Hamilton Tours Ltd. With Collette Vacations presents
Wed., February 13 to Friday, February 22, 2019 - Discover Panama: The Land between the Seas
Day 1: Wed., Feb. 13 - Pearson International Airport to Panama (due to flight arrangements an overnight stay may be necessary in Miami, Florida enroute to Panama at an additional expense.) Prenight stay in Panama to adjust to the weather and enjoy the sunshine. A group dinner will conclude our day. (D)
Day 2: Thurs., Feb. 14 - Remote rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines abound in Panama. Your tour opens at the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve where you’ll enjoy your private balcony and hammock overlooking the beautiful surroundings.
Day 3: Fri., Feb. 15 - Meet your fellow travellers during a welcome breakfast. Board dugout canoes and set off on an excursion up the Chagres River to an Emberá indigenous village. Join in their dances and partake in a traditional lunch. (B, L & D)
Day 4: Sat., Feb. 16 - Today we explore the canal! Board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit cruise through the Panama Canal. Enjoy lunch onboard and pass through two locks as you revel in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this incredible engineering feat firsthand. Learn all about its construction and operation from your onboard guides. Disembark at Flamenco Marina in Panama City. (B & L)
Day 5: Sun., Feb. 17 - Arrive at Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre to view the Panama Canal and learn about its past, present and future as you watch ships traverse the lock system. Continue to Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter (UNESCO). Follow your guide for a short walking tour showcasing the Plaza de la Independencia and the National Theatre. Drive a short distance on the famed Pan-American Highway before heading to Anton Valley, a community nestled inside the world’s second largest volcanic crater. (B & D)
Day 6: Mon., Feb. 18 - This morning, visit a frog conservation centre that protects critically endangered species, including the emblematic Panamanian Golden Frog, said to bring good luck to anyone who sees it. Then we explore a non profit orchid nursery & Butterfly Haven exhibit. Meet the locals at the handicraft market. This afternoon, visit El Chorro Macho waterfall. Embark on a moderate hike along the rainforest trails, crossing several bridges before arriving at the impressive waterfall. (B)
Day 7: Tues., Feb. 19 - Step into the heartland of Panama as you visit a village of artists. Interact with makers of the famous Panama hat and the legendary cigar rollers of Panama. Spend the day meeting the people of Chitré, the “folklore capital” of Panama. Tonight, immerse yourself in the local culture during dinner. (B & D)
Day 8: Wed., Feb. 20 - Today it’s off to spend time with Panamanian women who have dedicated their lives to making the handwoven pollera dress. Savour the tastes of a well-known, locally crafted rum cocktail. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your hotel. (B & D)
Day 9: Thurs., Feb. 21 - Before departing Chitré, get to know a traditional way of cooking at a clay oven bakery and sample artisanal bread and sweets along with some sugarcane juice known as guarapa. Your journey continues to Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City. Arrive midday to soak up the sun and ocean views from your beachfront property. After enjoying some fun and relaxation at your resort, bid farewell to Panama at a special dinner. (B & D)
Day 10: Fri., Feb. 22 - Tour Ends. Your journey comes to a close today and we are homeward bound. (B)
Tour includes: Transfer to Pearson International Airport, travel with Hamilton Tours Director, round trip air, air taxes and fees, hotel transfers, 17 meals and admissions as listed, gratuities for Collette guides and drivers.
Panama charges an international airport departure tax of approx. $60 USD – the cost of this is included in your air ticket (subject to change).
Cost per person: Twin $5250.00 & Single $6250.00 (15 passengers are required to run this tour)
A deposit of $1000.00 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due in full by Nov. 30, 2018.
A Valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour with a 6 month validity.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.
There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of services and accommodations outside of Canada.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.