January 22 - February 13, 2019
22 Days
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 Southern Caribbean cruise for 10 days of sun, sand, and relaxation.

*EARLY BOOKING BONUS:

  • Prepaid Gratuities
  • Select Holidays Shore Event in Willemstad, Curacao
  • Select Holidays Cocktail Party Onboard

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Organization and good view of country from one side to the other.
— Howard & Yvette, SK

Tour Highlights

  • Deluxe Accommodations & Transportation in Costa Rica
  • ALL meals with juice & water with every meal
  • Farms / Markets / Village Tours
  • River & Canal Boat Rides plus Lake Cruise
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Tortuguero National Park / Volcano National Park / Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Free time
  • 2-Nights at an ALL INCLUSIVE Beach Resort
  • English Speaking Local Guide
  • Hosted by Select Holidays
  • 10-nights on Holland America's "Koningsdam"
  • All meals while onboard
  • Select Holidays included shore excursion
  • PLUS much more...

Jan 22 2019:  ARRIVE SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA               [D]
Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica.  *Airfare not included.  Ask for current airfare pricing. 
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, 2019: MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA      [B/L/D]  
This morning visit the Selvatura Walkways.  This is a 1.9 mile walking trail suspended in the misty clouds high above the  forest.  For those not choosing to take part in this walk can visit the Hummingbird and Reptile Park instead.  After a lunch, return to the hotel to enjoy an afternoon at leisure OR you may wish to book the optional Zip Line Tour.

Jan 31, 2019: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA      [B/L/D]  
Depart this morning, travelling to the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica for a 2-night stay at an All-Inclusive beach resort.  Enroute stop for a delicious lunch at a orchid farm. 

Feb 01, 2019: ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, COSTA RICA      [B/L/D]  
This whole day is yours to relax and enjoy how you would choose.

Feb 02, 2019: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA ~ FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA    [B]  
Transfer to the San Jose Airport for your flight to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to join the Southern Caribbean Cruise.  Overnight before boarding the ship.
OR you can also join the 8-day Panama Canal Cruise.  CLICK HERE for information.

Feb 03, 2019 -  Sun - Fort Lauderdale, Florida        5:00 PM
Enjoy a free morning, before boarding Holland America's "Konningsdam". 

Feb 04, 2019 - Mon  - Cruising Caribbean Waters
What a perfect day to get acquainted with your floating resort.  With attention to details and refined elegance, Holland America strives to give you an experience like no other.  With cuisine to dazzle and delight your senses; an enchanting array of entertainment; music for every mood; a wide selection of lounges and gathering places as well as a place where you can revitalize and rejuvenate.  Relax and enjoy it all!   A day at sea to familiarize yourself to the "Konningsdam".

Feb 05, 2019 - Tues - Cruising Caribbean Waters
Another day at sea to enjoy the sunshine or look out at the beautiful sea.

Feb 06, 2019 - Wed - Willemstad, Curacao    Arrive:  10:00 AM -  Depart:  11:00 PM
The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, is almost as old as a more famous Dutch settlement—it was founded in 1634, just 10 years after New Amsterdam, later called New York. But while the Dutch control of New Amsterdam was relatively brief, Curaçao remains a part of the Netherlands to this day. Its historic center is a unique mixture of Dutch architecture and Caribbean pastels, its gabled row houses overlooking Sint Anna Bay, a waterway dividing the city in two and connecting the Caribbean to the protected Schottegat Bay. The entire historic center of Willemstad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Willemstad's legendary days of yore can be explored at institutions like the Kura Hulanda and Curaçao Maritime Museum, this is a vibrant, living city too. Highlights of this multicultural melting pot might include a stop at its floating market and a visit to a curaçao distillery to taste the famous local liqueur. Natural wonders await as well: Some of the Caribbean’s most stunning diving and snorkeling spots are here. Finally, a meal in Willemstad will let you experience the diversity of the island through the surprising flavors of its cuisine, which reflects European, Caribbean and Latin American influences.
Enjoy a Select Holidays included shore excursion here today! 

Feb 07, 2019 -  Thur - Kralendijk, Bonaire       Arrive:  8:00 AM - Depart:  6:00 PM
Almost as soon as you pull into the port of Kralendijk, you’ll realize it’s one of the most laid-back landings around. Though there are some colorful streets to stroll nearby—remnants (mostly) of Bonaire’s Dutch-colonial era—even the busiest lack the bustle of other Caribbean capitals. Which is a good thing. The comparative sleepiness helps maintain the island’s chief attributes: legendarily pristine wilderness, both above and below the surface; mangroves full of baby fish; and salt flats full of flamingos. And reefs full of . . . everything. Nature’s cup overfloweth here. And, by the way, so will yours (have the cactus liqueur even if you try no other local beverage). There’s also an embarrassment of cultural riches, thanks to the layers of Amerindian, Spanish, African, Dutch and British influences on the island. In fact, you’ll hear traces of the languages of all of the above (plus some French and Portuguese) during any given conversation in Papiamento, the creole language spoken throughout the Netherlands Antilles. You'll find you can get by just fine with a few key phrases: por fabor, danki and bon dia—all of which mean exactly what you think they do.

Feb 08, 2019 -  Fri - Oranjestad, Aruba      Arrive:  8:00 AM - Depart:  11:00 PM
Located off the coast of Venezuela, the windswept Dutch island of Aruba is otherworldly. Here, the beaches are spectacularly pristine, the waters are romantically restless, the island interior is lunar-like and filled with cacti, and the trees are—quite famously—bent in the wind. The island's consistent trade winds are part of the destination's allure: They keep the humidity, rain and hurricanes common in much of the Caribbean during its off-season at bay.

The main port and capital city, Oranjestad, is a maze of Dutch-colonial architecture painted in a palette of Caribbean pastels. There are some historic sites of note and myriad shops, from boutiques to megastores, selling all sorts of keepsakes, with jewelry and gold being popular items—in fact, gold was mined here in the 19th century. In Oranjestad and along the beaches you'll also find a treasure trove of excellent seafood restaurants, while farther afield are lighthouses, gold mine ruins and natural wonders that reflect the rugged appeal of Aruba.

Feb 09, 2019 - Sat - Cruising Caribbean Waters        
Day at sea to catch up on your photos and videos of what you have just seen and experienced.

Feb 10, 2019 - Sun - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic       Arrive:  8:00 AM - Depart:  6:00 PM
Located on the Dominican Republic's north coast, the port of Amber Cove, near Puerto Plata, is a new phenomenon. Built in 2015, the area was fashioned as an homage to the country’s colonial architecture and features restaurants, bars and shops, as well as an activity center, a pool and cabanas. But it’s the neighboring region, known as the Amber Coast for its plethora of the semiprecious stone, that’s this port’s true draw. Along with golden-sand beaches and dramatic cliffs, there's the city of Puerto Plata, one of the Caribbean’s oldest, founded in the early 1500s. Another nearby option is Santiago de los Caballeros, known locally as simply Santiago, about an hour's drive from the port. The second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, it is home to excellent museums, historic buildings and cigar and rum makers.

Feb 11, 2019 - Mon - Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos        Arrive 7:00 AM - Depart:  2:00 PM
Sugar-white sand, brilliant blue waters, kaleidoscopic sea life—all this is plentiful in the Caribbean archipelago nation of Turks & Caicos. Without hyperbole, this is one of the world’s most photogenic spots. T&C, as it is sometimes called, is the ultimate fantasy-island destination—the screen saver in all its glorious reality.

Grand Turk, a jewel of an isle that measures just 18 square kilometers (seven square miles), is awesomely rich in natural wonders. Ringed by translucent warm waters teeming with coral and fish, it’s a bonanza for divers, snorkelers and anglers. Of course, you can always simply kick back and just enjoy the view from under a palm tree or beach umbrella. Or explore the fascinating history of Turks & Caicos in its capital, Cockburn Town, which is lined with Bermudan-style buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Feb 12, 2019 - Tues - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas      Arrive:  8:00 AM - Depart:  4:00 PM
The Caribbean is full of tropical wonders. But there’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s 2,400-acre private island paradise in the Bahamas. The most authentic, highest-rated private-island experience in the region, Half Moon Cay has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award 17 consecutive years, and was also named the best in Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards. One visit and it’s easy to see why Holland America Line guests wish they could stay here forever. Most Caribbean cruises departing from Ft. Lauderdale include a day at Half Moon Cay. Uncrowded and unspoiled, it combines the unparalleled natural beauty of a protected preserve with access to a wide range of amenities and activities. With miles of pristine, white-sand beach, guests can stay busy all day or simply luxuriate in tranquil solitude. Holland America Line acquired this beautiful island more than 20 years ago to create a unique and memorable experience for our Caribbean cruise guests. 

Feb 13, 2019 - Wed - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - End of cruise    7:00 AM
While your where sleeping, the Koningsdam completed her spectacular 10-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean and has returned to Ft. Lauderdale.  Disembark and make a transfer to the airport for your flight back to your home city, relaxed and taking great memories with you.    Disembark

per Person, Double - $9,489.00 CAD LAND & Cruise ONLY
Includes:
Oceanview suite
Air between San Jose and Ft. lauderdale
hotel/gov/port taxes

*Airfare not included in above price.  Ask for current air pricing
Deposit - $1,500.00 per person
Second Deposit - $1,500.00 per person, due before August 15, 2018
Final Payment - per person is due before October 31, 2018

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