The best way to get to know Panama City is taking this amazing tour! You will discover the Casco Viejo Panama City's vibrant historical sector, you'll visit the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks with an adjacent museum. One of man's greatest accomplishments— The Panama Canal.Ride the historic Panama Canal Railway, the original and world's first trans-continental railway.You'll coast in luxury observation cars across the Isthmus from Panama City on the Pacific, to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, enjoy views of the Panama Canal and lush rainforest surroundings. Continue your adventure , right out of the pages of National Geographic, an unforgettable encounter with a living Indian culture in Panama's rainforest,to an authentic Embera Indian village. End your trip at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. You can sign up for a ride on the aerial tram through the rainforest canopy, to visit outstanding nature exhibits and dining on a restaurant terrace with views of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal.
Upon arrival to Panama a representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel for your first night in Panama. Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and an enormous historical sector in the Old City. The lively and vibrant banking district on the other hand is very modern and often compared to Miami. Panama City is a thrilling location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.You will be staying at Casco Viejo one a hotel with first class service.
Overnight at Hotel Central deluxe room.
Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a private tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour at Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. After the visit to the Canal you continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, dazzling views of Panama City's skyline and of the Panama Canal. The tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City's colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama's history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Return to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Recommend dining out at Casco Antiguo.
Today ride the historic Panama Canal Railway, the original and world's first trans-continental railway. Inaugurated in 1855, it was built for the California 49ers coming from the East coast on their quest for fortune during the Gold Rush. You'll coast in luxury observation cars across the Isthmus from Panama City on the Pacific, to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, enjoy views of the Panama Canal and lush rainforest surroundings. After the beautiful train trip, you will continue with your guide from Colon to the port of Portobelo. A picturesque bay side town with the ruins of four Spanish forts and a restored customs house. During the Spanish Colonial era it was the trans-shipment point for all the treasure Spain looted from Inca Empire. Treasure was stored, displayed in fairs and then shipped to Spain. The fabulous treasures stacked high in the customs house made Portobelo the favorite target of English pirates like Sir Francis Drake who attacked the city's forts repeatedly. Sir Francis met his demise in waters nearby and was buried in an iron casket that has still not been found. After this historical excursion, you will continue to an Embera Indian Village on Rio Gatun. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany you on a short boat trip to the village. Downriver you will step out of the dugout canoes and enter the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg. After the tour, transportation back to your Panama City Hotel will be provided.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, 45 minutes from Panama City offers ecotourism experiences. You can sign up for a ride on the aerial tram through the rainforest canopy, to visit outstanding nature exhibits and dining on a restaurant terrace with views of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal - 3 nights.
Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort Chagres River room B incl.
This 3 in 1 tour in Gamboa starts with the aerial tram ride that traverses a mile long tract of Humid Forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort's boundaries. You will observe the forest canopy in some areas and are likely to encounter birds and hear Howler monkeys. The tram ascends 280 feet over half a mile and ends atop a hill. From here you will walk two minutes to the observation tower (which is optional) and for those with some stamina involves a climb of a 100 feet up a mildly inclined ramp which is also wheelchair accessible. From the observation tower you'll get great views of the Canal, the Chagres River as well as the surrounding forested areas of Soberania National Park and the town of Gamboa. The Tower is slightly less than 500 feet above sea level with most of this elevation attained by tram. On the return portion of the tram you will descend the final half-mile back to the starting point. After the aerial tram tour you will visit the exhibits at the Gamboa Resort together with your guide. Then, travel on small boats northbound on the canal for 25 minutes where you might come close to some of the big ships that transit the canal daily. Slowly you will motor along the forested banks of Gatun Lake, a protected area. Look for wildlife such as Capuchin Monkeys, 3-toed sloth, Howler Monkeys, various kinds of Toucans and other bird life. This is a place to observe the raw regenerative power of the forest as it struggles to claim what was once wild. The tour is concluded by a delicious lunch served at Los Lagartos restaurant overlooking the Chagres River.
Spend this day resting or exploring the surroundings..
Today you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport for your departure flight.
Rates are per person - double occupancy