Discover Costa Rica Garden Tour - January 2025

      12 reviews
      Jan 22 - 30, 2025
      Group size: 12 - 18
      Discover Costa Rica Garden Tour - January 2025

      12 reviews

      Jan 22 - 30, 2025
      Group size: 12 - 18

      About this trip

      Welcome to the Discover Costa Rica Garden Tour - January 2025!

      Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Costa Rica's tropical gardens and experience the vibrant biodiversity of this stunning Central American country. From the lush rainforests to the dazzling butterfly gardens, you'll discover an array of extraordinary botanical wonders that will take your breath away.

      Your tour begins in the capital of Costa Rica. San Jose, affectionately known to its residents as “Chepe”, lies in the heart of Costa Rica and is home to almost two thirds of the country’s population. With few buildings over 100 years old, the mountainous capital is relatively modern compared to its Latin American counterparts, but still has a great amount of culture, art and history for visitors to discover.

      You will visit an agricultural region of the country, share coffee in the private garden of a lifelong "Tica," explore Manuel Antonio National Park, have some free time at the beach, and so much more. Join us on this unforgettable adventure and let us show you why Costa Rica is truly a gardener's paradise!

      Special Instructions

       A $1,000 deposit, per person, is required to hold your reservation.  The deposit is due no later than October 1, 2024 with final payment due no later than December 1, 2024.

      This tour requires a minimum of 10 tour participants to establish viability.

      !Do NOT arrange airfare until you have been notified via email that the tour is fully viable!

      For more information on this, or any of our other tours, please leave a message for Ray at 816-842-7500 or send him an email at

      Please note that changes to the itinerary may be necessary due to weather, availability, or other factors beyond our control.  Participants must be able to endure moderate physical activity (daily activities may include 2-4 hours of walking and 3-4 hours of bus rides) and should be in overall good health!

      Passport Required

      A valid passport is mandatory to leave the U.S. and/or to enter Costa Rica. Your passport must not expire within 6 months of your return from Costa Rica, otherwise, it will be considered non-valid and need to be renewed.  If you need a passport, or if your passport needs to be renewed, please act now!  It can take up to several months to receive a new or replacement passport. 

      Refund Policy

      Days Before First Tour Date:            Refunds:

      90 days or more                                Full refund (minus credit card processing fees)

      89 to 60 days                                     You are responsible for 50% of all fees owed

      59 days or less                                   You are responsible for 100% of all fees owed

      What’s included

      • Lodging
        8 nights accommodations - 3 Star+
      • Transportation
        Private shuttle from and to San Jose Airport (SJO) as well as private transportation for duration of tour.
      • Welcome Dinner
        Welcome Dinner the night of arrival
      • Meals
        All meals as noted on The Itinerary starting with the Welcome Dinner and ending with breakfast on the last day
      • Activities
        All visits and activities indicated on The Itinerary.
      • Entrance Fees
        All admission and entrance fees to venues and events indicated on The Itinerary
      • Water
        Bottled water will be available onboard the tour shuttle
      • Tour Guide
        English speaking Tour Guide
      • Tips
        Tips for local tour guides, waiters, and hotel staff
      • Taxes
        VAT taxes

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        No airfare to or from destination city
      • Personal Expenses
      • Alcoholic Drinks
      • Tips
        Tips for service of full-time tour guide and driver are appreciated. Suggested rate $3-5/day depending on satisfaction of the service provided.
      • Optional Activities
      • Covid testing
        If applicable at time of tour
      • Trip Insurance
        Trip insurance is recommended. For your convenience, we provide a link at the bottom of our website -

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy, Per Person
      Available until October 1, 2024

      Price is per guest, two guests per room

      Deposit: $1,000
      Single Occupancy, Per Person
      Available until October 1, 2024only 3 left

      Price is per guest, with 12 - 16 guests

      Deposit: $1,000
      Group Leader
      Available until May 1, 2024

      Master Gardener Group Leader


      Available options

      Tour Extensions - available upon request
      Pre-Tour 1-Night Stay
      only 1 left

      Arrive the day before the tour begins for a leisurely day on your own.


      DAY 1 - SAN JOSE
      Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

      Wednesday, January 22, 2025

      Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!  Forget about the stress and hassle of airports and flights, and get ready to enjoy the Pura Vida!

      Upon arrival at San Jose International Airport (SJO), you will be met by your driver and taken to the Hotel Bougainvillea.  Depending on what time you arrive, take time to relax and explore the hotel and gardens.  The Welcome Dinner will begin at 7:00pm.


      * Airport Transfer from SJO to Hotel Bougainvillea

      * Lodging at Hotel Bougainvillea

      * Welcome Dinner


      After clearing Immigration and Customs, you will exit the terminal.  Your driver will be there waiting for you right outside, holding up a sign that will say "Discover Garden Tours ".


      The Hotel Bougainvillea is located 15 minutes away from downtown San Jose. The suburban hotel is surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens, with the ambiance of the Costa Rican lifestyle and hospitality. A favorite to nature, garden and birdwatching lovers.

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      The trip was great. Enjoyed the company. The venues for the most part were excellent and exceeded my expectations
      By Diana D for Discover The Netherlands Garden Tour with NC Master Gardeners on Apr 28, 2024
      Rating…2.5 stars… !Met lovely like minded Gardeners and knowledgeable and wonderful Extension agents!!😀😀 -It was quite evident however, that the tour was ‘put together and designed’ both by US based company/tour organizers, and Netherlands agent/people who were not gardeners, and did not understand their target market travelers. Much valuable time was wasted visiting erroneous places …. (for serious gardeners), and, scheduled timing of visits, breaks, meals , evidenced poor understanding and knowledge of itinerary.
      By Patricia Tortella P for Discover The Netherlands Garden Tour with NC Master Gardeners on Apr 27, 2024
      Overall the trip was wonderful. Our tour guide, Marian, was excellent and worked with the group to accommodate suggested changes with grace and respect. Matt and Leslie were great representatives for the Extension. Having their expertise enhanced the experience. They were a great addition to our group. The hotels were lovely and the meals were mostly excellent. I like that we stayed more than 1 night at each hotel. Transportation was great and our first driver, Eric, had a great personality and seemed to enjoy his job and interacting with us. I would suggest that the Zanse schans and Plantopia be removed from the tour. While it is nice to see examples of Dutch culture such as the palace and church, tourist traps should be avoided. I would also suggest that dinner be schedule for 6 pm especially when it is at a restaurant outside of the hotel.
      By Linda H for Discover The Netherlands Garden Tour with NC Master Gardeners on Apr 22, 2024
      Fantastic guide and driver. Very good group. I hate your review process! Plane terrible!!! Too much trouble to get in to this site. Don't like having to make an account. If all we had to go on for this trip was your review process, we wouldn't have gone!
      By catherine a for Discover Costa Rica Garden Tour - January 2024 on Feb 09, 2024
      We thoroughly enjoyed our garden tour in Costa Rica. Our guide and group leaders made us feel well cared for and well fed as well! Great scenery and lots of knowledge shared, we’d highly recommend this trip.
      By Richard K for Discover Costa Rica Garden Tour - January 2024 on Feb 03, 2024
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