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zCartagena + Costa Rica + Panama Canal

10 days

Coastal Expeditions In-Style

Small Ship Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ In the company of our expert naturalists, the Saint Laurent’s fleet of Zodiacs affords up-close exploration of remote natural wonders along the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica.
+ Learn about the enduring traditions and daily life of the indigenous Kuna Yala who live in remote communities in the San Blas Islands.
+ Spend an unforgettable day transiting through the entire Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific aboard our intimate luxury ship… Your voyage is enhanced by the deep knowledge of our engaging shipboard experts.
+ Marvel at the fine Colonial-era architecture of Panama City’s Casco Antiguo as you join our guide for a delightful walking tour through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
+ Spend time in an Embera village deep in Panama’s Darien Jungle for a fascinating and authentic look into their enduring traditions.
+ Explore some of Central America’s most pristine wildlife habitats including Coiba Island, a refuge for endangered species like the Crested Eagle, and Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, hailed by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth.”

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Day
1

Board the ms Saint Laurent in Cartagena

Welcome aboard our deluxe ship, the 210-guest ms Saint Laurent. Settle in to your stylish stateroom or suite and acquaint yourself with the welcoming public areas and outdoor lounges of your floating home for the next 10 days. Enjoy an elegant dinner accompanied by free-flowing wines, cocktails and beverages as the Saint Laurent sets sail across the azure waters of the far southern reaches of the Caribbean Sea.  Meals D

Day
2

San Blas Islands, Panama

This pristine archipelago comprises more than 370 islands and cays, of which only 49 are inhabited. Setting out in the Saint Laurent’s Zodiacs, your guided sightseeing expedition explores the beauty of the islands and its surrounding seas. Along the way, you’ll also discover the traditional ways of the Kuna Yala, a culturally cohesive indigenous people that live in remote island communities throughout the archipelago. The women are renowned for their intricate and colorful needlework and their families depend mainly upon subsistence agriculture, fishing and tourism.  Meals B+L+D

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3

Through the Panama Canal

Inaugurated in 1914, the Panama Canal is an engineering marvel which you will experience firsthand on today’s complete Canal transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Your adventure begins at the Gatun Locks, a 3-stage system that takes you from sea level up to Gatun Lake. You’ll sail across the lake and through the infamous Culebra Cut (formerly known as the Gaillard Cut) and then through the Miraflores Locks, ultimately descending to the Pacific Ocean. As you make this wondrous voyage, the Saint Laurent offers intimate and comfortable vantage points from which to take in the spectacle of huge cargo freighters, cruise ships and military vessels making the transit against a dramatic topography of mountains and rainforests. You can enjoy the view from one of the ship’s innovative outdoor lounges or while enjoying a drink at the bar. Our onboard experts are available throughout the day to enrich your crossing with illuminating insight into the history and workings of the Panama Canal.  Meals B+L+D

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4

Panama City, Panama

This morning’s sightseeing excursion is highlighted by an expertly-guided walking tour through Casco Antiguo. Founded in 1673 and noted for its splendid Colonial architecture, this unique walled city is filled with charming plazas, beautiful gardens and several of the city’s most notable landmarks including the Presidential Palace. Splendidly restored 17th-century buildings graced with iron balconies are reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans and the area is abuzz with inviting boutiques, cafes and restaurants. You’ll also join your guide to visit the ruins of Old Panama, founded in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 by the infamous Welsh Captain Henry Morgan.  Meals B+L+D

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5

Darien Jungle, Panama

After breakfast, set out by Zodiac for a guided expedition into Darien National Park. Recognized by UNESCO in 1981 as a World Heritage Site, this unique Pak forms a bridge between the two continents of the New World. It encompasses a remarkable range of habitats including sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, mangrove forests, swamps and lowland tropical rainforests all inhabited by a wide variety of mammals, birds and butterflies. The region is also home to two indigenous groups, including Embera Indians who navigate the waterways in their dugout canoes to hunt with blowpipes as their ancestors have for generations. We’ll explore these same waterways to observe the Park’s diverse flora and fauna. Birders will be thrilled with this opportunity to spot elusive species including Harpy Eagles, Red-cheeked Woodpeckers, macaws and Yellow-bellied Great Kiskadees. Before returning to ship, we’ll also spend time in an Embera village to learn more about their daily life and enduring traditions.  Meals B+L+D

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Coiba Island, Panama

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a delightful morning of cruising as the Saint Laurent navigates into the pristine waters of Coiba National Park, one of the largest marine parks in the world comprising 38 protected islands. After lunch, you’ll join your fellow guests and expert guides to explore by Zodiac the shores of Coiba Island and the surrounding marine areas that lie within the Gulf of Chiriquí. Coiba Island served Panama as a penal colony and for many years, access was heavily restricted.  Virtually untouched by human contact for generations, the island’s flora and fauna have flourished and the primary tropical forests maintain exceptionally high levels of endemism of mammals, birds and plants due to the ongoing evolution of new species. Coiba is also the last refuge for a number of threatened animals including the Crested Eagle, and its isolation promises thrilling wilderness exploration as you step ashore for expertly guided beach and forest walks.  Meals B+L+D

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7

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Along the remote southwestern corner of Costa Rica, Golfo Dulce is difficult to reach but that’s what makes this such a picturesque, pristine and exciting place to explore. This inlet of the Pacific Ocean is one of only three tropical fjords in the world and its protected waters are a sanctuary for a remarkable diversity of marine life including dolphins, marlins, sea turtles, parrotfish, and whales. The surrounding rainforests are home to dart frogs, anteaters and a variety of monkeys including spider, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys. Scarlet macaws, toucans and hummingbirds are among the avian species that inhabit the region. This afternoon, you’ll join our expert naturalists to explore by Zodiac across these undisturbed waters and along its remote shores. For those who wish, there will also be a chance to swim in the clear waters of the bay.  Meals B+L+D

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Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Hailed by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth,” the remote Osa Peninsula was one of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled and the first roads were just built 10 years ago. In addition, half of Osa’s vast tracts of rainforest, swamp and coastline are protected by Corcovado National Park. The result is an incredible habitat that shelters some of Central America’s most critically endangered species including Baird’s tapir, the white-lipped peccary, jaguars and the harpy eagle. The Peninsula is also home to almost half of Costa Rica’s 860 bird species, 140 different types of mammals and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. Arborists have recorded more than 740 species of trees! This morning’s expedition will begin with a Zodiac excursion to the Peninsula where you’ll step ashore with our naturalist guides to explore Osa’s pristine beaches and forests.  Meals B+L+D

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9

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

After breakfast, you’ll join our expert naturalist team for another Zodiac beach landing, this time to explore along the well-tended forest trails of Manuel Antonio, regarded by many as the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks. Although smaller than other parks like Corcovado, Manuel Antonio’s white-sand beaches, rocky headlands and dense forests make it one of the country’s most beautiful. Winding your way around Cathedral Point, you’ll have spectacular views of the Pacific coast before continuing through primary and secondary forests. Informative narration from your guide is enhanced with exciting opportunities to spot a variety of colorful birds and mammals including two-toed sloths.  Meals B+L+D

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Disembark in Puerto Caldera (San Jose), Costa Rica

After a final breakfast onboard, you’ll disembark the Saint Laurent in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica.  Meals B

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Cartagena Pre Stay

3 days from $899

Enhance your luxury cruise with our easy-to-add extension. Enjoy our handpicked luxury hotel, all on-tour transportation with a sightseeing tour of this historic port.

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1

Welcome to Cartagena, Colombia

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by to the stylish Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. Originally built as a monastery in 1621, this outstanding luxury hotel enjoys a privileged location overlooking the Bay in the historic heart of the city.

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Discover Cartagena

After breakfast, join our experienced native-born guide to explore this handsome fortified city. Cartagena is filled with palaces, gardens and churches which date to the Colonial era when the city was one of the wealthiest ports in all of the West Indies. Your  morning tour showcases this fabulous architectural legacy including the impressive Fort of San Felipe, strategically built by the Spanish in the 17th century atop San Lazaro Hill. You’ll also visit the Convent of La Popa, which also dates back to the 1600’s, and enjoy a walking tour through the old walled city with its the splendidly preserved monuments and homes.  Meals B

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3

Embark the 5-Star Saint Laurent

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you’ll be escorted to the pier to embark your luxury cruise aboard the M.S. Saint Laurent.  Meals B+D

Cartagena Post Stay

3 days from $899

Enhance your luxury cruise with our easy-to-add extension. Enjoy our handpicked luxury hotel, all on-tour transportation with a sightseeing tour of this historic port.

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Day
1

Welcome to Cartagena, Colombia

After breakfast onboard and upon disembarkation, you’ll be warmly greeted at the pier and escorted to the stylish Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. Originally built as a monastery in 1621, this outstanding luxury hotel enjoys a privileged location overlooking the Bay in the historic heart of Cartagena. This afternoon, join our experienced native-born guide to explore this handsome fortified city. Cartagena is filled with palaces, gardens and churches which date to the Colonial era when the city was one of the wealthiest ports in all of the West Indies. Your private afternoon tour showcases this fabulous architectural legacy including the impressive Fort of San Felipe, strategically built by the Spanish in the 17th century atop San Lazaro Hill. You’ll also visit the Convent of La Popa, which also dates back to the 1600’s, and enjoy a walking tour through the old walled city with its the splendidly preserved monuments and homes.  Meals B

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2

At Leisure in Cartagena

This entire day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish. Take advantage of your luxury hotel’s city-center location to step out and explore more of this historic port at your own pace. At some point, you might wish to take a break in Santo Domingo Square for a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed Tangerine juice.  Meals B

Day
3

Depart Cartagena

After breakfast, our car and driver will take you to the airport for your homeward flight.  Meals B

Day
1

Fly to Iguassu Falls c

Fly to Iguassu and thrill to awesome views of the Falls from the Brazilian side.  Check into the 5-star Belmond Das Cataratas, the only hotel situated inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park.  This evening you can explore the well-maintained trails even after the Park has closed to other visitors.  Meals B

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Mighty Iguassu Falls

Set out with our expert guide this morning for a full-day tour focusing on all the best vantage points on the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls including the famed Devil’s Throat Cataract, where the thundering waters create thousands of rainbows suspended in mid-air.  Meals B

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Day 3 -- Onward to Rio

You’ll be driven to the airport for your included flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the luxurious Belmond Copacabana Palace.  Retreat to your oceanview room overlooking the brilliant sands of Copacabana Beach. Meals B 

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4

Out and about in delightful Rio

Sightseeing here in Rio begins this morning at the impressive Sambodromo where Brazil’s legendary Samba schools compete during Carnival. You’ll also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, an impressive contemporary landmark with stained glass windows that soar more than 200 feet from floor to ceiling. A thrilling 2-stage cable car takes you up Sugarloaf Mountain for amazing views over the city and its dramatic backdrop of sea, mountain and sky. You’ll also ascend Mt. Corcovado c to behold the inspiring 100-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy breathtaking 360° views over Rio. Meals B

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5

Depart Rio

We take you to the airport this morning for your onward flight.  Meals B

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ms Saint Laurent's Cliff Rock
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Outdoor Lounge aboard
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Shearwater Dining Room on
the ms Saint Laurent

Port charges of $399 per person are not included.

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