Tour Overview

Explore the colors and natural beauty of Panama – a land between the seas. Cruise through the canal aboard the Pacific Queen on a partial transit and stay in the heart of Panama City. Travel via dugout canoe to meet the indigenous Emberá people. Explore bustling local markets. Visit the historic district in Panama City, Casco Viejo, and the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. Hike along rainforest trails to a waterfall. Stay in Anton Valley, a community nestled entirely within a volcano crater. Meet the locals and learn about Panamanian folklore and artisan crafts, including the traditional pollera dress. Enjoy a farm-to-table experience at a finca in Chitré. Complete your Panama experience with a final night in your resort overlooking Playa Bonita.

Highlights

  • iconSample fresh Panamanian ceviche at the Mercado de Mariscos.
  • iconImmerse yourself in the local culture at dinner featuring a folkloric dance performance.
  • iconEnjoy three nights in the heart of Panama City.
  • iconTaste the sweet sugarcane juice called <i>guarapa</i> at a sugar mill.
  • iconJoin your guide for a nature walk through the jungle forest.
  • iconTraverse the Panama Canal through two locks aboard the <i>Pacific Queen.</i>
  • iconPeruse a local handicraft market filled with crafts made by indigenous artisans.
  • iconTravel by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about indigenous culture.
  • iconDiscover the various arts of creating Panamanian hats, masks and dresses.

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Panama City, Panama - Tour Begins

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel

Experience a land of contrasts. Remote rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines abound in Panama. Your tour opens in vibrant Panama City.

icon Day 2 : Panama City - Emberá Village - Panama City

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome breakfast. Then travel north to the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Board dugout canoes and set off on an excursion up the Chagres River to an Emberá indigenous village. As the “Keepers of the Rainforest,” the Emberá strive to preserve their heritage and take pride in sharing their traditional techniques of home building and handicrafts – such as basket weaving and tagua nut carving. Join in their dances and partake in a traditional lunch. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy at leisure.

icon Day 3 : Panama City - Panama Canal Cruise - Panama City

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we explore the canal! Board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit cruise through the Panama Canal.* Enjoy lunch onboard and pass through two locks as you revel in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this incredible engineering feat firsthand. Learn all about its construction and operation from your onboard guides. Disembark at Flamenco Marina in Panama City.

icon Day 4 : Panama City - Anton Valley

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Los Mandarinos Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrive at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center to view the Panama Canal and learn about its past, present and future as you watch ships traverse the lock system. Continue to Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter (UNESCO). Then, it’s your choice! Follow your guide for a short walking tour showcasing the Plaza de la Independencia and the National Theater -OR- for a more immersive experience, journey through this same neighborhood with a local resident…hear the story of Casco Viejo’s comeback from a member of the community who will take you through the place he calls home, highlighting the incredible revitalization of this historic area and its people. Everyone then gathers for a visit to the Mercado de Mariscos, a seafood market, to try fresh Panamanian ceviche. Drive a short distance on the famed Pan-American Highway before heading to Anton Valley, a community nestled inside the world’s second largest volcanic crater. Afterwards, check in to your hotel at the base of the mountains that make up the crater.

icon Day 5 : Anton Valley

Location: Anton Valley

Accommodation: Los Mandarinos Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Delve into history and biodiversity. This morning, visit a frog conservation center that protects critically endangered species, including the emblematic Panamanian Golden Frog, said to bring good luck to anyone who sees it. Then we explore a nonprofit orchid nursery which dedicates itself to conserving regional orchids. We follow that with a visit to the Butterfly Haven exhibit; stroll through the screened tropical displays that are home to over 250 live butterflies. Meet the locals at the handicraft market. Try your hand at negotiations (a local pastime) as you peruse items made by indigenous peoples, including the “mola” embroidery of the Kuna Yala. This afternoon, visit El Chorro Macho waterfall. Embark on a moderate hike along the rainforest trails, crossing several bridges before arriving at the impressive waterfall. You may even take a swim in the natural pool. The evening is yours to continue exploring this charming mountain community.

icon Day 6 : Anton Valley - Chitré

Location: Anton Valley

Accommodation: Cubitá Boutique Resort and Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Step into the heartland of Panama as you visit a village of artists. Interact with makers of the famous Panama hat and see firsthand how these wearable works of art come to life. Next, meet the legendary cigar rollers of Panama. Head north to Chitré. Established in 1558, it is one of Panama’s first Spanish settlements. Spend the day meeting the people of Chitré, the “folklore capital” of Panama. Talk to a famous local artist whose whimsical masks are used in traditional Panamanian parades. Then, pause to experience the region’s pre-Columbian and colonial times at the local museum. Tonight, immerse yourself in the local culture during dinner. Learn about the various Panamanian drums and how they are incorporated into song and dance during a folkloric dance performance.

icon Day 7 : Chitré

Location: Chitré

Accommodation: Cubitá Boutique Resort and Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we’re off to spend time with Panamanian women who have dedicated their lives to making the handwoven pollera dress. Later, see what a typical day in the life of a Panamanian farmer is like during an inclusive finca experience. Choose to explore the farm by horseback or carriage, milk the cows or feed the sheep. Put your hands to work as you prepare some local dishes to accompany a farm to table lunch. Savor the tastes of a well-known, locally crafted rum cocktail. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your hotel. Tonight you may opt to join a home hosted dinner experience; take this opportunity to learn about a local family’s life, culture and food while enjoying the warmth of their home.

icon Day 8 : Chitré - Playa Bonita

Location: Chitré

Accommodation: Westin Playa Bonita

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before departing Chitré, get to know a traditional way of cooking at a clay oven bakery and sample artisanal bread and sweets along with some sugarcane juice known as guarapa. Your journey continues to Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City. Arrive midday to soak up the sun and scenery from your beachfront property. After enjoying some fun and relaxation at your resort, bid farewell to Panama at a special dinner.

icon Day 9 : Playa Bonita - Tour Ends

Location: Playa Bonita

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey comes to a close today.

Experiences

  • Join your guide for a nature walk through the jungle forest.
  • Discover the various arts of creating Panamanian hats, masks and dresses.
  • Peruse a local handicraft market filled with crafts made by indigenous artisans.

Options

Panama City: Gatun Lake Expedition

Venture into Gatun Lake in search of the playful inhabitants of Monkey Island. Throughout your adventure, discover an abundance of rainforest wildlife in this verdant area. Set out from Gamboa Marina and navigate along the Chagres River. Cruise past historic Gamboa Bridge and into Gatun Lake, a major component of the canal. Get up close views of large ships transiting between oceans as your naturalist guide points out three-toed sloths, turtles, iguanas, crocodiles, eagles, toucans, and other tropical animals along the shore. As you approach the banks of Monkey Island, keep your eyes open for capuchin and howler monkeys leaping in the trees above. Occasionally these intelligent creatures become so curious about visitors that they head down towards the boats to get a closer look! Take advantage of this unique and unforgettable opportunity to see wild monkeys in their natural habitat. Your guide will be on hand the entire time to explain and enhance these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Duration approximately 1 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes; hat, sun block, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, and insect repellent are recommended.

Price: £29


Panama City: Rainforest Canopy Tour Aerial Tram

Experience the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest as you ascend from the shadowy forest floor through the dense undergrowth and up 280 feet to its sun-drenched canopy. Your naturalist guide describes the flora and fauna that surround you as howler monkeys call out in the distance. It’s a feast for the senses; colorful birds and butterflies surround, and you might also encounter iguanas, sloths or white-faced capuchin monkeys. Once at the top, you can climb the 100 foot tall observation tower for views of the vast rainforest of Soberanía National Park while watching the cargo ships maneuver through the Galliard Cut. Continue on to interpretive exhibits of native flora, fauna and culture. Throughout this adventure your guide will be on hand to explain and enhance your encounters. Duration approximately 2.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes; long pants, hat, sun block, sunglasses, camera, binoculars and insect repellent are recommended.

Price: £40


Anton Valley: Home Hosted Dinner

Few things highlight a destination more than the food and the people that prepare it. Tonight, you can experience both during a home-hosted meal with a local family. Partake in some regional specialties and get a true insight on how life is for the people within Panama and the Chitré area. After spending the day learning about the artisans of Chitré and the many festivals they have, you will yearn for a chance to discuss the significance of the festivals in their community. During your visit, enjoy a great discussion about shopping, schools, health care, etc. and everything that makes up daily life. Together with your hosts, you will sit down at the dinner table and enjoy a tasty home-cooked meal, lovingly prepared by a family who truly wants to share their lives with you. Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange thoughts and flavors with another culture. Your meal will include a starter, main course, and a dessert along with non-alcoholic beverages including water and will be served family-style. Duration approximately 2 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 6 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Once purchased, this option is non-refundable. Must be purchased within 48 hours of operating. There will be no choices or substitutions for this meal. The max capacity is 10 people per home; however, we have multiple families that can host our guests, all within 15 minutes of the hotel. A guide will accompany the group to provide translation services. Please note that if you have dietary restrictions, this option might not be appropriate.

Price: £36


Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Collette requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


Dates & Availability

Thursday Apr 22, 2021

Nights

9

Available

23

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021

9Nights

23Available