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Costa Rica itineraries

We've created our Costa Rica holidays by compiling our short Costa Rica tours into longer, comprehensive itineraries. You can choose from holidays that combine the main attractions of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama or ones that travel to the less-visited places or stay longer in one particular area. So as to fit in with the length of your holiday, each of our pre-arranged Costa Rica holidays varies in number of weeks. We also use a diverse range of transport and give you the choice between shuttle buses and hire car. We are always careful to select attractive, locally-owned accommodation with plenty of local character.

If you would like to add a few tweaks of your own to one of our holidays in Costa Rica, simply let our friendly Costa Rica travel specialists know on your quote request form or give us a call on 01273 322 383.

Prices below are based on two people travelling and exclude international flights. Prices for international flights are available on request. For departures during peak seasons (e.g. Easter, summer holidays, Christmas and New Year) supplements may apply.

Costa Rica holidays - Costa Rica highlights

Costa Rica Express Itinerary Costa Rica in a Nutshell

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Samara Beach - San Jose
Duration 12 days, 11 nights
Price From £898 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure Departs Daily
Transport Shuttle bus and private transfer or hire car

Short on time? No problem. This next itinerary will allow you to see all the highlights of Costa Rica and even give you some time on the beach to recuperate. All this in less than two weeks!

You'll begin your adventure in the capital city of San Jose then journey into a different world as you navigate the winding waterways of Tortuguero aboard a canoe. Experience what it's like to hike in the shadow of an active volcano and walk along canopy bridges in the lush cloud forest jungle of Monteverde. Finally, it's time to sit back and relax on the soft sand beach of Samara; enjoy fresh seafood dinners and spectacular sunsets...

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Costa Rica holidays - Costa Rica highlights
Costa Rica holidays - Costa Rica highlights
Costa Rica holidays - Arenal volcano

Costa Rica holidays

A Taste of Costa Rica  - Highlights Itinerary

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Bubbling Lakes of Rincon de la Vieja - Samara Beach - San Jose
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Price: From £1,128 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily except Saturdays
Transport: Shuttle bus and private transfer or hire car

This is our favorite Costa Rica holiday. In just over two weeks, you'll travel into the main national parks from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific coast. You'll begin your holiday in San Jose and continue on to a jungle trip to the turtle paradise Tortuguero. Then get your jeep ready or hop on the shuttle bus and go on your way to smoking volcanoes and bubbling mud pools and take in the canopy of the mysterious cloud forest during a suspension bridge walk. Your trip finishes in a hammock on a beautiful palm beach where you can reflect on all your experiences. This Costa Rica holiday is the perfect mix of the country's highlights, less visited parks and time to soak up the sun on the beach.

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Costa Rica holidays - local wildlife
Costa Rica holidays - beach at Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica holidays - swimming at Tortuguero

Costa Rica holidays

From Traditional Tribes to Remote Rainforests  - Off the beaten track itinerary

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Ingidenous Bribri Village - Relaxed Puerto Viejo Beaches - Arenal Volcano - Monkeys of Manuel Antonio - Tortuga's Dolphins - Snorkelling in Corcovado National Park - San Jose
Duration: 22 days / 21 nights
Price: From £1,515 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Departs daily except Tuesdays
Transport: Shuttle bus or hire car

If you have three weeks off and really want to see what Costa Rica has to offer away from the tourist throngs, this is the Costa Rica trip for you. From San Jose, you'll travel to hopefully see the turtles in Tortuguero, learn about the local culture of Costa Rica's indigenous people on a night with the Bribri Tribe and relax on a Caribbean beach. After visiting the Arenal volcano, you'll head into the rainforests of Manuel Antonio, famous for its monkeys. Squeeze in some dolphin spotting and round it all off on the deserted beaches in Tortuga and Drake Bay; the perfect end to your three week Costa Rica trip.

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Costa Rica holidays - dolphin spotting at Samara
Costa Rica holidays - boat trip at Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica holidays - volcanoes

Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Jungle Nights and Colonial Sights  - Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Bubbling pools of Rincon de la Vieja - Colonial Leon - faded grandeur of Granada - relax on authentic Ometepe island
Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Price: From £1,778 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Departs daily except Saturdays
Transport: Shuttle bus and private transfer or hire car and private transfer

Combine your holiday to Costa Rica with a week in neighbouring Nicaragua during this itinerary. You'll travel from the bustling city of San Jose, through the jungles of Tortuguero, the volcano near La Fortuna and walk amongst the tree tops in the cloud forest of Monteverde. After a few nights experiencing the thermal pools in Rincon de la Vieja you'll travel over the border to the colonial cities of Leon and Granada. Polish off your trip with a few days on the freshwater island of Ometepe, soaking up the local culture and beautiful scenery. 

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Costa Rica holidays - bubbling lakes at Rincon
Costa Rica holidays - beautiful architecture
Costa Rica holidays - local birdlife

Costa Rica and Panama

From Wildlife & Beaches to Coffee & Canals  - Costa Rica and Panama

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Relaxed Puerto Viejo Beaches - Indigenous Bribri Village - Deserted Islands of Bocas del Toro - Coffee in Boquete - Panama Canal
Duration: 22 days / 21 nights
Price: From £1,878 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Departs Daily
Transport: Shuttle bus and private transfer or hire car and private transfer

If you'd like to combine classic Costa Rica with the less-travelled treasures of Panama, this is the best Costa Rica holiday for you. You'll travel through Costa Rica's best loved jungles and beaches before journeying through the isolated village of the Bribri people and onwards into Panama. You can lay back and relax on a quiet island and head into the hills to experience life with the friendly locals on a working coffee plantation, where you'll also have the chance to roast your own coffee beans. Wind up your trip with a visit to Panama's most famous landmark: the Panama Canal.

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Costa Rica holidays - in the Cloud Forest
Costa Rica holidays - Panama Canal
Costa Rica holidays - sample accommodation

Costa Rica holidays

Costa Rica in Style  - Comfort Itinerary

Highlights: San Jose - Jungles of Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Bubbling Lakes of Rincon de la Vieja - Samara Beach - Monkeys in Manuel Antonio - San Jose
Duration 16 days, 15 nights
Price From £1,635 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure Departs Daily
Transport: Shuttle bus and private transfer or hire car

This Costa Rica holiday is ideal for those who want to see all of Costa Rica's highlights with a bit of extra comfort. During this itinerary you'll stay in category 4 accommodation (except in Tortuguero). These will vary from a colonial-style hotel in San Jose to a converted observatory in La Fortuna National Park; from a swiss-style chalet to an apartment by the beach. You'll journey through the jungle by boat, hike in the shadow of a volcano and walk high above the tree tops of the cloud forest. Experience the strange smells of volcanic thermal pools then kick back and relax on the beaches of Samara and Manuel Antonio. Watch out for those cheeky monkeys though!

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Costa Rica holidays - meet the parrots
Costa Rica holidays - beautiful beaches


Costa Rica Holidays - Practical Information

What is included in our Costa Rica holidays?

- All accommodation with breakfast. Sometimes other meals are included. Check the daily programme.
- All major transport including domestic flights as described in the daily programmes.
- Excursions and organised visits with an English-speaking guide as indicated (see the descriptions).
- When necessary, assistance from our local agent, available 24 hours a day.
- Watertight financial guarantee, we hold both UK ABTA and ATOL licences giving you complete peace of mind.

What is not included in our Costa Rica holidays?

- Flights between the UK and Latin America. These flights can be booked separately: see flights to Costa Rica
- Costa Rica Travel Insurance; please arrange adequate insurance including medical and cancellation cover.
- A few of the smaller transfers are excluded. This gives you more flexibility and gives you a sense of travelling independently. 
- Visa or Passport costs.
- Optional extras, such as food and drinks, laundry, departure taxes, etc.

Want to customise your Costa Rica holiday?

It is possible to customise your Costa Rica holiday. Perhaps you'd like to treat yourself to an upgraded hotel, or add a few extra days on the beach? It’s very easy to tweak these Costa Rica holidays to suit your personal requirements, just let us know what you want when you fill out the quote request form.

If you'd like to create your own itinerary by using our bite-sized Costa Rica Tours, then feel free to request your own Travel Plan.

You can always call us on 01273 322383 for more help.


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