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Cruising Costa Rica and Panama - Panama to Costa Rica

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Embarkation in Panama City
Embarkation will take place at 3pm at Maina Flamenco.  This evening, there is a welcome dinner. Overnight in port.

Day 2 Panama City
Today you have a full day to explore Panama City and a choice of two half day optional excursions. First to Gatun Lake and the San Lorenzo Spanish fort. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Gatun. Alternatively, you could visit the Canal Museum and have time to watch the movement of ships in the locks at Miraflores locks (a device for raising and lowering boats into different stretches of water) and call into Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic, and hippest quarter. Late afternoon sailing to Playa Muerto. Overnight is spent at sea.

Day 3 Playa Muerto/Darien National Park Panama
Optional excursion in the Darrien National park. We reach Playa Muerto by tenders ( wet landing ) and reach an Emberra Village where we are welcomed by Emberra Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. Later in the afternoon we return to the ship. Afternoon sailing to Granito D’ Oro Island – Overnight at sea.

Day 4 Granito de Oro and Coiba Islands, Panama
Midday arrival in Granito de Oro, for swimming and snorkelling in a pristine environment. Deck BBQ and sailing to nearby Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Early afternoon guided walking tour with our Ship Naturalist who will take you for a short walk up hill to discover the local forest and animal life. In the afternoon, we leave Coiba and sail to Golfito. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 Golfito - Casa Orchideas - Drake Bay, Costa Rica
We reach Golfito early morning for immigration procedures before arriving at Casa Orchideas for a swim stop and optional shore excursion. Disembark by tenders for a wet landing at Casa Orchideas to visit beautiful gardens, an Orchid house and learn about all tropical and medicinal plants from all over the world. There will also be plenty of time for swimming before returning back to the ship by tender. Late afternoon departure towards Drake Bay arriving early evening and spending the night at anchor.

Day 6 Drake Bay, Costa Rica,
Optional excursion in the Corcovado National park and Oso Peninsula, a nature reserve and tropical rainforest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula.  Visitors have the chance to see some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red-eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white lipped peccaries, monkeys and scarlet macaws. Swimmers can have the amazing opportunity to share the warm waters with marlins, dolphins and pilot whales. 
Sail towards Quepos for an evening arrival and overnight at anchor.

Day 7 Quepos and Playa Bisansz, Costa Rica
Enjoy an optional morning excursion to the Manuel Antonio Reserve which is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and rich wildlife. This is a wet landing inside the reserve using the zodiacs. After lunch on board, you can take the optional forest canopy excursion. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim.  Those passengers doing the forest canopy tour excursion will rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tropical evening on board with a late night sailing to Puerto Caldera, spending the night at sea.

Day 8 Disembarkation in Puerto Caldera
We arrive early into Puerto Caldera in time to disembark after breakfast between 8 and 9am.
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All This Included
Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise. Aboard the M/S Panorama, cruise along the Pacific Coast and choose to explore lush nature reserves, snorkel among the marine life of idyllic islands, and indulge in beach barbecues. You can travel up river in dugout canoes to a hidden village and spend time with the indigenous locals, swim in crystal clear waters, and enter the locks of the famous Panama Canal. With stops at the likes of Gatun Lake, Playa Muerto Darrien, and Granito de Oro Island, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.
  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transport - Small Cruise Ship
  • Coiba Island Walking Tour
Highlights
  • This trip includes an optional adventure in dugout canoes, paddling up the Mogue River to spend time with Embera Indians. Not something you find on a traditional itinerary.
  • This is the adventure cruise for nature lovers. Crocodiles, turtles, Coiba Aguit, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, kingfishers – you’ll have the chance to see them all in their natural habitat. There’s also an on-board naturalist with you for the entire journey.
  • The Pacific waters off the coast of Panama are some of the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere. We’ll be swimming off the back of the boat and exploring the shore via zodiac boats.
Accommodations
Cruising: M/Y Panorama
Notes
  • Ages: Min 7
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 50
  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting a lot of National Parks, and you may have to cross uneven ground, sometimes in slippery conditions.
  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.