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Panama & Costa Rica

14 Days/13 Nights

Package Overview

This package is designed for the traveler who wants a little bit of culture and a little bit of adventure! While in Panama you will experience the culture of the indigenous Embera village and take in the magnificent feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal. After your time in Panama you will head off to Costa Rica for more enrichment. You will tour the city of San Jose and explore the various natural wonders of this environmentally diverse country. On this two week journey through Panama and Costa Rica, you will see rainforests, canals, volcanoes, waterfalls, magnificent beaches, and so much more.

Agent Commission Starting At: $476.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $4769.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival, locate your representative for transfer to the Resort. Enjoy this exotic retreat far from the noise and bustle of the city. Colorful sights, natural wildlife and our luxurious accommodations make the Resort a one-of-a-kind experience for Panama vacations.

Day 2

Breakfast included at the resort.

You will be picked up at 8:30 am for your Embera Indian Village tour. This tour is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to Panama. The Embera Indians are one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama, and this tour will give you a fascinating look into their way of life. You will be transferred from your hotel to the shores of the Chagres River, where you will board a Piragua (dug-out canoe), and travel about a half an hour up the river accompanied by an Embera Indian guide. When you arrive at their community, you will be welcomed by tribal members dressed in their traditional clothing and escorted past their huts and into the community area. The chief of the village will teach you about the history of the tribe, their origins, and their lifestyle. The Embera will gladly demonstrate their native dances, their beautiful craftwork, and their cooking skills. You will be served a delicious lunch of fried plantains and tilapia fish, one of their traditional favorites. You will also be able to shop for their handiworks if you would like to. You will have the opportunity to take a short hike over rocky terrain to a crystal clear waterfall for a refreshing swim, and then return by boat to the bus and back to your hotel. Hiking shoes that can get wet are recommended. We also recommend wearing your swimsuit under your clothes and taking a towel.

(B,L)

Day 3

After breakfast at the resort, you will be picked up at 8:00 a.m. for an Atlantic Side Canal Expansion tour. Since 1914, the Panama Canal has proved to be one of the most traveled water passages in the world. And since that time, the tremendous growth rate of canal traffic has resulted in the expansion project slated to be completed in April of 2015. The new third set of locks currently being constructed at the Atlantic and Pacific entrances offers a unique opportunity to experience one of the most magnificent engineering marvels in the world… past, present, and future. You will have the opportunity to see this massive expansion project and will cross the Isthmus of Panama to see the new Gatun Locks construction.

Transfer to the Westin Playa Bonita after the tour.

Accommodations for two nights.

(B,-,D)

Day 4

Enjoy a free day at the beach.

All meals included.

(B,L,D)

Day 5

After breakfast at the resort, depart at 9:00 a.m. for a full day Panama Canal and City tour. • The Panama Canal and City tour is an all day tour departing at 9:00 am and returning at 5:00 pm. You will start your day with a visit to the ruins of Panama’s first capital, known as Old Panama or Panama La Vieja. This city was founded in 1519 as the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific Ocean. Spanish expeditions to conquer other South American colonies left from here and returned with vast quantities of gold, attracting the attention of pirates like Henry Morgan. When this notorious pirate looted the city in 1671, the whole city was destroyed by fire, but the ruins of several impressive structures remain to this day. You will see the ruins of the Spanish fortress, the cathedral and the Bishop’s House, as well as a museum detailing what life was like in Old Panama. Next, you will travel to Casco Antiguo, the Colonial City, which is the historic center of the modern capital going through restoration as a UNESCO site. Following lunch (optional), you will head through the former “Canal Zone” to see the Miraflores Locks visitor center. This includes the entrance to the Museum, a movie on the new canal, and access to the viewing locations. From the observation deck, you can watch as ships cross the Panama Canal, and the fascinating process as they pass through the locks. Lastly as time allows – optional extension - you will visit the Biodiversity Museum (only available on full day tour) where you will learn the history of how Panama came to be. The Museum Design is by Frank Gehry. Bio Diversity Museum and Lunch priced separately and can be included.p>

Transfer to the hotel after the tour.

(B,L)

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the pier at 9:30 a.m. for a Partial Canal Transit. No trip to Panama would be complete without a visit to the Panama Canal, Panama’s most popular tourist destination, nearing its 100th year anniversary in 2014. You will board the Pacific Queen, a vessel that will take you through the Miraflores Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks, and the Culebra Cut. The Culebra Cut (called this because it twists and turns like a snake), is a fascinating geological area where the canal was carved through the Continental Divide. This area is susceptible to landslides, and you will appreciate the amount of work required to maintain it. During your voyage, you will be able to see the huge ships traversing the canal and the tugboats assisting them, as well as the up-close operation of the canal. Traveling through the locks, you will enjoy the experience of being raised or lowered to the level of the other ocean. You will disembark at Gamboa Pier and be transferred by bus back to the Flamenco Pier. Here you will meet your representative for transportation back to the hotel. This tour includes lunch and an English speaking guide. The transit may be in reverse order.

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 pm for a transfer to Las Tinajas Restaurant, which gets its name from a clay pot used to keep drinking water fresh. This is an authentic Panamanian restaurant housed in a charming old colonial house, with a menu based on traditional Panamanian recipes. Your dinner will be followed by a show about Panamanian folklore and local dances. You will enjoy the beautiful costumes worn by the dancers; elaborately stitched traditional clothes, with gold and pearl hair combs and jewelry inspired by traditions from as long ago as the 1500’s.

(B,L,D)

Day 7

Transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your flight to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, clear customs and immigration and locate your representative for transfer to your Hotel.

Enjoy a buffet lunch on own account.

In the early afternoon you will take a guided San Jose City tour, visiting some of its main landmarks: The National Theater, Central Market, the University of Costa Rica, and some of its most emblematic areas and neighborhoods.

Accommodations in Costa Rica for one night.

(B,)

Day 8

After breakfast you will depart to the beautiful Arenal Volcano area located about two and one half hours drive from San Jose.

Check in and have lunch at Arenal Kioro Hotel.

For a close-up view of the prolific birds, flowers and lush vegetation of this primary rainforest, you'll take a guided Arenal Hanging Bridges tour via two miles of interpretive trails and across fifteen hanging bridges, ranging in length from sixteen to almost 330 feet to reach Arenal Lake. The trails are paved, and the suspension bridges are built of aluminum galvanized steel and concrete to ensure maximum safety. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.

Free time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s hot springs around noontime.

Accommodations for two nights.

(B,L)

Day 9

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Arenal Volcano National Park & Tabacon Hot Springs. Arenal is one of the Western Hemisphere's most active volcanoes with a perfectly-formed cone. Its frequent eruptions and the many other interesting natural sites in the area make this park a stop on many Costa Rica eco-tours. Once there, you will have the chance to observe the volcano from a safe look-out point located at its base and take a walk along the trails of this interesting park. Your tour to Arenal will be complemented with a visit to Tabacon Hot Springs, considered one of the best spas in Central America, where you will enjoy a relaxing dip in its hot thermal pools and a nice lunch. Transfer to your hotel in the mid afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations.

(B,L)

Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel, then depart to Manuel Antonio National Park located on the Central Pacific Coast, about a 4 hour drive from Arenal. Manuel Antonio is undoubtedly one of the most attractive locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sandy beaches fringed by thickly forested green hills. We will make a stop for lunch on own account and then will continue to Manuel Antonio.

Check in at Si Como No Hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodations for two nights.

(B,)

Day 11

Breakfast at the hotel, then depart for Manuel Antonio National Park for a guided visit. This famous national park covers an area of about 1688 acres, which protects not only four beautiful beaches and the unique formation of Punta Catedral, but also mangroves, a setting of islands offshore, and a humid tropical forest. Visitors have the opportunity to take a dip in its warm waters, hike the forest trails and observe the abundant wildlife such as squirrel monkeys, raccoons, coatis, and sloths.

Return to your hotel around noon for lunch on own account, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations.

(B,)

Day 12

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Manuel Antonio.

At noon, return to San Jose.

Check in at the Marriott.

You will be transferred to dinner.

Accommodations in Costa Rica for two nights.

(B,D)

Day 13

Today you will enjoy a day full of interesting activities: Poas Volcano National Park, La Paz Waterfalls Gardens and Doka Coffee Estate. In the early morning you will depart from your hotel to Poas Volcano National Park, located about one and a half hours away from San José. Poas is an impressive active volcano featuring one of the largest craters in the world. The volcano offers spectacular views of the Central Valley and a network of trails that cross a beautiful tropical cloud forest. After visiting Poas, you will continue the trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Once there, you will take a scenic two-mile walk on well-maintained trails past five waterfalls with views of the Poas Volcano, a butterfly garden, an orchid garden, a hummingbird feeding station for seventeen different species, and, if you like, a ride in an oxcart. Enjoy lunch at the gardens and continue afterwards to Doka Coffee Estate located about 40 minutes drive from La Paz Waterfalls. Once there, your expert guide will explain to you about all the different phases of coffee production from growing, harvest, processing to roasting. You will also have the chance to sample all the different type of coffees produced in this estate and of course this will be a great opportunity to buy some coffee to take home.

You will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodations in Costa Rica.

(B,L)

Day 14

Morning at leisure, then transfer to San Jose International airport for your departure flight.

(B)

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Accommodations, meals, and tours as described in itinerary.
  • Airport and hotel transfers

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Four travelers minimium
  • Accommodations and room categories subject to availability and price change.
  • Seasonal rate changes may apply.
  • Package can be modified to add days, tours, change room categories, and for single room occupancy. All changes could affect pricing.
  • International air quote available on request.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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14 Days/13 Nights Panama Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Panama City
  • Government: Constitutional Democracy
  • Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB) US Dollar
  • Area: 78,200 km2
  • Population: 3,039,150 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 85% Protestant 15%
  • Electricity: 120V/60Hz
  • Calling Code: +507
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Gamboa Rainforest
  • Panama Canal
  • Panama City
  • San Jose
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Poas Volcano
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens