Panama Family Adventure

8 days from $2,504 per person*
  • Embark on a private guided tour of the Panama Canal.
  • Sail to an Embera Indian Village in a dugout canoe.
  • Fly through the Gamboa Resort on a tram ride in search of wildlife.
  • End with well-deserved relaxation on the beaches of Playa Blanca.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Your kids will love hearing the stories of real-life pirate Henry Morgan who looted and destroyed Old Panama in 1671 as they recreate his swashbuckling swordsmanship among the ruins of the ransacked city.

This family-friendly trip will keep your kids engaged as you travel to Miraflores to watch the huge ships passing through the Panama Canal and amazingly lowered 16 meters down two distinct steps at Miraflores Locks. You’ll also take a historic train journey through the jungle from Panama City to Colon; board dugout canoes to an authentic village of the Embera tribe; observe the rainforest canopy from an aerial tram; sail to Monkey Island where your captain will hand feed wild white-face capuchin and howler monkeys; spot sloths, turtles and crocodiles in their natural habitat; and much more.

The fun doesn’t stop on this great family trip, however there’s also plenty of educational value on offer too. From experiencing traditional Embera cultural rituals in an authentic jungle village to learning about the engineering feats of Miraflores Locks, your kids will be exposed to valuable world lessons they can’t find in a classroom. And there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy quality family time at the range of child-friendly hotels and rainforest resorts that make for relaxing evenings. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 2 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Private - City Tour and Miraflores Locks (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Panama City to Gamboa
    Panama City to Gamboa
    • Panama City - Gamboa [via Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera (with lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Gamboa
    Gamboa
    • Tour - Shared - Aerial Tramway & Gatun Lake Boat Expedition (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Boat/Guide
  • Day 5 Gamboa to Playa Blanca
    Gamboa to Playa Blanca
    • Gamboa - Playa Blanca [(Approx. 3.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • JW Marriott Kids Club
  • Day 6 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • JW Marriott; Golf & Spa facilities
  • Day 7 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • Optional activities
  • Day 8 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • Playa Blanca - Panama City [Airport - Tocumen International Airport (2 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Panama City

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal

Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal, where you can experience and enjoy the grandest view of the entrance to The Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean, of every ship that travels the Canal, and of the Bridge of the America's, which spans the entrance. With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, the Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal is located at the entrance of the Panama Canal and is close to Panama's leisure attractions. Please note that this property is not located in the city center, but rather beside the canal, 15km from downtown, so a taxi ride in and out of the city center would be required to go into the historical area of the city.

Panama City
Panama City
 Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal
Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal

Day 2: Panama City

Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a private tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minute drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9am to 10am and from 2pm to 5pm, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Enjoy the view on the locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations from your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project.

After the visit to the Canal, continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side.
Lunch will be served in a Panamanian restaurant on the causeway.

After lunch, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. Take in the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches in this part of the city which may well remind you of bygone days. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Continue on to Panama Viejo, the Old Panama. Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas and unfortunately, was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left, however the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.

Included: Transportation from and to Panama City hotel, English speaking driver/guide, entrance fees and lunch.

Please note: Depending on ship traffic in the locks the order of the tour might be inverted to try to ensure that you will  see ships in the locks.

Accommodation: Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal
Panama Canal Bridge
Panama Canal Bridge
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter

Day 3: Panama City - Gamboa

Early in the morning a Panama Trails representative will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the local train station (Corozal). Undertake a train trip on the historical and original railway course from Panama City to Colón. This 1-hour travel leads you through the jungle and along the Panama Canal. This course was finished in 1855. The French Panama Canal company had acquired the railway line in 1880, as an assistance to build the Canal. In 1904 the Americans bought the Canal and the railway line and were operating it line until 1979. In 1998, Panama privatized the railway line and renewed it completely. Since 2001, the course is again passable and a unique attraction.

After the beautiful train trip, you will continue with your guide from Colón to the port of Portobelo. This port was the gathering point of the Peruvian treasures in the 15th century. The gold and silver was shipped from here towards the metropolis of the empire, and in addition, Portobelo was the center of control and inspection of the goods, which arrived from Spain. The ruin complex is built and set up in the middle of the tropical jungle and covers a set of fortresses, castles and military bases.

After this historical excursion, you will continue to an Embera Indian Village on Gatun River. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany you on a short boat trip to the village. Downriver you will step out of the dugout canoes and enter the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The village's chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg.

After the tour, transportation to Gamboa Rainforest will be provided.

Accommodation: Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent five-star destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread.

Gamboa
Gamboa
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Day 4: Gamboa

Get ready for some excitement today as you strap in and fly along an aerial tramway which traverses a mile long tract of Humid Forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort’s boundaries! You will observe the forest canopy in some areas in which you'll probably find birds and hear the howler monkeys. The tram ascends 280 feet over half a mile and ends atop a hill.
On the following boat tour, you will pass by the Panama Canal right beside the huge tankers and container ships.
The White-Face Capuchin and Howler Monkeys are the main attractions of this tour. Usually the Captain of your boat brings them some fruit so you can watch them coming down from their trees to get it. If you are attentive you will spot a sloth, always so lazy sleeping in their trees. You will see turtles, timid but brave at the same time, along with the proud caiman and crocodiles that live in the lake. To complete the tour, a delicious lunch will be served at Los Lagartos restaurant overlooking the Chagres River. The tour is approximately 6 hours in duration and transportation to and from the Gamboa resort as well as an English speaking guide, drinking water and packed lunch are included.

Accommodation: Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa Wildlife
Gamboa Wildlife
Aerial Tramway
Aerial Tramway

Day 5: Gamboa - Playa Blanca

Relax on your private transfer from Gamboa to Playa Blanca in the company of an English speaking driver. The transfer should take approximately 3.5hours.

The JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort is the perfect place for families as it has everything that kids and big kids would ever wish for in a fun-filled vacation (great spa, pool areas, golf course and restaurants for the "big" kids and a jam-packed program of activities for the kids (3 - 11 yrs). The JW Kids program is designed for children to have a fun adventure, exploring wonderful landscapes with indoor and outdoor activities. A complimentary lounge with a games room from a pool table, ping pong, foosball, movies, music and more to organized club activities are offered. Horseriding, bird watching, flora and fauna crafting, treasure hunts, pool time as well as tennis, football or golf clinics are just some of the fun activities available. Your kids are sure to have a fabulous time and may well not want to leave at the end of their stay!  (Please note that this property is not a beach front property. It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the hotel).

Accommodation: JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

Discover a distinctive oasis at the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. This premier luxury resort in the luxury community of Buenaventura offers elegant accommodations and suites set amongst lush gardens and a lagoon with vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Here, every desire is anticipated – from a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, a relaxing treatment at Corotú Spa, or a splendid meal of locally sourced produce at Tamarindo. Located outside Panama City, in the luxury community of Buenaventura, JW Marriott Panama Resort is the premier choice for A Panama destination. Seek out adventure with numerous water sports and off-site activities from surfing to zip-lining. In the evening enjoy fine wines and stellar cuisine. For adventure seekers, enjoy horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, surfing in Rio Mar, eco tours and much more.

Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

Day 6: Playa Blanca

For golfing enthusiasts (or fanatics!) there is the Buenaventura Panama Golf Club by Nicklaus deign that may be of interest. Here you can discover an unmatched golf experience at the 18 hole 72-par course. Making use of the natural landscape, the course cuts into the Pacific coastline with views of the Panama beach. There are also threee local courses within the vicinity - Manta Raya, Vista Mar and Playa Blanca.

The Corotu Spa has five multi-functional treatment rooms and offers everything from pampering massages to facials and polishing body scrubs. A hydrotherapy area also features whirlpools, deluge showers, sauna and steam room. Please arrange either golf tee times or spa treatments directly with the concierge of the hotel if you are interested.

 (Please note that this property is not a beach front property. It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the hotel).

Accommodation: JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
Golf at JW Marriott
Golf at JW Marriott

Day 7: Playa Blanca

Enjoy some leisure time on the Pacific shores of Playa Blanca. Optional activities are available at your resort (watersports, snorkelling, kayaking).  (Please note that this property is not a beach front property. It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the hotel).

Accommodation: JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

Day 8: Playa Blanca

Relax on your private transfer from Playa Blanca to Tocumen International airport in Panama City. The transfer should take approximately 2 hours.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal: Panama City

Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal, where you can experience and enjoy the grandest view of the entrance to The Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean, of every ship that travels the Canal, and of the Bridge of the America's, which spans the entrance. With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, the Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal is located at the entrance of the Panama Canal and is close to Panama's leisure attractions. Please note that this property is not located in the city center, but rather beside the canal, 15km from downtown, so a taxi ride in and out of the city center would be required to go into the historical area of the city.

 Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal
Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal

Gamboa Rainforest Resort: Gamboa

Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent five-star destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort: Playa Blanca

Discover a distinctive oasis at the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. This premier luxury resort in the luxury community of Buenaventura offers elegant accommodations and suites set amongst lush gardens and a lagoon with vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Here, every desire is anticipated – from a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, a relaxing treatment at Corotú Spa, or a splendid meal of locally sourced produce at Tamarindo. Located outside Panama City, in the luxury community of Buenaventura, JW Marriott Panama Resort is the premier choice for A Panama destination. Seek out adventure with numerous water sports and off-site activities from surfing to zip-lining. In the evening enjoy fine wines and stellar cuisine. For adventure seekers, enjoy horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, surfing in Rio Mar, eco tours and much more.

JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort - Pool
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort - Pool
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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