Panama & Costa Rica & Nicaragua Holidays
The Natural World, Ocean to Ocean Canal & Colonial Heritage
18 Night Itinerary from £4,266
Lush rainforest in National Parks supports exuberant wildlife for birdwatching and the amazing Panama Canal linking two Oceans. Stay in character lodges in the forests and slopes of mountains and volcanoes, learn the history and admire colonial heritage a…
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- Panama City - 3 Nights
- San Jose - 2 Nights
- Tortuguero National Park - 2 Nights
- Arenal National Park - 3 Nights
- Rincon de la Veija National Park - 2 Nights
- Ometepe Island, Nicaragua - 2 Nights
- Granada - 3 Nights
- Leon - 1 Night
- Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights
- Explore Panama City's historic Casa Viejo and admire the incredible Panama Canal.
- Visit Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose and nearby Poas Volcano.
- Observe the endemic bird and wildlife by boat at Tortuguero National Park.
- Trek and explore Arenal National Park, famous for its massive conical volcano.
- Discover beautiful waterfalls, nature and hot springs at Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
- Travel into Nicaragua and stay on Ometepe Island, formed by two volcanoes.
- Spend 3 nights in the charming colonial city of Granada, full of grand architecture and local life.
- Visit the Mayasa Volcano and local handicraft markets.
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.
Panama City - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Departure from the UK on daytime flight to Panama City
Day 2 - Guided tour of Panama City
Day 3 - Optional Panama Canal cruise or rail journey
- Full Description
Fly to Panama City
Depart the UK on daytime flight to Panama City. On arrival, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will give you a short orientation tour of you local surroundings.
Guided tour of Panama City
Today enjoy a tour of Panama City with your local guide, visiting the historic streets of Casco Viejo, also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe. First settled in 1673, Casca Viejo was built following the near total destruction of the original Panama city, Panama Viejo in 1671, when the latter was attacked by pirates. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997.
We also visit the Miraflores locks on the famous Panama Canal and watch the ships passing through this narrow stretch of water.
Optional Panama Canal cruise or rail journey
Today, you can choose to take a cruise on the Panama Canal aboard the comfortable small ship, the Pacific Queen or a journey by rail to the picturesque Caribbean town of Colon.
The ship departs from the docks in Panama City sailing under the striking Bridge of the Americas to Miraflores Lock, a 2 step flight with gigantic lock chambers. Here, guided by the on board expert commentary, you will understand the history of the Canal and get a close up view of the mighty locks powered by their locomotives, known as mulas. You will see many large cargo ships and several cruise liners towering above the Pacific Queen - you become the attraction for these massive ships and their intrigued passengers!.
Panama City - Tourist Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Panama combines the newest technologies with a residential touch. The 120 guest rooms are totally equipped for the leisure and business traveler. Strategically located in the new Punta Pacifica area, next to the Multiplaza Pacific Mall. Every room is equipped with a free high speed internet connection, restaurant, bar and room service on premises. Business Center available at this location. * Marriott*s luxurious new bedding package is now available at this location. This comfortable, plush and stylish package addresses clean and fresh bedding concerns, is consistent with residential trends and is a key component of the *new look and feel of Marriott now*. Accommodation includes only room.
Panama City - First Hotel
Located in the heart of Panama City's vibrant financial and commercial district, the Bristol is a serene and luxurious retreat with "The Rosewood Tradition of Excellence". The Bristol has just 56 rooms, each with Mahogany furnishings concealing such 21st Century comforts as facsimile machines, data-port phones, compact disc stereo systems and private bars. All rooms and suites feature marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, sumptuous baths and distinctive personal amenities. There is a restaurant, bar and a well equipped excercise room. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
San Jose - 2 Nights
Day 4 - Fly to San Jose
Day 5 - Tour to Poas Volcano
- Full Description
Fly to San Jose
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Tour to Poas Volcano
Today, enjoy a full day tour visiting the active Poas Volcano, the waterfall gardens and a local coffee plantation.
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.
San Jose - 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.
Tortuguero National Park - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Travel to Tortuguero National Park
Day 7 - Exploring the rainforest
- Full Description
Travel to Tortuguero National Park
Up early as we travel to the Caribbean coast and the famous Tortuguero National park, a vast tract of rainforest with canals and a unique habitat mixing fresh and salt water. On arrival, check into your chosen lodge for a 2 night stay on a full board basis including excursions in the rainforest on foot and by local boat.
Exploring the rainforest
Today, enjoy a full programme of excursions by boat and on land exploring the diverse and spectacular sights and sounds of the rainforest. Optional activities also available, such as kayaks, zip wire adventures and night walks.
Tortuguero - Tourist Lodge
The Pachira Lodge is located only five minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by boat or plane and it takes 5 to 6 hours by land and boat from San Jose. Pachira Lodge offers 96 comfortable rooms with bamboo furniture and ceiling fans. The lodge has a nicely decorated restaurant, a bar, a refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, beautiful gardens, ranchos with hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views.
Tortuguero - First Lodge
Overview and location
Tortuga Lodge and Gardens was the first upscale lodge built in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast and remains the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Facing the Tortuguero River in its own 146 acre estate, the lodge offers a quiet, eco-friendly experience with solar powered energy, locally sourced ingredients and attractive and wooden buildings with a laid-back, tropical, yet classic design. The lodge has 20 hectares of attractively landscaped gardens with ornamental tropical trees, palms, shrubs, orchids, and other flowers that attract birds, lizards and butterflies.
Why stay here?
In a remote place like this, running a quality eco lodge with comfortable accommodation and a high standard of service is not easy, but Tortuga Lodge has got it right. Rustic elegance in the jungle.
The 2 storey room blocks are set among the tropical gardens, with 11 downstairs terrace rooms, 12 upstairs balcony rooms, 1 large Penthouse suite and 2 family junior suites - all facing the river. The spacious rooms have quality beds, large en suite bathrooms with shower, ceiling fans and rocking chairs and hammocks in the outside terrace. There is a no smoking policy, no air conditioning or television - you will appreciate the sounds of the tropical rain forest - including a wake up call from a local howler monkey!
Food and drink
The reception, bar and superb restaurant are located in the main building built on the riverside, with veranda dining next to the water. The chef delights the guests with local and international dishes served in creative ways. All meals are served at your table. Veloso Tours recommends the full meal plan. An a la carte menu is available for all meals.
Facilities and activities
The lodge offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The stunning infinity pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system so the water does not irritate the eyes - a perfect place to relax after adventures in the jungle and the lodge's gardens. Expert-led excursions by boat exploring Tortuguero National Park are available from the lodge. These can be arranged in advance with your Veloso Tours UK travel advisor.
From July to October, the highlight in Tortuguero is standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.
Veloso Tours prices include room, local taxes and all meals. Packages including flight transfers from San Jose and excursions are also available. The National Park entrance fee is not included (USD $15.00 per person).
Families with teenagers will appreciate the hotel's partnership with a local school where they can help teach local children with their English. Must be pre-arranged with our travel advisor. Families stay in a junior family suite with 2 beds (1 king) sleeping up to 4. Younger families benefit from up to 2 children aged 10 or younger staying FREE if sharing a room with 2 adults. The lodge offers a special 3 night family expedition package including transfers, room, meals and full excursion programme.
Please call us for a quote - 0208 762 0616
Tortuguero - Deluxe Hotel
The Manatus Hotel is a new 4 star hotel, which reunites the ideal conditions to enjoy the nature. A room at Manatus Hotel begins with an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort: They are all designed to inspire the beauty of the surrounding, the wildlife sanctuary and the water canals, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. The hotel provides a gym with a Spa service, Internet and an art gallery. It also offers a variety of activities such as fishing tour, canopy tour, aquatic bicycle, kayak, birds and frogs observatory, and turtle tour.
Arenal National Park - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Travel to Arenal
Day 9 - Guided tour of the wetlands
Day 10 - Optional activities
- Full Description
Travel to Arenal
Depart Tortuguero this morning and travel by road to Arenal, where we check into your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Guided tour of the wetlands
Today enjoy a guided tour of Arenal National Park, including trekking around the volcano and a tour of the wetlands area of Cano Negro by boat. Here, there is an abundance of endemic bird species to observe in a beautiful, natural environment.
Today is free to relax at your hotel or lodge, or take a range of optional activities available, from mountain biking, trekking, zip wire adventures, white water rafting, nature tours and more. You local guide will assist you depending on your personal requirements.
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 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 National Park - Luxury Hotel
Voted the leading spa hotel in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveller in 2105, the Nayara Springs has a proud reputation for excellence in the most lush and enjoyable surroundings. It is one of the few hotels in the region that are adults only.
The public areas include a stunning pool, the award-winning spa, a gym, yoga and walkways and trails into the rainforest. There are many activities to enjoy, including horse riding, white water rafting, guided trekking, night walks, zip wire adventures in the rainforest and birdwatching tours.
There are several drinking and dining experiences to enjoy: Mis Amores, a gourmet Latin Bistro; Amore Loco, fine local cuisine; Mi Cafecito, an authentic coffee bar; the pool terrace serving lunch; the Altamera Restaurant offering upscale casual dining; Asia Luna, serving Asian cuisine; and the Nostalgia Wine and Tapas Bar.
The 35 spacious and elegant villas, each with its own plunge pool fed by a hot spring. Each has an expansive private garden with dual rain showers, oversized bathroom, sleek, four-poster bed and indoor and outdoor sitting areas. The Spring Villas also come with a private host to compliment our ever-attentive hotel staff.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis, with other packages available.
Rincon de la Veija National Park - 2 Nights
Day 11 - Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Day 12 - Full day hike
- Full Description
Drive to Rincon de la Vieja
Travel by road to Rincon de la Vieja National Park and check into your chosen hotel or lodge for a 2 night stya on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Rincon de la Vieja is the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Standing at 6,286 feet (1,916 meters) high and nine miles (15 km) wide, it is known as the Colossus of Guanacaste. The massive 600,000-year-old geological wonder has at least nine volcanic craters and at least 32 rivers flow down its sides.
Full day hike
Today, enjoy a full day hike in the national park, exploring the variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls and boiling sulphurous fumaroles which signal the power and activity of the mighty volcano.
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua - 2 Nights
Day 13 - Travel to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Day 14 - Guided tour
- Full Description
Travel to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Today we cross the border and enter Nicaragua where we continue to Ometepe Island in the Southwest of the country, known for its twin volcanoes. We arrive by boat and check into your hotel or lodge or a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Today, enjoy a full day guided tour exploring the island including a visit to a local farm, swimming in natural pools in the forest, trekking in the foothills of the volcanoes and discovering fascinating pre-Colombian rock carvings.
Granada - 3 Nights
Day 15 - Drive to Granada
Day 16 - Guided tour of Granada
Day 17 - Mayasa Volcano
- Full Description
Drive to Granada
We travel by road to Nicaragua's colonial gem Granada, where we check into your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Guided tour of Granada
Today enjoy a half day tour of Granada with our local guide. Granada is the oldest city on the American continent, with a colourful Spanish colonial centre, best exemplified by the vibrant yellow facades of the cathedral. Your tour includes a horse-drawn carriage ride showcasing the best of the city in style.
Today, enjoy a full day visit to the nearby Mayasa Volcano where you will trek to the viewing point of the crater. We also visit a local and authentic handicraft market.
Leon - 1 Night
Day 18 - Travel to Leon
- Full Description
Travel to Leon
Drive to Leon and check into your chosen hotel for your final night in Nicaragua. Rest of the day is free to explore Leon at your leisure. Founded by the Spanish, Leon is Nicaragua's second largest city boasts a burgeoning food scene and is packed full of beautiful churches, bustling markets, interesting museums, and wonderful colonial architecture.
Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights
Day 19 - Fly back to the UK
Day 20 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Fly back to the UK
Transfer to the airport and fly overnight back to the UK.
Arrive in the UK
Arrive back in the UK in the morning.
|Travel Dates||Year round|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£4,266|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£5,450|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£6,709|
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