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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Get a taste of Costa Rican culture and coffee on this fascinating guided tour. Your half-day adventure includes a visit to the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where you’ll see firsthand how beans are grown, harvested, and roasted to make Costa Rica’s signature caffeinated brew. You’ll also visit the picturesque towns of Grecia and Sarchí, home to unusual architecture and rich artisan traditions.

Highlights

  • Half day trip to architectural Grecia and artistic Sarchi
  • Tour Doka Coffee plantation with buffet lunch
  • Metal church of Grecia
  • Oxcarts of Sarchi
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Explore Costa Rica’s rich architectural and agricultural heritage on this half-day combo tour. Your local guide will pick you up at your San Jose hotel for the scenic drive to the Doka Estate coffee plantation. Here you can see workers cultivating and roasting coffee beans and learn how they have perfected the process to produce the perfect cup. Enjoy a taste of the plantation’s aromatic brew along with a traditional buffet lunch.

Properly caffeinated, you will next drive through fields of sugarcane to the town of Grecia. This picturesque village is best known for its striking Lady of Mercy cathedral, constructed completely of painted red metal plates. Have a walk around the town and snap some photos to remember the unusual architectural sights.

Continue on to Sarchí, an artisan town famous for building traditional oxcarts. Originally used to haul coffee beans across Costa Rica’s mountain ranges to the coast for shipping, these unique handmade carts are now crafted as part of the country’s artistic heritage. Admire the beautifully hand-painted embellishments and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home before you head back to your San Jose hotel.

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Customer Reviews

LYNN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were promptly picked up at our hotel on the day of the tour and back again around dinner time. The local guide was very knowledgeable about the coffee plantation and its operation as well as the church at Grecia and the the ox cart and historic site and shop at Sarchi. He answered everyone's questions, gave details on the various trees, plants, sites and life of the people in the area as we drove to each of the places on the tour. The van was air conditioned and clean. We had a very good day with the guide and others on the tour a great lunch was provided at the coffee plantation as well. Would recommend the tour to others. You can add the volcano tour for the early morning as well and the others seemed to have enjoyed that part too.

I was worried about having to call Viator 24 hrs prior to the tour as we didn't have cell service in Costa Rica but we received an email a few days before we left to reconfirm our arrival which seemed to take care of things by responding to it which was easier for me.

Pier-david J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

amazing

Meghan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Jose and Guillermo were amazing. So very nice and helpful. The stops were perfect and not drawn out. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Did not expect it to be this interesting or educational. LOVED IT. The coffee tour was interesting and Grecia is a beautiful town (we even saw a wedding at the church). Sarchi was an eye opener. A water powered business, talented artists. I intend to come back and purchase the furniture for my new house in a couple of years. The guide was very informative. THANK YOU!

Greta F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Guide was very informative about coffee. I felt that we had ample time to ask questions and explore Grecia and Sarchi.

Elliot I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

Very good tour. The guide (Paula) was excellent.

Susan Y

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

The tour was informative and interesting. When we took the tour, we were picked up after the others in the group had taken the Poas Volcano tour so we felt like we had missed some of the history that might have been covered before joining. I would definitely recommend booking the tour that includes the Poas Volcano along with the Doka Coffe, Grecia and Sarchi portion of the tour instead. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and we learned a lot. Pick up service from our downtown San Jose hotel and return was prompt and professional.

stagecoach

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

I enjoyed this tour. Only took half a day and we saw a lot. The guide was quite good---very well informed and he spoke good English. The drive wasn't terribly long and the bus and roads were pretty comfortable. The trip included a nice buffet which was good.

Ken

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The tour and the guides were really good. I would recommend. Some things for people to remember is that this is Costa Rica and getting to where you are going to visit and coming back is going to involved traffic, road construction, and lots of crazy drivers. I booked the tour because it was a 4 1/2 hour tour and I was suppose to go back to work when it was over. I had hotel pick-up at 10:30am and thought I would be back to hotel by, at the latest, 4pm considering traffic and dropping off other tourists. After I was picked up at 10:30am we drove around and picked up the other passengers. What I didn't know was that I was going to be meeting up with people that were on the full day tour and that didn't happen until 1:30pm which started with a lunch. That means I had to wait 3 hours before the tour even started which wasn't mentioned anywhere in the itinerary. Instead of getting back around 4pm I finally got back to the hotel, after dropping off the other passengers a little after 7pm so I missing my work at night. If I knew that I would be ending with the full day tour group I would have taken the full day tour which included the Poas volcano.

Amber B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Doka was interesting and made for a slightly shorter trip than my other tours. The guide was just ok as he chose to give us minimal informally while driving from Doka to Grecian, whereas I noticed that other tour guides were very knowledgeable and quick to point out local landmarks, flowers, etc. I'm giving the tour 4 stars based on the tour itself and not the guide.

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