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Highlights of Costa Rica by Abercrombie and Kent
Simply the Best 

9 Day Tour
Highlights of Costa Rica by Abercrombie and Kent


    Explore the incredible beauty of one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries — where unique varieties of plants and animals thrive and multiply.

    The A&K Advantage 

    • Expert naturalist guide as your Tour Director
    • Private wine and cheese reception in Monteverde
    • Private meeting in Monteverde with a local conservationist who offers insight
    • Family-style dinner at a local hacienda
    • Private twin-engine charter flights throughout your journey
    • Lake Arenal boat crossing, reducing drive times and providing you with the best views possible

    Not included: travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide; personal expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the itinerary;  communication charges; laundry.

    (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner


    DAY 1: USA or Canada/San José, Costa Rica
    Arrive in San José and transfer to your hotel. Marriott Hotel

    DAY 2: San José/Monteverde
    Stop at Nectandra Botanical Garden for lunch en route to Monteverde and its nearby Cloud Forest. Founded by a group of Quakers in 1954, Monteverde is a peaceful community of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service-providers who joined together to create a model for sustainable development and environmental protection. Tonight, meet for a private wine and cheese reception and presentation showcasing its history, flora and fauna, preparing you for your cloud forest visit tomorrow. Monteverde Lodge B L D

    DAY 3: Monteverde
    Visit the enchanting Butterfly Garden, located in the scenic Tilarán Mountains, where you have the chance to closely observe these wonderful creatures. This afternoon explore the unique and spectacular Cloud Forest Reserve, containing six ecologically diverse habitats. As many as 400 species of birds, 490 butterfly species, 100 species of mammals and a staggering 1,500 species of plants reside here. Later, meet with one of the original Quaker settlers of the area, Marvin Rockwell. Monteverde Lodge B L D

    DAY 4: Monteverde/Fortuna (Arenal)
    Travel along scenic gravel roads to Rio Chiquito, then cruise across Lake Arenal on the way to Fortuna. Settle in to your hotel, set on 100 acres overlooking the Arenal Volcano and Arenal River Gorge. You have time to relax before your visit to the Hidalgo family's farm for a traditional dinner and a swim in their hot springs-fed pools. Giant strangler fig and kapok trees provide shade as you enjoy a natural massage from the small cascade of hot spring water. Arenal Nayara Hotel B L D

    DAY 5: Fortuna/Peñas Blancas/Fortuna
    Explore the Arenal region on an excursion with a bird's eye view from a vantage point of 15 hanging bridges poised above the trees. Observe the natural beauty of flowers, lush vegetation and birds as you walk along the beautiful trails that were designed to blend in with the natural environment. Later, embark on an afternoon float trip down the slow-moving Peñas Blancas River in search of the howler monkey, caiman, toucan, sloth and blue jean frog. Arenal Nayara Hotel B L D

    DAY 6: Fortuna/Tortuguero
    Fly to the Caribbean coast this afternoon. Slow moving tropical rivers define the essence of Tortuguero, and you explore its narrow canals by boat in search of wildlife often hidden by thick vines and other flora that often engulf your path. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects over 50,000 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Tortuga Lodge B L D

    DAY 7: Tortuguero
    Continue exploring the canals by boat and visit the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) Museum to learn about the Atlantic green sea turtle or wander the beach where thousands of sea turtle nest from June through October. It is thought that these gentle vegetarians return to nest on the beach where they were born. Optional kayaks and canoes are available to access the most remote areas of Tortuguero National Park at your leisure. Tortuga Lodge B L D

    DAY 8: Tortuguero/San José
    Return this morning to San José. On arrival, transfer to Britt Coffee Plantation for a tour. View the production process from the seed to the roasting plant. This evening gather with your fellow travellers for a festive farewell dinner. Marriott Hotel B L D

    DAY 9: San José/USA or Canada
    Board your homebound flight or continue to your next Latin American destination. B 

    This program contains some active elements and a minimum level of fitness is required.
    Ask for details. 

    Extend your stay to include the beaches of Florblanca Resort — "a celebration of the beauty of Mother Earth." Book this extension as shown or revise it to meet your personal requirements new prices may apply).

    Day 1: San José / Santa Teresa
    Fly to Tambor and transfer to the stunning Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa, located in one of the most unspoiled areas of Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. Florblanca Resort

    Days 2–3: Santa Teresa
    Spend two full days on the beach or poolside. Or enjoy optional activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and cattle roundups, snorkeling, diving, fishing and surfing lessons. Florblanca Resort B

    Day 4: Santa Teresa / San José
    Return to San José and explore at leisure. Real InterContinental Hotel B

    Day 5: San José / USA or Canada
    Board a flight home. B 

    The price shown is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not include international or internal air. † - Family departure. The itinerary for family departures will vary to accommodate family-oriented activities with a minimum age of 10 years old.

    Departures are limited to 22 passengers. CONSIDER AN UPGRADE to a Junior Suite at Real InterContinental Hotel (from $170 per person per night). Ask for details.
    Price Per Person (land arrangements):
    Land arrangements
    Double occupancy..... $3,750
    Single supplement..... $1,015

    Internal Airfare:
    (Fortuna/Tortuguero/San José) (on private charter aircraft)
    Private charter from $625 

    Discovery programs offer A&K service, expertise and style to travellers who want less structure, more individual choices, and a great value in relation to cost. Hotels are generally the best four-star (and occasional five-star) properties available. Maximum group size may range from 20 to 24 participants, but you'll spend less time in a group setting. Escorted sightseeing shows you local highlights and gives you a firm sense of place in each destination - then you're free to explore as you wish, with plenty of options (including hiking, biking and other active alternatives) from which to choose. With fewer meals included, you can indulge your own culinary preferences too.

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9 Day Tour
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From $3750USD
Simply the Best!

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For year 2011, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.

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It’s Simply The Best Way To Travel

Some people collect travel destinations the way others collect Biedermeier furniture or presidents’ autographs.

What’s come onto the market this year? Bhutan? Libya? Mongolia? Why not fly over this summer and add it to the collection?

Others travel for an entirely different set of reasons. Reasons which have less to do with collecting countries (who needs another trophy on the shelf?) than with gathering experience.

If you’re a member of the latter group, you know that, at its best, a journey down the Sepik River or up Mount Kilimanjaro, across Provence or along the Antarctic Peninsula, can change you deeply in ways both tangible and intangible, acknowledged and unavowed.

However, when changing the way you look at the world is one of your travel objectives — when authentic experience matters more to you than casual acquisition — the travel company you choose has a tall order to fill.

That’s where Abercrombie & Kent comes in.

Since 1962, A&K has been doing one thing exceptionally well. We specialize in matching unique people with unique places, and in providing the expertise and (unobtrusive) support that allows them to experience those places fully, at first hand and in their own personal style.

It’s simply the best way to travel. And it requires a unique combination of local knowledge and global organization that only Abercrombie & Kent is equipped to provide.

The travel industry is filled with companies who own only their brochures and a handful of contracts with independent suppliers overseas. In contrast, A&K has its own network of offices (48 and counting) across the globe, staffed full time by A&K professionals. We own and operate luxury camps and lodges in remote destinations to ensure that our clients have access to the best.

And we draw on the knowledge, humor and creativity of an incredible team of staff members and local “friends of A&K,” to bring you face-to-face with an Antarctic iceberg the size of Chartres Cathedral, or make it possible for you to walk around Chartres itself with an expert on its stained glass. To set you down for a private picnic a deux in the middle of the African savannah or give you and the children your own tropical island for a day.

Experience does count. Ours will make yours unforgettable.

A&K - The First Name in Luxury Travel

For more than forty years, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has been internationally recognized as the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in Nairobi, Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend across the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. The company's tours and safaris span the globe from Africa to the Middle East, India and Nepal; from the Orient to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to Central and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management companies ensure the "insider access" that only a local staff can provide.

A&K’s impressive and enticingly varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with comfortable, luxuriant nights. Small group escorted journeys allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise hesitate to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of luxury. Family holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals, and, most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous attention to detail, safety and customer service. These lifestyle-oriented programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel Awards as “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator.”

Geoffrey Kent, who along with Jorie Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while his British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with his parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.

In the 1970s, Geoffrey Kent, who by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered into a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run A&K. They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will surprise and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary guidance-Geoffrey Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice Chairman - Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every turn in the road.

With a philosophy that is governed in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to seemingly limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged access and special insight. Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of Africa's finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground transport vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique travel experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's most beautiful sailing ship.

Abercrombie & Kent's headquarters are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing more than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail, safety issues and service standards.

A deep-rooted concern for the natural world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie Butler Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples. They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie & Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant contributions to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well as to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven continents.

Abercrombie & Kent is proud to have received the following:

Recommend Magazine
“Best Africa/Middle East Tour Operator” - December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
Men’s Journal
“10 Great Companies to Work For” - November 2004 
“Best of the Web” - April 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Elite Traveler
“Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu”, Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
World Travel Awards
 “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator” - 2003
 “World’s Leading Villa Operator” - 2003
Travel + Leisure Magazine
 “Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2), 1999 (#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
 “Top Guides in Africa” – Joseph Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Conde Nast Traveler
“Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 15 African Safari Camps”
   Olonana and Chief’s Camp - 2004
   Chief’s Camp - 2003
   Chobe Chilwero -2002
“The World’s Best Places to Stay,” Gold List
   Chief’s Camp - January 2004
   Chobe Chilwero - 2003
“The Greatest Travel Pros on Earth”
“A&K has access to places and people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a whiz with logistics.” - 2003
"Reader’s Choice: Top 20 Small-Ship Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Gavin Ford, “15 Best Safari Guides” - 2002
Ecotourism Award – Special Mention - 1996
Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
"World's Best Tour Operator” - 2004 (#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
“Favorite Hideway Resorts of the Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
“Favorite Worldwide Travel Adventures”, Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
“Previewing Heaven: 15 Worldwide Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
“Top 20 Hideaway Gems,” World’s Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
Travel Agent Magazine
“Leaders in Luxury,” Geoffrey Kent - 2002
World Travel & Tourism Council
Green Award for Corporate Social Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Town & Country
Gavin Ford, “Top Guides in Africa” - 2001
Queen’s Award for Enterprise
(A&K Europe) - 2001, 2000
Chevron Conservation Award
Jorie Butler Kent - 1999
Environmental Award - 1992

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