Costa Rica holidays
Small in size yet possessing a superb
biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama
offer a wide variety of eco-systems
including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud
forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This
tour visits the incredible Panama Canal
as well as a selection of Costa Rica’s
most renowned national parks, from the
Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via Madrid with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (D)
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)
Morning city tour including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. In the afternoon fly to San José for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)
Morning visit to a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poas volcano and, subject to volcanic activity, see its crater lake. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a boat ride along the backwaters that lead to Tortuguero, looking for wildlife en route. Stay at Mawamba or Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Full day of shared excursions exploring the tropical forest and waterways. (B, L, D)
Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive to Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological Station to learn about the scientific and conservation work of the researchers and take a short walk in the protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso with views of Arenal volcano. (B, L)
Morning tour of the circuit of trails and suspension bridges, which allow an up-close view of the rainforest floor and treetop canopy. Optional evening visit to the hot springs. (B)
Drive along the shores of Lake Arenal, taking in the spectacular views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue through the green mountains to Monteverde and stay 2 nights at the Heliconia Hotel. (B)
Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest, a habitat for rare flora and fauna such as the colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon at leisure or take one of the optional excursions on offer, including a visit to the Santa Elena Reserve. (B)
Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit Manuel Antonio for a walking tour of the national park, where the rainforest extends right down to the beautiful beaches. This small park is home to a surprising concentration of wildlife including sloths, iguanas, endangered squirrel monkeys and various colourful birds. Continue to Tarcoles and stay for 2 nights at the Villa Lapas Hotel, set on a private rainforest reserve. (B)
Morning visit to Carara National Park, home to crocodiles, monkeys and scarlet macaws. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel. (B, D)
Transfer to San José and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created for single travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at CoxandKings.co.uk/solo-travellers.
All the lodges are comfortable, but do not always have a large range of facilities.
This tour also includes some long drives on unpaved roads.
This tour is led in each country by a local tour guide.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
The Arenal Paraiso has comfortable bungalow style rooms which offer spectacular views of the majestic Arenal Volcano, as well as a private bath, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and a private terrace. There is a host of services and activities, including a restaurant, swimming pool, jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and nature...
The 4-star Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. There are 213 comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern conveniences, two restaurants, lobby bar, gym and an outdoor...
The Crowne Plaza Panama City Hotel is a modern hotel located just 10 minutes by car from the city centre and 35 minutes from the airport. There are 186 guestrooms and suites, while facilities include a restaurant serving a variety of national and international cuisine, a bar, outdoor pool and...
The Heliconia Hotel is a charming family run property built in an alpine style and surrounded by lush gardens. The 55 rooms and suites are furnished in a cosy rustic style and most have a balcony. The suites are located further up the hillside and on clear days offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The hotel has an excellent restaurant offering international food, a bar, internet access and a tour...
Mawamba is a 15 acre beachfront lodge offering views of the canals. It is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers. Two family style restaurants serve international and local cuisine and the pool-bar is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can enjoy exotic tropical cocktails. The lodge facilities include, swimming pool, relaxation areas with hammocks and rocking chairs, nature trails, beach access and a conference room, where lectures on Tortuguero natural history and videos are presented...
Pachira Lodge is located five minutes from Tortuguero National Park and is one of the best lodges in the area. Accommodation is simple yet comfortable and facilities include a restaurant and a freeform pool with a spacious sundeck. From the lodge, it is just a short boat ride to Tortuguero...
Located just five minutes from the headquarters of Carara National Park and a short drive from Tarcoles, Villa Lapas is a rainforest eco-resort surrounded by lush tropical gardens and in the midst of a private reserve. Guestrooms are comfortable with air conditioning, balconies and either river, garden or pool views. The nature trails,Tarcolitos river and hanging bridges at the nearby national park are easily accessible from the property.
Facilities: 58 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, bar, garden & sun terrace, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room Amenities: Safe, television, fan, air conditioning,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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CSG2018: 12 Nights
Many inspirational moments in spotting wildlife of amazing diversity in the nature reserves and alongside the road, thanks to our hawk-eyed guide. I would also mention the wonderful swim on the beach at Manuel Antonio on the last full day of the tour. You'd have to go a long way to find a better sea-swim.Mrs Fiona Anderson
The Arenal volcano, until recently one of the world's most active, is surrounded by beautiful scenery...
First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...
One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...
San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...
Tortuguero National Park is located on the remote northern Caribbean coast and is accessible only by boat or plane.