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PANAMA EXPLORER

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the Panama Canal,
Chiriqui Province and
Bocas del Toro

10 Days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Friday

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

DAY 01 - USA - Panama:  Upon arrival in the "Crossroads of the Americas," Panama, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, American Trade Hotel in the heart of Casco Viejo for your first two nights.

DAY 02 - Panama:  Full day excursion that begins with an early morning transfer into the former Canal Zone area to board a ship that will provide a partial transit of the Panama Canal, sometimes referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." You will actually pass the Miraflores Locks, into the Gaillard Cut and into Pedro Miguel locks. At Pedro Miguel you debark and continue by surface to the Visitor's Center at Miraflores, with four exhibition halls (history, water, canal in action and canal in the world). From the "Zone" area, your visit will take you to both the old and modern sections of this capital city. Visit the famed ruins of Old Panama founded in 1521 and sacked by Henry Morgan. The old section dating back to the 1600's is in Casco Viejo, houses the Presidential Palace, National Cathedral; visit the famed Gold Alter. Lunch will be included en route. (B/L)

DAY 03 - Panama-Valle de Anton: Cross the Bridge of the Americas and drive two hours into the cool highlands of El Valle, where many Panamanians have weekend homes. We'll visit the quaint Sunday farmers & artisans market (market only takes place on Sundays). Continue for an exhilarating adventure on the Canopy Tour as you zip along the rainforest tree tops from platform to platform. Check into your hotel in El Valle for the night, Los Mandarinos, a small boutique hotel with spa facilities. (B)

DAY 04 - Valle de Anton-Boquete: Your local host will drive you westward along the Pan American Highway to David and the cut-off that will take you to the Panamanian highlands (lunch will be en route) and the beautiful Boquete valley (considered one of the world’s best places to live/retire) and your charming mountain inn, Panamonte Inn & Spa. (B/L)

DAY 05 - Boquete: Today you can select between enjoying a exhilarating experience white water rafting on the Chiriqui River which has some of the best rapids (class II-V) in the world. In case you do not want rafting, then you will enjoy a hike on the Quetzal Trail. Hiking through primary forest, full of orchids, rivers, waterfalls in search of the elusive quetzal. Picnic lunch provided on either excursion (B/L)

DAY 06 - Boquete-David-Bocas del Toro: Your host will drive you to the airport in David (about 1-hour drive) where you will board the flight to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, where you will be met by your hosts of Tranquilo Bay, board the boat for the 45-minute ride to the lodge. (B/L/D)

DAY 07 - Bocas del Toro: During your stay at Tranquilo Bay, you will have a selection of activities to chose from as part of your stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 08 - Bocas del Toro: Selection of activities available (B/L/D)

DAY 09 - Bocas del Toro-Panama: Today you will fly back to Panama City for your last night at the Hotel Bristol before returning home. (B)

DAY 10 - Panama-USA: At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

** Depending on flight schedules, you may need to overnight in Panama for additional cost

RATES and DETAILS:

SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (All rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2017 Request $6,200 to $8,800 Request
2018 estimate + 10%
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm Upon confirmation - to complete 30% 65 days prior departure
CHANGES:
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
CANCELLATIONS:
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly recommended
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, ship's personnel
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 2, 2017. Information & rates subject to change.
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