Puerto Vallarta to San Jose

From Mexico’s color and culture to the verdant jungles of Costa Rica, AQV’s Mexico & Costa Rica journey let you walk in the footsteps of indigenous peoples who advanced civilization itself.

Cruise Details

Clock9 Days & 8 Nights

Double Occupancy from $3,499 pp/do*

CalendarOctober 9, 2022

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
Itineraries may operate in reverse.

Your Itinerary

    1Puerto Vallarta, MX
    Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Representatives from American Queen Voyages and our local port/city partner will be available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

    2Puerto Vallarta, MX
    Puerto Vallarta is a special tourist destination on the west coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco. The modern town dates from the mid-1800s and its port from 1885. Puerto Vallarta grew organically from being a fishing village, into a world-class tourist destination. Tourism is a major economic activity because of the climate, scenery, tropical beaches, and rich culture. Mexican city dwellers discovered the clear sandy beaches, spectacular sunsets, and clear emerald-blue waters in the 1950s. Hollywood and the jet-set fell in love with the place in the early 1960s; John Huston frequently brought Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ava Gardner with him for long holiday weekends. Little by little, with part luck and lots of local effort and promotion, Puerto Vallarta evolved into a welcoming and modern resort area with lots to do, gourmet restaurants, and top hotels. With so many natural and cultural delights, visitors can stroll the picturesque boardwalk, go horseback riding, snorkel, shop for local handicrafts or enjoy a blissful beach day. Your included tour visits the main square, Our Lady of Guadalupe church, and Playa Grande, where it feels like time has stood still. You will also learn how tequila is made at Rio Bendito. Optional tours let you go to market with a local chef then learn to cook a traditional Mexican lunch at a rustic, country kitchen. Or join a 45-ft cutter for a 4-hour sail on the Bay of Banderas. Look for sea turtles, dolphins, and even a humpback whale, or two.

    3Manzanillo, MX
    Mexico’s busiest seaport lies on the Pacific Ocean between Manzanillo Bay and Cuyutlán Lagoon. In pre-Columbian times the site was called Tzalahua and ships were built there for Hernán Cortés’ 1533 expedition to the Gulf of California. The city’s commercial and manufacturing activities are based on products made from the farmlands, forests, and waters of the Colima and neighboring Jalisco states. The chief exports include corn, bananas, lemons, fish, minerals, lumber, wine, canned goods, and copra – dried sections of the meat of the coconut. The beaches along Manzanillo Bay and Santiago Bay, north of the seaport, are beautiful, and many international resorts contribute to the local economy. Lush, verdant hillsides lead to sandy beaches in a balmy, tropical setting. This magical, historic, cultural, and intimate destination is Manzanillo. It offers all the old-world charm of Mexico with every 21-century creature comfort. The crashing Pacific is surely a siren’s call for many visitors. You can go swimming or surfing. Join a deep-sea, sportfishing, snorkeling or SCUBA diving excursion. Or rent a kayak or small sailboat. Visitors to the area between December and April may get to see whales in Manzanillo Bay. Landlubbers need not despair. Explore Manzanillo’s quaint, old-town plaza, Miramar Flea Market or join an eco-tour to a volcano or waterfall. This enchanting resort is also a popular backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters as you will see on the included city tour. Optionally, you can visit a turtle sanctuary in Cuyutlán or Salt Flats to learn how top-quality salts are made.

    4Scenic Ocean Cruising
    Ah, another day on the Ocean – a day to rise with the sun and meet with friends in the restaurant of your choosing over breakfast...or sleep in and order room service. Gather in the Compass Lounge for snacks and games...or take in the view from deck with your favorite cocktail in hand. This day is yours to craft as you desire.

    5Huatulco, MX
    Known for its nine bays and 36 miles of beautiful beaches, Huatulco (wah-tool-ko) offers an ideal mix of culture and relaxation. Named for the nearby national park, Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca, southeast of Mexico City on the Pacific coast, half-way between Acapulco and Guatamala. Oaxaca is seeped in indigenous culture and pride; over 350,000 Zapotec and 240,000 Mexitec people call the state home, and over 16 other indigenous groups are registered there. In addition to Spanish, at least half of the population speaks indigenous languages, and they each have distinct food, clothing, traditions, and dance. You could visit one area of Oaxaca and then visit another and experience something totally unique. Not as well-known as Cabo, Cancún, and Puerto Vallarta, the area has been popular with Mexicans for years and there is a sizeable community of Canadian retirees. Regrettably, many who travel to Mexico never experience this beautiful coastal city. And while Huatulco offers fun-in-sun beach vibes, there is more to see. Here American Queen Voyages guests encounter Oaxaca’s rich heritage and gain access to a little-known, nature-lovers utopia. Ecotourism is gaining in popularity, so river rafting or a hike through the jungle may be available. Optionally, you can venture to La Crucecita, billed as “a new town with old-fashioned sensibilities.” The tourist development complex has an interesting Arts and Crafts Museum managed by the artisans themselves. Here visitors can sample and purchase various regional products such as chocolate, mole, mescal and even grasshoppers – if you dare.

    6Puerto Chiapas, MX
    Chiapas is Mexico’s most southern and – according to legend – most mysterious state. The port in Chiapas is a small fishing and agricultural transport center, opened in 1975. Updates carried out by the government regularly since 2005 have added facilities and conveniences for cruise and cargo ships. There is little of interest to cruise guests in the immediate vicinity of the port. There is a craft market as one leaves the dock, but the nearest town, Tapachula, is a few miles inland. Here, it’s possible to taste some Chiapas fare and get a cold drink, but not much else. The surrounding communities are home to a mix of indigenous cultures. Most visitors to Puerto Chiapas come to explore Izapa, on the Izapa River near the base of the Tacaná volcano – the sixth tallest peak in Mexico. The site – located on hilly, volcanic soil – is very hot and wet. The surrounding area, known as the Soconusco region, was used by the Aztecs to cultivate cacao, from which cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate are made. Izapa is also home to a very large, pre-Columbian archaeological site. Several archaeologists have theorized that Izapa may have been settled as early as 1500 BCE, making it as old as the Olmec sites of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán and La Venta. Izapa remained occupied until approximately 1200 CE. Due to the abundance of carved Maya stelae and monuments at Izapa, the term “Izapan style” is used to describe similar works throughout the Pacific foothills and highlands, including some at Takalik Abaj and Kaminaljuyu.

    7Scenic Ocean Cruising
    Ah, another day on the Ocean – a day to rise with the sun and meet with friends in the restaurant of your choosing over breakfast...or sleep in and order room service. Gather in the Compass Lounge for snacks and games...or take in the view from deck with your favorite cocktail in hand. This day is yours to craft as you desire.

    8Playas del Coco, Cost Rica
    Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. In the 1950s the government encouraged settlement of the sparsely populated coastal areas. Accordingly, Costa Ricans as well as visitors from other countries, built vacation homes right on the beach. Locals refer to Playas del Coco as “El Coco,” while travelers from outside Costa Rica use the name “Coco Beach” when mentioning this modern, thriving beach town. Playas del Coco, known for its beautiful sunsets, is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Liberia, the largest town in the province of Guanacaste. While Costa Ricans have traditionally appreciated this area primarily as a vacation destination, the town experienced rapid growth due to the increasing number of international visitors and foreign-born residents, who started arriving in the 1990s. Adjacent beach areas are experiencing similar growth as tourism-related activities and the local population expand. With unspoiled beaches and warm tropical waters, don’t want to miss the opportunity to swim with the local fish in their natural environment. Join a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion, rent a kayak, paddle board, or surfboard. If you are looking for activities off the beach, head to a national park where you can explore many hiking trails, or even just simple birdwatching. The area is well known for sport fishing if you wish to join a half-day charter. Horseback riding and jungle canopy tours are offered. If a more relaxed pace appeals to you, Playas del Coco also has craft markets, quaint shops, casinos, and cafes.

    9San Jose (Puntarenas), Costa Rica
    As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town -- whether it's an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home -- your AQV team can pre-arrange everything for you.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Category PS Premium Suite with Veranda $7,499 pp
Category A Deluxe Suite with Private Veranda $6,999 pp
Category B Suite with Veranda $5,999 pp
Category BB Suite with Private Veranda $4,299 pp
Category C Deluxe Stateroom with Private Veranda $3,999 pp
Category D View Stateroom $3,499 pp
Category E Stateroom with Private Veranda $2,799 pp
Category F Stateroom with French Veranda$3,499 pp

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Puerto Vallarta to San Jose

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