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2018 Panama Canal Cruise & Panama: A Continent Divided, Oceans United

Panama: Panama City, Chitre, Chorrera, Gamboa, Taboga Island, Panama Canal, San Lorenzo National Park

ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY CHARTERED 24-PASSENGER M/S DISCOVERY DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS
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12 Days from only $3595 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Courtesy Matteo Borgardt
Resisting "the Foreign Tentacle"

Discover how Panama's indigenous Kuna people are striving to maintain their culture in a changing world.

©2014 The New York Times
36 Hours in Cartagena

Sample Cartagena’s culture, featured on our post-trip extension—from traditional cuisine to beloved art.

Courtesy Eoin Mclaughlin
Diablo Rojo

Witness the demise of the Diablos Rojos, the wildly decorated school buses that once comprised Panama City’s bus system.

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Panama 1936

Embark on a time traveling adventure—discover the Panama Canal in this travel film from 1936.

Courtesy Darrell Hartman
La Ciudad Vieja

Get a local perspective of Cartagena, then see it for yourself on our Panama trip’s extension.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Chiriqui Highlands, Panama

3 nights from: $845 Single Supplement: FREE

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Chiriqui Highlands, where Atlantic and Pacific winds mingle to create a year-round spring-like climate, mountains tower over volcanic soils, and bajareque mists embrace lush rain forests. From agricultural traditions to timeless native customs, experience the charms of this unspoiled paradise.

It's Included:
Airfare from Panama City to Chiriqui
Accommodations for 1 night in Panama City and 2 nights in Chiriqui
5 meals: Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Included tours: Boquete • Cerro Punta
Dedicated services of a local Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers 
All transfers
  • You depart the U.S. today for your Panama City. Your Trip Leader will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Depart for the airport late this morning for your flight to David, the capital of the Chiriqui province.

    Upon arrival, you'll savor lunch at a restaurant in David before traveling north to Boquete, a small mountain town boasting impossibly lush surroundings and a cool climate. This scenic appeal—as well as a range of cultural charms—will be on full display during a walking tour here.

    Next, depart for a local honey bee farm. Take a tour of the gardens and farms while you learn about these industrious pollinators. Finish your visit with a taste of the sweet, golden results. 

    After checking into your hotel late this afternoon, the evening is yours to relax or explore at leisure.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Delve into the heart of the Chiriqui Highlights this morning, as you depart for Cerro Punta, stopping en route to visit the local botanical garden, which is home to more than 2,200 species of orchid. After lunch on your own, continue on to Cerro Punta. 

    Located inside the crater of an extinct volcano, the town of Cerro Punta is literally cradled by the landscape—and its vast natural resources are key to its economy: The town provides more than 60% of all vegetables consumed in Panama. After savoring lunch on your own here, you'll learn firsthand about the region's agriculture during a visit with local farmers who grow a wide variety of produce.

    Then, return to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure before dinner this evening.

  • Enjoy a morning at leisure to do as you please. Or, join us for an optional coffee plantation tour for a firsthand look at how Panama's coffee beans are cultivated—and how they make their way into your morning mug.

    After checking out of your hotel, depart for David, where you'll enjoy lunch on your own before flying to Panama City to begin your Panama Canal Cruise & Panama: A Continent Divided, Oceans United Small Ship Cruise Tour.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.

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