San Jose

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano Mega Combo Tour
  • 14 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
  • See top Costa Rica attractions from San Jose in a day—great for a short trip
  • Learning about the rain forest is made fun on a zipline course
  • Guide shares information and leads you every step of the way
  • Avoid the hassle of public transit or navigation with included transport

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee or Tea with local snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Services not specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • San José
    San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

    Centrally located San Jose hotels. Hotel pickups commence at 7:00 a.m.approximately; the exact pickup time for your tour will be advised on a reconfirmation message.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

La Casa del Café

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

La Paz Waterfall

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cinchona

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Centro Turístico Las Iguanas

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Go Adventure Arenal Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Paradise Hot Springs

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour includes man-made hot springs pools, filled with natural thermal water
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dress code is casual smart, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
  • Drop off in the Arenal-La Fortuna centrally located hotels is available. Please note that if you choose this option, dinner will not be included in your tour because it’s done in a restaurant on the way back to San Jose. Also, there is an extra charge for drop offs with luggage, but in the case of this tour it doesn’t apply because the cost of the dinner will cover for the drop off charge. If you wish to take this option, you must let us know at the time of booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Faith_S
Our tour guide, Fernando was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and showed us more than what we expected.

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A great all day trip!
Keith_P, Feb 2024
Best part was the stop at Paradise Hot Springs. Had a great lunch and dinner. Tour Guide and Driver (Giovani and Christian of GoTours) were wonderful.
I'd try again!
Sonja_C, Feb 2024
Had a good time, the crew was very good with our team of people. The photographer situation was not even worth the money. But I had a great time and the zip lines felt safe and the staff did a great job and trying to make sure they were all well taken care of, kudos. 👍
Best tour ever! Ask for Giovanni!
Cecilia_X, Feb 2024
Giovanni Is the best guide we have ever had! His cheering and caring personality shine through the day, making the rainy day more fun. We saw so many animals and learned so much due to his deep experience and knowledge. I will never forget his laughters. Such a great guy! We will definitely take any tours with Giovanni again in the future. Ask for him, you will be guaranteed to have a great and unforgettable time.
A good experience
Kanessa_W, Feb 2024
The tour is excellent. I enjoyed the sights, food, zip lining and the hot springs. I think it’s also a great price for all that it includes. The only issue I had was one of the zip lining guides speaking poorly about me in Spanish because he assumed I couldn’t understand him. It was very rude and put a damper on my experience. He called me dirty, I am an African American so clearly the individual is racist. It’s just not something you want to experience, specifically while on vacation. Other than that, great experience.
Very Full Exciting Day!
ALICE_L, Jan 2024
Expect an EARLY pickup time, as ours was 6:15 AM. Our guide was Giovanni, and the driver was Warner. They were both knowledgeable, friendly and made an extra effort to make sure we were happy, especially pointing out wild animals we would otherwise miss. The highlight was seeing active wild sloths with a mama sloth that had a baby clinging to her. We stopped many times for snacks and refreshments, which was really nice. Zip lining was incredible, and the hot springs after were much needed, even though it wasn't hot enough. Even though the description says to bring a towel, you don't need to, as the hot springs will provide it. Overall, I highly enjoyed the tour, and the only rough thing was the VERY bumpy road on the way back to the city. Perhaps it was because I was sitting in the back of the shuttle, but we often had our heads banged against the window or jostled around as we were trying to sleep. Maybe this is why Giovanni called it the "Jurassic Park ride" due to the bumps and twists. Still, we managed to pack a lot into this 1 day and even though it was too foggy to see the Arenal Volcano, I'd still highly recommend the tour. Just be prepared to feel drained at the end!
Great Excursion
Faith_S, Jan 2024
Our tour guide, Fernando was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and showed us more than what we expected.
Our guide was amazing!...
Jodi_C, Jan 2024
Our guide was amazing! Had the time of my life… highly recommend! Be prepared for a very long day (but fun)… Good food in abundance you won’t leave hungry!
Enjoyable Adventure
Farhana_A, Jan 2024
Every thing about the tour was excellent. The bird watching, iguana watching and coffee plantation were a unique experience . The adventure zip line over the tropical forest was awesome and very thorough . We did about 6 zip lines in all. Also the hot springs from arenal volcano at paradise resort was a relaxing experience. We were given appropriate and ample time at each activity. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall great trip.
From iowa
valerie_d, Jan 2024
I would not recommend this tour to arenal volcano we never made it to the arenal park or volcano due to significant delays which wasn’t our fault we started at 7am got back to the hotel at 11pm. Of the 16 hrs 10 hrs were spent driving which was an absolute waste of our time and money the restaurants that we had lunch and dinner were terrible this tour is not worth the money Would never book a tour with Go Tours Costa Rica again
Overly priced the am above average trip
Balaji_T, Dec 2023
Zip line and hot springs are the two I can highlight from this trip. Rest of the time spent on road, visiting useless gift shops with overly priced items displayed in USD. Was disappointed the trip did not show us more of jungles, walking trail, hanging bridge etc. Though the title of trip says Areno volcano, never was shown anything about volcano from any vista point or tourist spot. Feel your title is misleading. Please include my suggestion of showing volcano or change torture of trip.
Whole day of fun
Kelsey_S, Dec 2023
Fernando was exceptional with his knowledge and humor. The trip was amazing fitting so much in one day.
Would Recommend!
Rachel_N, Dec 2023
This was a very fun experience and would definitely recommend. Our tour guide Harlem was very knowledgeable during the trip. The hot springs at the end of the day was a great way to end the trip on a relaxing note. Both the lunch and dinner included were very delicious. All the smaller stops along the trip such as to the coffee farm, La Paz waterfall and a souvenir shop were very nice inclusions. A very long but fun day trip!
Excellent
Nagalakshmana_N, Dec 2023
The trip was awesome , kids enjoyed was great experience with family. Kids loved the zip lines and rappel. The conductors were friendly
A very enjoyable all day adventure
Sas_B, Dec 2023
This package is a full day! From visiting a coffee ☕️ plantation ( including a tasting & local snack ), waterfalls, zip lining , and hot springs. You will enjoy a lunch and dinner ( included in the package price ) so you will not go hungry! 😋 Our tour guide Harlem & driver Douglas were absolutely wonderful throughout. I am confident you will enjoy a good night rest after this engaging adventure. Cheers
Very happy with our trip
LindaA_K, Dec 2023
It was a really long day but we had a great time on this tour. We were able to see quite a lot in one day while keeping our main base in San Jose. The sites chosen for the lunch and dinner were able to accommodate our vegan and vegetarian meal preferences. And the guide, Juan, was kind, friendly, professional and a great driver getting us through the rain in the dark safely. We didn't get to see the volcano because of the cloud cover. But they can't really control the weather. If that's important to you. You might want to book on what's supposed to be a sunny day. But know that that will probably make it hotter. We would highly recommend this trip.
Best way to see Costa Rica
Jillbette_G, Dec 2023
Our guide Fernando was absolutely the best. He taught our group of 8 so much and was very patient with our grandmother. Thank you!!!
Don’t book this company
Amanda_P, Dec 2023
If I could leave 0 stars I would. The owner of this tour is very rude and not helpful. We wound up not being able to take this tour, he refuses to refund us our $360 even though we never went. Our hotel isn’t an option for pick up even though it’s only 8 minutes from the nearest hotel. They didn’t have any sort of accommodation for parking for us, no guidance, no tips. Nothing to help us. Other than ask the hotel to park there. Which we weren’t allowed. We couldn’t do street parking and pay bc we were going to be gone for more than 12 hours. And it wouldn’t accommodate that. We had 0 way of finding a place to park with security of our car being there when we get back. They told us to follow the tour guide and try to find a place to park while he picks up other guests. He had us dangerously following him through traffic. We wound up finding no where to park. To the point where he then said just follow me 3 hours to La fortuna. Which is insane. Considering the owner said he wouldn’t give us any refund at this point twice even though we didn’t feel safe. He said we were choosing to not partake in this excursion. So he will not help us and he will not refund us. I so badly wanted to go on this trip. But there was no way we could risk leaving our vehicle somewhere random as foreigners in a random city. This owner is not accommodating and does NOT care about anyone’s safety. I would pick any tour but this one. Even the tour guide said he never refunds anyone. So good luck. Trip from hell.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
LUZCEL_T, Dec 2023
We enjoyed this activity very much. We were picked up promptly and Fernando, our guide, made sure we stayed on schedule so as not to miss any activity. He was very professional and informative. He never stopped imparting knowledge about Costa Rica the whole duration of the tour. He was very entertaining doing so. I highly recommend this tour, especially Fernando.
It was good!
Sahra_A, Nov 2023
Really great day! Warning though that this is a very long day. We got picked up at 6am and dropped off back to our hotel after 10pm. We stopped at a coffee plantation, we had both lunch and dinner (fairly the same meal), did some zipling (highlight of the day), we also went to a hot springs, which is pretty much an outdoor spa. We were a big group so pick up and drop offs did take a while.
If you want a hassle-free...
Jennifer_A, Nov 2023
If you want a hassle-free and full day adventure from san jose to la fortuna, this is the best option tour you can get! It's fun and worth it.
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