Panama Escorted Land Tour



8 Days ~ All meals included ~ Weekly Departures
Fully Escorted ~ Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

Itinerary

Day 1 – Panama City, Panama
Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. Take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal: one through the canal locks and another cruise on Gatun Lake. The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Explore rainforests and sandy beaches. Meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle. Transfers from Panama’s Tocumen Airport to your hotel for a two night stay are included. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join your fellow travelers for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel. D

Day 2 – Old Panama, Miraflores Locks
This morning, visit the ruins of Panama Viejo (Old Panama), the city founded by the Spanish in 1519, as a gateway for gold from the Inca Empire. Next, on your scenic drive of Panama City’s bayfront, enjoy views of Casco Antiguo (The Old French Quarter) and today’s modern skyline. Panama City is a blend of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas seasoned with Latin American flavor and style. Lunch. Visit the Canal Museum at Miraflores, overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Learn about the Canal construction and operation. From Pre-Columbian times to the present day, Panama had a prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Next, drive through the City of Knowledge, the former United States Army Base, Fort Clayton. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Panama Tour MapDay 3 – Panama Canal Cruise – Gatun Lake
This morning cross the Isthmus to Colon, the Caribbean port at the north end of the Panama Canal. Your short drive through Colon passes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center. See the construction of the new locks at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. Learn how the locks raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. Afternoon boat ride on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. Cruise through jungle canals and by hilltop islands, home to a variety of wildlife. Look for monkeys. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your resort located in the rainforest. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Panama Canal Cruise – Locks Transit
Today an unforgettable adventure as you cruise another portion of the Panama Canal. Cruise by the Bridge of the Americas, pass through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, and cross the Continental Divide. Then wind through the Gaillard Cut to the town of Gamboa. Your small passenger vessel allows for close-up views of the opening and closing of the huge six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. See, at eye-level, how transiting vessels are guided by tugboats and pulled by small trains. (Please note that the route may be reversed.) Next, drive by the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute. Return to your jungle resort. Stroll the gardens, swim in the pool, or enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Embera Indians, Butterflies, Orchids
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. See exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Look for colorful butterflies on your visit to a butterfly garden. See rare tropical orchids at an orchid nursery. Visit an open air frog garden. Next, cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Playa Bonita
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your beach resort. Swim in your hotel’s infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beach comb and enjoy your resort’s amenities. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Handicrafts, Museum of Biodiversity
Morning return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Enjoy spectacular views from Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life, and exotic wood handicrafts. Lunch. Visit the world-renowned Museum of Biodiversity, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Enjoy a farewell dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Panama City
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Transfers to Panama’s Tocumen airport are provided, arriving at 5:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. ¡Hasta la vista! B

Special Feature: Two Daytime Cruises on the Panama Canal
Enjoy two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal. Your Panama Canal Gatun Lake Cruise is one hour by small watercraft. Your Panama Canal Locks Transit Cruise is usually three hours, depending on canal schedules. This is a public vessel so you may be joined by other tourists. The smaller size of the ship allows for unique close-up views of the opening and closing of the six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.

Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Hotels – listed by day
1, 2  Panama City, Marriott Courtyard
3, 4  Gamboa, Gamboa Rainforest Resort
5,6  Playa Bonita, Westin Playa Bonita
7     Panama City, InterContinental Miramar

Prices from … $1195 pp/do plus taxes 
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