Visiting: Panama City, Panama Canal Boat Tour, Rainforest, Beaches.
Day 1. Panama City
Arrive at Tocumen International Airport. You will be picked up and driven to your hotel in the capital city of Panama.
Hotel: Toscana Inn or Similar.
Stay: 3 nights.
Rooms: Double. Breakfast included.
Day 2. Panama City Tour + Canal Museum and Canal Visitor Center.
Duration: 4-5 hrs approx.
Includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fees.
After Breakfast your guide will meet you at the lobby to take you to discover the most modern city in Latin America. This four-hour tour will allow you to learn a little about Panama City.
Discover the Old Panama (Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo), and know the main attraction of the city and one of the wonders of the world The Panama Canal.
On this tour you will see the 2 sides of Panama, where you will visit the modern side of Panama, the sophisticated city center, the historic side of town where you will visit the city’s Old Town, historic heritage of humanity. Here you can feel the Panama’s colonial past and its importance, and appreciate the different architectural styles of Europe in the New World.
Then visit the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center, where you can see up close the full operation of the Panama Canal. Finishing with a scenic visit of Amador Causeway at the southern entrance of the Canal, a path that connects the mainland of Panama City with the islands Naos, Perico and Flamenco. This road was built with material and rock of the Culebra Cut, when building the Panama Canal. This tour includes guide, transportation, and entrance to the Canal.
Day 3. Panama City. Panama Canal Boat Transit Tour
Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour or Full Transit Tour
Partial Transit. Duration: 5-6 hours approx.
Full Transit. Duration: 11 hrs approx.
Partial Transit Includes: guide, buffet lunch, water and soft drinks (all you can drink).
Full Transit Tour: guide, light breakfast, buffet lunch, water and soft drinks (all you can drink).
Details Partial Transit.
We enter the canal at the north end of the Gailard cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. The Vessel will travel the Cut’s 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.
Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.
Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline.
Details. Full Transit Tour. Ocean to Ocean.
Our trip departs from the Amador Causeway at 7:00 a.m., and you will travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. Once in the cruise, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before passing under the Bridge of the Americas.
The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the cruise will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one step.
After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the cruise will travel through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.
You will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. During your transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Pier 6, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.
Day 4. Panama City – Rainforest Emberá Indian Village Tour
Pick Up Time: 08.00am.
Duration: 8 hrs approx.
Includes: Land and boat transportation, guide, lunch.
Your adventure will begin when one of our friendly guides will pick you up at your Panama City or Colon hotel or cruise ship port around 8:00 am. You will drive for about an hour along the Panama Canal (Chagres River¸ huge river that feeds the Canal) and Soberania National Park while your guide will share interesting information about Panama and preparing you for your visit with the Emberá people. You will arrive at the shores of Lake Alajuela where the Emberá will meet you with their handmade dugout canoe.
You will embark on a 30-60 minute boat ride (time depends of water level in the river). You will pass through virgin rain forest and see many birds, such as herons, egrets, osprey, possibly toucans and wild parrots, as well as turtles, maybe a caiman and if you are lucky a sloth, otter or monkeys from the boat. If the water level is high enough you can stop at a local waterfall for a quick dip on the way to the village.
Upon arrival in the village you will be greeted with a traditional greeting of music and seated in a typical community hut you will be treated to a fascinating presentation by the Emberá about their history, culture and how they live. After the presentation you will be served a delicious lunch of fresh fish, fried plantains and local fruit.
After lunch, you will have the option to take a 20-30 minute hike with one of the village elders to learn about their medicinal plants. Then you will be given free time in the village to look at or purchase any of their exquisite hand woven baskets, plates or masks made from palm leaf fibers or Cocobolo wood (rosewood) or Tagua nut carvings, get a cultural temporary tattoo, swim in the river, play with the Emberá children, interact with the villagers or take pictures.
Your day tour will end with a display of shamanic and celebrational music and dancing by the villagers. After the dancing it is time to say goodbye to your new Emberá friends who will stay in your heart forever. You will arrive back in the city between 4:00-5:00 pm filled with fond memories of your day with the Emberá tribe in Panamá.
Day 5. Contadora Island. Central Pacific
Pick Up Time: 6:15am. Transfer to the pier.
7:00pm. Transfer by boat / yacht, to Contadora Island in the Pacific, an hour and a forty minutes from Panama City.
7:40 am approx. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel: Perla Real or similar.
Room: Double. Breakfast included.
Stay: 2 nights.
Free day to enjoy the beach or snorkeling, diving, swimming, visiting nearby islands, tour the island.
Day 6. Contadora Island
Free day to enjoy Contadora and its beaches.
Day 7. Contadora Island – Panama City
3:00pm. Transfer from Contadora to Panama City
5:00pm approx. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel: Toscana Inn or similar.
Stay: 1 night.
Room: Double. Breakfast included.
Day 8. International Airport
Destination: Tocumen International airport
Rates with Partial Transit Tour: $1360 USD per person, based on 2 persons. Double occupancy.
Rates with Full Transit Tour: $1430 USD per person, based on 2 persons. Double occupancy.
This Superior Packages Includes:
- 5 nights / Panama City. Breakfast.
- 2 nights / Contadora Island. Breakfast.
- Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour or Full Transit Tour. Lunch.
- Panama City Tour and Canal Visitor Center.
- Round Trip Transportation to the docks (Panama Canal Tour and Contadora Island).
- Round Trip boat/yacht to Contadora.
- Airport private transfers (25 kmts each way).
- Tourism Taxes (10%).
In order to process your reservation we willl need the following information:
- Credit card number and expiration date. Visa or Master Card Only.
- Name as it appears on the credit card.
- Names of all passenngers who will take the tour.
- City and country of origin.
- Telephone number (home country or local if known).
- Hotel you will be staying at.