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£6,535 Per person
19 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

A trip that combines some of the highlights of both Panama and Costa Rica. The itinerary provides a variety of diverse experiences from indigenous Kuna communities to the Panama Canal and beautiful beaches. There are some stunning overland and boat journeys providing a great overview of both countries with plenty of activities and some relaxation at the end.

Itinerary highlights

  • Panama City - explore the three parts of the city and take a partial transit of the famous canal.

  • Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica's most famous volcano, and great activity hub.

  • Caribbean beaches - beautiful archipelagos in Panama and stretches of coastline in Costa Rica that provide fantastic opportunities for a range of activities.

Audley Travel specialist Chris

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Costa Rica. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Panama City
  • San Blas Islands
  • Panama City
  • Tranquilo Bay
  • Sixaola
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves
  • Playa Potrero
  • Liberia

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Panama City.

Day 2 Panama City

Panama City

Arrive in Panama City today, where you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in private vehicle.

Day 3 Panama City

Panama City

Tour of Panama City including the historic quarter and the Miraflores Locks.

Day 4 Panama City

Panama City

Today you will take partial transit of the world-famous Panama Canal.

Day 5 San Blas Islands

Panama City , San Blas Islands

Fly to the San Blas Islands and transfer to your lodge. Afternoon to relax or start trying some excursions.

Day 6 San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands

Full day for excursions in the San Blas Islands - you could visit the indigenous Kuna communities, go snorkelling, or arrange boat trips to other islands.

Day 7 Tranquilo Bay

San Blas Islands , Panama City , Tranquilo Bay

Fly back to Panama City and on to Tranquilo Bay.

Day 8 Tranquilo Bay

Tranquilo Bay

Time for activities from Tranquilo Bay - you could go kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or arrange nature walks and bird watching.

Day 9 Tranquilo Bay

Tranquilo Bay

At leisure in Tranquilo Bay - other activities include surfing, swimming or visiting some of the remote islands of the archipelago.

Day 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Tranquilo Bay , Sixaola , Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Transfer from Tranquilo Bay to the border and in to Costa Rica. You will travel overland to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the laid-back Caribbean Coast.

Day 11 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Full day excursion to the Cahuita National Park, exploring the jungle trails in search of monkeys, bird and sloth, in addition to snorkelling at the nearby coral reef.

Day 12 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca , Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Transfer inland to Costa Rica's activity hub at the Arenal Volcano.

Day 13 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Morning guided tour of Arenal's rainforest trail and complex of Hanging Bridges. This afternoon visit the Volcano National Park, through tropical forest and finishing at the old lava flows. You will then travel to a nearby hot springs complex for a relaxing soak under the stars with dinner included.

Day 14 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves

Free day for further activities in Arenal - you may wish to consider a full day excursion to a wildlife refuge, trekking, kayaking, white water rafting or canopy zip lining.

Day 15 Playa Potrero

Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves , Playa Potrero

Transfer to Costa Rica's Northern Pacific Coast for some beach relaxation.

Day 16 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

At leisure on the beach.

Day 17 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

At leisure on the beach.

Day 18 International return flight

Playa Potrero , Liberia , International return flight

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 19 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel Specialist William

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Tranquilo Bay
 
 
 
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
 
 
 
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Playa Potrero