Epic landscapes evoke a sense of serenity, Monteverde Park, Costa Rica

Luxuries of Costa Rica: Premier 9-Day Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Monteverde...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Handcrafted with unique experiences and luxurious lodges, this 9-day tour celebrates much of the best that the country has to offer. Epic landscapes and a beautiful sense of tranquility fuse to make Costa Rica an idyllic destination during any month of the year. Explore remote cloud forests, soar in a helicopter above volcanos, witness sea turtle hatchlings, and experience pure solitude on two different coastlines. From cultural impressions to pure nature, this is the ultimate Costa Rica tour.

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor a stunning aerial safari with a full-day helicopter flight across Costa Rica’s volcano-studded interior and Pacific coastline
  • Explore beautiful Caribbean beaches to come face to face with sea turtle hatchlings
  • Feel the thrill of the canopy with an expressive zip lining tour through Santa Elena Cloud Forest
  • Experience a beautiful wildlife safari and two days of intimate encounters in Tortuguero National Park
  • Escape into sublime solitude during a white-water rafting trip down the Rio Celeste
  • Ease into Costa Rica with some handpicked cultural experiences in the country’s charming capital
  • Discover the iconicity of Arenal Volcano on a private tour that includes adventures on land and a crater flyover
  • Listen to monkeys and wander past sloths during a day of wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Rest and relax with free time on Caribbean and Pacific Ocean beaches, plus superlative lodges perched on the waterside

Detailed Description

Costa Rica is easy on the eye. During these intriguing nine days, you will explore the country’s wonders, including the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, a charming city, two volcanos, and a cloud forest. Volcanos stand sentinel above the cloud forest with their iconic cones that are a symbolic impression of Earth’s power. Monkeys call from treetop perches, turtles nest on white-sand beaches, rivers flow through ancient forests, and you can raft down them. Ziplines will reveal an intimate canopy world to you, and winding trails will lead you past toucans and sloths. This country is spectacular from almost every angle, and this 9-day journey will show you many of the country’s most magnificent spots.

While Costa Rica is beautiful to look at, the real experience is how comfortable it can feel. There is an atmosphere here that lures visitors into an ecological world of Pura Vida. Whether paddling past capuchin monkeys, hiking to hidden waterfalls, or flying above it all, you will be uncovering Costa Rica’s treasures. With nine days, you can explore the country’s diversity, especially with direct domestic flights that will significantly reduce your transfer time between destinations.

Your vacation will begin in San Jose, where a day of cultural experiences will help to immerse you in the Pura Vida lifestyle. After flying to Tortuguero National Park, you will spend day two with sea turtles, basking on their beaches and searching for hatchlings after dusk. Paddling along Tortuguero’s canals will bring very different wildlife encounters on day three before some relaxing beach time. You will fly to Arenal on day four to spend the day discovering the very best of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano by land and air with a crater flyover.

For two nights, you will stay in Tenorio Volcano National Park, which is an off-the-beaten-path alternative to Arenal, where the activities are more exclusive, and you can customize your adventure. Monteverde will have you venturing above the clouds for exceptional wildlife and wilderness experiences. During these few days, you will raft down Rio Celeste, hike with unique wildlife, and rest in a divine luxury lodge that is practically in the forest canopy. Day eight will be your scenic helicopter tour across Costa Rica before you culminate your adventure with wildlife and beaches on the Pacific coastline.

Starting Price

$5,845 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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