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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive no later than 5 pm on Day 1.

Zika Virus - Passengers are recommended to visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ for current information. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries visited in this itinerary.

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This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces (cobblestone), stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Panama
Depart for Panama, a country rich in history and culture, home to many indigenous cultures. Arrive in spirited Panama City, a dynamic city with huge modern skyscrapers, bustling mega-malls, elegant casinos, shops and restaurants on every corner. This evening, meet with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey through Panama
Overnight: Panama City

DAY 2, Saturday - Full Day in Panama City
Spend today discovering Panama City independently. Perhaps participate in the optional not to be missed partial transit of the Panama Canal that will take you on a ship through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. This is indeed a unique opportunity to see the remarkable workings of the canal first-hand and learn more about the history and operation of the canal. On the return back into Panama Bay, pass under the Bridge of the Americas. This evening, a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: Panama Canal Partial Transit
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal and Panama City Tour
Today, start at Miraflores Locks at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Here, view the locks in operation and watch in amazement as over 20 million gallons of water are transferred in less than 10 minutes. The Panama Canal is an astonishing example of modern engineering, considered to be one of the "wonders of the world". More than 12,000 ocean-going vessels pass through it a year, over 30 a day! Hopefully, you'll see a freighter passing through the locks today; it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After lunch, continue with a tour of Panama City. View the magnificent Catedral de Panamá, elegantly dominating the Plaza de la Independencia, the National Theater and the bayside monument to French entrepreneurs who envisioned the Panama Canal. Continue to the ever-expanding modern section before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for personal explorations. Perhaps, join the optional tour to Frank Gehry's Biodiversity Museum. The first building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell you about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity
Optional: The Bridge of Life: Biomuseo Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Embera Indigenous Village
Begin your Embera adventure with the arrival in the rainforest at Chagres National Park, in the eastern sector of the Panama Canal. Here, transfer to a "piragua" (paddle dugout canoe) that takes you on a journey into the jungle to meet the indigenous Embera tribe known as the "keepers of the rainforest". You’ll be warmly welcomed with cultural dances and music that hasn't changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500's. Watch as the women craft baskets out of palm leaves and demonstrate their native art. If time allows, explore some of the local flora and learn about the rituals and medicinal uses. The Embera Indians will offer you a specially prepared traditional meal before you return back to civilization. The rest of the day is yours at leisure or take an optional afternoon excursion to discover the rich historical background of Panama on the Historic Trail of Panama and Canal. Learn about the United States involvement in the Panama Canal and see various sites that were involved in the military aspect of Panama. Tonight, celebrate your last evening in Panama with a "night on the town"
Optional: Historic Trail of Panama & The Canal Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart Panama
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Transfer from your hotel to the Gamboa area. Here, board a ship that takes you on a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Begin at Gaillard Cut (Corte Culebra), one of the most important attractions of the trip with its long history and then cross under the Centennial Bridge (Puente Centenario) on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. When entering the Pedro Miguel Locks, experience a drop of 9 meters in one step into Miraflores Lake, an artificial lake that connects the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Now, enter the Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you’ll be lowered 18 meters in two different steps. Then, sail on the Pacific Ocean to the disembarkation point at Amador Causeway after passing under the Bridge of the Americas (Puente de Las Americas). This fascinating experience ends in Panama Bay.

Transit route may change depending on date. Details to be advised locally.

**Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

Day #2 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2017 $159.00
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The first building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity. Additionally, a Botanical Park will be a living extension of the museum's architecture, exhibits, and programs. An oasis with diverse experiences: shade and refuge, a safe place to observe nature, a place to learn, and a place to celebrate. Continue through to the Biodiversity Park before departing to the hotel.

Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $69.00
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This afternoon, depart your hotel and arrive at the French Cemetery monument where the Panama Canal history begins. Continue to the memorable cemetery of veterans of the USA army who fell in Panama while the construction of the canal and during the years as a military occupation. After, you move to one of the most historic monuments in Panama that describes the power of a United States Military Base in Panama, the Administration Building. Inside the lobby are various murals used to describe the history of the construction of the Miraflores Locks. Your next visit is the highest point of the City of Panama, the Cerro Ancon. This viewpoint covers the city of Panama and also the Pacific entrance to the Canal. This strategic point was used by the Spanish army in the colonial time to prevent the second city of Panama of an invasion of pirates. Many years later, the United States military used it as a strategic point for communications and also to control invasions from Panamanians or any intention from enemies to get in the canal from the Pacific. You will be able to see the three cities built in the area of the city of Panama and you will see a demonstrated point of view on why Panama has a cultural diversity and influence different from other countries. The expedition continues to explain the strategies and constructions of the United States military to protect the main entrance to the Canal on the Pacific. Visit a military bunker built from one of the Islands that forms the Causeway. See the perception and strategies that the United States conceived to protect the Panama Canal.

Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $85.00
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