Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

12 Days from
$5,995 USD
Central America
Ship Tour
Highlights

Highlights

  • See white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Visit Drake Bay, the winter home and breeding ground for many humpback whales
  • Transit the iconic Panama Canal
  • Visit the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama
  • Explore Panama City's historic old town
  • Explore Coiba Island Marine Park, considered one of the ten top diving spots in the world
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Tour Overview

Embrace the exotic beauty of coastal Costa Rica and Panama. Experience tropical landscapes and seascapes by yacht. Transit the Panama Canal in style!

We begin by exploring Costa Rica’s west coast. We’ll call at remote national parks and tropical islands. And we’ll conclude by transiting the Panama Canal!

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Panama is an explorer’s paradise. Each day offers a new discovery: a port of call, a crystal cove, a cultural experience, a glimpse of history. Teeming jungles, charming towns, islands abuzz with life: discover the cultures, flora and fauna of Central America!

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose to Puntarenas, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, sits in the Central Valley region with the Talamanca Mountains to the south and volcanoes to the north.

Arrive at your leisure today, and complimentary transfer to our all-inclusive hotel on the Pacific Coast near the small town of Puntarenas.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Enjoy the day in the sun at our all-inclusive hotel. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the M/S Panorama and set sail south down the coast.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Manuel Antonio Reserve is a wonderful place to view wildlife, with plentiful white-faced capuchin, howler, and squirrel monkeys. The reserve also features a Forest Canopy Tour for an aerial view.

In the afternoon, those not on the canopy tour will have a chance to explore the quaint town of Quepos.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Start your morning with an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and our naturalists. Late in the morning we rejoin the M/S Panorama for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. We arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for our Beach BBQ.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica and covers almost a third of the peninsula.National Geographic has called Corcovado “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.”

Drake Bay is known to be a common wintering and breeding ground for humpback whales.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Puerto Jimenez is a small town in the southern region of Puntarenas Province. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, this historic gold mining and logging community is one of the largest towns on the Osa Peninsual. The rare scarlet macaw can be found in the surrounding jungle. Plants at the area’s famed Casa Orquideas (House of Orchids) include orchids, heliconias, bromeliads.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

The island of Coiba retains 80% of its original forest cover—thanks to the penal colony located there for ninety years, which hosted Panama’s most notorious criminals. Coiba Island Marine Park, considered one of the ten top diving spots in the world, is home to the largest coral reef in the Eastern Pacific.

On our excursion into Darrien National park, we are welcomed by members of the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama. We’ll appreciate their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Today we will arrive in the marina at Panama City. Here we’ll enjoy a city tour including the Panama Canal Museum at the Miraflores Locks and historic old town Panama City. In the late afternoon we enter into the locks and into the Panama Canal.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

This morning we will visit the Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts on the Atlantic side of the Canal. In the early evening we will enter our final lock and make our way to the city of Colon.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

We will arrive at the city of Colon, and board a complimentary shuttle back to Panama City. After free time to explore, we will meet at a local restaurant for our farewell dinner. Overnight in Panama City's Old Town.

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal Cruise

Today you may make your way to the airport for flights home, or choose to extend your stay in Panama.

Departures

What's Included

Tour Includes

  • Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
  • Special access permits, entry and park fees
  • Team of expedition staff
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre–departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals
  • Day 1 and day 11 hotels are included. You may extend your stay for an additional price.

Tour Does Not Include

  • Commercial flights
  • Program Enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation

What to Expect

Our small ship cruising programs allow you to experience the best of the natural world, while enjoying the comforts of our friendly floating hotel. The ship generally makes crossing between islands at night, so every morning you awake to new vistas and discoveries. Every day we offer a combination of interesting shore excursions and fun shipboard activities. You can choose which elements of the program you want to participate in.

Our excurions onshore will involve a relatively low level of exertion, but you will need a reasonable level of mobility to get up and down the gangway and climb into and out of Zodiacs (with assistance). Some of our shore landings will be 'wet', requiring waterproof boots. Once you have left the zodiac, you'll find our shore excursions accommodate both those who wish to enjoy a gentle stroll and those who prefer more active hikes. Our onboard specialists will join us on these shore excurions to provide interpretation and narration to these wonderful landscapes and experiences.

Each evening we will gather in the lounge to recount the days events and share memorable stories. Our onboard musician will provide some lively entertainment during happy hour and the expedition leader will outline the following days's schedule. Our resource staff of naturalists, historians, and other guest speakers will give informative talks at various times throughout the voyage.

Meals in the ship's dining room are a great opportunity to meet new friends and recount the day's adventures. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Safety is also a top priority with Eagle-Eye Tours – our team has extensive experience in the field, and all of our Voyages are run in conjunction with operators with the highest safety standards.

When the ship is underway, it is a wonderful time to join a naturalist on deck, take photos of the stunning scenery, or get caught up on some reading in the library.

We know that everyone travels for different reasons. Over the years, however, we have found one common element among the guest who choose to travel with us - a thirst of knowledge and authentic experience. Knowing this drives us to ensure the highest quality learning experience on our trips, by taking time to carefully design each trip we offer.