14 Day Kaleidoscope of Costa Rica
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Passengers arriving in San Jose should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights Sydney-San Jose, San Jose-Sydney
Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 13 nights accommodations
- 3 nights San Jose
- 2 nights Tortuguero
- 2 nights Arenal
- 2 nights Monteverde
- 2 nights Guanacaste
- 2 nights Manuel Antonio
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 23 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Enjoy a boat tour along the Tortuguero canals, through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle
- Tour downtown San Jose, enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels
- Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
- In Arenal, view the now dormant conical-shaped Arenal Volcano
- Tour a coffee plantation and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch
- Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Travel to the tropical province of Guanacaste on the sun-splashed Pacific Coast
- Experience Manuel Antonio National Park filled with wildlife and spectacular scenery
- Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and beaches in the Central Pacific region
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight datesNote: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.
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This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. Hotels in Tortuguero are reached by a short boat ride. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This superior tourist class hotel is located in downtown San Jose, offers easy access to the city.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the main entrance of Tortuguero National Park.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located nearby Tortuguero National Park.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located just in front of the Arenal volcano.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located nearby the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.Hotel Details
This first class resort is located on the Northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.
Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$90.00|
Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included traditional Costa Rican dinner.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$81.00|
Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.
|Day #8||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$66.00|
Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
|Day #8||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$41.00|
Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing along the coast of Costa Rica's shores! Gaze off the bow as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, or even a breaching whale, depending on the season. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor in front of a secluded white sand beach and frolic in the blue Pacific waters. See beautiful offshore islands and deserted beaches while the ever-helpful crew prepares a delicious snack. Return to land after watching the magnificent sunset. Bring your camera and capture every moment.
Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 - 4 hours.
Suggested items to bring: sandals, extra clothes, sunblock, towel, swimsuit, and Dramamine (if prone to seasickness).
|Day #10||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$115.00|
Spend the morning exploring the trails of Carara National Park. The tropical dry forest and the humid pacific rainforest offers an opportunity to spot an abundance of different native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, macaws, and hummingbirds. With one of the highest diversity of trees in the world, the Carara National Park has some of the most uncommon and rare hardwoods in Costa Rica. Your guide will help point out flora and fauna as you walk through the park. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Suggested items to bring: comfortable walking shoes, insect repellant, sunglasses, and hat.
|Day #12||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||AUD$108.00|
Begin with a panoramic city tour of San Jose. Stop for a visit to the Gold museum*, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed, dating from 500-1500 AD. Continue to the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. This ornate Neoclassical theater, was declared a National Monument in 1965. Visit the lobby with its Carrara marble floor and admire the lavish furnishings and beautiful murals. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours
*The visit to the Gold Museum will be substituted by an in-depth tour of the National Theater, due to holiday closure.
|Day #13||20 Apr 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||AUD$103.00|
The trip was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful and the cruise was brilliant. We will be recommending Gate 1 to others.Peter F. Plympton Park, South Australia
It was a beautiful experience. Mr. Edgardo, our tour guide had been an unending source of a profound information about the nature, it's creatures, his country history, culture and economy, Edgardo's passion for the nature and life in its entirety was contagious! We have seen a lot, learned a lot and under his guidance the entire group had grown into a happy family. In addition to his people skills, this gentleman is greatly organized and constantly multitasking. We can't imagine any better conduct, management and manners of a leader in his position! Thank you Edgardo, thank you Gate 1!Zdenka and Peter G. San Diego, CA
We have just returned from the 9-Day Classic Costa Rica trip. Our tour guide, Ricardo, was absolutely superb. I especially appreciated his extensive knowledge of the area and how well-organized the pace of the tour was. It definitely made our trip a fun and memorable experience. Special thanks goes to Jose, our bus driver. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenic vistas and local, natural wildlife as we drove across the country--from the numerous kinds of birds seen from Selvatura Hanging Bridge in the rainforest, to the relaxing Eco Termales Hot Springs near Arenal Volcano, to the beautiful sunset at Tamarinda Divia Beach. This has been one of the best tours we've had with Gate 1 Travel thus far, and we are already looking forward to the next one!Wung K. Olney, MD
We had a wonderful time! Rafael was a wealth of knowledge of the history of Costa Rica, all the wildlife that we saw, and his organizational skills were outstanding throughout the tour. The accommodations were amazing and we were so impressed with how clean all of the areas were and how friendly all the staff of the hotels were. More importantly all of the staff of Gate 1 were very kind and helpful. The bus driver Mauricio was outstanding driving that huge bus through those mountain roads, making sure the bus was spotless, and being helpful and friendly. We will definitely use Gate 1 Travel for other upcoming trips.Michael C. Lakeland, FL
We had a fantastic trip! Luis the guide was great, he kept the group organized, and ensured everyone's needs were met. He had so much knowledge about the country and animals and brought us to some interesting places. I would highly recommend this to my friends and family.Carolyn J. Ontario, Canada
We all had a great time. Our tour guide, Manfred, was great. All our needs were anticipated. I loved all the things that we did in nature. I loved learning about the country and culture of Costa Rica. I have already recommended this trip to others. The places that we stayed were beautiful and the food was so good. I was able to eat and drink everything, and not have any problems. What a terrific vacation!Janis R. Madison, WI
Our trip was fantastic! I can’t believe how much we saw and did in just 7 days. The itinerary and our tour guide was wonderful.Marty Z. Street, MD
The trip was wonderful! Costa Rica is a beautiful country! Our tour guide, Gilbert, did an amazing job, and our bus driver, José, was great driving on those narrow roads... we always felt safe. The hotels were stunning, and the tour itself went at a good pace and was well organized. We never felt rushed.Danielle I. Emeryville, CA
It was terrific and we can't say enough good things about our guide Geovani and our driver Louis. Geo was knowledgeable on so many levels. Louis navigated us through some crazy but fun roads. It's amazing to be in such diverse environments in a small country. We highly recommend this trip, it has it all. From monkeys to volcanoes to hot springs and beautiful lodging. The cloud forest is another world. Very friendly people. Grab your family and go!Barbara M. Greensboro, NC
We had a great time! Hotels & Excursions were great. Edguardo was extremely informative and interesting. Our bus driver Jose was also remarkable. We always felt safe. We truly enjoyed this trip ...Marlys F. Colorado Spgs, CO
This trip was wonderful. Nice accommodations, good meals, great tour manager and an excellent bus driver made our stay in Costa Rica a memorable one. Looking forward to our next trip to Thailand next month also with Gate 1.Elicia A. Hialeah, FL
Our tour manager Gilbert really made the trip. He was knowledgeable and we learned so much about he Costa Rican culture that we would not have had we been on our own. Plus he couldn’t have been more welcoming and excited to spend the 10 days with us which was awesome. Fantastic. We enjoyed every day!Joshua B. Concord, NC
Amazing! The tours were animal filled and the hotels were beautiful and relaxing. Giovanni, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, humorous and very good at keeping 37 people on time. He had a wealth of both biological and cultural information that made the longer bus rides bearable. The food was beyond amazing! Thank you for another perfect trip! Already thinking about where I will go next with Gate 1.Michele N. Huntingtn Beach, CA
Hi! We had an AMAZING TRIP! ... Larry our tour guide was Fantastic and made our trip that much better! The hotels we stayed at were BEAUTIFUL and were more then we could have hoped for! We cant wait for the day until we can return to the BEAUTIFUL COSTA RICA!!! We look forward to joining Gate 1 on another tour, and maybe to a different destination! I hope one day I can show my 5 kids all the beauty there is to offer in Costa Rica! Thank you for making our trip the best possible .... Pura Vida!!Cami B. San Tan Valley, AZ
My trip was wonderful! It was my first trip with Gate1, and it was also my first ever solo trip and I must say that I could not have been more happy with my experience. Our tour manager was great, our driver was top notch and the people I met on the trip were the cherry in top. Thank you for your help with my reservation I will definitely travel with Gate1 again.Lilian C. Paramount, CA
It was excellent...The guide, Edgardo, was fantastic and really displayed a love for what he did. The hotels were all nice and the group was well organized and ran smoothly. I look forward to traveling with Gate 1 in the future.Benjamin C. Tolland, CT
Our trip to Costa Rica exceeded my expectations. From the country itself to the level of service from Gate 1 and of course our phenomenal tour guide Luis Miguel Cruz Comparaz, I couldn't have dreamed of a better vacation. Thank you for another wonderful vacation!Pam N. Herndon, VA
The trip was great! The tour leader Manfred was informed, organized and kind, just terrific! Also, the driver Marvin was careful, pleasant, worked so hard to keep the bus clean in rainy muddy weather, and always a SAFE driver, just super! I’m looking forward to making another trip with Gate 1 soon.Elizabeth D. Georgetown, TX
Our trip was wonderful! Ricardo Bolanos, our tour guide was wonderful!! Very personable, knowledgeable, organized, and just a great guy. Gate 1 has a real asset in Ricardo. Also, Jose , our bus driver was unbelievably good! He navigated the narrow mountain roads with numerous, narrow, one lane bridges exceptionally well. He definitely earned his money! Looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1.Richard C. GARLAND, TX
Trip to Costa Rica was very good. It was my first visit to Costa Rica and Gate1 did great job to show interesting places in short time. Food and accomodations were perfect, clean and in good location. Local guide Rafael and driver were excellent.Agnieszka K. Calgary, AB, CA
It was AMAZING! The tour guide was awesome. The sites and tours made the trip so much fun. We learned a lot. The food was really good everywhere. We would totally do the trip to Costa Rica over again through Gate1.Danae D. Pottstown, PA
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. It was everything we hoped it would be. Our tour manager, Giovanni Madraigal, was fantastic. He was very professional and knowledgeable and took great care of us to make sure everything went smoothly. I'd give this tour 5 stars.Cheryl L. Cottonwd Hts, UT
My trip was beyond amazing! One of the best vacations I have ever been on. Our tour agent Zarah was incredible!!!! I was so impressed by her, and her knowledge of the country. My husband and I, 100% will be using gate1 again! I have zero complaints.Scott K. Plainville, CT
My trip was wonderful. My tour guide Zarah was great and took good care of me. Everything went smoothly and I was able to see everything I wanted to see. The accomadations were very nice. Aninga Lodge in Tortuguero was perfect. I loved the cute cabins.Jane S. Carnegie, PA
It was excellent, Caitlin. Exceeded my expectations. Jose, guide, and Luis, driver, were both first class. Experienced, professional, organized and very pleasant and knowledgeable. Hotels, food and excursions very good.Andrew D. Calgary, AB, CA
It was a fabulous! The guide was charming, informative and very helpful, all while being extremely professional. So glad I was able to make the last spot on that tour!Beatrice L. Pasadena, CA
We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. Ricardo was an excellent guide. We can't say enough nice things about his expertise and professionalism. I have already recommended this trip to friends and family.May C. Bethesda, MD
Hi Nastassia, The trip to Costa Rica was amazing! We had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed all the tours and activities. Our guide, Gilbert, was awesome. The accommodations were excellent. We had so much fun traveling with this group of people. All the transfers went off without any problems. Thanks for planning and implementing a headache-free trip!Karen D. Raleigh, NC
It was wonderful! Our guide 'Rafael' and Driver 'Jose' were exceptional. Costa Rica was beautiful, but both of them made it even better. Rafael is intelligent, helpful and friendly. Jose was polite and could drive through almost any conditions. Rafael helped us to really 'see' what is special about Costa Rica. I have already recommended Gate 1 to others.Rebecca S. Saint Johns, MI
Enjoyed it so so much. A lot of Credit goes to our guide Eduardo. Very sharp’ interesting young man who really knows his country. Would travel with him again. Thanks Gate 1. First class accommodations. Excellent food. Very competent bus drivers. Reasonable cost. Mucho gracias!!Marge F. Luck, WI
The trip was wonderful, the service by the Gate1 staff was outstanding, the lodgings and food were excellent and the various trips and other events great.Elihu S. Santa Rosa, CA
Great trip, the four of us enjoyed it almost as much as our trip to Peru and that one was close to a ten. The tour guide is a top selection for this trip; very knowledgeable in bio-science and the local and mix that with enthusiasm and devotion to duties and willingness to give of his time, and you have the best of the best. I'm quite certain we will travel with and recommend Gate 1 in the future.Bill M. Williamsburg, VA
We had a wonderful time! Our Guide, Luis Cruz was excellent and very knowledgeable about his country. We made some new friends and saw things we had never seen before. Love Gate1 for putting this trip together.Patricia S. Tallahassee, Fl
The trip and all went fantastic!!!!! The guide Gilbert and driver Max were just great.Debra M. Martinsville, IN
Wonderful trip to Costa Rica! A real Nature lovers trip - all the tropical forests, hanging bridges, plants and animals. Lots of exercise climbing around! Great guide - Manfred. Good food, safe water, nice people.Barbara D. Hallandle Beach, FL
My trip to Costa Rica was one of best vacations I have been on to date. Since this was my first tour on Gate1, and the cost was so reasonable, I was wondering about the quality of the entire tour. I have to say that EVERYTHING was excellent. Our tour guide, Luis Miguel Cruz Comparaz, was so knowledgeable about the areas we visited. I could tell Luis was very proud of Costa Rica and took great pride in taking care of his family (tour participants). Our bus driver, Marvin , was an excellent driver and maneuvered that large bus with confidence. I felt extremely safe with him. The hotels, food, tours were first class. Lastly, I am recently retired and on a fixed income. Gate1 actually made it possible for me to visit Costa Rica. This will not be my last trip with Gate1.Avis S. Everett, WA
We had a great time in Costa Rica. Your guide Luis Cruz was fantastic and we would certainly book more tours with your company!Julian L. San Francisco, CA
Our trip was wonderful. We enjoyed every moment. Our guide, Jose, was incredibly helpful, very knowledgeable and super funny. The best guide ever! While the trip was only 7 days, we felt like we've seen a lot, learned a lot and experienced amazing things. Really, every day offered unforgettable adventures, a boat ride where we saw howler monkeys, a hike in the rain forest to see a volcano nearby, a zip-lining adventure where you couldn't see the other end of the zip-line. We really had a great time. Thank you Gate 1! (also, if possible, please say thank you to Jose. He made our trip stress-free, filled with excitement, and fun. We really appreciate that!).Izabela D. Rocklin, CA
The trip was amazing! We had such a great time. Gate1 had everything organized and ready to go down to the rest stops! Loved it! Our guide Ricardo was so fantastic! He had so much knowledge about all the places we visited, made jokes, and really just took an interest to his job and we could tell he wanted us to have a great experience. We enjoyed the optional excursions (we did all) and also the planned trips (coffee plantation and school visit). Amazing trip, met amazing people. Will travel with Gate1 again!Ashley R. Indianapolis, IN
Had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. Very well organized every step of the way. The tour director, Gilbert was simply awesome. He is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica -on history, bio diversity and all kind of interesting tidbits. He was always available to address any of our problems and made sure we enjoyed the trip and did not worry about anything else. Kudos to Gate1 for having employees of such caliber.Akhil K. Colleyville, TX
Our trip was amazing and we had the best time!! Gilbert, our tour guide was great. He was knowledgeable and we learned so much about Costa Rica and the culture. We still can't figure out how he spotted birds so high and animals hidden in leaves and trees!! He made every minute of the trip a once-in-a-lifetime moment. My husband is already planning out next Gate 1 Tour!!Lauri F. Moreno Valley, CA
It was so great!! Costa Rica is very beautiful. We have had difficult experiences booking online before and it was very very easy through Gate 1. And everything was taken care of. I recommended gate1 to all of my girlfriends i went to Puerto Vallarta with in May. They were super impressed by the price and quality of my trip. So thankful to Gate 1 Travel. By the way I love the sample itinerary with recommendations for stops while we were driving to the locations. Thanks to that we got to stop off and see some amazing places we would've never stopped at!! Please continue that!Danica N. Saint Louis, MO
We had an amazing time and Geovanni our tour guide really enhanced our Costa Rica experience. It is amazing how much packed into one day. His stories and descriptions of the sites and the land and the history was phenomenal. His ability to relate to the children and engage them was also quite fantastic. We learned so much from Geovanni and had lots of fun. The driver Alex was great as well. I would highly recommend this trip to our friends & family. Thanks again Geovanni for making the trip memorable.Nadine R. Acworth, GA
Our trip was fantastic, as always! We had a great time. Costa Rica is beautiful. Our guide, Ricardo, was awesome! He is knowledgable, patient, and quickly made a connection with our group. Thanks for the follow-up. We’re looking forward to our next Gate 1 trip!Gail C. Tamarac, FL
It was the best trip my wife and I have ever taken. Costa Rica is an amazing country. The places we stayed and the sights we saw were exceptional. And our tour guide was perfect.Allen P. California, MD
Our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. Costa Rica is very beautiful. At every city that we went to it made it worth the long bus rides. ;) Our tour guide Ricardo was great, he was super nice and was always willing to help. He was very knowledgeable on Costa Rica. We are glad to have chosen Gate 1 once again to explore a new country. :)Lynec C. Miami, FL
Our trip exceeded my expectations. We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Our guide Luis was exceptional, he took his job seriously, he made sure that everyone in the group was having a good time and safe. But, the most important thing is we learned so much about Mother Nature, Costa Rica, and the restaurants we went with the tour and the hotels were exceptional. Thank you Gate 1.Sumru G. Charlotte, NC
Great trip - Luis was our guide and was very organized and knowledgable.Leigh C. Atlanta, GA
We had a great trip! Gate 1 is doing a fine job getting these trips organized. The tour manager, Jose, was a very good manager. We have been on 10 Gate 1 trips and Jose was the one of the best. He was so well organized.Jerry W. Saint Joseph, MO
It was fantastic! Edgardo, our guide was so patient, kind, knowledgeable and fun! Kudos to him and to our driver who did a such a skillful job. The itinerary was wonderful, accommodations beyond expectations and so gorgeous, food was delicious, and our group was such fun. It was an amazing experience. Thank you for asking!Leeanna W. Media, PA