Recent Searches
Clear

Top San Jose Historical Tours

Saved to wishlist!
Dates
Select Dates
City Tours
City Tours
Cultural Tours
Cultural Tours
Private and Luxury
Private and Luxury
Markets
Markets
Multi-day Tours
Multi-day Tours
Private Sightseeing Tours
Private Sightseeing Tours
Adventure Tours
Adventure Tours
Half-day Tours
Half-day Tours
Food Tours
Food Tours
Walking Tours
Walking Tours
Full-day Tours
Full-day Tours
Archaeology Tours
Archaeology Tours
Architecture Tours
Architecture Tours
Day Trips
Day Trips
Street Food Tours
Street Food Tours
Night Tours
Night Tours
Car Tours
Car Tours
Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing Tours
Luxury Car Tours
Luxury Car Tours
4WD Tours
4WD Tours
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Popular
Search experiences that may have limited interaction with crowds.
Search experiences with increased health and safety practices.
Search tours and activities you can do from home.

You are viewing Virtual Experiences in San Jose. See more Virtual Experiences around the globe. 🌎

Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

51 results | All San Jose Tours

Sort by: Featured

San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group or Private Tour

San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group or Private Tour

star-4.5
144
Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San Jose, starting with the Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk by the Metallic Building, then on to Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We’ll continue to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine or beer pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$74.00
Price varies by group size
From
$74.00
Price varies by group size

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

star-5
187
Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$38.00
Price varies by group size
From
$38.00
Price varies by group size

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

star-4.5
99
Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$66.00
From
$66.00

Day Trip from San Jose to Sloths & other wildlife Rescue Center
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Day Trip from San Jose to Sloths & other wildlife Rescue Center

star-4.5
11
Get out of the city and experience Costa Rica’s rich wildlife heritage with this half day private tour to the Toucan Rescue Ranch. What started out as a rescue facility for toucans has expanded to include other charismatic species such as sloths, monkeys, parrots, and owls. Learn all about them from the dedicated staff committed to their care.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$150.00
Price varies by group size
From
$150.00
Price varies by group size

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

star-3.5
22
Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$66.00
From
$66.00

San Jose Night City Tour

San Jose Night City Tour

star-4
6
San Jose is filled with amazing attractions to see such as the National Theater of Costa Rica and the Metropolitan Cathedral, but if you’re not familiar with San Jose, it could take you ages to see everything on your list. Take this San Jose nighttime city tour and travel with a guide who knows their way around under the city lights. Plus, dinner and round-trip transport are both included.
More
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

star-5
23
Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$50.00
From
$50.00

Zip Line La Carpintera. Half day Tour ZipLine+ Rappel +hiking

Zip Line La Carpintera. Half day Tour ZipLine+ Rappel +hiking

star-5
55
Adventure-loving travelers won’t want to miss this combined zip lining, rappelling, and hiking tour. The Carpintera Hills are close to San Jose and offer the easiest way to go zip lining from the capital. Glide through the forest canopy on steel cables strung between 19 platforms. Rappel from as high as 130 feet. Enjoy the forest views along the way and look out for birds and animals.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$51.29
From
$51.29

3-Days Arenal Volcano Tabacon Resort - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

3-Days Arenal Volcano Tabacon Resort - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

star-4.5
32
See the vast diversity of Costa Rica on a 3-day tour that includes hiking at Arenal Volcano, exploring the Monteverde cloud forest, and enjoying the tropical white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. This expertly organized all-inclusive tour covers all of your transportation and accommodations, so busy travelers can maximize their time and not worry about any of the logistics.
More
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$595.00
From
$595.00

6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

star-5
50
Experience a fun-filled day in the jungle at the Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic eco-reserve. Your multi-pass gives you access to six different activities throughout the beautiful tropical park. Get a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy with an aerial tram ride, encounter native critters at a butterfly and frog garden, cross a hanging bridge, and explore the jungle on a nature hike. Get your adrenaline pumping as you soar through the treetops on ziplines, including one of the longest and fastest in the country.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$103.00
From
$103.00

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

star-5
620
In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
More
  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$165.00
From
$165.00

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

star-5
43
Discover historical monuments and the latest San Jose hangout spots during this small-group walking tour in the capital of Costa Rica. Your local guide shows you important landmarks and shares the inside scoop on the city’s best cafes, eateries, and shops. Meet downtown at The National Theater, or upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$42.00
From
$42.00

San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

star-4.5
49
See the best of San Jose on this incredible walking tour that takes travelers through more than 40 different sites, including galleries, parks, art houses and iconic buildings. Whether you're a first time visitor or returning to this beautiful city this two-hour tour is the perfect way to hit all of the highlights.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$32.00
From
$32.00

San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

star-5
20
San José is characterized by its Spanish colonial buildings, Victorian mansions, and rich historical sites. This zero-emission bike tour allows you to see the city up close, avoid car traffic, and cruise through San José’s vibrant neighborhoods—past notable buildings, parks, and squares. Your guide navigates through the city and provides useful background information as you stop to appreciate local highlights.
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$41.56
From
$41.56

Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

star-4.5
9
Explore highlights of Costa Rica's Cartago province on this combo tour from San Jose that offers a mix of majestic natural beauty and cultural gems. Get a front-row view of one of the country's most mystical peaks at Irazú Volcano National Park, and then stroll among vibrant bromeliads, orchids, and hundreds of other plant species at Lankester Gardens in Orosi. You'll also visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a popular pilgrimage site, in Cartago, and taste local flavor with included lunch at a restaurant.
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$114.00
From
$114.00

San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch

San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch

star-4.5
7
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.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$135.00
Price varies by group size
From
$135.00
Price varies by group size

Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

star-4
6
Visit the Irazú Volcano National Park and Lankester Botanical Garden on this all-day tour from San Jose. First, head to Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 11,260 feet (3,400 meters) tall and see its most popular attraction, the giant Diego de la Haya crater. On the return trip, stop at the Lankester Garden, which was established to protect types of flora.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$112.00
From
$112.00

Tastes of San Jose - Small Group foodie & historic walk by Carpe Chepe

Tastes of San Jose - Small Group foodie & historic walk by Carpe Chepe

star-5
4
This is a small-group gastronomic experience of our country and our city. Our groups are of 8ppl max. to ensure a personalized attention. We'll walk through the gastronomic district of San Jose Costa Rica, sharing with you not only the history of the neighborhood and it's architecture but also visiting the places that are pushing the envelope on the local gastronomy and/or rescuing our gastronomic heritage. We'll visit three restaurants and sample their flagship dishes as we talk about the different periods on the costarican cuisine.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$50.00
From
$50.00

Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

star-5
4
Visiting San Jose’s markets with a guide turns an everyday scene into a rich cultural experience as your guide tells you the stories behind the markets’ offerings and takes the guesswork out of deciding what’s worth a try. After visiting top San Jose markets, head to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum to take a look at the city’s early history. Highlights: San Jose market and city tour with Pre-Columbian Gold Museum Visit top markets to learn about local culture through food Lots of food and coffee tastings included, plus museum entrance Good way for first-time visitors to learn about San Jose history and culture
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$55.00
From
$55.00

VIP City Bus From San José

VIP City Bus From San José

star-3
3
Though Costa Rica may be more famous for its natural attractions, its capital city of San Jose is not to be overlooked. Head out from downtown San Jose on a double-decker sightseeing bus to discover the city’s important historical landmarks, learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, and find the best panoramic views of the city.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$70.00
From
$70.00

Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience San Jose Mountains with locals Small Groups

Special Offer

Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience San Jose Mountains with locals Small Groups

star-5
3
Unmask the beauty of contemporary Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose and San Antonio de Escazu la Ventolera that is a remarkable Dusk views of San Jose. This guided hike begins in the mountain-top town of Escazú. Highlights: *Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real local people in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches" *Enjoy a cup of coffee. *Visit the legendary Mountains of Bebedero Escazu La Ventolera. We will enter the mountain, one of the most beautiful trails in Escazú, on the right we have beautiful views of the mountains and on the left we will see the city. *Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks. *Feast on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant for dinner. *Enjoy a sample of traditional chicha.
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$55.25
$65.00
$9.75 savings
From
$55.25
$65.00
$9.75 savings

Day Trip to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs

Day Trip to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs

star-4.5
3
Take a day trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park, which has some of Costa Rica’s most scenic and pristine coastline. After pickup from your hotel, travel along the coastline to the nature preserve, where you will hike in as cars are not allowed in the park. Once inside, swim, sunbathe, or hike the trail to Cathedral Point.
More
  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$170.00
From
$170.00

Knowing the best of San José

Knowing the best of San José

star-3.5
2
We will visit a beautiful craft shop, where you can get beautiful souvenirs to take back home. During this trip we will visit the National Theater, also known as "La Joya de San José", a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. While traveling through the city, we will point out several major and historically important buildings of our city, for example, the University of Costa Rica, the Old Train Station, the National Liquor Factory, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the Legislative Assembly ( equivalent to the Congress), the Metal Building, some parks and several sites of interest. This will be an introduction to our Capital City and information about our economy, culture, politics, religion and current general events.
More
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$79.00
From
$79.00

City tour - San José

City tour - San José

star-5
2
We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour shows you the most beautiful areas in San José.
More
  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$34.00
From
$34.00

Filters

What people are saying about Historical Tours in San Jose

star-5
San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group or Private Tour
"San José city tour was everything I hoped for and more! Malo was the best tour guide and shared so much Costa Rican history and culture with me! Food was amazing, Malo was very very knowledgeable and friendly, it felt very natural! Thank you so much, Malo!"..."
star-5
San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture
"It was so informative and the sites we were taken to really have me a better understanding of San Jose and Costa Rica"..."
star-5
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
"Jesse was an amazing guide and the trip was an informative introduction to the city. The stop at the market was our favorite!"..."
star-5
Day Trip from San Jose to Sloths & other wildlife Rescue Center
"A short drive from San Jose in a beautiful air conditioned van. The rescue center was very nice and the guide was passionate and knowledgeable. It’s a little pricey, but a great tour"..."
star-5
Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup
"The tour of downtown San José was enhanced with local music by a charming gentleman named Sergio. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about San José and Costa Rican history. I highly recommend this tour."..."
star-5
San Jose Night City Tour
"We were the only ones on the tour therefore it was private which was so nice. We went on a Sunday night during a big soccer game and we were able to see San José like a local! The car was great, our guide was so personable and we got to walk many of the famous spots. We always felt safe and had such a great time. We learned a lot & would recommend!"..."
star-5
Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe
"Wow, we loved this tour. Our guide, Ivannia, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was much more comprehensive than we expected it to be, as we got to see some of the main buildings in downtown San Jose as well as going through Central Market and sampling some of the food and drinks. I highly recommend this tour!"..."
star-5
Zip Line La Carpintera. Half day Tour ZipLine+ Rappel +hiking
"Great and fun experience! Beautiful views, wonderful and knowledgeable staff (Alejandre, Indi, and Ricardo were awesome guides!)…would definitely recommend this zip lining company!"..."
star-5
3-Days Arenal Volcano Tabacon Resort - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
"The duo we had Katia as a driver and Yancy as the tour guide were fantastic. They made us feel welcomed and like family. I would highly recommend Yancy and Katia, they are friendly and knowledgable people to take care of tourist while in Costa Rica. When booking your trips, request these wonderful people. You will not regret it."..."
star-5
6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo
"The guides were amazing! Even though mudslides closed some roads and there were delays the guides took time to get us safely there and back rather than canceling. The activities were awesome!"..."
star-5
Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner
"This was amazing all day tour. I highly recommend it. Our guide Francisco was amazing, fun, professional and very knowledgeable."..."
star-5
San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe
"We have a very pleasant city tour with Ama this week. He was extremely friendly, funny, knowledgeable and very well versed on history on every corner. Stopped to have local ice cream unique to San Jose, and really enjoyed the history coffee shop Don Juanito. His special ability to animate the narrative made the tour a wonderful morning and early afternoon."..."
star-5
San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups
"It was a great history learning experience to get to know San Jose. Lorena is very friendly a d for me snacks during the tour and provided great city sightseeing advice too. Highly recommended."..."
star-5
San Jose Bike & Bites Ride
"This was such a great tour! Sadly I can not remember the name of the gentleman, but he was very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We ended at a wonderful craft coffee place that explain the coffee harvesting methods and gave very accurate tasting notes. It was perfect."..."
star-5
Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose
"Very complete tour where you get a taste of everything. Irazu is a must do in Costa Rica. Highly recommended!"..."
star-5
San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch
"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."..."
star-5
Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! Maria was a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable. Even with the clouds, the volcano experience was a cool and unforgettable one."..."
star-5
Tastes of San Jose - Small Group foodie & historic walk by Carpe Chepe
"Had a great time out with Amy. Great food and drinks and we learned a lot about the city. Overall great experience. Thanks Amy."..."
star-5
Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group
"Nice guide Ernesto, knows a lot. Very interesting and informative. The entry fee for the Gold museum is included."..."
star-5
VIP City Bus From San José
"We had a nice look around the city at night with the guide who have lots of knowledge about the city of San Jose...Nice dinner too!"..."
star-5
Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience San Jose Mountains with locals Small Groups
"Excellent option if you want to truly feel part of the day-by-day life of San Jose and Escazú. Angel made us feel like we were visiting and hanging out with an old friend (a friend who knows history and culture!). So light and relaxing, and including delicious food and a marvelous cup of traditional coffee. Definitely worth it!"..."
star-5
Day Trip to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs
"First of all this is a very long day. You will be traveling in a small minibus, and it tends to be cramped. That being said, it was still a wonderful trip. After breakfast we passed a river filled with crocodiles, part of the many variety of animals we were able to see. The park is massive and it's a lot walking. Dress comfortably, and prepare yourself with both hiking and beach clothes. We didnt see any sloths, however we did see monkeys, birds, butterflies, and my personal favorite, the coati. On the way back we stopped at a lookout point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Overall, it was a great day that I would recommend to anyone, however I wouldnt recommend to young children."..."
star-5
City tour - San José
"Guide was very knowledgeable and considerate. She made arrangements with Uber to pick us up at our hotel."..."

Frequently Asked Questions