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The Complete Panama Canal

9 days with Alexander+Roberts   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 - Welcome to Panama City
You’ll be greeted on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Bristol Hotel.
 
Day 2 - History of the Canal
At the Miraflores Locks, you’ll marvel at the ships entering the Canal and delve into its history during a talk with the Panama Canal Authority. Visit the only American Cemetery in Latin America, learn about US military history at historic island bunkers in the Causeway, and visit the Canal Administration Building which opened in 1914. At the fascinating BioDiversity Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, you’ll learn how Panama’s vital role as a land bridge between North and South America has impacted biodiversity and human life on both Continents. Tonight we'll gather for a Welcome Dinner. (B+L+D)
 
Day 3 - Through the Panama Canal!
Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic on a full Canal transit, joining the huge ships that rely upon this vital passage. You’ll enter the Miraflores Locks and traverse the Gaillard Cut. Arriving in the Caribbean port of Colon, transfer to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort where you’ll enjoy three nights in a delightful, riverview balcony guestroom (B+L)
 
Day 4 - Gatun Lake Expedition
Naturalist guided exploration of the islands in Gatun Lake offers a chance to learn about the tropical flora and to observe native species like sloths, caimans, and monkeys. At Gamboa’s ecological exhibits and rescue center, you’ll see and learn about additional rainforest creatures including butterflies and tropical frogs. Enjoy the resort this afternoon. (B)
 
Day 5 - Panama's Indigenous Embera
Travel deep into the forest by boat and dugout canoe to spend time with Embera villagers, learning about their rich traditions including shamanic rites, dance and music. Then meet with Anne Gordan, an American woman who married into the Embera tribe, for deeper insight. Enjoy dinner and wine at the Chagres River View Restaurant.  (B+L+D)
 
Day 6 - Historic Panama Railroad + Portobelo + Our Pacific Resort
Journey across the isthmus aboard the Panama Railroad, built in 1855. From atop the Canal Expansion Center, you’ll see the newly-expanded canal built to accommodate massive ships up to 1,400 feet long and 180 feet wide! Then explore Portobelo, rich with history and the ruins of Colonial forts. Enjoy lunch and Afro-Caribbean dance before checking in to your Pacific-view room at the Westin Playa Bonita Resort. (B+L)
 
Day 7 - Ancient History and Daily Life in Panama City
Enjoy a walking tour in Casco Antiguo, noted for its fine Colonial architecture. Sample ceviche and local beer at the lively fish market and join city residents on the modern subway to visit El Carmen Church. Tour 16th century Panama Viejo and then sit down to a Panamanian lunch at Mercao. The afternoon is free to enjoy your Pacific resort.(B+L)
 
Day 8 - A Day in the Countryside
Ascend into the lofty hills of Altos de Campana National Park for views of the Canal Basin. We’ll visit an orchid farm and enjoy lunch in a typical countryside restaurant. Tonight, we’ll celebrate a Farewell Dinner at the Westin. (B+L+D)
 
Day 9 - Adios, Playa Bonita
We’ll take you to the airport today. (B)
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All This Included
  • Expertly-guided Small Group sightseeing in Panama City and Portobelo
  • Full transit through the Panama Canal and a journey on the historic Panama Railroad
  • Naturalist-guided Aerial Tram Adventure above the rainforest canopy
  • Special Small Group excursion to El Valle in the Panamanian countryside
  • 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 8 nights in our deluxe hotel and resorts, all with free in-room WiFi Internet access
  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
  • Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges
  • Enjoy wine and beer with all midday and evening meals.
Highlights
  • This full Canal Transit takes you from the Pacific to the Atlantic!
  • Discover history and culture – from Casco Antiguo’s World Heritage architecture to the Afro-Caribbean traditions of Portobelo.
  • Learn about America’s involvement with the Canal, from its construction to the vital role our military played in its protection.
  • Ride aboard the historic Panama Railroad and see the massive new canal now under construction.
  • Experience a slice of small town life in El Valle, a charming enclave nestled amidst the forests and peaks of a huge extinct volcano.
  • Includes 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Accommodations
Panama City: Bristol Hotel
Gamboa: Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Playa Bonita: Westin Playa Bonita Resort
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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