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A tour of Costa Rica presents many different options with its myriad national parks and variety of outdoor activities. Our specialists have travelled extensively around the country and their expert local knowledge is invaluable when planning your bespoke tour. They have designed a number of itinerary ideas to inspire you, though your own route will be tailored to your interests, perhaps combining Costa Rica’s well-known highlights with more unusual experiences to make your trip that bit more special.

Getting around Costa Rica and understanding its multi-layered culture is also made easy by our knowledgeable guides who aim to assist you in getting the most out of your time.

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Ideas for your trip to Costa Rica

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Costa Rica, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Family Adventure in Costa Rica

  • Explore the canal networks of Tortuguero National Park.

  • Zip line through the cloudforest and relax in a natural hot spring.

  • See a huge array of wildlife from tiny frogs to sloths and tropical birds.

  • Trek in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.

  • Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

11 Days from €3,470pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Costa Rica self-drive

  • Explore the lesser visited Tenorio Volcano, abundant in beautiful rivers, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls.

  • Hike through Tenorio National Park visiting Rio Celeste, one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems.

  • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

  • Enjoy the scenic drive from the tropical forest area of Tenorio to the beautiful coastlines of Dominical and Uvita.

  • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

13 Days from €3,995pp

including international flights from Ireland.

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A Costa Rican Adventure

  • Raft along the class III and IV rapids of the Pacuare River to and from the remote jungle lodge.

  • Zip along wires strung across the forest.

  • Trek through the jungle to meet indigenous tribes.

  • Take a surf lesson on one of Costa Rica's Pacific beaches.

10 Days from €4,995pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon

  • Stay at the unique Pacuare Lodge, accessed by white water raft through spectacular mountain valleys.

  • Try the myriad of activities on offer around the Arenal volcano from zip lining, kayaking, mountain biking or visiting hot springs.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax and admire views of jungle-fringed beaches in Manuel Antonio.

15 Days from €5,080pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Cruising through Costa Rica and Panama

  • Spot a variety of wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park.

  • Swim in clear blue Pacific waters.

  • Hike pristine jungle at Osa Peninsula.

  • Witness the Panama Canal in action.

11 Days from €5,480pp

including international flights from Ireland.

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Cuba & Costa Rica tour

  • Lose yourself wandering the cobbled streets and squares of Havana.

  • Dance the night away with the locals at Trinidad's Casa de la Trova.

  • Spot the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica's cloud forests.

  • Observe the Arenal Volcano and undertake some of the many activities at its base.

  • Relax at a beautiful Pacific coast beach resort.

16 Days from €5,605pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Overland through Nicaragua & Costa Rica

  • Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Granada.

  • Learn about Nicaragua's turbulent modern history in Leon.

  • Stare down into the active Masaya Volcano crater.

  • Relax at the stunning Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast.

  • View the magnificent active Arenal Volcano.

  • Search for the Resplendent Quetzal in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.

17 Days from €5,945pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Luxury Costa Rica

  • Try some of Costa Rica's best wildlife and adventure activities around the Arenal Volcano.

  • Escape the crowds in a boutique, Cloud Forest hideaway.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita.

14 Days from €6,855pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

16 Days from €7,365pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Costa Rica & Panama tour

  • 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.

19 Days from €7,550pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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