San Jose, National Theater, & Lunch

7.5 hours | Puntarenas | P A 4 - 1 0 0
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  • San Jose & National Theater
Includes meal, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you visit:

San Jose:

The National Theater of Costa Rica (Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica)
San José's most treasured building, the graceful, neoclassical National Theater, built in 1897, is found on the southern corner of the Plaza de la Cultura. Statues of 17th-century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca and Ludwig van Beethoven welcome you as you approach the marble foyer and artful auditorium lined with 19th-century paintings and one of the most beautiful ceilings in the world.

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
This small art museum built under the Plaza de la Cultura is treasured for its exhibition of Pre-Columbian artifacts dating from 500 A.D. Its authentic collection of 1,600 individual pieces depict a time when gold represented power and authority and was used in coinage as well ornamentation, jewelry, statues and figurines all crafted with skill and artistry. Prized objects include Media Escudo, Costa Rica's very first coin, minted in 1825, and the El Guerrero, a human-sized gold figure. A video presentation in English helps guest to appreciate the artistry and cultural significance of the collection.


What you see along the way:
Gaze out the motorcoach window as you travel from port to San José on a 1.5-hour journey through emerald valleys, rural landscapes and the capital city's urban and residential districts, passing many architectural landmarks as you absorb the lifestyle of its local people. Drive through residential areas such as Rohrmoser and past the beautiful flora-filled Metropolitan Park at La Sabana, impressive corporate buildings, the central marketplace and the beautiful National Stadium, home to important cultural and sporting activities.


Photo Opportunities:
The National Theater's most famous painting is Alegoria al cafe y el banano, a colorful canvas depicting the banana and coffee harvest.

Shopping:

A brief stop at El Jardin will allow you to enjoy the scenery at the beautiful gardens and browse its well-stocked souvenir shop.


Lunch:
At the headquarters of Swiss Travel, enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch.

Special Notes:

Tour sequence may vary.
During holidays, if for some reason the National Theater or the Gold Museum are closed for any governmental social event, we will visit instead the National Museum.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart by bus to San Jose

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No

Depart ship by bus to Sarchi

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:30

Depart back to pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:30

Largest Oxcart - Photo Stop Along the way

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15

Visit The National Theater

Time at site:
00:45
Restroom available:
Yes

Visit Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory Sarchi

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walking transfer to the Gold Museum

Travel time:
00:15
Restroom available:
No

Depart for Lunch at Valle del Sol

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00

Visit The Gold Museum

Time at site:
00:45
Restroom available:
Yes

Drive to lunch venue passing La Sabana Park and residential areas

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:00

Arrive at Valle del Sol for Lunch

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Depart for National Theater

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:45
Steps:
32

Lunch at Eventos del Sol at Swiss Travel

Travel time:
01:00

National Theater

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
218
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Transfer to El Jardin Souvenir Shop

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45

Visit to El Jarding Souvenir Shop - Time for shopping, snacks and restrooms.

Time at site:
00:30
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Depart for National Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15
Steps:
7

National Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
546
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Transfer back to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:00
Air conditioned:
Yes