Panama City Discovery

6 days from $2,640 per person*
  • Discover the architectural marvel that is the Panama Canal on a private guided tour.
  • Visit an indigenous community, the Embera tribe.
  • See the ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, a fortress sacked by privateer Henry Morgan.
  • Explore bio-diverse Soberania National Park.
  • Stay in a handpicked, boutique property in the heart of historic Panama City.
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Panama City - the place where modern engineering and Spanish colonial history collide. The masterpiece known as the Panama Canal is one of mankind's most remarkable engineering feats, though it did not come without sacrifice. Take to the canal with a private guide and come to understand the great accomplishment, and great loss, that effectively bridged the gap between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Also learn about the 1519 Spanish colonial settlement of Old Panama, the first ever by Europeans on the Pacific coast. Its ruins stand as a reminder today of the historic sacking of the city by privateer Henry Morgan. Venturing out from the city and through the jungle, you'll even have an opportunity to encounter an indigenous community, pushing away modernity to maintain its traditional roots. All this and more on a tailored adventure through one of Central America's most dynamic capitals.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Biomuseo & Casco Antiguo Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Tour - Agua Clara Locks & Fort San Lorenzo (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Tour - Visiting Embera Indigenous Village (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Soberania National Park & Camino de Cruces (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Private Transfer - Tocumen International Airport - Vehicle/Guide/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

To ensure your comfort, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside of Customs, holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Panama

Since 1874, Central Hotel Panama has hosted intrepid travelers including the French builders who designed the Panama Canal to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, among others. The oldest purpose-built hotel in the country, it features luxury amenities, and has been recognized by UNESCO for its impressive architecture. Overlooking the historic center of Panama City, the hotel blends colonial-era charm with modern comforts. With views of Plaza de la Independcia or the bustling streets of Casco Viejo, guests can expect an enjoyable stay at Central Hotel Panama.

Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Panama City
Panama City
Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Central Hotel Panama
Central Hotel Panama

Day 2: Panama City

Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America. Created to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents and separating a vast ocean – in the process changing the planet’s biodiversity forever – the Biomuseo’s sprawling property contains eight permanent exhibition galleries crafted by Bruce Mau Design. In addition to the main spaces, the museum includes a public atrium, a space for temporary exhibitions, a shop, a cafe, and multiple outdoor exhibits throughout the botanical park. Located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean, the Biomuseo also affords excellent views of the city skyline, the historic district, Ancon Hill, and the Bridge of the Americas. After visiting the museum, continue with your guide to Casco Antiguo, Panama City’s most historic district. Here, you’ll step back in time to admire the lovely colonial houses, narrow roads and impressive churches in this vibrant quarter while learning of Panama’s early history, then join your awaiting driver who will return you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amador Causeway
Amador Causeway

Day 3: Panama City

After meeting your guide in the morning, set out to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center, found on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Showcasing the Canal's legacy and grandeur, you'll take in an unparalleled view; a sweeping panorama featuring - to one side - Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, and on the other, the expansion work projects. Walking through the center, be sure to visit the Projection Room to gain insights into the harrowing history of the thousands of men and women that worked on the Canal throughout the decades, then take a stroll down the ecological pathway. Lined with a variety of plants that makes the trail an adventure unto itself, see if you're able to identify the different species gathered in the indigenous of the area of the Canal watershed. Later in the day, join your guide and driver as you make your way to Fort San Lorenzo. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, this remarkable sea-level fortification was built in the 16th century to protect the bustling port from pirate attacks but eventually would succumb to buccaneer Henry Morgan, then serving as his personal fortress. A fascinating site to explore, your guide will lead an in-depth survey of the battery before directing you to your awaiting vehicle which will return you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fort San Lorenzo
Fort San Lorenzo

Day 4: Panama City

In the morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you north towards Lake Alajuela. There you will board small boats and sail the Rio Chagres, a fascinating and dense jungle. Upriver, disembark the dugout canoes and participate on a short hike – often times a bit muddy – to reach a beautiful waterfall found in the rainforest. Relax in your own tropical paradise removed from any civilization, take a swim in the refreshing pool just beneath the waterfall, then get set to visit the Embera village, home to one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Embera will welcome you at the pier and provide insights into what life is like in this remote part of the planet. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures and beliefs before a traditional lunch of fish and plantains is prepared for your enjoyment. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and are also welcomed to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children, though for something that requires no packing at all, a temporary Embera tattoo can be painted on your arm or leg. After and exciting day of adventure, you will be returned to your hotel in Panama City.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Embera Indigenous Village
Embera Indigenous Village

Day 5: Panama City

In the early morning, depart to Soberanía National Park with your private driver and English-speaking Guide. Upon arrival, begin a walk down part of the famous track “Camino de Cruces” that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. This historic trail was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers. In the morning you will enjoy a nice and fresh climate in the forest and have the opportunity to observe many different species of plants and animals.

Accommodation: Central Hotel Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Soberania National Park
Soberania National Park

Day 6: Panama City

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Tocumen International Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Central Hotel Panama: Panama City

Since 1874, Central Hotel Panama has hosted intrepid travelers including the French builders who designed the Panama Canal to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, among others. The oldest purpose-built hotel in the country, it features luxury amenities, and has been recognized by UNESCO for its impressive architecture. Overlooking the historic center of Panama City, the hotel blends colonial-era charm with modern comforts. With views of Plaza de la Independcia or the bustling streets of Casco Viejo, guests can expect an enjoyable stay at Central Hotel Panama.

Panama City Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Central Hotel Panama
Central Hotel Panama

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Candice J — May 05, 2019 — Central America

    AMAZING!!! My husband and I went to Costa Rica to celebrate his 40th birthday. Our trip was FLAWLESS. From the moment our guide, Carlos picked us up at the airport we were completely carefree. I can't say enough great things about Carlos. He accompanied us for 3 days in Arenal. He is an excellent driver, teacher, guide, etc. We learned more about Costa Rica than we ever planned to learn. He was punctual, attentive, and had a great sense of humor. I was originally concerned about safety, BUT those concerns quickly faded after our arrival. I have recommended Kensington tours to 5 other friends in the past few weeks and we are already planning our next trip. If you want an enjoyable, carefree, hassle-free vacation- USE KENSINGTON TOURS.

  • Monica A — February 02, 2019 — Central America

    We had a wonderful time. Our tour guides Jay and Dennis were both exceptionally knowledgeable and courteous. We learned so much! Barbara, our rep did a lovely job of picking out the right tours and hotels for us. I hope to use Kensington Tours again as I like the way that the tours are private and can be customized. For us, because we are seniors who want to go at a slower pace (and don't want to be herded around in a large group), that is very important.

  • William D — February 08, 2019 — Central America

    This was a wonderful trip. Knowledgeable and fun to be with guides, excellent accommodations, and a really patient and attentive trip planner made this bucket list trip come true. This was not an easy trip to plan or execute and you pulled it off amazingly.

  • Richard A. — January 04, 2019 — Central America

    We had a great vacation and would definitely return to Costa Rica!

  • Beth D. — May 22, 2018 — Central America

    Our trip to Costa Rica couldn't have been more perfect! Everything and everyone was on time and ran smoothly. We will definitely use Kensington Tours again!

  • Carol R. — March 15, 2018 — Central America

    Our guides in Costa Rica were knowledgeable and very accommodating.

  • Christopher B. — December 28, 2018 — Central America

    Costa Rica was magical in every way...the hotels were spectacular and beyond our expectations! The tours - the chocolate experience, the coffee plantation, the lunch at the volcano (WOW!), the birthday dinner at El Silencio and the chef at Punta Islita - were all terrific! The trip was perfect, definitely a Kensington experience and will be forever etched in our memory!

  • Courtney S. — April 16, 2018 — Central America

    Every guide assigned to us were professional, warm and knowledgeable (especially Gabriel, Juan Carlo, Pablo and Wilbur). The accommodations were attractive and clean with great service & delicious food. The excursions were perfectly scheduled in duration and were as described in the itinerary.

  • Sandra N. — August 13, 2018 — Central America

    Our Arenal guide, Marcos Jinemiz, was particularly outstanding. Jasdiel, our guide at the Don Juan coffee plantation was also outstanding.

  • Michelle P. — March 10, 2018 — Central America

    The trip was fantastic! Sarah was very knowledgeable and guided us well based upon the preferences we laid out. The Bocas del Mar resort she found us was a tropical paradise with impeccable service. We would definitely go back to Panama based upon our first experience.

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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