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This 7 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Costa Rica in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.
DAY 1 - Depart the USA for San Jose
Depart the USA for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your Tour Manager.
Overnight: San Jose
DAY 2 - Travel to Arenal
Today, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historical & government buildings and the public park La Sabana. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. Enroute stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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. Afterwards, consider spending the evening relaxing in one of the local hot springs.
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: Eco Termales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
DAY 4 - 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 & 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. Early in the afternoon arrive in the town of Monteverde, where you will be free to eat lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Your guide will then take you on a walk around the town. Consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs. The artisans of Costa Rica are renowned for their strong traditions of woodworking and craftsmanship. Before heading to your hotel, stop at the entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to visit the Gallery of Hummingbirds. Costa Rica is home to more than 50 species of Hummingbirds and many of them are known to nest around the Cloud Forest. After returning to your hotel for a few hours, have the option to be ushered back into town for a dinner at your choice of local restaurant.
DAY 5 - Full Day in Monteverde
This morning, enjoy 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. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure, or choose to participate in one of our optional tours. 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. Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant.
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (PM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (PM)*
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired
DAY 6 - Travel to San Jose
Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums.
Overnight: San Jose
DAY 7 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
|EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner||Day #3||01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2014||$55|
Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included home cooked traditional Costa Rican dinner.
|Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour||Day #3||01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2014||$60|
Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants,. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.
|Selvatura Canopy Tour||Day #5||07 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2014||$40|
Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length. This makes the Selvatura Canopy tour is one of the longest, and safest, Zipline tours in the country.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking through the forest between the Zipline cables.
|Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour||Day #5||01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2014||$28|
Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity.
Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.
|Plan B Hotels|
|Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham - details||★★★★||San Jose|
|Lomas del Volcán Hotel - details||★★★||Arenal|
|Arenal Volcano Inn - details||★★★||Arenal|
|Casa Luna Lodge - details||★★★||Arenal|
|Volcano Lodge - details||★★★+||Arenal|
|Heliconia Hotel - details||★★★||Monteverde|
|Radisson Europa Hotel & Conference Center - details||★★★★||San Jose|
|Hotel Poco a Poco - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
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|Plan A Hotels|
|Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham - details||★★★★||San Jose|
|Arenal Manoa Hotel - details||★★★+||Arenal|
|Hotel Los Lagos - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|Arenal Springs Hotel - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|Wyndham San Jose Herradura - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|Mountain Paradise Hotel - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|Hotel Royal Corin - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|El Establo Hotel - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|Radisson Europa Hotel & Conference Center - details||★★★★||Monteverde|
|2013 & 2014 Travel Dates||Groupon Price|
|Aug 22, Sep 5, Sep 26, Oct 3, Oct 10, Aug 25, Sep 1, Sep 15, Oct 6 & Oct 13 '13||$999*|
|Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec10 & Dec 17 '13||$1099*|
|Dec 31 '13||$1199*|
|Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4 & Mar 11 '14||$1099*|
|Mar 18 '14||$999*|
|Mar 25 & Apr 1 '14||$1099*|
|Apr 8 '14||$999*|
|Apr 15 & Apr 22 '14||$1099*|
|Apr 29 '14||$999*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Plan A: The Dec 31 - Apr 1 departures will be accommodated at Wyndham San Jose Herradura in San Jose.
Plan B: The Nov 12 and Nov 26 departures will be accommodated at Casa Luna Lodge in Arenal. The Nov 5, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25 and Apr 8 departures will be accommodated at Arenal Volcano Inn in Arenal. The Mar 18 departure will be accommodated at Volcano Lodge & Gardens in Arenal.
The Nov 5, Jan 7 - Feb 4, and Mar 4 - Apr 8 departures will be accommodated at Mountain Paradise Hotel in Arenal. The Dec 31, Feb 11, Feb 25, and Apr 15 departures will be accommodated at Hotel Los Lagos in Arenal. The Feb 18 departure will be accommodated at Hotel Royal Corin in Arenal.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Costa Rica taxes of up to $29.