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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
From $156.00

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.

Reviews (117)
1 - 5 of 40 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Found a Sloth

Our guide Antonio was great at finding local wildlife and we were able to get extremely close to a sloth. However, plan accordingly because the volcano is about three hours from San Jose

Thank shanec425
Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing tour guide, wonderful hot springs!

I'd like to start this review by saying that the main reason I'm writing this is due to our tour guide, Antonio. He is such a kind and good hearted person that is beyond knowledgeable about all things Costa Rica. On our 3 hour journey...More

Thank travisthdo
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile
Tabacon springs

OMG you have to do this adventure. The warm springs are so beautiful with the nature. Adult beverages to enjoy after your swim. Dinner was included in the price and was 5 stars in our opinion.

Thank Cathyern
Reviewed August 28, 2018
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

3  Thank hianoski
Marjorie E, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Gray Line Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

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 August 23, 2018
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

6  Thank Quarail H
Marjorie E, Guest Relations Manager at Gray Line Costa Rica, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

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!

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Michelle D
October 22, 2018|
Response from Kathleen H | Reviewed this property |
You would need to check with the tour operator, but I believe they will pick up most places.
Alexis P
September 25, 2018|
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Response from Sandy R | Reviewed this property |
Very long trip. Got back late night