Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Nature in Your Hands (12 days)

Swiss Travel, Costa Rica

San José , Costa Rica To SJO International Airport, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Oct 2018

Nature in Your Hands (12 days)

Day 1

San José , Costa Rica

Day 6

Cativo Beach, Costa Rica

Day 7

Cativo Beach, Costa Rica

Day 8

Cativo Beach, Costa Rica

Day 9

Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica

Day 10

Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica

Day 11

Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica

Day 12

SJO International Airport, Costa Rica

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
San José , Costa Rica
Costa Rica Marriott None

Upon arrival at SJO International Airport, a Swiss Travel representative will meet and greet you, also he will provide you with all the necessary documentation you will need during your vacation. Then, you will be transferred to Costa Rica Marriott hotel, located 15 minutes from the airport.

Day 2
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Breakfast

By midmorning starts the journey to the northern plains of the country where the main attraction is the Arenal Volcano. The journey begins with the ascent to the central volcanic mountain range, through the route you can admire various agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until you reach La Fortuna where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive, almost perfect conical shape. Arrival and check in at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort hotel will be done, where you will stay for the next two nights.

The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the facilities and hot springs; here, you will find several pools that flow across Tabacon River and are heated directly from the volcanic veins of the Arenal Volcano. These soothing waterfalls will make you feel rejuvenated due to all the benefits they provide. These springs help improve blood circulation and oxygenation, removes toxins from the body, stimulate metabolism, help digestion, promote relaxation and improve the functioning of the nervous system, which make Tabacon a must-visit destination. The exotic gardens that surround this place will definitely make you enjoy a natural and unique environment that will make you feel completely stress free.

Day 3
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Breakfast

This day is at your leisure to enjoy the tourist attractions (extra cost) around the Arenal Volcano. If you want to explore the area in a more exciting way, we recommend you the Sky Tram & Sky Trek. This tour combines the climbing to the top of the mountain by Sky Tram enjoying beautiful scenery of Arenal Lake, while the descent is made by pulleys subject to transverse cables from one mountain to another, to feel the adventure all over your body! If you prefer a quieter excursion and admire the natural beauty of the northern plains, we recommend a visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges, a system of trails immersed in the rainforest where you will be able to walk along 16 hanging bridges. Bridges and trails were built considering all type of visitors and their security. This tour is adorned with magnificent views of the impressive Arenal Volcano and you will regularly find a huge variety of species such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects making it one of the most advantageous visits in the area.

Day 4
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

At mid-morning private transfer to Bajos del Toro is scheduled. This area is completely surrounded by the cloud forest characteristic of high mountains; it offers 1000 hectares of a private natural reserve with rivers flowing from the top of the mountains and waterfalls hidden in the forest.

It is one of the best places to observe birds in Costa Rica, including hummingbirds, endemic bird bell, the famous Quetzal and many more who fly freely among ancient trees laden with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns.

Registration and lodging for the next two nights at El Silencio Lodge & Spa hotel will be done. This place is widely considered a sanctuary in harmony with the environment and it is surrounded by the stunning tropical cloud forest.

The hotel has 500-acre private reserve where flowing small rivers and beautiful waterfalls. An eco-hotel representative will be available to provide information about the region and the services offered by the property.

Day 5
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

The melodious songs of birds, fresh air and clear waters of the streams that are born in the mountains, will be the first sounds you will hear here. During the morning, you can enjoy a walk through the trails of the property where you can discover the wonders of these ancient forests, including large numbers of migratory birds and interesting plantations of medicinal trees that will help you learn more about natural medicine.

The afternoon at your leisure to rest, walk, or relax at the Spa (additional cost) which was built in the woods along a stream, where the sounds of nature help you relieve stress, and where you can enjoy the miraculous sludge treatment, which has many benefits, providing a smooth skin, increasing hydration, promoting deep relaxation and eliminating toxins. You can also enjoy optional activities such as a tree planting ceremony, picking organic vegetables from the garden of El Silencio Lodge & Spa. Undoubtedly, this place will make you forget about the rest of the world.

Day 6
Cativo Beach, Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During the morning a private transportation will take you from Bajos del Toro to Juan Santamaria airport where you will take a local flight to the South Pacific area of Costa Rica, specifically to the area of Puerto Jimenez. Upon you landing, the hotel staff of Playa Cativo will be waiting for you to board the boat that will take you to the hotel, crossing Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) on a journey of about 45 minutes to reach the property.

During the trip on the boat, you might be surprised by the dolphins that enjoy the gulf waters. You will stay for the next three nights at Playa Cativo hotel, which is designed to provide visitors with a great comfort, but mixed with a natural paradise that surrounds Piedras Blancas National Park. The Gavilan restaurant serves gourmet fusion dishes made with fresh ingredients from the organic hotel farm. The meals are a la carte and are included in the room rate. The freshwater pool is next to the cottage and has excellent views of the Gulf and sunsets. Room service and pool service are available.

Day 7
Cativo Beach, Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During these days (7 and 8) you will enjoy time in the middle of the jungle. Just sit back and relax, or eventually take excursions (extra cost) to further explore the various attractions of this wonderful region. Please take note that the use of snorkeling equipment and kayaking is included and available in the property, as well as the use of internal trails of the hotel. All these activities are carried out on your own.

Day 8
Cativo Beach, Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During these days (7 and 8) you will enjoy time in the middle of the jungle. Just sit back and relax, or eventually take excursions (extra cost) to further explore the various attractions of this wonderful region. Please take note that the use of snorkeling equipment and kayaking is included and available in the property, as well as the use of internal trails of the hotel. All these activities are carried out on your own.

Day 9
Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica
La Mansion Inn Breakfast

This day we will go back through Golfo Dulce, on boat, to the small port of Puerto Jimenez, where private transportation will pick you up and take you to the Costa Rican Central Pacific, specifically the area of Manuel Antonio.

During the travel, you can enjoy the wonderful views of the Pacific beaches, passing near Marino Ballena National Park, place where if the season and conditions allow you could observe whales and dolphins jumping in the sea.

Later on, you will arrive to Manuel Antonio, a paradise that mixes lovely white sand beaches with jungle and rain forest full of wildlife. The vast variety of activities to do and places to visit in the area definitely adds value to your experience. This tropical place is one of the main attractions in Costa Rica, and one of the icons of ecotourism in the country.

Registration and accommodation for the next three nights at La Mansion Inn hotel will be done.

Day 10
Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica
La Mansion Inn Breakfast

These days (10 and 11) are at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or take an excursion (extra cost). We recommend visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park (closed on Mondays), since it has a charming combination of lush tropical forest and beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters listed on Trip Advisor (Travellers Choice 2013) as the best beach in Central America and its park was recognized in 2011 by Forbes Magazine as one of the twelve most beautiful national parks in the world. Inside the park, there is a wide variety of vegetation, lagoons, mangroves, 109 species of mammals and 184 bird species. You can see several species of birds, reptiles and monkeys including the three-toed sloth. Among other activities in the area are horseback riding, surfing lessons, canopy, kayaking, fishing and mask diving.

Day 11
Manuel Antonio , Costa Rica
La Mansion Inn Breakfast

These days (10 and 11) are at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or take an excursion (extra cost). We recommend visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park (closed on Mondays), since it has a charming combination of lush tropical forest and beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters listed on Trip Advisor (Travellers Choice 2013) as the best beach in Central America and its park was recognized in 2011 by Forbes Magazine as one of the twelve most beautiful national parks in the world. Inside the park, there is a wide variety of vegetation, lagoons, mangroves, 109 species of mammals and 184 bird species. You can see several species of birds, reptiles and monkeys including the three-toed sloth. Among other activities in the area are horseback riding, surfing lessons, canopy, kayaking, fishing and mask diving.

Day 12
SJO International Airport, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

After enjoying unforgettable days in the pacific coast, it is scheduled the transportation to return to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in the city of Alajuela. You will see diverse landscapes along the way.

Please take into consideration that, for International Departure Flights, passengers are highly requested to be 3 hours before Flight Departure Time at the Airport for check in procedures, this according to Airport and Airline Authorities.

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Description

Feel the nature in your hands! Visiting the mighty Arenal Volcano and enjoying the facilities at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort with its hot springs; several pools that flow across Tabacon River and are heated directly from the volcanic veins of the Arenal Volcano. Feel the melodious songs of birds, fresh air and clear waters of the streams that are born in the mountains of Bajos del Toro. Know the magical Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf), you might be surprised by the dolphins that enjoy the gulf waters. This is a special destination for nature lovers and for those who want to enjoy a moment of peace. The area provides nature, rainforest and joint learning experience. The only access to the property is by boat, which provides an isolated, but relaxing environment. Then, continue to Manuel Antonio, a paradise that mixes lovely white sand beaches with jungle and rain forest full of wildlife. Manuel Antonio National Park, since it has a charming combination of lush tropical forest and beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters listed on Trip Advisor (Travellers Choice 2013) as the best beach in Central America and its park was recognized in 2011 by Forbes Magazine as one of the twelve most beautiful national parks in the world.

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By: Howie


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

this trip had a more difficult aspect in that the destinTion was in a very remote spot. It required an overnight stay enroute. All flights and transfers proceeded smoothly. The accomodations were as advertised. The only glitch was that no boarding pass was provided for leg of return flight. It turns out, none was needed, but that was not explained ahead of time.
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Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2014

Swiss Travel helped our travel agent coordinate a nearly 2 week trip in Costa Rica.  A representative met us at the airport, gave us our final itinerary, introduced us to the driver who would be taking us to our first destination, and then checked on us intermittently throughout the trip.  All the drivers and guides who we met were professional and helpful.  While we never needed to contact someone from Swiss Travel for additional assistance, it was comforting to know that we had local contacts in the event of an emergency.  
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Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

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Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2016

Swiss Travel provided our family with top-quality service throughout our recent vacation in and around Costa Rica. Our adventure spanned three regions - with each and every Swiss Travel Guide and Driver being extremely friendly, knowledgeable and humorous! Staff went above and beyond in describing local cultures, economic vagaries of the country's regions, historical perspectives and environmental policies that every country should aspire. Thank you, Swiss Travel and Valerie Wilson Travel! The DC Z's
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Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2016

Everything was arranged ahead of time. We did not have to worry about anything on trip! It was all handled!
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Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

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Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Before this trip I had no idea what Costa Rica travel would be like. On arrival to the country SWISS TRAVEL was there with a smile. These people are first class. Driving through the country to our destinations their personal attention was immeasurable. Every time we had a transfer to an excursion or new hotel they were prompt, polite and engaging. We even made a request to stop at a Supermarket which they did!!! Love and thankfulness to all my Swiss Travel people!
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Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

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