys, orioles, peccaries, snakes and monkeys. 

In the evening, opt to visit the largest network of natural hot springs in Arenal, amid the lush vegetation to symphony of rushing waterfalls. Included tonight is an Indulgent dinner experience. 

Wednesday, 01 May 2024

Optional visit to the Maleku Tribe

Today, opt to join other like-minded travellers to the northern plains, where you will walk through a local village to learn about the way of life of the Maleku tribe, their crafts, use of cocoa in their agriculture, their clothing and medicinal plants and trees used by the ancestors. Afterwards, participate in a demonstration of a traditional “Maleku” rite dramatised with his dances, songs and music characteristic of their culture. Finally, enjoy a typical local Costa Rican lunch, the Mafuriseka, which consists of a dish based on fish wrapped in banana leaves, cooked in steam; which is accompanied by vegetables and a natural fruit juice. 

Thursday, 02 May 2024

Optional Sloth Encounter and Sky Tram

An optional morning guided tour in the beautiful open areas in La Fortuna where you will observe two or three toed sloths in the wild, as well as the multicoloured toucan, the poisonous blue jeans dart frog, iguanas and monkeys, among others.

In the afternoon, perhaps experience the Sky Tram gondolas that soar smoothly over the rainforest with amazing views of the jungle, Arenal volcano and the lake. 


Friday, 03 May 2024

Optional Rio Frio Boat Excursion

Today enjoy an optional boat tour on the Rio Frio, visiting the magical Rio Celeste Waterfall and the blue lagoon, a stretch of the calm river that makes a beautiful natural lagoon. Also visit an observation deck for the Tenorio Volcano, as well as discovering the fascinating flora, fauna and wildlife on the river. Lunch is included today.

Arenal Volcano Inn

Arenal Volcano Park - Tourist Hotel

Arenal Volcano Inn is a cozy hotel located in front of the Arenal Volcano, just minutes away from the main attractions in Arenal National Park.

The hotel has just 25 rooms, from standard to deluxe. Each is air-conditioned with FREE Wi-Fi, private bathroom with shower, cable TV, mini bar, safe and telephone. Choose from a garden or volcano view.

Public areas include beautiful gardens with exotic plants, colourful birds and other animals. There is also  the Que Rico Arenal Restaurant offering excellent Italian, International, and Costa Rican cuisine. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the volcano. The wood fired pizza is a must try for those who visit Que Rico Arenal.

The hotel can arrange a wide variety of activities, including zip wire adventures, treks, boat trips, horse riding and coffee plantation tours.


Arenal Manoa Hotel

Arenal Volcano Park - First Hotel

Located a short drive from Arenal Volcano in a very natural and private environment, surrounded by the La Palma River, the Arenal Manoa Hotel is an ideal refuge for the great diversity of birds, mammals, lizards, and a large variety of plants. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, the rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the volcano.

Each of their 80 rooms is equipped with two queen sized beds, air conditioning, satellite television, private bath with hot water and a hair dryer, telephone, terrace with a view of the volcano, refrigerator, safe-deposit box and coffee maker.

You can enjoy the spacious gardens as well as see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm - a farming tour is included. The hotel has an international restaurant, two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, wet bar, souvenir shop, Free Wi-Fi at the reception.

View of the volcano
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Manuel Antonio National Park - 3 Nights

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 11 - Exploring the National Park

Day 12 - Relax on the beach 

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Saturday, 04 May 2024

Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Transfer north along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, staying for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis at a hotel surrounded by rainforest and overlooking beaches and coves. The pristine Manuel Antonio National Park is for many the best National Park in Costa Rica. The area has well-marked trails and is teeming with wildlife, including birds, toucans, monkeys and sloths. You can relax at your lodge, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable locally.

Sunday, 05 May 2024

Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches

Today perhaps relax at your hotel, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable from your hotel.

Monday, 06 May 2024

Relax on the beach

At leisure on your final day in Costa Rica. A chance to relax on the beach.

Playa Espadilla

Manuel Antonio National Park - Tourist Hotel

A comfortable and friendly tourist class hotel only a 3 minute walk from the entrance to the National Park of Manuel Antonio and a 2 minute walk from the beach. Known as a place in harmony with nature, their private reserve and delightful gardens allow guests to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Central Pacific.

Each air conditioned room is fully equipped with private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, coffee maker, fridge, telephone and safe. Other amenities include a tennis and basketball court, billiards table, laundry service, FREE Wi-FI, private parking and 24 hours room service. There is a Restaurant" and also a poolside "Tropical Bar". 

The hotel offers a range of tours and excursions including guided hikes, white water rafting, snorkelling, canopy adventures, horseback riding, surfing and fishing. 

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

2030 Playa Espadilla

Parador Resort & Spa

Manuel Antonio National Park - First Resort

The Parador Resort & Spa is settled on a hill, immersed in the tropical rainforest and located at a walking distance from the beach. You will enjoy stunning ocean views

The coast offers a wide variety of facilities such as bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, stores, natural attractions and beautiful beaches like Biesanz & Espadilla.

The Hotel has 129 air-conditioned rooms with TV, telephone, coffee maker, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace depending on its location and room category and bath amenities.

There are several dining options, with Costa Rican and International cuisine: La Galeria is the casual with an open air terrace overlooking the gardens and the sea, El Quijote Restaurant & Bar and a good option for a relaxed dinner.

La Fragata Restaurant and Bar offers seafood and different healthy meals in a stunning location and the pool bar and terrace is open all day.

Pamper yourself at Pacifica Spa, take a deep in one of the two swimming pools (there is also a children’s pool). There is also a fitness centre, souvenir shop, concierge service, Free Wi-Fi, tennis court, mini-golf, green areas, natural trails and shuttle service to Manuel Antonio beach. Optional guided treks into Manuel Antonio National Park are also available.

San Jose

Return to San Jose & Fly Home - 0 Nights

Day 13 - Return flight to the UK

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024

Return flight to the UK

Transfer to San Jose airport for your direct overnight flight home.

Wednesday, 08 May 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

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Travel Dates 31 Dec -19 Jul, 22 Aug-13 Dec 20 July - 21 Aug, 14 Dec- 30 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,811 £3,656 £3,014 £3,833

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 14 Days/12 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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