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Highlights of Panama City

6 Days
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US$ 2,609

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy 6-days exploring the rich history, natural beauty, and gastronomic culture of Panama City. Embark on private guided tours of UNESCO-listed Panamá Viejo, the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake, the province of Colon, Fort San Lorenzo, and San Lorenzo National Park for an immersive discovery of Panama's capital.

Immerse yourself in Panama's rich history, natural beauty, and gastronomic wonder during this 6-day Panama City vacation. Begin at the UNESCO-listed ruins of Panamá Viejo with your guide shortly after dawn, tracing the colonial roots of the former capital of Panama, destroyed in 1671. Enjoy spectacular views from atop the 16th-century Metropolitan Cathedral before visiting the Old Panama City Museum and exploring landmarks like the Flat Arch, Las Bovedas, and the French Plaza. Conclude your historical exploration of Panama’s capital with an engaging culinary journey led by local chefs. Learn how to prepare authentic Panamanian dishes like the famous sancocho de pollo, pacones, and octopus ceviche.

Continue your Panama City discovery with a private guided boat tour of the biodiverse Panama Canal. Begin your expedition at the town of Gamboa before exploring rainforest-clad islands with three-toed sloths lounging in the trees, ospreys hunting for peacock bases, white-faced capuchin, keel-billed toucans, snail kites, mantled howler monkeys, and more. Make your way to the Miraflores Locks, where you'll learn about the canal's history and marvel at the engineering feat.

Enjoy an early morning drive across the Isthmus of Panama to the Caribbean province of Colon for uninterrupted views of local locks reinvented to handle larger cargo ships. Pass through an old military ground to the UNESCO-listed Fort San Lorenzo, a Spanish bastion fortifying the river entrance to Las Cruces Trail to Panama City, built at the mouth of the Charges River and later used by gold miners travelling to California during the later half of the 19th-century. Advance through the lush San Lorenzo National Park rainforest, searching for sloths, monkeys, coatimundis, toucans, and more. Return to Panama City for two days of leisure, concluding your Panama adventure.


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6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,609

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Day 1

Arrive to Panama City

Welcome to Panama City! Upon arrival to the airport, take time to collect your bags before enjoying a private transfer to your hotel. Once checked in, spend the day at your leisure! Roam the streets, sample the food, and immerse yourself in the culture!


Accommodation: Plaza Paitilla Inn Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration5 Nights
Day 2

Historic Panama City Tour and Cooking Class

Start your morning off with a filling breakfast to prepare for a day full of fun! After meeting your guide, you will drive to the ruins of Old Panama and begin to trace the colonial roots of the city. Climb the cathedral tower to take in the views of the city and later, visit the Old Panama City Museum to get a deeper understanding of the nation’s history. Continue on to Casco Antiguo, which dates back to the 1600’s, making your way down the picturesque lanes. Visit landmarks such as the Flat Arch, Las Bovedas and the French Plaza, and learn about the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through the isthmus. Throughout the tour, your guide will share details around the events that led to the establishment of the capital in its current location, and the tour concludes with a private transfer back to your hotel.

This afternoon, spend a few hours with local chefs and learn to prepare a few acclaimed Panamanian dishes. Depending on what produce is in season, you’ll learn to make a range of dishes, potentially including the famous sancocho de pollo, which is Panama’s tasteful version of chicken soup, or patacones, a dish prominently featuring smashed green plantains, served with octopus ceviche. This fun and unique experience also affords one of the best souvenirs possible: the ability to recreate delicious, local dishes in your own kitchen back home. The cooking class will include two appetizers, one main, and one side, and the meal following your cooking class will be accompanied by one drink (water, soda or wine) and dessert (pre-made). Following your Panamanian cooking class, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel. Please advise your Destination Specialist of any dietary restrictions or food allergies you or your fellow travellers have.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3.5 Hours and 3 Hours
Day 3

Panama Canal Wildlife Experience and VIP Visit to Miraflores Locks

Experience the Panama Canal and its lush surroundings from a unique perspective on a privately guided boat tour introducing you to the biodiverse ecosystem of this part of the Isthmus. After an early morning pick-up from your hotel lobby, along with your naturalist guide in tow, you will head to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Here you will board a boat and start a jungle expedition across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal. Pass by the giant cargo ships transiting the waterway and notice the sharp contrast they cast against the natural tropical surroundings. Along the way, watch out for the plethora of resident wildlife, including three toed sloths resting on tree branches, ospreys hunting for peacock basses, snail kites, keel-billed toucans, and many others. Your boat tour will circle several rainforest-clad islands on Gatun Lake in search for a variety of primates, such as the white-faced capuchin and mantled howler monkey. Your day continues as you visit Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks where large ships transit the canal. Learn about the history of the Canal, marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering and break for a tasty lunch. The tour then continues to the Panama Canal area, stopping by the town of Balboa, a former part of the Panama Canal Zone, and ends in the afternoon with a private transfer back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Pirate Trail: Fort San Lorenzo & Agua Clara Visitor Center

Early in the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel for a drive across the Isthmus of Panama to the Caribbean province of Colon. Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to visit the Agua Clara Visitors Center and be amazed by the panoramic view of the locks. It has the same concept of the Gatun Locks, but was reinvented to handle bigger cargo, re-using water and locking the chambers with rolling gates. After enjoying the panoramic view, continue onto the screening room where you will learn more about the construction and efforts of Panamanians to create this modern engineering masterpiece. Afterwards, pass through an old military ground to reach Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built at the mouth of the Chagres River, this Spanish bastion served to fortify and protect the river entrance to Las Cruces Trail that led to Panama City on the Pacific Ocean. This entrance was later used as the port of entry for gold diggers on their way to California during the second half of the 19th century. You will be traveling through the lush rainforest within San Lorenzo National Park, where, with luck, you may see monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, coatimundis, toucans and other wildlife. Following the tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Panama City.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is yours to enjoy! Stroll through the city, explore the coast, or just spend the day lounging on the beach by the crystal blue waters! 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Depart Panama City

After enjoying one last breakfast, gather your bags and head to the airport via private transfer to catch your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information




  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 5 nights in moderate accommodations in Panama City
  • Private walking tour of Casco Antiguo in Panama City
  • Private cooking class in Panama City
  • Private guided Panama Canal wildlife experience with VIP visit to Miraflores Locks
  • Private guided Pirate Trail tour
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 2 lunches, 1 dinner (following cooking class)


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


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.

2 Sep 2024
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