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Simply Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio

11 days from £2,095pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore Arenal Volcano, a spectacular setting for some of the country's best activities.

  • Visit the Monteverde Cloudforest: a cool, lush climate with excellent birdwatching.

  • Try zip-lining or tackle the Cloudforest canopy walkways.

  • Relax on the beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • San José & Central Valley
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Manuel Antonio

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 San José & Central Valley

International outbound flight , San José & Central Valley

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San José & Central Valley. Arrive in Costa Rica's capital city San José, where your private guide meets you at the airport. You're driven to your hotel in downtown San Jose by private transfer.

Day 2 Arenal Volcano

San José & Central Valley , Arenal Volcano

Travel via a shared minibus transfer of around three hours to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano region. In the afternoon you'll enjoy some free time to start exploring. You might like to visit the La Fortuna waterfall, hike to the base of the volcano or simply rest and relax in your lush and tranquil hotel surroundings.

Day 3 Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

Enjoy a shared trip today to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, an hour and a half away by shared transfer, where you take a boat journey along the Rio Frio in search of sloth, caiman, tropical birds, monkeys and turtles. This is a half day trip including guides, snacks, lunch, all transfers and a stop off to buy breakfast and purchase souvenirs en route.

Day 4 Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

A day at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or add more activities: you could go kayaking on Arenal Lake, zip-lining, white water rafting or visit the nearby hanging bridges.

Day 5 Monteverde Cloud Forest

Arenal Volcano , Monteverde Cloud Forest

This morning, travel to the Monteverde Cloudforest by shared transfer and a scenic boat ride. The drive, although a little bumpy, goes through truly spectacular scenery. The whole transfer takes around four hours in total. Once in Monteverde, you'll have the afternoon to relax or start exploring, before your night tour to look for the creatures of the forest after dark.

Day 6 Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest

This morning, take a fun and interactive tour to a local family-run plantation where they grow coffee, sugar cane, oranges and bananas. In the afternoon, you'll visit Monteverde's canopy walkways and try out some exhilarating zip-lining through the treetops. Both these trips are shared group trips with transfers included, and an English speaking guide.

Day 7 Manuel Antonio

Monteverde Cloud Forest , Manuel Antonio

Today you travel five hours by shared coach to the stunning Central Pacific coast and your hotel close to Manuel Antonio. On arrival, spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or head off to explore this beautiful coastline.

Day 9 Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

Further relaxation on the beach. You could perhaps arrange a kayaking or catamaran tour.

Day 10 International return flight

Manuel Antonio , International return flight

Take a private three hour transfer back to San José in time for your flight home.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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San José & Central Valley
Arenal Volcano
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Manuel Antonio