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8 Days from $1,095 Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

8 Days from $1,095 Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

8 Days Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

Dear Vacation Traveler, Welcome to a great vacation at an affordable price. Your Panama Canal tour is all inclusive with all meals, all activities, all hotels, a great itinerary, all airport transfers, all transportation and excursions. A professional Tour Director accompanies you for the entire Panama Canal vacation. Our travel packages also offer purified water at meals and on the motor coach. Join the smart shoppers and experienced travelers who have chosen Caravan Tours since 1952.
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Notice: the following is the 2014 itinerary
Click here for the 2015 itinerary
Notice: the following is the 2015 itinerary
Click here for the 2014 itinerary

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Begins and Ends: Panama City, Panama

Itinerary

Day 1 – Panama City, Panama
Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. Take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal: one through the canal locks and another cruise on Gatun Lake. The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With Caravan you explore rainforests and sandy beaches. Meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle. Caravan provides transfers from Panama’s Tocumen Airport to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel. D

Day 2 – Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks
Morning drive by the ruins of Panama Viejo (Old Panama), the city founded by the Spanish in 1519, as a gateway for gold from the Inca Empire. Next, drive into Casco Viejo for a visit to San Jose Church. See the famous Gold Altar, saved from the pirate, Henry Morgan. Stroll the Main Plaza. Both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Lunch. Visit the Canal Museum at Miraflores, overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Learn about the Canal construction and operation. From Pre-Columbian times to the present day, Panama had a prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Next, drive through the City of Knowledge, the former United States Army Base, Fort Clayton. Then, drive along Panama City’s bay front. See the statue of Vasco Balboa, the first European explorer to cross the Isthmus and view the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Panama Canal Cruise - Gatun Lake
This morning cross the Isthmus to Colon, the Caribbean port at the north end of the Panama Canal. Your short drive of Colon goes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit Gatun Locks, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. At the visitor center you will learn about the three adjoining locks which raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. This afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. Cruise through jungle canals and by hilltop islands, home to a variety of wildlife. Look for monkeys. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your resort located in the rainforest. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Panama Canal Cruise - Locks Transit
Today an unforgettable adventure as you cruise another portion of the Panama Canal. Cruise by the Bridge of the Americas, pass through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, cross the Continental Divide. Then wind through the Gaillard Cut to the town of Gamboa. Your small passenger vessel allows for close-up views of the opening and closing of the huge six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. See, at eye-level, how transiting vessels are guided by tugboats and pulled by small trains. (Please note: route may be reversed.) Next, drive by the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute. Return to your jungle resort. Stroll the gardens, swim in the pool, or enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Embera Indians, Beach Resort
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. Look for exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Next, drive by the Embera Indian health clinic and school. Then cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge for stunning views of the Gaillard Cut and Pedro Miguel Locks. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Beach Resort
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your magnificent beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beachcomb while strolling your resort's beach. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Kuna Handicrafts, Panama City
Brief morning visit to a Guava plantation. Return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Next, drive spectacular Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Enjoy views of Casco Viejo and the stunningly modern Panama City skyline. Panama City is a combination of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas blended with Latin American flavor and style. Lunch. Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life. Look for exotic wood handicrafts. Enjoy a farewell dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Panama City
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to Panama’s Tocumen airport, arriving at 5:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.¡Hasta la vista! B

Two Daytime Cruises on the Panama Canal
With Caravan, you enjoy two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal. Your Panama Canal Gatun Lake Cruise is one hour by small watercraft. Your Panama Canal Locks Transit Cruise is usually three hours, depending on canal schedules. This is a public vessel so you may be joined by other tourists. The smaller size of the ship allows for unique close-up views of the opening and closing of the six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.  

Day 1 – Panama City, Panama
Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. Take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal: one through the canal locks and another cruise on Gatun Lake. The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With Caravan you explore rainforests and sandy beaches. Meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle. Caravan provides transfers from Panama’s Tocumen Airport to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel. D

Day 2 – Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks
Morning drive by the ruins of Panama Viejo (Old Panama), the city founded by the Spanish in 1519, as a gateway for gold from the Inca Empire. Next, drive into Casco Viejo for a visit to San Jose Church. See the famous Gold Altar, saved from the pirate, Henry Morgan. Stroll the Main Plaza. Both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Lunch. Visit the Canal Museum at Miraflores, overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Learn about the Canal construction and operation. From Pre-Columbian times to the present day, Panama had a prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Next, drive through the City of Knowledge, the former United States Army Base, Fort Clayton. Then, drive along Panama City’s bay front. See the statue of Vasco Balboa, the first European explorer to cross the Isthmus and view the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Panama Canal Cruise - Gatun Lake
This morning cross the Isthmus to Colon, the Caribbean port at the north end of the Panama Canal. Your short drive of Colon goes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit Gatun Locks, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. At the visitor center you will learn about the three adjoining locks which raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. This afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. Cruise through jungle canals and by hilltop islands, home to a variety of wildlife. Look for monkeys. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your resort located in the rainforest. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Panama Canal Cruise - Locks Transit
Today an unforgettable adventure as you cruise another portion of the Panama Canal. Cruise by the Bridge of the Americas, pass through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, cross the Continental Divide. Then wind through the Gaillard Cut to the town of Gamboa. Your small passenger vessel allows for close-up views of the opening and closing of the huge six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. See, at eye-level, how transiting vessels are guided by tugboats and pulled by small trains. (Please note: route may be reversed.) Next, drive by the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute. Return to your jungle resort. Stroll the gardens, swim in the pool, or enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Embera Indians, Beach Resort
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. Look for exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Next, drive by the Embera Indian health clinic and school. Then cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge for stunning views of the Gaillard Cut and Pedro Miguel Locks. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Beach Resort
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your magnificent beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beachcomb while strolling your resort's beach. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Kuna Handicrafts, Panama City
Brief morning visit to a Guava plantation. Return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Next, drive spectacular Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Enjoy views of Casco Viejo and the stunningly modern Panama City skyline. Panama City is a combination of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas blended with Latin American flavor and style. Lunch. Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life. Look for exotic wood handicrafts. Enjoy a farewell dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Panama City
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to Panama’s Tocumen airport, arriving at 5:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.¡Hasta la vista! B

Two Daytime Cruises on the Panama Canal
With Caravan, you enjoy two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal. Your Panama Canal Gatun Lake Cruise is one hour by small watercraft. Your Panama Canal Locks Transit Cruise is usually three hours, depending on canal schedules. This is a public vessel so you may be joined by other tourists. The smaller size of the ship allows for unique close-up views of the opening and closing of the six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.  

Day 1 – Panama City, Panama
Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world. Take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal: one through the canal locks and another cruise on Gatun Lake. The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America. See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With Caravan you explore rainforests and sandy beaches. Meet friendly native Indians living in the jungle. Caravan provides transfers from Panama’s Tocumen Airport to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel. D

Day 2 – Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks
Morning drive by the ruins of Panama Viejo (Old Panama), the city founded by the Spanish in 1519, as a gateway for gold from the Inca Empire. Next, drive into Casco Viejo for a visit to San Jose Church. See the famous Gold Altar, saved from the pirate, Henry Morgan. Stroll the Main Plaza. Both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Lunch. Visit the Canal Museum at Miraflores, overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Learn about the Canal construction and operation. From Pre-Columbian times to the present day, Panama had a prominent role as the major transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Next, drive through the City of Knowledge, the former United States Army Base, Fort Clayton. Then, drive along Panama City’s bay front. See the statue of Vasco Balboa, the first European explorer to cross the Isthmus and view the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Panama Canal Cruise - Gatun Lake
This morning cross the Isthmus to Colon, the Caribbean port at the north end of the Panama Canal. Your short drive of Colon goes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit Gatun Locks, the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. At the visitor center you will learn about the three adjoining locks which raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. This afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Gatun Lake, the artificial lake which forms part of the Panama Canal. See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. Cruise through jungle canals and by hilltop islands, home to a variety of wildlife. Look for monkeys. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your resort located in the rainforest. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Panama Canal Cruise - Locks Transit
Today an unforgettable adventure as you cruise another portion of the Panama Canal. Cruise by the Bridge of the Americas, pass through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, cross the Continental Divide. Then wind through the Gaillard Cut to the town of Gamboa. Your small passenger vessel allows for close-up views of the opening and closing of the huge six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. See, at eye-level, how transiting vessels are guided by tugboats and pulled by small trains. (Please note: route may be reversed.) Next, drive by the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute. Return to your jungle resort. Stroll the gardens, swim in the pool, or enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Embera Indians, Beach Resort
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. Look for exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Next, drive by the Embera Indian health clinic and school. Then cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge for stunning views of the Gaillard Cut and Pedro Miguel Locks. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Beach Resort
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your magnificent beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beachcomb while strolling your resort's beach. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Kuna Handicrafts, Panama City
Brief morning visit to a Guava plantation. Return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Next, drive spectacular Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Enjoy views of Casco Viejo and the stunningly modern Panama City skyline. Panama City is a combination of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas blended with Latin American flavor and style. Lunch. Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life. Look for exotic wood handicrafts. Enjoy a farewell dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Panama City
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to Panama’s Tocumen airport, arriving at 5:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.  ¡Hasta la vista! B

Two Daytime Cruises on the Panama Canal
With Caravan, you enjoy two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal. Your Panama Canal Gatun Lake Cruise is one hour by small watercraft. Your Panama Canal Locks Transit Cruise is usually three hours, depending on canal schedules. This is a public vessel so you may be joined by other tourists. The smaller size of the ship allows for unique close-up views of the opening and closing of the six foot thick steel gates of both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. 
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2014 Departure Dates

Jan 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Feb 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Mar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Apr 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24
Jun 14, 21, 28
Jul 11, 13, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16
Sep 6*, 13*, 20*, 27*
Oct 4*, 11*, 18*, 25*, 31*
Nov 2, 8, 29
Dec 5, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

*indicates Super Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2014 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value
Double $ 1095 $ 1195
Triple 1075 1175
Single 1495 1595

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $249; Triple $239; Single $289

2015 Departure Dates

Jan 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Feb 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Mar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Apr 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
May 9, 16, 23, 30
Jun 13, 20, 27
Jul 11, 18, 24, 26
Aug 1, 8, 15
Sep 5*, 12*, 19*, 26*
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov 6, 8, 10, 28
Dec 4, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

*indicates Super Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2015 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value
Double $ 1,095 $ 1,195
Triple 1,075 1,175
Single 1,495 1,595

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $279; Triple $269; Single $319

2016 Departure Dates

*indicates Super Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2016 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value
Double $ TBA $ TBA
Triple TBA TBA
Single TBA TBA

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $TBA; Triple $TBA; Single $TBA

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How to Reserve Space

Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.

In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

All Meals Included
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotels - listed by day

1, 2, 7

Panama City
Marriott Courtyard

3, 4

Gamboa
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

5, 6

Playa Blanca
Wyndham Grand Resort

1, 2

Panama City
Marriott Courtyard

3, 4

Gamboa
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

5, 6

Playa Bonita
Westin Playa Bonita Resort

7

Panama City
InterContinental Miramar

1, 2

Panama City
Marriott Courtyard

3, 4

Gamboa
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

5, 6

Playa Bonita
Westin Playa Bonita Resort

7

Panama City
InterContinental Miramar

Panama Canal Gaillard Cut

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Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Days 1, 2, 7 – Panama City

Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City hotel is centrally located in Panama City, Panama. This modern hotel is near the business district and is located approximately 30-60 minutes from the Panama City Airport, depending on traffic. The hotel is adjacent to the Multi Plaza Pacific Mall, a large, upscale shopping mall featuring a movie theatre, many restaurants and over 200 stores. The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City amenities include a 24-hour business center, small fitness center, small outdoor plunge pool, restaurant, bar/lounge and a washer/dryer for guest use. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat screen TV, complimentary wired and WiFi internet, dual line phones, large work desk with ergonomic chair, laptop sized in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a coffee/tea maker.

Days 1, 2 – Panama City

Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City hotel is centrally located in Panama City, Panama. This modern hotel is near the business district and is located approximately 30-60 minutes from the Panama City Airport, depending on traffic. The hotel is adjacent to the Multi Plaza Pacific Mall, a large, upscale shopping mall featuring a movie theatre, many restaurants and over 200 stores. The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City amenities include a 24-hour business center, small fitness center, small outdoor plunge pool, restaurant, bar/lounge and a washer/dryer for guest use. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat screen TV, complimentary wired and WiFi internet, dual line phones, large work desk with ergonomic chair, laptop sized in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a coffee/tea maker.

Days 1, 2 – Panama City

Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City hotel is centrally located in Panama City, Panama. This modern hotel is near the business district and is located approximately 30-60 minutes from the Panama City Airport, depending on traffic. The hotel is adjacent to the Multi Plaza Pacific Mall, a large, upscale shopping mall featuring a movie theatre, many restaurants and over 200 stores. The Courtyard by Marriott Panama City amenities include a 24-hour business center, small fitness center, small outdoor plunge pool, restaurant, bar/lounge and a washer/dryer for guest use. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat screen TV, complimentary wired and WiFi internet, dual line phones, large work desk with ergonomic chair, laptop sized in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a coffee/tea maker.

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Days 3, 4 – Gamboa

Gamboa Rainforest Resort
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located in Soberania National Park, in the heart of Panama's rain forest. The resort is just north of the Continental Divide, on the banks of the Chagres River, near where it flows into Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal. Guest rooms feature a hammock and patio furniture on a private balcony with park and river views. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker, and satellite television. All rooms are non-smoking. Internet service is available for a fee at the resort's business center and in your guest room. Resort amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, beautiful gardens, and walking and jogging trails. Fitness equipment, a hot tub, thermal bath and sauna are available at the full service spa. For a fee, the spa offers massage, a beauty salon, body and facial treatments. Guided fishing in the Panama Canal is also available for a fee. 

Days 3, 4 – Gamboa

Gamboa Rainforest Resort
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located in Soberania National Park, in the heart of Panama's rain forest. The resort is just north of the Continental Divide, on the banks of the Chagres River, near where it flows into Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal. Guest rooms feature a hammock and patio furniture on a private balcony with park and river views. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker, and satellite television. All rooms are non-smoking. Internet service is available for a fee at the resort's business center and in your guest room. Resort amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, beautiful gardens, and walking and jogging trails. Fitness equipment, a hot tub, thermal bath and sauna are available at the full service spa. For a fee, the spa offers massage, a beauty salon, body and facial treatments. Guided fishing in the Panama Canal is also available for a fee. 

Days 3, 4 – Gamboa

Gamboa Rainforest Resort
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located in Soberania National Park, in the heart of Panama's rain forest. The resort is just north of the Continental Divide, on the banks of the Chagres River, near where it flows into Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal. Guest rooms feature a hammock and patio furniture on a private balcony with park and river views. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker, and satellite television. All rooms are non-smoking. Internet service is available for a fee at the resort's business center and in your guest room. Resort amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, beautiful gardens, and walking and jogging trails. Fitness equipment, a hot tub, thermal bath and sauna are available at the full service spa. For a fee, the spa offers massage, a beauty salon, body and facial treatments. Guided fishing in the Panama Canal is also available for a fee. 

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Days 5,6 – Playa Blanca

Wyndham Grand Blanca Resort
The Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca is a spectacular brand new resort located on a private beach on Panama's Pacific coast. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a swim-up bar, a lounge bar, health club and fitness center. Internet access is available for a fee. The spacious guest rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV and black-out drapes. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads, luxury toiletries and a hair dryer.

Days 5, 6 – Playa Bonita

Westin Playa Bonita Resort
The Westin Playa Blanca Resort is a spectacular new beach resort located on Panama's Pacific coast. From the grand lobby you have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Resort amenities include a private beach, multiple outdoor pools, swim-up bar, lounges, fitness center, beauty salon, and spa with massage services. Internet access is available for a fee. The spacious guest rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV.

Days 5, 6 – Playa Bonita

Westin Playa Bonita Resort
The Westin Playa Blanca Resort is a spectacular new beach resort located on Panama's Pacific coast. From the grand lobby you have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Resort amenities include a private beach, multiple outdoor pools, swim-up bar, lounges, fitness center, beauty salon, and spa with massage services. Internet access is available for a fee. The spacious guest rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV.

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Day 7 – Panama

InterContinental Miramar Panama
The modern InterContinental Miramar hotel is located in Panama City in the middle of Panama Bay. Panoramic water and city views abound. A short stroll from the hotel takes you to the scenic walkway on Panama Bay . The InterContinental Miramar has tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a beauty salon, and fitness center with massage, sauna, Jacuzzi, and Turkish bath. All rooms are air-conditioned, and feature cable TV, in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a coffee maker. Internet access is available for a fee.

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Day 7 – Panama

InterContinental Miramar Panama
The modern InterContinental Miramar hotel is located in Panama City in the middle of Panama Bay. Panoramic water and city views abound. A short stroll  from the hotel takes you to the scenic walkway on Panama Bay. The InterContinental Miramar has tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a beauty salon, and fitness center with massage, sauna, Jacuzzi, and Turkish bath. All rooms are air-conditioned, and feature cable TV, in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a coffee maker. Internet access is available for a fee.

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Arrival Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include arrival transfers from Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama to the Courtyard by Marriott in Panama City on the day the tour begins. After you clear customs and exit the baggage claim area, a Caravan representative with a "Caravan" sign will meet you. Please use your Caravan luggage tags to help your representative identify you. If you do not see your airport representative, please wait a few minutes as he or she may be assisting other passengers. The representative will arrange a transfer to your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. When you arrive at your hotel, please identify yourself as a Caravan tour member to the front desk personnel. If your flight is delayed, there is no need to call Caravan, since your transfer representative will wait for you, no matter how late your arrival on the day the tour begins. However, if your flight is delayed to the following day, or your flight is cancelled, or your flight number is changed, please advise Caravan by calling 800-Caravan (800-227-2826) or 312-321-9800. Caravan transfers are included only on the day your tour begins. If you are arriving a day or two early, or later, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from Tocumen Airport to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City run approximately $30.00 USD. The driving time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. To enter Panama, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Panama. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent's death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.

Caravan's vacation packages include arrival transfers from Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama to the Courtyard by Marriott in Panama City on the day the tour begins. After you clear customs and exit the baggage claim area, a Caravan representative with a "Caravan" sign will meet you. Please use your Caravan luggage tags to help your representative identify you. If you do not see your airport representative, please wait a few minutes as he or she may be assisting other passengers. The representative will arrange a transfer to your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. When you arrive at your hotel, please identify yourself as a Caravan tour member to the front desk personnel. If your flight is delayed, there is no need to call Caravan, since your transfer representative will wait for you, no matter how late your arrival on the day the tour begins. However, if your flight is delayed to the following day, or your flight is cancelled, or your flight number is changed, please advise Caravan by calling 800-Caravan (800-227-2826) or 312-321-9800. Caravan transfers are included only on the day your tour begins. If you are arriving a day or two early, or later, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from Tocumen Airport to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City run approximately $30.00 USD. The driving time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. To enter Panama, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Panama. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent's death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.

Caravan's vacation packages include arrival transfers from Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama to the Courtyard by Marriott in Panama City on the day the tour begins. After you clear customs and exit the baggage claim area, a Caravan representative with a "Caravan" sign will meet you. Please use your Caravan luggage tags to help your representative identify you. If you do not see your airport representative, please wait a few minutes as he or she may be assisting other passengers. The representative will arrange a transfer to your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. When you arrive at your hotel, please identify yourself as a Caravan tour member to the front desk personnel. If your flight is delayed, there is no need to call Caravan, since your transfer representative will wait for you, no matter how late your arrival on the day the tour begins. However, if your flight is delayed to the following day, or your flight is cancelled, or your flight number is changed, please advise Caravan by calling 800-Caravan (800-227-2826) or 312-321-9800. Caravan transfers are included only on the day your tour begins. If you are arriving a day or two early, or later, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from Tocumen Airport to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City run approximately $30.00 USD. The driving time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. To enter Panama, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Panama. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent's death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.

Departure Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City to Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama arriving at 5:30 am, 8:00 am and 11:00 am. on the day the tour ends. If you wish to leave at another time, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from your hotel to Tocumen Airport cost about $30.00 USD. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately. 

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from the Intercontinental Miramar hotel in Panama City to Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama arriving at 5:30 am, 8:00 am and 11:00 am. on the day the tour ends. If you wish to leave at another time, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from your hotel to Tocumen Airport cost about $30.00 USD. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately. 

Caravan's vacation packages include departure transfers from the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Panama City to Tocumen Panama International Airport (PTY) in Panama City, Panama arriving at 5:30 am, 8:00 am and 11:00 am. on the day the tour ends. If you wish to leave at another time, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Taxi fares from your hotel to Tocumen Airport cost about $30.00 USD. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately. 

Airline Info

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:

Panama City, Panama Tour Begins
and Ends
AeroMexico, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Continental, Copa, Delta, KLM, LACSA, Mexicana, Spirit Airlines, Taca

Back to Top Local Weather

Temperature (hi/lo) and Rainfall (inches)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Panama City, Panama
temp 87/75 89/75 91/75 91/75 87/75 86/75 87/75 86/75 86/75 84/75 86/75 87/75
rainfall 1.6 0.6 0.6 3.4 7.9 7.5 7.3 7.8 7.1 10.3 8.9 5.3

Clothing Tips

This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual. See Travel Planner: General Clothing Tips

Back to Top Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors conduct every land tour from start to finish. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry free vacation.

What is not included in the tour price?

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Most tours will be joined by adults of all ages. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

How long will each day be?

A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation and you will arrive at your hotels between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

Are meals included?

All meals are included on your Panama tour. Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Back to Top Customer Reviews of our Panama tour

“I have very much enjoyed both my tours with Caravan - lots of ‘bang for the buck’. Have recommended them to many, many people.”

Ms. P.C., Concord, California

“Panama was our third Caravan Tour. Everything Caravan does reflects value, customer service and great tours. We thank you for the education you provide your customers and we also marvel and appreciate what you bring to the communities visited. You work so well for the benefit of the hotels, transportation companies, and people. What you are doing is exceptional. THANK YOU!”

Mr. and Mrs. D.H., St. Louis, Missouri

“We came to see the Canal: The tour provided great exposure to the Canal and Panamanian culture. Really enjoyed the canal transit and the trips in the smaller boats. Would recommend this tour to anyone.”

Mr. G.G., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

“This was our 3rd Caravan Tour, it lived up to expectations and exceeded them.”

Mr. D.B., Solon, Ohio

“We enjoyed the tour so much. Could not be better.”

Mr. and Mrs. I.H., Omaha, Nebraska

“Everything was interesting, well paced, and well done. This was my third Caravan Tour and I enjoyed it even more than the first two. Caravan provides a 1st class product at an affordable price.”

Mr. and Mrs. J.B., Hamilton, Ohio

“I can’t say enough good things about (the tour director). So hard working, always available and goes the extra mile in all situations. Brava! This tour is great...congrats to the people who planned it.”

Ms. G.T., Staten Island, New York

“My favorite part of the tour was the Panama Canal cruise, very impressive! Enjoyed every minute of my trip.”

Mrs. G.C., Alfred, Maine

“The hotels were all very nice, (and) each had something special. The meals were all very good. We had considered a cruise (and) we are sure glad we chose this tour. We got to see so much more. Each day was comfortably filled with such a variety. My advice to those looking at a Panama Cruise is to take your tour instead.”

Mr. C.C., Gardner, Kansas

“The meals and their locations were very nice. The stops were well timed and located. Caravan’s Panama Trip was of great value, interesting, well operated, and fun. Thank you so much.”

Mr. and Mrs. J.R., Beaverton, Oregon

“Enjoyed all the sights and activities, the right amount of time was given at each stop. The buffets had food for everyone (and) the choices were excellent. I would recommend Caravan Tours to anyone. I was taken care of every bit of the way. Great Tour!!”

Ms. T.G., Nampa, Alberta, Canada

“(This) was my first trip with Caravan and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for such a positive experience. The trip was wonderful.”

Ms. S.S., Venice, Florida

“The Canal construction was amazing. Came to Panama to see the Canal and it was great to see it from so many different ways. (I) had friends who had gone through the Canal on a cruise and said it was boring. They missed out on so much.”

Ms. L.C., Gardner, Kansas

“The hotels were excellent. Lots of great sights. I have been through the Canal on large ships, but I learned much more this time. This was my 3rd trip with Caravan and I am looking forward to the next!”

Ms. E.C., Jasper, Texas

“Good job seeing (a) different side of Panama. The Canal sightseeing was awesome. The Embera Village was excellent. Very pleased with the tour. Also toured Costa Rica with Caravan. (This was) another excellent tour.”

Mrs. J.C., North Port, Florida

“Each stop was of great interest, especially the Panama Canal. One cannot say enough about the tour dirctor. Excellent, well informed about the history and very helpful. Our first trip with Caravan and would definitely consider another trip.”

Mrs. C.A., Huntington Station, New York

“Really liked the restaurants throughout. Good mix of different types of activities. Loved the canal and that we got to go to two different locks, and then back again to see it at night. All in all I’ll never forget it. Loved everything! Thanks so much!!!”

Ms. S.T., Austin, Texas

“Visits to the Locks and boat trip through the Miraflores locks was excellent. Gatun Lake Cruise was fun. The use of small boats enabled us to get close to the islands and monkeys. Visit to Embera Indians gave us a bit of insight into and indigenous culture.”

Mr. and Mrs. D.H., Austin, Texas

“My main reason for the trip was to see the canal and I was not disappointed. The boat ride through the locks was the highlight of the trip. A very good tour.”

Mr. D.S., Piscataway, New Jersey

“No one could have (had) a better tour director. He was very knowledgeable about everything in Panama. He had a great personality and went the extra mile in making sure we saw as much as possible in Panama.”

Ms. S.B., Henderson, Nevada

“Hotels: Exceptional. Great seeing the monkeys, the Indian Village, and going through the canal. Great trip, I will recommend it to many friends and relatives.”

Ms. D.H., Burnsville, Minnesota

“The boat through the canal was excellent - much better way to experience the canal than from a huge cruiseship! This was our 1st Caravan Tour - it will not be our last!”

Mr. & Mrs. S.L., Kennebunk, Maine

“I had a great time on this tour. Hotels clean and comfortable, good views. Our tour director (and) bus driver made this trip so worthwhile. All sightseeing (and) activities were very well planned. Many memories for a life time to anyone. I will recommend this trip to everyone.”

Mr. & Mrs. E.S., Selma, California

“Always wanted to see the Panama Canal and was not disappointed. The additional activities added to the experience.”

Mrs. G.V., Brooklyn, New York

“Every hotel was comfortable. Tour Director was great. Where do you find these awesome people? I will remember them forever. They were so well informed, patient, (and) fun. Enjoyed all the Panama Canal experiences.”

Ms. K.H., Castle Rock, Washington

“(The) Tour Director rated highly when compared to tour guides on our 6 Caravan Tours. His extensive knowledge of both historical and contemporary Panama was most welcome...He is a plus to your organization. We have been impressed by all of the Caravan Tours we have taken. I am amazed how you can arrange for quality hotels, transport, and meals for a reasonable fee.”

Dr. W.B., Saint Petersburg, Florida

“Really enjoyed the Embera Village. Tour Director very knowledgeable about Panama and its history. You could hear the pride he has for his home country (and) his presentations (were) upbeat and interesting.”

Mrs. J.S., Marshfield, Wisconsin

“Like always, good use of time, interesting program. This was my third trip with Caravan and I was not disappointed! I signed up for the trip because I like the way Caravan runs the trips....Thank you for all you do!!”

Ms M.B., San Diego, California

“All the meals were delicious and presented well. I ate way too much. Excellent tour to...learn the history and workings of the canal. Saw so much! I will be sure to tell my family and friends about Caravan. Very well planned at a good price.”

Ms. K.H., Hot Lakes, Minnesota

“The sightseeing and activities were very good. The tour director provided wonderful and extensive information. I knew little of Panama before this trip. I am leaving with extensive information and a feeling of warmth for the people of Panama. Great 8 days, Outstanding tour director and driver!!!”

Mr. and Mrs. J.C., Libertyville, Illinois

“The Panama Canal - everything - history, visual, film, observing ships entering (and) leaving, (and) the boat ride through the canal - was wonderful - loved it all. The indian village was great (as well as) the Rainforest and Beaches.”

Ms. M.I., Morris, Minnesota

“Have found your company very careful and attentive to my travel needs. Enjoyed Costa Rica and this tour.”

Ms. J.S., Chicago, Illinois

“I enjoyed it all. Tour Director did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and engaging. Local Guide on the boat trip through the canal was (also) excellent. We learned a great deal and had fun. I think the entire trip was a success.”

Mrs. L.E.S, Mystic, Connecticut

“Hotels were more luxurious than I expected. I loved Monkey Island. It was one of my favorite experiences along with the Indian Village! This was a really nice tour.”

Mrs. L.B., El Paso, Texas

“I CAME TO SEE THE CANAL (and) the tours of the Canal were excellent, very informative and learned a lot. Monkey Island, riding through Panama City and the country of Panama was very interesting stuff. Enjoyed the tour very much.”

Mr. and Mrs. T.H., West Point, Nebraska

“Enjoyed travel with Caravan, our third trip with you. Our first was to Europe in 1968. We have used many tour companies in (the) past 40 years (and) Caravan still rates with the very best.”

Mr. and Mrs. D.S., Metairie, Louisiana

“Each hotel had something different to recommend it. Food was well prepared and tasty and (the) waitstaff was helpful and courteous. Sightseeing and activities were well panned. Very enjoyable experience (and) I always mention the good job Caravan does when telling others of our trip.”

Mrs. C.C., Fort Meyers, Florida

“Excellent selection (of activities) - never heard any negative comments. Tour director was very, very good. This was my first trip with Caravan and hopefully not the last. Thanks for a wonderful trip to Panama.”

Ms. R.R., McPherson, Kansas

“The hotels were actually more upscale that we would have selected (ourselves). The visits to the Panama Canal, the Locks, and the boat ride on the canal were very fascinating. For us, the visit to the Embera village was the best highlight of the entire week. This was an enjoyable trip.”

Mr. A.M., Browns Summit, North Carolina

“Sightseeing - very good. Spent right amount of time at each location. Enjoyed experiencing Panama Canal activity both from locks visits and from cruise on canal. Also enjoyed exposure to indigenous peoples at Embera Indian Village. Tour Director was well versed in Panamanian history and culture and delivered very illuminating commentary.”

Mr. D.F., Phoenix Arizona

“This was our first Caravan Tour but it will not be the last. We were very pleased and felt that we definitely got what we paid for and more. Way to go Caravan!”

Mr. and Mrs. A.M., Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

“We were very happy with our first Caravan tour. Food (and) accommodations were excellent.”

Mr. and Mrs. J.N., East Moline, Illinois

“Sightseeing gave us a real understanding of how (the) locks work on (the) Canal. Overall a very interesting and well-planned out tour. We enjoyed it as much as we have the other 4 tours we have taken with you.”

Mr. D.B., Winston Salem, North Carolina

“We enjoyed learning about the Canal form all perspectives. Visitor Center at the Mira Flores Locks was a great addition. The balcony off the 3rd floor dining room enabled us to watch as the gates opened and closed on the locks. We were enthralled the day we visited the Embera Indian Village on the Chagres River. We were impressed with the Caravan Tour to Panama. Without a doubt, we got our money’s worth. In fact, we don’t know how you put this tour on for the price you charge.”

Mr. and Mrs. O.N., Salt Lake City, Utah

“We had a wonderful time. Great intro to Panama.”

Mr. and Mrs. B.J., New Smyrna Beach, Florida

“Caravan Tours ROCKS! This was our 2nd trip, and we’d definitely go on another. They take care of everything from start to finish and bend over backwards to make you comfortable. The Canal was the main draw for majority of us and we got out money’s worth on that alone. The people on our tour were fun and felt like family by the time we said good-by. Ours was one wonderful experience - one I definitely recommend to others.”

Mr. and Mrs. G.T., Wilsonville, Oregon

“We saw an awful lot! Museums, Old Panama. New Panama, beaches, animals, culture, it was great. This was our first tour - We were concerned traveling on a schedule. But after this tour - we would do it again. It provided us with an opportunity to cover many areas without the hassle of driving. I look forward to our next trip. Great job Caravan!”

Mr. and Mrs. F.W., Santa Clara, California

“The Farewell dinner at the Miraflores Locks was a really special ending. The entire tour was well planned and interesting. It covered all aspects of Panama.”

Mrs. A.I., Bayside, New York

“The guide who was with us throughout the entire trip was from Panama and excellent, knowledgeable, and well organized. Clean comfortable bus with a wonderful, helpful driver. Definite highlight of this trip was the Panama Canal. Caravan arranged several different viewings. In summary, I think Caravan’s Panama trip is a wonderful value and a truly interesting destination.”

Mr. H.B., Cambridge, Massachusetts

“The hotels were great. This was my 3rd Caravan Tour. This was an exceptional value. This tour was much better than I ever expected! (On a) scale of 1 to 10, my rating: 10+.”

Mr. P.W., Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Nicely paced with good variety of sightseeing. All in all a great trip with lovely people. It’s all about the Canal!”

Mrs. M.G., Medfield, Massachusetts

“Sightseeing (was) excellent, all were very good. Cannot recommend a way to improve. Looking forward to (my) next Caravan trip.”

Ms. M.C., Las Cruces, New Mexico

“I felt l got and in-depth look at Panama and the Canal. The tour director is a gem. She was present and available and was willing to do extra work to find the answers to any questions we might have. This was my first all-inclusive tour and I was really impressed.”

Mr. C.B., Toms River, New Jersey

“We loved the Panama Canal, especially the two meals overlooking Miraflores Locks. We (also) had plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos. This was my 3rd trip with Caravan and we look forward to our next adventure with you.”

Mr. and Mrs. G.G., Medfield, Massachusetts

“The entire trip was excellent!”

Mrs. M.M., Moscow, Pennsylvania

“Wonderful excursions. Enjoyed every place we visited. The canal was awesome. I am a travel agent, and I wanted to see the tour to possibly send others on the Caravan trip. We loved our guide and saw so much. I would definitely recommend this tour to my clients.”

Ms. K.C., Albany, Missouri

Back to Top About Caravan Tours

Caravan’s Proud History

Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

Trade Association Memberships

ASTA, NTA, CLIA, ACTACaravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

How satisfied are Caravan clients?

The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.

Pitch-Free Travel

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.