Panama and the Grand Canal

Experience One of the Wonders of the World!

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Mar 13 - Mar 21, 2024
9 days | 8 nights • 20 meals
Starting at $4,797

Embark on an incredible adventure as we transit through the Panama Canal. Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and experience firsthand the extremely impressive engineering effort required to create this modern wonder of the world.

Travel to Miami and enjoy the evening before tomorrow’s flight.

Travel to Panama this morning as a group. This evening includes a delicious welcome dinner and overnight stay at the AC Hotel by Marriott in the heart of Panama City. D

Spend the day visiting the ancient ruins of the “Old Panama” in the “Casco Antiguo” or Old Quarter. After lunch, visit the Miraflores Locks visitor center which includes a museum and lookout point to view the ships passing through the chambers. B, L, D

Transit through the Panama Canal today and transfer from the Pacific Ocean side to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, marvel at the Bay of Panama and Panama’s impressive skyline before we pass underneath the Bridge of the Americas. Next, we travel through both the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks before entering Gatun Lake where we pass by the Smithsonian Research Station. B, L, D

Travel to the province of Cocle. El Valle de Anton is a picturesque town set in the crater of an extinct volcano. Browse through fresh locally grown fruits and indigenous crafts during our first stop at the scenic local market. We’ll also visit El Macho Waterfall, and see the pre-Columbian petroglyphs. We’ll even have time to take a dip in the natural pools! We finish off our day today by visiting El Nispero Zoo, home to many exotic species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. B, L, D

Enjoy a morning at our beautiful resort on Playa Bonita. After lunch, we will head towards the quaint town of Chitre, capital of the Herrera province, and see its colonial charm and agricultural ambience. Our hotel for the night was inspired by the local architecture of Azuero and all the elements of the pre-Columbian cultures of the region. B, L, D

Today head towards the Herrera Province where we’ll observe how the salt is extracted from the Pacific Ocean using the same technique the indigenous invented. Learn about traditional pottery making followed by a visit to a sugar cane mill where we’ll sample the local sugar cane juice. See how the local bread is made and sample its unique taste before enjoying a traditional Panamanian lunch in a local restaurant. Marvel in the detailed handcrafting of the Pollera, one of the most beautiful traditional costumes in the world! Meet a group of ladies devoted to the traditional dress of Panamanian women! Local artisans will show us the drums used in traditional music and masks used for folkloric dances. B, L, D

Travel to the end of the Gatun River with a 30-minute ride in a motorized canoe to visit the Embera Quera Indigenous Community. Together, learn about the lifestyle, food, and culture of the Emberas. We even have the opportunity to see a traditional dance with music. Enjoy a traditional lunch and shop the homemade crafts made by the residents. B, L, D

Say farewell this morning in Panama City and head home with treasured memories. B

Quality Accommodations
Night 1: EB Hotel, Miami
Nights 2-3: AC Hotel, Panama City
Nights 4-5: Westin Playa, Bonita
Night 6: Hotel Cubita, Chitre
Nights 7-8: Westin Playa, Bonita

Mar 13-21, 2024

Price Per Person:
Double $4,797
Single $5,445

Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
$338 per night

Miami, FL

Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
Professional, English speaking Tour Director
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service

Arrival Time
Day 1 arrival into Miami can be anytime that day. Our group flight to Panama will be on Day 2, with our Welcome Dinner at our hotel, AC Hotel Panama, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Departure Time
Schedule your flight home to depart the Miami Airport anytime after 8:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the Miami Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.

Walking Distance
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.

Average Temps
March- high of 91° and low of 75° degrees

Time Zone

Hotel Amenities
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, swimming pools, in room safes, and a coffee maker. Westin Playa Bonita hotel also offers beach access.

Additional Information
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.

Dress on tour is casual. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.

Please check with your physician regarding travel to Panama and any vaccinations recommended.

Travel Protection Available
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