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Road Scholar
Program #15114RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Meals: 28 total, 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Casa Conde
Apartotel & Suites:
San Jose, 1 nights
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This apartment-style Hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. In the heart of San Jose and close to the International Airport, Casa Conde provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose, 0000 Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2 226-0808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx

Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.

Facility amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym, Souvenir Shop, Restaurant, Cosmetology and Massage Services English-Spanish classes, yoga and martial arts.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $150.
Additional nights are subject to hotel availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Arenal Observatory Lodge: Arenal, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built in 1987 as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute. It is the only lodge within Arenal National Park and is protected from danger by a deep gorge of the Agua Caliente River.

Contact info:
P.O.BOX 13411-1000
San Jose, Costa Rica
La Fortuna, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2 692-2070
web: www.arenalobservatorylodge.com/

Room amenities: Garden surroundings, views of the volcano, coffee maker, safety box

Facility amenities: Pool, jacuzzi, gazebo, trails to waterfalls and private rainforest

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

Selva Verde Lodge: Sarapiqui, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Nature Lodge built along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms, surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2 766-6800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, pool, suspended bridge, self-guided nature trails, private rainforest, botanical gardens and fish ponds.

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

Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa (formerly Savegre Mountain Hotel): San Gerardo...
Type: Lodge

Description: The Savegre Mountain Hotel is located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. The hotel is at an elevation of approximately 7,220 ft and is situated in a private cloud forest reserve that borders the Los Quetzales National Park. Its private reserve has earned a reputation for being one of the best places to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal--one of the country's most colorful birds.

Contact info:
San Gerardo de Dota.
San Gerardo de Dota, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27401028
web: www.savegre.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and heating system or fireplace. No air conditioning is necessary since the hotel is located in a mountainous region (approximately 7,220 ft above sea level), known for its clean and crisp air.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, gardens, nature reserve, and laundry service.

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

Villas Rio Mar: Dominical, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: The property is bordered by a spectacular mountain range and the beautiful Baru river. The pristine beaches of Dominical are only a short distance away.

Contact info:
PO Box 1645-2050
San Jose, Costa Rica
Dominical, 0000 Costa Rica
phone: +(506)2-787-0052
web: www.villasriomar.com/index.php

Room amenities: Each room has it's own hammock, terrace like living space, refrigerator, fans, telephone and hot-water private bath

Facility amenities: Large swimming pool with wet bar and Jacuzzi, a tennis court, an in-house tour agency, and a romantic palenque style restaurant featuring many local and international dishes, green area's, Internet access, International telephone, Conference Center, Spa and Transportation Services.

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

Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (previously a Ramada...
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


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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