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Air Schedule
Southwest Airlines

2/03 BWI to SJO, 8:40a to 1:00p

2/12 SJO to FLL, 2:05p to 6:00p
2/12 FLL to BWI 9:00p to 11:25p
CLASSIC COSTA RICA
   FEB 3 TO 12, 2018
$1,995 per person, double occupancy
$599 single supplement
Price includes Gate 1 tour as described below
Roundtrip air from BWI on Southwest Airlines

February is the best month to visit Costa Rica and you'll soon find out why. Amazing scenery, plentiful wildlife, and the "Pura Vida" outlook of the locals make it a favorite for birders, adventure travelers and eco-tourists alike.
Itinerary For:  10 Day Classic Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio (Saturday Departure)
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose (transfer is available at $41 per person) Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose
DAY 2, Sunday - Travel to Arenal
Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3, Monday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a home-cooked traditional dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4, Tuesday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest
In the morning, embark on a brisk two mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country. Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired
DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Manuel Antonio
Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean's shores - it's not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer's paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisines for lunch. Afterward, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you're sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy a day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. Consider joining the optional Catamaran Cruise that sails along the coast with picturesque views of the wildlife and vegetation. You can relax in one of the two jacuzzis, or have fun on the two giant trampolines or water slides. Time at Biesanz Beach for snorkeling while you have up-close sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8, Saturday - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
Today, tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world's most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with an opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation, and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the best of nature and the peace and tranquility. Optional adventures include diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, a canopy tour, and much more. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It's time to bid farewell to your Tour Manager, traveling companions and to "Pura Vida"
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Sunday - Travel to San Jose
Travel back to San Jose today stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. The opportunities are endless in this energetic city
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10, Monday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer is available at $38 per person from hotel to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary


FEB 3, Saturday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose Balmoral Hotel


FEB 4, Sunday - Travel to Arenal
Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal Volcano Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


FEB 5, Monday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Spend the day on the Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a home-cooked traditional dinner
Overnight: Arenal Volcano Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


FEB 6, Tuesday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest
In the morning, embark on a brisk two mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings
Overnight: Monteverde Country Lodge
Meals: Breakfast


FEB 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country. Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)* or Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)* If you're afraid of heights, don't do either! That's why they're optional!
Overnight: Monteverde Country Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired


FEB 8, Thursday - Travel to Manuel Antonio
Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean's shores - it's not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer's paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisines for lunch. Afterward, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you're sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio Shana Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast


FEB 9, Friday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy a day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. This morning you will enjoy a Catamaran Cruise that sails along the coast with picturesque views of the wildlife and vegetation. You can relax in one of the two jacuzzis, or have fun on the two giant trampolines or water slides. Time at Biesanz Beach for snorkeling while you have up-close sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat
Overnight: Manuel Antonio Shana Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast


FEB 10, Saturday - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
Today, tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world's most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with an opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation, and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the best of nature and the peace and tranquility. Optional adventures include diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, a canopy tour, and much more. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It's time to bid farewell to your Tour Manager, traveling companions and to "Pura Vida"
Overnight: Manuel Antonio Shana Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


FEB 11, Sunday - Travel to San Jose
Travel back to San Jose today stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently, revisit some of the galleries and museums or linger at a lovely restaurant for dinner tonight. The opportunities are endless in this energetic city
Overnight: San Jose Balmoral Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


FEB 12, Monday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

SARCHI
ARENAL VOLCANO
CANO NEGRO SLOTH
ECO TERMALES HOT SPRINGS
MANUEL ANTONIO HOWLER MONKEY
MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
KILL BILL TOUCAN