Experience the fresh essence of Panama in this amazing trip. Discover a journey full of recreational opportunities with visits to historical sites, an impressive train ride, the captivating Panama Canal, the inspiring nature and coffee plantations of Boquete, plus the beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Bocas del Toro
Learn about the process of coffee cultivation visiting the coffee plantation at Finca Lerida.
Explore the vibrant and lively capital of Panama City.
Take the opportunity at your leisure and participate in one of the optional tours such as snorkelling, dolphine watching, hiking or simply relax at the beach.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrival in Panama City
Day 2: Partial Canal Transit
Day 3: Panama City - David - Boquete
Day 4: Coffee Tour
Day 5: Boquete - Bocas del Toro
Day 6: Free Day in Bocas del Toro
Day 7: Bocas del Toro - Panama City
Day 8: Departure
Day 1 Friday: Arrival in Panama City
Upon arrival to Panama a representative of Panama Trails will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel for your first night in Panama.
Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and an enormous historical sector in the Old City. The lively and vibrant banking district on the other hand is very modern and often compared to Miami. Panama City is a thrilling location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.
Day 2 Saturday: Partial Canal Transit
After a transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Marina, the partial transit starts with a motor coach ride for 45 minutes to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located.
Once in Gamboa, you will aboard the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour. You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal.
The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. Your boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.
Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, your ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps.
Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, yo will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline. Upon arrival at Flamenco you will be transferred back to your city hotel.
Day 3 Sunday: Panama City - David - Boquete
In the morning you will be transferred to the domestic airport in Panama City to fly to David. Upon arrival to David our representative will pick you up and bring you to Boquete. Check in at the beautiful Finca Lerida, a lodge in midst of a Coffee Plantation. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 4 Monday: Coffee Tour
Today you will visit the coffee plantation at Finca Lerida where you can learn about the process of coffee cultivation. You will also have the chance to sample some different bean varieties. The afternoon is free for optional hiking in the cloud forest.
Day 5 Tuesday: Boquete - Bocas del Toro
You will be taken from Boquete to Isla Colon on the paradisiacal Bocas del Toro archipelago. This transfer starts with a lovely 4 hours drive through the highlands and down to the Caribbean coast where you board a boat to Bocas del Toro.
Day 6 Wednesday: Free Day in Bocas del Toro
Free day at leisure to spend in Bocas del Toro. Take advantage of this free day and participate in one of the optional tours such as snorkeling, dolphin watching, hiking or just relax at the beach.
Day 7 Thursday: Bocas del Toro - Panama City
Local flight from Bocas del Toro back to Panama City. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your city hotel for your last night in Panama City. Enjoy an evening out in the vibrant and lively capital often compared to Miami.
Day 8 Friday: Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home.
Departs - Daily
Central Hotel Panama
Boquete Tree trek
Bocas del Toro
Hotel Bocas Town
Bocas del Toro Hotel
Eclypse de Mar
English speaking guided tours
Meals as specified
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels
are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may
apply during holiday seasons and special events.