Small Group Discoveries

+ 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 now under construction.
+ Experience a slice of small town life in El Valle, a charming enclave nestled amidst the forests and peaks of a huge extinct volcano.
+ Includes 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites c

2018 Itinerary2019 Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Panama City

    You’ll be greeted on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Bristol Hotel.
  • Day 2 - History of the Canal

    At the Miraflores Locks, you’ll marvel at the ships entering the Canal 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 fascinating 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.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - Through the Panama Canal!

    Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic on a full Canal transit, joining the huge ships that rely upon 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 where you’ll enjoy three nights in a delightful, riverview balcony guestroom. Meals B+L
  • Day 4 - Gatun Lake 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. Enjoy the resort this afternoon. Meals B
  • Day 5 - Panama's Indigenous Embera

    Travel deep into the forest by boat and dugout canoe to spend time with Embera villagers, learning about their rich traditions including shamanic rites, dance and music. Enjoy dinner and wine at the Chagres River View Restaurant. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Historic Panama Railroad + Portobelo + Our Pacific Resort

    Journey across the isthmus aboard the Panama Railroad, built in 1855. 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, rich with history and the ruins of Colonial forts. Enjoy lunch 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

    Enjoy a walking tour in Casco Antiguo, noted for its fine Colonial architecture. Sample ceviche and local beer at the lively fish market and join city residents on the modern subway to visit El Carmen Church. Tour 16th century Panama Viejo and then sit down to a Panamanian lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants. The afternoon is free to enjoy your Pacific resort. Meals B+L
  • Day 8 - A Day in the Countryside

    Ascend into the lofty hills of Altos de Campana National Park for views of the Canal Basin. We’ll visit an orchid farm and enjoy lunch in a typical countryside restaurant. Tonight, we’ll celebrate a Farewell Dinner at the Westin. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Adios, Playa Bonita

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


    Enjoy wine and beer with all midday and evening meals.

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  • The Bristol - Panama City, Panama

    This distinguished member of Leading Hotels of the World is a retreat in the heart of the city. Classically elegant guestrooms are richly appointed with mahogany furniture, custom fabrics and works by leading Latin American artists. 

  • Central Hotel - Panama City, Panama

    This newly renovated historic hotel, perfectly located in Old Town, offers colonial charm and modern comfort.

  • Gamboa Rainforest Resort - Canal Zone, Panama

    This rainforest resort is nestled amongst the dense jungle of the rainforest outside Panama City and directly alongside the scenic Chagres River and Gatun Lake. The resort prides itself on its collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and as such offers a variety of displays, tours, and programs designed to educate visitors on the beauty and significance of the flora and fauna which surround the resort. Aquariums, gardens, butterfly nurseries, reptile habitats, aerial tram rides, bird watching hikes, and trips to the SRTI Island are just some of the exciting amenities offered guests at the resort. When relaxation is sought, a spa, kayaks, pedal boats, and swimming pool are all available, as well as 6 restaurants/bars for guests to enjoy a variety of cuisine. Upon returning to any of the resort’s accommodations, guests will find a mini-bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, crystal shower, hair dryer, vanity mirror, monogrammed robe, coffee/tea maker, and balcony overlooking either the river or the jungle.

  • Westin Hotel - Playa Bonita, Panama

    Guest rooms include in-room safe, internet access and flat-screen television. Several restaurants and bars are available on site, as well as fitness center and swimming pool.

Our Small Group Sampler 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
+ 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
+ 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 Panama City - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
12/13/2018 12/21/2018 $3399 $2899
 
1/10/2019
Sold Out
1/18/2019 $3599 $3099
 
2/7/2019
Sold Out
2/15/2019 $3599 $3099
 
2/14/2019 2/22/2019 $3599 $3099
 
3/7/2019 3/15/2019 $3599 $3099
 
3/14/2019 3/22/2019 $3599 $3099
 
4/18/2019 4/26/2019 $3499 $2999
 
5/16/2019 5/24/2019 $3499 $2999
 
6/13/2019 6/21/2019 $3499 $2999
 
7/18/2019
Guaranteed
7/26/2019 $3499 $2999
 
8/15/2019 8/23/2019 $3499 $2999
 
9/19/2019
Guaranteed
9/27/2019 $3499 $2999
 
10/17/2019 10/25/2019 $3499 $2999
 
11/14/2019 11/22/2019 $3499 $2999
 
1/9/2020 1/17/2020 $3699 $3199
 
1/16/2020 1/24/2020 $3699 $3199
 
2/6/2020 2/14/2020 $3699 $3199
 
2/13/2020 2/21/2020 $3699 $3199
 
3/12/2020 3/20/2020 $3699 $3199
 
3/19/2020 3/27/2020 $3699 $3199
 
4/16/2020 4/24/2020 $3599 $3099
 
5/14/2020 5/22/2020 $3599 $3099
 
6/18/2020 6/26/2020 $3599 $3099
 
7/16/2020 7/24/2020 $3599 $3099
 
8/13/2020 8/21/2020 $3599 $3099
 
9/17/2020 9/25/2020 $3599 $3099
 
10/15/2020 10/23/2020 $3599 $3099
 
11/19/2020 11/27/2020 $3599 $3099
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking until 12/31/2018.
  • 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 »

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
4/16/2018 12/19/2018 $4299 $3799
 
1/3/2019 4/15/2019 $4399 $3899
 
4/16/2019 12/31/2019 $4199 $3699
 
1/1/2020 12/19/2020 $4199 $3699
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking until 12/31/2018.
  • 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 »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Guanacaste's Glorious Beaches

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine beach resorts, daily breakfast and our signature private car transfers from the convenient Liberia Airport.

  • Manuel Antonio

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels and resorts, daily breakfast and convenient roundtrip transfers from San José.

Trip Reviews

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(167 Traveler Reviews)

  • Kareena from TX gives this tour 

    Delighted by the guide, the country, the history and culture I didn't know was there.


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    Date Traveled: 8/18/2019

  • Barbara from CA gives this tour 

    Delighted by the beauty and history of the country.


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    Date Traveled: 12/9/2018

  • Carol from OH gives this tour 

    We really enjoyed the resorts and the food at the resorts.


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    Date Traveled: 12/9/2018

  • Lance from IA gives this tour 

    The Panama Canal and the full transit were delightful.


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    Date Traveled: 12/9/2018

  • Sandra from PA gives this tour 

    It was a really great trip. We enjoyed the boat ride on the canal from one ocean to the other ocean. Then taking the train ride back along side of the canal gave us a different view of the canal and of Panama.


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    Date Traveled: 6/13/2018


Save $1,000 Per Couple
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