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Panama & Costa Rica Experience

Group Tour | General interest | Solo travellers 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3245 Current prices from: £3245

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Walking tour of stunning Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Cruise along the Panama Canal
  • View the Arenal volcano from your hotel
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • No single supplement
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Panama City via Madrid

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via Madrid, with British Airways. Transfer to Hotel Best Western Plus Panama Zen for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Panama Canal

Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Fly to San José

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)

Day 4: San José

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)

Day 5: Tortuguero

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 Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tortuguero

Full day of shared excursions exploring the tropical forest and waterways. (B, L, D)

Day 7: La Selva Biological Station • Arenal

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)

Day 8: Arenal

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)

Day 9: Monteverde

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 Monteverde Country Lodge. (B)

Day 10: Monteverde

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)

Day 11: Manuel Antonio • Tarcoles

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)

Day 12: Carara

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)

Days 13-14: Fly to London

Transfer to San José and fly to London with British Airways. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Solo Travellers group tours

These small group tours have been specially created for solo 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 solo travellers.

Standard tour

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.

Locally escorted tour

This tour is led in each country by a local tour guide.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Villa Lapas
    Hotel Villa Lapas

    Located just five minutes from the headquarters of Carara National Park and a short drive from Tarcoles, Hotel 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.

  • Pachira Lodge
    Pachira Lodge

    Pachira Lodge Hotel 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 town.

  • Monteverde Country Lodge
    Monteverde Country Lodge

    Located just 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve, the Monteverde Country Lodge is a cosy rustic hotel set across three properties, each having maintained its original style and features. Rooms are simple yet comfortable with modern conveniences and feature tiled floors, natural wood furnishings and colourful fabrics and artwork. The restaurant serves locally sourced Costa Rican cuisine.

  • Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
    Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici

    The Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. Guestrooms are spacious and equipped with modern amenities. The main onsite restaurant serves both local and international dishes, with a second restaurant specialising in Japanese cuisine.

  • Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
    Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa

    The Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa offers 118 comfortable bungalow-style rooms with spectacular views of the majestic Arenal volcano, as well as air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and either a balcony or terrace. Facilities include two restaurants, a swimming pool and 13 pools of natural thermal spring waters, as well as a laundry service, gift shop, and nature trails.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Twin / double rooms for single use
    • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
    • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
    • International & internal flights
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour guide in each country
    • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Welcome and farewell group dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Destinations on this tour

  • San Jose (Costa Rica)

    San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...

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  • Arenal

    The Arenal volcano, until recently one of the world's most active, is surrounded by beautiful scenery...

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  • Tortuguero

    Tortuguero National Park is located on the remote northern Caribbean coast and is accessible only by boat or plane. 

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  • Monteverde

    Monteverde First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...

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  • Panama City

    Panama City One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...

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