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zThe Panama Canal

8 days

8 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers…

Enjoy our contemporary, deluxe city-center hotel, a 5-star rainforest resort and an ocean-view room at our inviting Pacific beach resort hotel. In-depth Small Group sightseeing explores the Colonial history and cultural heritage of Panama City and Portobelo, two distinctive World Heritage sites on opposite ends of the Continent. Transit through the Panama Canal, all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Discover the tropical flora and fauna of the Chagres River and Soberania National Park. Travel on the historic Panama Railroad, originally built in 1855. Unwind with 2 full days at our pristine Pacific resort. Discover 2 UNESCO World Heritage Site c

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Day
1

Welcome to Panama City

Check in to the deluxe InterContinental Miramar overlooking Panama Bay.

Day
2

Old and new in Panama City

Marvel at the Miraflores Locks and watch ships transiting the Panama Canal as your guide shares unique insight and the dramatic history of the Canal. Then cross the bay into Casco Antiguoc, founded in 1673, for a walking tour along charming cobblestone streets and splendidly-preserved Colonial architecture. Meals B

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3

Through the Panama Canal!

An unforgettable day unfolds as you journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic on a full Canal transit. Enter into the Miraflores Locks and through the Gaillard Cut to cross Gatun Lake, passing by the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. Then descend through the Gatun Locks, the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector of the Canal. Upon arrival in Cristobal, it’s a scenic drive to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, set on the banks of the Chagres River. Meals B,L

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4

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

You have a full day at leisure to enjoy the fabulous amenities of your tropical resort. Relax poolside or join some of the available activities, like birdwatching, naturalist-guided wildlife tours and fishing on Gatun Lake. Meals B

Day
5

By rail from Portobelo to the Pacific

Explore the Caribbean town of Portobeloc, rich with history and impressive ruins of Colonial-era fortifications. Visit the 17th-century Custom House and see the amazing Christo Negro statue, which appeared mysteriously in Portobelo in the mid-1600s. Enjoy a Caribbean lunch and a lively performance of Afro-Caribbean dance by Congos, descendants of former slaves brought by Spanish Conquistadors.

Then transfer to Colon Station for a transcontinental trip on the historic Panama Railroad, originally built in 1855. This journey follows alongside the Canal through the tropical rainforest, with superb views of the Canal and ship traffic. Upon arrival at Corozal Station, it’s a pleasant drive to the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa. Meals B,L

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6

Unwind at Playa Bonita

You have a full day to unwind and enjoy the swimming pools, beautiful beach and sports activities of your resort. Take a walk in the adjacent Punta Bruja Nature Reserve, or join an available excursion... maybe golf, deep-sea fishing or bird-watching. Meals B

Day
7

Another day in paradise...

Enjoy another day at leisure before this evening’s farewell dinner at your resort. Meals B,D

Day
8

Adios, Playa Bonita

Your program with us ends this morning. Or explore more of Panama with our easy-to-add extension into the Chiriqui Highlands. Meals B

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Feel free to add extra nights before or after your tour.

Ask about international air service on TACA.
See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. When you purchase air from us, arrival and departure transfers are automatically included. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Family + Friends

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!