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Costa Rica and Nicaragua

16 Days from £2,649

Nature-lovers will be enchanted by this Central American gem - boasting never-ending wonders, from wonderful wildlife to dramatic volcanoes.

Departure from: Oct 2018 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​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

PLUS

  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

Included holiday highlights

    • 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
    • Santa Rosa National Park
    • Rincon de la Vieja National Park
    • Spot wildlife in the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

     


 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £650 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/San José

Depart on your scheduled flight to San José. We will transfer you to your hotel on arrival. ​

DAY 2 San José

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. Then, when you have your bearings, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.​

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. Towards the end of your journey, we will transfer you to your lodge by boat. This afternoon you'll learn all about sea turtles when we visit the Tortuguero Village and the Caribbean Conservation Museum.​

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, which has been active since 1968. ​

DAY 6 Hanging Bridges of Arenal

Today is yours to spend at leisure enjoying the facilities at your hotel or exploring more at your own pace. Alternatively, we highly recommend an optional visit to the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, set in a natural paradise of 600 acres of protected rainforest. Here you'll head along a walking trail and take in stunning views from a series of bridges which are suspended high above the lush forest canopy. As you go, look out for an amazing variety of wildlife too. The reserve is a haven to more than 250 species of birds, reptiles such as the basilisk lizard and many types of mammal, from howler monkeys to three-toed sloths.
You'll also visit the mountain town of La Fortuna, loomed over by the majestic Arenal Volcano, and if you want to see even more, you can join a further optional trip late this afternoon. We'll head to the Eco Termales hot springs, where the chance to relax in the soothing waters surrounded by rainforest is a great end to your day. There's a bar if you would like to sip a cocktail as you bathe, and a colonial-style restaurant, where dinner is included.

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. Lunch is included at a coffee farm along the way, and this afternoon we'll listen to a fascinating talk by a descendent of the original Quaker settlers. After a tour of Monteverde village we will transfer you to your hotel. Then, if you choose to join our optional excursion, there's a guided forest walk this evening.  ​

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 Rincon de la Vieja

After breakfast we'll journey by road to Rincon de la Vieja, nestled amongst the volcanic Guanacaste Mountain Range. On route we'll visit Santa Rosa National Park, which protects some of the last remaining tropical dry forest in the world. There are 10 unique habitats here, providing a haven for many species of animals from big cats to spider monkeys, and we'll head off in search of wildlife on a guided tour.

DAY 11 Rincon de la Vieja

We're heading off on a hike through Rincon de la Vieja's scenic forest trail to the area's hot springs. These five natural pools were created by the Rincon de la Vieja volcano and you can relax in the soothing waters or enjoy a volcanic mud bath. There's even a bar and cafe if you'd like to treat yourself to a cold beer or a snack.

DAY 12 Rincon de la Vieja

You can spend today relaxing at the hotel and exploring at your own pace, or why not join one of our optional activities. You can choose a canopy tour, which takes you on a thrilling trip across the tree tops of Rincon de la Vieja's tropical forests. You'll be safely harnessed, and as you make your way across a series of platforms you'll be able to see a diverse range of flora and fauna on this thrilling adventure. Alternatively, you can walk across a series of 20-metre-high hanging bridges as you take in the tranquil beauty of primary forest. Again, the sights you'll see promise to be totally unforgettable.

DAY 13 Guanacaste

Another day of adventure takes us to  Rincon de la Vieja National Park via the area's snow-white beaches. The park itself is a great place for a hike, thanks to the quality of its walking trails. On our guided tour we'll see a diverse range of flora and fauna amongst a breathtaking volcanic landscape of boiling mud pools and fumaroles. We'll then head to Guanacaste, where our beautiful hotel is located right beside a stretch of golden sand lapped by the Pacific Ocean.

DAY 14 Guanacaste

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! Nature runs wild here and as you explore you'll not only see but feel and breathe this unique tropical dry forest as you learn about the plants and animals that thrive here, as well as the people who inhabited this land long before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1502.
Afterwards you can spend some time on beautiful Samara Beach, with its white sands and aquamarine waters. We'll then return to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 15 San Jose

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​.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV and hairdryer.

Day 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. Each room is en-suite and has a TV, a minibar, satellite channels and a hairdryer. Hotel also features an indoor pool, a restaurant, a bar, WiFi access and a private parking.

Day 10 - 12 :

Buena Vista Lodge
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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. The air conditioned and contemporarily styled rooms come furnished with private facilities, a fridge and a TV.


Dates and Prices

 
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SAT 06 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

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£2,799

£2,699

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 06 October 2018

Departs

09:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:15 San Jose (J Santamaria)

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British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 20 October 2018

Departs

15:05 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

08:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 17 NOV 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,749

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 17 November 2018

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 01 December 2018

Departs

15:30 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

07:45 London (Gatwick)

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British Airways

SAT 23 FEB 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,199

Call to book (Only 1 place left)

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 23 February 2019

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 09 March 2019

Departs

15:30 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

07:45 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 09 MAR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,199

Call to book (Only 1 place left)

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 09 March 2019

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 23 March 2019

Departs

15:30 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

07:45 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 23 MAR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,249

£3,099

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 23 March 2019

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 06 April 2019

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 05 OCT 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,849

£2,699

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 05 October 2019

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 19 October 2019

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 16 NOV 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,799

£2,649

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Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 16 November 2019

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 30 November 2019

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 15 FEB 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,199

£3,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 15 February 2020

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

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British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 29 February 2020

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 07 MAR 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,199

£3,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 07 March 2020

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 21 March 2020

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 03 OCT 20

London (Gatwick)

£2,849

£2,699

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 03 October 2020

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 17 October 2020

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 14 NOV 20

London (Gatwick)

£2,799

£2,649

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 14 November 2020

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 28 November 2020

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Ecotermales Hot Springs

FROM £58

Take advantage of the beauty and natural surroundings at the Ecotermales Natural Hot Springs. Relax in the natural thermal springs, ponds and waterfalls. Dinner is included.

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Penas Blancas River Trip

FROM £58

In the morning or afternoon. A leisurely paddle along the river with guides in each small boat (approx 6 people per boat), spotting wildlife and plant life - great for photos. Short stop for coffee and snacks at a fascinating local homestead.

Half day – Minimal Walking – Not to be missed

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Guanacaste Add-on

Extend your holiday to 21 days from £349

Oct 2018 - Nov 2020 Departures

You can choose to extend your holiday with an extra four nights in Puntarenas. This add-on begins on Day 15 of your holiday and will give you more time to enjoy Costa Rica’s incredible highlights, from dense rainforests and soaring volcanoes to idyllic tropical beaches. Perhaps head to the nearby coastal resort of Jaco, which boasts variety of restaurants, bars and shops and a long beach, popular with surfers. Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

When seeking out wildlife in the rainforest always have your binoculars or camera ready. Muted coloured clothing will help you blend in too.

YVETTE BARNETT - TOUR MANAGER

Costa Rica and Nicaragua


Tour Gallery

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