Introduction
As you may have heard, there is a canal in Panama. Watching a football field’s worth of ship rise in a lock on a pillow of water is one of the world’s great manmade miracles. But what about the much tinier spectacle of a hummingbird barely larger than your thumbnail? Or the quiet whiiiiiish as your native dugout canoe slices through a rainforest river? A Panama vacation is one of the finest ecotourism experiences—easy to reach, friendly in the extreme, and not yet on everybody’s radar screen. From anteaters to mantled howler monkeys, the wildlife is extraordinary. The Audubon Society conducts its Christmas bird count here so you can just imagine the abundance. To explore the culture of Panama, we travel you to a native village and introduce you to our friends along the way. You’ll see things you’ve never seen, in a place you never thought to visit—which makes this our favorite new example of a travel adventure.
Picture yourself...
  • Swimming in a natural pool beneath a waterfall
  • Being "buzzed" by fiery-throated and violet-tailed sylph hummingbirds
  • Plucking coffee beans at a mountainside finca
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - GAMBOA
Your Panama travel itinerary begins at our luxury rainforest resort at Gamboa on the banks of the canal. A sailing excursion on Gatun Lake lets us weave amid the gigantic ships traversing the canal and catch our first glimpse of wildlife such as monkeys and crocodiles. An afternoon jungle walk in Sobernia National Park takes you into some of the world’s richest bird watching terrain.

In a traditional dugout canoe, we’ll navigate the Chagres River to a settlement of one of Panama’s indigenous tribes. The villagers treat us to a typical meal, and we get a firsthand look at the cultural and ecological challenges they face. We’ll also go for a guided walk in Panama City. No Panama vacation would be complete without a close-up look at the canal in action, and you get yours with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks and the canal museum.

DAYS 3-6 - CHIRIQUI WESTERN HIGHLANDS 
A brief flight to David City positions us for fascinating days in the Chiriqui Western Highlands, the rolling breadbasket of Panama. From our gracious, award-winning inn, we wander into the countryside to meet the farmers who raise everything from strawberries to mangos…watch for the resplendent quetzal on a walk in La Amistad International Park…and go kayaking on the serene Las Lagunas, the highest natural lakes in Panama. We also get real looks at rural life, first on a visit to a working coffee plantation for a tour and tasting, and then at a family home where we watch the centuries-old process of pressing sugar cane. On the final day of your Panama travels, we part company after breakfast.
Panama
Cultural Walking Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Panama City (Hotel Bristol Panama) - 9:00 am

Ending Point: Panama City - 9:00 am

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Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
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We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 29, 2016-Jan 3, 2017$3495.00$595.00
February 12-17, 2017$3395.00$595.00
March 5-10, 2017$3395.00$595.00
June 25-30, 2017$3395.00$595.00
November 5-10, 2017$3395.00$595.00
Dec 29, 2017-Jan 3, 2018$3495.00$595.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts and lunches, and 4 dinners
This trip includes an internal flight which is priced separately from the land tour at an approximate cost of $285 per person.
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Hotels
Bristol Panama

Named one of the 'Top 10 Hotels in Latin America' by Condé Nast Traveler, this 5-star luxury hotel in Panama City’s Financial District. The rooms are sophisticated and elegant, and the property also offers a spa and outdoor pool.

Casa Grande Bambito

This luxurious boutique hotel is located in a rainforest surrounded by mountains, volcanic rocks and springs in the highlands of Panama. All accommodations are in suits, and the property offers hot springs, sauna and spa treatments.

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Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
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