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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Family Costa Rica

Abercrombie & Kent Premier
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4.5 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
7 days
From: $ 3,495 $ 499 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy ziplining, kayaking and swimming, while exploring from Arenal to the Caribbean coast, as well as the remarkable habitats in between
  • Discover diverse wild creatures and their habitats as your expert guide shows you how to spot caimans, iguanas, poison dart frogs, monkeys, river otters, toucans and turtles
  • Choose from a motorized boat or a sit-on-top kayak to explore the creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park in search of diverse Costa Rican wildlife
  • Walk above the rainforest canopy on suspended bridges, viewing the natural wonder from a unique vantage point
  • Travel in comfort between Arenal and Tortuguero by private air charter
  • Enjoy the services of a dedicated Young Explorers Guide, who organizes activities for all age levels during a day in Tortuguero
  • Choose a July or August departure for a private night expedition to witness the nesting of the Atlantic green sea turtle under the starlit tropical sky

Short Description

Fly through the rainforest on a thrilling zipline adventure, spot wildlife in Tortuguero National Park, walk among the treetops on scenic hanging bridges, and share kid-friendly activities led by an A&K Young Explorers Guide.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City San José, Costa Rica
End City San José, Costa Rica

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of A&K Tour Director

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive San José, Costa Rica

Accommodation: Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica, where you are met and transferred to your hotel, a family-friendly colonial hacienda set on a 30-acre coffee plantation.

Day 2: San José/Tortuguero | Thrilling Zipline Adventure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Drive to the Atlantic Forest Zipline Adventure, a 1,200-acre nature reserve adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park, for an exhilarating zipline adventure. Fly through the forest canopy, enjoying a thrilling 360-degree view of the landscape below. Your family may also opt for an excursion through the rainforest canopy via aerial tram, viewing hanging gardens of plants and animals hidden high in the treetops. Enjoy lunch before continuing your exploration of Costa Rica by boat to Tortuguero and your lodge. Tonight, enjoy a fun family welcome dinner.

Day 3: Tortuguero | Rainforest River Voyage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Today, rise early for a guided birding walk before voyaging down the slow-moving tropical rivers that define Tortuguero National Park, one of the last large, intact tropical rainforests in Central America. Sight wildlife in the thick flora — perhaps monkeys, sloths, river otters, caimans, iguanas or poison dart frogs. This region is also perfect for birders, showcasing a multitude of avian species. Later, explore the village of San Francisco. If time permits, you may also visit a neighborhood school (when in session) or join local children in a game of soccer.

Day 4: Tortuguero | Kayaking the Flooded Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

This morning, head north by motorized boat to Caño Palma (Palm Canal) for an exciting kayak adventure, paddling to beguiling places in the richest biological ecosystem in Costa Rica, led by an expert local guide. If you prefer, choose the optional motorized boat excursion. Journey to the mouth of the river to learn about the Atlantic green sea turtles that thrive on Tortuguero’s shores. You may wander the beach where thousands of these gentle vegetarians return to nest each year on the same stretch of sand where they were born. After lunch back at the lodge, the remainder of your day is at leisure to relax, take your children on a garden walk or enjoy fun in the sun at the pool.

Day 5: Arenal/La Fortuna | Farm Tour & Volcano Views

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Garden

Fly to Arenal. Upon arrival, travel to Finca Burio (Burio Farm) and meet the owner, Don Juan. Join him on a tour through the plantations to learn the benefits and uses of fruit you may never have seen. Keep an eye out for colorful local bird species and learn to process sugar cane at a trapiche (sugar mill). Next, sit down for an organic lunch, prepared for you by Don Juan’s wife, Doña Yamileth. Afterward, depart for a short drive to your hotel at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Marvel at the famed volcano’s near-perfect cone, which soars 5,357 feet above sea level.

Day 6: La Fortuna | Scenic Hanging Bridges

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Garden

After breakfast, set out for the picturesque Arenal Hanging Bridges with your private guide. The site was designed to blend with the natural environment, while leaving the forest habitat virtually intact. As you walk, observe the diversity of flora and wildlife, set against imposing views of the volcano. Later, visit the Hidalgo family’s hot springs, a less-populated alternative to the overcrowded springs found elsewhere in the area. Tucked nearly a mile off the main road between Lake Arenal Dam and La Fortuna, the springs consist of five free-flowing pools amid a natural river gorge. Cool off after your dip with smoothies and cocktails made with delicious local ingredients, and then enjoy an authentic meal for your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Depart San José

Meals: Breakfast

Drive to San José International Airport for your departing flight.

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The most luxurious company for a trip to Africa! Provide excellent services to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania....

Amazing safari!

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Just sitting in the Nairobi airport after an amazing A&K Safari in Kenya and Tanzania. This experience far exceeded my expectations. The guides were warm, knowledgable, and passionate. and Frankly I teared up a bit when saying goodbye to our Kenya guide, Peter, before heading to the airport. Dr Cornelius, our Tanzania guide, is a veterinarian - he knows the animals outside AND in (he's treated giraffes!). Every hotel was filled with friendly staff. Ever day was filled with surprises. We saw over 10 days seven leopards AND a rhino - some of the most elusive animals. We saw baby hyenas from a few yards away playing. We saw a lion carrying her cub in we mouth. The list goes on. Our guides were diligent and determined to find what we hoped to see. A&K makes this experience even better - you really don't have to think about anything except what time we are leaving in the morning or meeting for dinner at night. Customer service at its best - they live up to their reputation!
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Words cannot describe the level of service provided by A&K. I just returned from my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Every single detail was executed with perfection. The pre-trip documentation was superb, the guides/drivers in each location were so knowledgable and professional, and our accommodations as well as the service provided at the accommodations was beyond First Class. Most of all, our guide was remarkable! Ananda van der Merwe was with us from start to finish, and she made our whole journey even more perfect than we could have ever imagined. She was so attentive, professional, knowledgeable, sweet, caring, thoughtful, patient, accommodating, smart, funny, and MORE!! Anyone traveling to South Africa should request that Ananda be their guide. You will not regret it!

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Exceeded expectation in hotels, logistics and advice on what to see when on holiday. The guides were excellent and very helpful.

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We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Limited to 18 guests

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 6

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International and internal airfare
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities to the A&K Tour Director
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners

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