January 21 - February 08, 2020
Tour Status - Guaranteed
This HOSTED agriculture tour with Select Holidays, in Costa Rica, is the place where varied ecosystems live together to create impressive landscapes and unique scenic points. This location is definitely strategic, right in the heart of the occidental hemisphere... just the perfect paradise to enjoy exceptional vacations in the tropics. Continue on a 7-day Panama Canal Cruise on the unique “Wind Star” yacht.
*EARLY BOOKING BONUS:
*Limited Time Offer
Deluxe Accommodations & Transportation in Costa Rica
Meals as outlined
Farms / Markets / Village Tours
River & Canal Boat Rides plus Lake Cruise
Tortuguero National Park / Volcano National Park / Tabacon Hot Springs
1 night at an ALL INCLUSIVE Beach Resort
English Speaking Local Guide
Hosted by Select Holidays
7 nights on “Wind Star” yacht
PLUS much more...
Jan 22 2019: ARRIVE SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA [D]
Depart Canada and fly to San Jose, Costa Rica and transfer to hotel.
WELCOME TO COSTA RICA!
Jan 23, 2019: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart after breakfast for farm tours that specialize in carrots for the North American market as well as cabbage, potatoes, onion, strawberries and flowers. Following lunch return to the hotel in time to enjoy the facilities and the wonderful gardens.
Jan 24, 2019: TORTUGUERO VILLAGE, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart the hotel early, stopping enroute for breakfast. At the river dock, take a boat down the river and canals to Tortuguero National Park. Upon arrival at the Pachia Lodge, check in then have lunch. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the pools or take an optional visit of the local village and visit the beach where the Green Turtles come annually to lay their eggs. Later, take a guided nature walk before dinner.
Jan 25 2019: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
The only way to see the National Park is from a boat. Early in the morning, depart the lodge to search for wildlife before the day gets too warm. Return to the lodge for breakfast and a chance to use the pools and relax before departing once more in the afternoon to travel the canals and wetlands in search of more wildlife. Return to the lodge for a happy hour and dinner.
Jan 26, 2019: ARENAL, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
This morning, travel back up river to the dock where the bus will be waiting to take you to La Fortuna in the Arenal area. After lunch, a stop will be made at a local market that sells the fruits produced in the area such as pineapple, bananas, sugar cane and mangos. You visit a pineapple farm that also raise water buffalo as feeder cattle. Continue the drive to Arenal to enjoy a 3-night stay at the four star Arenal Kioro Hotel & Spa where each room has fantastic views of the volcanic coned Arenal, (weather permitting) and delightful pool areas.
Jan 27, 2019: TABACON HOT SPRINGS /ARENAL, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Today, visit to an family farm that produces papaya, vegetables and other fruits. Make tortillas and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch with entertainment. Later in the afternoon, visit to the Tabacon Hot Springs to enjoy these soothing hot mineral pools that flow along a river from the volcano. Dinner will be at the Tabacon Hot Springs before returning to the hotel.
Jan 28, 2019: ARENAL NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA [B/F/D]
This morning’s visit will include a coffee plantation with lunch. There will be time to shop in the town of La Fortuna on your own before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon, there is an optional hike planned along the base of the volcano. Those not choosing to hike can enjoy the hot soothing waters of the pools back at your hotel.
Jan 29, 2019: MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA [B/F/D]
Today, transfer by boat to the other side of Arenal Lake and travel the country roads to Monteverde. There is some magnificent scenery enroute as well as a visit to the Brenes Family Coffee Farm with a light lunch before continuing to the hotel in the Santa Elena area for a 2-night stay and some fantastic sunset views.
Jan 30, 2020: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Depart this morning, travelling to the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. Have lunch while enjoying a boat cruise on the river to view the colorful scarlet macaw flying through the tree tops and view the crocodiles and learn about their fascinating habitat. Check into a hotel on the beach for an overnight stay.
Jan 31, 2020: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
This morning enjoy the hotel and the beach before traveling back to San Jose for the night. This evening enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” to Costa Rica and local dance show in a restaurant overlooking the city.
Feb 01, 2020: COLON, PANAMA [B/L/D]
Morning flight from San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama. Upon arrival, transfer to the “Wind Star” yacht for an exciting 7-day Cruise through the world-renown Panama Canal.
Feb 02, 2020: PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA [B/L/D]
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.
Feb 03, 2020: BALBOA/FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA [B/L/D]
One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
Feb 04, 2020: AT SEA [B/L/D]
A day to enjoy the wonderful amenities on the “Wind Star” yacht.
Feb 05, 2020: ISLA PARIDA, PANAMA [B/L/D]
Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
Feb 06, 2020: PUERTO JIMENEZ (GOLFO DULCE), COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.
Feb 07, 2020: QUEPOS, COSTA RICA [B/L/D]
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.
Feb 08, 2020: PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA - END OF TOUR/CRUISE
Disembark the “Wind Star” yacht and transfer to the San Jose Airport.
**Due to flight times, an extra night may be required in San Jose at an additional cost.