Panama, Beyond the Canal by Private Car

  • Panama canal locks
  • Panama City, Casco Viejo in the night
  • Embera hut Panama
  • Puente Centenario, Panama’s Centennial Bridge

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Old Panama City Tour
  • Partial Transit of the Panama Canal
  • View an authentic Emberá Indian Village
  • Relax at the Intercontinental Bonita Resort & Spa
  • Day trip to 'Soberania National Park'
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches

Itinerary

PANAMA CITY| PANAMA CANAL | SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK | EMBERÁ INDIGENOUS ENCOUNTER | PLAYA BONITA

DAY 1 | USA | PANAMA CITY
Transfer from International Airport to Le Meridien. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight at Le Meridien.

DAY 2 | PANAMA CITY | PANAMA CANAL PARTIAL TRANSIT
Breakfast at Le Meridien. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the point of embarkation for the Partial Canal Transit. Panama Canal Partial Transit (Only available on Saturdays). We enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the canal’s main points of interest because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. You will travel the Cut’s 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, we will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 27 feet in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 54 feet in two distinct steps. Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s magnificent skyline. This Partial transit of the Canal could take from 6 to 8 hours (depending on the Panama Canal Authority’s as well as the amount of traffic transiting the Canal). This tour includes a buffet lunch on board. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight at Gamboa Resort. (B, L)

DAY 3 | PANAMA CITY | PARAISO (RAINFOREST)
Breakfast at the Gamboa Resort. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting places in the city.
Casco Viejo: The oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673, it is known as the Casco Viejo. This beautiful little area has several attractions that should not be missed. A monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal stands at the bayside end of the Casco Viejo. As part of this wonderful tour, participants will visit the “Causeway”, a group of three islands linked to main land by the breakwaters of the Panama Canal. The US Army used this area for the defense of the Panama Canal, due to its strategic location. Today the causeway has restaurants offering international fine cuisine, great bars, shopping and the new Flamenco Cruise Terminal.
Panama City: Is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, Capital of the Republic of Panama, and located at the Pacific side of the American Continent. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, it has been considered as one of the most important cities of the Americas. Overnight at Gamboa Resort. (B)

DAY 4 | PANAMA CITY | SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK | EMBERÁ COMMUNITY
Breakfast at the Gamboa Resort. Our guide will transfer you to an Embera Community near the Soberania National Park. Immerse yourself in the Embera culture with women wearing brightly colored wrap skirts called “parumas’ and men with traditional cloths and beaded jewelry. Learn about their traditions, folkloric dances and handcraft, rituals and medicines. The Embera tribes are master artisans in panama known for their woven baskets and masks as well as their quality wood carvings. Handicrafts will be available for sale and you can be painted with the traditional Jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. Enjoy the traditional music and dance of the Embera as you explore the community. Overnight at Gamboa Resort (B, L)

DAY 5 | PANAMA CITY | PLYA BONITA
Breakfast at the Gamboa Resort. Transfer from Gamboa Resort to the Intercontinental Playa Bonita. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight stay at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita. (B)

DAYS 6 & 7 | PLAYA BONITA
Two days of leisure at this fabulous beach resort to explore your surroundings independently. You may want to take advantage of the tours available or enjoy other activities such as fishing and kayaking. Overnight stay at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita (B)

DAY 8 | PLAYA BONITA | TOCUMEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Breakfast at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita. Transfer from Playa Bonita to International Tocumen Airport. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

PROGRAMS

SILVER PROGRAM BY SHARED VEHICLE
Features:
All Touring via Shared Vehicle with Bilingual Guide
CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Panama City1Le MeridienDeluxe
Gamboa3Gamboa Rainforest Resort HotelDeluxe
Playa City3Intercontinental Playa BonitaDeluxe


GOLD PROGRAM BY PRIVATE CAR
Features:
All Transfers and Sightseeing via Private Car with Private Guide.

CITYNIGHTSROOM TYPE
Panama City1RIU Panama PlazaJunior Suite
Gamboa3Radisson Rainforest HotelJunior Suite
Playa City3Intercontinental Playa BonitaJunior Suite

Land Package Prices Per Person*

Daily Departures
Valid through August 2017
SILVER PROGRAMTWINSINGLE
Prices Starting From$1,670$3,101
GOLD PLANTWINSINGLE
Prices Starting From$2,399$4,561

*Please call for International Airfares in Economy or Business Class.
Prices are not valid during certain holidays and are based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together. Optional Activities at Playa Bonita are not included.

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