For booking / more information, please contact Peggy Taylor (713) 499-7110.
9 Days - 16 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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Double $3,099; Single $3,799; Triple $3,069
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Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Houston Intl, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person
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| Must-See Inclusions
- Traverse the Panama Canal through two locks aboard the Pacific Queen.
- Learn the canal's rich past, present and future at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center.
- Travel by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about indigenous culture.
| Culinary Inclusions
- Immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner featuring a folklore and dance show.
- Savor a traditional lunch at a famous rum producer, and sample the product.
- Sample fresh Panamanian ceviche at the Mercado de Mariscos.
| Collette Experiences|
- Join your guide for a nature walk through the jungle forest.
- Discover the various arts of creating Panamian hats, drums, masks and dresses.
- Peruse a local handicraft market filled with crafts made by indigenous artisans.
Highlights: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Pacific Queen Panama Canal Cruise, Panama City, Emberá Indigenous Village, Miraflores Locks, Anton Valley, Chitré
Day 1: Friday, October 21, 2016 Gamboa, Panama
Tour Begins Welcome to Panama, a country of lush rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines. Your tour opens at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Day 2: Saturday, October 22, 2016 Gamboa - Panama Canal Cruise - Panama City - Gamboa
Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome breakfast. Then, start the trip off with an incredible highlight. Board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit cruise through the Panama Canal. Enjoy lunch onboard and pass through two locks as you revel in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this incredible engineering feat firsthand. Learn all about its construction and operation from your onboard guides. Disembark at Flamenco Marina in Panama City. Visit the Mercado de Mariscos, a seafood market, and try fresh Panamanian ceviche. Continue to Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter. This UNESCO World Heritage site was settled in 1673. A short walking tour down its cobblestone streets showcases the Plaza de la Independencia, the Presidential Palace, the National Theater, plus restored colonial churches and monuments.
Day 3: Sunday, October 23, 2016 Gamboa
This morning your guide leads you on a nature walk through the resort’s jungle forest and gardens for a chance to spot unique birds as well as various flora and fauna. Set off for an excursion to an Emberá indigenous village. Board dugout canoes for a scenic ride up the Chagres River to a settlement of Emberá, the “Keepers of the Rainforest.” The Emberá strive to preserve their heritage and love to share their traditional techniques of home building and handicrafts – such as basket weaving and tagua nut carving – with visitors. Join in their dances and partake in a simple lunch cooked traditionally. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Day 4: Monday, October 24, 2016 Gamboa - Anton Valley
Arrive at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center to view the Panama Canal and learn about its rich past, present and future as you watch ships traverse the lock system. Drive a short distance on the famed Pan-American Highway before heading up the mountains to Anton Valley, a community nestled inside the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Visit a local handicraft market and peruse artisan souvenirs made by indigenous peoples, including the “mola” embroidery of the Kuna Yala. Afterwards, check in to your hotel at the base of the mountains that make up the crater.
Day 5: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Anton Valley
Begin the day with a visit to the Museum El Valle which houses a small collection ranging from geological wonders to pre-Columbian art. Your next stop is a nonprofit orchid nursery that dedicates itself to cultivating and conserving local and regional orchids. It houses over 100 different types. Continue to the El Nispero Zoo, home of a large selection of endemic animals as well as some that are not found in any zoo outside Panama. There is also a conservation program for the critically endangered Panamanian Golden Frog, said to bring good luck to anyone who sees it. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring this charming mountain community.
Day 6: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Anton Valley - Chitré
This morning, stop in a small village to visit a Panama hat workshop and see firsthand how these wearable works of art are created. Next, visit an orange grove and learn about the cultivation of this important crop before enjoying a picnic lunch while relaxing in the grove. Set off north to Chitré, one of the first Spanish settlements in Panama (1558). Get to know a traditional way of cooking at a local clay oven bakery. Then it’s on to a sugarcane mill for a taste of sugarcane juice called “guarapa.” Next, pause to experience the region’s pre-Columbian and colonial times at the local museum. Tonight, get acquainted with the local culture at dinner featuring a folklore and dance show.
Day 7: Thursday, October 27, 2016 Chitré
Learn why Chitré is called “the cultural heart of Panama.” First you’ll meet Panamanian women who have dedicated their lives to making the traditional pollera dress. Then it’s off to spend time with artisans who make drums and masks that are used in traditional Panamanian parades. Your day continues with a visit to one of Panama’s famous rum producers. Enjoy an oxcart ride through sugarcane fields to the hacienda for a traditional lunch. Then, visit the distillery where you’ll learn about the production of rum and seco (also distilled from sugarcane). Finally, sample the product for yourself during a tasting session and discussion in the bodega.
Day 8: Friday, October 28, 2016 Chitré - Playa Bonita
Journey to Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City. Arrive early in the day so you can soak up all the sun and views you can handle from your ocean view room and beachfront property. After enjoying some fun and relaxation at your resort, bid farewell to Panama at a special dinner this evening.
Day 9: Saturday, October 29, 2016 Playa Bonita - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
| Experience It! Panama Canal: Connecting the Atlantic & Pacific|
Panama is steeped in history – from early Inca traders and Spanish conquistadors…to the Panama Canal, a modern-day engineering marvel. Completed in 1914, almost 50 miles long and one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken, your journey across the Isthmus of Panama takes you through the Gaillard Cut, carved through the Continental Divide. Take a partial transit cruise on the Pacific Queen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view this marvel up-close and learn all about its construction and importance in world trade. Pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, and learn about the canal expansion project. It’s an unforgettable journey between the seas.
For booking / more information, please contact Peggy Taylor (713) 499-7110.