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Half-Day San Jose City Tour

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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover the vibrant history and culture of the Costa Rican capital on a half-day San José city tour. Soak up the green oasis of La Sabana Metropolitan Park, explore diverse neighborhoods like Rohrmoser and Otoya, and visit stately landmarks including the National Library and Casa Amarilla. Featuring admission to the majestic National Theater and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, plus a combination of walking and minivan touring, it’s a great way to experience the city’s highlights in a single afternoon.
  • Afternoon city sightseeing tour of San José
  • Tour the Costa Rican capital by foot and air-conditioned minivan
  • See important landmarks like Casa Amarilla, the National Library, Plaza de la Cultura, and the Supreme Court of Justice
  • See how locals live with a drive through modern and historic neighborhoods
  • Learn about local crafts at a diamond and emerald jewelry gallery
  • Includes admission to the National Theater and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Driver/guide
Gratuities
Food and drink

Departure Point

San Jose Metro, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose

Traveler pickup is offered
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Be ready for midday pickup at your San José hotel, and climb onboard an air-conditioned minivan to meet your driver and guide for the afternoon. Begin with a scenic drive through La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the largest urban park in Costa Rica and a popular recreation spot for city dwellers. See the modern homes and shops of the nearby Rohrmoser neighborhood before taking in some of the capital’s grandest architecture with a stroll along the Paseo Colón. Admire one of San José’s cultural jewels with a guided tour of the National Theater (admission included) before digging into the country’s glittering past with an included visit to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum at the Plaza de la Cultura.

Continue with a leisurely walk through the Plaza de la Democracia and along the Boulevard Circuito Judicial, where you can see the Supreme Court of Justice, before hopping back on board the minivan. Relax and take in the sights from your seat as you cruise by landmarks including the National Library, Casa Amarilla, the National Park, and the Electoral Supreme Court. See a slice of life in old San José with a circuit through the historic neighborhoods of Otoya, Amón, and Toumón.

Disembark to sip a cup of Costa Rican coffee (own expense) and admire the work of local artists at a diamond and emerald jewelry gallery. Learn the backstory behind the gold and precious gemstones used with an educational video before relaxing on the ride back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Parque La Sabana
You will board the bus to visit La Sabana Metropolitan Park, heart of the capital city, and you will continue by the residential area of Rohrmoser.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de la Cultura
The tour continues along the Paseo Colón on the way to the National Theater. After a guided visit to this architectural masterpiece, you will take a short walk over the Plaza de la Cultura to visit the Gold Museum and continue through the Central Avenue Boulevard to the Plaza de la Democracia
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Visit the gold museum
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gray Line Costa Rica
The walk will continue on the Boulevard Circuito Judicial and on to the Supreme Court of Justice. Here you will board the bus to continue the city sightseeing, taking a close look at the Casa Amarilla, The National Park, The National Library, The Electoral Supreme Court, and the old neighborhoods of San Jose (Amón – Otoya & Toumón). Before heading back to the hotel you will enjoy a coffee in the Diamond and Emerald Jewelry where you can see an art gallery of several well-known Costa Rican artists, then you  will receive an explanation of the development of the gold accompanied by a video.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day San Jose City Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day San Jose City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day San Jose City Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day San Jose City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day San Jose City Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day San Jose City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day San Jose City Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day San Jose City Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Dress comfortably, ladies don't bring big bags if possible because there is some walking involved.The only thing I would like to see changed is a better selection for the afternoon snack, maybe tamales and empanadas and not cake?" See review

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I've taken many tours and it is...
William F
, Feb 2018
I've taken many tours and it is always difficult to pinpoint why I was not thoroughly impressed with a tour. I am not sure if it was the guide, the city, or the tour agenda. This was one of those occasions. We visited a central park that had a great deal of public art, a church that unfortunately was closed, the Central Theater, the Gold Museum, and then a local workshop. My favorite part of this tour was the Central Theater and the bits of art that we saw at the other locations. It was unfortunate that we did not get to see the church and the final stop was not at all necessary.
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The tour was an excellent way for us...
laaulu6027
, Feb 2018
The tour was an excellent way for us to see some very interesting and historical areas in the city. Our guide was well versed and answered all questions thoroughly. We have actually been in the city for a few weeks and this tour gave us a better understanding of areas and places we may want to go back and visit. Dress comfortably, ladies don't bring big bags if possible because there is some walking involved.The only thing I would like to see changed is a better selection for the afternoon snack, maybe tamales and empanadas and not cake? But, overall we loved the tour, tour guide and driver. As they say in Costa Rica Pura Vida
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