Panama Canal Centennial Tour

# Group Tour

Panama Canal Centennial Tour

8 Days from $2,827 per adult.
8 Days
Group Tour
Culture and Archaeology

One hundred years ago, on August 15, 1914, the SS Ancon made the first official ocean-to-ocean transit through the Panama Canal. Since 1914, more than 900,000 vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. Join us for this centenary group tour in celebration of that momentous event one hundred years ago, and see the other natural and cultural attractions which together make Panama such a rewarding destination.

Itinerary

Price from $2,827 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Arrive in Panama City

Arrive Panama City and transfer to buffer zone of Camino de Cruces National Park for dinner and a group briefing.

Staying at Radisson Summit Hotel. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Chagres River & Embera Indians

Drive to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake. Board a motorized piragua to travel up the Chagres River. The dugout canoe journey will take you through the rainforests of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, the largest of the national parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot many birds. You will reach the Embera village where you will be greeted with dancing, music and a sumptuous lunch. Learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature while visiting the village. Early in the afternoon you will return to El Corotu for the drive back to your hotel.

Staying at Radisson Summit Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Soberania National Park

Depart for a short transfer to Soberania National Park. Explore the Pipeline Road, stopping at the Rainforest Discovery Centre to you enjoy spectacular views of Soberania's vastness and its canopy bird species from the 32-metre (100 feet) observation tower. Explore the network of trails surrounding the Discovery Centre and enjoy the hummingbird feeders. The park boasts an
impressive list of 525 species of birds and 105 species of mammals. In the afternoon take a boat trip along the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake learning about the history of the Canal and looking for wildlife including crocodiles, toucans and 4 species of primate.

Staying at Radisson Summit Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Portobelo and Gatun

Depart for the Caribbean province of Colon and the historic town of Portobelo. Famous for its trade fairs during the 17th century, Portobelo is a World Heritage Site. You will visit Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria as well as the Church of San Felipe. Return to Colon for lunch and then visit the current Panama Canal Expansion project on the Atlantic visit the Gatun Locks to observe the transiting ships before checking in at the Melia Panama Canal on the shores of Gatun Lake.

Staying at Melia Panama Canal. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - San Lorenzo National Park and Panama Railway

This morning you will cross the Gatun Locks and visit the Castle of San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be travelling through lush rainforest within San Lorenzo National Park, where you might have the opportunity to see monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, coatis, toucans and other wildlife. Return to the hotel for lunch and return to Panama City aboard the Panama Canal Railroad. After a 1-hour train ride you will arrive at Corozal Station in Panama City and be transferred to your hotel. Dinner will be held at the Balboa Yacht Club, within walking distance from the hotel.

Staying at Country Inn and Suites Amador. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Panama City and Canal Zone

This morning you will visit the Casco Viejo, and enjoy a historical walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then continue with a visit to the Biodiversity Museum, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry. As a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Biodiversity Museum serves as a gateway to new information about the biodiversity and natural history of
the Isthmus of Panama. After lunch visit the Punta Culebra Nature Centre
Later return to your hotel to freshen up and relax before being taken to a
special dinner venue, located right above the Panama Canal. Return to your hotel.

Staying at Country Inn and Suites Amador. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Panama Canal

The Panama Canal tour starts with a short transfer to Flamenco Island on Causeway Amador to board a 250 passenger ferry to travel north along the 80km long Panama Canal stopping along the way at points of interest such as the Miraflores Locks. You will disembark in Cristobal and return to Flamenco Island and your hotel by coach. Tonight enjoy a farewell BBQ with a folkloric pollera dance presentation and bid farewell to the group and your tour leader.

Staying at Country Inn and Suites Amador. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Depart Tocumen

Transfer to Tocumen Airport and take your international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Panama City on Air France or KLM via Paris or Amsterdam.

Best Visited:
January to January

Area Specialist

John Melton

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Excellent and very enjoyable holiday. Panama definitely offers plenty to occupy a three-week trip (and more).

Mr & Mrs M - Edinburgh

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