9 or 12 days
Granada, Guanacaste, Arenal, San Jose, extension to Panama
Journey into the heart of Central America and experience Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Begin in Nicaragua with an in-depth look at Granada, one of the first European cities in the mainland Americas. Then cross the border into Costa Rica, where you'll discover the volcanic Arenal Region and the rich wildlife of the Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste.
  • Day 1: Fly to Nicaragua

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Granada

    Take a guided walking tour of Granada

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Cathedral and Parque Colón
    • La Plazuela de los Leones
    • Calle la Calzada
    • Merced Church

    Visit the Convento de San Francisco

    Enjoy a boat tour of Las Isletas

  • Day 3: Granada • Masaya

    Travel to Masaya Volcano National Park

    See Catarina Mirador

    Take a guided tour of the Masaya Crater and Volcano Museum

    See the Masaya craft market

  • Day 4: Granada • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

  • Day 5: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 6: Guanacaste • Arenal region

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy tour

    Canopy tour

    Zip lines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh under 220 lbs to participate.  

  • Day 7: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 8: Arenal region • Poás • San José

    Travel via Poás to San José 

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. After dinner, marimba music and entertainment by a local dance troupe will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: San José • Panama City

    Fly to Panama City

  • Day 10: Panama City

    Take a tour of Panama City

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Panama
    • Indian arts & crafts market
    • Casco Viejo

    Visit the Panamá Viejo ruins and museum

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

  • Day 11: Panama City

    Visit an Embera indigenous village

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Nicaragua

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Granada

    Take a guided walking tour of Granada

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Cathedral and Parque Colón
    • La Plazuela de los Leones
    • Calle la Calzada
    • Merced Church

    Visit the Convento de San Francisco

    Enjoy a boat tour of Las Isletas

  • Day 3: Granada • Masaya

    Travel to Masaya Volcano National Park

    See Catarina Mirador

    Take a guided tour of the Masaya Crater and Volcano Museum

    See the Masaya craft market

  • Day 4: Granada • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

  • Day 5: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 6: Guanacaste • Arenal region

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy tour

    Canopy tour

    Zip lines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh under 220 lbs to participate.  

  • Day 7: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 8: Arenal region • Poás • San José

    Travel via Poás to San José 

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. After dinner, marimba music and entertainment by a local dance troupe will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: San José • Panama City

    Fly to Panama City

  • Day 10: Panama City

    Take a tour of Panama City

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Panama
    • Indian arts & crafts market
    • Casco Viejo

    Visit the Panamá Viejo ruins and museum

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

  • Day 11: Panama City

    Visit an Embera indigenous village

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    3 meals daily (Days 2-7); Dinner on arrival day; Breakfast on departure day

  • Guided sightseeing

    Comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions

  • Entrances

    Poás Volcano; Hot springs; La Fortuna Waterfall; Kayaking; Rincon de la Vieja National Park; Snorkeling; Convento San Francisco; Las isletas boat tour; Crater viewpoint and museum; With extension: Panama Viejo Ruins and Museum; Biomuseo

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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