What is included in the tour price?
Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravans professional Tour Directors conduct every land tour from start to finish. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry free vacation.
What is not included in the tour price?
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tours price.
Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?
Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Most tours will be joined by adults of all ages. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.
How long will each day be?
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation and you will arrive at your hotels between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.
How large will my group be?
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.
Are meals included?
All meals are included on your Costa Rica tour. Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
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“I took the tour to see the nature and beauty of Costa Rica. It was beyond my expectations. Several friends had recommended this Caravan tour to me and now I am ready to recommend your company to others.”
Mrs. D.T., Story, Wyoming
“This was the best vacation I've had. It is the only way to see Costa Rica.”
Ms. P.H., Plano, Texas
“The sights were absolutely fabulous! We visited all the places we were interested in seeing. This was an exceptional tour at an exceptional price. The guides were very eco-minded. We received a good education from them and their passion for preserving their environment was contagious. We totally get it. Your Costa Rican tour was awesome.”
Mr. & Mrs. B.H., Burton, Michigan
“The superior lodging and food made our concerns seem silly. We found all the hotels clean and modern and we were exceptionally pleased with the luxury, botanicals and unique character of the J.W. Marriott. We always try to support local artists when we travel, so we were delighted to visit Sarchi with its oxcart factory and its shop with an extensive selection of goods made in Costa Rica. We enjoyed the spectacular and clean pools at Baldi Hot Springs, cruising the Rio Frio; the focus on flora and fauna attracted us to this trip in the first place.”
Mr. & Mrs. M.C., Kenai, Arkansas
“I was in awe. I was in Costa Rica on vacation. Couldn’t have asked for a better ride from our driver. A first class guy. My first Caravan trip and I would recommend you guys to anyone.”
Mr. H.T., Waterloo, Illinois
“It is almost impossible to visit a country in one week, but Caravan is doing a wonderful job in Costa Rica. Food was incredible, very fresh, great variety and plentiful. Love all activities. Got to see all birds and animals including the elusive sloth. We had a smooth ride, everything was just wonderful.”
Ms. V.N., Terrytown, Louisiana
“I definitely want you to know our feeling about this tour considering it is one of if not the best tours we have ever taken. Every hotel was very good with outstanding locations - of course the Marriott was over the top. The efficiency that Caravan developed in hotel check-in was easy and fast. The sightseeing was outstanding for sure. We had been to Costa Rica previously and this was by far superior by the extensive destinations geographically seeing most of the country that tourists would be interested in. This coupled with the extremely skilled guide made it superior to what we had seen before. He was so very knowledgeable concerning every possible thing we were witnessing and much more. In addition, he has an extremely entertaining wit. We both had a wonderful time and were amazed at all we got for the $’s.”
Mr. & Mrs. J.M., Marysville, Washington.
“Simply the best driving skill that I have ever seen from someone driving a vehicle as large as our coach. Just an all-around excellent driver and he deserves the highest praise...the hotels were clean and pleasant, a couple quite beautiful. Overall as a group they deserve an ‘A’ rating. Sightseeing was pleasingly fresh for me. This was something different which is what I was looking for from this trip. It was a learning experience as well as entertaining.”
Mr. L.S., Adrian, Michigan
“You have put together an outstanding package at a very reasonable price. Costa Rica is a great vacation destination!”
Mr. & Mrs. M.M., Laguna Niguel, California
“This is an amazing tour especially for the price. I did not expect luxury hotels on this trip! Everyone in our group was constantly commenting on how Caravan could make any money off of this based on the amazing hotels, guides, local tours, meals. The best possible introduction to Costa Rica at an amazing price. I have traveled the world both independently and with groups for over 40 years; ours was the best director I’ve ever traveled with.”
Ms. M.D., San Diego, California
“As a travel agent, I would recommend clients to Costa Rica with Caravan. This was an excellent tour, especially since everything was included. We saw and did a great deal in a short period of time.”
Mr. & Mrs. B.S., Rochester, New York
“This was our 5th trip with Caravan and counting. Once again, the hotels chosen by Caravan were wonderful, each one with its specialty. Caravan has a knack for choosing sights and activities. Something for everyone. Have many times told others about your company.”
Mr. & Mrs. R.C., Greenville, Rhode Island
“Caravan tours are not only an amazing value, they are an incredible trip. All tours, parks, etc. were included and made for a carefree vacation. The hotels, the meals, the coach, the tour guide and driver, and the activities that are included are wonderful. We had several single travelers that felt very much included and we all ended up saying ‘goodbye’ as one big group of many members of a special family for a week. I belong to a few travel groups, and I live in a large travel community - I’m already spreading the word about Caravan.”
Ms. K.G., Santa Maria, California
“We had a very good experience in Costa Rica. Excellent hotels, very neat and clean, convenient locations. Very good service provided. Excellent hotels, motorcoach, sightseeing, activities, all three meals, what else would any tourist want? We will recommend to all our friends and family.”
Mr. D.P., Paramus, New Jersey
“I want to thank Caravan and especially our tour director for sharing Costa Rica with us. Everyone was so happy and helpful and full of life. I had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend this company to family and friends. Caravan is truly blessed to have a great team representing the company and the country and its people. The memories will last a lifetime. Pura Vida!”
Mrs. M.P., Mechanicsville, Virginia
“Really nice plants, flowers, meals were nice, nutritious, fruits, very healthy and plenty to eat. I like Caravan very much. Hotels were wonderful, natural beauty. Enjoyed seeing the natural settings and wild animals. Very insightful and educational. Director was fantastic, very energized and took excellent care of us. She is very inspiring. I very much enjoyed being on a guided tour more than being on my own. You see a lot more with a group, nice people on the coach. We would not have had so much fun if we went alone. We saw more at a great price. Caravan is top-notch.”
Mr. & Mrs. C.S., Aurora Illinois
“It was a terrific trip. We met some nice people and shared some of our stories. Most of the guests wondered how Caravan can keep the cost of the tour as low as it is. The hotels were better than I have experienced. The meals were freshly made and consistently good and agreed with me. I wish I ate this well all the time! There was great variety in the elevations and climate on the trip, plenty of rest stops. Our director was a very talented woman. She somehow quickly knew all our names. She likes presenting her country to the outside world. Costa Rica can be very proud of her.”
Mr. & Mrs. R.M., Feura Bush, New York
“This was my first vacation in over 40 years! Yes, what have I been waiting for? I’m so glad my friend asked me to go on the tour. Wonderful experience for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the places utilized. Really enjoyed the Marriott in Guanacaste. Absolutely fabulous director and driver. What remarkable, wonderful people. We all sang their praises many times.”
Ms. S.C.B., Moorestown New Jersey
“This was our fifth Caravan tour and it did not disappoint. What we particularly like about Caravan is that we always seem to have a variety of hotels. Some are five star, some are more rustic and others are more unique. We could not complain, a good variety, there seemed to be something for everyone.”
Mrs. K.D., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
“This was our first Caravan tour and we were very pleased at all aspects of the experience. We never doubted that things would be first class. Rooms were comfortable, food was good at every stop. The educational value of the stops was impressive. I think a great deal of our satisfaction was due to our director. We had an outstanding tour director, the good humor, graciousness and unfailing patience was evident from our first group meeting to the very minute of departure. She was able to gauge the tenor of our group and the spirit she seemed to sense amongst us. As they say in sports, there was great chemistry and understanding what was needed to make for a successful experience. The feeling among the travelers was unanimous that this success owed a great deal to the professional attitude, skill and friendship of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!”
Mr. D.R., Annandale, Virginia
“Caravan Tours, well done! It was spectacular. The J.W. Marriott and the Intercontinental were just superb. And by the time I left I had a wonderful sense of the country of Costa Rica. We saw so much wildlife and beauty, and our director was an expert of wildlife and history of Costa Rica, a beautiful country. We have been on many other tours and this was the best trip we have ever taken. Every detail from the moment we arrived until we were taken back to the airport was very well planned. I give Caravan an A+. We will see you all again on another adventure, thank you so much!”
Mr. & Mrs. R.H., Bothell, Washington
“The best vacation I’ve ever been on, by a longshot! Wonderful! Our tour guide and driver made every effort to make our experience exceptional. Beautiful, comfortable safe hotels. Wonderful selections, real gems. I look forward to my next Caravan trip. Not sure if anyone catch match our director and driver combo in Costa Rica, but I am hopeful! Everyone, from the man who met us at the airport to the return at the end, was so kind!”
Ms. L.G., Oak Park, Illinois
“We’ve been on four Caravan tours. We think that overall, this one ranks right on top. We loved the variety! Wildlife rescue center, river cruises, quaint towns, luxurious resorts and spas, rainforests - all of it made this a magical tour. Perfectly timed stops, nice shopping opportunities, unique photo opps, terrific! Magnificent accommodations and locations. Each hotel was great. I am a travel agent and brought a group, and on the first day, one of my clients exclaimed ‘I’m so impressed already!’ The day of rest at the Marriott was perfectly timed. People looked up the price online and were blown away that we could stay there for two nights. It was so nice to stay at such quality hotels. Looking forward to future Central American tours. Food was plentiful and tasty. Every activity was enjoyed by all. We loved all the wildlife we got to see, and I cannot find enough superlatives to describe our TD. She set the tone for us to be positive and on time. We all fell in love with our conscientious, knowledgeable and extremely personable tour director. She made our group feel like family.”
Mr. & Mrs. D.B., The Villages, Florida
“Wow! I’d go on this same trip again. My daughter and I talk about it all the time when we call each other. We tried so many new foods, everything was so tasty and delicious. I could live like that everyday. We didn’t want to leave. The hot springs, we loved ‘em. The river cruises were fun and gave us a different view. It was a highlight to see the story of coffee in real life. Interesting to see the oxcarts and I appreciate seeing the old ways. You are so lucky to have your director. She got to know all of us as friends, had great history to share, and stories about Costa Rica. Thank you for a really wonderful trip.”
Ms. L.H., Emerald Hills, California
“Excellent value. Hiking, boat trips, city tours...all provided a broad view of Costa Rica. My favorite was the hanging bridges. The two night stays made the tour much less stressful and more enjoyable. Our director was a rare jewel. She was available 24/7 and made the tour so much fun. Really enjoyed the tour and loved our excellent driver. It was amazing how he navigated the coach on the mountain roads. Day by day booklet was very helpful and I will highly recommend.”
Ms. M.H., Greenfield, Wisconsin
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