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14 days from £3,199 per person

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Cruising through the canals of Tortuguero listening to the sounds and smells of the jungle while on the hunt for monkeys, birds and the sleepy, smiling sloth.


A tangled jungle of eco-wonderland swathed in palm-fringed beaches and enchanting cloud forests - Costa Rica is perfect for those with an appreciation for the natural world. Our Costa Rica and Panama tours combine unforgettable wildlife-watching opportunities, typical coffee culture in San Jose, the colonial splendour of Panama City and the astonishing engineering marvel of the Panama Canal. This magical land certainly dances to the beat of its own drum - but you’ll pick up the rhythm in no time.

Your holiday includes:

10 excursions and visits

  • Tours of San Jose and Panama City
  • Visits to Braulio Carrillo National Park; Tortuguero Turtle Preservation Centre; the San Carlos region to view Arenal Volcano; Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge; Monteverde Butterfly Gardens and Cloud Forest private reserve
  • Tortuguero Canals wildlife cruise, Tortuguero National Park
  • Stop at Sarchi
  • Partial transit of the Panama Canal


  • 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International and regional flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Air France from London Heathrow via Paris. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 19 meals: 12 breakfasts (days 2-13) 5 lunches (days 3-6 and 12) 2 dinners (days 3-4)


  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage


Please note

3 March, 20 April & 3 November 2020 departures do not include Panama and fly with British Airways direct from London Gatwick to San Jose - please call for details.

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Panama Canal

  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to San Jose.

    In flight

  • ncr nr1 day 2

    San Jose

    On arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and settle in ahead of our two-night stay. You have the rest of the day at leisure to relax or for some initial exploration. While San Jose might not be the highlight of our Costa Rican adventure, you might be surprised by how charming this capital city is. There are historic, neoclassical mansions to discover and sprawling green parks.

    Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose (4-star)

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    San Jose

    This morning we’ll take on this cosmopolitan city on a guided tour. We’ll explore both business and residential neighbourhoods, so you’ll get a real insight into the diverse and beautiful architecture that decorates the city. We’ll admire colonial mansions, many of which have now been converted into trendy museums and galleries. We’ll also see the bright yellow turrets of Bellavista fortress - the bullet marks a reminder of Costa Rica’s past, but today it is the home of the National Museum.

    Right in the city centre, we’ll visit the beautiful National Theatre. You might think it looks familiar - and if you’ve visited Paris, it may well be. Completed in 1897, the theatre is modelled after the Paris Opera House.

    • San Jose city tour (morning)

    Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose (4-star)

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    Today’s journey is a scenic feast and an adventure in itself. We’ll drive through the cloud-enshrouded landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park all the way to Tortuguero. We’ll pass volcanic mountains, travel through untouched tropical rainforest and drive by sprawling banana plantations. Before you’ve had the chance to catch your breath, we take to the waters of the Tortuguero Canals and as we weave through these sinuous canals, we’ll pass by rare and unusual flora and fauna.

    Finally, we arrive at our eco-lodge hotel; nestled in an area of rivers, lakes, wetlands and lush, exotic jungle. Later, we’ll head out to explore Tortuguero village and visit the Turtle Preservation Centre. Turtle nesting season is usually July to October and they hatch from September to December, so we may catch a glimpse if we’re lucky.

    • Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park (morning)
    • Visit to Tortuguero Turtle Preservation Centre (afternoon)

    Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero (3-star)

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    Tortuguero National Park

    We waste no time in exploring the breathtaking paradise of the Tortuguero Canals. With its unique system of natural and man-made waterways this is a haven for a wide variety of birds, monkeys, sloths and toucans along with a dazzling array of orchids.

    The afternoon is yours to spend as you please; perhaps relax in the unique location of our eco-lodge, or head out on a guided walk for even more exciting discoveries.

    • Tortuguero Canals wildlife cruise, Tortuguero National Park (morning)

    Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero (3-star)

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    This morning we leave our lodge by boat, before continuing by coach through the plains of the San Carlos region, the heart of Costa Rica, thriving with agricultural and livestock smallholdings, to Arenal and its famous volcano.

    • Visit to the San Carlos region to view Arenal Volcano (morning)

    The Tilajari Resort Hotel, Arenal (4-star)

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    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

    Watch on as we whizz by local communities on the way to the pueblito (small village) of Los Chiles; gateway to the Rio Frio and the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. From here, our boat takes us on a floating safari through the tropical rainforest and pastures.

    The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica, so keep your eyes peeled for a variety of resident and migratory birds including roseate spoonbills, green-backed herons and wood storks, to name just a few. Plus, there are spider and howler monkeys, sloths, ocelots and more…

    • Floating safari in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (morning)

    The Tilajari Resort Hotel, Arenal (4-star)

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    Monteverde - Cloud Forest

    This morning we depart Arenal for Monteverde, located along the continental divide at 5,000 feet above sea level. We visit the Butterfly Gardens, to observe and learn about these beautiful winged insects. Then venture through the Cloud Forest private reserve to witness the wide array of flora and fauna. This is one of the few places you may be able to glimpse a strikingly coloured quetzal.

    • Visit to Monteverde Butterfly Gardens and Cloud Forest private reserve (all day)

    Hotel Montana Monteverde (3-star) or Monteverde Country Lodge (3-star)

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    Today is free to relax and explore this tropical haven, or take an optional excursion for an adventure into the cloud forest canopy. A Sky Walk of hanging bridges, trails and platforms above the forest floor, taking you to all the different layers of the forest for a great opportunity to see how the forest works.

    Hotel Montana Monteverde (3-star) or Monteverde Country Lodge (3-star)

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    San Jose

    Leaving the magnificent cloud forest behind, we travel back to San Jose via the picturesque town of Sarchi, famous for its elaborately painted oxcarts.

    • Stop at Sarchi (afternoon)

    Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose (4-star)

  • ncr nr1 day 11

    San Jose - Panama City

    We travel to the airport this morning for our flight (which may be indirect) to Panama and Panama City. On arrival we check in at our hotel for a three-night stay. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please.

    Global Panama Hotel, Panama City (4-star)

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    Panama City

    A world away from San Jose, Panama City is a cultural hub and bustling metropolis; it is the most cosmopolitan city in all of Central America. The canal has made the city a regional hub for trade and the result is a deliciously diverse and dynamic culture.

    This morning we dive in on a guided tour, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Panama Viejo Historical Monument Complex, the Historic District, the Palace of the President and the cathedral. Our final stop is at the Causeway, which provides wonderful views of the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal.

    • Tour of Panama City (all day)

    Global Panama Hotel, Panama City (4-star)

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    Panama Canal

    Started by the Spanish in 1534, the mighty Panama Canal was completed some 370 years later by the American Government in 1904. It is an engineering and economic marvel, offering travellers a unique and highly sought-after experience, cruising through the huge system of locks.

    We board our vessel for our cruise along a section of the canal. Massive ocean-going vessels will share the journey with us today and you’ll have the opportunity to view them up close as we progress through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel lock systems. We’ll also pass through the Gaillard Cut, one of the most spectacular parts of the entire length of the canal. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, you’ll spot native wildlife as we cruise by.

    • Cruise on Panama Canal (all day)

    Global Panama Hotel, Panama City (4-star)

  • In Flight 3

    Day 14 Panama City - In flight

    Today we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    In flight

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 15 UK

    Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home

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Important information about your destination

Please note: • This tour includes areas of rough terrain and a significant amount of walking is involved. • 2022 departures are 15 days in duration, flying overnight on day 1 with Avianca via Bogota. The number of meals and excursions remain the same - please call for details. • 31 January, 28 February and 24 October departures are 11-day tours that don't include Panama. You’ll fly direct with British Airways (London Gatwick to/from San Jose) - tour reference NWC.


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