Highlights of Panama

Explore the hidden gems of Panama, a country of extreme contrasts.

This extraordinary 11-day tour of Panama takes in all the country's most iconic sights, from the Panama Canal to the Chiriquí Highlands. First, you'll uncover the crumbling ruins of Panama La Vieja, a 16th-century settlement that was burned down by marauding pirates. Next, visit the fascinating Miraflores Locks, before taking an aerial tram through humid forest canopy in the Soberanía National Park. The rainforest is populated with toucans, hummingbirds and howler monkeys, all overlooking the famed canal. Wind down with a relaxing dip in the protected waters of Bocas del Toro, surrounded by swaying mangrove trees, turtles and dolphins.

Tour highlights

  • See the man made wonder of the Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks. 
  • Ride above the Treetops on the Ariel Tram at Gamboa.
  • Relax in secluded beaches of Bocas del Toro.
  • Travel with expert English speaking local guides.
  • Stay in traditional fincas in the heart of the coffee plantations.
  • Mix with the Indigenous Indians of the Embera Tribe, understand their amazing and simple lifestyle.    
  • UK Regional departures available.


Day 1

Transfer from the airport to your hotel

On arrival you will met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Nestled in the heart of Panama City’s bustling, Bristol Panama is one of the city’s premier addresses for executive and holiday stays. This legendary hotel envelops every guest in an embrace of uncompromising urban style and sophistication.
Dramatic views of the city’s architectural treasures set this intimate 125-room upscale boutique hotel as a refined retreat for the discerning world traveller, amidst the best of Panamanian culture, shopping, and dining.
With it inspiring architectural flourishes Bristol Panama summons the ambiance and grace of a historic private mansion. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites are enhanced by charming colonial décor and artwork by Panama’s  finest artists and craftsmen. Exquisite luxury refinements include Frette cotton sheets, Hungarian down-filled pillows, plush duvets, and Molton Brown bath toiletries. At every moment, guests will enjoy the attention to details given buy its hotel staff – On hand to assist with any question you may have Bristol Panama invites you to an exclusive experience Panama City at its best.

Day 2

Full day city tour visiting La Vieja,Casco Antiguo and the Miraflores Locks

Panama City tour with private transfers and an English speaking guide around the Panama La Vieja Ruins (closed on Mondays), located on the east side of Panama City.
The first city of Panama was founded in 1519 by Pedrarias Davila. The city became an important centre for the movement of gold arriving from Peru, which was then sent on to Spain. After a major fire and attacks by pirates, La Vieja was abandoned and moved upcoast to the where the Casco Antiguo is  now located.
Then you will be taken to Casco Antiguo, where you can explore the Old Quarter,   wander around the picturesque seventeenth century buildings, and take in the beauty and enchantment of Panama city. Among the stunning sites are the Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as a number of preserved ruins. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant
The day ends with a visit to the Miraflores Locks, which stand at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. They link the Pacific with the Miraflores Lake, raising and lowering ships 54ft/16.5m in two impressive steps. These locks are the easiest to reach from Panama City and the best equipped to handle visitors. The new Visitor Centre contains a four-floor museum, an observation deck, a theatre showing documentaries in English and Spanish, and a restaurant with stunning views of this engineering marvel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Visit the Gamboa Aerial Tram

Private transfer to Gamboa
Gamboa Aerial Tram (closed on Mondays)
The aerial tram ride traverses a mile long tract of humid forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort’s boundaries. See the forest canopy from above, and catch the chance to encounter exotic birds and hear howler monkeys.
The tram ascends 280ft over half a mile and ends atop a hill. From here is a short optional walk to the observation tower and a further optional 100ft climb up a wheelchair accessible inclined ramp to a viewing platform with spectacular views over the forest canopy. The observation tower gives amazing views of Gamboa, the Canal and the Chagres River, as well as the surrounding forested areas of Soberania National Park.
Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lays the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent hotel rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Gamboa Rainforest Resort is an exotic vacation sanctuary where individuals, groups and families enjoy memories to last a lifetime.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Visit the tribes people of Panama

Embera Tribe with private transfers and English speaking guide.
A one hour road trip followed and 30 minutes in a motor pirogue (authentic motor boat will lead you to the heart of the Embera tribe.. Their lives are based on fishing, hunting, and farming. The cocobolo, a strong type of tropical wood sculpted by the Indians will be presented to you in the form of an animal or a scene from daily life. The famous Tagua, the fruit of a type of palm tree, is knitted using its fibres and then dyed with natural colourings to create beautiful jewellery and handy crafts.
This will be a day of simple pleasures. You will watch as the Indians dance under a broad Rancho, elevated over columns to provide shelter from wild animals. Cooking also takes place at the ranch. For lunch you will be served fresh river fish accompanied by patacones in banana leaves, which keep the food warm. The Emberas’ relationship with tourists has only recently been established and its welcome is truly a memorable unique opportunity.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Coffee Plantations Scenery

Private transfers from Panama City to Boquete via David
Set on a coffee plantation, Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation and Boutique Hotel offers a gourmet restaurant and luxurious rooms with spectacular views of the surrounding grounds, rainforest and mountains. The hotel offers tours of the coffee plantation where you can learn about the art of coffee growing, and try the freshest of coffees. The hotel also has ecological paths where you can explore Panama’s natural beauty and catch sight of the exotic birds of the Panamanian forest.  Baru Volcano National Park is also only 2.5 miles away.
Decorated in an elegant vintage style, rooms and suites at Finca Lerida offers sophisticated comfort in the most beautiful of settings. The Finca’s restaurant serves fresh, seasonal cuisine and offers wonderful mountain views. Finca Lerida is an ideal base for hiking, bird watching and exploring the wonders of nature. The chalming town of Boquete is 10 mins away.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Baru Volcano and Panoramic Tour.

Baru volcano and Cerro Punta panoramic tour with private transfers and English speaking guide
Explore the Valley of Eternal Spring.  This tour of Cerro Punta and the surrounding area is full day and you will get to see the spectacular views, in a climate that is considered nearly perfect. You will get the chance to explore the farms in the area, which grow almost 75% of all the vegetables and fruits in Panama.  Cerro Punta is also one of the few places on the planet where you can view the resplendent Quetzal, one of the rarest and most beautiful birds in the Americas. Cerro Punta is a small, but delightful village located in the Chiriqui Highlands with an abundance of nature, wildlife, breath-taking scenery and a refreshing climate.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Beaches and relaxation

Private transfer to Bocas del Toro.
The Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel is built right on the sea, surrounded by untouched mangrove. Each room provides spacious accommodation, each with a unique ambiance,a living room, dining room, and a beautiful terrace facing the open sea. The hotel has direct access to the beaches and the protected waters of Bocas del Toro. The nearest beach is only a 15-minute boat ride. The area is ideal for snorkelling or canoeing, and is home to turtles and dolphins. The hotel has steps down towards the corals located below the hotel where our guests can snorkel and swim day and night.
The hotel’s Zen decoration invites you to relax and enjoy the Caribbean’s soothing breeze, while watching the sea and the dolphins from your terrace or open living room area. On the floating deck you can unwind, soak up the sun, and sipping delicious cocktails and drinks. This hotel provides the ultimate in luxury, relaxation and beauty.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Choice of activities

The calm and crystal clear waters make a paradise for diving enthusiasts both as scuba snorkel.
Zapatillas Key (Marine Park)
The Zapatillas Key is considered the most beautiful and best Caribbean beaches of the area, and is only a 15 minute boat ride from the hotel. The beach offers tall palm trees, white sand and turquoise water.
Bird watching
Bocas del Toro  Offers you the chance to see a number of birds that are only native in this region, accompanied by a local guide providing their knowledge and expertise of the area.
Dolphin and Turtle Watching
A guide tour of the seas around the hotel, dolphins play its waters and four of the eight turtle species identified in the world visit the area.
Visit to the Gnobe Community
The hotel organizes guided tours to the Gnobe Community where the main activities of its inhabitants are fishing and subsistence agriculture.
Coral Key & Red Frog
In the channel between the Bastimentos and Popa islands, Coral Key is a small island surrounded by mangroves. There is a small village overlooking the sea which provides and one of the best areas in Bocas del Toro for snorkelling.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Trasnfer to the Airport and to your hotel.

Collective transfer to Bocas del Toro, then private transfer from Panama City to Farallon/Rio Hato
Discover a tropical oasis at the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort in Rio Hato. This luxury resort in Panama offers elegant accommodations amid lush gardens and a lagoon with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features a variety of top-of-the-line amenities including a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, the upscale Corotu Spa and several on-site restaurants serving everything from regional Panamanian cuisine to authentic Japanese sushi. This resort in Panama pampers guests with daily maid service, pool attendants and a beach butler to ensure umbrellas and extra towels are always at hand. Adventure seekers will enjoy our resort's unbeatable location with horseback riding, snorkelling, fishing, and surfing available nearby. End your tour of Panama in luxury, with unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean which will last a lifetime.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Day at Leisure

Breakfast at the hotel

Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the hotel’s facilities.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


Transfers to the Airport

Breakfast at the hotel

Private transfer to International Airport.

Enquire about extending your stay at this fabulous resort.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


From 1st January 2016 - 31st December 2016

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