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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.
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.
The Best Western Plus Panama Zen is conveniently located in the heart of Panama City's financial district, within easy walking distance of a range of shops and restaurants. Comfortable rooms feature contemporary decor and modern amenities, while the rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to unwind by the pool with views of the city skyline. Features: 90 rooms, restaurant, café/bar, pool, gym. Room amenities: Television, desk, tea & coffee facilities, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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