Panama Beyond the Canal

Panama Beyond the Canal

Purpose: Nature, Relaxation
No. of days: 7 days - 6 nigts
First & Last Cities: Panama City
Other cities: Casco Viejo, Canal Locks, Partial Transit, Gamboa Rain Forest, Playa Bonita
Starting cost: $1,855
Day 1: Panama City
Welcome to Panama City! Upon arrival transfer to your hotel located in Panama City.  Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy Panama City at your pace.
Day 2: Panama City (Panama City and Canal Tour)
Leave your hotel towards Casco Antiguo, the old city compound dated from 1600, a UNESCO Heritage site. Casco Antiguo is home to monuments of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the developer of the Suez Canal, and other important Frenchmen who attempted to construct a canal through Panama in the 19th century.  After a walk around the historic area continue to the Miraflores Locks where you will enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority about the history of the canal. Hopefully you  will be able to see the large ships transiting. [B/L]
Day 3: Panama City, Partial Transit, Gamboa Rain Forest
At agreed time transfer to Causeway or Dragadados* begin your Panama Canal Partial Transit. Admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline and the Bridge of the Americas. Transit the Miraflores Locks where the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. Then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. Next, the vessel will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel will be raised the last 27 feet to get into the Gatun Lake. Shortly after you will go under the Centennial Bridge, making your way to the Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. After reaching the Gamboa Dredging Division your driver will be met and taken to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. [B/L]
*Please note: The Partial Canal Transit can either go northbound or southbound. The direction is designated by the Panama Canal Authority. 24 hours prior to your tour you will be contact by our ground operator in Panama to confirm the time of pick up and direction of the crossing.
Day 4: Gamboa Rain Forest
Enjoy the Gatun Lake Expedition tour:  Lake Gatun is a large artificial lake that forms a major part of the Panama Canal and it is one of the highlights of this area.  Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal waters, where you visit some small islands near Gamboa area. Capuchin and howler monkeys might be seen jumping on the trees above.  Occasionally, they become curious and venture down to take a closer look.  Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, one of the biggest artificial lakes of the world with an area of 425 square kilometers. After this tour you will have the opportunity to experience the magic of the rainforest ascending 280 feet in the Aerial Tram, where you will see some of the flora and fauna that surrounds this spectacular place, then you will visit the ecological exhibits that include the Wild Orchid Orquidarium, Blue Morpho Buterfly Garden and the Tropical Frog Area. The tour is ideal for nature lovers enjoying the wonderful rainforest. [B/S]
Day 5: Gamboa Rain Forest – Playa Bonita
Today you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to an oceanfront property in Playa Bonita. (20 minute ride). [B]
Day 6: Playa Bonita
Day at leisure to enjoy the grounds of the hotel, or to take a tour of Panama City. [B]
Day 7: Playa Bonita, USA
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] =. Breakfast and Lunch | [B/S] =. Breakfast and Light Lunch (Snack)






Tour includes
  • Round trip transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in First Class hotels:
    • Panama City - 2 nights
    • Gamboa - 2 nights
    • Playa Bonita - 2 nights
  • Meals
    • Daily breakfast
    • 2 lunches
    • 1 Snack
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All hotel taxes
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic air tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels
  • Services and food not listed in the itinerary
  • Beverages during the meals
  • Hotel extras, and personal expenses
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and in restaurants

Hotels in your Tour

Location Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
First Class
Panama City Crown Plaza Deluxe room 4
Gamboa Gamboa Rainforest Resort Deluxe River room 4
Playa Bonita Westin Playa Bonita Deluxe Green View 4.5
All hotels are subject to confirmation at the time of booking

Tour Pricing

Season Double
2020 Departures
Jan-Dec $1,855
Rates are minimum per person sharing a room and may change without notice.
Rates may change depending on the date of travel
Prices for single room or for 3 passengers sharing a room are available on request
Valid through 20 December 2020. Not valid for Holidays and big Conventions.
Other blackout dates may apply.
Tour Code: PA04PMY20ECP