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Panama the Canal and Beyond

Duration 8 days

Destinations visited :
  • Panama
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Bienvenidos a Panama! Cruise the famous Panama Canal to the Pacific, explore the Gamboa Rainforest aboard an aerial tram ride through the treetops, and ride dugout canoes as you spot toucans and sloths en route to the indiginous community of Embera Puru on this Central America tour. Take flight to David for a two night stay in the beautiful farmed mountain region of Boquete and end your tour in style at Playa Bonita, one of Panama’s most popular beach resorts.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

ARRIVE PANAMA CITY (2 NIGHTS)
Bienvenidos a Panama! Welcome to Central America’s most beautiful gem and home to the eponymous Canal. You are greeted at the airport by a local host and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Bay of Panama, just steps away from Calle Uruguay with its many popular restaurants and shops. At 6 p.m., join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director at the hotel for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception
Le Meridien Panama

DAY 2

PANAMA CANAL CRUISE & FREE TIME
Board your vessel and cruise the Canal, Panama’s premier attraction. As you enter the most important waterway in the world, cruise down from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River fows into the Canal, and witness frsthand the engineering wonder of the Pedro Miguel and Mirafores Locks, the fnal set before reaching the Pacifc Ocean. Cruise over the Continental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas while enjoying a relaxed morning snack and lunch. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, prepare for the best views of Panama City’s modern skyline. Afterward, wander the vibrant streets of Casco Antiguo-a UNESCO World Heritage Site-in Panama’s Historic District. Enjoy the evening in Panama City to sample local cuisine.Full Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 3

PANAMA CITY SIGHTSEEING – GAMBOA RAINFOREST (2 NIGHTS)
Discover Panama City’s role long before the Canal put it on the map. Visit Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City before it was sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan. Next, stop at a local fsh market on the way to the Mirafores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum. Then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your resort, join a guide on an exciting nature walk and aerial tram ride. Glide smoothly through the treetops and possibly spot birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest canopy. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres River and Panama Canal. After dinner, join a discussion with a Smithsonian researcher, a A Local Expert, and learn more about the diversity of Panama. Full Breakfast,Dinner
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

DAY 4

GAMBOA RAINFOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Embark on a diferent kind of water adventure and meet your boteros (boatmen) at the edge of the Chagres National Park to board motorboats. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths and monkeys. Arriving at Embera’ Drua, you are met with a traditional greeting and will learn about the Embera Indians’ fascinating culture,
lifestyle and crafts. At the village, enjoy a delicious traditional A Local Speciality— patacones (fried plantains) with small samples of fried fsh or chicken. Then listen to local music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free. Full Breakfast

DAY 5

GAMBOA RAINFOREST – DAVID – CERRO PUNTA – BOQUETE (2 NIGHTS)
Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views of Volcan Baru, a dormant but prominent volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. An exclusive A Be My Guest lunch awaits at a thoroughbred breeding farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley, one of the most beautiful scenic jewels in the country. As guests of the owners—one of Panama’s most prominent families— explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnifcent horses in a chemical-free environment. Later, arrive at the mountain resort of Boquete in beautiful Valle Escondido.Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining, Dinner
Valle Escondido

DAY 6

BOQUETE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee, a new A Local Specialty in Panama, is making a grand entrance on the world stage of gourmet grounds with several award-winning, estate-grown varietals. Learn about the coffee-making process and see the Ngobe-Bugle, an indigenous group who hand-pick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. The rest of the day is free to do some exploring in the quaint township of Boquete. Full Breakfast

DAY 7

BOQUETE – SANTIAGO – PLAYA BONITA
Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to the Inter-American Highway, the Central American section of the Pan-American Highway. Stop in Santiago for lunch on your own. On to Aguadulce and Nata in Cocle Province, the heart of Panama’s sugar cane industry. In Nata, view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in Central America. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the Pacifc Ocean. This evening, recount cherished memories of your Panama holiday with newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner. Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner
InterContinental Playa Bonita

DAY 8

PLAYA BONITA – DEPART PANAMA CITY
Extend your stay in Playa Bonita or transfer to Panama City Airport. (Depending on your departure time, a continental or full breakfast will be available). Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Relax with two nights at the idyllic mountain resort of Valle Escondido, known for fabulous bird-watching.
  • Stop at this mountain township and enjoy the best views of Baru Volcano; visit a local race horse stud farm.
  • Explore the rainforest at canopy level aboard an aerial tram ride; cruise the Chagres River to an Embera village aboard motorboats; meet local Embera villagers and learn about their lifestyles, culture and customs; be entertained by Embera ancestral songs and dances.
  • Cruise this marvel of the modern world from the Pacific all the way to the Chagres River.
  • Explore the city’s main highlights including the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and the Historic District of Panama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; wander the quaint streets of the Casco Antiguo; visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum
  • Enjoy one of Panama’s most popular beach resorts ideally situated on the Pacific.

Dining Highlights

  • 4 evening meals:
  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:
  • Farewell Dinner
  • 4 evening meals:
  • 2 three course dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • (including Be My Guest and lunch on Panama Canal cruise)
  • 4 evening meals:
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers

First class travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
    A Trafalgar bonus – Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David including porter service at airport
  • Audio Headsets
  • provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Prices from £1716
Fridays – October to May

  • Land only price – Twin-share option
  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Panama the Canal and Beyond

Bienvenidos a Panama! Cruise the famous Panama Canal to the Pacific, explore the Gamboa Rainforest aboard an aerial tram ride through the treetops, and ride dugout canoes as you spot toucans and sloths en route to the indiginous community of Embera Puru on this Central America tour. Take flight to David for a two night stay in the beautiful farmed mountain region of Boquete and end your tour in style at Playa Bonita, one of Panama’s most popular beach resorts.

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