Costa Rica Christmas Adventure

8 days from $4,095 pp*
  • Walk high above the dense forest canopy on Arenal’s hanging bridges.
  • Explore La Paz’s beautiful Waterfall Gardens deep inside the rainforest.
  • Float down the lower Peñas Blancas River, teeming with exotic wildlife.
  • Keep an eye out for sloths, capuchin monkeys, and exotic birds in Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxury accommodations.
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Limited availability over Christmas. Book ahead!

Adventure is the gift that always fits, and Costa Rica has your size in stock this Christmas. Discover the wild creatures, massive volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, picturesque national parks, and other natural marvels of this ruggedly beautiful country this holiday season.

From San José, you’ll head north to La Fortuna, gateway to the Arenal region, where you’ll get your first glimpse of the mist-shrouded mountains of the Valle Central. Here, you’ll get the chance to explore the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and its collection of serpents, hummingbirds, toucans, and butterflies. Later, gaze down upon the enveloping rainforest from above on a privately guided walk through the canopy on the hanging bridges of Arenal. Down on the banks of the Rio Peñas Blancas, you’ll embark on a river safari and learn about the region’s unique flora and fauna, including monkeys, caimans, iguanas, and all sorts of colorful birds, followed by an engaging visit to a local home for a hands-on tortilla-making demonstration. From Arenal, the scene shifts to captivating Manuel Antonio National Park where you’ll have the chance to participate in a variety of activities over the next few days: track crocodiles by boat, journey to the beaches and mangrove swamps by private vehicle, optional horseback rides and ziplining adventures, and more, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds, and even iguanas that sprint across the river’s surface! Pull the ribbon and unwrap Costa Rica with your family this Christmas. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José
    San José
    • Luxury VIP Meet & Greet Service - Local Representative
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 San José to Arenal
    San José to Arenal
    • Transfer - Private - San José - Arenal [via La Paz Waterfall (with Lunch) (6 hrs) ] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Wildlife Safari & Tortilla Making (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 5 Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    • Arenal - Manuel Antonio [with Crocodile Boat Tour (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 8 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Transfer - Private - Manuel Antonio - San José [ Airport - 3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
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Day 1: San José

You will be met by a local representative at the gate and guided through the immigration process. You will then be walked to identify your luggage and assisted through the baggage check. After picking up your luggage, you will be accompanied by the local representative as you exit the airport who will remain with you until you meet up with your driver. 

A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs, holding a sign with your name on it. Your representative will guide you to your luggage pickup and will provide you with details on locating your private driver and transportation for your transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Grano de Oro

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Located 20 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, this San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  San Jose
San Jose
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel

Day 2: San José - Arenal

Your driver-guide will meet you and travel north, towards la Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, via the mountains of the Central Valley and a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Ascend up the central valley mountain range, noticing a change in temperature and vegetation, the landscape dotted with coffee plantations, ferns, and strawberry farms.

Continue to La Paz Waterfall Garden (includes entrance). A local expert at the park will guide you to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park, visit the serpentarium, hummingbird gallery, toucans, a butterfly garden, and a frog exhibit, where we will get an up close and personal encounter with the many animals that  are housed at the La Paz rescue center and animal exhibit. Lunch is included at La Paz.

After lunch, continue the trip north towards the Arenal Volcano, and the town of Arenal. (Please be checked out of your hotel and ready to depart with your luggage packed, as you will not be returning to your San Jose hotel after the La Paz Waterfall Gardens).

INCLUDES: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance & guided tour to La Paz and lunch at La Paz Waterfall.

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Featuring the fires of the Arenal Volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos region, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort combines the four elements of nature to create an unparalleled Costa Rican experience. Exuding beauty and instilling perfection, this sanctuary is situated a 2.5 hour drive from the capital San José and resides in the center of the rainforest at the Arenal Volcano National Park. The accommodation offers extensive space, extraordinary comfort and impressive views of the surrounding rainforest, reminding you of the beauty that you’re amidst. Dining facilities with intimate scenes, light poolside snacks and succulent buffet dinners are all at hand, presenting views of the forest and volcano and fusing culinary talents from Costa Rica, Mexico, Egypt and Venezuela. The hot springs of Tabacon create the perfect combination of flow volume, temperature, and mineral content, receiving rainwater through earth’s fissures which is heated by the magma of earth’s core and awarding you with a completely natural therapy. This five star luxury resort is recognized as a member of The Leading Hotels and The Leading Spas of the World, also being named to numerous travel publications and the recipient of many accolades including Conde Nast Johansens list, SpaFinder Magazine reader’s awards and ranked as a world’s top ten eco-spa by National Geographic. See for yourself.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 3: Arenal

Prepare for an exciting outing as you explore the jungles of Arenal on a private guided tour atop the famed Hanging Bridges. This weaving system of hanging bridges allows visitors to explore the upper and lower canopies of this amazing area. The bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 meters through a dense jungle area surround the Arenal mountainous sub-forest. A variety of wildlife can be seen whilst walking about on this dynamic bridge system including howler monkeys, and a plethora of exotic birds. For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately three and a half fun-filled hours. What to bring: comfortable shoes, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a breathable jacket.

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 4: Arenal

Soak in the sights and sounds of a beautiful tropical setting along the lower Peñas Blancas River as you glide across this natural wonderland. On a two hour floating safari, operating at a gentle pace, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.  Your bilingual guide will provide you with informative insight about the local flora and fauna during this tour; be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of monkeys, caimans, iguanas, Jesus Christ Lizards (they actually walk on water) and a wide assortment of colorful bird species. 

Carrying onward, this next activity perfect for the entire family; Doña Mara's exciting tortilla-making lesson! Doña Mara and her husband will welcome you with a tropical drink (pineapple, orange, coconut water) at her “rancho” (like a gazebo), where she will prepare a delicious, traditional lunch on her rustic, wood-fired stove. The entire family will enjoy getting their hands dirty as they mix corn masa and water to create the dough for some delicious home-made tortillas. Doña Mara will demonstrate how to flatten the masa dough into perfect circles, and get them ready for cooking. These delicious home-made tortillas will then accompany the lunch served this afternoon (included). What to bring on the trip: Easy dry clothes (shorts and t-shirt are best), bathing suit, secure shoes (Sports Sandals and water shoes are best), sunscreen and or hat.

Today is a full day spent at leisure.

Optional Activities (Not Included):
Here is your chance to explore while visiting the Arenal and La Fortuna area. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try some white-water rafting, waterfall rappelling, zip canopy tours, lake kayaking, biking, ATV touring, extreme hiking and much more!  If you prefer something a little more low-key, why not head out for some horseback riding, a wildlife safari float or visit Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve!

Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Monkey in the Jungle
Monkey in the Jungle
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

Day 5: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Your driver & guide will meet you at your hotel to transfer to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. At about the half way point, you will stop for a private guided Crocodile Boat Tour. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of 4 rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals measuring up to 15ft long. In addition to the crocodiles, over 50 different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards are very common as well.

The Jungle Crocodile Safari tour time is 1.5 hours in length. You will head down river as the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. Enjoy a local buffet lunch after the boat tour.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance, tour to Tarcoles River and Lunch.

Accommodation: Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Gaia Hotel and Reserve is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and is an adults and teens only luxury boutique beach 5 star hotel and resort.  The Gaia is a member of the "Preferred Boutique" of the Preferred Hotel Group. Imagine a tropical getaway that offers sublime luxury in a spectacularly exotic locale. The Gaia Hotel achieves an ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery. Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Costa Rica, the hotel’s well-appointed, terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare. The hotel is located in a vast haven of lowland forests in which proliferates a spectacular and unique wildlife. This is where privileged guests can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds, exotic and exuberant nature of Costa Rica has to offer.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

After being warmly greeted in the morning by your driver, you will be transferred to Manuel Antonio National Park to begin a privately-guided tour of this incredible reserve. Get ready to relax on beaches with troops of monkeys that frequent the area. The park consists of mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands and is bordered by the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is a haven for over 100 mammal species including the highly endangered squirrel monkey, or "mono titi". For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately three fun-filled hours and a return transfer to the hotel is provided at the conclusion of the tour.

Please note: If you would like to stay within the park, on your own, to enjoy the trails and/or beaches please ensure you bring cash with you to take a return taxi to the hotel later in the day.

Accommodation: Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time in Manuel Antonio. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and much more! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add in anything activity-wise to your itinerary on this day.

Accommodation: Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Exploring the Rainforest Canopies
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José Airport today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Grano de Oro: San José

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Located 20 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, this San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort: Arenal

Featuring the fires of the Arenal Volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos region, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort combines the four elements of nature to create an unparalleled Costa Rican experience. Exuding beauty and instilling perfection, this sanctuary is situated a 2.5 hour drive from the capital San José and resides in the center of the rainforest at the Arenal Volcano National Park. The accommodation offers extensive space, extraordinary comfort and impressive views of the surrounding rainforest, reminding you of the beauty that you’re amidst. Dining facilities with intimate scenes, light poolside snacks and succulent buffet dinners are all at hand, presenting views of the forest and volcano and fusing culinary talents from Costa Rica, Mexico, Egypt and Venezuela. The hot springs of Tabacon create the perfect combination of flow volume, temperature, and mineral content, receiving rainwater through earth’s fissures which is heated by the magma of earth’s core and awarding you with a completely natural therapy. This five star luxury resort is recognized as a member of The Leading Hotels and The Leading Spas of the World, also being named to numerous travel publications and the recipient of many accolades including Conde Nast Johansens list, SpaFinder Magazine reader’s awards and ranked as a world’s top ten eco-spa by National Geographic. See for yourself.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Gaia Hotel & Reserve : Manuel Antonio

Gaia Hotel and Reserve is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and is an adults and teens only luxury boutique beach 5 star hotel and resort.  The Gaia is a member of the "Preferred Boutique" of the Preferred Hotel Group. Imagine a tropical getaway that offers sublime luxury in a spectacularly exotic locale. The Gaia Hotel achieves an ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery. Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Costa Rica, the hotel’s well-appointed, terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare. The hotel is located in a vast haven of lowland forests in which proliferates a spectacular and unique wildlife. This is where privileged guests can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds, exotic and exuberant nature of Costa Rica has to offer.

Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Costa Rica Christmas Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gaia Hotel & Reserve - Lounge
Gaia Hotel & Reserve - Lounge

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Robert Z — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive. Drivers and guides were all top rated, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. The Springs hotel in La Fortunate was great!

  • Natalie D — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great. Kensington has always made an effort to have a representative meet with us upon arrival and go over the itinerary and discuss any matters we had questions about.Fabian was a very nice man and was attentive after our meeting. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with us. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Angela C — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    We were lucky to have Victor as our guide in Arenal. He was fantastic. We learned so much from him. His enthusiasm was contagious.

  • Jean V — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Brandi Merchant is fantastic!!!! Her patience with my many questions and attention to detail, coupled with her warm, personable manner is just the best!

  • Cecelia B — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The experience exceeded my already high expectations. The guides were excellent: personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with.

  • Robert Riordan — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    The guides were key. Very knowledgeable and fun. They were very attuned to the level of exertion we could handle. Thanks to your eagle-eyed guides, we saw such a diversity of plants, birds and animals -- which we could never have spotted on our own. Great memories!

  • Angela Watson — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip to Costa Rica. Our guides Francisco and Bernie both exceeded our expectations. They were able to answer any question we had on subjects that ranged from culture and customs to environment, ecology and much more. During our afternoons in the rainforest we were able to see a multitude of birds, two toed and three toed sloths, Congo and Capuchin monkeys, eyelash vipers, and all of the rainforest scenery. We came away with an understanding of the forest and its inhabitants and real respect for our guides who work hard to preserve the natural beauty of their country through preservation and ensuring responsible tourism. We couldn't be happier with any portion of our trip. It really was wonderful.

  • Alicia H. — August 10, 2016 — Central America

    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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