Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CENTRAL AMERICA

Tortuguero National Park

Arenal National Park

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Horquetas Sarapiqui

San José

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LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Braulio Carrillo National Park

COSTA RICA

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Manuel Antonio National Park

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Spotting monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles toucan and many more in Tortuguero • Walk through old lava fields and learn about the force of nature that is the Arenal Volcano • Zipline through the canopy and see the rainforest from a unique perspective • Kick back and relax by the Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

FAMILY ESCORTED TOUR

PRICES FROM £1439pp

8 day Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes San José • Tortuguero National Park • Arenal National Park • Manuel Antonio National Park

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

Day 1: Arrive San José Bienvenidos a Costa Rica, on arrival a local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 18:00 for a Kick- off Party. Sheraton San José Day 2: San José - Tortuguero National Park Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You’ll be amazed at how many kinds of animal’s live here – 6 species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours – hang out by the pool or on the beach or join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. (BLD) Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (2 nights) Day 3: Tortuguero There’s nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a cruise through the park’s canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you’ll spot tons of monkeys – agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you’re visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world’s largest turtles laying their eggs. (BLD) Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal National Park Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you’ll visit a local Tico family’s palm plantation. Gain a Cultural Insight into growing this exotic vegetable and the family that grows it. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you’ll visit a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists who rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild. (BL) Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa (2 nights)

Day 5: Arenal National Park Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano’s past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel. (BD) Day 6: Arenal NP – Manuel Antonio NP Get ready to have a blast as you soar high above the jungle floor flying along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures in your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. (BD) Parador Resort and Spa (2 nights) Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you’ll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Then, it’s time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort’s pool, or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkelling where you might see dolphins, parrotfish or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (BD)

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LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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TOUR DETAILS

£1439 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked hotels • 15 meals as specified: 7 full breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an expert Travel Director • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary • VIP door-to-door airport transfers DEPARTURES 2019: Feb 16; Mar 2, 16; Jun 8, 22; Jul 13, 20; Aug 3, 10; Nov 9

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San José Travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria

TOUR STYLE: Family Escorted

International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Sheraton San Jose. Ask about extending your stay. (B)

GROUP SIZE: 48 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in San José. Please call for details.

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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