This classic Costa Rica tour offers the perfect introduction to this enchanting land. Beginning at the picturesque San Jose valley nestled amid the lofty Central American mountains, set out to explore the lush countryside and volcanic peaks. At the highland country of Arenal, seek out adventure amid waterfalls, hot springs and verdant forests before making your way to Manuel Antonio by the seaside. While away the final few days of your vacation kayaking and snorkeling in the azure waters by the pristine shoreline, occasionally setting out for a hiking trip in the incredibly bio-diverse Manuel Antonio National Park.


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2San JoséSpanish Colonial History, Museums and Contemporary Art, Saturday Markets, Vibrant NightlifeXandari Resort & Spa, Finca Rosa Blanca
2 - 5ArenalArenal Volcano National Park, Volcanic Peaks, Caves and Hot Springs, Hiking, Sky Trekking, Canopy Walks and KayakingArenal Kioro, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
5 - 8Manuel AntonioManuel Antonio National Park, White Sandy Beaches, WildlifePlaza Yara, Parador Resort & Spa
8 - 8San JoséSpanish Colonial History, Museums and Contemporary Art, Saturday Markets, Vibrant Nightlife

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Beaches
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

San José

1 Day

Cushioned in the valley between the Central American mountain ranges and volcanic peaks, the Costa Rican capital is surrounded by lush green landscapes.

Hotel Options
RoomPrima Villa
RoomJunior Suite
Day 2 - 5

Drive from San José to Arenal (130 km, 3 hrs)


3 Days

The beautiful region of Arenal serves as the perfect base for exploring Costa Rica’s highland country of volcanic peaks, ancient caves, hot water springs and national parks. The drive up towards the Arenal Volcano National Park is spectacular.

Included Activities

Rainforest Canopy Hike At Arenal
Experience a fascinating tour of the rainforest with a walk over the treetops along Arenal’s famed hanging bridges. After an early breakfast in your hotel, take a comfortable half hour ride to the hanging bridges in the company of your local guide. Enjoy a leisurely hike along the two mile-long trail of bridges that crisscross the dense forests spread out below. If you’re lucky, you could spot howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, flocks of colorful birds, butterflies, armadillos, and a host of other wildlife on your jungle canopy walk! (Half Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: A bilingual guide will accompany you).

Volcano Hike At Arenal
Ever been fascinated by the sight of molten lava forming its way out of the earth’s bubbling core? This may be an opportunity of a lifetime to watch an active volcano from a perfectly safe vantage point. After breakfast at your hotel, drive over to the north-western end of the Arenal volcano, which is less than a half hour drive away. Get off ahead of the Las Coladas Trail and enjoy a leisurely hike through tropical rainforests and an old lava flow formed nearly three decades ago. Note the interesting lava formations along this easy trail. Watch out for the region’s local plant and wildlife too. If you’re lucky, you may come across a variety of primates, sloth bears, and birds, including toucans and hawks on your hike. The walking trail ends at an observation area that offers spectacular views of the volcano. Weather permitting, one can spot the fiery lava trickling along the mountain side! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: A bilingual guide will accompany you).

Hotel Options
Arenal Kioro – Opt 1
RoomOrchid Room
Day 5 - 8

Drive from Arenal to Manuel Antonio with a Guide (230 km, 5.5 hrs)

Manuel Antonio

3 Days

The little seaside village of Manuel Antonio serves as the entry to the lush tropical rainforests of the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Included Activities

Walking Safari At The Manuel Antonio National Park
Discover the natural history of the lush rainforests at the Manuel Antonio National Park on this trip. After breakfast at your hotel, take a half hour drive to the national park with your local guide. Take a leisurely hike through one of the most popular walking trails at the park. Absorb interesting information about the rainforest that your guide shares as you walk along. Take in your gorgeous surroundings, stopping to take advantage of numerous photo ops along the way. Watch out for the various tropical primates endemic to the park. About halfway into your trip, take a half hour break by the Third Beach. Refresh yourself with snacks by the seaside, take a dip in the sea, or just admire the seascape before getting back to the trail. Look out for exotic birds and butterflies, various orchids and tropical plants, as well as sloth bears. At the end of your walking safari, stop by a local restaurant for a delicious Costa Rican meal. Drive back to your hotel after lunch. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Snacks & Lunch; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen & sunglasses; don’t forget your camera; Note: Park closed on Mondays; Telescopes, water & a bilingual guide are available for you).

Kayaking And Snorkeling By Biesanz Bay
Enjoy a snorkeling and kayaking trip along the beautiful coastline of Biesanz Bay. Take a half hour drive down to Quepos pier with your local guide. Set off in your kayaks for the lovely inlet of Biesanz Bay, drifting past tiny islands and flocks of water birds roosting by the waterside. Make a half hour pit stop at Biesanz Bay, stretching your legs and catching refreshments. Go snorkeling and explore the rich marine life by the bay. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish, and even elusive sea turtles! Paddle back to Quepos pier, watching out for flocks of pelicans, flying fish, and other exotic sea creatures on your way. Leaving your kayak behind, relish a delicious homemade lunch over conversations with your local hosts. (Half Day; Time of Day: Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Beverages & Lunch or Dinner; Fitness Level: Hard; Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat & beach towel; don’t forget your camera; Note: a bilingual guide will be provided for you).

Hotel Options
Plaza Yara – Opt 1
RoomPremium Room
Day 8 - 8

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San José (170 km, 3 hrs)

San José

0 Days

Cushioned in the valley between the Central American mountain ranges and volcanic peaks, the Costa Rican capital is surrounded by lush green landscapes.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,294 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 3,864 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 8 days / 7 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Arenal: Rainforest Canopy hike at Arenal
    • Arenal: Volcano Hike at Arenal
    • Manuel Antonio: Walking Safari at the Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Manuel Antonio: Kayaking and Snorkeling by Biesanz Bay
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Classic Treasures of Costa Rica

8 days $ 3,294 / person

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