Delight in this organic, all-natural paradise on our 8-night Gourmet Escape vacation package. Stay at some of the most upscale properties in Costa Rica while experiencing some of the best cuisine in the country. Try tropical European fusion at one of the best restaurants in San Jose. Discover an organic spice farm near Manuel Antonio National Park. And finally, learn to cook with a local family at Arenal Volcano.
Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Upon your afternoon arrival in San Jose, transfer to Hotel Grano de Oro for overnight. Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José's main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. The 35-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. A rooftop terrace offers relaxing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing and stargazing. We highly recommend you have dinner at Restaurante Grano de Oro which merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of a French chef.
Transfer to Manuel Antonio / Quepos
Today transfer about 2.5 hours to the Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort, located next to the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The resort caters to tourists that are looking for more than just another high-end resort experience. The property offers luxurious lodging in a beach and rainforest setting, with upscale dining in two restaurants.
Manuel Antonio Park Hike
Costa Rica’s favorite national park is tiny Manuel Antonio, featuring three of the country’s most beautiful white sand beaches bordered by dense rainforest and trails abundant in wildlife. Keep your eyes and ears open to soak in the wonders of this tropical rainforest and its natural history. Expect to spot two or three species of monkeys, sloth, white-nosed coati mundis, agoutis, colorful butterflies, iguanas and various birds. Bring a bathing suit and towel to enjoy the beaches after the tour. Overnight Arenas del Mar.
Villa Vanilla Spice Tour
The Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation is a sustainable organic spice farm 10 miles east of Quepos. The plantation includes 27 acres of agriculture production and 125 acres of rainforest. Explore the property and learn about the spices' origins. Then experience The “Flavors of the World” tasting menu – an assortment of gourmet chocolate, vanilla and Ceylon cinnamon spice treats, among other spices and seasonal tropical fruits. This tour is a unique “foodie” experience with a major focus on sustainability. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight Arenas del Mar.
Transfer to Arenal / La Fortuna with stops at fruit stand, soda, and mercano
Today, you will be met by a guide and driven to the Arenal / La Fortuna region. Along the way, stop at a fruit stand, take lunch at a soda, and discover a mercano grocery store as your local guide explains some of Costa Rica's culinary highlights. Arrive in the Arenal Volcano region, the undisputed adventure capital of the country. Arenal is a cone-shaped volcano currently in a resting phase. The range of activities available in the area is astounding. Upon arrival, transfer to the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens for overnight. The hotel’s colorful tropical architecture style mirrors the beauty of the areas’ natural wonders, and the dramatic views of the Arenal Volcano are awe-inspiring.
Farm to Table Tour
Discover the secrets of an organic, sustainable farm on this half-day tour outside the town of La Fortuna. Upon arrival at the farm, you will discuss the lunch menu and ingredients over coffee "chorreado" and fresh fruit. Then, head out to the farm to pick your local produce. Bring everything back to the farmhouse for cleaning before heading back out to the farm. Explore the greenhouse where you will learn about seedings, drying seeds, and peppercorns. Be on the lookout for a family of sloths that live in the trees and bushes around the farm. Finally, head back to the farmhouse to enjoy the fruits of the day's labor. Overnight Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.
AM La Fortuna Waterfall Hike & Chocolate Tour; PM Five Course Wine Pairing Dinner
Experience two travelers' favorites tours! First, a steep 20-minute hike will bring you to the iconic La Fortuna Waterfall - over 200 feet tall! The clear water at the base is a refreshing place to swim after the hike. This is a great photo-op as well. Bring dry clothes to change into after the swim, and head over to the chocolate plantation. This hands-on tour shows you the entire process of making chocolate, including organic treats at the end!
This evening back at the fabulous Arenal Nayara you will enjoy a Five Course Wine Pairing Dinner. Overnight Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.
Tropical Cooking Hands-on Class
The best way to understand a country is through its cuisine! This afternoon, you'll learn about tropical cooking methods, ingredients, grilling, and cocktails with Chef Scott Alan! This class is great for experienced cooks and beginners. You can participate and help the chef prepare dishes or take notes and watch - the choice is yours! Overnight Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
This morning or midday, transfer about 2.5 hours to the San Jose International Airport for departure.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
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