Visit Panama City as an extension to your Costa Rica holiday. An international financial centre, Panama City is a diverse place, full of contrasts. The modern centre is full of glistening skyscrapers, while the old town is an ode to the colonialists and others that visited the city over time. Of course the Panama Canal is a must-see too.
Best of Costa Rica + Panama City
Day 1 (Monday) - Fly from the UK to Panama City Meal included on the transatlantic flight.
Fly from the UK to Panama City, the vibrant and fast-paced capital of Panama. You are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Day 2 (Tuesday) - Visit the Panama Canal & Panama City's old town Breakfast at the hotel
Today, visit the iconic canal on a half-day city tour. First, head to the Miraflores Lock and visitor centre to witness the ocean liners and cargo ships travelling through the canal, and learn about its construction and current-day significance. Then visit Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old town. Stroll through the cobbled streets taking in the area’s lovely old architecture and iconic buildings. Return to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Day 3 (Wednesday) - Free day in Panama City Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a free day to explore the city further, or take a day trip to one of the interesting locations outside of the city. It is sometimes possible to take a boat tour on the canal itself, which provides a closer look at how the locks function, as well as great views of the city skyline. Please ask us for details. Day 4 (Thursday) - Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica Breakfast at the hotel.
Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica. You are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Day 5 (Friday) - Take the optional La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Coffee Plantation excursion Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Coffee Plantation excursion.
Spend the day exploring San Jose, or escape the city on our optional full-day La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Coffee Plantation excursion. Enjoy a tour of the Doka plantation, and see how some of the best coffee in the world is grown and produced. After lunch visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, to explore the cloud and rainforest. Day 6 (Saturday) - Transfer to Tortuguero and visit the community of Tortuguero Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Begin the day with a beautiful four-hour coach journey, partly on an unpaved road, through the Braulio Carillo National Park. Then take a two-hour boat ride to your jungle lodge in Tortuguero, cruising down jungle waterways inhabited by monkeys and varied birdlife. Located on the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero is a beautiful national park, thriving with all kinds of wildlife. After lunch and some time to settle at the lodge, visit the community of Tortuguero and learn about the extraordinary efforts made locally to protect the sea turtles, which nest here at certain times of the year. Day 7 (Sunday) - Take jungle excursions at Tortuguero All meals included at the lodge.
Explore the secondary canals of the jungle by boat, from where you will hopefully be able to spot some of Tortuguero’s amazing wildlife, including sloths, caimans, spider and howler monkeys and a huge variety of birds. From April to November, it may be possible to arrange a turtle-watching tour to see sea turtles arriving to lay eggs at night. Day 8 (Monday) - Take a scenic transfer by boat and road to Arenal Breakfast at the lodge. Lunch on route to Arenal.
Enjoy a morning boat ride back along the canals to Caño Blanco. After lunch, take a scenic road journey to Arenal, arriving in the late afternoon. Arenal is famous for its active and picture-perfect volcano and the many hot springs. Day 9 (Tuesday) - Take the optional Hanging Bridges & Tabacón Hot Springs excursion Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner is included on the Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs excursion and the Hanging Bridges & Tabacón Hot Springs excursion.
On the optional Hanging Bridges & Tabacón Hot Springs excursions, in the afternoon you visit a network of suspension bridges, which are positioned at different heights, providing a glimpse of the forest and its wildlife from different levels. Your naturalist guide is on hand to explain the various forest ecosystems. Afterwards continue onto the Tabacon Hot Springs in the early evening. These very beautiful springs consist of many large and small pools of mineral waters heated by Arenal Volcano, set in tropical gardens. Hot water rivers, between 27ºC and 42ºC, run throughout the grounds, forming natural waterfalls and pools, some secluded, where you can bathe. A buffet dinner is included. Don’t forget your swimwear. Day 10 (Wednesday) - Take the optional Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike excursion Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on the Rio Celeste waterfall excursion.
On the optional Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike excursion, the day begins with a morning transfer to the entrance to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. From the entrance, hike approximately two kilometres to the viewpoint overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste waterfall. The prominent explanation for the blue waters is the volcanic-mineral coated rocks at the bottom of the river, which interact with the sunlight to give the impression of such vibrantly coloured water. Walk back to the park entrance and travel onwards to a nearby scenic restaurant for lunch, before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. Day 11 (Thursday) - Transfer to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest and take part 1 of the optional Villa Blanca Day and Night excursion Breakfast at the hotel.
Take a two hour transfer to the Villa Blanca cloud forest hotel. Situated within the larger Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, the forest here sits at an altitude between 700 and 1770 metres, which creates a unique cloud forest habitat that supports myriad species. The hotel here is the only one around, so this cloud forest is extremely well-preserved. Numerous endemic flora can be found on the reserve, such as bromeliads and orchids, while there are over 280 bird species to spot, and a range of amphibians and mammals like howler monkeys and sloths. Arrive in time for lunch and in the evening take part one of the optional Villa Blanca Day and Night excursion. At this time of day the monkeys and birds go to sleep, and nocturnal species take to the stage, along with fascinating nocturnal plants. Alternatively enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Day 12 (Friday) - Take part 2 of the optional Villa Blanca Day and Night excursion Breakfast at the hotel.
On part two of the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Day and Night excursion, set off in the morning on a two hour walk along established trails in the reserve. Thanks to the hotel’s isolation, you will have the forest to yourself. Spot species like toucans, quetzals, hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths and a variety of flora too. Take note of how the forest changes from night to day, with different plants and animals taking the stage at different times, along with a different soundtrack. Return to the hotel mid-morning and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Day 13 (Saturday) - Transfer to San Jose for your flight to the UK Breakfast at the hotel, meals on the transatlantic flight.
Take a two hour journey from Villa Blanca to San Jose to catch your flight to the UK. Day 14 (Sunday) - Arrival in the UK
Your flight arrives in the UK.
Date of Departure & Approximate Holiday Prices
Prices are in £ per person
January, 2021- £2278
February, 2021- £2308
March, 2021- £2278
April, 2021- £2278
July, 2021- £2578
August, 2021- £2578
November, 2021- £2278
Single Supplement - £600
Full Excursion Package from £269, please visit our website or contact us for more details
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