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Tauck Luxury Escorted Tours 2017 – Costa Rica Adventure

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Costa Rica Adventure

2017 prices from $4,360 for 8 Days – Tauck World Discovery

Priced in Australian Dollars for 2017

OVERVIEW

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Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth! Active volcanoes, misty cloud forests, inland rivers, coffee plantations, tropical gardens and the mysterious jungle – all on an eco-rich Costa Rica travel adventure! One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Visits to a butterfly garden within Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a float trip along an inland jungle river, and sightseeing excursions with expert naturalists offer insights into the region’s unique ecosystems, birds and wildlife. Stays at acclaimed eco-resorts… a guided tour of a working coffee plantation… a zip line adventure in the rainforest canopy tour… a stay at a thermal resort featuring volcanically heated hot springs… a visit with a farm family that has lived on a jungle river for many generations… close-up views of a dizzying array of native flora and fauna… and a farewell celebration at an artisan chocolatier in San José are all among the highlights of Tauck’s Costa Rica travel experience!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Welcome to Costa Rica

Your Costa Rica travel experience begins at Hotel Grano de Oro at 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from San José’s Juan Santamaria International Airport to Hotel Grano de Oro in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening’s welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.

Meals : D

Lodging : Hotel Grano de Oro

Day 2 Toucans, glittering gold & on to Arenal

Kick off your Costa Rica travel today with a visit to the Toucan Rescue Center, where you’ll tour the facilities and meet some of the toucans, sloths, monkeys and other wildlife the center’s staff cares for. Then head to San José’s Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), home to a priceless collection of thousands of gold artefacts and artworks from the pre-Columbian period. Return to your hotel for lunch before departing San José and travelling to the Arenal region for a two-night stay at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, where you’ll enjoy Orchid Rooms.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 3 River float trip & thermal resort leisure

Your Costa Rica travel adventure continues in the jungle today with a float trip* down the scenic Peñas Blancas River aboard a raft; your bilingual guide helps you look for wildlife ranging from sloths to crocodiles to giant iguanas along the shore. Visit a farming family who have lived on the river all their lives, like their ancestors before them, without modern technologies. Return to your thermal resort in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most richly diverse ecosystems for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy the resort’s hot springs and other amenities. Join us for dinner tonight at a local restaurant in the town of La Fortuna, including musical entertainment.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 4 Zip lining at Arenal & on to Monteverde

Today starts off with an extraordinary bird’s-eye view of cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, an actively “restless” volcano, on a thrilling zip-line ride* at Sky Trek Adventure Park – one of the world’s most highly regarded zip line operations – where you’ll soar over and through the canopy of rainforest treetops! (Those not into zip lining can take a nature walk instead.) After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, where you’ll spend the next three nights in the heart of the cloud forest in Forest View rooms at Monteverde Lodge.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Monteverde Lodge

Day 5 A walk through the canopy, butterflies & more

An exciting day of biodiversity awaits in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. First, join two of Costa Rica’s foremost naturalists for a memorable walk through the cloud forest canopy at the Selvatura Hanging Bridges, as they provide an incredible overview of the cloud forest ecosystem. After lunch and some free time back at your resort, see more than 50 of over an estimated 1,000 native Costa Rican butterfly species, including the stunning blue morpho, at the reserve’s enclosed Butterfly Garden; our naturalists pass along their expert insights on the butterflies’ complex life cycles. Continue on to Sofia, an acclaimed local restaurant featuring eclectic Costa Rican and fusion cuisine in a lovely tropical setting, for a private lecture by one of the Monteverde Reserve’s pioneering naturalists, followed by dinner. Tonight, relax amidst the orchid-filled gardens of your eco-lodge, where your room boasts bay windows looking out on the cloud forest!

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Monteverde Lodge

Day 6 King Coffee & free time at your resort

There’s nothing like fine Costa Rican gourmet coffee… and this morning you’ll get to see how it’s produced, from the seed to the cup, with your local guide on a private tour of the Don Juan Coffee Plantation; learn about the various stages of coffee cultivation and production and its importance to Costa Rican history, and have lunch. Following an afternoon spent relaxing or enjoying free time as you please back at Monteverde Lodge, you may want to join us for an optional nighttime nature walk; because most of the cloud forest’s animals are nocturnal, it’s a wonderful opportunity to view wildlife that are typically asleep during the day. Have dinner at the lodge tonight.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Monteverde Lodge

Day 7 Return to San José & celebrate chocolate

Depart Monteverde today and return to the capital city of San José, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After checking in and spending some free time at your hotel in the heart of the city, head over to Sibu, a noted artisan chocolatier, where you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate! Observe the natural process of transforming the cacao fruit into chocolate during a hands-on demonstration (with a little tasting, of course), and say goodbye to your memorable Costa Rica trip at a farewell reception followed by dinner.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall
Day 8 Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

Your Costa Rica travel adventure ends in San José. A transfer is included from the InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall to San José’s Juan Santamaria International Airport. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in.

Meals : B

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Date Land Price
January 9, 2017 $4,590
January 16, 2017 $5,240
January 30, 2017 $4,590
February 13, 2017 $5,240
February 20, 2017 $4,590
March 6, 2017 $4,590
March 13, 2017 $5,240
March 20, 2017 $4,590
April 10, 2017 $4,360
December 4, 2017 $4,360
December 25, 2017 $4,860

Small Group Departures – Select small group departures averaging 24 Tauck guests, priced from AUD $4990 per person double; specific dates apply – select “Small Group” in the pull-down menu above for complete pricing.

Date Land Price
January 16, 2017 $5,240
February 13, 2017 $5,240
March 13, 2017 $5,240

Note: Costa Rica departure tax is not included.

For further detail on this or any other packages, please contact us on 1300 968 787

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