About this tour
Travel Date Days Price Sat, Jan 21, 2017 10 days $2,159.00 CAD
Discover the beautiful, colorful and vibrant Panama City at the beginning of the tour. Then experience and relax at the famous Gamboa Rainforest Resort for a few days. It’s the best way to escape from daily life and enjoy the nature of this beautiful city.Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1: ARRIVE PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Arrive in Panama City, a beautiful, colorful, and vibrant city. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias de Avila, a Spanish conquistador who made it his base for plundering Peru’s riches, today, Panama remains one of the central hubs for commerce and trade in the Americas. Panama offers diverse natural wonders, a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, and historical as well as modern cityscapes.
Day 2: PANAMA CITY
After breakfast, your Panama City TOUR visits Casco Antiguo or the colonial area of the city, which is the oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district was built as a protected walled city after Panama City was burned down in a pirate attack in 1671.
Here, see the restored colonial buildings, churches, and historical monuments. Next, visit the MIRAFLORES LOCKS at the Panama Canal to witness this engineering genius in operation. During your guided tour, learn about the history of the canal and its construction and observe transiting vessels navigate the locks from just a few feet away.
Day 3: PANAMA CITY - GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT
Today a special treat is in store when you board a vessel for a Panama Canal PARTIAL TRANSIT. Your boat will enter the canal at the Gailard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal and where the canal was carved through the Continental Divide. Enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, where your vessel will be lowered approximately 30 feet into Miraflores Lake.
Continue to the Miraflores Locks to be lowered almost 60 feet to the Pacific Ocean. Disembark your ship and head to Gamboa Rainforest Resort within Soberania National Park.
Day 4: GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT
An enchanting journey takes you deep into the dense jungles of the Chagres, where the Emberá Indians have lived for centuries. The adventure begins with a CRUISE up the river in dugout canoes, the Emberá traditional hand-carved boats. Upon arrival at the INDIAN VILLAGE, you will be taken back in time as you are immersed in ancient Emberá cultural dances and music that have not changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500s.
The Emberás will give you a glimpse into their mystical rituals and amazing knowledge of medicinal plants and other natural remedies. The Indians will invite you to explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek that takes you through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls. Top off your visit with a typical lunch in the village.
Day 5: GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT
Enjoy a free day to take advantage of the resort’s many activities, like an aerial tram tour, kayaking, fishing, or birding and monkey tours. Alternatively, simply relax by the pool or at the spa.
Day 6: GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT - PANAMA CITY - BOCAS DEL TORO
Fly to Bocas Del Toro, a Caribbean archipelago offering lush rainforests and jungle excursions, crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling or diving the nearby coral reefs, amazing bird-watching opportunities, and much more. Enjoy three nights here to discover these beautiful islands at your own pace.
Day 7: BOCAS DEL TORO
Enjoy two free days to relax and explore Bocas Del Toro. Perhaps take an optional excursion to Bird Island, a small, rocky island in the middle of the ocean that serves as a migratory rest stop for birds traveling from North to South and back again. Or, take an excursion to Bastimentos National Park, Panama’s first national park. Here you will discover mangroves, lowland forests, rainforests, and lagoons teeming with birds, monkeys, sloths, reptiles, and much more.
You will also visit a nearby indigenous community to meet some locals. These are just a sampling of activities during your time here—the choice is yours!
Day 8: BOCAS DEL TORO
Enjoy two free days to relax and explore Bocas Del Toro. Perhaps take an optional excursion to Bird Island, a small, rocky island in the middle of the ocean that serves as a migratory rest stop for birds traveling from North to South and back again. Or, take an excursion to Bastimentos National Park, Panama’s first national park. Here you will discover mangroves, lowland forests, rainforests, and lagoons teeming with birds, monkeys, sloths, reptiles, and much more. You will also visit a nearby indigenous community to meet some locals. These are just a sampling of activities during your time here—the choice is yours!
Day 9: BOCAS DEL TORO - PANAMA CITY
After a morning free to explore some more, transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama City and your final night in Panama.
Day 10: PANAMA CITY
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
• Accommodations as per itinerary based on twin shared room
• Buffet breakfast daily and two lunches
• Local host in Panama City; Guided in Bocas del Toro
• Guided sightseeing and inside visits
• Transfers as per itinerary
• Visa fees (if applicable)
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• Tour prices based on per person, twin shared room.
• A single supplement is available. Please contact us for more details.
• Travel insurance is available at an additional cost and is highly recommended