Panama and Costa Rica Experience - 27 February 2020 - 12 nights

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Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place on the trip. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs.

Date of departure: 27 February 2020
£3395 per person

Day 1: Fly to Panama City via Madrid

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via Madrid with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (D)
Day 2: Panama Canal

Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)

Day 3: Fly to San José

Morning city tour including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. In the afternoon fly to San José for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)

Day 4: San José

Morning visit to a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poas volcano and, subject to volcanic activity, see its crater lake. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 5: Tortuguero

Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a boat ride along the backwaters that lead to Tortuguero, looking for wildlife en route. Stay at Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tortuguero

Full day of shared excursions exploring the tropical forest and waterways. (B, L, D)

Day 7: La Selva Biological Station • Arenal

Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive to Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological Station to learn about the scientific and conservation work of the researchers and take a short walk in the protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso with views of Arenal volcano. (B, L)

Day 8: Arenal

Morning tour of the circuit of trails and suspension bridges, which allow an up-close view of the rainforest floor and treetop canopy. Optional evening visit to the hot springs. (B)

Day 9: Monteverde

Drive along the shores of Lake Arenal, taking in the spectacular views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue through the green mountains to Monteverde and stay 2 nights at the Heliconia Hotel or Monteverde Country Lodge. (B)

Day 10: Monteverde

Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest, a habitat for rare flora and fauna such as the colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon at leisure or take one of the optional excursions on offer, including a visit to the Santa Elena Reserve. (B)

Day 11: Manuel Antonio • Tarcoles

Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit Manuel Antonio for a walking tour of the national park, where the rainforest extends right down to the beautiful beaches. This small park is home to a surprising concentration of wildlife including sloths, iguanas, endangered squirrel monkeys and various colourful birds. Continue to Tarcoles and stay for 2 nights at the Villa Lapas Hotel, set on a private rainforest reserve. (B)

Day 12: Carara

Morning visit to Carara National Park, home to crocodiles, monkeys and scarlet macaws. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel. (B, D)

Days 13-14: Fly to London

Transfer to San José & fly to London with British Airways.

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Whats Included:

3- & 4-star accommodation
• Twin / double rooms for single use - everyone has their own room
• Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
• Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
• International & internal flights
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local tour guide in each country
• 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
• Welcome and farewell group dinners
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Payment plan:
£500 deposit to book your place
£1000 part payment due 2 September
£1895 balance due 14 November

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