Tour Overview

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • All transportation between cities and within the itinerary, including transfers
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Five breakfasts and five dinners
  • Visit to Mercado Central
  • Guided tour of San José
  • Admission to Teatro Nacional
  • Admission to Tabacón Hot Springs
  • Visit to Sarchí
  • Admission to Doka Estates coffee tour
  • Admission to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Admission to Poás Volcano National Park
  • Visit to Espadilla Beach
  • Admission to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Free Tour Leaders 1 Per 15 Paying Students
  • Zoni Tour Manager

Day 1: Arrival in San José

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica.

Meet your Zoni Tour Manager at the hotel to drop off luggage.

Visit the Mercado Central, a vibrant market offering a variety of local products, crafts, and fresh foods where you will have lunch on your own

Enjoy a guided walking tour of San José's historic center, discovering its colonial architecture, bustling plazas, and cultural landmarks.

Take a tour of the Teatro Nacional, an exquisite neoclassical theater showcasing stunning architecture and rich cultural history.

Have dinner at a local restaurant, savoring Costa Rican cuisine.

Check in and rest at the hotel, getting ready for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2: Arenal Adventure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for La Fortuna, a picturesque town located near the famed Arenal Volcano.

Have lunch at a restaurant near the hot springs on your own.

Immerse yourselves in relaxation at the Tabacón Hot Springs, indulging in the warm thermal waters surrounded by lush rainforest.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano, an active stratovolcano that dominates the landscape.

Return to your hotel in La Fortuna for dinner.

Day 3: Sarchí, Coffee Tour, and Waterfall Beauty

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in La Fortuna.

Visit Sarchí, a town renowned for its incredible wood crafts and vibrant oxcarts, and shop for souvenirs.

Enjoy lunch on your own at a local eatery.

Take a coffee tour at Doka Estates, where you'll learn about the coffee cultivation process, from bean to cup, and have the chance to taste freshly brewed coffee.

Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a nature park boasting beautiful waterfalls, lush gardens, and various wildlife habitats. You'll be able to visit the zoo, the aviary, and the butterfly garden before hiking to the waterfall for stunning photo opportunities.

Dine at a local restaurant with spectacular mountain views.

Check in at your hotel and prepare for another exciting day.

Day 4: Volcanic Beauty and Coastal Exploration

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Explore Poás Volcano National Park, home to the world's second largest active craters, surrounded by cloud forest.

Depart for Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and pristine beaches.

Have lunch on your own at a scenic location en route to your next destination.

Arrive at Manuel Antonio and relax on Espadilla Beach.

Check into your hotel to freshen up.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Manuel Antonio.

Day 5: Manuel Antonio National Park

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Manuel Antonio.

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park's trails, spotting monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds.

Have lunch at a beachside restaurant.

Relax on the sandy beaches and swim in the clear waters all while keeping an eye out for the local wildlife.

Enjoy some free time to explore the area and shop.

Dinner at the hotel in Manuel Antonio.

Day 6: Departure

Have breakfast at the hotel in Manuel Antonio.

Transfer to the airport for your departure, bringing back cherished memories of your Costa Rican adventure.

Must Know

Diverse Experiences: This itinerary offers a well-rounded experience encompassing city exploration, natural wonders, cultural immersion, and relaxation so students gain a comprehensive understanding of Costa Rica.

Educational Opportunities: Students will have the chance to learn about Costa Rican history, culture, and conservation efforts through visits to historic sites, national parks, and local markets, fostering a deeper appreciation for global awareness and sustainability.

Adventure and Relaxation: From soaking in natural hot springs to exploring waterfalls, volcanoes, and beaches, this itinerary balances adventure and relaxation.

Professional Guidance: With guided tours, expert insights, and carefully selected attractions, this itinerary offers a hassle-free and enriching experience, allowing the school group to fully immerse themselves in Costa Rica's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

  • Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. Basic Spanish phrases can be helpful, especially in non-touristy areas. Embrace the laidback "pura vida" lifestyle the country is known for, which emphasizes a positive outlook and appreciation for life, and go with the flow.
  • Costa Rica has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Weather can vary widely depending on the region you're visiting and the altitudes. Be sure to pack layers so that you can stay comfortable throughout your tour.
  • The standard voltage in Costa Rica is 120 volts AC. This voltage is supplied at a frequency of 60 Hz and is the same as what is available in the United States, so you won't need an adapter. Be advised, however, that while power quality in Costa Rica is generally reliable, occasional power outages can occur, especially in more remote areas.
  • The local currency is the Costa Rican Colón (CRC). It is advised that you carry a small amount of cash in the local currency when you travel, but you will also have access to cash through ATMs throughout the country. Contact your bank before traveling to prevent problems.
  • Costa Rica boasts the highest density of biodiversity of any country in the world, so be sure to keep an eye out for the stunning plant and animal life. Remember that while you are observing wildlife in their natural habitats, you should maintain a respectful distance and avoid feeding them.

  • Travel time to and from various parts of the country may modify these itineraries.
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date.
  • It is your responsibility to determine if you need a visa to enter Costa Rica, and ensure you have the necessary travel authorizations.
  • Itineraries are fully customizable.
  • Flexible payment plans are available.

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We offer a wide variety of customized educational itineraries based upon your curriculum requests and budget.

Tour inclusions vary depending on your itinerary, but all include transportation, accommodations, venue admissions, and most meals (as outlined in your proposal).

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Yes. All itineraries are fully customizable based upon your desired destination, curriculum requests, and budget needs.

Because we fully customize every itinerary, we can offer tours to any and every age group.

No, Zoni educational tours are not limited to school students alone. They can be arranged for college students, adult learners, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, language organizations, home-school co-ops, cultural schools/organizations, businesses, or individuals with an interest in acquiring knowledge and exploring new environments.

Absolutely. We cater to various group sizes, including homeschoolers, with fully customizable itineraries.

We require a minimum of ten paying passengers per group. We have no maximum group size.

Planning should begin as soon as possible. International travel is typically planned 12-18 months before departure.

Zoni Educational travel tours have trained Tour Managers and Tour Leaders accompanying the group. For domestic travel there will be one Tour Leader for every 10 students and for international travel, there will be one Tour Leader for every 6 students.

The Tour Leader is a representative from your school. The Tour Manager is affiliated with Zoni Tours and is well versed in the destinations visited.

Yes, for domestic travel we offer one free tour leader per ten paying passengers. For international travel, we offer one free tour leader per six paying passengers.

The itineraries listed on our website include examples of destinations that we travel to, but we are happy to customize a tour of any destination you wish to visit.

While many of our domestic tours are two-night/three-day itineraries, we can customize a tour for any desired length of time.

Your transportation needs will be provided by Zoni Tours, unless otherwise noted in your proposal.

Full names, dates of birth, emergency contacts, dietary restrictions, and any other relevant information needed for your itinerary.

Students and tour leaders will be responsible for securing traveler documents and information. Zoni will keep digital copies of passports and visas for international travel in case of emergency.

All forms are signed at registration along with terms and conditions. Documentation required by your school or organization may vary.

No. Group travel is secured under one booking.

No, seats will be assigned at the time of booking.

While not guaranteed, Zoni Tours will do everything possible to accommodate this request.

Flight changes are available at your own expense, subject to group leaders' approval.

Zoni Tours will accommodate special needs per ADA and section 504. We can secure accommodations in motorcoaches, hotels, and most eateries. However, elements of certain itineraries are not accessible to wheelchairs and other devices. Please make your Educational Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs when you begin your travel planning.