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Best of Costa Rica & Guanacaste

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  • Days: 9
  • Countries: 1
  • Cities: 4
  • Dates: Apr 20’ - Oct 20'
  • Max People : 40
  • Min Age : 12+

Delve into the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s vibrant rainforests and diverse natural habitats and experience the “pura vida” (pure life) of Costa Rica on this 9-day Costa Rica tour package. Start in the capital city of San José, a bustling metropolis surrounded by mountains. Head north to Arenal to see one of the world’s most active volcanoes, then explore the cloud forests of Monteverde. In Guanacaste, the beaches beckon along the Pacific Coast with plenty of opportunities for sun and surf. Whether you seek sun, nature or adventure, we offer a comprehensive range of Costa Rica travel packages to this paradisiac country just waiting for you!


Start/End Location

Costa Rica

Tour Style

At Leisure 
These un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel.

Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in San Jose
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodations in Arenal
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodations in Monteverde
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodations in Guanacaste
  • 12 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage



San Jose: Crowne Corobici Hotel*
Arenal: Arenal Manoa Hotel*
Montiverde: El Establo Hotel*
Guanacaste: Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort*

* Please note that hotels listed are only reference.  Exact hotel will be provided at confirmation.

What you'll love
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
  • View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano
  • Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Travel to the tropical province of Guanacaste on the sun-splashed Pacific Coast



Day 1 Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose and check-in to your hotel. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.

Day 2Travel to Arenal

Morning departure for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival. (B,D)

Day 3 Full Day in Arenal

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica’s youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a dinner. (B)

Day 4Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde

In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings. (B)

Day 5Full Day in Monteverde

Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica’s top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant.

*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired. (B,L,D)

Day 6Travel to Guanacaste

Today, depart Monteverde for Guanacaste. See a huge contrast in scenery as you arrive in the tropical paradise of Guanacaste, located in the northwestern part of the country along the Pacific Coast with its sun-splashed beaches. The rest of the day is yours to discover the many options in this coastal paradise. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 7Full Day in Guanacaste

A day at leisure in picturesque Guanacaste, strikingly beautiful with its exotic bays, exquisite beaches and admire the most beautiful natural scenery. Don’t miss the optional Panache Sailing Tour. Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing along Costa Rica’s coast in a Catamaran, passing beautiful offshore islands and isolated beaches. Return to land after watching the magnificent sunset. (B,D)

Day 8Travel to San Jose

Travel back to San Jose today stopping to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. Perhaps, join the optional San Jose City Tour with dinner. Take a panoramic city tour of San Jose including visits to the Gold museum, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed and the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city. (B)

Day 9Depart Costa Rica

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Dates & Rates


I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Prices listed are per passenger based on double. If you wish to have your own room a single supplement is required. Please ask your travel advisor at the time of booking.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Costa Rica – colón (CRC), but U.S. dollars (USD) are accepted as legal currency throughout the country

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

It is recommended to book in advance in extension to this tour. Additional days can be added before/after this tour.

3 Reviews
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Megan Pope

Couple Traveller

Not a bad price for the tour enjoyed the trip.

June 4, 2019

Sherry P

Family Traveller

Was an absolutely fantastic vacation!! The value was amazing.

May 8, 2019

Angela Davis

Solo Traveller

Had a great trip! Thanks!

May 1, 2019
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