Lush forests and stunning waterfalls, active volcanoes, misty cloud forests, inland rivers, topical gardens, hummingbirds, and the mysterious jungle all are a part of this marvelous vacation in tropical Costa Rica (rich coast in Spanish). There’s lots to see and do plus time to relax by a pool or beach and enjoy the warm climate. Please note that there are several nature walks on this tour.    

TROPICAL COSTA RICA

  January 8 - 16, 2015

9 days / 8 nights

$2549

Single supplement $500


Tour Inclusions: Roundtrip transportation from Independence/Newark/Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport * roundtrip air Philadelphia/San Jose—San Jose/Philadelphia * airline taxes, subject to change until ticketed) accommodations for 8 nights based on double occupancy * admissions to all sightseeing as per itinerary * meals include 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners * roundtrip transfers * taxes and gratuities for included meals, hotels and local guides * services of an accompanying Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours  with minimum of 15 passengers *  services of a Collette Vacations Tour Manager throughout the tour * 


Not included: passport fee, taxes/fees in US dollars for exiting the country at approximately $32 per person * gratuity to the Collette Vacations Tour Manager *
 
Conditions: A deposit of $250 is due with each reservation. Insurance of $230 per person must be paid at time of deposit. Final payment is due November 1, 2014.

Cancellations: Without insurance, deposit is refundable until August 1, 2014. With insurance you may cancel at anytime for any reason. Insurance of $230 per person must be purchased at time of deposit. 


Responsibility: B & B Travel, Inc d/b/a 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as agent for Collette Vacation who arranges transportation, accommodations and services included in this tour. Neither 4 Seasons Tours nor Collette Vacations is liable for loss, damage, injury or expense on account of delay, failure of any conveyance or from any cause whatsoever. Collette Vacations reserves the right to change or omit any tour component, when, in its opinion, it is in the best interest of the passengers. No refund for any unused portion of the tour.  

 

 A PASSPORT VALID FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER YOUR RETURN IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR.

 

Hotels/Great Locations

Night 1

Wyndham Herradura Hotel 

San Jose

Nights 2 & 3

Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

 Tamarindo

Nights 4 & 5

El Establo Hotel

Monteverde

Nights 6 & 7

​Aenal Springs Resort

Arenal

​Night 8

Wyndham Herradura Hotel 

San Jose

​​I T I N E R A R Y

 

Day 1  -INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/SAN JOSE

Following departure, tour will drive to Philadelphia Airport to board your flight to the colorful capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your beautiful resort hotel.

WYNDHAM HERRADURA HOTEL, SAN JOSE

 

Day 2 -  SAN JOSE/DOKA ESTATE/TAMARINDO    

Travel though the verdant countryside of the Central Valley to the fertile region world-renowned for coffee. A tour of the Doka Coffee Estate highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rica economy. This afternoon arrive in the Guanacaste region, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Here, rest and relaxation go hand-in-hand with mesmerizing ocean views and lush tropical greenery. Settle in for a relaxing two nights stay. Meals B,D

TAMARINDO DIRIA BEACH RESORT

 

Day 3 - TAMARINDO BEACH     

Fun in the sun is in store for you as  you enjoy this tropical Pacific Ocean paradise. Explore the nearby town and beaches, take an optional cruise or simply relax by the pool or beach. Meals B

TAMARINDO DIRIA BEACH RESORT

Day 4 - TAMARINDO BEACH/MONTEVERDE   

Travel into the magnificent Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! In this spectacular ecosystem, you will encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. A nature walk allows you to discover the natural beauty of the cloud forest first hand. This forest is home of the world’s largest population of the endangered quetzal, a bird that wears a gorgeous jeweled-toned plumage. Meals B,D

EL ESTABLO HOTEL

 

Day 5 - MONTEVERDE        

Begin your day at Selvatura Park, a cloud forest reserve in the heart of Monteverde. Venture into a different world, exploring one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens with more than 30 species of tropical butterflies. In a nearby gallery you’ll be dazzled by the 14 different species. Enjoy a guided, leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour and learn about the cloud forest’s unique ecosystem, its mammals, birds, plants and flora. This evening an informative lecture on the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica every year. An optional zip line experience is available while you are in Monteverde. Meals B,D

EL ESTABLO HOTEL

Day 6 - MONTEVERDE/LAKE ARENAL RUISE/ARENAL Begin your day with a visit to a tree nursery to learn about Monteverde’s  reforestation efforts of indigenous trees. Travel on through beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal where breathtaking views await you as you cruise on Lake Arenal, the largest lake in the country. Later check into your hotel for a two night stay at a typical lodge overlooking the Arenal Volcano. Before dinner a cooking demonstration to learn how native, exotic vegetables and plants contribute to the unique flavors of the local cuisine. Meals B,D
ARENAL SPRINGS RESORT

Day 8 - ARENAL/ZARCERO/SAN JOSE         
We travel to the charming town of Zarcero to visit its whimsical topiary garden. Sixteen green arches stand before the San Rafael Church, a beautiful cottage styled church. The evergreen paradise around it offers a series of vibrant shrubbery, sculptured and clipped into whimsical shapes. Continue to the picturesque town of Grecia, that has a fantastic climate and a beautiful cathedral made of metal imported from Belgium in the 1890’s. Inside it is as impressive as outside. Later visit San Jose’s colorful Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. Meals B,D
WYNDHAM HERRADURA HOTEL, SAN JOSE


Day 9– SAN JOSE/HOME          
Departure today for Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return you home. Meals B

Day 7 -  ARENAL/CANO NEGRO/ARENAL        
The remote 20,000 acres of Cano Negro are home to the largest viewable indigenous wildlife. Embark on a Cano Negro guided river boat trip in a panga (covered canoe), making frequent stops to watch and photograph the wildlife around you which may include crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles and exotic birds. Meals B,D
ARENAL SPRINGS RESORT