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Escorted Tours

Coast to Coast in Costa Rica including

Manuel Antonio Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • San Jose
  • Tortuguero
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jose
  • Manuel Antonio
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £479pp

Tour Highlights
  • San Jose City Tour
  • Visit the idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Witness the majestic Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Explore the rivers and canals in the enchanting Tortuguero National Park by boat
  • Witness the smouldering peak of Costa Rica's mighty Arenal Volcano and visit La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Snorkel past coral reefs teeming with fish in Cahuita National Park
  • Spot wildlife on a safari float down the Sarapiqui River
  • Treetop walkways through Selvatura Park
  • Explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park on horseback
  • Hike to the spectacular Oropendola Waterfall
  • Birdwatching and butterfly gardens in Punta Leona

Extension from £479pp

Tour + Extension from £3268pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

Extend your stay in Costa Rica and spend three nights relaxing on the white sandy shores or choose to take part in some of the various activities on offer in the local area including hiking, guided tours and canopy walks.

Situated close to the magical national park, Manuel Antonio is one of the most picturesque parts of the coastline in the country, affording stunning views and beautiful beaches.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to San Jose

Depart London on your scheduled direct flight to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Dinner
2
San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Witness the city's main historical landmarks, starting in the eastern part of the city at Democracy Plaza and the National Museum then journeying through the city centre to the parks, museum and stadium to the west. After lunch, travel to Puerto Viejo, a laidback coastal city with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence and stunning stretches of beach.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Puerto Viejo de Limon

Experience fantastic snorkelling and scenic nature walks as you take in Costa Rica's famed wildlife and nature reserves. Board a boat and travel to Cahuita National Park where you can snorkel along the 600-acre-long coral reef - a gloriously colourful haven for marine life. Snack on fresh tropical fruit as your boat returns to shore then take a leisurely guided hike through Cahuita's vivid rainforest, enjoying far-reaching ocean views and the chance to spot howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos, toucans and macaws. At the end of your picturesque hiking trail, feast on a Costa Rican-Caribbean lunch before returning to your hotel in Puerto Viejo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Puerto Viejo de Limon to Sarapiqui

After breakfast, transfer to the Sarapiqui tropical rainforest, crossing valleys and mountains dotted with picturesque villages before checking into your lodge nestled in the heart of the rainforest reserve.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Sarapiqui

Wake to the singing of birds and the relaxing sounds of the tropical rainforest and enjoy breakfast in your verdant surroundings. Make your way to the Sarapiqui River where you will float down the river in a raft, surrounded by incomparable jungle beauty. Enjoy two hours immersed in the lush tropical rainforest, floating along the Sarapiqui River which lies next to important reserves renowned for their biodiversity. Exotic amphibians, countless tropical birds, otters, fish, sloths, iguanas, and incredible flora will make this experience unforgettable. Disembark and journey to a nearby pineapple plantation where you'll travel into the fields on a specially designed coach pulled by a tractor. Learn about the growth of organic pineapples and other sustainable crops produced here, including yucca, lemon, guanabanas, and peppers. Enjoy delicious smoothies and slices of fresh, organic pineapple as you listen to Costa Rican folktales then return to your lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Sarapiqui to La Fortuna

Journey through lush plantations and cattle ranches, finally arriving at your hotel in La Fortuna. Marvel at the fantastic views of the mighty Arenal Volcano which forms a dramatic backdrop and enjoy the remainder of the day to explore this tranquil mountainous town

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
La Fortuna

Hike through the cool undergrowth of La Fortuna, a scenic 40-minute walk that ends at the site of the thundering La Fortuna Waterfall. Witness the natural beauty of the cascading water as it emerges from the dense jungle, falling into the emerald pool at its base. Relax or swim in the refreshingly cool waters before lunch at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, follow the lava trails around the base of the Arenal Volcano, formed by the lava flow of the 1968 eruption. The hike provides extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde mountains, and the chance to spot local flora and fauna and enjoy some birdwatching.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Travel to Monteverde, a small community located at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range that boasts spectacularly diverse cloud forest reserves. On arrival, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town or relax in your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Monteverde

A full day observing Monteverde's natural beauty starts with a tour along the treetop walkways of Selvatura Park, which stretch over 1.9 miles. Follow the trail into the heart of the cloud forest and witness colourful birds and unique flora then visit the nearby Insect Museum. In the afternoon, gain insight into Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produce. Learn more about the wonderful world of coffee before you participate in a chocolate-making session and taste the region's cacao beans. A sugarcane demonstration follows, allowing you to extract sugarcane juice the traditional way before enjoying a glass of fresh juice and pieces of cane.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja

Depart Monteverde and travel to Rincon de la Vieja, home to the majestic Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Rincon de la Vieja

Set out on today's tour of the majestic Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two active volcanoes. Friendly ranch horses will carry you on a 45-minute to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Meaning 'The Cauldrons' in Spanish, the Las Pailas area shows off the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and you'll witness steam and sulphur pouring out of the ground while nearby pools bubble with hot volcanic water. After this unique experience, ride to a nearby canyon then walk along a short trail to the base of the canyon where the picturesque Oropendola Waterfall plunges into a turquoise pool. After a relaxing swim and time at the waterfall, travel back to your hotel on horseback.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Rincon de la Vieja to Punta Leona

Journey to Punta Leona, a protected nature reserve located on the gorgeous Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Punta Leona

Discover the extraordinary variety of Punta Leona's flora and fauna on a morning hike through the reserve. Don't forget your binoculars - over 330 species of birds are resident in the area. Next, immerse yourself in the butterfly gardens where you'll learn about their particular way of living in this ecosystem before viewing the vivid array of butterflies housed in this sanctuary.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Punta Leona

Today is free for you to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Punta Leona's pristine, palm-fringed coastline.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Punta Leona to UK or Extension

Transfer to the airport in San Jose, stopping for lunch along the way. Board your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
16
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer to your chosen beach hotel in Manuel Antonio

  • Breakfast
17
Manuel Antonio

Relax in this beautiful setting at the end of your tour.

  • Breakfast
18
Manuel Antonio

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

  • Breakfast
19
Manuel Antonio to the UK

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival in Costa Rica. You must have at least 6 months validity on your passport. Further to 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. Costa Rica has a departure tax of approximately USD $29. This must be paid in cash at the airport before you depart.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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 Direct 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 £49pp 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 with United Airlines (via Newark), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized 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

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

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.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

The main tour is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Manuel Antonio extension but there is NO guide so your time will be free.

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.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
El Parador Hotel
30 Nov 201917 Dec 2019£539£3079£3618Book Now
2020 DATES
18 Jan 202004 Feb 2020£579£3369£3948Book Now
01 Feb 202018 Feb 2020£579£3369£3948Book Now
15 Feb 202003 Mar 2020£579£3299£3878Book Now
29 Feb 202017 Mar 2020£579£3179£3758Book Now
07 Mar 202024 Mar 2020£579£3079£3658Book Now
14 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£659£3049£3708Book Now
25 Apr 202013 May 2020£659£2899£3558Book Now
09 May 202027 May 2020£629£2789£3418Book Now
30 May 202017 Jun 2020£629£2849£3478Book Now
12 Sep 202030 Sep 2020£629£2929£3558Book Now
03 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£629£3042£3671Book Now
14 Nov 202001 Dec 2020£579£3079£3658Book Now
28 Nov 202015 Dec 2020£579£3079£3658Book Now
2019 DATES
San Bada Hotel
30 Nov 201917 Dec 2019£489£3079£3568Book Now
2020 DATES
18 Jan 202004 Feb 2020£479£3369£3848Book Now
01 Feb 202018 Feb 2020£479£3369£3848Book Now
15 Feb 202003 Mar 2020£479£3299£3778Book Now
29 Feb 202017 Mar 2020£479£3179£3658Book Now
07 Mar 202024 Mar 2020£479£3079£3558Book Now
14 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£569£3049£3618Book Now
25 Apr 202013 May 2020£539£2899£3438Book Now
09 May 202027 May 2020£539£2789£3328Book Now
30 May 202017 Jun 2020£539£2849£3388Book Now
12 Sep 202030 Sep 2020£539£2929£3468Book Now
03 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£539£3029£3568Book Now
14 Nov 202001 Dec 2020£479£3079£3558Book Now
28 Nov 202015 Dec 2020£479£3079£3558Book 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
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

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

San Antonio

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight clothing (jeans are not recommended)
  • Sweater
  • Swimwear
  • Camera and charger
  • Small day pack for hikes/treks
  • Lightweight/travel towel
  • A plug adaptor - the electricity supply is 120 volts and 2 or 3 flat pin plugs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
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