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8-Day Panama Canal, Rainforests & Beaches Bus Tour Package
Product Code: 53-2914
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • •Panama Viejo
  • •Miraflores Locks
  • •Panama Canal Cruise
  • •Portobello
  • •Pipeline Road
  • •Playa Blanca
  • •Amador Island
  • •7-night hotel accommodations
  • •Professional Tour Escort
  • •Ground Transportation
Tour Code
53-2914
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Panama City
End City
Panama City
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, UNESCO, Nature

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Panama City

Panama City, Panama

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or similar

Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. Take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal: one through the canal locks and another cruise on Gatun Lake. The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You will explore rainforests and sandy beaches. Meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle. We provide transfers from Panama’s Tocumen Airport to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00pm Join us for an 8:00pm welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30pm at your hotel.

Tips:
D included

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or similar

Morning drive by the ruins of Panama Viejo (Old Panama), the city founded by the Spanish in 1519, as a gateway for gold from the Inca Empire. Next, drive into Casco Viejo for a visit to San Jose Church. See the famous Gold Altar, saved from the pirate, Henry Morgan. Stroll the Main Plaza. Both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Lunch. Visit the Canal Museum at Miraflores, overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Learn about the Canal construction and operation. From Pre-Columbian times to the present day, Panama had a prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Next, drive through the City of Knowledge, the former United States Army Base, Fort Clayton. Then, drive along Panama City’s bay front. See the statue of Vasco Balboa, the first European explorer to cross the Isthmus and view the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy dinner.

Tips:
BLD included

Visiting Attractions

Day 03

Panama Canal Cruise - Gatun Lake

Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort or similar

This morning cross the Isthmus to Colon, the Caribbean port at the north end of the Panama Canal. Your short drive of Colon goes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit Gatun Locks, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. At the visitor center you will learn about the three adjoining locks which raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. This afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. Cruise through jungle canals and by hilltop islands, home to a variety of wildlife. Look for monkeys. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your resort located in the rainforest. Dinner.

Tips:
BLD included
Day 04

Panama Canal Cruise - Locks Transit

Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort or similar

Today an unforgettable adventure as you cruise another portion of the Panama Canal. Cruise by the Bridge of the Americas, pass through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, cross the Continental Divide. Then wind through the Gaillard Cut to the town of Gamboa. Your small passenger vessel allows for close-up views of the opening and closing of the huge six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. See, at eye-level, how transiting vessels are guided by tugboats and pulled by small trains. (Please note: route may be reversed.) Next, drive by the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute. Return to your jungle resort. Stroll the gardens, swim in the pool, or enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Dinner.

Tips:
BLD included
Day 05

Embera Indians, Butterflies, Orchids

Hotel: Westin Playa Bonita Resort or similar

This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. See exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Look for colorful butterflies on your visit to a butterfly garden. See rare tropical orchids at an orchid nursery. Visit an open air frog garden. Next, cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner.

Tips:
BLD included
Day 06

Playa Bonita

Hotel: Westin Playa Bonita Resort or similar

Entire day at leisure to enjoy your magnificent beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beach comb and enjoy your resort's amenities.

Tips:
BLD included
Day 07

Handicrafts, Museum of Biodiversity

Hotel: InterContinental Miramar or similar

Brief morning visit to a Guava plantation. Return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Next, drive spectacular Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Enjoy views of Casco Viejo and the stunningly modern Panama City skyline. Panama City is a combination of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas blended with Latin American flavor and style. Lunch. Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life. Look for exotic wood handicrafts. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

Tips:
BLD included
Day 08

Panama City

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to Panama’s Tocumen airport, arriving at 5:30am, 8:00am and 11:00am. Thanks for vacationing with us!

Tips:
B included
Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival Transfers
  • Tours4fun includes arrival transfers from Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama to the Courtyard by Marriott in Panama City on the day the tour begins. Transfers are included only on the day your tour begins. If you are arriving a day or two early, or later, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from Tocumen Airport to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City run approximately $30.00 USD. The driving time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

    Departure Transfers
    Tours4fun includes departure transfers from the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City to Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama at 5:00am, 8:00am and 11:00am. on the day the tour ends.
    If you wish to leave at another time, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from your hotel to Tocumen Airport cost about $30.00 USD. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately.
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    Package Includes

    • All of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities
    • Most Meals Included B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
    • 7-night hotel accommodations
    • Ground transportation in air-conditioned tour coach
    • Professional tour escort

    Package Excludes

    • All personal expenses including hotel room service
    • Optional tips for tour director and bus driver
    Special Notes
    • The operating date is subject to change, please contact us to confirm.
    • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

    Pricing Info

    Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

    *Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
    *Price for Double/Triple Occupancy applies when two/three people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
    *Triple price does not guarantee a third bed in the room but it can be requested at the time of check-in.
    *Maximum room capacity: 3 people including adult and child/infant.

    Reservation Info

      1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
      2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
      3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
      4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

    Terms and Conditions

      - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
      - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
      - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
      - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
      - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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