Caribbean & Central America Cruises
(Panama Canal Cruise)
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. You'll reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba, Corcovado and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the San Blas and cross the celebrated engineering marvel the Panama Canal, an impressive event for every avid cruise goer. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you. Includes private pre and post tours with expert guide in San Jose and Cartagena.
Colombia-Costa Rica: Dec 1,15,29 (2013) // Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 9 (2014)
Costa Rica-Colombia: Dec 8,22 (2013) // Jan 5,19, Feb 16, Mar 2,16 (2014)
Pick up from San José International Airport and drop off at your hotel in Arenal (3 hrs, private car and driver).
The Alta Hotel sits a short distance from the San Jose Airport and the local Golden Mile, bursting with life and activity. Here, guests may choose any one of 23 units, each with spacious balconies overlooking the rich surrounding vegetation. Dining may be taken at La Luz restaurant, which is elegantly decorated and offers a to-die-for view of the surrounding heights and dips of land and greenery. The high quality cuisine is terrific and uses as much Costa Rican influence as it does international. One may use the hotel gym facilities and sauna, or make a 15 minute trip into town to see the museums and central market.
Enjoy a full day private tour including the Irazu Volcano, Lankaster Gardens and Orozi Valley. Take the Panamerican Highway South, to start ascending the large “Iztaru”. The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as you observe a lovely panoramic view. At the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen. Descending to the city of Cartago, make a stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica that according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers. After visiting the Basilica, make a stop at Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. Continue to the Valley of Orosi where creation overflows in unparallel beauty where you will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches. A stop for lunch will be made in one of the local restaurants. (Includes lunch and English speaking guide).
Meet your driver for a private transfer from San Jose area and/or San Jose(SJO) airport to Los Suenos.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the facilities of your ship. You'll overnight at port in Los Suenos/Herradura.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The 68m Mega Yacht Variety Voyager will seduce her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling. Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 28, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy. This state-of-the-art vessel will accommdate just 72 passengers in 36 cabins, guaranteeing guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.
Morning sailing to Quepos. This morning you reach Quepos for 3 optional excursions. The starting place to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. This park was created in 1972 and consists of three magnificent white sand beaches that are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead walks to outstanding wildlife viewing. There are over 109 mammal species and 184 species of birds here. Watch for monkeys, iguanas, agoutis, sloth and the rare turquoise cotinga. Manuel Antonio offers well maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of the naturalists. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white sand beach or take a swim. Overnight at anchor.
Morning sailing to Corcovado/Drake Bay. You'll reach Drake Bay, your landing place in the Osa Peninsula and starting place for the 2 optional excursions. The main attraction of Bahía Drake is Corcovado National Park, a nature preserve and tropical rainforest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula. Visitors are almost guaranteed to see some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white lipped peccaries, monkeys and scarlet macaws. Swimmers can have the amazing opportunity to share the warm waters with marlins, dolphins and pilot whales. Later in the evening you'll sail around the Osa Peninsula to Golfo Dulce. In the evening you reach the protected area of Golfo Dulce and reach Golfito. Overnight in port.
You'll reach Golfito in the protected area of Golfo Dulce for 2 optional excursions. These unique excursions can bring you to a Wildlife Reserve and to the amazing Casa Orquideas or Orchid House, a private botanical garden beautifully landscaped and maintained. A unique opportunity to see some amazing flowers and taste some unusual fruits. After dinner you'll leave Golfo Dulce for an overnight at sea.
You arrive early in the morning in the tiny Granito de Oro for some swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. After BBQ on board you sail to nearby Coiba island. Coiba, identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest island in Central America, off the pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. The waters adjacent to the island are teeming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas; it is the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos islands. This makes for a unique dive experience you shouldn't miss. Overnight at sea to Panama for the Canal crossing.
This morning you reach the entrance of the Panama Canal for a day crossing the Canal. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Work on the canal, which began in 1880, was completed in 1914. The 8 to 10 hour canal passage includes transit through three sets of locks, Gatun Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Locks through which the water level is adjusted 85 feet. You will transit through the locks and through Gatun Lake, a man made lake formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River. With priority given to commercial vessels, 14,000 cross the Canal each year, crossing times are not guaranteed. You'll exit the Canal at Limon Bay/Colon and continue to San Blas islands. Overnight at sea.
This morning you reach the San Blas Archipelago, a chain of over 365 tropical islands of which 50 only are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who live in communities of bamboo-sided, thatched-roofed houses. The Kuna Indians are one of a few indigenous groups that make up Panama's population. The area is owned and administered exclusively by the Kuna, who run it as an autonomous republic. For island to island travel the Kuna use dugout canoes made from wild cashew trees. The women dress as their ancestors did with brilliant shawls, strands of beads wrapping their legs and gold rings through their noses. In the evening you leave San Blas for Cartagena, Colombia. Overnight at sea.
With a morning arrival to Cartagenoa, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Enjoy a city transfer with private vehicle and Bilingual Guide
You will be met at your hotel by your Bilingual guide to commence your walking tour through the streets of Cartagena. Your tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. No visit to Bogota is complete without a visit to the amazing Gold Museum to the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar; with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with your own personal encyclopaedia of knowledge guiding you from one interest to the other.
Alfiz Boutique Hotel is located in Cartagena´s historical Old Town, only a short walk to most of the city's attractions. Alfiz hotel offers eight stylish suites in the elegant ambiance of a restored XVII’s heritage building. Whether you are visiting the city on business or travelling for pleasure, this beautifully restored residence provides a warm welcome.This hotel is part of the collection of the “Cartagena Boutique Hotels”, the group of outstanding properties chosen for their intimate size, personalized service and attractive surroundings. Since the 17th century, the hotel has sheltered secrets, anecdotes and adventures. After three centuries, it continues to make history.
Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa
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