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San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour

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San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour

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San Jose is the cultural capital of Costa Rica and boasts a rich and varied history. Get acquainted with the city’s charms on a private tour, featuring a customizable itinerary of must-see attractions and private transportation through the city’s maze of trafficked avenues.
  • Private tour of San Jose with just you and your group
  • See the city’s highlights with a private guide who can cater to your interests
  • Traverse San Jose in the comfort of a private vehicle
  • Gain insider perspective on the city’s culture and history
  • Ideal overview for first-time visitors
  • Lunch at a well-regarded restaurant included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Typical lunch in a historical house of San Jose
Professional guide
Private transportation
Entrance fee to National Museum
Visit to the Municipal Souvenirs Market
Bottled water
Walking Tour to the Iconic buildings of the city
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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9:00 AM
We pick up at all hotels in San Jose area. If your hotel is not listed please send hotel name and address
Meet your guide at your hotel and head straight for San Jose’s highlights. Traverse the city in the comfort of private transportation with just you and your group, heading off to the city’s highlights.

This customizable tour allows you to cater your itinerary to your specific interests, but some highlights you can expect to visit include the 19th century National Theater, Sabana Park, Supreme Court, and University of Costa Rica. You will also have the option of touring the National Museum, Gold Museum, or Jade Museum with your guide.

Stop in the city’s arts and crafts district and have just enough free time to look through the eclectic offerings before heading back to your hotel.

Lunch in the historic Barrio Otoya neighborhood is included.
Stop At:  
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
The most beautiful building in Costa Rica. Our Opera House was build between 1890 and 1897 as a cultural center and special celebrations for the high society of that time. Because it is a theater with constant activities, it is often closed for tours inside, so the visit is subject to the day of your tour being open. In case the entrance is not allowed, a visit to the National Museum will be made instead of the visit to the theater
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is a museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is located in a subterranean building underneath the "Plaza de la Cultura" and is owned and curated by the Banco Central de Costa Rica. The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica manage, preserve, research and outreach the Archaeology, Visual Arts, and Numismatics collections of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. They offer their visitors permanent exhibitions and a dynamic program of temporary exhibits that are related to their heritage. They are housed in an extraordinary building located in the heart of San José.
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San Jose
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the centre of the country, specifically in the mid-west of the Central Valley, and contained within San José Canton.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)
In 1813, the Spanish Courts gave San José the title of city and, as such, required a temple that would honor the Catholic faith. This was the reason why it was decided to build the current metropolitan cathedral. The construction of this first temple began in 1825 under the supervision of Eusebio Rodríguez, who had designed a longer and wider temple with masonry walls. The church was inaugurated in 1827 and received the title of cathedral in 1850, when Monsignor Anselmo Llorente y La Fuente was appointed the first bishop of Costa Rica.
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Parque La Sabana
La Sabana Metropolitan Park is located in downtown San José, Costa Rica. It is the country's largest and most significant urban park. La Sabana is considered "the lungs of San José" by Costa Ricans. Covering an area of 0.72 square kilometres (0.28 sq mi), La Sabana Metropolitan Park is adjacent to the city's core districts, offering green space and recreation to the residents of San José. Several important institutions and organizations are located within or adjacent to the park. La Sabana Metropolitan Park was officially inaugurated in 1977, though its origins go back two centuries. Manuel Antonio Chapuí, the parish priest of San José at the end of the 17th century, donated several plots of land in the Mata Redonda District "in order to favour Costa Rica's interests". Since that time, the area has been used for recreation and sports activities.
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Mercado Municipal De Artesanias
Enjoy shopping and haggling for thousands of beautiful handicrafts at the San Jose Municipal Handicraft Market, a veritable maze of aisles packed with colorful souvenirs to take home. All products offered are handcrafted by true Costa Rican artists. Here you can find a wide variety of jewelry, Wood carvings, t-shirts, hammocks, coffee and spices, bookmarks, butterflies in frames, sloth bears and thousands of other objects.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
The National Museum of Costa Rica invites you to learn about the cultural and natural history of Costa Ricans, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Its exhibition rooms show the varied collections in the fields of national history, archeology and natural history, which for 135 years has been the oldest in the country. It carries out temporary exhibitions on artistic and cultural themes and has a varied agenda of activities throughout the year. The Museum is located in an emblematic building, declared Historical Architectural Heritage and a symbol of the abolition of the army in Costa Rica. In case the National Theater is closed, it will be replaced by the National Museum
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infant meals not included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Greenway Nature Day Tours
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Not worth it
, Jul. 2022
Save your money, tour is very short and the most important places are closed. I'm so upset that I wasn't partially refunded for wasting my time.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Well it is a shame to see this review and that our tour will not like. The tour was listed as 6 hours and that it was what you have received. 6 hours considering that your hotel was located a little away from the city center. Unfortunately, the National Theater was closed that day because it is a theater with many activities, but even so we explained and you agreed to visit the vestibulo and enjoy a Capucchino courtesy of our agency in the teather´s cafeteria, since this was not included . In addition, the change of the place for the visit to the souvenir markets was offered and you agreed. You bought many gifts there and you like it. Then you visited the Gold Museum and we spend more than 1 hour there and I did a very complete narration of our history . We also offered 3 restaurant options for lunch and you choose the typical and you liked it too. In the restaurant we talked a lot about Costa Rican food and I think you liked food and information a lot. The tour included many places and it was 6 hours of tour, from 9 am to 3:00 pm In relation to your reimbursement application it seemed very strange that you requested 80% reimbursement, which is totally out of the reality after our company incurred in many expenses. I hope you enjoyed other activities during your trip to CR
First time visitors to Costa Rica
, Feb. 2022
My husband and I had the best experience learning about San Jose's culture, food, locals and educational system. Luis was extremely knowledgeable and polite. He had the most friendly and passion when describing his country. I will definitely return and will recommend this tour. The National Theater, museum, park and restaurant was amazing!
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2022
Hi Thank you for your great review about our tour and services. We are very glad to hear that you enjoy our tour.
Great guide!
, Jan. 2022
Mario was an excellent guide. He adjusted the tour for our interests and was a fountain of knowledge. We learned so much about San Jose and about Costa Rica. A great introduction to the country!
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Thank you very much for your great review. We are so glad to heard that you enjoy it.
The best way to see some of San Jose
, Dec. 2021
Luis was a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who took time to explain things about Costa Rica that we might have never learned. He answered all of our questions and also explained things as we went through the museum, adding to our experience. The lunch was at a restaurant nearly hidden from the street view, but had the best food! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Dec. 2021
Hi Thank you very much for your great review about our San Jose City tour and our guide Luis. We really appreciate.
San Jose
Philip C
, Dec. 2019
Informative tour and very accommodating tour guide given some limitations in walking. Lunch was outstanding as well.
icon Response from Host , Dec. 2019
Thank you for your positive review. We really appreciate it.
We moved the tour to start at 1:00...
Anne G
, Feb. 2018
We moved the tour to start at 1:00 to accommodate our schedule. They said that wouldn't be a problem, but when we did the tour it was shortened and we were not offered a choice of which things we wanted to see. It was still good, and our guide was great, but it was over priced for what we did.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Thank you for your review. Our tour start at 9:00 AM in order to cover all the places and activities listed in the tour program. Due you requested to move the tour at this late time, some of the places were closed at the moment to arrive to them and you were advised about it. Instead we offered other places and activities.
Estupendo Tour
, Nov. 2018
El recorrido es muy interesante visitar el Teatro Nacional, los museos y el recorrido a pie y exquisito almuerzo en Nuestra Tierra. El Guía Gerardo Masis muy amable y conocedor de su trabajo. Felicidades y Gracias
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Muchas gracias por su positivo comentario de nuestro tour y guia. se lo agradecemos mucho y esperamos tenerle de vuelta pronto

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