PA1 PLEASURES OF PANAMA TOURSEARCH TOUR
Cloud Forest - Interoceanic Train - Canal Transit
Partial Canal transit; Soberania National Park nature walk; Inter-oceanic Train journey; Chiriqui Highlands & La Amistad Park; Bocas del Toro: White sands & coral reefs
- DATES & PRICES
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- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 10 Nov 2017||Sun 19 Nov 2017||$2590 USD|
|Fri 26 Jan 2018||Sun 04 Feb 2018||$2590 USD|
|Fri 09 Nov 2018||Sun 18 Nov 2018||$2590 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $520 USD (number of singles limited).
Christopher Columbus touched down on the beautiful white sands of Bocas del Toro, where 92 per cent of the land is covered in dense rainforest. Panama is a land rich in natural wonder and we get right into the meat of things when we board a passenger ferry down the world-famous Panama Canal. See the intricate process of how boats are elevated with rising and lowering waters controlled by a purely gravity-powered system. The country is teeming with an immense population of wildlife. In 1985, a world record was set by a team who counted 385 species of birds in Soberania National Park in a span of just 24 hours. So it will be no surprise when we become familiar with originally unrecognizable animals, such as a prong-billed barbet or a volcano hummingbird. Take time to absorb the sights of the valleys that support the interspersed coffee plantations or vegetable farms.
Archibald M. (Oakville, ON, CA)
The information given by local guides while on excursions was first class. Local guides were top notch. The evening meal plan met my expectations. Transportation was in good order and driven in a responsible fashion.
Carolyn D. (Massapequa Park, NY, US)
Andres is amazing. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of the culture/history/geography of Central America and firm about his expectations of the group and keeping everyone on top of what is happening and he goes above and beyond the course of duty to work for each member of the tour
Linda S. (Calgary, AB, CA)
Panama was a surprising country for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The Canal was amazing and totally impressive. The food was excellent. The group I was travelling with was one of the best I have met.
Lorine B. (Saskatoon, SK, CA)
Andres is very knowledgeable and has a very good delivery of such. a good sense of humour. A professional in his field, he is the kind of person that I would like to have in my realm of friends.
Marian B. (Victoria, BC, CA)
This sounded like a good opportunity to see the Panama canal at close quarters and we did - from the water, shore viewing platforms, road and railway. The partial transit of the canal and the information available from the on deck ferry service guide was excellent. The trip to the Indian village was interesting but the boat ride on the river was wonderful. To be able to see the green lushness of the vegetation and the easy comfort of the local people, young and old, in their dugouts on the water was very interesting. Our local guide was readily available to answer our broad range of questions and appeared to be very knowledgeable. We had a good variety of choices in the meals available and some excellent taste experiences when the meal was pre-ordered for us. Laura was an attentive and cheerful tour leader. Laura was a great and friendly tour leader and very helpful to the people on the tour.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
El Panama Hotel
Location: Panama City
Rooms: The hotel offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms that are well equipped with a host of in room amenities. General:
Health ... guests can work out at the well-equipped gymnasium or relax at the refreshing sauna or take a dip at the relaxing swimming pool.
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Bocas del Toro Hotel
Location: Bocas del Toro
This charming hotel offers a unique blend of simple elegance and historical ambiance of Caribbean wood craftsmanship with the sparkling ... beneath. Nicely appointed with wood and nautical furnishings the 11 room boutique hotel offers the concept of comfort with 400-thread count cotton sheets, WI-FI , flat Screen cable TV, air conditioning, telephones, coffee makers, ocean and town balcony views.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, hotel porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on not included meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered during the northern winter and outside hurricane season. Temperatures are high across the whole country throughout the year, though cooler at higher altitudes. The rainy season lasts from May to November.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Numerous nature walks and walking tours on uneven surfaces. Internal flights via scheduled domestic carriers in smaller aircraft with limited space for luggage.
Our difficulty level "2" rating refers to the above-mentioned busy days, walking tours on uneven terrain, lack of handrails (public and elsewhere, ie shower stalls), and fatigue that can be caused by heat and humidity and unfamiliar food and drink.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Hotel porter service is sometimes available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Some hotels have outdoor swimming pools.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, and local step-on guides at various locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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