Sample Itinerary: The Best of Panama City
Canal and Rainforest Experience
Day 1: Arrive in Panama – Upon your arrival to the international airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Panama City. – Overnight in Panama City.
Day 2: Panama City Tour (B) – Depart from the hotel to visit Panama Viejo, the first city founded in the isthmus by Spanish conquerors at the beginning of colonization period. The remaining ruins are vestiges left by Pirate Henry Morgan, who sacked the town in 1671. You will then head to the second colonial city of Panama, Casco Viejo, built in 1673 and walk around the French Plaza and monuments around and view a place where pirates and conquistadors once fought for wealth and power on the Path between the oceans. The architecture of this area is exquisite including French, Italian and Spanish styles. The last stop will be at the Miraflores Locks to witness the workings of the Panama Canal. – Overnight in Panama City.
Day 3: Panama Canal Transit (BL) – T oday you will head out for an early morning transfer to Balboa Harbor on the Pacific side of the canal. There you will board a Panamanian ferry for a Canal Transit. As you approach the canal, you will be able to observe the Bridge of the Americas. Breakfast and snacks are included while you are aboard the ship. An English-speaking guide is onboard the ferry and will narrate the dramatic history of the building of the Panama Canal, which was completed by the US between 1904 and 1914. A full crossing is scheduled for this Saturday, allowing you to enjoy the cruise all the way to Colon City on the Caribbean Coast. You will reach Colon around 5:00 PM and return to Panama City by bus in the late afternoon. – Overnight in Panama City.
Day 4: Soberania National Park/Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B) – Depart from your hotel early in the morning for a sightseeing tour in the rainforest at the Soberania National Park. You will have the opportunity to observe birds, mammals and the tropical rainforest at its best. Check in at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort Villas. – Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Day 5-6: Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B) – Spend the days at your leisure exploring the area or relaxing in the hotel’s spa, pool or on the Gatun Lake. Optional tours include: Aerial tram, night tours, birding tours, kayaking, fishing.
Day 7: Depart Panama (B) – Transfer to the international airport approximately two hours before your scheduled departure time.