TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

The Costa Rica Experience

8 days

Preview

Experience the highlights of the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s rainforests, volcanoes, beautiful views of waterfalls, rivers and beaches. Discover the wonderful world of wildlife and vegetation refreshed by gentle tropical rains. Learn about the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday – New York – San Jose
Leave New York for your flight to Costa Rica. Upon arrival to San Jose Airport, we will meet our local guide who will take us to our hotel in San Jose.
Overnight San Jose.

Day 2: Friday – San Jose – Poas – La Paz
After breakfast we will depart to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall tour. This volcano has some of the world’s largest geysers with an awesome crater, over 1.5 km wide. The volcano is active, but completely safe for viewing. Then, visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens which are absolutely spectacular! This large property features the world’s largest butterfly observatory, hummingbird and orchid gardens, safe trails along the La Paz River and 5 large waterfalls. Return to the hotel in San Jose. Shabbat services followed by Shabbat dinner.
Overnight San Jose.

Day 3: Saturday – San Jose
Following Shabbat Services at the Synagogue and lunch at the community center, enjoy a walking tour of the area.
Overnight San Jose.

Day 4: Sunday – San Jose – Manuel Antonio National Park
Start the day with the City Tour of San Jose, this tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful historical sites of San José. We will drive along the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, we will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater completed in 1897. The theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards we will visit one of the most unique Museums of Costa Rica – the Gold Museum. We will continue heading to the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court and various sites of interest. After the City Tour depart to the central pacific coast where Manuel Antonio is located. Manuel Antonio is undoubtedly one of the most luxuriant locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sandy beaches fringed by thickly forested green hills. In the afternoon we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. Spectacular natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere attract many visitors to Manuel Antonio Park, which preserves not only beautiful beaches and the unique formation of Punta Cathedral, but also mangroves, a setting of islands offshore, and a humid tropical forest. The park has four beaches, each with its special characteristics. You will follow a professional guide through one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks that gathers numerous species of butterflies, monkeys, raccoons, coatis, agoutis, two – toed sloths, snakes, orchids, etc.
Overnight Manuel Antonio.

Day 5: Monday – Manuel Antonio Catamaran
The Catamaran island adventure begins at Quepos Harbor; cruising through the aquamarine waters toward the spectacular and scenic coastline of Manuel Antonio Park.  Soon you will be in open water and on the lookout for spotted dolphins, migrating humpback whales, sea turtles and manta rays. You will be captivated by the sight of dolphins frolicking at the boat’s wake, or the inimitable sound of a whale’s song. These are the nesting grounds and home for numerous species of marine birds, including pelicans, boobies and ibises. After touring the coastline, you will anchor in a protected cove within the pristine Biesanz Bay for snorkeling.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Manuel Antonio.

Day 6: Tuesday – Manuel Antonio – Jungle Crocodile- Cloud Forest Canopy Tour
After breakfast depart to our Hotel & Resort, right in the center of a cloud forest. On the way we will stop for the crocodile tour – a close up encounter with various types of crocodiles, some of them up to 5 meter length. See the wonder of Costa Rica’s nature, rich vegetation, birds and animals. The cloud forest region possesses beautiful and varied scenery; this land stays green and humid all year round. Finish your day with Canopy Tour, where you will see the forest from the top of the trees – more than 500 acres of forest with amazing view.
Overnight Hotel & Resort “Lands in Love”.

Day 7: Wednesday – Arenal – Hanging Bridges – Hot Springs
After breakfast we will go Horseback riding and discover the wonderful world of wildlife and vegetation, amazing canyon, the Balsa River, hidden lake and the Cacique Mountain with its magnificent view. Then depart to Arenal, which is located in the northern part of the Alajuela province, close to the Nicaraguan border. This region possesses beautiful and varied scenery. Refreshed by gentle tropical rains, this land stays green and humid almost all year round. The lowlands host gushing rivers, hot springs, lagoons, remote national parks, and plentiful wildlife.
Upon arrival we will start our hanging bridges tour. We will hike through the tropical humid forest. Pass many bridges from 5 to 100 meters long and up to 60 meters high: spectacular scenery of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. In the end of the day enjoy the thermal water hot springs for a few hours, then return to the Hotel for dinner.
Overnight Hotel & Resort “Lands of Love”.

Day 8: Thursday– San Jose – New York
Transfer back to the int’l airport of San Jose for our flight home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
CR19/1 01/17/2019 01/24/2019 Book this tour
CR19/2 02/21/2019 02/28/2019 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
CR19/1 01/17/2019 2750 $ 2000 $ 630 $
CR19/2 02/21/2019 2750 $ 2000 $ 630 $

* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.

Need to Know

Price Includes:

  • Round trip air fare from New York as per itinerary.
  • Superior Tourist Class and First Class (3 and 4 star) hotels and resorts.
  • Kosher Meals daily. (For details see General Conditions).
  • Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
  • Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.
  • Experienced English speaking local guide.
  • Gratuities to local service providers.

Price Excludes:

  • Airport and security tax.
  • Departure taxes in San Jose Airport.
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tip for the Tour Escort (recommended $5 per person per day).
  • Optional tours.
  • Individual transfers.
  • Any item not mentioned under “price includes”.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

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