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Costa Rica & Panama Adventure

Departs: 1/13/2018 Returns: 1/22/2018

10 Days | All Airfare Included

Uncover stunning scenery and tropical treasures on this exclusive small group tour.
Costa Rica Hotels, Volcano Lodge & Springs in the Arenal area and El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde
Old Town Panama and full day Panama Canal transit aboard the Pacific Queen
Costa Rica wildlife, orange-fronted parakeet, red-eyed leaf frog, and sloth
Poas Volcano National Park and Arenal Volcano National Park
Doka Butterfly Gardens, CaƱo Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour, and Doka Coffee tour

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Arrive in San José
Today we board our flight to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Upon arrival we meet our local guide and check-in to our well-appointed hotel in San José. D

Day 2 : Doka Coffee & Butterfly Gardens
Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing begins at Doka Coffee Estate. Here we discover the history of the Chorrear or traditional coffee growers. Begin with the picking of the ripened coffee berries and follow the production to the roasting hall where heavenly scents of fresh coffee fill the air. After, witness the metamorphosis from egg to adult of 15 species of butterflies at the Doka Butterfly Gardens. We have a chance to get a close up look at these colorful, incredible creatures. Later, we depart for Poas Volcano. This magnificent natural wonder offers one of the biggest craters in the world, showcasing a breathtaking steaming lake that is sure to amaze. We then check-in to Volcano Lodge & Springs in the Arenal area for a two-night stay. B,L,D

Day 3 : Wildlife Refuge Tour
Offering a glimpse into one of the richest and most biologically diverse ecosystems in Costa Rica, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frio houses monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. We access this wildlife sanctuary via the village of Los Chiles, near the Nicaraguan border. Board a river adventure boat and lazily float along on a safari through a brilliant tropical rain forest and pastures en route to a fascinating marshland. B,L

Day 4 : Arenal Volcano National Park
Hike along the base of the Mountain of Fire on today’s amazing journey. Follow a trail through the lush forest and learn about the active period of 1968 that turned a once thriving canopy of vegetation into the small patches of green and the towering summit we see today. This evening we check-in to our accommodations overlooking the gorgeous Nicoya Gulf at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde. B,D

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 
Today we learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures. View exotic frogs, toads and snakes up close. Afterwards, the afternoon is free in Monteverde to go on a guided hike, walk among the tree tops or relax at the spa in the hotel. B,D

Day 6: Welcome to Panama
Today we bid adios to the resplendent beauty of Costa Rica and board our short flight for Panama. We arrive in Panama City and are greeted at the airport by a local guide. We check-in to our upscale accommodations located in the heart of the city, walking distance from superb local dining and shopping. B,D

Day 7 : Panama City Tour
Expansive Panama City lays out before us today as we set out on a full day city tour. Begin with views of the historical ruins of Old Panama, originally founded by the Spanish and later famously plundered by the dreaded pirate Henry Morgan. We also visit Casco Antiguo, seamlessly combining Italian, French and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent Golden Altar. Our tour concludes with a visit to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Tour the museum and take in the views of the ships passing through this feat of iconic engineering. B,L

Day 8 : Panama Canal Full Transit
Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean all in the same day! From the Pacific Ocean take in the sweeping sands of the Bay of Panama and the towering skyline of Panama City before passing under the Bridge of the Americas. We then board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks, where lakes and rivers traverse this waterway. Our full day trip through carved sections of the Continental Divide provide immense history and geological wonder. B,L,D

Day 9 : Embera Quera Community
Captivating culture and striking
scenery await us today. The Embera Quera Indigenous Community is reached by a scenic boat ride. Upon arrival in the village a local narrator teaches us about their culture, language and way of life. Captivating local music and dances are demonstrated before shopping their selection of handmade crafts. Our day ends at one of the best restaurants in the city where we delight in a traditional folklore show filled with music and entertainment. B,L,D

Day 10 : Return Home
We depart for home with great stories and lasting memories of our wonderful adventure to Costa Rica and Panama!

B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
All airfare
All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $568 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Professional Driver/Guide
• Exclusive small group tour
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

20 Excellent Meals Featuring
• 8 breakfasts
• Panamanian traditional dinner & folklore show

All Accommodations Featuring
1 night at Quality Real San José
• 2 nights at Volcano Lodge & Springs in the Arenal area
2 nights at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde
• 4 nights at the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel in Panama City

Attractions & Highlights
• Doka Coffee tour
• Doka Butterfly Gardens
• Poas Volcano National Park
• Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
• Arenal Volcano National Park
• Herpetarium Adventures
• Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
• Panama City tour
• Miraflores Locks Museum
• Biodiversity Museum
• Full day Panama Canal transit aboard the Pacific Queen
• Embera Quera Indigenous Community

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $4999
Airport - Single On Request $5999

Final Payment Date: 10/11/2017

Itinerary ID:46570026 | Tour Code: INRP0113181
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