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Panama the Canal and Beyond 2014

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Casco Viejo District, PanamaMountains and villages of Panama
Casco Viejo District, Panama
Mountains and villages of Panama
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Bienvenidos a Panama! Cruise the famous Panama Canal to the Pacific, explore the Gamboa Rainforest aboard an aerial tram ride through the treetops, and ride dugout canoes as you spot toucans and sloths en route to the indiginous community of Embera Puru on this Central America tour. Take flight to David for a two night stay in the beautiful farmed mountain region of Boquete and end your tour in style at Playa Bonita, one of Panama's most popular beach resorts.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PANAMA CITY (2 NIGHTS)

    Bienvenidos a Panama! Welcome to Central America's most beautiful gem and home to the eponymous Canal. You are greeted at the airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, superbly located on Panama's bay, the bustling Cinta Costera, just steps away from Calle Uruguay with its many popular restaurants and shops. At 6 p.m., join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director at the hotel for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: InterContinental Miramar (Deluxe)

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  • Day 2

    PANAMA CANAL CRUISE & FREE TIME

    Board your vessel and cruise the Canal, Panama's premier attraction. As you enter the most important waterway in the world, cruise down from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal, and witness firsthand the engineering wonder of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks, the final set before reaching the Pacific Ocean. Cruise over the Continental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas while enjoying a relaxed morning snack and lunch. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, be ready for the best views of Panama City's modern skyline. Enjoy the evening in Panama City to sample local cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 3

    PANAMA CITY SIGHTSEEING – GAMBOA RAINFOREST (2 NIGHTS)

    Discover Panama City's role long before the Canal put it on the map. Drive by Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City before it was sacked by the Pirate Henry Morgan. Wander the vibrant streets of Casco Antiguo - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - in Panama's Historical District. Drive by a local fish market on the way to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum. Then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your resort, join a guide on an exciting nature walk and aerial tram ride. Glide smoothly through the treetops and possibly spot birds and animals that inhabit this mountainous rainforest canopy. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres River, Panama Canal and the township of Gamboa before sitting down for a delicious buffet dinner at the hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort (MD)

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  • Day 4

    GAMBOA RAINFOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Embark on a different kind of water adventure and meet your boteros at the edge of the Chagres National Park to board motorboats. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths or monkeys. Arriving at Embera' Puru, you are met with a traditional greeting and will learn about the Embera Indians' fascinating culture, lifestyle and crafts. Back at the village, enjoy a delicious traditional Local Speciality - Patacones (fried plantains) with fried fish or chicken. Then listen to local music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    GAMBOA RAINFOREST – DAVID – CERRO PUNTA – BOQUETE (2 NIGHTS)

    Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views of Volcan Baru, a dormant but prominent volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. An exclusive Be My Guest lunch awaits at a thoroughbred breeding farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley, one of the most beautiful scenic jewels in the country. As guests of the owners - one of Panama's most prominent families - explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnificent horses in a chemical-free environment. Later, arrive at the mountain resort of Boquete in beautiful Valle Escondido.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Valle Escondido Golf & Spa Resort (F)

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  • Day 6

    BOQUETE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee - a new Local Speciality in Panama - is making a grand entrance on the world stage of gourmet grounds with several award-winning, estate-grown varietals. Learn about the coffee-making process and see the Ngobe-Bugle, the indigenous who hand-pick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. Then, enjoy some free time to do some exploring. Visit the quaint township of Boquete to feel like a local or join one of the optional activities including bird-watching, white water rafting, ziplining, hiking up a volcano, or horseback riding - the choice is yours. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 7

    BOQUETE – SANTIAGO – PLAYA BONITA

    Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to the Inter-American Highway, the Central American section of the Pan-American Highway. Stop in Santiago for lunch on your own. On to Aguadulce and Nata in the Cocle Province, the heart of Panama's sugar cane industry. Stop in Nata to view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in colonial America. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the Pacific Ocean. This evening, recount cherished memories of your Panama holiday with newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: The Westin Playa Bonita (Deluxe)

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  • Day 8

    PLAYA BONITA – DEPART PANAMA CITY

    Extend your stay in Playa Bonita or transfer to Panama City. (Depending on your departure time, coffee and light food service, or a full breakfast will be available).


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy a traditional lunch at the prominent Eleta Almaran family's equestrian estate and learn about their thoroughbred champion horse breeding and training program.
  • Local Speciality Try Patacones - the Emberas' native diet - patties made of fried tilapia or chicken and plantain.
  • Local Speciality Discover how Panamanian coffee is entering the world scene of premium coffee during a visit to a local farm where you learn about the production process and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of local joe.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Panama CanalCruise this marvel of the modern world from the Pacific all the way to the Chagres River.
  • Panama CityExplore the city's main highlights including the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and the Historic District of Panama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; wander the quaint streets of the Casco Antiguo; visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum.
  • Gamboa RainforestExplore the rainforest at canopy level aboard an aerial tram ride; cruise the Chagres River to an Embera village aboard motorboats; meet local Embera villagers and learn about their lifestyles, culture and customs; be entertained by Embera ancestral songs and dances.
  • Cerro PuntaStop at this mountain township and enjoy the best views of Baru Volcano; visit a local race horse stud farm.
  • BoqueteRelax with two nights at the idyllic mountain resort of Valle Escondido, known for fabulous bird-watching.
  • Playa BonitaEnjoy one of Panama's most popular beach resorts ideally situated on the Pacific.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches:
    • Lunch aboard a Panama Canal cruise
    • Be My Guest lunch with drinks in Cerro Punta
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Panama City
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with drinks at Playa Bonita

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus - Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David including porter service at airport

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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