Costa Rica Tour
Costa Rica Tour
Join Rabbi Ron and Leora Isaacs on a special tour of Costa Rica providing Jewish insights on nature and ecology and a special Shabbat visit with the Jewish community of San Jose.
February 11-18 2016
On this tour of Costa Rica, discover a tropical Garden of Eden, a haven for environmentalists, adventurers, thrill seekers and spiritualists- and a place where Jews have found refuge, forming a vibrant community that thrives within this solidly Catholic nation.
On his fourth and final voyage to the New World in 1502, Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica, ushering in nearly three centuries of Spanish Colonial rule. The Spaniards named the country “Rich Coast” in the hopes of finding gold. Unfortunately for them, they did not. However, in modern times, droves of visitors have discovered the country’s rich natural beauty.
Wedged between the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Caribbean Sea to the East, Costa Rica is a verdant paradise luring 1.2 million tourists annually to its rainforests, active volcanoes, pristine forests, breathtaking beaches, pre-Colombian artifacts, and Spanish colonial ruins.
Pricing based on minimum of 20 passengers
- $2,395 USD per person in double occupancy
- $2,964 USD per person for single occupancy
- Plus air $790 including bus from Temple to EWR and return
- additional $120 per person for tips for guide, driver, restaurant servers, boat crew, and porterage
Included in Tour
- 3 nights lodging at the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Jose
- 2 nights lodging at the 4-star Magic Mountain Hotel in Arenal
- 2 nights lodging at Tamarindo Diria with pool view
- 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Departure taxes from Costa Rica are not included ($29 USD per person)
Pricing is from New Jersey and based on payment made by check or bank transfer. Additional fees apply for payment made by credit card. Please see registration form or contact us for details.
Fuel surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change
February 11-18, 2016
Accompanied by Rabbi Ron & Leora Isaacs, providing Jewish insights on nature & ecology and a special Shabbat visit with the Jewish community of San Jose
February 11th, 2015 (Thursday)
Arrival to Costa Rica- San Jose’
At the pre-arranged time your English speaking tour guide will be at the airport to welcome you, transfer them to the hotel in San José.
After check in and some time to relax a welcome dinner will be offer at the hotel.
Day includes: Dinner, Private transportation, English speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: 4* Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici or similar (D)
February 12th, 2015 (Friday)
Doka coffee tour and Sarchi typical town
During the morning your guide will take the group to the Dokka coffee plantation where they will enjoy a very nice coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation. The main objective of the Coffee Tour is to educate and inform the local and international population with regard to the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee. The tour takes place on the Doka Estate, where you can learn about the production, the harvesting, the processing plant and the roasting of the grain.
Costa Rica has a large variety of microclimates and altitudes within short distances. This route explains how the different climatic factors favor the taste of our coffee.
Guided by an expert, the visitors will receive extensive information, which will make this activity an incomparable experience. The tour begins in the seedbed. There you will observe and be explained the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. You will also learn about the history of the estate, its owners, the production and varieties of plants, the geography of the area and the traditional ways of cultivating the grain. The second station is the oldest humid coffee processing plant, declared to be an Architectural Heritage for Humanity in 2003, that works by hydraulic power. In the receiver you can see the first classification of the grains, afterwards the process of de-pulping of first and second quality coffee takes place in the grinders. Next, the natural honey of the grain is cut in the fermentation tanks and a process is carried out that is significant to the taste of the coffee. The coffee that has been dried in the Guardiola or on the patios under the sun, is stored in the warehouse. This grain is ready to be peeled, and then exported or roasted in the country. Finally, the roasting plant Café Tres Generaciones is visited, where you will be explained and can observe the different types of roasts that are offered.
Once the tour is over, you will enjoy a nice typical lunch. After lunch, our next stop is Sarchi. This town is known for its multi-colored wooden oxcarts and crafts. The tradition of craftsmanship in Sarchi goes back to the late 19th Century when a peasant decided to paint his oxcart with strong and bright colors. These figures evolved into geometrically arranged patterns, other ornaments and forms developed and enriched the decoration of oxcarts, which eventually became a national custom. After this cultural visit it is time to return to the hotel to relax. At the pre-arranged time your transportation is ready to take you to the Synagogue and will be also available for the return to the hotel. (B, L,D)
Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner with Jewish community (TBA) private transportation, private transfer from the hotel to the Synagogue and transfer from the Synagogue to the hotel, English speaking tour guide, coffee tour, visit to Sarchi town, lodging and taxes.
Overnight: 4* Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici or similar
Approx. return time to the hotel: 4:00 p.m.
Departure time to the Synagogue: TBD
February 13th, 2015 (Saturday) Shabbat
This day, at the pre-arranged time your transportation is available to take you to the synagogue. And it will be also available for your return to the hotel. (B, L)
Day includes: Breakfast, Shabbat lunch (TBA) Transfer from the hotel to the Synagogue and transfer from the Synagogue to the hotel after the service, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: 4* Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici or similar.
February 14th, 2015 (Sunday)
From San Jose to Arenal and the Arenal hanging bridges
After breakfast and check out of the hotel, your private transportation and English speaking tour guide will be ready to take you to the fantastic Arenal Volcano area.
Once at the hotel and after some time to relax your English speaking tour guide is ready to take you to enjoy the Arenal Hanging bridges tour.
Explore the Hanging Bridges and rainforest overlooking the Arenal Volcano with your naturalist English speaking tour guide in search of birds and animals. The naturalist guide will help visitors get the most out of the experience in the rainforest by teaching visitors about native plants and animals
After the visit it is time to return to the hotel or explore together with your guide the town of La Fortuna. (B, D)
Day includes: Breakfast, private transportation, English speaking guide, Arenal Hanging bridges tour, entrance fees, lodging and hotel taxes.
Group dinner at La Fortuna town
Overnight:4* Hotel Magic Mountain or similar
February 15th, 2015 (Monday)
Peñas Blancas floating tour
After breakfast, your tour guide is ready to take you to enjoy a great floating trip at Peñas Blancas River. Enjoy the abundant wildlife and undeniable beauty surrounding the Peñas Blancas River as you drift down stream for an enchanting and unforgettable experience. Our expert naturalist guides will do the rowing leaving you relaxed and eyes wide open examining the lush rainforest canopy in search of monkeys, sloths, reptiles and other species. You’ll be hands free to take pictures of the nearby iguanas sunning themselves on the passing branches or grab your binoculars to catch a closer look of a tropical bird. Upon exiting the river we’ll visit “The Hidalgo Family Home” where you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate a piece of Costa Rican culture and get a taste of a traditional Costa Rican snack. After the tour return to the hotel to relax. At about 6:00 p.m. your English speaking tour guide and transportation will be ready to take you to the fantastic Tabacon Grand Spa, where the group will enjoy a fantastic relaxing time at the hot springs waters. Dinner will be offer at the Tabacon Grand Spa. (B, Snack, D)
Recommended: Repellent, water bottle, sun block, comfortable clothes, Camera and Shoes (you may get wet up to your ankles) better bring kind of water shoes. For the Tabacon we recommend to take a swimming suit.
Day includes: Breakfast, snack, dinner, private transportation, English speaking guide, floating
trip at Peñas Blancas River, equipment, visit to the Tabacon Grand spa, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: 4* Hotel Magic Mountain or similar
February 16th, 2015 (Tuesday)
Arenal – Tamarindo
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to the north Pacific coast to the beautiful Tamarindo Beach. Enjoy your time in the Pacific! (B, D)
Day includes: Breakfast, private transportation, English speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Group dinner in Tamarindo
Overnight: 4* Hotel Tamarindo Diria pool view room or similar
February 17th, 2015 (Wednesday)
Sunset sailing cruise
During the morning you will have time to relax and enjoy the beach. Around noon you will board the great catamaran to enjoy a sailing cruise on the calm waters of the pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink prepared and served by our crew as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the ever helpful crew prepares a light lunch of Vegetarian fare, Fish and pasta salad, fruit, “Pico de gallo” (Salsa and chips), guacamole and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The Catamarans will set sail and you will hear the waves slide along the giant catamaran as the sun sets, illuminating the clouds left in the sky.
Day includes: (B, Light lunch, D)
Breakfast, sunset sailing cruise, English speaking crew, open bar on board the catamaran, light lunch, snorkeling equipment, lodging and hotel taxes.
group dinner in Tamarindo
Overnight: Hotel Tamarindo Diria 4* in Pool view room
February 18th, 2015 (Thursday)
Transfer to the International Airport
At the pre-arranged time, and according to the international flight schedule, the participants of the group will be transferred from the hotel to the international Airport of Liberia to take the international flight back.
Day includes: Breakfast, English speaking tour guide and private transportation.
- 3 nights lodging at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 4* hotel in San Jose
- 2 nights lodging at the Magic Mountain hotel 4* in Arenal
- 2 nights lodging at Tamarindo Diria 4* hotel Pool view room in Tamarindo
- Private transportation from day 1 to day 8
- English speaking tour guide from day 1 to day 8 (Except Saturday)
- Tour to Dokka coffee plantation
- Special Shabbat visit with the Jewish community of San Jose
- Visit to Sarchi typical town
- Tour to the Arenal Hanging bridges
- Floating tour at Peñas Blancas river & Safety equipment
- Visit to the Tabacon Grand Spa and thermal waters
- Sunset sailing cruise
- – Breakfast
- – dinners
- Entrance fees
- Sales and service taxes
In San Jose, at Crowne Plaza Corobici 4* Standard room or similar
In Arenal, at Hotel Magic Mountain 4 * Standard room or similar
In Tamarindo, at Tamarindo Diria 4* Pool View or similar
Net prices per person:
$ 2,395 – USD per person in double occupancy
$ 2,964. – USD per person for single occupancy
Plus Air $790 including bus from Temple to EWR and return
Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants, Boat crew and porterage $120 Per person
Price valid for a minimum of 20 passengers
Price valid from February 11th to 18th, 2016
Tips for driver and tour guide not included
Vegetarian and dairy options provided for all meals.
United air 2/11,2016 #1080 EWR to SJO Departs 7:!5 AM arrive 11:45 AM SAME DAY
Return 2/18 United 1446 Depart Liberia CR 2”:11pm arrive 8:25 PM EWR
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