January 29 - February 12, 2019 Come with us to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
- Return economy class airfare
- Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
- Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
- First class motorcoach
- Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Professional tour guide
- Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
- Luggage handling at hotels
- Tipping for all included services
- Any visas required
- All foreign taxes
- Rostad Tours travel gift
- Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation
Mon, Jan 28, 2019
Today we meet our fellow travellers at the airport to board the departure flight, ready to begin a journey filled with new and exciting experiences. Upon arrival in San José, Costa Rica we will be met and taken to our hotel for a welcome drink and snacks.
Tue, Jan 29, 2019
Today we journey to La Paz Waterfall Gardens where there are beautiful waterfalls, nature trails, the world's largest butterfly garden and a hummingbird gallery - all in one of the most beautiful settings in Costa Rica. We’ll embark on a short walk and enter the dense rain forest in search of magical waterfalls.
After lunch we enjoy the Café Britt Coffee Tour. This is a theatrical dramatization in which the actors describe the production of coffee from the moment the little plants push through the ground until converted into the drink we all know.
Afterwards we enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with expert coffee tasters then return to our hotel.
Wed, Jan 30, 2019
Today we depart on a Rain Forest Adventure to Atlántico - a 475-hectare private reserve. Here we will take a flight above the canopy treetops in the Aerial Tram.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to see a primary forest and its natural splendour first hand.
We will see the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. We will enjoy lunch on the tour. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a tour of the capital city of San José. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica.
Highlights of this tour include visits to the National Museum and the National Theatre - an architectural jewel in grand European style.
Thu, Jan 31, 2019
This morning we will enjoy a half day excursion away from San José.
First we travel to Cartago, the former colonial capital of Costa Rica, and visit the Basilica of Los Angeles - home of the country's Patron Saint. Then we visit the Lankester Gardens, created over seventy years ago and home to more than eight hundred species of exotic orchids native to Costa Rica. We'll have free time in the afternoon to shop and explore. We will enjoy our dinner together at a local restaurant.
Fri, Feb 01, 2019
Today we drive through the spectacular rain forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park, just 30 minutes from San José. We will stop enroute to have a delicious breakfast before boarding a boat specially designed for canal navigation.
A two-hour trip through the canals will take us to our lodge located in the lush tropical jungle of Tortuguero National Park...just in time for lunch! In the afternoon we will visit Tortuguero Village and have leisure time to experience the local culture and habitat, visit some of the area's wonderful natural attractions, walk the nature trails or just relax in a luxurious hammock.
Note: Luggage is limited to a maximum of 25 pounds per person for this Tortuguero trip.
Sat, Feb 02, 2019
We spend the entire day in this magnificent location to experience a wide array of birds, animals and plant life. We will depart by boat into the National Park, where we will enjoy a hiking trip along the trails. Lunch is included back at the lodge, then in the afternoon we enjoy another canal boat tour. The rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
After breakfast we'll leave Tortuguero by boat, then meet our vehicle back at Caño Blanco.
We'll stop for lunch and then we'll proceed to the San Carlos area.
We will enjoy dinner at our hotel. The hotel is located on a hill top, right in front of Arenal Volcano, offering breathtaking views of the valley below and the volcano above. Enjoy the spa on your own or take a short trip to the exclusive Titoku Hot Springs.
Mon, Feb 04, 2019
This morning we experience the Arenal Volcano, one of the most impressive features of Costa Rica.
A two-hour boat trip on the man-made Arenal Lake gives us the opportunity for great views of the volcano. Later this afternoon we visit and hike through Arenal Volcano National Park where we'll experience the park's flora and fauna as well as remains of lava tracts.
Tue, Feb 05, 2019
After breakfast today we travel to Monteverde, the private biological reserve dedicated to the conservation of the flora and fauna which exists in this complex ecosystem.
The reserve consists of 10,000 hectares and serves as an important link in the growing network of protected areas in the country. In the afternoon we visit Selvatura’s Suspension Walkways for a hike in which we walk through their elaborate bridge system and peacefully admire the wonders of the cloud forest from the level of its canopy.
This tour is designed to be suitable for people of all ages and provides the safest possible way to enjoy the canopy and the cloud forest from it’s most interesting perspective.
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
This morning we visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most famous conservation areas in Central America. It is a tropical rain forest but because of it’s altitude (1400m or 4600ft), it’s called a cloud forest. A cloud forest is a highland forest characterized by nearly 100% humidity throughout the year. Here in Monteverde warm north-easterly trade winds, filled with moisture, blow in from the Atlantic. As the winds sweep up to the Continental Divide, they cool and condense to form clouds, bathing the forest in a constant soft mist. The cloud forest receives an incredible four meters of rain every year-over twelve feet! It is home to rare and unusual wildlife, such as jaguars and pumas, and over 450 species of birds including the world’s largest population of quetzal birds.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Thu, Feb 07, 2019
Today we travel to the Pacific coast and our beautiful hotel, the Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.
Here we will enjoy one of the finest beaches that Costa Rica has to offer.
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
A free day to enjoy the hotel facilities that include four swimming pools, an outdoor jacuzzi, tennis court and of course, a wonderful beach.
Sat, Feb 09, 2019
Another free day in paradise. If feeling adventurous, we might want to consider a canopy tour, river rafting or river floating, sea kayaking, snorkelling, horseback riding, or a visit to another one of Costa Rica's National Parks.
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
After a little free time this morning we travel back to San José.
On the way we will stop in Sarchi, the country's most famous artisan towns. Upon entering Sarchi, countless souvenir and handicraft stores begin emerging from both sides of the road, each offering handmade artifacts. These include elaborately painted bowls and trays, natural wood serving utensils, tables, furniture, jewellery boxes and carvings. It's time to fill any remaining empty spaces in our suitcases!
Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of our visit to Costa Rica.
Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Today we travel home with an abundance of souvenirs and memories. While we may be sad that our trip is over, we are excited about returning home to share our experiences with family and friends.