Costa Rica

2025 San Jose > San Jose | Price from $2449

8 DAYS • 14 MEALS Rainforests, volcanoes, rivers, beaches, national parks, lush scenery, amazing wildlife and of course plenty of hospitality from the local “Ticos” all await on this fantastic journey. Visit coffee and cacao plantations and sample these local specialties; cruise down a river and be immersed in the sights and sounds of native monkeys, birds and other wildlife; walk over hanging bridges amidst tropical foliage; splash in a waterfall…experience it all as you discover the beauty, magic and “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: USA / San José, Costa Rica

Depart the USA for San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Flights should arrive by 4:00pm. ­Relax before the included dinner as your busy schedule eases into Costa Rica’s mystical tropical lifestyle. Meal: D

Day 2: San José – Arenal area

En route from San José to the Arenal area, visit the Doka Coffee Estate where members of the Vargas Ruiz family have been involved with coffee production for more than 70 years. Tour the plantation, learning how this famous product of Costa Rica is produced from the harvesting of the beans to the roasting and packaging processes. And of course there is a sampling of the final product! Continuing towards Arenal, with an included lunch along the way, a sweet treat awaits. Coffee beans aren’t the only ones Costa Rica is famous for. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate, considered a ‘gift of the Gods’, as cacao beans were used for ceremonial drinks and even currency. During this hands-on experience at a cacao plantation, learn the whole process of creating sumptuous chocolate from the fruit of the cacao tree. The day ends with arrival at the hotel, providing awe-inspiring views of Arenal Volcano from every room. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Arenal area

This morning, enjoy a gentle walk along the base of Arenal Volcano, a magnificent natural phenomenon, during a visit to Arenal National Park. Your Tour Manager takes you through the forest, over the lava flows, and to the destroyed area now in the process of regeneration. Return to the hotel for lunch on your own and the remainder of the day at leisure. Later this afternoon, depart the hotel for a visit to a local farm for an educational and culinary experience. Stroll around the farm with a guide as you see a variety of flora and fauna and learn about the products being organically grown. Pick tubers and other vegetables, along with fruits, to be used in the evening meal. Learn about sugar cane, the milling process, and have a taste of its derivatives. Learn how to make tortillas and enjoy a typical local dinner on site. This experience will give you a true immersion into local life. Meals: B, D

Day 4: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

While in the Arenal area, enjoy a full day excursion to Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, a remote “everglades” type wetlands, teeming with different species of flora, fauna and birdlife. Enjoy a boat ride on the Rio Frio, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a plethora of wildlife: snake-birds, heron, comorants, howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloth, basilik lizards (also known as Jesus Christ lizards), turtles and much more. This unique experience showcases the natural beauty of Costa Rica. A typical lunch is provided during the excursion. Meals: B, L

Day 5: Arenal area – Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, travel to the Manuel Antonio area, famous for its national park. En route, another ‘local flavor’ awaits as you visit a “Cevichera” and witness a demonstration of how to make Costa Rican ceviche. Using the freshest fish from the area and ingredients from local farmers, this small entrepreneurship shows how collaborating with the locals supports economic community growth. A sampling follows, before venturing to a nearby town for lunch on your own. Upon arrival at the hotel in Manuel Antonio, the remainder of the day is at leisure until the included dinner. Meals: B, D

Day 6: Manuel Antonio National Park

Today’s included tour visits nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest of the parks in Costa Rica but one of the most popular. There is a magic to this park that is hard to explain. Perhaps it’s the park’s forest, mangroves, lagoons and beach vegetation that supports 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds (with migrants bringing the bird species to some 270) that make it so amazing. Among the inhabitants that can be easily seen are sloths, iguanas, agoutis, armadillos, raccoons, coatimundis and the adorable squirrel monkey. After the excursion, return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful grounds and amenities. Meal: B

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

This morning, depart by coach to the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Upon arrival, board smaller vehicles for a ride through the beautiful landscape and wonders of the tropical rain forest to the lower falls. Take a dip in the refreshing water at the base of the falls, or simply relax as you take in the sights, sounds and aromas of this magical area.  Return to the hotel in time for lunch and a final afternoon at leisure before the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

Day 8: Manuel Antonio / San José / USA

After breakfast, your tropical get-away comes to an end as you return to the San José airport for your flight home. Flights should depart after 1:00pm. Fond memories of the beauty of Costa Rica and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to be treasured for a lifetime! Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Tour Highlights

  • 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Overnight in San José, Costa Rica
  • Visit Doka Coffee Estate for a guided tour and tasting
  • Learn how chocolate is made during a hands-on visit to a cacao plantation
  • Spend three nights in the Arenal area overlooking Arenal Volcano
  • Experience a gentle hike at the base of Arenal volcano
  • Enjoy cultural immersion during a rural dining experience on a local farm
  • Included excursion to Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge with a local guide and lunch
  • Enjoy a demonstration of preparing ceviche and sample the home-made product
  • Spend three nights in Manuel Antonio
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park with our Costa Rican expert
  • Take a dip in the refreshing waters at Nauyaca Waterfalls

Hotel Accommodations

Day 1 – DoubleTree Cariari, San José, Costa Rica
Days 2 through 4 – Arenal Manoa Hotel, Arenal area, Costa Rica
Days 5 through 7 – Parador Hotel, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

DATES & AVAILABILITY

October 4, 2024 | $2,099

Per Person Twin

$2,099

Single Room Add

+$999

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January 19, 2025 | $2,659

Per Person Twin

$2,659

Single Room Add

+$1,649

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February 26, 2025 | $2,659

Per Person Twin

$2,659

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+$1,649

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March 7, 2025 | $2,659

Per Person Twin

$2,659

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+$1,649

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October 3, 2025 | $2,449

Per Person Twin

$2,449

Single Room Add

+$1,599

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