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Costa Rica Unique (15 days)

Swiss Travel, Costa Rica

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

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Oct 2018

Costa Rica Unique (15 days)

Day 1

San José , Costa Rica

Day 5

Golfo Dulce , Costa Rica

Day 6

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Day 7

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Day 12

Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Day 13

Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Day 14

Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Day 15

SJO International Airport, Costa Rica

Itinerary

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

Upon your arrival at SJO International Airport, a Swiss Travel representative will meet and greet you, and 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 in San Jose.

Day 2
San Isidro De El General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

This day you will be transferred to San José Domestic Terminal where a charter flight will take you to San Isidro el General. Then on a private transportation, you will get at Hacienda AltaGracia hotel located over 7,000 ft. This hotel has been designed for guests seeking a private vacation retreat with luxury resort comforts and a variety of recreational pursuits. In addition, it will offer you a purely authentic Costa Rican experience in an intimate hacienda setting and one of Central America’s finest spas.

Day 3
San Isidro De El General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

These days (3&4) are at your leisure.

A number of complimentary activities are offered daily throughout the resort. Enjoy hiking, biking, fitness, meditation, culinary, spa and equestrian activities all without leaving the resort. Other activities will have an additional cost, for example horseback riding, ultralight flights and zip lines, among others.

Day 4
San Isidro De El General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

These days (3&4) are at your leisure.

A number of complimentary activities are offered daily throughout the resort. Enjoy hiking, biking, fitness, meditation, culinary, spa and equestrian activities all without leaving the resort. Other activities will have an additional cost, for example horseback riding, ultralight flights and zip lines, among others.

Day 5
Golfo Dulce , Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day you will be transferred to the South Pacific area of Costa Rica, specifically to the area of Puerto Jimenez. There, 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, the dolphins that enjoy the gulf waters might surprise you. 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.

This is a special destination for nature lovers and for those who want to enjoy a moment of peace. This area provides nature, rainforest and joint learning experience. The only access to the property is by boat, which provides an isolated, but relaxing environment. The area offers different attractions such as the blue-green waters of Golfo Dulce, the biodiversity of Piedras Blancas National Park, lush virgin beaches and the Osa Peninsula. The property is surrounded by tropical gardens, but also by rainforest. You can enjoy watching many species of birds (including toucans and scarlet macaws), monkeys and a great scenery of wildlife.

In addition, you will have time to explore on your own, relax and quietly enjoy the sounds of Mother Nature, and even sit and relax while enjoying the Ocean View. There is no TV or phone.

Day 6
Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During these days (6&7) 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 7
Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Playa Cativo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During these days (6&7) 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
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

This day we will go back through Golfo Dulce, on boat, to the small port of Puerto Jimenez, where a charter flight will take you to San Jose, enjoy a flight over the active Poas Volcano, the first national park created in Costa Rica back in 1971. This unforgettable and unique wonder has a main crater of 300 meters away deep and a diameter of about 1.32 km, being this the world's largest geyser. Then you will land at San Jose Domestic Flight Terminal a private transfer will take you 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 9
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

This day is at your leisure.

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. Then you can 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 10
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs Breakfast

At mid-morning, the journey starts to the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, where the major attraction is the Arenal Volcano. The tour begins with a climb up to the central volcanic mountain range. On the way, it is possible to see diverse agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until the arrival to “La Fortuna” where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. Check in at Nayara Springs hotel in Arenal, as you will be staying the next two nights at this property.

Day 11
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs 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 pulleys subject to transverse cables make the descent 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 12
Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas Breakfast

During the morning, you will have a short time to admire for the last time the Arenal Volcano. Later, a private transfer will take you to the beautiful Guanacaste province, specifically to the Gulf of Papagayo that is located in the north pacific coast of Costa Rica. This journey is accompanied by incredible views of the Arenal Lake and quaint rural villages until you reach the Pan-American Highway, where you can notice the change between the tropical rain forest and tropical dry forest that characterizes the entire Guanacaste province.

Finally, upon reaching the coast you will enjoy three nights at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas hotel.

Day 13
Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas Breakfast

Days (13&14) at leisure for you to enjoy the hotel facilities and even consider on taking an optional (extra cost) day tour in the area. The region is known for its extensive nature reserves, which house an incredible concentration of flora, fauna and natural beauties. Therefore, there are several reserves, natural attractions and many activities that can be done from this area.

Some suggestions are Rincón de la Vieja National Park, which holds an active volcano, thermal mud baths, and a variety of forests; or Palo Verde National Park, which is a bird-watchers and nature-lover’s paradise; there are also canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking and much more!

Day 14
Danta Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas Breakfast

Days (13&14) at leisure for you to enjoy the hotel facilities and even consider on taking an optional (extra cost) day tour in the area. The region is known for its extensive nature reserves, which house an incredible concentration of flora, fauna and natural beauties. Therefore, there are several reserves, natural attractions and many activities that can be done from this area.

Some suggestions are Rincón de la Vieja National Park, which holds an active volcano, thermal mud baths, and a variety of forests; or Palo Verde National Park, which is a bird-watchers and nature-lover’s paradise; there are also canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking and much more!

Day 15
SJO International Airport, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

Your amazing Costa Rica experience ends today. You will be transferred to San Jose, where at SJO Int’l Airport you will board the flight to back home.

Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport (SJO) 4.5 hours’ drive.

When choosing your departure flight via SJO, select one that departs at afternoon, in order to accommodate the transfer time and the timing for check in at the airline and migration.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Enjoy the wonders of the nature on purely authentic Costa Rican experience in an intimate hacienda setting and one of Central America’s finest spas at Hacienda AltaGracia hotel. Feel the real contact with the Mother Nature at Playa Cativo, it provides nature, rainforest and joint learning experience.

Discover another perspective of the country flying over the active Poas Volcano, the first national park created in Costa Rica back in 1971. This unforgettable and unique wonder has a main crater of 300 meters away deep and a diameter of about 1.32 km, being this the world's largest geyser.

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 at Silencio Lodge. Then the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape at La Fortuna. Finally, you will enjoy the magical beaches of Guanacaste and its unforgettable sunsets.

About Us

Whether it's a family vacation or a friend’s trip, Swiss Travel Service offers you the best Costa Rican experts in designing custom-made vacations. Our dedicated Virtuoso experts understand your needs and will work to satisfy them considering your client’s interests and budget. Contact us and let us know what you need and what your expectations are, the more information you give us, the better we can build an ideal program for your clients. We want to know if is it a special celebration trip, if you are looking for adventure, nature or relaxation.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Policy:

All Individual reservations must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to the client’s arrival to Costa Rica.

Cancellation Policy:

Some charges may apply for last-minute cancellations, changes or no-shows. Cancellation charges will apply according to each supplier’s cancellation policies. Swiss Travel charges a US $50.00 handling fee for cancellation of confirmed bookings.



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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.
Travel Advisor:  Kathleen Ortiz

Highly recommend

By: Wendy


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Reliable and Professional

By: ChicagoSue


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.  
Travel Advisor:  Michele Vogel

Wonderful

By: Jen


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

We used Swiss travel for our airport transportation and for our zip lining trips and bother were great. Very professional and zip lining was fabulous!
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Terrific Service, Knowledgeable & Friendly Staff

By: DC Z's


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
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Good Service

By: Ashley


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!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tours & guides

By: Michelle G


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

Swiss Travel employs great drivers and exceptional guides. They were all very knowledgeable and accommodating during our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Stanfield

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By: WalshCrew


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!
Travel Advisor:  Regina Kubica

Swiss Travel transportation

By: KikiG


Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2017

These guys were the ultimate professionals. They are always punctual and provide very comfortable vehicles. Since my main bag didn't arrive with me, they didn't hesitate to stop at a suitable place so I could purchase a few things that I would need to get by. They made themselves available for language translation and anything else we needed. They gave us as much information along the way as we wanted. They were friendly and made us feel very welcome in their country. I'd highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Costa Rica

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

When planning for the trip the agent took time to go through all the details of the trip. She answered all questions and even gave restaurant recommendations (which were wonderful). During travel Swiss Travel was there to make changes in transportation needed. And help find missing glasses.
Travel Advisor:  John-Paul Fine

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By: JLF


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

Very impressed with the coordination of a complex travel plan! Only complaint is wish we would have had more time to do more! Great job by Swiss Travel.
Travel Advisor:  Alexis Jaffer