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Best of Panama: Panama City, Gamboa & the Central Pacific Coas

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,829

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Spend 9 days exploring Panama City’s rich history, the iconic Panama Canal, the lush Panamanian rainforest in Gamboa, and unwinding at the luxurious Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort. Enjoy the multiple days of leisure and embrace the opportunity to fill your itinerary with spa retreats, night safaris, golf, and more.


Embark on a dynamic 9-day Panama vacation, beginning with a three-night stay in the lively Panama City. Enjoy a half-day walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Casco Antiguo, Panama City’s historic centre, dating back to the late 1600s. Step into the past and explore the charming colonial houses, narrow avenues, impressive churches, the Iglesia Santo Domingo’s Flat Arch, the Cathedral, Las Bovedas, and the French Plaza. Spend a day discovering the famous Panama Canal, stopping at the ruins of Old Panama, climbing the Cathedral Tower, and visiting Old Panama. Transfer to the Miraflores Locks and witness the large ships sailing through the canal before enjoying a meal at a local restaurant or venturing to the surrounding small towns.

Continue your adventure in the town of Gamboa. Discover the unique wildlife within the pristine Panamanian rainforest as you explore the town’s excellent hiking trails, or relax at your hotel’s spa before your three-night stay at the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort. You will have plenty of opportunities here to relax on the waterfront, visit the nearby Playa Blanca Resort on El Faro Beach, or play a round of golf on the excellent on-site course.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,829

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Day 1

Welcome to Panama

Upon arrival to Panama City, please make your way through Customs and collect your baggage. Once you have made it to the Arrivals section of the airport, please look for a guide holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will take you to an awaiting vehicle and will transfer you to your hotel. 

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Bristol Panama

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    Bristol Panama



    Nestled in the heart of Panama City's bustling (Financial District), Bristol Panama is one of the city's premier addresses for executive and holiday stays. Annually recognized as the "Best Hotel in Panama" and among the "Top 10 Hotels in Latin America" by Conde Nast Traveler, …

    Nestled in the heart of Panama City's bustling (Financial District), Bristol Panama is one of the city's premier addresses for executive and holiday stays. Annually recognized as the "Best Hotel in Panama" and among the "Top 10 Hotels in Latin America" by Conde Nast Traveler, our legendary hotel envelops each in an embrace of uncompromising urban style and sophistication. Dramatic views of the city's architectural treasures set this intimate 125 room upscale hotel as a refined retreat for the discerning world traveler, positioning guests at the epicenter of Panamanian culture, shopping, dining and the headquarters of international finance and trade. A short walk brings you to fashionable Balboa Avenue and notable Panama City, Panama attractions that include the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Metropolitan National Park, and the Bio-Museum designed by Frank Gehry. Amidst inspiring architectural flourishes like neo-classical ironwork and red tile gables.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 2

Half Day Casco Antiguo Walking Tour

During this half-day walking tour, which you can begin either in the morning or early afternoon, your private guide will take you to explore Panama City’s historic center, Casco Antiguo, which dates back to the late 1600's and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Step back in time as you walk through the district, surrounded by colonial houses, narrow avenues and impressive churches. Focusing on Panama’s early history, your guide will delve into the backstory of both the city and country as you explore its many sites of interest, such as The Flat Arch, the Cathedral, Las Bovedas and the French Plaza. After exploring historic Casca Antiguo, you will be returned to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Panama City Tour with Panama Canal

At 9am in the morning, meet your private guide and set out to discover the colonial heritage of Panama and visit the famous Panama Canal on this full day tour. Your first stop of the day will be the ruins of Old Panama. Here you will climb up the Cathedral Tower and visit the Old Panama Museum to gain a better understanding of the history of this Central American nation. Next, head to Casco Viejo, dating back to the XVII century, and listen to your guide describe the events that led up to the establishment of the capital in its current location. Here, take in the lovely colonial houses, picturesque narrow roads, and impressive churches as you make your way to the French Plaza. Your day continues as you transfer to the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, where large ships can be seen as they make their way through the canal. Marvel at this feat of human engineering and explore informative exhibits. Now that you’ve worked up your appetite, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before venturing out to visit small towns surrounding the canal. In the late afternoon you will be returned to your hotel in Panama City.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration6.5 Hours
Day 4

Panama City to Gamboa

After a leisurely morning and hearty breakfast, you’ll check out from your hotel. Soon after, you’ll hop into a private vehicle to begin your transfer to Gamboa. Approximate travel time is one hour. Upon arrival to Gamboa, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, consider participating in a complementary Night Safari to hike along a nearby trail; this service is optional and can be arranged on-site at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Gamboa Rainforest Resort

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    Gamboa Rainforest Resort



    Adventure into the jungle on an aerial tram, experience a boat ride on the Panama Canal, or relax by the luxurious pool surrounded by Panama's natural beauty. Whatever your pleasure, adventure and relaxation await you in this enchanting and sumptuous hideaway, just 30 minutes from …

    Adventure into the jungle on an aerial tram, experience a boat ride on the Panama Canal, or relax by the luxurious pool surrounded by Panama's natural beauty. Whatever your pleasure, adventure and relaxation await you in this enchanting and sumptuous hideaway, just 30 minutes from Panama City. Colorful sights and natural wildlife make the Gamboa Rainforest Resort a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience. Escape to this jungle paradise as a couple or with the entire family to encounter nature without leaving the comforts of a full-service exotic resort. We invite you to discover Gamboa.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Swim-up Bar
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in glorious Gamboa. Dotted with excellent hiking trails in the pristine Panamanian rainforest, you may want to set out on a relaxing walk to spot wildlife, or a challenging trek to test your endurance. Alternatively, take a break and enjoy the amenities at your hotel, or maybe pamper yourself with a spa treatment or massage (available at additional cost on-site).

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Day 6

Gamboa to Buenaventura Resort

Following breakfast, meet your private driver and set out to Hotel Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort. Approximate travel time is two hours. One of the finest resorts on the Pacific shores of Panama, Hotel Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort the ideal place to enjoy elevated service and accommodations in an idyllic setting. 

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Duration3 Nights
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The Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort

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    The Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort



    The Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach, framed by graceful Spanish Colonial architecture, beautifully landscaped pools, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course by Jack Nicklaus and the exquisite Corotu Spa. Taking full advantage of our oceanfront milieu, our …

    The Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach, framed by graceful Spanish Colonial architecture, beautifully landscaped pools, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course by Jack Nicklaus and the exquisite Corotu Spa. Taking full advantage of our oceanfront milieu, our rooms, suites and villas are the essence of coastal elegance and luxury. Whether you've come to relax and unplug, reconnect and recreate with friends or rediscover how special family time can be together, an abundance of adventures and activities await your arrival. Sink into a comfy lounge by the pool. Sneak away for a morning of spa pampering or allow our concierge to plan a day of sailing, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and more.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Golf
    • Grill
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Days 7-8

Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort

Today, kick back and enjoy a day at leisure. Relax on the waterfront, or head to nearby Playa Blanca of El Faro beach, two spectacular places to unwind. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of hitting the links, consider arranging a round of golf on the excellent on-site course (reservations can be made at additional cost). 

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Day 9

Departure

In the late morning, meet your driver and begin the transfer to Panama City and the airport. Upon arrival to the airport, say one last farewell to the city before heading home!

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Panama City
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Gamboa
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Buenaventura
  • Private Casco Antiguo Walking Tour
  • Private guided tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)
  • Private transfer from Panama City to Gamboa
  • Optional shared Night Safari hike at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve (arranged on-site)
  • Private transfer from Gamboa to Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 1 lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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