Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour

 

FULL TRANSIT TOUR OCEAN TO OCEAN

Full Tour by Ship through the Panama Canal

Duration: Approximately 10-11 hours.


Rates:

$250 USD per person. 

$150 USD. Children 2-8 years old. 


Low Season Rate (from May 1st to October 31st, 2016)

$220 USD per person.

$125 USD. Children. 2-8 years. 


The Panama Canal one of the most interesting engeneering marvels os all times awaits you on this complete tour traveling from ocean to ocean. This tour begins at the Pacific entrance to the Canal in Panama City and terminates at the Caribbean (Atlantic Ocean) at the city of Colón (Columbus). Upon arrival in Colón, passengers disembark the boat and are transferred by luxury tour bus back to the city of Panama and to the same point of departure for the tour at Amador Causeway.

Meeting Point: Our tour begins at the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) in the city of Panama, only 15-20 minutes from the center of the city and from the principle districts: Vía España, El Cangrejo, Vía Argentina, Calle 50, banking area, Avenida Balboa, Calle Uruguay, Paitilla, Punta Pacífica, Marbella, Avenida Perú, Obarrio, Bella Vista, Perejil, Calidonia, Albrook, El Casco Antiguo.  

There are two specific points of departure, though both are very close on to the other: The Flamenco Marina or La Playita. At the time you make your reservations you will be informed as to which location you will depart from. 

Departure Time: Generally the tour departs in the morning at 7:00am; although it is the Panama Canal Authority who assign the exact departure times for the ships. It is for this reason that we request passengers to email us the day before you tour so that we can confirm the exact time of your tour. Departure times do vary, and the Canal Authority communicates to us one day in advance the axact time of our scheduled departure. 

Example of the Ocean to Ocean Complete Tour of The Panama Canal

Our journey by ship begins at the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), where passengers will board the ship to travel the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in only one day. Only in Panama do we have the priviledge of both oceans being separated by only 80 kilometers at the country´s narrowest point. This is where the Panama Canal is located. As we travel towards the first set of locks you will have the opportunity to observe the spectacular Bay of Panama and the amazing skyscrapers of the city of Panama. We will travel under the Bridge of the Americas, one of only two bridges that unite a bisected Central America and serve to unite North America and South America; you willl also enjoy astounding views of the islands in the Bay of Panama that serve as the natural shield for the mouth of the Canal.

The ship will transcend the first set of locks at Miraflores where we will ascend a total of 18 meters in two stages, you will experience the boat as it elevates to the height of the surrounding mountains trapped between the locks as water rushes in. There in Miraflores there is a Canal Visitor Center and you will observe as dozens of curious canal visitors take notes of the marrel as our ship passes through the locks.

After passing through the locks we will navigate across Miraflores Lake, a small fresh water lake that separates the two locks on the Pacific side of the canal, son arriving at the locks at Pedro Miguel locks our boat will ascend a total of 9 meters in one stage.

At the locks at both Miraflores and Pedro Miguel you will have the opportunity to experience how the boat is elevated to each succesive level while being trapped between the locks; giant , concrete chambers that close allowing the huge container to be filled with water. It is truly a unique opportunity to experience an astounding feat of engineering.

Upon leaving the Pedro Miguel Locks our ship will traverse the Corte Culebra (Snake Pass) where the Chagres River empties into the Canal. Corte Culebra or Snake Pass, was given this name, because, as you will observe, the curves in the canal are similar to those of a snake. This is one of the most interesting parts of the Canals as it was built crossing the Continental Divide, giving it a great valve both historically as well as geologically.

Once we have crossed through the Corte Culebra we will pass underneath the second bridge that crosses the Panama Canal, the Centenario Bridge. In this area you will be able to to appreciate not only the great amount of maintainence that this area requires due to its susceptibility to land slides, but also the ongoing project working to expand the canal.

Minutes after passing under The Centenario Bridge we will have the opportunity to navigate the famous Gatun Lake, which for many years held the distinction of being the world´s largest man-made lake, yest still is one of the largest. Gatun Lake is fed by the powerful Chagres River which in turn feeds the Panama Canal. Being there you will feel as if you are sailing on the open ocean due to the inmensity of the expansión of the lake. Traversing the turgoise-colored fresh waters of Gatun Lake, you will observe dozens of islands which are home to a largte variety of flora and fauna, many species of which are unique in the entire wolrd. For this reason, Gatun Lake is a site of great importance ecologically and is host to the center for Tropical Investigations of the Smithsonian Institute located on Barro Colorado Island, investigators have discovered dozens of species that are only found on that very island. You will abe to bear witness to know nature in conjunction with mankind heve joined forcess to créate one of the most breathtaking environments on the planet.

Arriving at the Caribbean our boat will enter into the lock at Gatun where we will descend a total of 26 meters in three stages terminating at sea level of the Atlantic Ocean. It is truly a megestic and astonishing marvel to experience the locks at Gatun our boat willl navigate on the city of Colon on the caribbean coast of Panama docking at the cruise ship terminal number 6 where all passengers will disembark the ship and board the luxury tour buses for the return trip to the city of Panama and the same meeting place as where the tour began.

The return trip by bus ton Panama Cauty takes about and hours and a half. We can assure you that this will ne one of the most dynamic and awe-inspiring one-day tours that you can experience in all the world.


Tour Includes

  • Bilingual Guides/Narrators (Spanish-English) during the enntire boat tour. 
  • Guide
  • Breakfast. 
  • Complete buffet style lunch.
  • Afternoon snack + coffeee + tea. 
  • Drinking water and natural drinks, all you can drink. 
  • Bus transportation from from Colon back to the Amador Causeway in Panama City. 

 

Note: Bar service will be available on the boat. The tour price does not include alcoholic beverages. 

What to Take: Comfortable clothes and shoes, wide-brim hat, sunblock, sun glasses, video and / or cameras, raincoat or umbrela, cash for the purchase of souvenirs, if you wish to do so. 


Available Dates 2016

The most visited tour in Panama!. The following is a detailed list of the dates during 2016, that still offer available space for the tours. Dates not listed are no longer available as all spaces have been reserved and the tours are sold out. In order to ensure space on one of our ships we strongly request that you make your reservations with as much anticipation as possible. 

 

Available Dates for the Full (Complete) Panama Canal Tour.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL
MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
 4, 18  2, 16 6, 20
SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
 3, 17 1, 15 5, 19 3, 17

 

Available Dates for the Partial Panama Canal Tour.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL
MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
3, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 31. 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 28.  1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30. 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27.
SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
3, 9, 10, 17, 18, 23, 24, 30 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29. 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

Information and Reservations: info@ivantours.com  


 

AVAILABLE DATES 2017

 

The most visited tour in Panama!. The following is a detailed list of the dates during 2017, that still offer available space for the tours. Dates not listed are no longer available as all spaces have been reserved and the tours are sold out. In order to ensure space on one of our ships we strongly request that you make your reservations with as much anticipation as possible. 

 

Available Dates for the Full (Complete) Panama Canal Tour.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL
7, 14, 21 4, 11, 18 4, 11, 18 1, 15
MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
  6, 20,  3, 17 1, 15 5, 19
SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
2, 16 7, 21 4, 18 2, 16

 

Available Dates for the Partial Panama Canal Tour.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL
1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.
 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31.   1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29
MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
2, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 21, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30. 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30. 1, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29. 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26
SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
2, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29, 30. 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 22, 27, 28, 31. 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28. 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Information and Reservations: info@ivantours.com 

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