Panama Canal and Pacific Beaches

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,125 per Person

Get up close to the impressive wonder that is the Panama Canal on this 9 day tour, then head to an all-inclusive Pacific Beach Resort to swim, snorkel and lounge in the sand. On the final two nights you will enjoy a wild experience in the rainforest on a visit to Monkey Island. Soar through the canopy on an aerial tram and be dazzled by the biodiversity around you.

Day 1

Arrive in Panama

On arrival at Tocumen International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to Amador Causeway which provides a spectacular setting along the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Your Hotel is where you wlll spend the next three nights will have a picturesque view of the entrance of the Panama Canal from the balcony.

Night at Country Inn and Suites – Canal View Room (B)

Day 2

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour

Begin your partial transit tour in Gamboa and head south to Gatun Lake. You’ll sail through Galliard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal. This portion of the Continental Divide was once carved through rock and shale when the canal opened in 1914.

You’ll get a chance to check out the amazing $5.25 billion grand scale expansion project on the Panama Canal, a project that will allow it to accommodate larger ships than ever.

You’ll also sail through the Pedro Miguel Locks, where the vessel will be lowered into Miraflores Lake. Transition from freshwater to saltwater at the Miraflores Locks and then sail under the bridge of the Americas.

Night at Country Inn and Suites – Canal View Room (B)

Day 3

Historic Panama Railway along the Canal, Private Gatun Locks / Canal Expansion Visitors Centers and Historical PortobeloTour

Take a historic ride along the Panama Canal on this railway, snaking through protected rainforests filled with an array of wildlife and birds. Follow the river to where it feeds into Gatun Lake, once the largest man-made lake in the world. Admire amazing views of the Panama Canal and watch the giant ships transferring between the two oceans.

Gatun Locks Visitor Center

Gatun Locks is one of the most impressive locks on the canal and it gives you better views of the ships than Miraflores. Watch the fascinating process of the ships moving through the locks as your bilingual guide explains how the system works. This is an excellent photo opportunity!

Panama Canal Expansion Project Visitors Center

Visit this center and learn about the immense project currently underway to widen the canal, which will double it’s capacity. During this tour you will get to see history in the making and learn about the history of one of the world’s most impressive man-made wonders.

Historic Portobelo

Explore lovely historic Portobelo, a quiet bayside town steeped in history. See the colonial fortifications, the Custom House (built 1640), the Hospital Chapel (built 1597) and the statue of the Black Christ which is said to have divine powers. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading back along the highway to your hotel in Panama City.

Day 4

Private Anton Valley and Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour

Take a drive through the rolling green hills west of Panama City to the town of El Valle, nestled in the crater of a giant extinct volcano. Admire the views of the fertile green farmland, jagged mountain peaks and lush forests. El Valle is known as the Land of the Eternal Spring because of its cool and fresh climate.

Take a hike along the Chorro Macho Trail, an easy and short loop through some beautiful mature rainforest to an impressive waterfall. Then, go on a thrilling ride through the treetops with the Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour.

Afterward, enjoy an authentic local meal at a restaurant and visit a handicraft market to peruse the wares of local Indigenous artisans.

Night at Sheraton Bijao All-Inclusive Beach Resort – Deluxe Ocean View Room (All Inclusive)

Day 5

Day at Leisure to Enjoy the Beach and Amenities of the Resort

On a sprawling Panamanian beach along the serene Pacific Ocean, the Sheraton Bijao All Inclusive Beach Resort has everything you could possibly want for total relaxation at an idyllic beach location. Amenities beyond the beach included an inviting multi-layered pool, access to a 9-hole golf course, a fitness center and much more!

Night at Sheraton Bijao All-Inclusive Beach Resort – Deluxe Ocean View Room (All Inclusive)

Day 6

Day at Leisure to Enjoy the Beach and Amenities of the Resort

On a sprawling Panamanian beach along the serene Pacific Ocean, the Sheraton Bijao All Inclusive Beach Resort has everything you could possibly want for total relaxation at an idyllic beach location. Amenities beyond the beach included an inviting multi-layered pool, access to a 9-hole golf course, a fitness center and much more!

Night at Sheraton Bijao All-Inclusive Beach Resort – Deluxe Ocean View Room (All Inclusive)

Day 7

Private Half Day Panama City and Miraflores Locks Visitors Center Tour en Route to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort

See the highlights of vibrant and historic Panama City on this half day tour. You’ll see some of the most significant landmarks, such as the art museum Las Bovedas which was once used for storing gold and the stunning gold-plated altar of the San Jose Church. You’ll also see the National Theatre, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Cathedral and the Presidential Palace.Your guide will give you fascinating insight into the rich historic of the city.

You’ll also visit the famous Miraflores Locks, where an expert guide will take you step by step through the history and operation of this amazing wonder of the world.

Last but not least, visit the Causeway – a collection of three islands linked to the mainland by the Panama Canal breakwaters.Here you will find an array of great bars, international fine cuisine, shopping and the new Flamenco Cruise Terminal.

Night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Deluxe River View Room with Balcony and Hammock (B)

Day 8

Gatun Lake Boat Expedition and Aerial Tram with Ecological Exhibitions Tour

Ascend 280 feet from the cool forest floor through the dense rainforest to the sun-drenched canopy filled with a thousand shades of green. Admire the view of Soberania National Park from the observation tower while watching the giant cargo ships make their way through the Galliard Cut.

Then, take a thrilling ride at high speed through the heart of the Panama Canal. Slow down as you enter the jungle-covered islands of Gatun Lake. In this protected wilderness you are likely to spot howler monkeys, three toed sloths, toucans, capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, turtles, caimans, butterflies and other amazing creatures. Your naturalist guide will tell you fascinating facts about Panama’s diverse wildlife as you glide through this beautiful Eden.

Night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Deluxe River View Room with Balcony and Hammock (B)

Day 9

Depart Panama

Today you will be picked up in the lobby of the hotel about 2.5 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight to be transferred to Tocumen International Airport.

Departure day. (B)

This is a private tour so it can be customized to be longer with add-ons to visit the Kuna Yala and San Blas islands or the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.

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