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Panama the Canal and Beyond Playa Bonita Beach Stay

10 Days 2 Countries 3 Cities

Cruise the Canal to the Pacific, explore Gamboa Rainforest and ride dugout canoes as you spot toucans and sloths.

About this trip

It may feature the famous and dynamic capital, an unforgettable canal cruise and the sands of Playa Bonita but this trip also takes you beyond all that to meet locals in villages and the rainforest.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... the aroma of coffee in the air in Boquete, as you discover the secrets of the area's award-winning blend. And learning how to make Patacones, or fried plantains, with the villagers of Gamboa Rainforest.


Trip type: Hidden Journeys i

Trip code: LPAP

9 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Panama the Canal and Beyond Playa Bonita Beach Stay

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Panama City (2 nights)

Bienvenidos a Panama, Central America's most beautiful gem and home to the eponymous Canal. You are greeted at the airport by a local host and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Bay of Panama, just steps away from Calle Uruguay with its many popular restaurants and shops. At 6 pm, join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director at the hotel for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Le Meridien Panama

2. Panama Canal Cruise and 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. Snacks and lunch are included onboard. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, prepare for the best views of Panama City's modern, fast-changing skyline. Afterward,  your time is free for independent activities. Enjoy the evening in Panama City to sample local cuisine. Note: The start time of the canal cruise is dependent on ship traffic and in some instances the trip may operate in the afternoon.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch

3. Panama City Sightseeing – Gamboa Rainforest (2 nights)

Discover Panama City's role long before the Canal put it on the map. Visit Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City before it was sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan. Next, stop at a local fish market on the way to wander the quaint streets of Casco Antiguo-a UNESCO World Heritage Site-in Panama's Historic District. Afterward make a stop at 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 the rainforest canopy. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres River and Panama Canal. After dinner, join a discussion with a Smithsonian researcher, a Local Specialist, and learn more about the diversity of Panama.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

4. Gamboa Rainforest Sightseeing and Free Time

Embark on a different kind of water adventure and meet your boteros (boatmen) at the edge of the Chagres National Park. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths and monkeys. Arriving at the village of Embera' Drua, you are met with a traditional greeting and will learn about the Embera Indians' fascinating culture, lifestyle and crafts. Enjoy a Cultural Insight by tasting delicious and traditional —patacones (fried plantains)—with small samples of 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

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
Dinner
Hotel
Valle Escondido Resort, Golf and Spa

6. Boquete Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee 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 with a Local Specialist and see the Ngobe-Bugle, an indigenous group who hand-pick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. The rest of the day is free in the Valley of Flowers and to do some exploring along the quaint streets of Boquete.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

7. Boquete – Santiago – Nata – Playa Blanca

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 Cocle Province, the heart of Panama's sugar cane industry. In Nata, view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in Central 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
JW Marriott Playa Blanca

8. Playa Blanca - Playa Bonita Free Time

Arrive in Playa Bonita in the morning and spend the rest of the day at one of the seven sandy beaches in beautiful Playa Bonita. 

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Westin Playa Bonita

9. Playa Bonita Free Time

The day is yours to further relax at the beach, head into nearby village or choose from numerous options to continue your Panama adventure as you please. Perhaps take a surfing lesson, snorkel or swim in the warm gentle waves.  

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

10. Playa Bonita - Panama City

A transfer is provided to Panama City International Airport for your onward flight. Or, stay a while longer on the beach; you can reserve extra night accommodation if you wish to extend your stay.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Panama City

    • Visit Panama Viejo, the historic district of Casco Antiguo in Panama City, Gamboa Rainforest, Chagres National Park, a thoroughbred farm in Cerro Punta Valley and a coffee plantation in the Chiriqui Highlands

    • Cruise a portion of the Panama Canal

    • View the basilica in Nata and the Pacific Coast


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation

    • A Trafalgar bonus - Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David including porter service at airport

    • Umbrellas and ponchos provided for your use.


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 5 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Teofilo and Daniel (our guide and driver respectively) consistently provided the highest level of service and met and/or exceeded expectations. Trafalgar can fine tune this tour by paying more attention to the details of the itenerary which are not under control of the guide or driver. For

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    Service rating : Need to improveProduct : For me it was a poor service in the hotel “ WJ Marriott Playa Blanca” We arrive to the hotel about 4.00 ….4.15 pm and the rooms where not ready, they indicated that we not have a reservation; there system was no indication of reservation from Trafalgar.

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    did not like the tour guide, did the bar minimum, was hot helpful

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    Service:

    Service rating : The things left to Trafalgar needed fine tuning. Those arranged by Gamboa tours were for the most part exceptional. My transfer from the airport to Le Meridien hotel was no where ot be found. I found out why. there was another couple on the same flight not known to me or I to

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    Service rating : The initial group meeting was not well coordinated, creating a lot of confusion among our group. We sometimes got confusing trip information from our guide. Also he could have provided better info on sights to see on our own and advice on shopping effectively. Additionally,

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    Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2017 brochure. Land and Intra-Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flight between Panama City and David and are accurate as of 1 May 2015. Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.Luggage: There is a 25 lb/11 kg baggage weight limit per person on the internal flight to David therefore a small carry-on is recommended. Additional luggage will be transferred by coach the evening of Day 4 and will be waiting for you on arrival in Boquete on Day 5.Festive Departures: We've arranged for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations for these departures.Hidden Journeys: itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
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