8 Day Customized Vacation to Panama

Central America > Panama

Panama’s territory twists in an S-curve for 480 miles, linking Costa Rica to Colombia. To the north, lies the warm Caribbean Sea. On its southern side, the sunny Pacific. Down its length, the misty peaks of the Cordillera Central slope to lush coastal plains. Woodlands cover approximately 30% of the mainland, with 1,500 islands sparkling offshore.

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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN PANAMA CITY

• Arrive at the international airport in Panama City, Panama (PTY). Flight arrangements made independently.
• Upon arrival, airport reception outside the customs / immigration area.
• Private transportation to Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo district to the American Trade Hotel. Transportation time is approximately 30 minutes.
• Check in for a three-night stay at American Trade Hotel (one double-occupancy Super Cuarto).
• Evening at leisure in Panama City

Overnight American Trade Hotel

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Day 2: PANAMA CITY

• Breakfast at American Trade Hotel
• Morning departure for a group-basis tour to the Panama Canal, where you will board a ship that will take you through part of the canal. During this five to seven- hour tour (depending on waiting time at the locks) you will first pass through part of Lake Gatún, through the Gaillard or Culebra Cut, underneath the majestic Centennial Bridge, and through the continental divide to the Pedro Miguel Lock. As you approach Flamenco Island, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas. Lunch will be served aboard the ship. Departure time to be determined locally.
• Evening at leisure in Panama City

Overnight American Trade Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 3: PANAMA CITY

• Breakfast at American Trade Hotel
• Depart for a guided tour of Panama City’s historic Old Quarter or Casco Viejo, which dates to the 1600s. This neighborhood, undergoing an era of restoration, is known for its historic churches, plazas, and mansions. Visit the French Plaza, the Las Bovedas dungeon, Plaza Bolivar, the Parque Central, and noteworthy churches. The Panama Canal Museum is also located here. The Casco Viejo is an excellent place to shop for handcrafts.
• Continue on to a privately guided tour of the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal. Here you will witness the raising or lowering of a ship as it passes through this impressive engineering feat completed in 1914. The Miraflores Visitors Center also contains a Canal Museum, which holds information on its history from the first construction efforts by the French, to its new expansion completed in 2016.
• Evening at leisure in Panama City

Overnight American Trade Hotel (Breakfast)

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Day 4: PANAMA CITY TO PORTOBELO

• Breakfast at American Trade Hotel
• Private land transportation to the town of Portobelo and the El Otro Lado pier. This transfer takes approximately 2 hours.
• Upon arrival to the pier, boat transfer provided by the resort.
• Check in for a four-night stay at El Otro Lado Private Retreat (one double-occupancy Sea House ). El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated just over an hour from Panama City and within Portobelo National Park, equipped with all the comforts of modern life. The ultimate combination of authenticism, luxury and comfort with an overwhelm sense of tranquility.
• Evening at leisure

Overnight El Otro Lado Private Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 5: PORTOBELO

Days at leisure to enjoy the resort and its amenities

Overnight El Otro Lado Private Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 6: PORTOBELO

Days at leisure to enjoy the resort and its amenities

Overnight El Otro Lado Private Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 7: PORTOBELO

Days at leisure to enjoy the resort and its amenities

Overnight El Otro Lado Private Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 8: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Morning hotel transfer (by boat) to the pier
Upon arrival at the pier, private transfer to the Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

AMERICAN TRADE HOTEL

is a boutique hotel located in Panama City’s historic quarter—the Casco Viejo. The property, a five-story Colonial constructed in 1917, has been carefully restored to preserve its grand public spaces, original tiles, and woodwork. The 50 sleek guestrooms feature polished hardwood floors, crisp linens, and design furniture made from reclaimed wood. Some upper category rooms add upgraded baths, space for seating, vaulted ceilings, and panoramic views. Each guestroom is furnished with air conditioning, security box, mini-bar, and hairdryer. The hotel’s restaurant, Dining Room at American Trade, takes a contemporary approach to local favorites. Other hotel amenities include a library, plunge pool, Danilo’s Jazz Club, and coffee bar. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

EL OTRO LADO PRIVATE RETREAT

is a private retreat situated just over an hour from Panama City and within Portobelo National Park, equipped with all the comforts of modern life. The ultimate combination of authenticism, luxury and comfort with an overwhelm sense of tranquility.

  • Land transportation as mentioned
  • Airport services as mentioned
  • Hotels as mentioned
  • Guided touring as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • 24/7 English-language travel support
  • Travel insurance, which is strongly recommended Optional excursions, tours and activities Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages unless otherwise noted above
  • Meals not noted in the itinerary, or meals for which only reservations have been made Early check-in, late check-out, and day use charges not noted above
  • Personal expenses, services, or purchases (e.g. laundry, spa services, and telephone calls)
  • Airfare and related taxes and fees

Pricing starts at:

$3,145

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$3,493

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$3,145

per person