Tropical Adventures in Costa Rica and Panama - Handpicked Itineraries
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Explore Central America with this immersive itinerary to Costa Rica and Panama, staying in some of the region's most exclusive hotels! Starting in Costa Rica, you'll experience the beautiful Alajuela Province and Arenal National Park before jetting off to the glitzy Panama City. After seeing the city's top sights, you'll be off to island paradise at the glorious Isla Palenque where you can fully unwind in the tropical surroundings. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 3 Nights at the 5 star El Silencio Lodge and Spa
  • 2 Nights at the 5 star Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • 3 Nights at the 5 star Bristol Panama
  • 5 Nights at the 5 star Isla Palenque
Day 1
Fly from San José to UK

You've made it! After a long flight through multiple time zones, you've finally touched down in San José, Costa Rica's vibrant capital. Once you've collected your luggage, you'll be met by your private chauffeur who will swiftly take you to the 5-star El Silencio Lodge and Spa, situated north-west of San José in Costa Rica's lush mountains...

Day 1
3 nights at El Silencio Lodge and Spa

This really is a retreat in nature; nestled in a 500-acre private cloud forest reserve, El Silencio Lodge and Spa is simply paradise, offering breathtaking rainforest views and sublime eco-luxury. Whether you want to take this time to unwind and relax or head out into nature on a whole host of exhilarating activities, this is the best place to properly immerse yourself in Costa Rica's beautiful landscape. 

Day 1-4
Costa Rica Cloud Forest

With 51% of its land classed as rainforest, Costa Rica is a gateway to another world, its verdant canopies home to more than 500,000 of the world's species. After a refreshing sleep, you'll wake up to the lush, steaming greens of the cloud forest, a magical environment characterised by waterfalls, rivers, and a tropical forest reserve, with sloths and toucans hiding in the trees. 

During your stay in the region, you'll experience a tropical torch-lit forest dinner, where you and your partner will taste mouthwatering dishes created using farm-to-table ingredients from the lodge's organic farm. As well as this, you'll have the chance to fully unwind as you make the most of soothing spa treatments and revitalising yoga sessions. For the more adventurous, we particularly recommend heading out into nature to go hiking on mesmerising cloud forest trails and zip-lining adventures through the rainforest canopy; your Luxury Travel Specialist can add any of these excursions to your itinerary. 

Day 4
Road transfer from El Silencio Lodge and Spa to Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

After 3 replenishing nights at El Silencio Lodge and Spayou're now looking forward to heading to Costa Rica's renowned Arenal National Park, home to the iconic Arenal Volcano! After you've woken up and enjoyed a splendorous breakfast, you'll be collected by your private chauffeur who will take you to your next hotel; sit back and watch as the mesmerising natural surroundings change around you. 

Day 4
2 nights at Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

The only resort in Costa Rica's Arenal region with natural hot springs, Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa is a truly unique place to stay, its lush rainforest surroundings perfect for a luxurious retreat in nature. With an outdoor spa, dedicated wellness centre and two sumptuous restaurants, you won't ever want to leave this tropical haven.

Day 4-6
Arenal National Park

The Arenal National Park is like the Garden of Eden, a lush paradise of cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers and hot springs. The jewel of this breathtaking natural haven is undeniably the Arenal Volcano, a sublime peak that protrudes majestically through the rainforest. 

Whilst staying in the region, we highly recommend hiking around Arenal Volcano, where you'll discover old lava fields and breathtaking rainforest trails. As well as this, you'll be able to experience zip lining tours, rainforest suspension bridges and kayaking on Lake Arenal, perfect for those seeking adventure! Your Luxury Travel Specialist can add any of these excursions to your itinerary. What really sets the Arenal National Park though is its natural hot springs; at Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spayou can soak in water that's 30°C as you listen to the soothing sounds of the rainforest.

Day 6
Fly from Panama City to San José

After an incredible time in the rainforest, you're now excited to head further south to Costa Rica's eclectic neighbour, Panama! After being met by your private chauffeur, you'll be taken on a scenic journey back to San José, where you'll head to the airport to catch your flight to Panama City. As you take to the skies for your short 1 hour and 20 minute flight, you can gaze at the rainforest scenery down below. Once you've landed and collected your luggage, you'll be taken by private car transfer to the 5-star Bristol Panamasituated in the heart of the city. 

Day 6
2 nights at The Bristol Panama

The Bristol Panama is your elegant retreat in Panama City, its classic interiors and emphasis on 5-star hospitality meaning that you'll feel truly comfortable and looked-after during your stay. With gourmet cuisine, an outdoor swimming pool and a dedicated spa, this is the place to unwind and escape from the bustle of the city. 

Day 6-8
Panama City

There is more to Panama City than it's canal; characterised by its modern architecture, vibrant beaches and colonial-era Casco Viejo district, Panama City is an amalgamation of cultures and history, an Aladdin's Cave of wonders that will continue to surprise you. 

That being said, you must begin with a trip to the Panama Canal, Panama's most well-known icon. With construction starting in 1881, the Panama Canal is now a bustling man-made waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, with approximately 13,000 to 14,000 vessels passing through each year! Whilst in the city, we also recommend embarking on a tour of the Colonial Old Town of Casco Viejo, where you can try sumptuous Panamanian cuisine, or, for shopping lovers, visiting the designer malls at the city's flashy, modern waterfront. 

Day 8
Fly from David to Panama City

You've had a blast in Panama City, but you're now feeling ready for tropical beach paradise! After being met at your hotel, you'll be taken to the airport for a short 35 minute flight to David, a city in northern Panama with easy access to the Pacific coast. Once landed, you'll be taken by private car transfer to the port, where you'll then take a boat to the gorgeous Isla Palenque.

Day 8
5 nights at Isla Palenque

One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, Isla Palenque is a world away from the bustle and stress of everyday life, its idyllic location exemplifying its strong focus on eco-luxury. With beautiful Beachfront Casitas inspired by the island, you can enjoy exquisite dining, exhilarating watersports and invigorating spa treatments. 

Day 8-13
Isla Palenque

Exclusive, exotic, tropical: these are just a few words that come to mind when conjuring Isla Palenque. Located within Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park, this untouched, tropical island is a gateway to paradise, its serene natural surroundings simply stunning to all who visit. 

Whatever your interests, you can always be prepared to discover something new during your stay. With activities including jungle hikes, island hopping, snorkelling, whale watching and paddle-boarding, there is ample opportunity to embrace the tropical nature of Panama. We particularly love the island's largest beach, Playa Palenque, perfect for swimming and watching the sunset; and also the location for island bonfires, sunset cocktails and beach picnics. As well as this, you can choose to unwind and indulge in pampering wellness treatments and beachfront yoga sessions for that much-needed 'me' time. 

Day 13
Fly from UK to David

Your time at Isla Palenque has sadly come to an end! After taking the boat back to the mainland, you'll be taken by private car transfer back to David airport, where you'll catch a flight to Panama City. After enjoying a final night at The Bristol Panamayou'll then be taken to the airport for your flight back to the UK. As you take to the skies, you think back to the incredible time you had in Costa Rica and Panama, and look forward to start planning your next adventure. Wherever you decide to go, your Luxury Travel Specialist will be ready and waiting to organise your next luxury holiday. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 3 Nights at the 5 star El Silencio Lodge and Spa
  • 2 Nights at the 5 star Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
  • 3 Nights at the 5 star Bristol Panama
  • 5 Nights at the 5 star Isla Palenque
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