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Nature-lovers will be enchanted by these Central American gems boasting never-ending wonders, from wonderful wildlife to dramatic volcanoes.
- Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
- 14 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
- 20 meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Non-stop flights to Costa Rica on the new British Airways direct route
- Tour of San José, Costa Rica's vibrant capital
- Tortuguero National Park, including jungle cruises
- Enjoy views of the Arenal Volcano
- Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Walking tour of Granada
- Explore the El Viejo Wetlands, home to extraordinary flora and fauna
- Spot wildlife in the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
Day 1: UK - San Jose
Depart on your scheduled flight to San José. We will transfer you to your hotel on arrival.
Day 2: San Jose
Your adventure begins with a guided tour of San José, the capital of Costa Rica. We'll introduce you to sights such as the National Theatre and the Gold Museum.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
Today you're heading to Tortuguero National Park, which is home to an array of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and caymans. Our journey takes us through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and across the Continental Divide, where you'll take in breathtaking views of primary forests.
Day 4: Tortuguero National Park
There's a full day of activities ahead including, if conditions are right, two boat trips through jungle-sheltered canals.
Day 5: Arenal Volcano
We are going to leave Tortuguero National Park by boat and then drive to Muelle de San Carlos. This will be our base for the next three nights as we explore the area around the Arenal Volcano.
Day 6: Arenal Volcano
Today is yours to spend at leisure. If you would prefer to join an organised excursion, we recommend an optional visit to the Hanging Bridges of Arenal and La Fortuna. There's also the option to enjoy a late afternoon trip to the Ecotermales Hot Springs with dinner.
Day 7: Arenal Volcano
Enjoy a relaxing morning or join an optional boat trip along the Peñas Blancas River. This afternoon there's a guided walk through the rainforest to look forward to.
Day 8: Monteverde
We're moving on to Monteverde today, a journey that takes us along scenic and sometimes bumpy roads! American Quakers set up the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the 1950s and now it's home many different species of birds and mammals, including the howler monkey.
Day 9: Monteverde
You will learn all about the cloud forest when we visit a nature reserve today. This afternoon is all yours, or there are optional activities to choose from if you wish.
Day 10: Granada
You're bound for Nicaragua today, the largest country in Central America. Here we will discover an extraordinary landscape of volcanoes, lakes, mountains and colonial towns. We are going to explore a traditional white village this afternoon and then head to the elegant city of Granada.
Day 11: Granada
Granada sits on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the world. Today's walking tour will help you get your bearings and we'll also visit the fascinating Convento San Francisco Museum.
Day 12: Granada, Masaya & Managua
You've got another day to enjoy Granada at leisure. Alternatively, your Tour Manager will be hosting a full-day optional trip to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. There will be a stop along the way at Masaya, where you can browse the colourful market. You'll also visit the Masaya Volcano National Park and, if conditions are right, we'll venture close to the smoking crater.
Day 13: Puntarenas
Today you'll cross the border back into Costa Rica, and head to the El Viejo wetlands. Here you'll visit the La Casona hacienda, where you can learn about the region's sabaneros, or cowboys.
Day 14: Manuel Antonio National Park
You'll see more exotic flora and fauna today on an included excursion to the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, which was once a farm. Over two-and-a-half hours you'll hike through a mango plantation to this private reserve, eating mangoes as you go if you wish!
Day 15: Carara National Park
After breakfast we'll transfer you to the airport in San José for your flight back to the UK.
Day 16: UK
You'll arrive in the UK today.
Days 1-2: Studio Hotel
The 4-star Studio Hotel in San Jose is perfectly located, offering sweeping views of the surrounding Central Valley. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Days 3 - 4: Pachira Lodge Tortuguero
The lodge is positioned extremely close to the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park. The National Park is famed for the huge variety of biodiversity, as depicted by the 11 differing habitats, including rainforests, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches and lagoons.
Days 5-7: Tilajari Resort
The 3-star Tilajari Resort in Muelle de San Carlos is perfectly located amid wonderful scenery near the San Carlos River. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar/lounge, three outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre.
Days 8-9: Hotel Fonda Velal
Hotel Fonda Vela is informal hillside hotel, located nearby Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. It has its own beautiful gardens with a variety of places to go birdwatching.
Days 10-12: La Gran Francia Hotel
The 3-star La Gran Francia Hotel is located right in the heart of the historical colonial city of Granada. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer and TV.
Day 13-14: Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows
Nammbu Beach Front Bungalows provides its guests with a stunning location, which complements its service and facilities perfectly. The outside pool area is surrounded by lush greenery and offers views of the beach. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and there is an in-house restaurant where both local and American inspired cuisine is served.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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