Costa Rica Holidays
Volcanoes, Rainforest Lodge and Beach Resort
14 Night Itinerary from £4,859
Discover mountain landscapes and Poas volcano, explore Arenal National Park and enjoy a week on the beach in a stylish boutique hotel.
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- San Jose, Irazú and Poas Volcanoes - 3 Nights
- Arenal National Park - 4 Nights
- Tamarindo - 7 Nights
- Transport to San Jose Airport & Overnight Flight Home - 0 Nights
- Admire the towering Arenal, Poas, and Irazu volcanoes
- Visit a coffee plantation and learn about the cultivation of Costa Rican coffee
- Enjoy a trek in the foothills of Arenal Volcano
- Relax at Tabacon hot springs
- Explore Arenal National Park on a range of optional excursions
- Spend a week relaxing in a luxury beachside boutique hotel in stylish Tamarindo
- View Poas Volcano's smoking green crater lake close up
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.
San Jose, Irazú and Poas Volcanoes - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Departure from UK
Day 2 - Poas Volcano and coffee plantation
Day 3 - Irazú Volcano
- Full Description
Saturday, 30 September 2023
Departure from UK
Take a daytime direct BA flight to San Jose in business class, arriving the same evening, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. This is also the opportunity for our guide to provide you advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have.
Sunday, 01 October 2023
Poas Volcano and coffee plantation
A full day with your guide visiting Alajuela and the Doka coffee plantation owned and run by pioneers of Costa Rican coffee. Continue through colourful landscapes to the Poas Volcano, of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica. The enormous crater measures one km in diameter and 314 meters in depth. Our final stop is the La Paz Waterfall Gardens over 3.5 kms of walking trails leading to the beautiful White Magic Waterfall. Poas
Monday, 02 October 2023
With our local guide visit the Irazú Volcano, with its impressive green crater lake rising out of a desolate grey moon landscape. Continue to the stunning Orosí Valley, where the Reventazón River cuts through the surrounding mountains. We visit the Lankester Botanical Gardens, housing thousands of species of plants endemic to Costa Rica.
San Jose - 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.
Arenal National Park - 4 Nights
Day 4 - Transfer to Arenal
Day 5 - Arenal volcano hike and Tabacon hot springs
Day 6 - Explore Arenal National Park
Day 7 - At leisure
- Full Description
Tuesday, 03 October 2023
Transfer to Arenal
Our journey continues with a drive to Arenal, in the northern tropical lowlands, dominated by the picture-perfect cone of Arenal volcano. Transfer to the Kioro Hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. In the evening, weather permitting, witness the colourful lava flows from the volcano, quite a spectacle
Arenal Volcano has been considered one of the most active in the country, and was previously been believed to be dormant until a major eruption in 1968 which destroyed a local town. It neighbours Lake Arenal, a picturesque man-made lake built to provide water the the country's largest hydroelectricity project, the Arenal Dam.
Wednesday, 04 October 2023
Arenal volcano hike and Tabacon hot springs
Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano. At 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Rica's most active volcano for the past 43 years.
This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968.
After the hike, a relaxing soak into the natural mineral waters of the Tabacon Hot Springs will finish a perfect day. Thanks to geothermal activity beneath Arenal, the area surrounding the volcano is home to a number of natural hot springs. Geologically, Tabacon Resort's thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth's core.
Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus and it flows by gravity throughout the property, forming in-river pools, waterfalls and cascades, filling in the pools throughout the resort.
Thursday, 05 October 2023
Explore Arenal National Park
Today explore Arenal Volcano National Park on a choice of optional excursions. You might spot deer, tapir, howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys and snakes, or birds like parrots, orioles and brown magpies. Plants include various species of palms and bromeliads, ceiba, cirri, laurel, higuerones, fungi, orchids, and ferns. Excursions available to enhance your visit:
- Hanging Bridges Hike
- Sky Tram & Trek Zipline
- Rafting on the Rio Balsa
- River Safari Float at Rio Frio or Penas Blancas
- Waterfalls Hike at Rio Celeste
- Cycling Mountain Bikes to Arenal Lake & El Castillo Villages
- Full Day Butterfly & Fauna Garden at Eco-Centre
- Coffee & Chocolate Tour
- Maleke Indigenous Village, Cultural visit
- Sloths & Birding Nature Tour
Friday, 06 October 2023
Arenal National Park
A final day to enjoy Arenal National Park.
Arenal Volcano Park - Luxury Hotel
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa is a green-friendly luxury hotel framed by the crystalline waters of the La Palma and Kioro streams, lush, vibrant gardens and private thermal water spas. It is a peaceful setting for exploring the beauty and exhilarating activities of Arenal Volcano National Park.
There are 53 spacious, air conditioned suites designed for couples or families. All suites include two “Juliet” balconies with panoramic volcano and mountain views, hydromassage hot tubs, minibars, coffee makers, cable television and free Wi-Fi.
Public areas include a landscaped free-form swimming pool, the Neidin Spa, and a free shuttle to Titokú hot springs including complimentary admission to the heated hot springs pools.
Award-winning local and international cuisine and captivating volcano views is on offer at Heliconia’s Restaurant, or enjoy poolside cocktails in the garden setting of Orquídeas Restaurant. Bar El Higueron and Sport Bar Carajillos are ideal for more casual get togethers.
There are many optional tours and excursions bookable from the hotel.
Tamarindo - 7 Nights
Day 8 - Travel to Tamarindo
Day 9 - At leisure
Day 10 - At leisure
Day 11 - At leisure
Day 12 - At leisure
Day 13 - At leisure
Day 14 - At leisure
- Full Description
Saturday, 07 October 2023
Travel to Tamarindo
This morning we drive to the famous surfers beach resort of Tamarindo, in the state of Guanacaste. Here, check into the beachside located Cala Luna Boutique Hotel for a 7-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure
Tamarindo is a small surfer town on the beach, on Costa Rica's North Pacific coast. With a long sandy beach, it is the perfect place to relax at the end of your trip. It is a small town which attracts a young crowd, with surf lessons available on the beach, and main street lined with restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Should you wish to explore the area a little more, there are excursions into the mangroves in search of local wildlife.
Sunday, 08 October 2023
At leisure at your hotel or on the beach.
Monday, 09 October 2023
At leisure. Perhaps take a bike ride into Tamarindo or enjoy a yoga class at the hotel.
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
Perhaps try your hand at surfing today.
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Relax on the beach.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
Enjoy the fine facilities of the hotel.
Friday, 13 October 2023
Final day in Tamarindo
At leisure enjoying your last day by the Pacific Ocean.
Guanacaste Beaches - First Boutique
Located on Costa Rica's North West coast and close to the famous Tamarindo beach, the well regarded Cala Luna Boutique Hotel and Villas is surrounded by lush vegetation, palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Playa Langosta beach, in a sheltered bay, is also within a short walking distance away.
The 21 air-conditioned villas each has private swimming pool and two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, CD player, telephone and private bathroom. There are also 20 fully equipped hotel rooms with a patio terrace.
Guests can enjoy the excellent restaurant serving 100% organic ingredients from the hotel's sister project La Senda Farm. The restaurant and bar overlook the pool. Other public facilities include a swimming pool, spa, surfing lessons, yoga and fishing tours.
Rooms are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Transport to San Jose Airport & Overnight Flight Home - 0 Nights
Day 15 - Journey to San Jose Airport. Fly back to the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Saturday, 14 October 2023
Fly back to the UK
Transfer to San Jose Airport for your overnight British Airways flight back to the UK in business class.
Sunday, 15 October 2023
Arrive in the UK
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|Travel Dates||31 Dec -19 Jul, 22 Aug-13 Dec||20 July - 21 Aug, 14 Dec- 30 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£4,859||£5,921||£5,062||£6,165|
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- 16 Days / 14 Nights
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- Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
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