Panama City Discovery

6 days from $1,878 per person*
  • Appreciate the architectural feat of the Panama Canal on a private guided tour.
  • Take a train ride through the jungle to Colon, and visit an indigenous community, the Embera tribe.
  • See the ruins of Old Panama, a city sacked by privateer Henry Morgan.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise through a portion of the Panama Canal.
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Panama City - the place where modern engineering and Spanish colonial history collide. The masterpiece known as the Panama Canal was one of modern man's most unbelievable 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.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Tocumen International Airport (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Private - City Tour and Miraflores Locks (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Shared - 3/4 Day Partial Panama Canal Transit (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Private - Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera Indian Village (9 hrs, with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Day At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Tocumen International Airport (1 hr) - 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

Relax on your private airport transfer with a professional driver in Panama city. This transfer will take approximately 1 hr. Please note, drivers speak English as a second language.

Accommodation: Bristol Panama

Nestled in the heart of Panama City’s bustling (Financial District), Bristol Panama is one of the city’s premier addresses for holiday stays. Annually recognized as the "Best Hotel in Panama" and among the "Top 10 Hotels in Latin America" by Condé Nast Traveler, this legendary hotel envelops each in an embrace of uncompromising urban style and sophistication. Amidst inspiring architectural flourishes like neo-classical ironwork and red tile gables, The Bristol luxury hotel in Panama City summons the ambiance and grace of a historic private mansion. Beautifully appointed room and suite accommodations are enhanced by a charming colonial décor and artwork by the finest artisans in Panama. Bristol Panama welcomes you to experience Panama City from the most exclusive of perspectives – where bespoke service, modern amenities and elegant fine dining at the Panama City restaurants, are a hallmark of every stay. 

Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Panama City
Panama City
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bristol Hotel Panama
Bristol Hotel Panama

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 bucaneer 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: Bristol Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter

Day 3: Panama City

After your transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Resort and Marina, the partial transit starts with a motor coach ride for 45 minute to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, you will board the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour. You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest because it was carved through the continental divide and this section of the canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks, you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides as well as admire the Centennial bridge which crosses over the Canal. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project. Next, your ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps.
Once in the Pacific Ocean, the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you will disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline. Upon arrival at Flamenco you will be transferred back to your city hotel. Please note that the canal authorities often change their schedule and as such, the final rendez-vous time will be confirmed to you by our local representative the day prior.

Accommodation: Bristol Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Centennial Bridge Panama
Centennial Bridge Panama

Day 4: Panama City

Early in the morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the local train station. Enjoy a train journey on the historical and original railway line from Panama City to Colón. This 1-hour trip leads you through the jungle and along the Panama Canal, to the port city of Colon. Following the beautiful train trip, continue to the ruins of Portobelo. This port was the gathering point of the Peruvian treasures in the 15th century. The gold and silver was shipped from here to Spain, and Portobelo was also the center for the control and inspection of the goods arriving from Spain.
Continue on to an Embera Indian Village on Rio Gatun. A fascinating and dense jungle surrounds you on a short boat trip to the village. Downriver, step out of the dugout canoe and enter the Embera village. One of seven indigenous tribes in Panama, the people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier, and give you an idea on how they still live today. The village's chief will give you a brief explanation about the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. A traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served. In the afternoon 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.

Included: Transportation from and to Panama City Hotel, English speaking guide, light lunch, entrance fees. Please note that the train ride will always be together with other guests even if the private tour is purchased.

Accommodation: Bristol Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Portobelo Fort
Portobelo Fort

Day 5: Panama City

Enjoy a day at leisure in Panama City. Dating back to 1519, as the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, five centuries of transformation have elevated Panama City to a modern coastal metropolis. Take a stroll on Las Bóvedas, delve deeper in to the intrigue of the canal, or opt to experience some world class dining at the likes of Madrigal, La Vespa or Azahar Panama. The day is yours.

Accommodation: Bristol Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Panama City
Panama City

Day 6: Panama City

Relax on your private airport transfer with a professional driver in Panama city. This transfer will take approximately 1 hr. Please note, drivers speak English as a second language.

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.

Bristol Panama: Panama City

Nestled in the heart of Panama City’s bustling (Financial District), Bristol Panama is one of the city’s premier addresses for holiday stays. Annually recognized as the "Best Hotel in Panama" and among the "Top 10 Hotels in Latin America" by Condé Nast Traveler, this legendary hotel envelops each in an embrace of uncompromising urban style and sophistication. Amidst inspiring architectural flourishes like neo-classical ironwork and red tile gables, The Bristol luxury hotel in Panama City summons the ambiance and grace of a historic private mansion. Beautifully appointed room and suite accommodations are enhanced by a charming colonial décor and artwork by the finest artisans in Panama. Bristol Panama welcomes you to experience Panama City from the most exclusive of perspectives – where bespoke service, modern amenities and elegant fine dining at the Panama City restaurants, are a hallmark of every stay. 

Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bristol Hotel Panama
Bristol Hotel Panama
Panama City Discovery Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bristol Hotel Lobby
Bristol Hotel Lobby
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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