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"Crossroads of the World"

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Panama - Crossroads of the World
Panama - "Crossroads of the World"
For years Panama has been known as the "Crossroads of the World" because of the Canal, but tourism to Panama has recently expanded. The long-protected areas of the Canal Zone are now open to visitors; former canal buildings have been modernized to provide first class hotel accommodations, while limiting intrusion into these hidden, natural areas. Guided hikes through rainforests and boat trips on the canal offer new adventure. The previously unexplored highlands of northern Panama have a cooler climate and rich biodiversity. You can end your visit to Panama with a restful and relaxing stay at an all-inclusive beach resort that boasts all the modern amenities of an international hotel, just a few hours from Panama City. For the adventuresome, we recommend a visit to Bocas del Toro on the north Caribbean Coast, or an off-the-beaten-path snorkel and dive trip.

Panama City
3 Days/2 Nights from $244

Package Rates Include:
• Round-trip transfers between airport & hotel via private vehicle with a driver only
• Panama City Tour shared basis for 1 or 2 people. Private basis 3 or more people**
• Two nights hotel accommodations including taxes & service charges
• Call 800-326-5025 for airfares from major US cities
• Airfares and air taxes not included

NOTE: The shared tour has a minimum of 4 participants to operate and does not operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, in which case there is a supplement for a private tour quoted below. Rates subject to change



Modern Panama City
Modern Panama City

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Panama City Meeting service at the airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Panama Three Cities Tour Panama City Is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, Capital of the Republic of Panama, and located at the Pacific side of the American Continent.Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, it has been considered as one of the most important citiesof the Americas.

Ruins in the oldest part of Panama City.Casco Viejo: The oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673, it is known as the Casco Viejo. This beautiful little area has several attractions that tourists shouldn't miss and can easily be covered in a walking tour of a few hours. A monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal stands at the bayside end of the Casco Viejo. TNational Cathedral, Panama Cityhere is also an adjacent art museum in the converted strong house, known as Las Bovedas, once used for storing gold.

Other points of interest are the famed flat arch or Santo Domingo Church, the beautiful gold-plated altar of the San Jose Church, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Theater, the National Cathedral (right), the Presidential Palace and other numerous colonial churches and monuments.

Participants will have the opportunity to do a walking tour at the Casco Viejo section, walking by monuments such as the Plaza Bolivar, the San Francisco de Asis Church, Bolivar Palace and the National Theater; 'Las Bovedas Promenade', with one of the most spectacular views of Panama City.
Day 3: Transfer to the airport, or extend your stay in Panama with additional destinations. 

Hotel Selection Panama City
Rates Per Person
 
3-Day Package*
Extra Night Rates
Hotels in Casco Viejo
Year
Dbl
Sgl
Tpl
Dbl
Sgl
Tpl
Hotel Central
Deluxe Room 1 Queen Bed
2019
$398
677
466
$122
245
106
2020
$419
712
791
$128
273
111
Hotel Central
Premium Room 2 Double beds or 1 King bed
2019
$418
752
354
$132
263
100
2020
$440
792
373
$146
277
105
American Trade Hotel
Small Room
1 King bed
JAN-APR 15 2019
$592
902
N/A
$219
338
N/A
MAY-DEC 24 2019
$470
856
N/A
$158
315
N/A
JAN-APR 15 2020
$623
950
N/A
$230
356
N/A
MAY-DEC 24 2020
$495
901
N/A
$166
331
N/A

American Trade Hotel
Standard Room
1 King bed + rollaway

JAN-APR 15 2019
$629
1172
619
$237
473
237
MAY-DEC 24 2019
$504
926
504
$175
350
175
JAN-APR 15 2020
$662
1234
662
$249
498
249
MAY-DEC 24 2020
$531
975
531
$184
368
184

American Trade Hotel
Super Room
1 King bed

JAN-APR 15 2019
$586
1275
586
$216
525
216
MAY-DEC 24 2019
$558
1032
558
$202
403
202
JAN-APR 15 2020
$619
1343
619
$227
554
227
MAY-DEC 24 2020
$587
1086
587
$213
424
213

American Trade Hotel
Super Q Room
1 King bed

JAN-APR 15 2019
$856
1930
652
$351
702
249
MAY-DEC 24 2019
$732
1382
572
$289
578
209
JAN-APR 15 2020
$900
2032
686
$369
739
262
MAY-DEC 24 2020
$770
1455
602
$305
608
219
Hotels in Modern Panama City
Year
Dbl
Sgl
Tpl
Dbl
Sgl
Tpl
Holiday Inn Panama Canal
SUN-THU 2019
$256
440
242
$54
106
44
FRI & SAT 2019
$238
412
232
$45
92
39
Holiday Inn Panama Canal
*Rates effective Dec 20, 2019
SUN-THU 2020*
$285
489
269
$60
118
49
FRI & SAT 2020*
$265
458
258
$50
102
43
Crowne Plaza
SUN-THU 2019
$262
452
248
$57
113
47
FRI & SAT 2019
$251
420
236
$48
97
41
Crowne Plaza
SUN-THU 2020
$280
476
261
$60
119
50
FRI & SAT 2020
$279
442
249
$51
102
43
Miramar Intercontinental
SUN-THUR 2019
$262
438
248
$54
106
47
FRI & SAT 2019
$244
420
232
$45
97
39
Miramar Intercontinental
*Rates effective Dec 20, 2019
SUN-THU 2020
$276
461
261
$57
112
50
FRI & SAT 2020*
$257
442
244
$50
102
43
Bristol Hotel
Deluxe Room
2 Double beds or 1 King bed
JAN-MAR &
DEC 2019
$416
748
376
$131
261
111
Bristol Hotel
Deluxe Room
2 Double beds or 1 King bed
APR-NOV 2019
$438
788
369
$138
275
117
Bristol Hotel
Deluxe Room
2 Double beds or 1 King bed
JAN-MAR &
DEC 2020
$396
710
362
$121
242
104
Bristol Hotel
Deluxe Room
2 Double beds or 1 King bed
APR-NOV 2020
$417
748
381
$127
255
109
Bristol Hotel
Executive Tower
1 King bed
JAN-MAR &
DEC 2019
$478
870
416
$162
322
131
Bristol Hotel
Executive Tower
1 King bed
APR-NOV 2019
$503
916
438
$170
339
138
Bristol Hotel
Executive Tower
1 King bed
JAN-MAR &
DEC 2020
$456
830
402
$151
302
124
Bristol Hotel
Executive Tower
1 King bed
APR-NOV 2020
$480
874
418
$159
328
132
*Rates include breakfast
Per Person Rates Basis
Year
2 Pax
1 Pax
3 Pax
**Supplement for private Panama City Tour
2019
$29
117
N/A
2020
$31
123
N/A
**Supplement for private guide with airport transfer (one way)
2019
$36
70
36
2020
$40
78
40
**Supplement Half-day Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks
2019
$74
186
37
2020
$78
196
39
Airfares and air taxes not included
Rates subject to change

Panama City Optional Tours
Optional Tours Rates Per Person 2019-2020
Year
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
Half-Day Panama Canal Zone: Miraflores Locks (Daily)
2019
$163
99
77
2020
$172
105
81
Half-Day Partial Panama Canal Transit Tour (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays)
Shared Basis
2019
$143
2020
$151
Half-Day Partial Panama Canal Transit Tour (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays)
With Private Transfers
2019
$185
174
174
2020
$195
184
184
Full-Day Panama Canal Complete Transit Tour: (Specific Saturdays only)
Shared Basis
2019
$247
2020
$260
Full-Day Panama Canal Complete Transit Tour: (Specific Saturdays only)
With Private Transfers
2019
$353
303
303
2020
$372
319
319
Half-Day Pipeline Nature Tour (Daily)
2019
$398
210
161
2020
$416
221
170
Full-Day Gamboa Rainforest Combo Tour with lunch
Not available on a Private Basis
Note: Minimum of 4 participants to operate shared basis.
Operates Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
2019
$171
2020
$180
Full-Day Mega Gamboa Rainforest Combo Tour with lunch
Includes visit to the Miraflores Locks
Not available on a Private Basis
Note: Minimum of 4 participants to operate shared basis.
Operates Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
2019
$219
2020
$231
Full-Day Train to Colon & Portobelo Tour (Daily)*
Shared Basis (not available on a Private Basis)
Note: Minimum of 4 participants to operate.
Operates Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays only
2019
$214
2020
$226
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Sunday Crafts Market
Shared Basis
2019
$250
2020
$263
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Sunday Crafts Market
Private Basis
2019
$567
385
324
2020
$597
405
341
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Zipline Tour (Daily)
Shared Basis
2019
$250
2020
$263
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Zipline Tour (Daily)
Private Basis
2019
$567
385
324
2020
$597
405
341
Full-Day Fort Lorenzo & Agua Clara Locks Tour with Lunch (Daily)
2019
$383
230
179
2020
$405
243
189
Full Day Agua Clara Locks & Portobelo Tour with Lunch (Daily)
2019
$376
227
177
2020
$396
239
187

*Lunch is
NOT included
Rates subject to change
All tours are via private vehicle with a private driver and guide. Meals included as per the tour description.

Tours Panama City

Half-day Old Cities Tour (private)
Daily Except Mondays
Today you will be provided with a tour of Colonial Panama City, and the ruins of Old Panama. You will visit some of the most important sites of Panama City starting with the ruins of Old Panama “Panama La Vieja”. Founded in 1519, the it was the first city and first settlement on the Pacific Ocean. You will visit the capital, 'Castilla de Oro ' that was the center of operations for the conquest of South America. This city was built during the 16th century and was later partially destroyed by the attack of the pirate Sir Henry Morgan in 1671. You will then visit Casco Viejo, a colonial area that represents the second Panama City, characterized by a very special architecture. Weather permitting, this tour will be a walking tour taking you through the “Plaza de la Independencia” with its Cathedral and the “Palacio Municipal”. Next visit San Jose Church and its Golden Altar, followed by the “Arco Chato” and the “'Convento de Santo Domingo”, home to the Religious Artifact Museum. Head up the “Paseo de las Bovedas” into the “Plaza de Francia” and finish at the Plaza Bolivar, home of the national theater San Fransisco of Asis Church and some newly remodeled homes.

Half-day Panama City & Miraflores Locks Tour
Tour operates daily
Casco Antiguo: The oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673, it is known as the Casco Viejo. This beautiful little area has several attractions that tourists shouldn't miss. A monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal stands at the bayside end of the Casco Viejo.

There is also an adjacent art museum in the converted strong house, known as Las Bovedas, once used for storing gold. Other points of interest are the famed flat arch or Santo Domingo Church, the beautiful gold- plated altar of the San Jose Church, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Theater, the National Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and other numerous colonial churches and monuments. Participants will have the opportunity to do a walking tour at the Casco Viejo section, walking by monuments such as the Plaza Bolivar, the San Francisco de Asis Church, Bolivar Palace and the National Theater; 'Las Bovedas Promenade', with one of the most spectacular views of Panama City.


The Canal Zone

There are several ways to visit the Panama Canal. The closest and most convenient are the Miraflores Locks right outside of Panama City. These are the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean.

On Saturdays a tour operates that provides a partial canal transit through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks and then cruises the famous Gailliard Cut, a nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone, to Lake Gatun. During the transit you will have the opportunity to experience and hear explanations of one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Gamboa on Lake Gatun and motorcoach transfer back to Panama City.


The Miraflores Locks, the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean.
The Miraflores Locks, the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean.

Half-Day Panama Canal Zone: Miraflores Locks (Daily)
For those who want to experience the so-called "eighth wonder of the world," but don't have much time, this tour offers a short visit to the Miraflores Locks for observation of transiting ships and complete information at the Miraflores Visitors Center and its miniature mock-up of the Panama Canal


Half-Day Panama Canal Transit Tour (Saturday)
Gailliard Cut, Panama CanalEarly morning pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Dock 18, for a 7:30 a.m. departure on board one of the ships that will transit the Panama Canal starting with the Miraflores Locks (the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean). Then you will cruise the famous Gailliard Cut, a nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone, through to Lake Gatun. During the transit you will have the opportunity to experience and hear explanations of one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Gamboa on Lake Gatun and motorcoach transfer back to Panama City, arriving Pier 19 at about 1:00 p.m. Return transfer to your hotel.


Full-Day Panama Canal Transit Tour (Available only on specific Saturdays)

Panama Canal Map

Lunch is not included
Tour is via motorcoach/boat with private hotel/pier transfers

Early morning pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Dock 18, for a 7:30 a.m. departure on board one of the ships that will transit the Panama Canal starting with the Miraflores Locks, right, (the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean). Then you will cruise the famous Gailliard Cut, a nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone, through to Lake Gatun. Crossing the lake you will pass the Smithsonian Institute's Barro Colorado Island with its lush, beautiful jungle scenery. During the transit you will have the opportunity to experience and hear explanations of one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Cristobal Port on the Caribbean side of the canal about 3:30 pm and motorcoach transfer back to Panama City, arriving Pier 19 at about 5:30 pm. Return transfer to your hotel.



Full-Day Train & History Tour to Colon & Portobelo (Daily)

Another fun trip is the train trip to Colon, called the Train & History Tour. The Trans-Isthmian train was the first transcontinental train in the world, running parallel to the Panama Canal.Another fun trip is the train trip to Colon, called the Train & History Tour. The Trans-Isthmian train was the first transcontinental train in the world, running parallel to the Panama Canal. The train combines luxury on board with extraordinary views along the Rainforest. The train has an open car where visitors can enjoy a drink, and the passing scenery of this historic route, alfresco. Visitors travel from Panama City to Colón, from one ocean to another, in one hour, catching sight of ships in the canal and the colorful life of Panamanian towns in addition to the rainforest. Upon arrival at Colón visitors are escorted to the historic Spanish settlement of Portobelo before returning to Panama City. Portobelo introduces visitors to the adventure and intrigue of the age of pirates and conquistadors. Visitors tour the forts and newly restored customs building in addition to the local church, which houses the famous "Black Christ."


Full-Day Fort Lorenzo & Agua Clara Locks Tour with Lunch: 8:00 a.m. Daily

Morning pick up at your hotel for a full-day tour to Agua Clara Visitor Center: The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. Beyond its surprising technology or colossal machinery, you will be astonished by the work of thousands of people, who have worked on this colossal expansion. Once you finish the visit to the Agua Clara Locks, you will drive through the rainforest that surrounds this Caribbean Coast until you reach the important historical Fort of San Lorenzo, located on the west side of the Panama Canal, right at the mouth of the Chagres River. You will go back to the time of pirates like Henry Morgan; who managed to access Panama City in 1671, using the channels of the Chagres River; passing through the Fort of San Lorenzo, leaving the city looted. The fort was built with blocks of cut coral and raised rows of cannons for the defense of pirates and corsairs. Most of the Fort of San Lorenzo is well preserved, including pits, canyons, and arched rooms. A delicious lunch will be served in a local market before returning to to your hotel.


Full Day Agua Clara Locks & Portobelo Tour with Lunch 8:30 a.m. Daily

What to bring:
Comfortable clothes and shoes (sneakers or hiking shoes) long pants, a hat, sun block, sunglasses and camera
Optional: mosquito repellent

Morning pick up at your hotel for a full-day tour to Agua Clara Visitor Center: The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. Beyond its surprising technology or colossal machinery, you will be astonished by the work of thousands of people, who have worked on this colossal expansion.

Once you finish the visit to the Agua Clara Locks, you will drive through the rainforest that surrounds this Caribbean Coast until you reach the town of Portobelo, where you will be able to appreciate beautiful green landscapes.

Portobelo is a sleepy bayside town full of colonial history where you will feel transported back in time. Here, you will encounter no less than 5 colonial fortifications where the canons are still pointing towards the bay they once protected. Portobelo is also home to the statue of the Black Christ, which according to the legend possesses divine powers, that has several times prevented the statue from being removed from here. Other monuments of interest are: The Custom House (counting house) built in 1640 and the Hospital Chapel built in the year 1597.


Nature Tours from Panama City

Rainforest Aerial Tram, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, PanamaGamboa

Gamboa, 30 km. north of Panama City, is a small town on the east bank of the Panama Canal, north of the Chagres River. In the early 1930s the Panama Canal Company constructed Gamboa at the confluence of the Panama Canal to house its Canal Maintenance (Dredging) Division. The facilities are now closed and the buildings have been restored to accommodate tourists who want to visit the 22,000-hectare Soberania National Park. This is a protected area containing a wide variety of forest and freshwater habitats, administered by Panama's National Authority for the Environment (Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente, or ANAM). Day tours from Panama City are available, most notably, the Pipeline Nature Trail, the Barro Colorado and the Las Cruces Trails.


Full Day Gamboa Rainforest Combo Package with lunch
Tour operates daily
NOTE:
Minimum 4 participants to operate!
Does not operate Monday/Wednesday or Friday

Experience the verdant rainforest of Gamboa from within, ascending some 280 feet from the shadowy forest floor, through the dense undergrowth and up to the sun drenched canopy with its thousand shades of green that are only interrupted by the vibrant colors of flowering trees. Once at the top, you will have the opportunity to climb our observation tower (also accessible for wheelchairs) from where you will have uninterrupted views of the vast rainforest of Soberania National Park while at the same time watch the giant cargo ships maneuver through the Galliard Cut (the narrowest part of the Panama Canal).

Once you finish the visit to the Aerial Tram and Natural Exhibits, you will experience an exhilarating 20-minute ride at high speed right through the heart of the Panama Canal. The boat will slow down and enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of Gatun Lake. In this protected area the wildlife is plentiful, and you are likely to encounter capuchin monkeys, 3-toed sloth, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans and other bird life as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles and a wealth of butterflies.
This is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle up close. The trained naturalist guides will ensure that you have an outstanding nature experience by tracing the wildlife as well as educating you about it and its habitat throughout this exceptional jungle and canal adventure.

This is a tour anyone can do if you eliminate the climb to the Observation tower and becomes only moderately difficult if you choose to climb the 100-foot tower
Includes:
• Transportation
• English- Speaking naturalist tour guide
• Aerial Tram and Exhibits
• Monkey Island Boat Tour
• Lunch (beverages are not included)
What to bring:
• Comfortable clothes and shoes (sneakers or hiking shoes), long pants, hat, sun block, sunglasses, camera and binocular
• Mosquito repellent

Suggested Optional Day Tours
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
Half-Day Pipeline Nature Trail Tour (Daily)
$212
106
71
Full-Day Las Cruces Trail with Lunch (Daily)
$303
151
100
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Sunday Crafts Market
$165
80
62
Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Zipline Tour (Admissions extra)
$205
130
105
Rates subject to change

All tours are via private vehicle with a private driver and guide. Meals included as per the tour description.


Half-Day Barro Colorado Tour (Daily)

Barro Colorado Nature Monument Map

Visit the center of scientific tropical field studies, Barro Colorado Island. This island and the surrounding Barro Colorado Nature Monument is the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's primary site for study of the lowland moist tropical forest. To reach the monument you will travel a short distance in a comfortable boat from the resort marina down the Chargres River to the Panama Canal. You will then travel north past the scenic town of Gamboa, an important facility for the operation of the Panama Canal, and parallel to the canal through Gatun Lake. Lush tropical, vegetation and scenic vistas surround you on all sides. This is a tour for people of all ages who will enjoy the forty-minute boat ride and easywalk on moderate terrain in the rainforest. Be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect against insects. Photographs should be taken with a flash.


Half-Day Pipeline Road Tour 8:30 a.m. (approx) (Daily)Peregrine Falcon, aka Harpy Eagle, is the national bird of Panama.
Four-hour moderately strenuous hiking tour with expert nature guide

Morning pick up at your hotel for a half-day nature tour. The Pipeline Road is a moderate, approx. 13.7-mile trail within Soberania National Park's 55,000 acres of tropical rainforest. This abandoned service road remains pretty much flat and passes through a mature forest track. Soberania National Park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds and 105 species of mammals. This is not a loop trail, so hikers can enjoy a hike suitable to their physical abilities and walking speed and return on the same route..


Full-Day Las Cruces Trail (Daily)
Six-hour moderately strenuous hiking tour with expert nature guide & lunch

Casaya River, PanamaTake a unique hiking adventure in an old growth lowland tropical rainforest. Cross the historic Charges River to the old town site of Las Cruces and walk up the Casaya River, through the old growth tropical rainforest. Cross the stream bed and walk along the forested ridge to the historic Las Cruces trail and return to the old Las Cruces townsite. As you follow the trail, stay alert for insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Capuchin and howler monkeys can be seen, along with coatamundis, agoutis, and pacas. A wide variety of forest birds are also in the area, including several species of parrot sand toucans.


Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Crafts Market (Sundays Only)
The journey starts with a two-hour drive west from Panama City to Anton Valley (below). At 1200 feet above sea level, The Anton Valley offers a number of attractions to visitors, which you will visit: The Square Trees petroglyphs, El Macho Waterfall, ecological areas, thermal waters, and the town craft market shop which is crowded on Sundays by everyone in the town. Lunch is included and then return to Panama City.


Full-Day Anton Valley Tour with Zipline TourAnton Valley, Panama
(Admissions extra)
The journey starts with a two-hour drive west from Panama City to Anton Valley. At 1200 feet above sea level. The Anton Valley offers a number of attractions to visitors, which you will visit: The Square Trees petroglyphs, El Macho Waterfall, ecological areas, thermal waters, and the town craft market shop which is crowded on Sundays by everyone in the town. Lunch is included, followed by the "Three Trees Canopy Adventure," where you speed along on a zipline between three platforms at the top of the rainforest canopy.