Panama: Journey between the seas

# Wildlife Cruise

Panama: Journey between the seas

7 Days from £3295 per adult. Some departure dates travel in reverse, making all the same stops
7 Days
Wildlife Cruise
Snorkelling and Diving

The Discovery is a comfortable live aboard catamaran with spacious cabins and communal areas. With just 24 passengers the Discovery offers an intimate exploration of the Panama Canal which is not found on the large cruise ships. During a 6-night voyage visit the Darien jungle, home to the Embera Indians, snorkel and swim in the waters of the Pearl Islands, transit the Panama Canal in daylight, explore wildlife rich Barro Colorado Island and experience Panama’s colonial history at San Lorenzo and Portobelo.


Price from £3295 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Panama City

Sail the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean towards Contadora Island where the Discovery will drop anchor for the night before navigating to the Darien jungle.

Staying at Discovery. Includes Dinner.

Day 2 - Darien

Travel by river into the Darien jungle and visit the Embera Indians. There will also be the opportunity for birdwatching from the zodiacs and kayaking.

Staying at Discovery. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Pearl Islands

Snorkel and swim in the waters of the Pearl Islands. On the southernmost area of the archipelago the islands of San Telmo and Galera are home to some pristine beaches and fertile fishing grounds.

Staying at Discovery. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - North Passage of Panama Canal

Wake up at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal and join the morning's ship convoy for the northbound canal passage. Traverse the Miraflores and San Pedro locks, and navigate the Gaillard cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal. Overnight on Gatun Lake.

Staying at Discovery. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Barro Colorado Island

Explore Barro Colorado Island, home of the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Centre and an excellent location for wildlife viewing. In the afternoon complete the Panama Canal transit and sail to the Chagres River.

Staying at Discovery. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Fort San Lorenzo

Visit the 16th century Fort San Lorenzo, built by the Spaniards to defend their gold trail, and enjoy the flora and fauna of the river's edge.

Staying at Discovery. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Portobelo

Disembark the Discovery and explore the 16th century town of Portobelo which legend has it was founded by Christopher Columbus. In the afternoon board the Panama Canal Railway train back to Panama City. This one hour journey passes through lush rainforests, alongside the Canal's locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and across causeways in Gatun Lake.

Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?

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...

For us this was a naturalist tour and covered everything, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, plants and fungi…Panama is a wonderful country and we would recommend it to anyone with a love of nature.

Mrs S P - Kent

Route Map

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