Journeys International, the first adventure travel company to offer trips designed specifically for families, announced today the addition of a new Panama trip, ¡Th’isthmus Be Panama for Families! With many school districts planning spring break March 26–April 2, Journeys selected these dates as the first group departure. But the trip can also be customized and operated privately for any winter, spring break or summer dates that work for families.
“Panama is capturing the fascination of a lot of families right now,” said Robin Weber Pollak, President of Journeys International (and mom to 1-year-old Jacob). “It's a great next destination after Mexico or Costa Rica, safe, an easy flight, little or no time difference, and thrilling hands-on learning experiences for the entire family.”
Highlights of the new eight-day itinerary include:
- Bicycle tour on Causeway Amador
- Stand-up paddleboarding in the Pacific Ocean
- Visit with Embera Indian community
- Chocolate Farm Tour
- Snorkeling at Red Frog Beach and Starfish Bay
- Turtle nesting or hatching excursion
- Visit to a local school
- Ziplining in Colon
- Scavenger hunt at Fort San Lorenzo castle
- And of course, Panama City and the Panama Canal
Even though family travel has been in the news recently as a “hot” travel trend in 2015, Journeys for Families has successfully guided families in destinations all around the world since 1986. “This is not a new trend for us. Journeys for Families is the expert in family travel and has been for years,” said Sally Grimes-Chesak, Director of Marketing and Family Programs. “Our itineraries focus on providing activities that interest both kids and adults, while allowing the oh-so-important but oft-ignored downtime that is key to a good family trip. We aim for “home base” hotel stays that minimize moving and repacking during the trip. And, our hand-picked guides possess a unique energy and excitement that make kids feel right at home.”
To ensure a more intimate and authentic experience and to allow for flexibility within the itinerary, Journeys for Families only operates small group tours. ¡Th’isthmus Be Panama for Families! accepts a maximum of 16 people, so families are encouraged to sign up early. And for families new to adventure and international travel, the March 26–April 2 dates are especially enticing because Grimes-Chesak, her husband and two daughters (ages 8 and 10) will be on the trip. Having a Journeys staff member on a trip adds an extra level of security for travelers who can rest assured that if there are any issues while traveling, families won’t have to worry about a thing because the Journeys staff member will take care of it.
To see the full itinerary and to book the trip, visit JourneysInternational.com/PanamaFamilies.
About Journeys International
Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Journeys International has been creating guided, custom and family adventures for international travelers since 1978. Family-owned and operated, Journeys International’s private and small group trips emphasize cultural and environmental awareness, and family trips are designed with all ages in mind. Because of long-standing, unique and personal relationships with guides around the world, Journeys trips offer a superior experience that travelers won’t find with any other travel company.
In 2015, Journeys for Families has over 20 itineraries in 18 destinations, and a total of nearly 30 family group departures scheduled. Most Journeys for Families trips also can be customized and planned around the dates that work for the travelers.