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From stunning natural beauty to fascinating colonial architecture, Costa Rica offers a wealth of delights. Add to the mix, rich culinary traditions and a relaxed beach vibe, and you have the ingredients for the perfect trip. Explore all this and more on your customized Costa Rica vacation!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3San José and Central ValleySpanish Colonial History, Museums and Contemporary Art, Saturday Markets, Vibrant NightlifeGrano de Oro
3 - 6Tenorio/Rio CelesteImposing volcanoes, Lush rainforests, Waterfall hikesHotel Origins Luxury Lodge
6 - 9ArenalArenal Volcano National Park, Volcanic Peaks, Caves and Hot Springs, Hiking, Sky Trekking, Canopy Walks and KayakingNayara Tented Camp
9 - 12TortugueroTortuguero National Park, Tropical Beaches, Sea Turtles and WildlifeEcolirios Boutique Hotel and Spa
12 - 15Puerto ViejoLaid-back Beach Town, Dense Tropical Landscapes, SurfingAguas Claras
15 - 16San José and Central ValleySpanish Colonial History, Museums and Contemporary Art, Saturday Markets, Vibrant NightlifeXandari Resort & Spa

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  • Adventure
  • Beaches
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

San José and Central Valley

2 Days

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

Included Activities

A Personalized Gastronomic Tour of San Jose
Relish the myriad culinary traditions of San Jose on a gastronomic tour. Learn all about the city’s culinary traditions from your local guide as you visit three different restaurants. Gain an understanding of the Chorotega origins, colonial Spanish flavors as well as gourmet accents of contemporary Tican cuisine by sampling tapas platters. Experience the cultural vibrancy of Barrio Escalante that once used to be a wealthy residential neighborhood. Now an eclectic cultural district, expansive 19th century buildings sit next to colorful local cafes and boutique restaurants while Calle 33 in particular bustles with swish bars that remain open till late into the night. (Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 4 hrs; Time: 1900 hrs; Fitness level: easy; Please inform ahead in case of dietary restrictions).

Hotel Options
Grano de Oro – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Queen
Day 3 - 6

Your chauffeur will drive you from San José to Tenorio/Rio Celeste in a private vehicle (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

Tenorio/Rio Celeste

3 Days

The Tenorio Volcano, rising majestically from the northern forested plains of Costa Rica, forms part of the vast Tenorio Volcano National Park. Hike to the exquisitely colored Rio Celeste waterfall, which according to local legend, gets its striking turquoise hue from the gods who dipped their paintbrush in its waters while painting the sky.

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Lodges
Day 6 - 9

Your chauffeur will drive you from Tenorio/Rio Celeste to Arenal in a private vehicle (Duration: 2 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

Floating Ride Down the Peñas Blancas River
If a leisurely ride down calm waters is your kind of relaxed adventure, then this day tour is tailor made for you. Enjoy drifting down the still waters of the Peñas Blancas River in inflatable rafts, accompanied by your naturalist guide. Look out for exotic riverside animals and birds as you drift along the calm waters, noting the rich plant life as well. Expect to encounter sloth bears, a variety of monkeys, crocs, river turtles and colorful lizards. You’re sure to come across flocks of tropical birds, including rainbow colored toucans. Drop by the local ranch ‘La Cocina de Tita Yolanda’, enjoying the warm hospitality and observing the unhurried farm life of your hosts. Enjoy a hearty homemade snack prepared at the farm. (Half Day; Time of Day: Afternoon; Duration: 4.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Snacks; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable clothes, insect repellent, sunglasses and sunscreen; don’t forget your camera; Note: Water, equipment & a bilingual guide will be available on this trip).

Hotel Options
RoomNayara Tent Room
Day 9 - 12

Drive from Arenal to Guápiles (129 km, 2.5 hrs)


3 Days

This little coastal village lies within the Tortuguero National Park. The sea beaches along Tortuguero Village are well known as the nesting colony of sea turtles.

Hotel Options
RoomPackage 3D/2N - Jungle Suite
Day 12 - 15

Your chauffeur will drive you from Guápiles to Puerto Viejo in a private vehicle (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

Puerto Viejo

3 Days

Puerto Viejo is a beautiful town located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. With gleaming unspoilt beaches, lush vegetation and an idyllic ambience, it is a veritable tropical paradise.

Hotel Options
Aguas Claras – Opt 1
RoomPavlova Suite
Day 15 - 16

Your chauffeur will drive you from Puerto Viejo to San José in a private vehicle (Duration: 4.5 hrs)

San José and Central Valley

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

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 10,790 /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 16 days / 15 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • San José and Central Valley: A Personalized Gastronomic Tour of San Jose
    • Arenal: Floating Ride Down the Peñas Blancas River
  • An air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • 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.
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On demand a printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Costa Rica: Culture, Colors and Cuisine

16 days $ 10,790 / person

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