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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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Don’t miss out on one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities — an Arenal Volcano and Tabacón hot springs tour! The day trip from San Jose includes a visit to Arenal 1968 viewpoint, a perfect place to take amazing pictures of the volcano. Continue to the artisan town of Sarchí, savor lunch in La Fortuna and finish at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, relaxing in naturally heated pools and enjoying dinner. This tour is limited to 20 people, providing a small-group experience.
  • Spectacular views as you trek through Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Bathe in the thermal pools and waterfalls of Tabacón hot springs
  • Typical Costa Rican lunch and buffet dinner included
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from San Jose
What to Expect
Your tour begins with morning pickup from your central San Jose hotel. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minivan, set out the journey to La Fortuna. Your first stop is in Sarchí, a town known for traditional handicrafts. Browse the artisan workshops and perhaps pick up souvenirs. On arrival in La Fortuna, head to a restaurant for lunch and tuck into delicious Costa Rican cuisine. After lunch, continue into Arenal Volcano National Park and take an easy hike around the volcano’s base. Follow the Mirador Arenal trail, trekking through lava fields. Spend the rest of the afternoon at Tabacón hot springs, relaxing in naturally heated thermal pools and lagoons that range in temperature from 77 to 102°F (25 to 38°C). After free time at the resort, enjoy a buffet dinner as the sun sets over the park. Your tour ends with drop-off at your San Jose hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner - Buffet dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Arenal Volcano
  • Entry/Admission - Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of two passengers is required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear light clothing, comfortable shoes and bring a bathing suit and towel
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The bus trip is too long when the bus seats are too close and your long Norwegian legs have no room. IT was raining so we did not see much of the vulcano, but interesting enough. The hot springs are fantastic, but too much time...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Nibrejo
Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Gray Line Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Nibrejo, thanks for your comment, Arenal Volcano and the hot springs are wonderful, we are very happy to know that you could enjoy it!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive from San Jose to Arenal is too long and hard for a comfortable one day trip. The roads twist and turn and range from good to badly rutted. Your body constantly braces against the jolts. Fortunately our driver was excellent. The view of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Gary W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great time at both places. Our tour guide Carlos was helpful and nice. Tabacon hot springs is never a disappointment and dinner towards the end of the evening was delicious! If you're visiting Costa Rica for the first time,it's a MUST...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Destinationz7611j
Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

The tour is volcano arenal and hot springs water, the guide Skip the volcano tour and when directly to the springs water, we spend too much time on the springs water because of the skipping the volcano tour

2  Thank joserN2615OP
Reviewed August 5, 2019

Gray Line is a very organized company and they will provide what they say they will. For our trip, we had 10 people so we went in a Sprinter type van, which was very comfortable for being a van. BE WARNED, the drive up is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Sweeneaux
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Response from chiquitag2019 | Reviewed this property |
We had 3 hours in the springs and then 1 hour of dinner time on site after the springs.
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  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
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