Across Panama to the Atlantic... and back

+ Our full Canal Transit takes you from the Pacific to the Atlantic!
+ Discover history and culture – from Casco Antiguo’s World Heritage architecture to the Afro-Caribbean traditions of Portobelo.
+ Learn about America’s involvement with the Canal, from its construction to the vital role our military played in its protection.
+ Ride aboard the historic Panama Railroad and see the massive new canal.
+ Visit an Emberá village to learn about one of Panama’s most unique indigenous groups.
+ Dine at a congenial fonda, a traditional countryside restaurant popular with families for its farm-to-table fare.
+ Includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites c
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Panama City

    On arrival in Panama City, you’ll be greeted and escorted to the 5-star Central Hotel.
  • Day 2 - History of the Canal

    Marvel at the ships entering the Canal at the Miraflores Locks and delve into its history during a talk with the Panama Canal Authority. Visit the only American Cemetery in Latin America, learn about US military history at historic island bunkers in the Causeway, and visit the Canal Administration Building which opened in 1914. At the BioDiversity Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, you’ll learn how Panama’s vital role as a land bridge between North and South America has impacted biodiversity and human life on both Continents. Tonight we’ll gather for a Welcome Dinner with wine. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - Through the Canal

    Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic on a full Canal transit, joining the huge ships that rely on this vital passage. You’ll enter the Miraflores Locks and traverse the Gaillard Cut. Arriving in the Caribbean port of Colon, transfer to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and check in to your riverview balcony guestroom. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - Guided Gatun Lake Nature Expedition

    Naturalist guided exploration of the islands in Gatun Lake offers a chance to learn about the tropical flora and to observe native species like sloths, caimans, and monkeys. At Gamboa’s ecological exhibits and rescue center, you’ll see and learn about additional rainforest creatures including butterflies and tropical frogs. The rest of this afternoon is free so you can enjoy the tropical setting and amenities of our resort. Meals B
  • Day 5 - Through the Forest to an Emberá Village

    Travel to the edge of Lake Alajuela where Emberá villagers will meet you with their dugout canoes. Traveling silently into the virgin rainforest offers a chance to spot herons, egrets, and ospreys. With luck and sharp eyes, you might also see toucans, otters and sloths. Deep in the pristine forest, you’ll spend time with the Emberá in their village - learning about their daily life, tribal history and enduring traditions from their shamanic rites to dance and music. After lunch with the villagers, you can join a tribal elder for a nature walk to learn about their medicinal use of indigenous plants. This evening, enjoy dinner and wine at the Chagres River View Restaurant. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Panama Railroad + Portobelo + Our Pacific Resort

    Journey across the isthmus aboard the Panama Railroad, built in 1855 for fortune seekers during the Gold Rush. From atop the Canal Expansion Center, you’ll see the newly-expanded canal built to accommodate massive ships up to 1,400 feet long and 180 feet wide! Then explore Portobelo c, rich with history and the ruins of Colonial forts. Enjoy lunch accompanied by wine and Afro-Caribbean dance before checking in to your Pacific-view room at the Westin Playa Bonita Resort. Meals B+L
  • Day 7 - Ancient History and Daily Life in Panama City

    This mornings walking tour in Casco Antiguo c takes you along cobblestone streets graced by fine Colonial architecture. Stop to sample ceviche and local beer at the fish market and then join city residents on the modern subway to visit El Carmen Church. Then end your sightseeing with the archaeological ruins at Panama Viejoc. Founded in 1519, this was the earliest settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. After lunch at Mercao, we’ll take you back to the Westin so you can enjoy this Pacific resort. Meals B+L
  • Day 8 - In the Countryside

    Ascend into the lofty hills of Altos de Campana National Park for views of the Canal Basin. Home to a variety of exotic birds like the orange-bellied trogon and white-tailed hawk, it’s a great place for birdwatchers. Then visit an orchid farm and have lunch in a typical countryside restaurant known for its fine farm-to-table Panamanian dishes. Tonight, enjoy our Farewell Dinner with wine at the Westin. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Adios, Playa Bonita

    We’ll take you to the airport today. Meals B

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Our Small Group Sampler Value

+ Expertly-guided sightseeing throughout Panama City and Portobelo with never more than 16 guests
+ Full transit through the Panama Canal and a journey on the historic Panama Railroad
+ Naturalist-guided exploration of Gamboa Lake and its forested islands
+ Special excursion to Altos de Campana National Park and an orchid farm
+ 16 meals: 8 breakfast, 6 lunches and 3 dinners with wine
+ 8 nights in our fine hotels and resorts, all with free in-room WiFi Internet access
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Panama City - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
7/18/2019
Sold Out
7/26/2019 $3499 $3199
 
8/15/2019
Guaranteed
8/23/2019 $3499 $2999
 
9/19/2019
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9/27/2019 $3499 $2999
 
10/17/2019
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10/25/2019 $3499 $3199
 
11/14/2019
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11/22/2019 $3499 $2999
 
1/9/2020
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1/17/2020 $3699 $3399
 
1/16/2020
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1/24/2020 $3699 $3399
 
2/6/2020
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2/14/2020 $3699 $3399
 
2/13/2020
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2/21/2020 $3699 $3399
 
3/12/2020 3/20/2020 $3699 $3399
 
3/19/2020 3/27/2020 $3699 $3399
 
4/16/2020 4/24/2020 $3599 $3299
 
5/14/2020 5/22/2020 $3599 $3299
 
6/18/2020 6/26/2020 $3599 $3299
 
7/16/2020 7/24/2020 $3599 $3299
 
8/13/2020 8/21/2020 $3599 $3299
 
9/17/2020 9/25/2020 $3599 $3299
 
10/15/2020 10/23/2020 $3599 $3299
 
11/19/2020 11/27/2020 $3599 $3299
 

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  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216
  • Additional Savings when you pay-in-full at time of booking on Complete Panama Canal for Aug 15, Sep 19, and Nov 14, 2019.

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Our Private Journey Value

+ Expertly-guided Small Group sightseeing in Panama City and Portobelo
+ Full transit through the Panama Canal and a journey on the historic Panama Railroad
+ Naturalist-guided Aerial Tram Adventure above the rainforest canopy
+ Special Small Group excursion to El Valle in the Panamanian countryside
+ 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners with wine
+ 8 nights in our deluxe hotel and resorts, all with free in-room WiFi Internet access
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Any Thursday - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
4/16/2019 12/31/2019 $4199 $3899
 
1/1/2020 12/19/2020 $4199 $3899
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Trip

  • Travel on to Costa Rica

    5 Day Extension from $1,899

    Discover Costa Rica’s natural wonders on our unique post-Panama adventure. We include terrific hotels, all on-tour transportation, and guided expeditions in small congenial groups.

    View Day by Day »

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Trip Reviews

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(172 Traveler Reviews)

  • Susan from CA gives this tour 

    There was so many things my husbands and I loved about the trip, it is hard to sum it all up, but I'll try. Our guide, Al was wonderful - informative, helpful and had every aspect well organized. Even the one snafu (out of A&R's control), he manged an alternative for us. We loved that the tour included a lot of things that we would never have found on our own , a couple we couldn't have done on our own. We loved that the tour kept the focus on seeing sights and not on dropping us at a shopping mall (we have had a day tour do that to us). I also liked being given a packet with "need to know" for planning our packing and what to expect. This is just a few things. This was our first group tour for an entire vacation and will go to A&R for our next.


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    Date Traveled: 3/13/2019

  • Bob from CA gives this tour 

    Excellent host and local guides. Got to know that there is more to Panama than the canal. Loved going to the Embera Village.


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    Date Traveled: 3/12/2019

  • Krisanne from CA gives this tour 

    Going to the Embera Village and visiting old Panama and the Ancient city stand out for us. Tour guide Alvaro Montenegro was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful


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    Date Traveled: 3/12/2019

  • Barb from IL gives this tour 

    We loved the Panama Canal transit as well as visiting the Miraflores and Aguas Claras Locks


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    Date Traveled: 3/7/2019

  • Frank from MD gives this tour 

    I enjoyed The viewpoint and knowledge about Panama.


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    Date Traveled: 2/7/2019


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