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Colonial Treasures Of Mexico

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Colonial Treasures of Mexico offers visitors the chance to explore the central area of this vibrant country. After beginning in Mexico City, the tour ...
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Azi Shahidi
I began my career in Cultural Tourism as a lecturer for European educational groups in the Middle East. I studied architecture and graphic design but found in tourism the ideal field to fulfill my love of history, art and people. I have lived on 3 different continents and traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas! I can speak English, French and Farsi fluently and can get by in German, Spanish and Arabic. I am very passionate about the cultural diversities one finds while traveling and my greatest ambition is to keep on traveling. I want to see the great architecture, the flora and fauna, taste the good food, drink the exotic wines, dance to different beats and enjoy the exciting nightlife that our world has to offer. That’s why my favorite destination is South America, it encompasses all of that and more!
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Description
Enjoy the wonders of Costa Rica at your own pace on this stunning 8-day self-drive tour. After visiting the bustling capital city of San Jose you will travel north to Arenal and Monteverde, where looming volcanoes and teeming rainforest await. Climb the perfectly-shaped Arenal volcano with an expert guide and keep an eye out for some of the country’s world-famous bird and animal life!
Tour Highlights
Experience bustling San Jose, the country’s lively capital city
Hike the picturesque Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most active volcano
Admire the white sand beaches and tropical forests of Manuel Antonio

   

Costa Rican Adventure Ex U.S.A. 08 Days


Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.
DAY
1
USA - SAN JOSE (ARRIVAL)
Make your own way to the International airport to board your flight to San Jose. Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, which is surrounded by lush green mountains and valleys. After clearing customs, a representative will direct you to the car rental center. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in San Jose


DAY
2
SAN JOSE - ARENAL (B/-/-)
Today, depart San Jose driving north. Stop for a photo opportunity in the charming village of Zarcero where you can see the Parque Francisco Alvarado and the Iglesia de San Rafael. The park sits in front of the pink and blue Church at the town center, which is noted for its topiary garden and shrubs that have been trimmed into the shapes of various animals. Continue to the Arenal area, famous for its volcano, lake and hot springs. You may choose to visit one of the many hot springs facilities that offer visitors an ideal way to relax. Stay for dinner as well, as many of these facilities offer several restaurants.
Overnight in Arenal
Drive Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 80 miles/ 130 km.


DAY
3
ARENAL (B/-/-)
Spend a full day at leisure in Arenal in the midst of an unspoiled setting. You may choose one of the optional tours* like to spend half the day hiking to Arenal National Park, enjoying the natural hot springs throughout the area, or spend the morning or afternoon enjoying a horseback ride through both pastures and rainforest to La Fortuna Waterfall. For extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, the Sky Tram gondolas soar smoothly through the rainforest to an observation deck. You can ride the tram down the same route that you ascended or take a fast-paced Sky Trek zip line tour to the bottom.
Overnight in Arenal
*Please refer to the optional tour list at the end of this itinerary


DAY
4
ARENAL – MANUEL ANTONIO (B/-/-)
Today, you will drive to Manuel Antonio, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica due to its beautiful beaches, rich wildlife, and endless list of activities. Use the balance of the day to enjoy the exotic national park and beaches. You may choose one of the optional tours* like to take a boat trip through the complex and beautiful estuaries and mangroves surrounding Damas Island. For something different, visit the local sustainable organic Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation which grows a variety of spices and essential oil plants, including vanilla, cocoa, pepper and cinnamon.
Overnight in Manuel Antonio
Drive Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 150 miles/ 240 km.
*Please refer to the optional tour list at the end of this itinerary


DAY
5
MANUEL ANTONIO (B/-/-)
Spend a full day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. You may choose one of the optional tours* like to enjoy a zip-lining canopy tour or horseback riding tour which are both available in the area. Or, join the optional afternoon tour to Manuel Antonio National Park with its wealth of wildlife. Your guide will take you through this tropical paradise where you will have the opportunity to witness the abundance of the biodiversity the park has to offer, Midway through the hike enjoy 20 minutes at leisure on one of the beaches located within the national park. As an alternative, enjoy a naturalist tour on a catamaran with amazing views of the national park and marine life, a snorkeling adventure, and a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean
Overnight in Manuel Antonio
*Please refer to the optional tour list at the end of this itinerary


DAY
6
MANUEL ANTONIO (B/-/-)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Manuel Antonio or choose one of the optional tours like the morning optional Manuel Antonio catamaran adventure. Enjoy the beauty of the Costa Rican coast as you sail around Manuel Antonio National Park for a picturesque view of wildlife and vegetation. You will pass by panoramas adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations..Visit Biesanz beach where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat. A light lunch and drinks are included. You could also venture out on your own and go whitewater rafting  down the Savegre River where you will enjoy class II and III rapids and an abundant variety of wildlife. Stop at locally known swimming spots and breathtaking waterfalls along the way. Or, take a trip to Jaco to visit Jaco Beach, which is the most visited vacation destination in all of Costa Rica and is only about an hour away from Manuel Antonio.
Overnight in Manuel Antonio
*Please refer to the optional tour list at the end of this itinerary


DAY
7
MANUEL ANTONIO – SAN JOSE (B/-/-)
Drive back to San Jose. Consider a stop at Poas Volcano National Park, one of the most visited sites in Costa Rica, which features short easy trails for hiking. A short trip from San Jose, the Poas Volcano contains one of the world's largest volcanic lakes, Lake Botos, which fills an inactive crater and is surrounded by a cloud forest. Or, head to Costa Rica's highest active volcano, Irazu, and on the way back visit the colonial Orosi Valley which is famous for having the oldest church in Costa Rica. If you are not interested in visiting volcanoes, there is plenty to do in San Jose. Visit one of the museums or head to Mercado Central, a very old and unique bustling food market
Drive Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 110 miles/ 175 km.


DAY
8
SAN JOSE (DEPARTURE)- USA (B/-/-)
Return your vehicle at the car rental facility at the San Jose International Airport prior to your departure flight home


Prices are on a twin sharing basis. A single supplement of $350 applies for this tour.

Car upgrades available, contact us for more information

TOUR PRICE:

VALID FROM 16 Sep 2017 to 27 Nov 2017
Standard Category  
Land Only  USD $ 499.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 799.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 949.00  Per Person
Superior Category  
Land Only  USD $ 599.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 899.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1049.00  Per Person
Deluxe Category  
Land Only  USD $ 799.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 1099.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1249.00  Per Single

TOUR PRICE:

VALID FROM 02 Dec 2017 to 11 Dec 2017
Standard Category  
Land Only  USD $ 599.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 875.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1025.00  Per Person
Superior Category  
Land Only  USD $ 699.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 975.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1125.00  Per Person
Deluxe Category  
Land Only  USD $ 899.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 1175.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1325.00  Per Person

TOUR PRICE:

VALID FROM 20 Jan 2018 to 23 Apr 2018
Standard Category  
Land Only  USD $ 599.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 875.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1025.00  Per Person
Superior Category  
Land Only  USD $ 699.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 975.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1125.00  Per Person
Deluxe Category  
Land Only  USD $ 899.00  Per Person
Ex Miami (MIA)  USD $ 1175.00  Per Person
Ex New York (JFK)  USD $ 1325.00  Per Person

International airfare
Accommodation at listed standard hotels or similar
Daily breakfast
Meet and greet service
8-day car rental (192 hours) including:
o SUV Mini Manual (Suzuki Jimny or similar)
o Unlimited mileage
o One driver
Car rental pick up and drop off at the airport
Air taxes and fuel surcharges
Items of a personal nature, tips & gratuities
Travel Insurance
Visa fees if applicable
Optional tours and activities
Rental car coverage (LDW) to be paid locally
Airfare for land only option
All items not mentioned as included
07 Nights’ Accommodation
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Villa Tournon (San Jose)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Hotel Villa Tournon has 80 rooms including standard, Superior and Deluxe rooms. Some of the rooms stand out for their view to a garden surrounding the pool and Jacuzzi; In addition to a beautiful view of San José at night, with its illuminated buildings, embedded in a Hill as competing with each other to exceed in height. This hotel is situated in the exclusive executive area of Barrio Tournon, just eight blocks from the central avenue of San Jose; the capital of Costa Rica. A few steps away are located: relevant institutions of the State, a major private university, shopping malls, Executive Offices, transportation terminal that goes to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Simon Bolívar Park, Butterfly Garden and other attractions are located. The Hotel Villa Tournon built in the early '80s upon an irregular ground; it consists of three floors. You enter through the third floor to move down to the second and first floor. Continuing the descent you reach the area of the pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by a beautiful and colorful garden. In the architectural structure of this building you will appreciate a stunning sky craft, made out of fine and precious wood in the Lobby, Bar and the Restaurant Rincon Azul.
Park Inn (San Jose)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Looking for a hotel in the heart of Costa Rica’s largest metropolitan area? The Park Inn by Radisson San José, Costa Rica places you within walking distance of downtown, several business parks and the well-known Paseo Colón, the city’s main avenue. After a day of meetings, relax in a comfortable guest room or suite, each with amenities like Free Wireless High-speed Internet. Getting hungry? Stop by the on-site RBG Bar & Grill for a selection of tempting dishes. You can get work done in our business center, and then reward yourself with a swim in the outdoor pool.
San Bosco Inn (Arenal)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Located in La Fortuna town, San Bosco Inn offers an outdoor pool and lush gardens, free Wi-Fi in public areas and rooms with garden views. The Arenal Volcano is 3.1 miles away. Rooms at the San Bosco Inn feature bright functional décor and cable TV. All rooms have a private bathroom with free towels. Local restaurants and shops can be found within a 2-minute walk. The La Fortuna Waterfall is a 5-minute drive away, while Juan Santamaría International Airport is a 2-hour drive away. Free parking is provided at the hotel. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Fortuna! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Villas Eco Arenal (Arenal)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Eco Arenal Hotel is located just outside of La Fortuna and situated in the northern lowlands, near the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Popular amongst nature lovers and eco tourists, the area is rich in local vegetation. Incredible natural jewels like the Arenal Volcano, surrounded by forested hills and an abundance of bird species, are just two of the many attractions to the area. The hotel sits just outside of La Fortuna’s charming ambiance, all just a few hours from San Jose.
Los Lagos Hotel (Arenal)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
A great Costa Rica vacation is waiting for you in a hot springs hotel featuring a really big natural outdoor area, which is both the largest piece of land among hotels in the zone and the very next to Arenal Volcano itself!, with an unique and wide range of services and facilities for the enjoyment of the volcano spectacular closest safe view, Costa Rica culture, people and cuisine, as well as the tropical rainforest flora & fauna. All in one place at Los Lagos, Hotel Spa & Resort! Enjoy the most plentiful breakfast, including Costa Rican "gallo pinto", you may ever have. You can find pleasure and fun at the pool & hot springs hotel facilities; and relax, health & beauty at the Spa Resort. So be happy and let the natural hot springs by the Arenal volcano internal healthy energy & minerals complements all of your Costa Rica Vacation package activities, such that those into the nature or adventure tours.
Hotel Plaza Yara (Arenal)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Hotel Plaza Yara offers the possibility for you to enjoy your stay in comfort, casual elegance and in tune with nature. Relax by the pool, explore the famous beaches, spend a day at Manuel Antonio National Park or book your adventure tour with the concierge. Hotel Plaza Yara offers one restaurant, Gondola Gourmet. Room service is also avaible.
Hotel Costa Verde (Manuel Antonio)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
On a coastal rainforest bluff nestled between Manuel Antonio National Park and incredible Pacific Ocean vistas that will take your breath away, Costa Verde is a vacation adventure, tropical wedding or honeymoon and hotel experience unlike any you have imagined. Just 3 miles from the village of Quepos and 2 hours by car from San Jose‘s International Airport, Costa Verde is a perfect destination for either a short stay or for those seeking a comfortable base camp for adventure travel, ecotourism, sport fishing, surfing or the peace and tranquility of Manuel Antonio‘s legendary white sand beaches and National Park. Just three hundred yards from the beach overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliff-side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows. All rooms offer balconies with a bird's-eye view of the Park's majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.
Hotel San Bada (Manuel Antonio)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Hotel San Bada is nestled right next to Manuel Antonio National Park and just few steps away from Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica. Relax next to the nature with views to Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. Located right next to the World Famous Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica and 2 minutes walking distance from Manuel Antonio Beach. Explore the wonders of nature from any part of San Bada. Plenty of wildlife & vegetation close to you.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Balmoral Hotel (San Jose)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Balmoral is a lively, full service, landmark hotel located on the famous Central Avenue in the historical and vibrant heart of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica and only 10 miles away from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). The Balmoral is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. Within walking distance of the hotel, you will find San Jose's main art, cultural, financial, government and historical landmarks, as well as some of city's best entertainment, shopping, and healthcare facilities. From the hotel, you can also take a wide variety of one-day tours to discover Costa Rica's natural beauties.
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