Day One Flight into Panama City and night at the hotel. (We will be spending 6 nights at this hotel and doing excursions from there) The hotel is connected to a large mall which contains many stores and eating establishments. Also a theatre for those who may like movies.
Day Two. Visit the Locks of the Panama Canal at Miraflores. Opportunity to see ships go through the locks. Very interesting process that helps you to understand how the big ships make it through the canal. Also a small theatre showing a nice movie about the construction of the canal. A museum with artifacts about the canal is also on the site. After lunch we will go to a nearby park Sobernaia. A wildlife sanctuary near the city. Trails through out the park give people a chance to view wildlife of the area.
Day Three. Bus ride to the city of Portobello. A port city that was a major city in the 1500s. Spanish used it to transport gold to Spain. Many pirates including Drake and Morgan ransacked the city looting the gold from the Spaniards. Forts were built to protect the bay. Many of the cannons and fortifications are still present. A small museum has many of the artifacts and historical facts of the area. Drive to Colon to visit another fort overlooking the entrance to the Panama Canal. In late afternoon we will board a luxury train that follows the canal back to Panama City. The train has domed roof and large windows that allows for easy viewing . A very nice way to view the canal and end the day.
Day Four. A hour drive to visit the Embera Indian village. We will board boats up a river to the Village. A short hike (including a stop at a waterfall for swimming if you like) to the village. Lunch is served in the village. Many exhibits and native cultures of the tribe are experienced. This is one of the top attractions in Panama.
Day Five. Visit the old Spanish part of Panama with many buildings from the colonial period. We will be looking back in time to see these architectural Spanish structures. After lunch we will visit the Main part of the old city with many buildings churches and other structures dating back to the 17-1800s. Many beautiful buildings that have been restored or preserved.
Day Six. Free morning option to attend church if desired. Afternoon a short hike in a nearby park which overlooks the city of Panama. Spectacular view as well as a chance to see some wildlife.
Day Seven. Early rise to catch a boat to the island of Contadora....about a 90 minute ride to this small Island in the Pacific. A great place to relax for a few days. Options include swimming , snorkeling, fishing, or enjoying some of the beautiful beaches. Other Islands are close by that could also be explored. Golf carts are for rent which are the main mode of transportation on the island.
Day eight. Another day to do as you like on the island.
Day Nine. Afternoon boat ride returning to Panama City to the same hotel. Luggage can be left here that you may not want to take to the Island. We will pick it up upon our return.
Day Ten. Flight Back to the US.
Panama Feb 12-21, 2019
FULL--Contact for waiting list
9 night/ 10 day tour
Double occupancy $2100.00 per person
Triple occupancy $2020.00 per person
Single occupancy $2590.00 per person
$500 deposit per person to hold
reservation (see payment/refund link)
2nd payment of $875 due
Sept 1, 2018 (dbl occ)
Balance of tour due
Nov 15, 2018 (dbl occ)
All prices include:
RT airfare from Salt Lake City, hotels,
bus transportation, breakfast each day,
tips for bus driver, some excursions,