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Thomson and First Choicehave today announced a further addition to their long-haul programme with the introduction of Costa Rica for winter 2010. This is a brand new holiday destination for Thomson and will be the first time that First Choice has featured this destination within its winter programme.

Thomson Airways, which operates flights for Thomson and First Choice holidaymakers, will now be the only UK airline to offer direct flights to Costa Rica making this destination more accessible to British holidaymakers looking to travel somewhere that little bit different. Flights will begin on a weekly basis from 10 November 2010 and will depart from Gatwick airport.

Costa Rica offers breathtaking natural beauty with stunning beaches, vibrantly coloured wildlife, lush natural parks and incredible cloud forests contrasted with mighty volcanoes, bubbling mud pits and cascading waterfalls. A number of exciting tours will allow holidaymakers to explore this unique destination including: a two night Adventure Taster Tour, a four night Cloud Forest Tour or a seven night Grand Tour of Costa Rica.

Marie Wilson, head of long-haul product for Thomson and First Choice said: “We are always looking at new and exciting ways to expand our long-haul programme to ensure that we offer a wide range of holidays to cater for all tastes. With our direct flights, great variety of hotels and exciting tours, Thomson and First Choice customers will now be able to easily discover the laid-back vibe and unforgettable charm of this adventure-filled tropical playground.”

Thomson and First Choice will be offering customers 7, 14 or 21 night holidays in a range of different resorts in Costa Rica. So whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s a relaxing holiday by the beach, an active getaway or a natural adventure in the rainforest you can choose from some of these exciting hotels:

RIU Guanacaste - Thomson (Platinum) & First Choice (Premier )

For those looking for a peaceful and luxurious breakaway then the RIU Guanacaste is the place to be. Hidden away in acres of Costa Rican forest and right on the beachfront, this grand hotel has got a real back-to-nature feel. But it isn’t all relaxation, for those wanting to venture from their sun beds there’s tons of all inclusive facilities including outdoor pools, watersports and an entertainment programme for grown ups and kids.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to Costa Rica staying all-inclusive at the brand new, 4 Sun plus, RIU Guancaste from £1069 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 15th November 2010.

Paradisus Playa Conchal – Thomson (Platinum) & First Choice (Premier)

If you want an active tropical adventure mixed with good food and relaxation, the Paradisus Playa Conchal offers all three. Set on a long stretch of beach, there’s lots to keep you occupied from watersports, tennis courts and even a climbing wall. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll be struggling to decide where to eat as there’s five à la carte restaurants, plus the usual buffet set-up offering.

Thomson offers 7 night holidays to Costa Rica staying all-inclusive at the 5T Paradisus Playa Conchal from £1359 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 15th November 2010.

Occidental Grand Papagayo - First Choice

For a real flavour of Costa Rican nature, the Occidental Grand Papagayo is set in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica’s northern coastline. It offers top service, great food and excellent activities. There’s a big lagoon-style pool, while the sands of Buena Beach are seconds away.

First Choice offers 7 night holidays to Costa Ricastaying at all inclusive at the 4 Sun plus Occidental Grand Papagayo from £1069 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 15th November 2010.

Occidental Allegro Papagayo- Thomson

If you’re looking for a big resort with an array of facilities then the Occidental Allegro has it all. The hotel is a series of three-storey buildings terraced down a hillside and it’s so big there’s a shuttle bus between buildings. The star attraction here, is the lagoon pool that features a large swim-up bar for in-water cocktails and bouquet of palms is set in the middle of the water. Plus there’s a separate area for children.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Costa Rica staying all-inclusive at the 3T+ Occidental Allegro from £979* per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 15th November, 2010.


For more information or images please contact

Grace Jones – First Choice Press Office

Tel: 01582 648725 Email:

Notes to editors:

1. First Choice previously sold summer holidays to Costa Rica in 2007; however this route ceased in October 2008.

2. Flight time from Gatwick to Costa Rica is approximately 11 hours 35 minutes.

3. Tours:

2 night Adventure Taster Tour: Timeworn volcanoes, steaming natural springs and trees as tall as skyscrapers. This trip offers up a whistle-stop tour of Costa Rica’s best bits, so it’s perfect if you want to combine a lazy beach break with a few more active days. With everything from river tubing to horseback riding on the agenda, it’ll be a trip to remember.

4 night Cloud Forest Tour: Costa Rica’s rainforest is the stuff of postcards. Think thick green canopies that let in only the faintest beams of sunlight. Gushing rivers that give way to frothy-white rapids. And waterfalls that plunge into crystal-clear rock pools. Come with us, and this tropical world is yours for the taking.

7 night Grand Tour of Costa Rica: Ticking off volcanoes, rainforests and mountains, this tour showcases the best of Costa Rica’s scenery. And you’ll get to see it in style. Navigate fierce river rapids on a tubing adventure. Sail down calm canals on a small riverboat. And trot through the forest on horseback. If it’s adventure you’re after, this trip is just the ticket.

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