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, D)
Morning visit to a coffee plantation on the
slopes of the active Poas volcano and 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
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. Included is a short walk
in the protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2
nights at the 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 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
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour guide.
This tour is based in 3- and
4-star accommodation. All the lodges are
comfortable, but do not always have a large
range of facilities.
The tour includes some longer
drives on unpaved roads.
1st March 2017
departure is 12 days & 10 nights flying
with United Airlines via the US and does not
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...
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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CSG2017: 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.