Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

 

PARTIAL TRANSIT BOAT TOUR – PACIFIC AREA AND LOCKS

Partial Tour by Ship through the Panama Canal  

Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.


Rates: $180 USD per person.  $120 USD. Children. 2-8 years.  


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

$150 USD per person. 

$100 USD. Children. 2-8 years.


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 between 7:00am and 8:00am, 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. 

Our Transit

The Panama Canal, a true engineering marvel, awaits you for this partial tour as we adventure through the Pacific locks of the Panama Canal that will involve approximately 5 to 6 hours. You will navigate, in addition to the entire entrance to the Panama Canal, the locks at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, living the experience of the raizing and lowering of our ship above and below sea level.

We can operate this tour either from north to south or south to north following the instructions we are given the very day of the tour by the Canal Authority. Whichever direction we take, the tour is the same and you will be navigating the famous Panama Canal. When departuring from the south towards the north we begin at the pacific entrance to the canal and travel north towards an area called the Gamboa zone. When departing from the north we initiate the tour in the Gamboa zone and navigate south, terminating in the pacific entrance to the canal. Either direction the tour is the same. 

When the tour schedules to initiate at Gamboa, we transfer our passengers by luxury tour bus from the meeting point in Amador Causeway to the Gamboa zone and the installations of the Dredging Division of the Panama Canal Authority. This transfer by tour bus requires 45 minutes. Once at Gamboa passengers will immediately board the boat and initiate your cruise through the Panama Canal. 

Otherwise, the tour will beging from the docks at our meeting point at Amador Causeway, terminating the journey by boat at Gamboa where the passengers will disembark and be transfered by luxury tour bus back to the meeting point at Amador Causeway. 

Example of a typical Partial Transit Panama Canal Tour:

 

The boats itinerary begins at Gamboa at the northern entrance to the Corte Culebra (Snake Pass). named as such curves in the canal that resemble a snake. This is the point where the Chagres River empties into the canal and this is one of the most interesting points of the pass as it was constructed crossing the Continental Divide, giving it significance both historically and geologically. Our cruise will navigate the entire 14 kilometers that make up the pass on our voyage to the locks at Pedro Miguel. At this location you will be able to observe the work that is being done to expand the Panama Canal. 

Before arrinving at the Pedro Miguel Locks in the southern part of the Corte Culebra, we will pass underneath the very modern Centenario Bridge that crosses the Panama Canal. Once arriving at the Pedro Miguel Locks our boat will descend 9 meters down to the level of Miraflores lake, a small fresh-water lake that separates the two Pacific side locks of the Canal. We navigate across Miraflores lake where we meet The Miraflores Locks at which point we will again descend, this time for a total of 18 meters in two stages. Finalizing this last decent our ship arrives at the waters of the Pacific Ocean, you will have the opportunity to experience the descent of the boat as it is trapped between the locks that close, allowig the waters to empty into the pacific ocean leaving our ship at sea level. It is an opportunity to appreciate a unique engineering accomplishment, exceptional in nature and experience not to be missed. 

In Miraflores  you will have the opportunity to live the experience of watching dozens of the other ship pass, their myriad of curious passengers as awed at seeing you as you at seeing them. 

After passing through the Miraflores Locks our boat will travel on to the Pacific Ocean. We will pass under the historic Bridge of the Americas, one of the longest on the continent at 1.6 kilometers of longitude. The Bridge of the Americas along with the Centenario Bridge not only join a Central America bisected by the Canal, but also North America and South America. 

During our tour through the Pacific entrance to the Canal you will have the opportunity to observe the imposing skyscrapers visible from the bay of the city of Panama, as well as to enjoy exquisite views of the islands that form a natural shield protecting the Panama Canal. Our boat will sail on to the Flamenco Marina or to La Playita (Amador Causeway) where all passengers will disembark. It is truly one the most impacting tours in the entire world. 

 


Tour Includes

  • Bilingual Guides/Narrators (Spanish-English) during the enntire boat tour. 
  • Complete buffet style lunch.
  • Drinking water and natural drinks, all you can drink. 
  • Transportation from Amador Causeway (meeting point) to Gamboa to board the ship or vice-versa.

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 umbrella. 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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