Costa Rica President’s Week Classic Plus - 9 Days

Overview

A comfortably paced ring around Costa Rica’s alluring natural beauty.This trip features a classic combination of Costa Rica’s top spots with enough time to properly enjoy each one at a price only available here. Cloud forests, coffee plantations, volcanoes & rain forests come together beautifully on this 9 day group tour. You’ll stroll the coffee fields of the Doka Estates Plantation & enjoy their signature farm to table organic lunch, peer into the crater of the world’s widest rimmed volcano, feel the refreshing energy of passing waterfalls, and of course, soak in the pulsating hot waters that flow from the active Arenal Volcano. More shades of green here than you might probably have thought existed. A private transfer to the San Jose Intenrational Airport on the last day makes this package a convenient option without having to spend the last night back in the city. Authentic hotels, all meals, all transportation within Costa Rica and expert guides are included.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Costa Rica. After clearing immigrations and customs follow to the exit and take the transfer to the hotel, less than 30 minutes away.
Check in and overnight at your selected hotel.
Barcelo San José Hotel.

Coffee, volcano, waterfalls and rainforest come together in this fantastic full day tour. Starting with a drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park we make our way out of the Central Valley.
As we ascend towards the Poás Volcano we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation, palm trees are replaced by pine and cool air overcomes the lowland heat.  We will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape that paves the way to our first stop, Poas Volcano.
Starting from the park visitor center, a very easy 20 minute walk will bring us to the observation deck of the Volcano enormous rim.  Admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. The volcano’s active crater is one of the largest in the world. Poás Volcano National Park protects a spectacular cloud forest that offers tempting trails that lead you through the exotic flora of this unique environment. Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to the prestigious Doka Coffee Estate. After a farm ro table lunch,  enjoy  the coffee tour in the actual coffee plantation. Here, we will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica. Learn about the careful process involved on the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean. Back on board our bus for the drive back to our hotel.
Meals: BL

Discover the culture of both contemporary and pre-Columbian Costa Rican life on this San Jose city tour. We will drive through busy streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks and to reach National Theater and The  Gold Museum home to 1,600 gold artifacts dating back to 500  BC. Learn straight from our expert local guides  about Costa Rican community, culture, cuisine and more.
Meals: B

After breakfast, check out and be ready with all your luggage for your departure to Costa Rica’s heartland.
The Arenal Volcano with Tabacon Hot Springs tour is one of the most popular tours that we offer. Have a small bag packed separately  with bathing suit, change of clothes, sandals & insect repellant.

This tour offers the best of both worlds, in terms of the raw untamed beauty of the imposing Arenal Volcano, which is juxtaposed against the lush and soothing thermal waters of Tabacon Hot Springs. All this set against a backdrop of lush vegetation and breathtaking views of the nearly perfect conical shaped lines of the volcano.
Situated in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica and about a 2 hour ride away, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that attracts thousands of tourists who come to see an active volcano which on clear days allows one to witness white plumes of smoke that emanate from this conical shaped behemoth. It should be noted, that the volcano had previously been assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when to everyones amazement it experienced a major eruption.

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano there will be a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Ricas Artisans. In Sarchi, you can see many of the handicrafts that Costa Rica has to offer, as well as the possibility of feasting your eyes on the world largest ox cart. The cart is made of cedar and is painted with several coats (4) of orange paint and is multicolored. The design is typical and intricate, indicative of traditional oxcarts. The oxcart is two stories high and took nearly 70 days to construct and paint. For the record, according to the Guinness book of world recorded, the cart is nearly 45 feet long (14 meters) and weighs 4400 lbs (2 tons).
The journey will then continue, traversing diverse plantations with agricultural products, including pineapple farms, and mango groves, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna, and stopping to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a magnificent view of the volcano.
Then you will go on to relax at  the best hot springs in the area where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. Tabacon is nestled at the base of mighty Arenal with a view of the Volcano towering in the background. Here, thermo-mineral springs flowing from Arenal run at a soothing 102 F through a maze of pools, waterfalls and exotic tropical gardens. You’ll love exploring the springs many nooks pulsating with these magic hot waters!
Tabacon Hot springs combines the four elements of nature; the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region, to provided visitors with a first rate experience.
And for a perfect ending, before checking in to your Arenal area hotel, Tabacon’s signature buffet dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano. Back on board for your drop off to your selected hotel for check-in. Meals: BLD

After breakfast some free time before we depart  for a short drive to the number 1 attraction, sky Tram at Arenal Sky Park.
Sky Tram:
The slow-paced Sky Tram gondolas soar smoothly through the rain forest, offering up endless views during their mountainous ascent. Accompanied by a bilingual guide, tour takers will be able to stop the tram at any point, a feature that allows for magnificent, one-of-a-kind photographs to be captured and tropical birds to be spotted.
The Sky tram ends in a wide observation platform on the highest point of the Arenal Reserve, where you can sit down on comfortable chairs to enjoy the view. You may stay as long as you wish on the platform admiring the volcano, the lake, the mountain range and rain forest.

This tour is a full age tour, even for people with some disability, thanks to the space of our gondolas that fit a wheelchair inside, without folding it.
Ride back down the same way you came up, on the Sky Tram. On the ride you will be able to notice how the vegetation varies as the altitude changes once again.

Meet at the Chill Out Restaurant in the main center.
Also on the site there are both a butterfly and orchid garden nearby the reception so save a little time to check them out as well, with no additional fees these are courtesy of the company.

Overnight at your hotel. MEALS B

After breakfast we travel north towards the border shared with Nicaragua to reach the town of Los Chiled for our tour of  Cano Negro.

The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered to be of the best sites on the continent for bird watching. In addition to an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also home to many exciting animals, such as sloth, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, and a variety of flora native of the wetlands. Our tour to this beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna and travels approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Los Chiles, a rustic village just three kilometers from the Nicaraguan border. Then we begin our boat ride to the wetlands.  .  On the way up, you will see many bird and animal species.  Around noon we will stop along the river for a typical Costa Rican lunch before heading back to Los Chiles to take the bus back to La Fortuna
Departure time: 7:30 a.m.  Return: 3:30 p.m.
Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, picnic lunch (vegetarian food available upon request) and beverages.
What to bring:    Light, comfortable clothing, sandals or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion and insect repellent.
Meals : BL

Mid morning travel between Arenal and San Ramon to reach the  VillaBlanca hotel surrounded by the Los Ángeles Cloud Forest.

Your expert driver navigates  the secondary road that paves the way ,bumpy but scenic to the Hotel Villablanca.   Check -in to your cozy casita. Welcome to the Cloud Forest! . Meals B

After breakfast day free to enjoy all that this charming and tranquil lodge has to offer.
Enjoy entrance to the onsite biological research center, located between the main building and the charming chapel, as well as the easy walking self guided trails.

Pick up a walking stick and enjoy nature all around you or just relax on your back porch and let the humming birds come to you.
Meals: B

Morning transfer to the San Jose International Airport for your departure flight. Meals B

Includes:

  • 3 nights in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast, Hotel Barcelo San Jose
  • 3 nights in Arenal Volcano with  breakfast daily, Casa Luna Hotel
  • 2 nights in Los Angeles Cloud forest with breakfast, Villa Blanca Hotel
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinners
  • Full day Combo Tour to Poas Volcano, Doka Estates Coffee Plantation with lunch
  • Comprehensive city tour of San Jose including the National Theater and Gold Museum
  • Full
    day Tour Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs with
    lunch & dinner and visit to Sarchi Artesan Village
  • Sky Tram Ride at Sky Adventure Park Arenal with lunch and exhibits
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge  Boat Tour with picnic lunch
  • All transfers with baggage handling throughout
  • Entrance fees to parks and all places of interest
  • All transportation within Costa Rica
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout
  • SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan

Excludes:

  • 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)

BARCELO SAN JOSE

What makes the Barcelo San Jose so special is a particular paradise. While it’s location defines the 254 room deluxe hotel as a city hotel, being just 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown San Jose, arriving guests quickly realize they’ve found a bit of Eden in the city.

It’s lovely outdoor spaces including pools and gardens planted with indigenous native Costa Rican tree species coupled with outstanding attention to guests
and it’s recognized commitment to the environment (evident by its Sustainability Certificate displayed in the lobby) make the Barcelo San Jose Hotel our favorite.
An outstanding buffet breakfast is included daily and features Costa Rican favorites, European specialties and all the things you would expect from a grand buffet. Enjoy well appointed guest rooms with views of the Central Valley.
Barceló San José Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms renovated in 2013, with classic and elegant style. With the comfort of our guests in mind, all of the rooms include a 32” LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a free electronic safe with capacity for laptop computers.

Casa Luna Lodge – Arenal

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa concept derives from a 100% nature loving consciousness, and the vision of being an ecotourism model.
It is located in a small and friendly town called Fortuna in San Carlos, with an amazing and close view of the Arenal Volcano, one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in northern Costa Rica.
Our rustic-colonial architecture lies among beautiful and peaceful gardens and is situated in a very safe area; according to volcanologists studies.
There’s a great view of the “Cerro Chato”, which is actually an inactive volcano next to the Arenal. This majestic sight in the horizon is enhanced with “Los Perdidos”, another hill that creates the feeling of being surrounded by mountains.

Villa Blanca – San Ramon

One of the few places in Costa Rica where you can enjoy all the comforts of an upscale boutique hotel while experiencing one of the most unique and endangered types of tropical forests in our very own private cloud forest reserve. You’ll be ensconced in a beautifully appointed 19th-century re-creation of a mountain farm village. From charming Superior and Deluxe Casitas to romantic Honeymoon Suites, each accommodation features vaulted cane ceilings, elegantly handcrafted furniture, and a variety of conveniences and amenities that include wood-burning fireplaces, private garden porches, and in-room whirlpool tubs in all the Deluxe Casitas and Honeymoon Suites.

As a member of Greentique Hotels, Villa Blanca is a world-renown model of sustainable hospitality, where exceptional Costa Rica experiences are in harmony with conserving nature, culture and the quality of the community.

Participation in this group tour has particular  requirements and terms:
  • A Valid U.S. Passport with validity  of at least 6 months past the Costa Rica entry date
  • Costa Rica Departure  tax $30 not included
  • Travel Insurance highly recommended.
  • A $200 non refundable per person deposit is required to book
  • Final payment non refundable due 90 days prior trip date.
  • Airfare into and out of San José International Airport (SJO) not included

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Costa Rica President’s Week Classic Plus
From $1,899.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Sight Seeing
  • Breakfast
  • Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano, los Angeles Cloud Forest