Costa Rica

Costa Rica: An 8-Day Luxury Small-Group Tour of Tropical Beauty, Unique Wildlife and Unmissable Insider Experiences

Sink into the pura vida (pure life) on an eight-day, luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) of Costa Rica — taking first position on Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘The 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World’ list for 2019 and featured as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries in its ‘Best of Travel 2020’. A tropical slice of paradise, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream: discover some of Central America’s most impressive and bio-diverse conservation areas, including Tortuguero National Park with its 11 spectacular habitats, Arenal Volcano National Park, home to the eponymous volcano where you can zipline over the treetops, and Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to the elusive jaguar and puma.

Includes seven nights of premium accommodation, daily breakfast and gourmet dining experiences as per the itinerary, the services of expert English-speaking guides throughout, private airport transfers, entrance fees and so much more.

Panama Extension: Expand your adventure and unearth the world-renowned Panama Canal, stroll past the ruins of Panamá Viejo (Old Quarter), meet the Emberá tribe and sail above the canopies of Gamboa Rainforest.

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8 Days
LOW SEASON — TWIN SHARE
Earn 3,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (twin-share)you must purchase two packages
  • Seven nights of deluxe accommodation in San José, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park
8 Days
HIGH SEASON — TWIN SHARE
Earn 3,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (twin-share)you must purchase two packages
  • Seven nights of deluxe accommodation in San José, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park
8 Days
LOW SEASON — SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 4,449 Qantas Points
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Seven nights of deluxe accommodation in San José, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park
8 Days
HIGH SEASON — SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 5,059 Qantas Points
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Seven nights of deluxe accommodation in San José, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Explore Tortuguero National Park, home to 11 spectacular habitats
  • Venture deep into the forest with a wildlife expert to spot hidden wildlife
  • Stand in awe of the eponymous volcano in Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Visit Arenal Sky Adventure Park where you will walk, zipline and sail above the treetops
  • Get lost in Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of Central America’s most renowned conservations
  • Cross hanging bridges over lush forest and visit a butterfly garden home to over 30 species

The Experiences — Discover the unexplored beauty of one of the most beautiful countries in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler

Whether you’re keen to become one with nature, spot sleepy sloths in trees or unearth a perfect slice of untouched, tropical paradise, Costa Rica offers a sense of harmony unlike anywhere else in the world and on this spectacular tour, you will be able to really experience it.

Your immersion into nature begins in San José, but really takes off en route to Tortuguero National Park at the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park, whose extraordinary biodiversity is thanks to its range of altitudes. Soak up its beauty on a canal boat tour of the Canales del Tortuguero, looking out for monkeys, turtles and colourful birds en route.

Blessed with an extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons, impossibly beautiful wildlife, including the endangered green sea turtle, and 11 spectacular habitats, Tortuguero National Park is the ultimate venture into the wild and wonderful. Experience the beauty up close with your wildlife expert leading you down less-trodden paths and past hidden wildlife.

Explore the iconic Arenal Volcano National Park, home to the eponymous volcano which was last seen bubbling away in 2010 and the Instagram-worthy Chato Volcano with its collapsed crater-cum-glistening lagoon. See a new side to the national park’s beauty from above: start by ascending on the Sky Tram gondola, soaking up spectacular mountainous views, before whizzing through the stunning rainforest on the Sky Trek zipline and finishing with a walk through the treetops on more than 4km of hanging bridges, crossing through distinct ecosystems on the Sky Walk.

Venture deep into the heart of this glorious tropical forest and admire nature from a distinct perspective, as a naturalist guide points out intriguing natural flora, fauna and animal life — perhaps even the elusive sloth or a magnificently coloured toucan.

Get lost in the atmospheric Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the most renowned conservation areas in Central America. This natural phenomenon is consistently enveloped by clouds, filled with abundant wildlife including the jaguar and puma, and rich biodiversity thanks to its blanket of dew. Experience the ethereal beauty safely from above on Selvatura Park’s hanging bridges and enter one of the largest butterfly gardens in the Americas, home to more than 30 species.

The Accommodation — Luxe retreats in prime locations

Colonial beauty meets modern luxury at Gran Hotel Costa Rica – a true icon of the city housed in a heritage building and part of the prestigious Curio Collection by Hilton. Nestled on the glamorous Avenida Central, the hotel offers a collection of stylish rooms in a prime location together with five-star amenities in signature Hilton style.

Unearth the beauty of Costa Rica’s ‘little Amazon’, Tortuguero, from the perfectly placed Aninga Hotel & Spa, located at the gateway of the iconic national park and surrounded by rich flora, fauna and glistening canals.

Wake up to awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano views at the Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, a green-friendly retreat located amongst the lush rainforest, with a stay in a Suite Room, offering a jetted bathtub, two Juliette balconies to drink in the mesmerising panoramas, a daybed and a huge 63sqm of space.

Cap off your stay in the El Establo Mountain Hotel nestled in the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Your Package Includes:

  • Seven nights of deluxe accommodation in San José, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • Private transportation and return airport transfers
  • The services of an expert local, English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees per itinerary

Panama Extension — Experience cosmopolitan charms, the great outdoors and lost-world adventure

Your foray into Panama begins with a tour of the world-renowned engineering marvel of the Panama Canal. Undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Panama City, this long artificial waterway is a testament to human strength — more than 22,000 people died to create this canal that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

See how ships navigate the narrow canals at Miraflores Lock’s Visitor Centre, drink in spectacular city vistas from Amador Causeway, and dine at the Mercado de Mariscos, a flourishing seafood market restaurant.

Walk back in history with a visit to Panamá la Vieja (the Old Quarter) and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Felipe, offering a fascinating insight into how magnificent Panama must have looked in the years prior to its sacking and burning by Henry Morgan, a pirate of the Caribbean.

Visit the Emberá Village, a semi-nomadic tribe that lives at the edge of the river and learn about their ancient traditions and way of life. Meet the local Chief, trace the hunting trails of their ancestors and learn about the local flora and fauna used for food and medicinal purposes, before enjoying a quintessential lunch with a folkloric show.

Venture off the beaten path with a guided visit to the Gamboa Rainforest, gliding through the historic Panama Canal, visiting secret waterways, spotting native wildlife and ascending over the trees on an aerial gondola where you could spot sloths and birds. Your final day of sightseeing ends at the Observation Tower, where you'll soak up breathtaking 360° panoramas of the Soberanía National Park, the famous intersection where the Chagres River feeds into the Panama Canal and the Emberá Village.

Your Extended Tour Includes:

  • Four nights of five-star accommodation at the Global Hotel Panama
  • Daily buffet breakfast and three lunches, including a quintessential Emberá tribe lunch and folkloric performance with music and dance
  • Tour the world-renowned Panama Canal and learn its history
  • Savour lunch at a seafood market restaurant (Mercado de Mariscos)
  • Visit the Panamá Viejo (Old Quarter) and the UNESCO-listed San Felipe
  • Gain insight into the history and traditions of the Emberá tribe
  • Ascend through the Gamboa Rainforest with a gondola ride
  • Enjoy 360° panoramas of Soberanía National Park from the Observation Tower
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