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Costa Rica Holidays

Volcanoes, Rainforest and Manuel Antonio National Park

12 Night Itinerary from  £2,704

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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Tour Route

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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Friday, 09 December 2022

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.

Saturday, 10 December 2022

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. 

Sunday, 11 December 2022

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. 

Hotel Presidente

San Jose - 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.

4807 Hotel Presidente
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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Monday, 12 December 2022

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.


Tuesday, 13 December 2022

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. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

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. 

Thursday, 15 December 2022

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. 

Friday, 16 December 2022

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. 


Saturday, 17 December 2022

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 National 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.

Dolphin 07 2

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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Sunday, 18 December 2022

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.

Monday, 19 December 2022

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.

Tuesday, 20 December 2022

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
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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Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Return flight to the UK

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

Thursday, 22 December 2022

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 Tourist
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,704 £4,007

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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