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Costa Rica and Nicaragua

16 Days from £2,599

​Explore enchanting Costa Rica, where canopied forests, butterfly gardens and bubbling hot springs are en masse. Then journey to colourful Nicaragua – a land of lakes and volcanoes – in search of colonial architecture, jostling markets and wondrous wildlife.

Departure from: Feb 2018 - Nov 2019

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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
  • Coffee farm visit with lunch included
  • Enjoy views of the Arenal Volcano
  • Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Walking tour of Granada
  • Carara National Park
  • Spot wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park

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 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 hot springs of Tabacon. You'll take in wonderful views of the Arenal Volcano and 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 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. You're free to do as you wish this afternoon. If you want to relax and soak up the atmosphere, an optional horse-drawn carriage ride and boat trip is hard to beat.​

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

We'll take to the road and cross the border back into Costa Rica today. Our journey takes us south to the coastal area of Puntarenas. ​

DAY 14 Manuel Antonio National Park

Your highlight today is a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. We are going to take a guided walk through this beautiful unspoiled reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for the wonderful wildlife that lives here, we might be lucky enough to spot monkeys, toucans and more. Afterwards, why not kick back and relax and on the beach. ​

DAY 15 Carara National Park

We're heading to the Carara National Park this morning, one of the country's best areas for birdwatching. Lots of species call the park their home, including the beautiful scarlet macaw. Afterwards we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight 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 :

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 :

Croc's Casino
Croc’s Casino Resort, located right on the beach in Jaco, offers exceptional services to their customers. All rooms are coming en-suite with a hairdryer and free toiletries. They also further benefit from elegant décor, air conditioning and free WiFi. Guests can relax in an outdoor pool and a spa or enjoy nightlife and entertainment in a casino and bars. Local and international cuisine is served in three restaurants located in the hotel.


Dates and Prices

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
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DEPARTURE
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NOW
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SAT 24 FEB 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,149

Available (Only 2 places left)

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 24 February 2018

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 10 March 2018

Departs

15:30 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

07:45 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 06 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,799

£2,649

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 06 October 2018

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 20 October 2018

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 17 NOV 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,749

£2,599

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 17 November 2018

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 01 December 2018

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 23 FEB 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,149

£3,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 23 February 2019

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 09 March 2019

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 09 MAR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,149

£2,999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 09 March 2019

Departs

11:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

15:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 23 March 2019

Departs

17:25 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

10:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 23 MAR 19

London (Gatwick)

£3,149

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

£2,799

£2,649

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

£2,749

£2,599

Available

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 17 MAR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,149

£2,999

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 17 March 2018

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 31 March 2018

Departs

15:05 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

08:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 24 MAR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£3,149

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 24 March 2018

Departs

08:05 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:40 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 07 April 2018

Departs

15:05 San Jose (J Santamaria)

Arrives

08:35 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.

Tabacon Hot Springs

FROM £88

Take advantage of the beauty and natural surroundings at the award winning Tabacon Hot Springs. This is a perfect location for relaxing in the thermal pools, ponds and waterfalls. Dinner is included.

Evening Excursion – Minimal Walking – Relaxation

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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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Tarcoles River

FROM £35

A fantastic 2hr boat tour along the Tarcoles River and through the mangroves with wonderful bird and animal spotting opportunities. This area is particularly known for crocodiles and also an amazing range of birds. The boats are flat, large and protected with a canopy. Tips to local guide & captain are not included.

2 hours – Minimal Walking - Best Seller

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Managua and Masaya Volcano National Park Tour

FROM £58

Managua is a hive of activity and we learn on a fascinating history punctuated with earthquakes, civil wars and revolution. En route we pause in Masaya to explore it's fascinating markets, before paying a visit to the breathtaking Masaya Volcano National Park where we glimpse into the smoking crater and enjoy stunning views.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

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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 Puntarenas Add-on

Extend your holiday to 20 days from £349

Feb 2018 - Nov 2019 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