Panama Family Adventure

8 days from $2,256 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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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 - City Tour and Miraflores Locks (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Panama City to Gamboa
    Panama City to Gamboa
    • Private Transfer - Panama City - Gamboa [via Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera (with lunch, 5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Gamboa
    Gamboa
    • Shared Tour - Aerial Tramway & Gatun Lake Boat Expedition (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
  • Day 5 Gamboa to Playa Blanca
    Gamboa to Playa Blanca
    • Private Transfer - Gamboa - Playa Blanca [3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort - Kids Club
  • Day 6 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort - Golf & Spa Facilities
  • Day 7 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort - Optional Activities
  • Day 8 Playa Blanca
    Playa Blanca
    • Private Transfer - Playa Blanca - Panama City [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

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: TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro

The TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The hotel has 90 rooms equipped with the best technology including free Wi-Fi, to help you stay productive while you travel. Take the time to enjoy the Panama City sunlight at the outdoor pool. There is a fitness center incorporating the most innovative contemporary equipment as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is also a Gastro Bar to satisfy your taste buds.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Panama City
Panama City
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  TRYP by Wyndham Panama
TRYP by Wyndham 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.


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: TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Panama Canal Bridge
Panama Canal Bridge

Day 3: Panama City - Gamboa

Early in the morning a local 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, you will be transferred to your hotel in Gamboa.

Accommodation: Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Tucked deep in the mystical Soberania National Park at the meeting of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a unique destination. here, contemporary comforts and fascinating adventures come together, offering warm accommodations for guests seeking to experience the unspoiled beauty of the Panamanian rainforest. Just 30 minutes from Panama City, commune with nature in a pristine environment that explorers and pirates once roamed. Each of the hotels well-appointed, eco-lodge style rooms and suites offers an authentic and relaxing escape from the bustle and distractions of everyday life.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Embera Indian Village
Embera Indian Village

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
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Aerial Tramway
Aerial Tramway
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gamboa Wildlife
Gamboa Wildlife

Day 5: Gamboa - Playa Blanca

You will be privately transferred from Gamboa to Playa Blanca by a professional driver. Approximate travel time is three hours and 30 minutes.

The Buenaventura 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 Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort 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. Horse-riding, 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: The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach, framed by graceful Spanish Colonial architecture, beautifully landscaped pools, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course and the exquisite Corotu Spa. Whether you’ve come to relax and unplug, reconnect with friends or rediscover how special family-time can be together, an abundance of adventures and activities await. Sink into a comfy lounge by the pool, sneak away for a morning of spa pampering, or allow the on-site concierge to plan a day of sailing, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the resorts oceanfront setting, luxurious rooms and top-notch service.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  JW Marriott Kids program
JW Marriott Kids program
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca

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 three 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, and also note that this property is not a beach front property. It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the hotel.

Accommodation: The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Golf at JW Marriott
Golf at JW Marriott

Day 7: Playa Blanca

A range of optional activities are available for purchase during your stay at Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort. While time at leisure is highly recommended, consider visiting the concierge desk for assitance in arranging activities on-site. Please note, these activities are not included in your stay and must be paif for on-site. Also note that this property is not a beach front property. It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the hotel.

Accommodation: The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort
Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -

Day 8: Playa Blanca

You will be privately transferred from Playa Blanca to Panama City Airport by a professional driver. Approximate travel time is two hours and 10 minutes.

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.

TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro: Panama City

The TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The hotel has 90 rooms equipped with the best technology including free Wi-Fi, to help you stay productive while you travel. Take the time to enjoy the Panama City sunlight at the outdoor pool. There is a fitness center incorporating the most innovative contemporary equipment as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is also a Gastro Bar to satisfy your taste buds.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  TRYP by Wyndham Panama
TRYP by Wyndham Panama

Gamboa Rainforest Resort: Gamboa

Tucked deep in the mystical Soberania National Park at the meeting of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a unique destination. here, contemporary comforts and fascinating adventures come together, offering warm accommodations for guests seeking to experience the unspoiled beauty of the Panamanian rainforest. Just 30 minutes from Panama City, commune with nature in a pristine environment that explorers and pirates once roamed. Each of the hotels well-appointed, eco-lodge style rooms and suites offers an authentic and relaxing escape from the bustle and distractions of everyday life.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort: Playa Blanca

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach, framed by graceful Spanish Colonial architecture, beautifully landscaped pools, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course and the exquisite Corotu Spa. Whether you’ve come to relax and unplug, reconnect with friends or rediscover how special family-time can be together, an abundance of adventures and activities await. Sink into a comfy lounge by the pool, sneak away for a morning of spa pampering, or allow the on-site concierge to plan a day of sailing, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the resorts oceanfront setting, luxurious rooms and top-notch service.

Panama Family Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort

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.
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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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