An amazing experience in Panama awaits! This 7 day deluxe Panama vacation package is packed with must do activities, fabulous hotel accommodations and dining venues. You’ll even experience the Panama canal transit with north or south bound voyage through the locks.
Get to know vibrant Panama City including it’s charming pedestrian friendly historical district , Casco Viejo. Wind down at the most popular Beach area of Playa Blanca with 2 glorious nights at the RIU Playa Blanca All Inclusive Beach Resort. Here you will enjoy great dinning and all drinks, activities & entertainment at the resort. All transportation starting upon arrival in Panama City is included.
If you have never been to Panama before, this trip is for you!
On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.
Settle in to your lovely guest room.
Jungle Boat Exploration and Partial Panama Canal Transit
08:00 hrs you will be picked up at the lobby of the hotel by your Naturalist Guide. Nearby you will board a small expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway, making contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot Green Iguana and Three-toed Sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock Bass, Snail Kite and Keel-billed Toucan among other wildlife. Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal in 1914. With a surface of 262 Km2 (164 Mi2), at the time of its creation was the largest man-made lake in the world. The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal Watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the locks system. Nearly 200 million Liters (52 million gallons) of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another. Your expedition boat will allow for close approximations to rainforest-covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American Spider Monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin.
Later this morning you will board a 250 passenger ferry for the Partial Panama Canal Transit. Now you will be sailing at 26m (85 feet) above sea level. Shortly after departure, the ship will enter Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal. The 13.7Km (8.5 Miles) long portion of the Continental Divide was carved through rock and shale at beginning of last century when the canal began operating (1914). You will have the opportunity to look at the work’s progress on this extraordinary engineering venture. The ship will reach Pedro Miguel locks, where the vessel will be lowered 9.4 meters (30.8 feet) into Miraflores Lake.
After traveling nearly 2 kilometers you arrive to Miraflores locks, where the transition from fresh water to salt water takes place in the locks chambers. Due to the Pacific Ocean’s extreme tidal variations, Miraflores locks miter gates are the tallest of the locks system. In two steps, the vessel will be lowered 16.6 meters (54.5 feet) onto the Pacific Ocean. You will then sail under the bridge of the Americas, which reunites the land divided by the Panama Canal as part of the Pan-American Highway. Disembark and return to the hotel late afternoon. Meals: BL
After breakfast check out and departure s to your beach resort on the Pacific Ocean. Arrival at the RIU Playa Blanca Resort for check in Meals: B/All Inclusive
Full day to enjoy your resort and the beautiful Pacific. Meals: All Inclusive
Today you will be picked up at the lobby of the resort for the transfer back to Panama City and your hotel for check in. Meals: B
This morning, after breakfast, you’ll be picked up for a full day of exploring the capital city. Start your Full Day Panama City tour at the Panama Canal Visitors’ Center at Miraflores Locks where ships can be seen transiting the waterway. The 3 floor exhibit halls will provide information about the history, engineering and current events related to the Panama Canal.
Your next stop is 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. Scientific experts from both the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama oversee the contents of the museum and aim at teaching visitors about eco-awareness, conservation and Panama’s extraordinary natural treasures in various unique exhibition galleries. Did you know that the Isthmus of Panama has more bird, mammal, reptile and plant species than the US and Canada together in just 75,990 Km2 (approx. 29,000 square miles)? In fact, 3 million years ago, the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama changed both the climate and the biodiversity in the planet and played a key role in the creation of the world we know today.
Continue with a historical walking tour in Casco Antiguo (the old city compound) which dates from the late 1600’s where you start with lunch at a local restaurant. At the folk market, you will have the opportunity to admire and obtain local and indigenous handcrafts. Casco Viejo is home to monuments to Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama became the new Panama City of the times.
This part of town was never successfully attacked, being protected by a wall that surrounded the new settlement. You will visit San Jose church with the famous Golden Altar, one of the few testaments to all the wealth that made its way through this city. You will walk along the French Plaza – a monument to the French canal effort and take a panoramic look of the modern city from this vantage point as well as the ships that are anchored in the bay awaiting transit of the canal.
As a final stop, visit Oro Moreno where you are being invited on a small chocolate journey with a presentation about the whole cocoa production process from the company’s plantation in Bocas del Toro. Also, you will have a chance to taste a variety of types, feel aromas, and flavors of cocoa. While you enjoy your every bite of chocolate, you will learn more about our fascinating chocolate from Panamá. The chocolate tasting journey includes chocolates with different percentages of cocoa and our chocolate candies with unique fillings, which are representing the authentic flavors of Panama. Drop off at your hotel mid-late afternoon.
Today you will be picked up at the lobby of the hotel and transferred to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. Meals: B
- Private arrival transfer from (PTY) Panama’s Tocumen International Airport ro Panama City
- 4 nights accommodation Panama City at the deluxe Hotel Occidental Panama City
- 2 nights accommodation at the All Inclusive Beach Resort RIU Playa Blanca Hotel
- 12meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners plus 24 snacks and all
alcoholic & non acholas beverages while at Riu Playa Blanca
- Panama Canal Transit Tour
- Panama City Tour including admission to Miraflores Locks visitor center and museum
- All transportation within Panama
- Private departure transfer from Panama City to Tocumen International Airport
- Services of SLT local representatives throughout
- Government Hotel Taxes
Unique accommodation in the heart of the city
The Occidental Panama City**** hotel is a city hotel, strategically located in the city’s financial district, offering a cosmopolitan space ideal for business and leisure travel. Guests can enjoy the surrounding area, Bellavista, which contains a multitude of stores with the best brands, and a varied gastronomic offering.
Gastronomy and leisure feature prominently in the hotel thanks to its Teca restaurant, with international cuisine, and the innovative Umai Sushi & Lounge. The 1400 Rooftop night club is a unique opportunity to experience the best nightlife in Panama City with magnificent views of the city.
Hotel Riu Playa Blanca (All Inclusive 24h) is located on the shore of Playa Blanca in Panama. Its exclusive service All Inclusive 24h and their complete facilities, offer a lot of activities, sports and entertainment to all its clients and making their stay a wonderful vacation with the family and friends.
Come to Playa Blanca beach and spend some good time and enjoy relaxing days in Hotel Riu Playa Blanca.
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This Land only FAM requires air into and out of PTY Tocumen International Airport
Single Room Supplement $500
No triple rate reduction
Non refundable $200 per person deposit required to hold space.
Full payment due 60 Days before departure date
FAM Payments are non-refundable in case of cancellation
*Advertised rate of $1399 per person applies for double occupancy travel period May 1 – Dec 15
*Black Out: December 15 – January 15 / Carnival Dates & Easter Week