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- Explore the contrasting areas of Panama City
- Discover the fascinating wildlife in the rainforest
- Relax on the sandy beaches of Playa Bonita
Panama is a tropical getaway ideal for tourists looking for stunning scenery with accessible exotic nature to be seen all over the country. The pristine rainforests of Panama cover more than 5 million acres. There is also an abundant marine life with a variety of animals to be seen. Explore Panama is a program with a strong mixture of culture, architectural beauty, natural attractions, beaches, night life and history.
Explore Panama Tour Highlights:
- Panama Canal Partial Transit (selected dates only)
- Panama City Half Day City Tour
- Miraflores Locks
- Gamboa Rainforest
- Gatun Expedition Boat Tour
- Playa Bonita Beach
Day 1 - Panama City
After arriving at the International Airport you will be transferred to Wyndham Garden Panama City where the rest of the day will be lefty to be spent at leisure.
Day 2 - Panama City (Breakfast & Lunch)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel followed by the Panama Canal Partial Transit (on selected dates*) or free time in Panama City. The transit will give you a chance to view many of the main tourist hotspots with different things to look at all the way along the canal.
Panama Canal Partial Transit (selected dates only): You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut. The Gaillard Cut is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the continental divide. This section of the canal is full of history and geological value. Before reaching Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the cut, you will be able to view the new Continental Bridge which crosses over the canal. After traveling through Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Lake you will enter the Pacific Ocean traveling to Flamenco along the way you will pass under the Bridge of Americas. You will also be admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline while sailing down the pacific ocean, this trip also includes a buffet lunch served on the vessel.
* please see end for dates of departure which allow for Panama Canal Partial Transit
Day 3 - Panama City
After breakfast you will undertake the Panama Half Day City Tour, which includes visits to Casco Antiguo, the old quarter and Miraflores Locks. Founded in 1519 by a Spaniard, Panama City is steeped in history and was one of the most important trade routes in its region, seeing vast shiploads of gold transports by Spain from the Americas. Casco Antiguo, the historic district, was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2003 and it is easy to see why. It is home to one of the most diverse ranges fo architecture in the world with colonial influences as well as Caribbean, art deco and French styles of architecture on show. Some of the city's most famous monuments are located in this ditrict, such as the National Theatre, which was founded in 1908, and the golden altar at St. Joseph Church, saved from the pirate siege of 1671. It is also a must to visit Panama Viejo (Old Panama), which was the first part of the city to exist when it was founded in 1519, and was the starting point for many expeditions that set out to conquer the Inca Empire. The Miraflores Locks have a visitor centre which allows tourists to have a complete view of the locks in operation, although binoculars are recommended for a view of the Pedro Miguel locks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, where you can visit in greater details some of the attractions in Panama City, such as the Interoceanic Canal Museum, Heron's Palace (the presidential palace) and Las Bovedas (The Vaults). Overnight at Wyndham Garden Panama City.
Day 4 - Gamboa
After breakfast at the Panama hotel you will then be transferred to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort you will then be free to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 - Gamboa
Breakfast at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort will be served before the Gatun Expedition Boat Tour, this is a fascinating tour that is ideal for nature lovers who would liked to appreciate the aquatic wildlife in it's natural unspoiled habitat accompanied by the gorgeous surrounding tropical flowers. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure before a night in the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Day 6 - Gamboa
Breakfast at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort will then be followed by a day free to spend at leisure then staying the night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Day 7 - Playa Bonita
Breakfast at the hotel before being transferred from Gamboa Rainforest Resort to InterContinental Playa Bonita upon arrival the rest of the day will be free to be spent at leisure. Then stay at the night at InterContinental Playa Bonita.
Day 8 & 9 - Playa Bonita
Breakfast at InterContinental Playa Bonita before a day at leisure in Playa Bonita to enjoy the hotel amenities or take part in optional tours. Then stay the night at Intercontinental Playa Bonita.
Day 10 - Playa Bonita
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to Tocumen International Airport to depart Panama.
A great country Panama city is like any there large city but old town is great day and night. Rain forest is amazing
Paul Sisodiya reviewing Explore Panama (24-Jun-2016)
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