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Costa Rica Holidays

The Ninos Arenal Tour

16 Night Itinerary from £2,9622,507$3,147

Private Individual Tour

 

A tour of Costa Rica perfect for families; Arenal Volcano, rainforests, birdwatching and excellent lodgings with activities for families of all ages. Plus, relax on the beach near Manuel Antonio National Park and great surfing at Jaco Beach

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Travel Route

Tour Highlights

  • Our specially designed family tour to Costa Rica
  • Enjoy a landscape of smouldering volcanoes, tropical rainforest and golden beaches
  • Get closer to nature in a country famed for its abundant wildlife
  • Hike in the foothills of the Arenal volcano and take a dip in the thermal hot springs
  • Experience the hanging bridges of Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Relax at a hotel on a quiet Pacific Coast beach
  • Fly direct from London Heathrow to San Jose with British Airways

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

The Ninos Arenal Tour
Travel Itinerary

San Jose & Irazú Volcano - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to San Jose

Day 2 - Day at leisure

Day 3 - Irazú Volcano

Day 4 - San Jose at leisure and family visit

Day 1

Fly to San Jose

Departure on a daytime flight to San Jose. On arrival, your body clock will feel like late at night. You will be met and taken to your hotel with gardens, tennis court, bicycles and swimming pools, for 4 nights.


Day 2

Day at leisure

Day at leisure to relax after the long flight and explore San Jose at your own pace. Enjoy the facilities of your chosen hotel.


Day 3

Irazú Volcano

With our local guide, you visit the Irazú Volcano, with its impressive green crater lake rising out of a desolate grey moon landscape. Continue on to the stunning Orosí Valley, where the Reventazón River cuts its swirling swathe through the surrounding mountains. We visit the Lankester Botanical Gardens, housing thousands of species of plants endemic to Costa Rica. We also take an exciting ride on the aerial train into the rainforest canopy for amazing views.


Day 4

San Jose at leisure and family visit

One day free for some shopping, swimming in the hotel pools, optional excursions of the city or just relax. Our guide can arrange for you to meet a local Costa Rican family with children of similar ages in San Jose to gain an exclusive insight into life in Costa Rica. This arrangement needs to be pre-booked in the UK before you travel, but is recommended. 

Don Carlos

San Jose - Tourist Hotel

Located in the oldest historical section of San José, the Hotel Don Carlos is a small, but significant part of Costa Rica's rich heritage. Hotel Don Carlos is situated in the perfect part of town. Within minutes walk of the hotel lobby, you'll discover San José's Downtown, the Zoo, the pre-Columbian Jade Museum, the National Museum, the Gold Museum, a variety of interesting and beautiful city parks and of course a wide selection of restaurants, casinos, nightlife and the spirit of San José, the hub of Costa Rica. 

Finca Rosa Blanca

San Jose - First 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.

Xandari Resort

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 Volcano - 3 Nights

Day 5 - Travel to Arenal volcano

Day 6 - Hiking and hot springs

Day 7 - Optional activities

Day 5

Travel to Arenal volcano

Transfer to Arenal for 3 nights at your chosen hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.


Day 6

Hiking and hot springs

Today enjoy included guided hiking tours in the park by the impressive active volcano and a dip in the Tabacon hot springs. Trek through pristine rainforest and understand the unique flora and fauna of the National Park dominated by the powerful volcano. A fascinating - and quite educational - day awaits!

 


Day 7

Optional activities

There are a wide range of optional activities available for your family to enjoy. Our guide will be able to ensure you get the best and most appropriate experiences. On offer includes river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, zip wire adventures and an evening excursion to view the live volcano with its golden lava splaying from the surface like a firework show.

Arenal Lodge

Arenal National Park - Tourist Lodge

The Arenal Lodge provides wonderful panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake and is a perfect spot for watching unforgettable eruptions and lava flows which can be seen glowing at night. The lodge has a rustic ambiance and has been deliberately constructed to bring the outdoors inside; landscaped gardens full of ferns, flowers and orchids surround the rooms, bar and restaurant. Hiking and bird-watching are some of the activities you can enjoy at Arenal Lodge. Accommodations include room and breakfast. 

Arenal Nayara Resort

Arenal National Park - Deluxe Resort

Located in the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens provides a uniquely natural experience. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 24 spacious casitas provides an exclusive retreat in which you can relax amidst the breathtaking view of the volcano. Interwoven with rich gardens its tropical grounds create the perfect setting to rest and enjoy nature. A large Jacuzzi and wet bar provide a place to rest after enjoying the various guided activities, including white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, volcano treks, and hot springs. Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens offers a full service restaurant, where local ingredients blend with a world-class cuisine to provide an incomparable dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a direct view of the active volcano. 

Every (room) casita at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens has been designed to provide the utmost in comfort and style while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings. With the guests' experience in mind, Arenal Nayara offers a unique concept of individual casitas separated by lush tropical gardens. Each one of its large suite-size casitas provides independent space and privacy that includes a private backyard with an outdoor shower and a front balcony overlooking the volcano. For a full pampering experience select the Nayara Suites featuring in-room breakfast, bathrobe, and the best panoramic volcano view. Each of the casitas is equipped with a King or two full size beds, Plasma 27" Cable TV, DVD / CD Player, IPod Stand, Internet Access, Safe Box (Laptop capacity), Air Conditioning, private bathroom with hot water and rain shower, backyard with outside shower, in room "mini" bar service, coffee maker, front balcony overlooking the volcano with jacuzzi for two, high speed internet connection. Accommodation includes room and breakfast. 

Arenal Springs

Arenal National Park - First Resort

Arenal Springs Resort is the ideal combination of modern comfort and exuberant tropical surrounding. The rooms are all in semi-detached bungalows spread over a wide area directly facing Arenal Volcano. Each room has a patio with seating, as well as air conditioning. The hotel also has its own hot springs, which feed into a number of hot tubs and pool of different temperatures, all of which guests can enjoy at their leisure. There is also a spa, a yoga studio, and two restaurants.

Monteverde Cloud Forest - 2 Nights

Day 8 - Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 9 - Exploring the Cloud Forest 

Day 8

Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest

Transfer to Monteverde, staying for 2 nights at your chosen lodge.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a private nature reserve located in the mountain area that defines its climate: humid prevailing air currents from the Caribbean coast strike the mountainside, which cool to produce the high levels of rain and fog that have led to the development of the cloud Forest. In some places the wind can be strong and layers of clothing are recommended. The humidity is lower on the Pacific side of the reserve, but the temperature tends to stay between 14-20°C throughout the area.

These conditions have led to a huge degree of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of migrating and endemic birds, including the famous but elusive Resplendent Quetzal. There is also a huge variety of mammals, reptiles and insects. The best time to see the wildlife is on an early morning or evening hike.

The forest trails are very well laid out amongst the trees making it easy to discover on your own, we can arrange a specialist guide to show you round.

 


Day 9

Exploring the cloud forest

A further day to explore the Cloud Forest Reserve, or take optional family orientated excursions bookable locally at your lodge.

Monteverde Lodge

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Deluxe Lodge

The Monteverde Lodge is located in the Tilarán Mountain Range at 4,600 ft above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest. All designing with a nature theme, and all whilst protecting from mist and strong wind familiar to the area, rooms provide all the amenities for a perfect stay such as an in-room safe, coffee maker, ceiling fan, Wi-Fi and large bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer.

The lodge offers daytime and night-time’s experiences such as guided hikes with experienced local naturalist guides, horseback riding for everyone, visits of the Butterfly Garden, the Bat Jungle and the surrounding Coffee Plantations. Guests can also experience the gastronomic delights of El Jardin Restaurant & Bar, which features a variety of cuisine and has its unique cloud forest mural, as well as enjoy the Jacuzzi in an enclosed atrium and let the Monteverde Lodge staff take care of everything. 

Trapp Family Lodge

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Tourist Lodge

Nestled on a hillside with spectacular mountain views, these Villas and Guest House provide all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay in the cloud forest. This hotel will allow you to enjoy an extraordinary vacation in the middle of a paradise of flora and fauna. Its rustic atmosphere will provide you with an agreeable and pacific setting. The hotel 10 rooms, each with private bath and hot water, restaurant, bar, laundry service, guided tours, and a butterfly garden. Accommodations include room and breakfast.

Fonda Vela

Monteverde Cloud Forest - First Hotel

The Fonda Vela Hotel is located in beautiful Monteverde, featuring six buildings within a 35 acre property and just a 15 minutes walk away from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel's 1400 meters elevation are spectacular. All rooms have large windows with views of the forest, private bathroom and telephone. All 20 junior suites have a small refrigerator, table, king and queen-size beds, a comfortable sofa and 14 also have a TV. There are two restaurants, La Chimenea perfect for a relaxing evening meal.

Esterillos Beach - 5 Nights

Days 10-14 - Esterillos beach resort

Day 10

Esterillos beach resort

Transfer to the coast, staying at the family friendly Alma del Pacifico Hotel for 4 nights.

The hotel is right on the Esterillos Beach and halfway between the surfer's paradise of Playa Jaco and Manuel Antonio National Park, perfect for relaxing but also with the option of walks and activities to suit families of all ages.

Optional activities include: Surfing and surf lessons, trekking in Manuel Antonio National Park and Carara National Park, Adventure tours by quad bike, Fincas Wildlife refuge, river rafting, a visit to Villa Vanilla to see how vanilla is cultivated, a jungle crocodile safari, rainforest adventures in Manuel Antonio National Park, zip wire adventures and Pure Vida gardens and waterfalls.


Day 11

Surfing and exploring

At leisure


Day 12

Treks, beaches and optional activities

At leisure.


Day 13

Relax on the beach

At leisure.


Day 14

Relax on the beach

At leisure.

Alma del Pacifico

Playa Esterillos - First Hotel

Situated on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast just 2 hours drive from San Jose Airport, Alma del Pacifico is a small hotel made up of 20 colourful villas set among lush tropical gardens, connected by paved walkways and fronting onto a wide sandy beach. The spacious and comfortable rooms are full of vibrant works of art, and each one has a large private terrace with outdoor seating. many of the rooms are ocean facing, with terraces that look straight onto the beach, while others face into the garden with just a short walk to the sea shore.

Return to San Jose & Fly Home - 2 Nights

Days 15-16 - San Jose and return home

Day 15

Return home

Transfer to San José airport for your overnight flight home.

 


Day 16

Arrive in the UK

The Ninos Arenal Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

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

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1Jan-27Jun, 2 Sep-19Dec28Jun-1Sep, 20 Dec-31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,962 - - £3,389 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £-239 - - + £-206 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1Jan-27Jun, 2 Sep-19Dec28Jun-1Sep, 20 Dec-31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €2,506 - - €2,997 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €-274 - - + €-237 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1Jan-27Jun, 2 Sep-19Dec28Jun-1Sep, 20 Dec-31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $3,146 - - $3,744 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $-333 - - + $-288 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 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
  • Children aged 7-11 have a 20% reduction when sharing a room.
  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • 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

*Children aged 7-11 years old have a reduction of 20 % when sharing a room.

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • 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

*Children aged 7-11 years old have a reduction of 20 % when sharing a room.

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