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Trip Extensions

San Blas

Duration: 3 days

Add the San Blas Islands for 2 nights!  Located along the northeastern coast of Panama, in the Caribbean Sea, the San Blas are home to the Guna Indians who have been granted regional autonomy. Learn about Guna traditions, relax on the beach, snorkel... read more

Panama Canal Transit

Duration: 1 days

Passengers aboard a ship crossing the Panama Canal will have the opportunity to see one of the modern wonders of the world in operation.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: panama

Welcome to Panama!Welcome to Panama!

On arrival to Tocumen International Airport, you are met by a Journeys representative and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

Lodging
Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)

Day 2: jungle boat adventure

Gatun LocksGatun Locks

Early in the morning, you will be picked up at the lobby of our hotel by our naturalist guide for a 45-minute drive to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Board an expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, passing by gigantic cargo ships that contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, look for green iguanas and three-toed sloths resting on tree branches, crocodiles, ospreys in the hunt for peacock bass, snail kites, and keel-billed toucans, among other wildlife. Gatun Lake was formed as part of the Panama Canal in 1914. At the time of its creation, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world with a surface of 165 square miles. The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system. More than 52 million gallons of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another. Your expedition boat will travel very close to rainforest-covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for white-faced capuchins, mantled howler monkeys, Central American spider monkeys, and Geoffrey’s tamarins. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a small island with extraordinary views of the Panama Canal and the natural surroundings. Return to Gamboa in the early afternoon and head for Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where you will learn about the canal's history, operation, and expansion currently underway. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)

Day 3: chiriqui / boquete

Coffee is grown everywhere.Coffee is grown everywhere.

Take a short drive to Albrook domestic airport in order to catch a scheduled flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province. Chiriqui is known as “Panama’s breadbasket” and contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America. Then proceed along the western side of Baru Volcano where you'll spend your day on Janson's estate. Enjoy a typical lunch with freshly brewed coffee overlooking the beautiful mountain range of Baru Volcano and the surrounding valley. In the afternoon, you will learn about planting, harvesting, processing, roasting and packaging of world famous coffee Del Fino and Geisha, grown on the Janson's coffee farm. Late, choose options such as exploring the estate via 4x 4, hike to incredible vistas, kayak on the lake and or take a motorized lake float. Then proceed to the quaint accommodatons and its countryside dotted with flower, fruit, and produce farms, coffee plantations, and lush tropical cloud forests. The afternoon is free to relax, stroll through the town on your own or enjoy the spa services at the hotel. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Bambito (or similar)

Day 4: la amistad international park

Hike through the dense, green forestsHike through the dense, green forests

Shared with neighboring Costa Rica and recognized in 1982 as a World Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Amistad is located at a point on the Central American natural land bridge where flora and fauna from North and South America reach their greatest species mix. With great ranges in altitude, precipitation, soil type, and temperature, biodiversity is at its best. Spend the morning hiking and exploring La Amistad in the area of El Retoño in search of the resplendent Quetzal, the silvery-fronted tapaculo, the Andean pygmy-owl, the barred becard, and the black and yellow silky flycatcher, among many other western highland birds. After lunch at a local restaurant,  you will descend on a scenic road through some rice, corn and sugar cane fields.

En-route you will have a unique opportunity to experience a century-old tradition at a local Trapiche, a formerly horse-powered sugar mill, where the delicious raspadura blocks are made. The farmers also produce chesse and traditional sweets that are available for purchase. Mid-afternoon you proceed to the quaint town of Boquette on the Eastern side of Baru volcano where you will stay at a small charming mountain for the next nights. the rest of the afternoon is open to relax.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort (or similar)

Day 5: boquete

Look for many species of birdsLook for many species of birds

Get your adrenalin pumping early in the morning with a canopy tree trek on a zipline that allows you to see the rainforest from fourteen different platforms while smoothly soaring in the heights of the cloud forest. Glide through the trees and encounter a world you'll love discovering. Native species of flora and fauna can be observed. Marvel at the sight of a great variety of orchids, trees, and wildflowers found throughout the area. Put your feet on the ground for a lunch served at the mountain tree trek restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding cloud forest. In the afternoon,you will have the opportunity to enjoy natural hot springs that are known for their healing properties. The hot springs are located within a private farm about 60 minutes driving from Boquete outside a small town of Caldera, which means boiling pot. The nearby Caldera River itself serves as a refreshing cool off after bathing in the hot springs. Some of the thermal pools are surrounded by man placed stones which give them a touch of intimacy and privacy. The temperatures in these natural pools range from 38ºC - 46ºC.

 

Dinner tonight will be at an exquisite restaurant in town, together with your guide.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort (or similar)

Day 6: volcan

In the morning, check out and then explore Boquete and its major interest points. Its countryside is dotted with flower, fruit and produce farms, coffee plantations and also lush tropical cloud forests. From different hill tops and look out points you will have extraordinary views of the town set in the mountain valley at 1060 meters above sea level. Drive by the local houses and farming areas, walk through the historic town center and learn about important facts on the founding of Boquete and its historial buildings, beautiful blooming flower gardens and a scenic drive by local coffee farms, waterfalls and the cloud forest of the Volcan Baru National Park to admire its abundant flora and fauna. After lunch you return to David for your flight back to Panama City. Transfer to the Melia Panama Canal Hotel for dinner and overnight.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Melia Panama Canal (or similar)

Day 7: san lorenzo national park / panama city

San Lorenzo National ParkSan Lorenzo National Park

On July 10, 1668, the legendary privateer captain Henry Morgan and a small army of corsairs and buccaneers attacked, overwhelmed and captured the city of Portobelo. Follow the steps of this historical town, which was famous for its trade fairs during the 17th century. During colonial times it was one of the most important strongholds of the Spanish Main in the Americas. You visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and colonial fortifications Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria. After lunch in town, you head out by boat in the afternoon to one of the beautiful white-sand tropical beaches that are found nearby. You will have the opportunity to snorkel in the Caribbean waters surrounded by beautiful tropical fish and a lot of marine wildlife around the coral reefs. Return back to your hotel in Colon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Melia Panama Canal (or similar)

Day 8: embera indigenous village

Celebrate with the Embera IndiansCelebrate with the Embera Indians

Board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua. The boat journey goes through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the national parks protecting the Panama Canal watershed. Along the Chagres River, search for little blue and green herons, great egrets, anhingas, neotropical cormorants, Amazon, ringed, and green kingfishers, along with keel-billed toucans and ospreys. At the Embera village, enjoy dancing and music, and learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handicrafts available for sale and an opportunity to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch,you will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience history in the making by observing close-up the Panama Canal Expansion works on the new Gatun Locks. Panama embarked on a major project to expand the Panama Canal a decade ago. The US$6.25 billion project, due to be completed in early 2015 will give the waterway the needed competitive advantage to operate successfully for at least another century. The Panama Canal will celebrate its 100th anniversary on August 15, 2014. The return to Panama City will be on the Trans-Isthmian train. The railway follows a similar route as the original train built to transport 49ers coming from the East coast of the United States across the Isthmus to continue their journey by boat to California during the Gold Rush. The route was diverted when Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal. After a 1-hour train ride you will be transferred to your city hotel. Dinner together with your guide at the hotel´s restaurant.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites (or similar)

Day 9: partial panama canal transit

The canal is currently undergoing expansion.The canal is currently undergoing expansion.

Drive to Gamboa and embark a ship for exploring the Panama Canal. The ship will first enter Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the canal. The ship will reach Pedro Miguel locks, where the vessel wil be lowered 30.8 ft into Miraflores Lake. After traveling nearly two kilometers, arrive at Miraflores locks, where the trainsition from fresh water to salt water takes place in the locks chambers. Due to the Pacific OCean's extreme tidal variations, Miraflores locks miter gates are the tallest of the locks system. In two steps, the vessel will be lowered 55 ft into the Pacific Ocean. Then, sail under the bridge of the Americas before disembarking at Flamenco Island. Here you will enjoy a brief sightseeing tour on the Amador Causeway. Your farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant with your guide.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Clarion Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)

Day 10: panama city/onward

Saying farewellSaying farewell

Transfer to Tocumen International Airport for onward flight. 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,550
domestic flights in Panama included Holiday surcharges apply
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
4-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

A Kid's-Eye View: My 7 Favorite Things To Do in Panama

I'm Sylvia, age 9, and for spring break this year I went to Panama. Here are some pictures I took, and these are my favorite things I did there:

Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Look for many species of birds
Look for many species of birds
Celebrate with the Embera Indians
Celebrate with the Embera Indians
Welcome to Panama!
Welcome to Panama!
Interact with locals
Interact with locals
Explore exotic cloud forests
Explore exotic cloud forests
Have hands-on experiences
Have hands-on experiences
Saying farewell
Saying farewell
Fort San Lorenzo National Park
Fort San Lorenzo National Park
A farmer rides his horse at Janson Coffee Farm
A farmer rides his horse at Janson Coffee Farm
Hike through the dense, green forests
Hike through the dense, green forests
Coffee is grown everywhere
Coffee is grown everywhere
The canal is currently undergoing expansion
The canal is currently undergoing expansion

Panama Golden Isthmus Odyssey

Engage the wildlife and explore the environs of the Panama Canal watershed

overview

Panama will surprise you at every turn with its narrowing of the continents which concentrates species, cultures, weather, and even transportation.  The Panama Canal is a wonder, but a small one in comparison to the species diversity, rich environments, and the amazing people who will lead your trip. With seven Indian tribes, Spanish heritage, and international orientation, Panama offers a combination of worldy awareness and a world lost in time.  Its 940 recorded bird species are just a hint of the great wildlife contained in its rainforests. On this tour, visit the Panama Canal, sanctuary islands, Smithsonian tropical studies areas, western highlands, cloud forests, and markets. This is a very complete taste of Panama with the full flavor of natural and cultural diversity.

itinerary

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overview

Panama will surprise you at every turn with its narrowing of the continents which concentrates species, cultures, weather, and even transportation.  The Panama Canal is a wonder, but a small one in comparison to the species diversity, rich environments, and the amazing people who will lead your trip. With seven Indian tribes, Spanish heritage, and international orientation, Panama offers a combination of worldy awareness and a world lost in time.  Its 940 recorded bird species are just a hint of the great wildlife contained in its rainforests. On this tour, visit the Panama Canal, sanctuary islands, Smithsonian tropical studies areas, western highlands, cloud forests, and markets. This is a very complete taste of Panama with the full flavor of natural and cultural diversity.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: panama
    Welcome to Panama!Welcome to Panama!

    On arrival to Tocumen International Airport, you are met by a Journeys representative and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

    Lodging
    Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: jungle boat adventure
    Gatun LocksGatun Locks

    Early in the morning, you will be picked up at the lobby of our hotel by our naturalist guide for a 45-minute drive to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Board an expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, passing by gigantic cargo ships that contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, look for green iguanas and three-toed sloths resting on tree branches, crocodiles, ospreys in the hunt for peacock bass, snail kites, and keel-billed toucans, among other wildlife. Gatun Lake was formed as part of the Panama Canal in 1914. At the time of its creation, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world with a surface of 165 square miles. The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system. More than 52 million gallons of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another. Your expedition boat will travel very close to rainforest-covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for white-faced capuchins, mantled howler monkeys, Central American spider monkeys, and Geoffrey’s tamarins. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a small island with extraordinary views of the Panama Canal and the natural surroundings. Return to Gamboa in the early afternoon and head for Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where you will learn about the canal's history, operation, and expansion currently underway. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: chiriqui / boquete
    Coffee is grown everywhere.Coffee is grown everywhere.

    Take a short drive to Albrook domestic airport in order to catch a scheduled flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province. Chiriqui is known as “Panama’s breadbasket” and contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America. Then proceed along the western side of Baru Volcano where you'll spend your day on Janson's estate. Enjoy a typical lunch with freshly brewed coffee overlooking the beautiful mountain range of Baru Volcano and the surrounding valley. In the afternoon, you will learn about planting, harvesting, processing, roasting and packaging of world famous coffee Del Fino and Geisha, grown on the Janson's coffee farm. Late, choose options such as exploring the estate via 4x 4, hike to incredible vistas, kayak on the lake and or take a motorized lake float. Then proceed to the quaint accommodatons and its countryside dotted with flower, fruit, and produce farms, coffee plantations, and lush tropical cloud forests. The afternoon is free to relax, stroll through the town on your own or enjoy the spa services at the hotel. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Bambito (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: la amistad international park
    Hike through the dense, green forestsHike through the dense, green forests

    Shared with neighboring Costa Rica and recognized in 1982 as a World Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Amistad is located at a point on the Central American natural land bridge where flora and fauna from North and South America reach their greatest species mix. With great ranges in altitude, precipitation, soil type, and temperature, biodiversity is at its best. Spend the morning hiking and exploring La Amistad in the area of El Retoño in search of the resplendent Quetzal, the silvery-fronted tapaculo, the Andean pygmy-owl, the barred becard, and the black and yellow silky flycatcher, among many other western highland birds. After lunch at a local restaurant,  you will descend on a scenic road through some rice, corn and sugar cane fields.

    En-route you will have a unique opportunity to experience a century-old tradition at a local Trapiche, a formerly horse-powered sugar mill, where the delicious raspadura blocks are made. The farmers also produce chesse and traditional sweets that are available for purchase. Mid-afternoon you proceed to the quaint town of Boquette on the Eastern side of Baru volcano where you will stay at a small charming mountain for the next nights. the rest of the afternoon is open to relax.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: boquete
    Look for many species of birdsLook for many species of birds

    Get your adrenalin pumping early in the morning with a canopy tree trek on a zipline that allows you to see the rainforest from fourteen different platforms while smoothly soaring in the heights of the cloud forest. Glide through the trees and encounter a world you'll love discovering. Native species of flora and fauna can be observed. Marvel at the sight of a great variety of orchids, trees, and wildflowers found throughout the area. Put your feet on the ground for a lunch served at the mountain tree trek restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding cloud forest. In the afternoon,you will have the opportunity to enjoy natural hot springs that are known for their healing properties. The hot springs are located within a private farm about 60 minutes driving from Boquete outside a small town of Caldera, which means boiling pot. The nearby Caldera River itself serves as a refreshing cool off after bathing in the hot springs. Some of the thermal pools are surrounded by man placed stones which give them a touch of intimacy and privacy. The temperatures in these natural pools range from 38ºC - 46ºC.

     

    Dinner tonight will be at an exquisite restaurant in town, together with your guide.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: volcan

    In the morning, check out and then explore Boquete and its major interest points. Its countryside is dotted with flower, fruit and produce farms, coffee plantations and also lush tropical cloud forests. From different hill tops and look out points you will have extraordinary views of the town set in the mountain valley at 1060 meters above sea level. Drive by the local houses and farming areas, walk through the historic town center and learn about important facts on the founding of Boquete and its historial buildings, beautiful blooming flower gardens and a scenic drive by local coffee farms, waterfalls and the cloud forest of the Volcan Baru National Park to admire its abundant flora and fauna. After lunch you return to David for your flight back to Panama City. Transfer to the Melia Panama Canal Hotel for dinner and overnight.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Melia Panama Canal (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: san lorenzo national park / panama city
    San Lorenzo National ParkSan Lorenzo National Park

    On July 10, 1668, the legendary privateer captain Henry Morgan and a small army of corsairs and buccaneers attacked, overwhelmed and captured the city of Portobelo. Follow the steps of this historical town, which was famous for its trade fairs during the 17th century. During colonial times it was one of the most important strongholds of the Spanish Main in the Americas. You visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and colonial fortifications Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria. After lunch in town, you head out by boat in the afternoon to one of the beautiful white-sand tropical beaches that are found nearby. You will have the opportunity to snorkel in the Caribbean waters surrounded by beautiful tropical fish and a lot of marine wildlife around the coral reefs. Return back to your hotel in Colon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Melia Panama Canal (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: embera indigenous village
    Celebrate with the Embera IndiansCelebrate with the Embera Indians

    Board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua. The boat journey goes through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the national parks protecting the Panama Canal watershed. Along the Chagres River, search for little blue and green herons, great egrets, anhingas, neotropical cormorants, Amazon, ringed, and green kingfishers, along with keel-billed toucans and ospreys. At the Embera village, enjoy dancing and music, and learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handicrafts available for sale and an opportunity to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch,you will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience history in the making by observing close-up the Panama Canal Expansion works on the new Gatun Locks. Panama embarked on a major project to expand the Panama Canal a decade ago. The US$6.25 billion project, due to be completed in early 2015 will give the waterway the needed competitive advantage to operate successfully for at least another century. The Panama Canal will celebrate its 100th anniversary on August 15, 2014. The return to Panama City will be on the Trans-Isthmian train. The railway follows a similar route as the original train built to transport 49ers coming from the East coast of the United States across the Isthmus to continue their journey by boat to California during the Gold Rush. The route was diverted when Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal. After a 1-hour train ride you will be transferred to your city hotel. Dinner together with your guide at the hotel´s restaurant.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: partial panama canal transit
    The canal is currently undergoing expansion.The canal is currently undergoing expansion.

    Drive to Gamboa and embark a ship for exploring the Panama Canal. The ship will first enter Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the canal. The ship will reach Pedro Miguel locks, where the vessel wil be lowered 30.8 ft into Miraflores Lake. After traveling nearly two kilometers, arrive at Miraflores locks, where the trainsition from fresh water to salt water takes place in the locks chambers. Due to the Pacific OCean's extreme tidal variations, Miraflores locks miter gates are the tallest of the locks system. In two steps, the vessel will be lowered 55 ft into the Pacific Ocean. Then, sail under the bridge of the Americas before disembarking at Flamenco Island. Here you will enjoy a brief sightseeing tour on the Amador Causeway. Your farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant with your guide.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Clarion Victoria Hotel & Suites (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: panama city/onward
    Saying farewellSaying farewell

    Transfer to Tocumen International Airport for onward flight. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,550
domestic flights in Panama included Holiday surcharges apply
Single Supplement:
$650
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
4-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

San Blas

Duration: 3 days

Add the San Blas Islands for 2 nights!  Located along the northeastern coast of Panama, in the Caribbean Sea, the San Blas are home to the Guna Indians who have been granted regional autonomy. Learn about Guna traditions, relax on the beach, snorkel... read more

Panama Canal Transit

Duration: 1 days

Passengers aboard a ship crossing the Panama Canal will have the opportunity to see one of the modern wonders of the world in operation.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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