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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

  • Spectacular views as you trek through Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Bathe in the thermal pools and waterfalls of Tabacón hot springs
  • Typical Costa Rican lunch and buffet dinner included
Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes, set against a rainforest backdrop. This tour combines two of the highlights of Arenal Volcano National Park: a scenic trek to the base of the Arenal Volcano, followed by a relaxing soak in the Tabacón hot springs. Everything’s taken care of with hotel pickup, lunch, and dinner included.

What to Expect

Your tour begins with morning pickup from your central San Jose hotel. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minivan, set out the around 3-hour journey to La Fortuna.

Your first stop is in Sarchí, a town known for traditional handicrafts. Browse the artisan workshops and perhaps pick up souvenirs.

On arrival in La Fortuna, head to a restaurant for lunch and tuck into delicious Costa Rican cuisine.

After lunch, continue into Arenal Volcano National Park and take an easy hike around the volcano’s base. Follow the Mirador Arenal trail, trekking through lava fields.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at Tabacón hot springs, relaxing in naturally heated thermal pools and lagoons that range in temperature from 77 to 102°F (25 to 38°C).

After free time at the resort, enjoy a buffet dinner as the sun sets over the park.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your San Jose hotel.

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1 - 5 of 36 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful view, food and hot water pool!!!

Arenal is a fantastic place with a wonderful view. It has trails and if you have time I believe it is a nice thing to do. Tabacón is another fantastic place to visit. If you want to relax with hot water pools, this is the...More

Thank hianoski
Marjorie E, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Gray Line Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Hianoski, Thank you so much for your comment. Arenal is a beautiful place and definitely you booked one of our most recommended tours. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your day. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Completely worth it

They give you a decent overview of what to expect, but here's my take on it. As suggested, eat breakfast or a light snack before they pick you up in the morning. The drive is extremely long, so bring a reading/puzzle book. The first stop...More

2  Thank Quarail H
Marjorie E, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Quarail H, Thank you very much to your review! We are very pleasure to know that you visit Arenal Area with Gray Line Costa Rica. Also, we hope that you continue traveling with us!

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile
Baldi Hot Springs

We took the long trips yesterday from San José and are going back today to stay for a week . Had a great experience with Gray Line Tours. Hans did everything possible to make sure everything went well.

Thank Merril M
Reviewed 7 August 2018
Not a real hike, but good otherwise.

Our trip started with a long drive to Sarchi for a quick lesson on the local craftsmanship and to buy souvenirs. The souvenir shop was well stocked with standard fare, as well as artisanal items specific to the area. Lunch was also very good, serving...More

3  Thank Rose D
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Excellent trip

This was a well-organized and interesting trip. We stopped at a store in the town where they paint up the traditional decorated oxcarts, then on to lunch where they had baby caymans and lots and lots of birds. Then we proceded to the volcano base...More

3  Thank Kathleen H
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Mike L
19 September 2018|
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Response from Kathleen H | Reviewed this property |
They will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
Eva C
14 May 2018|
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Response from Phyllis S | Reviewed this property |
We saw one snake in a tree but that was it.
Nancy F
7 May 2018|
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Response from Ben D | Reviewed this property |
Sandals would be fine. You'll be doing a 10-minute hike but beyond that you won't be walking much