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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.


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Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

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, Thursday - Depart for Panama
Depart on your flight to Panama, a country rich in history and culture, home to many indigenous cultures. Arrive in spirited Panama City, and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a local Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager on the journey through Panama
Overnight: Panama City

DAY 2, Friday - 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 will see a freighter passing through the locks today - it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Panama City to discover contemporary 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. Stop at an artisan market located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, try your hand at bargaining with local artists for a wide variety of crafts and local goods. Continue to the ever-expanding modern section before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for personal explorations or 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 also located on the Amador Causeway.  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. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: The Bridge of Life: Biomuseo Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Panama Canal Transit Cruise*
Depart for the Panama Canal to board a ship that will take you on a transit cruise of the canal. Begin at Gaillard Cut, the excavated gorge across the Continental Divide, named for the American engineer who supervised this most challenging section of the entire canal project. Then, the boat passes under the Centennial Bridge on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. As you enter the first lock, experience a drop into Miraflores Lake that connects to the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Next, enter the Miraflores Locks where the boat is lowered in two different steps into the Pacific Ocean where you sail to the disembarkation point at Amador Causeway after passing under the Bridge of the Americas. After this truly fascinating experience ends in Panama Bay, transfer to your hotel in Soberania National Park, known for its varied and large population of birds
Overnight: Soberania National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Lake Gatun Boat Excursion
A huge contrast in scenery as you drive through the lush Panamanian rainforest to the exotic Gamboa rainforest, tucked into tranquil Soberania National Park. Once there, travel by boat on Lake Gatun, the most scenic spot on this famed passage between two oceans. As you cruise into secret waterways, see hidden islands with capuchin and howler monkeys leaping in the trees, various bird species and iguanas that call this paradise home. After a delightful restaurant lunch on the river bank, continue to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore independently or participate in the Soberania National Park Aerial Tram with Ecological Exhibitions optional. See the forest from a different perspective in an aerial tram. Glide through the treetops, you will experience the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest. See Chagres River, Gatun Lake, Panama Canal and Embera Indigenous Village from an Observation Tower before visiting the Ecological Exhibits. After, return to your hotel before tonight's dinner together
Optional: Soberania National Park Aerial Tram with Ecological Exhibitions
Overnight: Soberania National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Embera Indigenous Village
Today's adventure begins at Chagres National Park in the eastern sector of the Panama Canal. Here transfer to a "piragua" (paddle dug-out canoe) that takes you on a scenic passage into the jungle to meet the indigenous Embera tribe known as the "keepers of the rainforest." We'll be warmly welcomed with cultural dances and music that hasn't changed much since Columbus arrived. 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. Share a specially prepared traditional meal with the Embera Indians before your return to Gamboa. Transfer to the hotel for an afternoon 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. Dinner tonight at the resort
Optional: Historic Trail of Panama & The Canal Tour
Overnight: Playa Bonita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Playa Bonita
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Playa Bonita or participate in the optional excursion to El Valle de Anton. Through the rural villages and rolling green hills west of Panama City is the picturesque town of El Valle, nestled in the crater of a giant extinct volcano. Visit beautiful waterfalls framed by dense jungle in Chorro El Macho, marvel at the abundance of native tropical animals and flora at the Níspero Botanical Gardens & Zoo and try to solve the riddle of the pre-Columbian petroglyphs at La Piedra Pintada, which to this date no archaeologist has been able to explain. The Chorro Macho Trail is an easy, short loop across several bridges and through a spectacular rainforest. The beautiful and impressive Chorro Macho waterfall is a major attraction on this trail, so don't forget your camera! After the tour, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant and a visit to the famed Sunday handicraft market to which the Indigenous artisans bring their wares. Transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Optional: Full Day Excursion to El Valle De Anton
Overnight: Playa Bonita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Local Farm Experience
After breakfast, enjoy an early departure to a local farm where you'll be able to experience the flora and fauna of Panama up-close! Arrive at a Pineapple Farm, where you will be able to see the process of cultivating pineapple, the progress of the cultivated seeds and final stage when the fruit is ready to harvest. You will have the opportunity to see the different types of fruit usage and packaging process. The tour ends with a tasting of the different products such as jams, juices, and fresh fruit cuts. Depart the farm for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located at Punta Culebra, just outside the heart of Panama City. Experience an open-air museum focusing mainly on marine science and education, conservation and interpretation of marine coastal environments. Most of the constructions here are old military bunkers built during World War I with columns that date back to the construction of the Panama Canal. The Punta Culebra Nature Center allows visitors to take a short journey through Panama's geological, military and natural history, and to learn about marine and terrestrial life through a unique experience. Transfer back to your hotel for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure. Later, enjoy tonight's Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Playa Bonita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Panama
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Due to low water levels in the Gatun Lake, which provides all the water for canal operations, the Panama Canal has implemented strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedule and may cause changes to tour departure time.

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Optional Tours

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 #2 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $69.00
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See the forest from a different perspective in an aerial tram. Glide through the treetops, you will experience the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest. A guide on board will accompany you to describe the flora and fauna of the region. Arrive at a hilltop where you walk up spiral ramp to the top of the Observation Tower. From here, see sights like Chagres River, Gatun Lake, Panama Canal and Embera Indigenous Village. After continue to visit the Ecological Exhibits where you will be able to interact with the flora and fauna of the region.

Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 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 #5 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $85.00
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Through the rural villages and rolling green hills west of Panama City is the picturesque town of El Valle, nestled in the crater of a giant extinct volcano. Visit beautiful waterfalls framed by dense jungle in Chorro El Macho, marvel at the abundance of native tropical animals and flora at the Níspero Botanical Gardens & Zoo and try to solve the riddle of the pre-Columbian petroglyphs at La Piedra Pintada. Enjoy a walk on the Chorro Macho Trail across several bridges and through spectacular rainforest. The beautiful and impressive Chorro Macho waterfall is a major attraction on this trail, so don't forget your camera! After the tour, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, and visit the famed handicraft market to which the Indigenous artisans bring their wares.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours. Details to be advised locally.

Day #6 01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 $129.00
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