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Panama Canal, Rainforests, & More

May 23 - May 29

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One event on May 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

One event on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

HIGHLIGHTS:   Rain Forest Adventure, Embera Village, Panama Canal Partial Cruise, The Panama Canal Railway Trip, Tours of Panama City, 10 Meals, & so much more.

PRICE:  $1699 per person, double occupancy

                $450   Single Supplement 

                Travel Protection:  Cancellation/Health … $137

                Deposit Required:  $200  per person

                Final Payment Due:  5 Weeks from departure

 

DAY 1 … Our group transfers by Motorcoach to the airport for a direct flight to Panama City, Panama. Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. We will explore rainforests and white sand beaches, meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle, and take a day cruise on the Panama Canal. Upon arrival we transfer to our resort in the Rainforest for a 3 night stay.  Welcome Dinner.   (D)

DAY 2 … Today we step back in time as our group boards dugout canoes for an escorted excursion up the Chagres River to an Emberá indigenous village. This is a unique opportunity to interact and meet the Emberá, one of seven indigenous groups from Panama. This rainforest-dwelling people are culturally related to Amazonian tribes. After a short boat trip in a traditional Emberá canoe or “piragua,” members of this community will welcome us to their village, which is built on a small rise, approximately 100 feet in from the river.  Lunch, and later we return to our resort.  (B,L)

DAY 3 … Today should be the highlight of our trip as we board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Cruising the Gaillard Cut through the Continental Divide we come to Pedro Miguel Locks where you can view the Centennial Bridge over the Canal. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered in two distinct steps. Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline.  After the cruise we return to our resort for the evening. (B)

DAY 4 … This morning after breakfast we transfer to the bustling City of Panama. Our Morning visit to Casco Viejo, the old French Quarter, is so unique. See the wide brick streets and ornate wood balconies. Visit the Canal Museum. Learn Panama’s prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, from Pre-Columbian times to present day. See the Gold Altar at San Jose Cathedral. Enjoy views from French Park, a tribute to the early French canal workers.  Later we visit a Kuna Indian marketplace where you can shop for colorful mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life. We check into our hotel for 3 nights. (B)

DAY 5 … Panama Canal Train and Colon Tour  … This is a day tour features a train ride from Panama City on the Pacific to Colon on the Atlantic. The Panama Canal Railway is one of the great train rides of the world. Along with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque path across the Isthmus of Panama. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal’s locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake.  Passenger cars are reminiscent of the golden age of railway travel, with luxurious wood paneling, tables, carpeted floors, soft lamp lighting, wooden blinds, air conditioning, bathrooms, large windows to appreciate the picturesque journey and open-air viewing decks that allow passengers to step outside and “smell” the tropical rainforest.  Once in Colon, we visit the Agua Clara center that opened in 2016. The complex has a projection room, restaurant, gift shop and a a fantastic panoramic view of the canal.  Later we head to the historic sight of Fort San Lorenzo Chagres National Park which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. We will stop for a lunch at the Fort Sherman or Melia school of the Americas before returning. (B,L)

DAY 6 … This is your final full day in Panama.  Everyone will have a pass for the hop on and hop off Sightseeing bus.  It takes you to all the major attractions of the Panama capital.  The bus also travels to the colonial city of Casco Antiguo, as it is known in Spanish. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it boasts wonderful colonial Spanish and Italian architecture.   Visit the islands that are connected by a Causeway. From here you will experience great views of the Panama Canal entrance and the Bridge of the Americas, as well as stunning views of the Panama City skyline and skyscrapers.  On the way to the islands, and at the entrance of the Causeway, is the amazing Frank Gehry-designed Bio-Museum. Also known as the “Bridge of Life,” it explains how Panama rises from the seas and links North with South America.  As well as taking in Panama´s key places of historical interest, the city has a vibrant outdoor scene with several cafés, which are a delight to hop-off and linger at. You can visit areas where you will find restaurants and bars that cater for all palates, as well as shopping areas like the Albrook Mall, which boasts brands from around the world, sometimes sold at bargain prices.  Tonight we celebrate our trip with a gala Farewell Dinner.  (B,D)

DAY 7 …  It had been exciting, interesting, and lots of fun, but now is the time to transfer to the airport for our flight back to the United States.  Be sure to wear your Panama hats.  (B)

 

 

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Start:
May 23
End:
May 29