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Program #21201RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations of up to 6,500 ft.

Itinerary for Jan 21 — Feb 3, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Attractive hotel located within 5-10 minutes drive of La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, in the city's vibrant Zona 10. Spacious rooms and a variety of amenities cater to business travelers as well as vacationing families.

Ship Information: Not applicable.

Contact info:
1a. Avenida 12-46, Zona 10
Guatemala City, 01010 Guatemala
phone: +502-2-4215151
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, coffee maker, flat panel TV, hair dryer, internet access, iron/ironing board, complimentary newspaper, event rooms, mini bar, radio alarm clock, and safety deposity box.

Facility amenities: Airport transportation (at additional cost/reservation required), business center, 24 hr bar/lounge, executive desk with internet access on most floors, gym, restaurant, WiFi, laundry services, mobile phone rental, shoe shining services, travel agency, terrace whirlpool, massage services, and shops.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, January 21 - Depart the U.S./Arrivals in Guatemala City, Guate...
Arrive To: International arrival in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Upon arrival proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting just outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign.

Transfer to your hotel.


Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel built along the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Contact info:
Final Calle Santander
Atitlan, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-7622326
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com

Room amenities: Tile floors and fireplace.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Thursday, January 22 - Atitlan - Chichicastenango Market/Lake Atitlan.
Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a program orientation led by your group leader for Guatemala.

Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Lecture: An Overview of Guatemala Today.

Depart for the highland town of Chichicastenango, for a field trip to its infamous market.

"Chichi," as it is locally known, is the site of a colorful, indigenous market. Mayans from miles around come on Thursdays and Sundays to sell their products and produce. It is also here that the locals meet to exchange gossip and information and purchase household essentials.

While in Chichicastenango, we will also pay a visit to the Santo Tomás Church to examine the melding of Maya religions and Christianity. Group leader commentary: The Religious Rituals of the People of Guatemala.


Lunch: At a local restaurant in Chichicastenango adjacent to the market.


Afternoon: After lunch transfer to Panajachel on the shores of scenic Lake Atitlan.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Enjoy some time at leisure to take in the beauty of the lake and its surroundings.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Atitlan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel built along the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Contact info:
Final Calle Santander
Atitlan, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-7622326
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com

Room amenities: Tile floors and fireplace.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Friday, January 23 - Lake Atitlan - Culture and Customs of Surrounding...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: This morning take a boat transfer to the village of Santiago La Laguna for a visit with the notorious Maximón. Group leader commentary: Paying Tribute to Maximon, a Mayan "Saint."

Maximón is a “saint” worshipped in various forms by the Mayan people of several towns in the highlands of western Guatemala. His origins are not well known though he is believed to be a form of the pre-Colombian Maya god Mam, blended with influences from Catholicism.

Maximón is represented by an effigy which resides in a different house each year. Devotees visit offering money, spirits and cigars or cigarettes to gain his favor in exchange for good health, good crops, and marriage counseling etc. His expensive tastes in alcohol and cigarettes indicate that he is a very human character, very different from the ascetic ideals of Christian sainthood.

Visit with a Maya priestess and witness a traditional religious ceremony.

Spiritual ceremonies are a large part of the Maya culture. Their calendars provide them with many occasions to have ceremonies. Ceremonies are usually held in private areas located on sacred sites. They include purification rites followed by prayers, chanting and giving thanks and asking for certain requests. All ceremonies involve the burning of incense. The Mayas have been carrying out these ceremonies for more than 5,000 years.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Boat transfer from Santiago La Laguna to Santa Catarina. Transfer from Santa Catarina back to Panajachel.

Return to the hotel followed by time at leisure to explore Panajachel on your own.

Lecture: Lake Atitlan: One of the Most Beautiful and Mystical Lakes in the World.


Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Time at leisure at the hotel.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Atitlan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Historic hotel located a few blocks from the town's main square. Inner courtyards, tiled roofs, fountains and antique furnishings give guests the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Contact info:
5ta Avenida Norte No. 17
Antigua, 000000 Guatemala
phone: +502-8320291
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com/

Room amenities: Fireplaces and antique furniture.

Facility amenities: Conference rooms, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Saturday, January 24 - Antigua - The History and Colonial Architecture o...
Antigua - The History and Colonial Architecture of a UNESCO World Heritage Site/The Fondas of Antigua.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast, check-out of hotel and begin transfer to Antigua.

In Antigua you can go back in time and also experience the newness that is part of Guatemalan culture today. By the 1980s, an array of cultural activities including art galleries, performing arts, popular arts, films, forums, and cultural life began to redirect the former focus of religious activities which previously consumed the city. This is caused in part by the numerous visitors and the more than 80 Spanish schools which provide an economic base to the city's population. Known as "La Antigua Guatemala," this colonial capital was founded with the name of Santiago de Guatemala in 1543. Today, still about the same size as in colonial times, Antigua's cobble-stone streets and colonial architecture depict more than 50 monumental buildings including convents, monasteries, churches and chapels around the main square. With the blending of the old with the new, Congress passed a Protective Law for La Antigua Guatemala for the protection of historical buildings and areas that gives much of the city its colonial character.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: Lecture: History of Antigua and its Cultural Influences.

Accompany a local author and historian on a walking orientation to Antigua. Discover the cultural and political history of Guatemala's most beautiful colonial city.

Visit the Santo Domingo Museum with a local expert.

Return to the hotel.

Enjoy a pre-dinner presentation on the "Fondas of Antigua."


Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At your leisure.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Historic hotel located a few blocks from the town's main square. Inner courtyards, tiled roofs, fountains and antique furnishings give guests the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Contact info:
5ta Avenida Norte No. 17
Antigua, 000000 Guatemala
phone: +502-8320291
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com/

Room amenities: Fireplaces and antique furniture.

Facility amenities: Conference rooms, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Sunday, January 25 - Antigua - The Textilles and Music of Guatemala's ...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Lecture: Textiles of the Highlands of Guatemala.

Visit to the San Antonio Aguas Calientes Textile Cooperative. Spend time with some of the region's master weavers and learn about local textiles and traditional techniques during an interactive demonstration.

Return to the hotel.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: Field trip to Casa K’ojom Music Museum for a look at the evolution of Mayan music.

Lecture: The Evolution of Maya Music.

Casa K’ojom is a private, educational, non-profit research center and museum, dedicated to research, preservation, and dissemination of traditional music of the Mayan communities of Guatemala. Since 1984, founder and current Director Samuel Franco has carried out extensive field work, through several expeditions to different Maya areas during their local Patron Saint celebrations and other rituals, recording their music and photographing their contemporary ceremonies. The museum houses an important audiovisual archive including sound recordings, photographs, and video footage.

Time at leisure.


Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Attractive lakefront property located 45 minutes away from the Tikal National Park.

Contact info:
1 calle, 5-01, Zona 1
Santa Elena Flores, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-9260880
web: www.petenesplendido.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, direct dial telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry services, pool, conference room, and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, January 26 - Flores - The Production of Gourmet Coffee/Fly to ...
Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.


Morning: Field trip to Finca Colombia coffee plantation for a visit with its 4th generation owners. Learn about the history of the farm and witness the production of gourmet coffee.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Transfer to the Guatemala City airport to catch a flight to Flores.

Arrive in Flores and transfer to the hotel.

Flores is usually used as a base for trips to Tikal. The quaint town is set on an island in Lake Petén Itzá and has a Mediterranean style architecture and unique history.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Peten Esplendido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Attractive lakefront property located 45 minutes away from the Tikal National Park.

Contact info:
1 calle, 5-01, Zona 1
Santa Elena Flores, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-9260880
web: www.petenesplendido.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, direct dial telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry services, pool, conference room, and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, January 27 - Flores/Tikal - Tikal National Park and Museum - U...
Flores/Tikal - Tikal National Park and Museum - UNESCO World Heritage Site/Walking Orientation to Flores.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Field trip to Tikal National Park archaeological site. During this activity, enjoy on-site instruction on the history and architecture of this impressive Maya complex.

Tikal, with its massive temples rising high above the Petén Jungle, is the kind of exotic place one would expect to see in an Indiana Jones movie. Walking within this enormous archaeological complex can be overwhelming if not accompanied by a knowledgeable guide or a good map. During its apogee in the Classic Period, Tikal was the center of a powerful kingdom that dominated the region both economically and politically. The remains of this once vibrant city are still impressive and include more than 4,000 structures and six of the tallest temples of its kind (some are over 200 feet tall!).


Lunch: At the ruins.


Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the ruins.

Return to Flores for a walking orientation to the town.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Peten Esplendido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences, and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Contact info:
General Cañas Highway
5 km south from International Airport
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview

Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability
Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Wednesday, January 28 - Fly to San José via Guatemala City/Biodiversity o...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Transfer to the Flores airport to catch a flight to Guatemala City.

Arrive in Guatemala City. While at the airport, we will obtain our boarding passes for the flight to San José and will also check-in our luggage.

City orientation to Guatemala City including a visit to a local museum.

Please note that depending on flight schedule this orientation to the city might be skipped and lunch might be at the airport.


Lunch: At local restaurant.


Afternoon: Return to the Guatemala City airport and say goodbye to your Guatemala Group Leader before you board the flight to San José, Costa Rica.

Arrive in San José and meet your Costa Rican Group Leader and transfer to the hotel.

Orientation to the program and lecture before dinner.

Get to know your Costa Rican group leader during a welcome session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Pre-dinner lecture: History and Biodiversity of Costa Rica.


Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Pacific highlands of Costa Rica (approx. 4,500 ft above sea level), just a few minutes from the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 07-5655
Monteverde, Costa Rica
phone: +50626455046
web: www.monteverdemountainhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, telephone, and safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Private forest reserve with trails, conference room, bar and restaurant, jacuzzi, and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Thursday, January 29 - Monteverde - Monteverde Skywalk/Conservation and ...
Monteverde - Monteverde Skywalk/Conservation and Development of the Cloud Forest.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast transfer to Monteverde. The drive will take about 4 hours, with some stops on the way.


Lunch: En route at a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Excursion to the Monteverde Sky Walk.

The Monteverde Skywalk gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature via a network of forest trails and hanging bridges (suspension bridges) that traverse the cloud forest. The Skywalk was built to protect the environment while allowing visitors to enjoy the forest from different viewpoints. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings while listening to a site lecture.

This walk includes about 1 ½ miles of trails and 5 suspended bridges across deep canyons at the level of the treetops. The longest bridge is about 800 feet in length.

Lecture: Conservation and Development of the Monteverde Area and the Cloud Forest.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Hotel Montaña Monteverde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Pacific highlands of Costa Rica (approx. 4,500 ft above sea level), just a few minutes from the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 07-5655
Monteverde, Costa Rica
phone: +50626455046
web: www.monteverdemountainhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, telephone, and safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Private forest reserve with trails, conference room, bar and restaurant, jacuzzi, and sauna.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Friday, January 30 - Monteverde - Cloud Forest Reserve and Hummin...
Monteverde -
Cloud Forest Reserve and Hummingbird Gallery/Bat Jungle/The Quaker Story.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Field trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Hummingbird Gallery to learn about the ecology and natural history of the montane forest habitat.

The edges of this rich forest habitat, often cloaked in clouds and blowing mist, are home to more than 350 avian species and myriad other creatures and critters. The Monteverde area is perhaps most famous for its breeding Resplendent Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, and Bare-necked Umbrellabirds. While these charismatic species can be elusive, a host of other cloud forest birds and amphibians are found in the area.

Return to the hotel to freshen-up before lunch.



Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: Afternoon visit to the Bat Jungle.

The Bat Jungle offers a world class bat exhibit, designed to introduce you to the incredible world of bats. You will see how the live bats fly through a simulated jungle environment, which houses 90 bats of 8 different species in a 57 foot long enclosure. Designed and operated by Dr. Richard K. Laval, a well-known bat biologist.

Before dinner lecture: The Quaker Story.

In 1951 a group of American Quakers, fearful of their nation's growing militarism, fled the United States. The Quakers found Costa Rica, a nation without a military, to be the most inviting nation for their pacifist beliefs. This group settled Monteverde and made plans to transform the area into profitable farmland. They developed a fairly successful cheese industry but they also recognized the delicate nature of the land and helped establish the area's first wildlife sanctuary.


Dinner: At a local home - Quaker style.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Montaña Monteverde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel located near the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park, within walking distance of the beach.

Contact info:
Next to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance
Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
phone: +506-27775333
web: www.hotelsanbada.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a private balcony with garden or ocean views, private bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV. WiFi, minibar, safety deposit box, and phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Saturday, January 31 - Manuel Antonio - Transfer to Central Pacific Regi...
Manuel Antonio - Transfer to Central Pacific Region/Outrigger Kayaking/Protecting Costa Rica's Squirrel Monkeys.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and begin transfer to Costa Rica's Central Pacific region.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Outrigger Kayaking, Jaco Beach.

Outrigger canoes have been plying the ocean waters for centuries and the Polynesians invented this perfect craft. With up to eight paddlers and a guide, paddle past spectacular cliffs where frigate birds and pelicans take harbor. These boats are incredibly stable, comfortable and easy to paddle. If conditions are favorable, there will be time for snorkeling, beach combing or bird watching.

Continue transfer to Manuel Antonio. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel and check-in.

Before dinner lecture: Protecting Costa Rica's Squirrel Monkeys.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel San Bada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel located near the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park, within walking distance of the beach.

Contact info:
Next to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance
Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
phone: +506-27775333
web: www.hotelsanbada.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a private balcony with garden or ocean views, private bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV. WiFi, minibar, safety deposit box, and phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Sunday, February 01 - Manuel Antonio - Manuel Antonio National Park/Fre...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Morning field trip to Manuel Antonio National Park with on-site commentary by group leader.

Manuel Antonio National Park is probably the most popular destination for travelers to Costa Rica and is a must on anyone’s itinerary. From sloths to monkeys, the park encompasses an amazing range of biodiversity. Despite the park’s fairly small size (about 1,700 acres) visitors can enter in a rainforest and walk straight to the beach. Unfortunately, the park’s beauty has also exacerbated its problems. As more people make their way to Manuel Antonio National Park, the potential for its degradation increases and because of this, park officials have begun limiting the number of daily visitors. The natural beauty of this park will surely bring out the photographer in you, so pack plenty of memory sticks for your camera!



Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore Manuel Antonio's restaurants.


Afternoon: Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the town of Manuel Antonio, do some sightseeing in the region, or lounge at the beach.


Dinner: Dinner on your own.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel San Bada

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Resort

Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences, and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Contact info:
General Cañas Highway
5 km south from International Airport
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview

Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability
Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, February 02 - San José - Transfer to San José/Tarcoles River Cr...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: This morning after breakfast check-out of the hotel and begin transfer to San José via the Tárcoles River.

Crocodile Safari boat ride on the Tárcoles River.

The Tárcoles River Basin is one of the most important in the Pacific coastal region, virtually draining the entire western side of the Central Valley. Tárcoles hosts an amazing diversity of wildlife along its banks and in the extensive mangrove ecosystem. Perhaps the most famous of all the river's inhabitants are its enormous crocodiles. These crocodiles have been studied by numerous local and foreign specialists and featured in TV specials, including several of National Geographic Bray Barr's Wild Reptiles.

Continue drive to San José for lunch and a visit to a local store.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Continue drive to San José.

Free time. Spend your last evening in Costa Rica with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.

Arrive to the hotel and check-in.


Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Enjoy your last evening in Costa Rica at your leisure, among your new Road Scholar friends. Check out some of the hotel amenities and evening entertainment options, finish your packing, or perhaps make it an early night in preparation for international departures tomorrow.

Lodging: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, February 03 - Depart for U.S./Arrive in the U.S.
Breakfast: At hotel restaurant (dependent on flight times).


Morning: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for flight to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
13 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
3 Flights during the program

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