Tropical Costa Rica tour with volcano hiking & optional self drive with 2021 availability - Fully refundable

San José, Tortuguero,Guapiles, Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo

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Arenal volcano


Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica




San Juanillo Beach, Guanacaste

Tortuguero National Park

Squirrel Monkey, Costa Rica

Playa Penca, Guanacaste

Tamarindo beach

Tamarindo beach

Tamarindo beach

Costa Rica


Costa Rica: wildlife, volcanoes, beach and optional car hire

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You'll start your holiday with two nights in a Standard room at the Barcelo San Jose, San Jose with breakfast included.

Then, you will spend two nights in a Standard room at the Laguna Lodge Tortuguero,Pococi with breakfast included.

Next, you'll spend three nights in a Standard room at the Tilajari Hotel Resort, Alajuela Alajuela Muelle with breakfast included.

Then, you will spend three nights in a Standard room at the Monteverde Rustic Lodge, Monteverde with breakfast included.

Finally, you'll spend three nights in a Standard room at the Wyndham Tamarindo, Provincia de Guanacaste, with breakfast included.

Flights are included from Belfast, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, returning from San Jose, Costa Rica.

Transfers between the accommodations are included.

One piece of hand luggage and also hold luggage is included as well as shared airport transfers.

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The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 43% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate.

The discount stated above was checked on 3.07.2020.

Refundable holidays: request a cancellation and we'll refund 100% of the price paid for your trip (applies to all bookings made before 31st August 2020, with departure dates before 31st December, 2021). Free cancellations need to be requested more than 60 days before your departure date.

Between 15 and 59 days before departure, 50% of the booking is chargeable). This cancellation policy is valid between the member and Exoticca. To cancel any booking please contact Exoticca directly. For more information, please visit Exoticca's website -

Please note that a free cancellation policy is available with this holiday. This applies to all bookings made from 31st August 2020, with departure dates before 31st December 2021. If you request a cancellation, it must be more than 60 days before the departure date.

This holiday is supplied by Exoticca and is ATOL protected (ATOL 11248).

An incredible tour of Costa Rica, taking in San José, Tortuguero, Monteverde and Arenal, with a few nights in laid-back Tamarindo – includes stellar excursions, flights and car hire or transfers. Fully refundable - book with confidence

Day 1: San José

Welcome to San José, a city buzzing with electricity and frenetic energy. Culture comes alive on the streets here, and you'll have an evening to explore this concrete jungle by yourself. Check-in to Barceló San José and prepare to set off on your adventure the next day.

Days 2 & 3: Tortuguero

Pass through the sprawling Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to Tortuguero, stopping for breakfast. The afternoon means a fascinating tour of Tortuguero, including a visit to the Turtle Conservation Museum and a lively nearby village. Return to Laguna Lodge for dinner. The next day, spend the morning on a laid-back boat trip through Tortuguero’s canals, then return to the hotel for lunch. In the evening, you’ll have the option to go and spy on turtles spawning on the beach (July - September; $15 entrance free required).

Day 4: Guapiles & Arenal

Set off for the charming city of Guapiles, arriving in time for lunch. Then, it’s time to pick up your rental car and continue to La Fortuna, where the dramatic Arenal Volcano is located - it’s one of the most spectacular in the country. Arrive at Tilajari Resort & Conference Resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Days 5 & 6: Arenal

Be sure to fuel up this morning, because today you’re climbing a volcano. Spend the morning at leisure, then meet your guide in the afternoon to embark on a volcano hike along paths created by lava flows. Admire the plant life which grows in such incredible diversity, and afterwards, opt to visit a hot spring to soothe your weary legs - choose between the Tabacón Hot Springs experience with dinner (£98 per person) or a pass to Paradise Hot Springs (£52 per person). The next day, you’ll have some time to explore the divine Arenal by yourself for the day - there’s plenty to discover in the National Park, however if you’re feeling adventurous, opt to go horseback riding in the wilderness, enjoying the backdrop of a rainforest as you ride (£57 per person, including lunch).

Days 7-9: Monteverde

Set off for Monteverde, travelling along the banks of Lake Arenal and witness some spectacular views of the volcano. Upon arrival, check into Monteverde Rustic Lodge in and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Take an optional Monteverde Canopy Tour and cross one of the longest zip lines in the country, 900 feet in the air - a must for the thrill-seekers. (£42 per person). On your second day here, it’s time to take an excursion to the Hanging Bridges to take in views from the treetops in Monteverde. In the evening, there’s the option to join a night walk to discover the local nocturnal wildlife (£41 per person). Take your last day here at your own pace, or explore the Curi-Cancha Biological Reserve on an optional excursion (£54 per person).

Days 10-12: Tamarindo

Make the drive to Tamarindo today, an area known for its spectacular beaches, super-cool surfing and electric nightlife. You’ll be staying at Wyndham Tamarindo, which is close to many of these sun-kissed beaches. Here, it’s all about rest and relaxation: take the next few days to recharge your batteries, or pick an excursion or two to join: from a boat safari along the Tamarindo Estuary (£36 per person) or a catamaran tour, where you’ll spot whales, dolphins and rays frolicking in the waters (£77 per person).

Days 13 & 14: San José

Drive back to the capital today, and spend some time familiarising yourself with its vibrant culture: admire the Neoclassical architecture and try some of the quirky cafés that litter its streets. The best way to see the city might be to opt for a guided city tour, where you’ll see The National Theatre, the Art Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral and more (£57 per person). Then, it’s one final night in the city before your flight home the next day.

Barceló San José, San Jose (first and last night)

This Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence holder is located in a quiet area within easy reach of the airport. A 2016 renovation updated the guest rooms, and there's a fitness centre and swimming pool on-site, as well as three restaurants.

Amenities: three restaurants, swimming pool, fitness centre, Wi-Fi

Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero (two nights)

Set on the northern Caribbean coast, this Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning eco-lodge sits amidst lush jungle, rain forests and wetlands, offering plenty of appeal to nature-lovers. It resides on a strip of land between a lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, and offers an outdoor swimming pool, a semi-indoor restaurant with views over the water and a bar right on the river’s edge, plus two smaller bars. Rooms are set among the six acres of gardens and come complete with en-suite bathrooms.

Amenities: swimming pool, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi

Tilajari Resort & Conference Centre, Arenal (three nights)

Surrounded by tropical rainforest, this Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning resort plunges you right into the rich landscapes of stunning Arenal. Its pool borders the jungle, its Jacuzzi overlooks the San Carlos River, and there are even a butterfly garden and botanical gardens on the grounds to top it all off. Fresh Costa Rican food is on offer at the Katira restaurant.

Amenities: restaurant, lounge bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, butterfly garden, botanical garden, room service, Wi-Fi

Monteverde Rustic Lodge (three nights)

This family-run mountain lodge is, as its name suggests, full of rustic charm and is situated within walking distance of Santa Elena town. Guests can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast each day, including traditional gallo pinto, and Wi-Fi is available throughout. This hotel also holds a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast room

Wyndham Tamarindo (three nights)

Yet another Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence-winner, Wyndham Tamarindo is a chic, lively hotel close to many of Tamarindo's beautiful beaches. You'll find an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, and spa treatments aplenty to make sure you're well and truly relaxed before you head home. Bedrooms are decorated in a sleek, modern style and all have private balconies or a terrace overlooking the ocean, plus Wi-Fi, HDTVs, and climate control.

Amenities: infinity pool, swim-up bar, spa, restaurant, complimentary shuttle services, Wi-Fi

Good to know

Refundable holiday: Please note that a free cancellation policy is available with this holiday. This applies to all bookings made from 31st August 2020, with departure dates before 31st December 2021. If you request a cancellation, it must be more than 60 days before the departure date. Please see 'Offer details' for more information.

We cannot guarantee access to hotel facilities (e.g restaurant or spa), as these are subject to change due to COVID-19. We advise you check with the hotel before your trip.

We are working with hotels to ensure that they comply with the public health regulations regarding COVID-19.

  • Beautiful Montenegro: Discover the coastal charms and wonders of Montenegro, with an exceptional gulet cruise experience that takes you across a plethora of remarkable locations, all with the Adriatic Sea as a scintillating backdrop.

  • Private or shared traditional gulet boat: On board a traditional mahogany and teak sailing gulet ship, you’ll take to the clear blue seas for a bout of aquatic exploring and historic discoveries while surrounding yourself with the utmost luxury, comfort and classic charm.

  • Cruise Montenegro's best bits: Throughout this intimate experience, you’ll visit all the gems of the Adriatic Coast, including beautiful Kotor Bay with its climb of approximately 1,350 stairs to castle ruins and an awe-inspiring view, lively Budva, iconic Sveti Stefan, the charming villages around Tivat and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Perast. 


- Optional private yacht hire
- Private shower & toilet per cabin
- Air conditioning
- Range of activities: paddle boards, kayaks, snorkelling sets and fishing
- Sun deck
- Chef on board
- Dining room
- Bar


Day 1: Arrive in Tivat, transfer from the airport to the harbour, with embarkation beginning at 5pm. Overnight in Tivat. 

Day 2: Visit the Maritime Heritage Museum in Tivat before stopping for lunch and a swim in Ljuta Bay en route to Kotor. Arrive in Kotor, where you’ll have the afternoon and evening at leisure. 

Day 3: After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town of Kotor. Swim in Dobra Luka Bay, before continuing on to Jaz beach and reaching Budva, where you’ll have the evening at leisure. 

Day 4: Start sailing to Bar and stop for swimming in the bay at Sveti Stefan, a fortified island village. After an afternoon swimming stop in Maljevik Bay, you’ll arrive in Bar. Overnight at dock in Bar. 

Day 5: Tour Old Bar before leaving for Lustica Bay, one of the area’s most beautiful marina villages. Along the way you’ll stop to swim in Lucice Bay and Traste Bay. Overnight at dock in Lustica Bay. 

Day 6: Enjoy a guided tour of Lovcen National Park and stop at Mirista Bay, before hopping off the ship to explore the iconic Blue Cave. In the afternoon, arrive in Herceg Novi, where you’ll have the afternoon and evening at leisure. 

Day 7: Sail into Boka Bay with a stop in Risan Bay before arriving in Perast. On arrival, visit the lady of Skrpjela and St Gorge. 

Day 8: Set sail to Tivat early in the morning, where you’ll disembark to catch your transfer to the airport.

How to get there

The port is a 10-minute drive from the airport and shared transfers are included in this offer.

Good to know

Free cancellation: with this offer, you can cancel your booking up to eight days before your check-in date to receive a full refund. For more information, please see 'Offer details'.

We cannot guarantee access to hotel facilities (e.g restaurant or spa), as these are subject to change due to COVID-19. We advise you check with the hotel two weeks before your trip. If you choose not to travel, you must actively cancel up to eight days in advance to ensure a full refund.

Due to COVID-19, there may be additional entry requirements in effect at your destination, which may change at short notice. Please familiarise yourself with the latest requirements before departure via your government's foreign advice service.
Barceló San José, Residencial El Robledal , 60101 San José, Costa Rica (your first and last destination)

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Flight times and carriers will be confirmed by Exoticca after you have made your booking.

Flights are included from  Belfast, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, returning from San Jose, Costa Rica.

One piece of hand luggage and aslo hold luggage is included, as well as shuttle airport transfers or self drive.

Car hire is included for the duration of you stay. 4x4 Daihatsu Bego or similar, no insurance included (nor mandatory, nor third pirates, nor total coverage), GPS not included, deposit not included (750$). Please note that a CDW (collision damage waiver) of £10 daily and a local tax of £2 daily are mandatory and to be paid to Exoticca. For more details, please contact our supplier Exoticca.

Flight times and carriers will be confirmed by Exoticca after you have made your booking.

Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from our supplier, Exoticca, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation.

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