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Volcano Mini Tour


Route:
  • UK
  • Alajuela Province
  • Tortuguero
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Volcano Mini Tour
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £419pp

Tour Highlights
  • Marvel at some of the most incredible natural creations in the world
  • Witness flora and fauna in Tortuguero National Park, including Turtles nesting upon the beaches.
  • Sample traditional Costa Rican Cuisine
  • Spectacular views of Arenal Volcano
  • Nature trail along a private path at the base of Arenal Volcano
  • Visit a coffee plantation in Monteverde
  • Treetop walkways and wildlife spotting in Selvatura Park

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Volcano Mini Tour

Extend your stunning Costa Rican experience with a 3-day Volcano Mini Tour and marvel at some of the most incredible natural creations in the world. From Poas Volcano National Park and Grecia, to the indigenous village of 'Iztaru' and the Valley of Orosi; this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover natural beauty at its most impressive.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Alajuela Province

Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose and meet your tour guides upon arrival. Transfer to tonight's hotel and become acquainted with your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
2
Alajuela Province to Tortuguero

Savour your first taste of traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice) during breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the enchanting town of Tortuguero on Costa Rica's biodiverse Caribbean Coast, stopping en route in Guapiles. Arrive at your lodge for a lunch before departing on your first excursion visiting Tortuguero, the 'home of the turtles'. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, explore Tortuguero's exotic beaches and be sure to look out for endearing turtles who are renowned for nesting upon the sandy shores (from July through mid October).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tortuguero

Embark on a captivating nature hike through well-established rainforest trails, nestled within Tortuguero National Park; watch as mantled howler monkeys swing through the treetops, and listen to the tuneful changing of green macaws during this truly unforgettable experience. This afternoon, cruise Tortuguero's intricate rivers for the best glimpse of the park's most famous residents.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tortuguero to La Fortuna

Return through a system of snaking canals before continuing to Arenal, whose dramatic landscape is spectacularly dominated by the mighty Arenal Volcano. Pause en route to enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
5
La Fortuna

A verdant haven framed by the grandiose Arenal Volcano, enjoy a scenic morning tour of the town of La Fortuna before tracing old lava flows around a private 4.5km hiking trail at its base. Along the way, discover wild sloths, monkeys and toucans inquisitively peer out of their fertile habitats, and relish in vistas overlooking the imposing Volcano. Return to your hotel for some time at leisure, or alternatively, relax in a serene web of natural thermal springs at Tabacon Hot Springs (at a fee).

  • Breakfast
6
La Fortuna to Monteverde

A picturesque journey from Arenal zigzags through a landscape of surpassing beauty; from rustic villages, rolling hills and the panoramas of stunning Lake Arenal, arrive in time for lunch at a hospitable ranch in the small community of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Dine on a flavourful traditional meal whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation, before visiting a prospering coffee plantation which harvests one of Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produces. Prior to arriving at tonight's hotel, stop off in the town of Santa Elena, known as the home to one of South America's most mesmerising birds, the Quetzal.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
7
Monteverde

Soaring high above the clouds, bask in a vision of tranquillity in Monteverde Cloud Forest this morning, observing a hazy mist which drifts under the cloudforest; teeming with an astonishing 3000 species, witness some of nature's most stunning creatures, ranging from vibrant butterflies to prowling primates who reside in this biodiverse oasis. Delight in awe-inspiring jungle views from the dizzying heights of Selvatura Park's Treetop walkways before indulging in a delicious lunch, freshly prepared in front of your eyes. Laden with an enormous selection of colourful orchids, conclude today with a gentle hike in the tropical lowlands of the Ecological Sanctuary, a small patch of rainforest with an incredible variety of birds, mammals, plants and insects.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Monteverde to the UK

Transfer to San Jose airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
9
Monteverde to Alajuela

Transfer to Alajuela, Costa Rica's 2nd largest city. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel.

10
Poas Volcano National Park

After breakfast you'll begin your journey to Poas Volcano National Park. Measuring an impressive 8,885 ft, this stratovolcano is 1,050 feet deep and its crater spans over a mile across. During you visit, you'll have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulphur fumaroles. From here, enjoy a delicious lunch at Doka Estate and learn about the 'golden dean', a term used to describe the unique coffee of Costa Rica. The next stop for the day is to the town of Grecia; deemed one of the cleanest towns in Latin America, Grecia is home to one of the only metal churches in Central America. To get a real feel of the town, you also take a trip to the central market area to pick up some souvenirs. The final destination of the day is the town of Sarchi, known as the cradle of Costa Rican artists. Famed for their intricate and beautifully decorated oxcarts, the artists of this town are immensely proud of their creations and welcome visitors.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
11
Irazu Volcano

After an early breakfast you'll be picked up at your hotel. Today's tour will begin with a trek south along the Pan-American Highway until you reach the base of 'Iztaru', the name of an indigenous village situated on the flanks of the volcano, which is most likely the origin for the current name of the Irazu Volcano. Traversing the winding roads over fertile lands, you'll be treated to incredible panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. If the weather is clear when you reach the top of the summit, enjoy breath-taking views of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Descending into the city of Cartago, the group will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a famous peregrination site for many believers who undertake long pilgrimages to reach the site. Teeming with amazing vaulted ceilings and impeccable examples of stained-glass windows, this Basilica is a must-visit attraction. From here, you'll enjoy a visit to the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Ria Centre that researches and protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countess other plant species. To end the day, you'll continue to the Valley Orosi, an area that overflows with unrivalled beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and enjoy a delightful traditional lunch at one of the local restaurants.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
12
Alajuela

This day is yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast
13
Alajuela to the UK

After breakfast transfer back to San Jose for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa for Costa Rica prior to travel. You must also pay a departure tax of USD $29 when leaving the country. This must be paid before you check-in at San Jose airport and must be paid in USD cash. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to San Jose Airport will be direct with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage Size and weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency Information

Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Buena Vista Hotel
22 Aug 202002 Sep 2020£429£2329£2758Book Now
05 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£429£1929£2358Book Now
26 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£429£1799£2228Book Now
10 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£429£1799£2228Book Now
01 Dec 202012 Dec 2020£449£1849£2298Book Now
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05 Jan 202116 Jan 2021£429£2099£2528Book Now
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15 May 202126 May 2021£419£1599£2018Book Now
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02 Nov 202113 Nov 2021£419£1849£2268Book Now
30 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£439£1849£2288Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Colon

Min/Max temperature

21 °C / 33 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

San Jose

Tortuguero

La Fortuna

Monteverde

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Camera
  • Plug adaptor
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