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Trip Name: Discover The Best of Panama

Trip Date: Monday September 25th 2017

Trip Length: 9 days

Destination Continent: South America

Destination Country: Panama

Tour Fee: $2490

Tour ID: 130901T2f8a

Upfront Deposit: $300

Trip Highlights

Welcome to Panama! From clear turquoise seas to the coffee farms and cloud forests of Chiriquí, Panama leaves nothing to be desired. On this 9 day trip teemed with adventure, history, and culture, you  trek through exuberant rainforests in Panama’s mountains and national parks, see indigenous culture and soak up the sun on Panama’s Pacific and Atlantic coast beaches and islands. You explore the UNESCO world heritage sites of Portobelo and Coiba National Park and discover the essence of Panama in an expedition to Panama Canal- one of the greatest feats of engineering the world has ever seen and commonly known as The Eighth Wonder of the World

Trip Daily Itinerary

Day 1: PANAMA CITY
Welcome to Panama! Arrive at any time in Panama City, then check in your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight: stay at Clarion Victoria Hotel or similar in Panama City
 
 
Day 2: PANAMA CITY
Today after breakfast, we have a full day to explore this fantastic city! Starting with an incredible view from atop Cerro Ancon before we head to Miraflores Locks and museum on the canal. We follow the Panama Canal to Punta Culebra (owned by the Smithsonian) where we might see sloths, iguanas and some of Panama’s marine life, all while learning about the history of Panama, the canal, and the ships passing through. Have lunch on the Amador Causeway with fantastic views of the city skyline before a final stop in old town (Casco Viejo) for a tour that will take you back in time. Enjoy your 2nd night in the city.
 
Overnight: stay at Clarion Victoria Hotel or similar in Panama City
 
 
Day 3: PANAMA CITY
Today after breakfast, we get ready for day of adventure by snorkeling in the Caribbean. After launch, we visit Portobelo, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is discovered by Columbus, attacked by pirates and provided a gateway to 1/3rd of the world’s gold. Then, we do zip-lining in the jungle.
 
Overnight: stay at Clarion Victoria Hotel or similar in Panama City
 
 
Day 4: SOBERANIA
Today after breakfast, we visit the monkeys and the Indians and head to the hills! Soberania is full of wildlife and is a wonderful place to watch for monkeys, sloths, the Harpy Eagle and hundreds of bird species.
 
Overnight: stay at Clarion Victoria Hotel or similar in Panama City
 
 
Day 5: ANTON VALLEY  & SANTA CATALINA
After breakfast at El Valle, we have a tour of Panama's scenic Anton Valley. The Anton Valley is located within the crater of the second-largest inhabited dormant volcano in the world. Visit the Macho Cascade, where the 114-foot waterfall tumbles down over ancient rocks and stones. After lunch we will head to Santa Catalina.
 
Overnight: stay at Sol Y Mar hotel or similar in Santa Catalina
 
 
Day 6: SANTA CATALINA
Today after breakfast, we head to visit Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coiba or also known as the poor man’s Galapagos is one of those hard to reach places that is worth the effort of getting there!
 
One million acre Coiba National Park which encompasses much of the Gulf of Chiriqui and some of the Gulf of Montijo, has the honor of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has achieved international acclaim testifying to the significant impact these Panama islands and abundant waters. This is the bridge between humanity and nature. 
 
Optional Activity: Coiba Snorkeling and Diving Tour
Today afternoon, you have an option to snorkel or dive at one the most sought-after diving destinations in the world. Coiba National Park contains the second largest reef in the Central-Eastern Pacific Ocean. This provides Coiba divers and underwater photographers with the possibility of seeing 760 species of fish, 23 different species of whales and dolphins as well as white tip reef sharks, Galapagos Sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, Sailfish, Leatherback Turtles, Giant Tuna Fish, Rays and puffer fish.
 
 
Overnight: stay at Sol Y Mar hotel or similar in Santa Catalina
 
 
Day 7: BOQUETE
Today after breakfast, we head out in the morning and drive to Boquete. Boquete is nestled into the mountains and is the adventure capital of Panama. On the way we can stop in Caldera to visit the hot springs and soak in the therapeutic waters. 
 
Overnight: stay at La Casa de la Abuela hotel or similar in Boquete
 
 
 
Day 8: BOQUETE
Today after breakfast, you can spend the whole day at your leisure.
 
Morning Optional Activity: Zip Lining Canopy Tour
You have an option to glide on zip lines through the canopy of century-old cloud forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering the National Park La Amistad and the famous Baru Volcano. With 3 kilometers in total length divided into 12 different zip line cables, you will glide through trees to encounter canopy flora and wildlife.
 
Afternoon Optional Activity: Coffee Plantation & Hike Tour
You have an option to take a tour of a coffee plantation and hike to the continental divide followed by a short trip to the volcano.
 
Overnight: stay at La Casa de la Abuela hotel or similar in Boquete
 
 
Day 9: BOQUETE
Today after breakfast, you can depart at any time. 

Escorted Package Info

  • 8 nights First Class accommodations: 4 nights at Clarion Victoria Hotel in Panama City, 2 nights at Sol Y Mar in Santa Catalina, and 2 nights at Abuela in Boquete
  • All transfers
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned van
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.  
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Caribbean Snorkeling and jungle zip-lining in Panama City

Important Reminders

  • Tour Fee

    Tour prices are LAND ONLY and double occupancy. The total tour
    fee for a single occupancy traveler is $3,290. 
 
  • Roommate Matching

    If you have a preference for a roommate, please let us know full first
    and last name. Otherwise, we will match you up with a roommate as long as
    you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the tour date
    to take advantage of our free roommate match up service. Don't let not
    having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!
 
  • Flight Reservations

    We may assist you with your flight reservations for $190 per
    flight reservations.
 

Trip Supplements

After making your trip reservation, on My Account page, you can add any of below supplements to your trip.

  • Single Room Occupancy

    An option to have your own room at the hotel while being on the trip and enjoy the total privacy.

  • Coiba Snorkeling and Diving Tour

    You have an option to snorkel or dive at one the most sought-after diving destinations in the world. Coiba National Park contains the second largest reef in the Central-Eastern Pacific Ocean. This provides Coiba divers and underwater photographers with the possibility of seeing 760 species of fish, 23 different species of whales and dolphins as well as white tip reef sharks, Galapagos Sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, Sailfish, Leatherback Turtles, Giant Tuna Fish, Rays and puffer fish.

  • Zip Lining Canopy Tour

    You have an option to glide on zip lines through the canopy of century-old cloud forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering the National Park La Amistad and the famous Baru Volcano. With 3 kilometers in total length divided into 12 different zip line cables, you will glide through trees to encounter canopy flora and wildlife.

  • Coffee Plantation & Hike Tour

    You have an option to take a tour of a coffee plantation and hike to the continental divide followed by a short trip to the volcano.

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