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8 Days $1295 Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

8 Days $1295 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 2019 itinerary
Click here for the 2020 itinerary
Notice: the following is the 2020 itinerary
Click here for the 2019 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. The Isthmus of Panama divides the North and South America continents. During your tour you'll take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal, one through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake. In Panama you'll see the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, stroll sandy beaches, explore rainforests, and meet the the native Embera tribe. 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 – Old Panama, Miraflores Locks
This morning, visit 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, on your scenic drive of Panama City's bayfront, enjoy views of Casco Antiquo (The Old French Quarter) and today's modern skyline. Panama City is a blend of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas seasoned with Latin American flavor and style. 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, located on the former site of Fort Clayton, the headquarters of United States Army South. 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 through Colon passes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center. See the newly constructed locks at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. Learn how the locks raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. Afternoon 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, and 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.) Lunch. 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 Tribe, Playa Bonita
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera tribal village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. See exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Look for colorful butterflies on your visit to a butterfly garden. See rare tropical orchids at an orchid nursery. Visit a live jungle sloth exhibition. Next, cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Playa Bonita
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beachcomb and enjoy your resort's amenities. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Handicrafts, Biodiversity Museum
Morning return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Enjoy spectacular views from Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Visit a Kuna tribal marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life, and exotic wood handicrafts. Lunch. Visit the world-renowned Museum of Biodiversity, designed by architect Frank Gehry. 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. The Isthmus of Panama divides the North and South America continents. During your tour you'll take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal, one through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake. In Panama you'll see the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, stroll sandy beaches, explore rainforests, and meet the the native Embera tribe. 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 – Old Panama, Miraflores Locks
This morning, visit 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, on your scenic drive of Panama City's bayfront, enjoy views of Casco Antiquo (The Old French Quarter) and today's modern skyline. Panama City is a blend of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas seasoned with Latin American flavor and style. 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, located on the former site of Fort Clayton, the headquarters of United States Army South. 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 through Colon passes by the Free Trade Zone, the largest in the Americas and the Panama Canal Railway Station. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center. See the newly constructed locks at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. Learn how the locks raise ships 87 feet above the Caribbean Sea on to the Panama Canal. Lunch. Afternoon 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, and 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.) Lunch. 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 Tribe, Playa Bonita
This morning, cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera tribal village. The Embera inhabit the rainforests of Panama. See exotic Embera handicrafts, such as tightly woven palm fiber baskets and carvings made form tagua nuts and the cocobolo tree. Lunch. Look for colorful butterflies on your visit to a butterfly garden. See rare tropical orchids at an orchid nursery. Visit a live jungle sloth exhibition. Next, cross over the Panama Canal on the Centenario Bridge. Continue to your beach hotel for a relaxing two night stay on the Pacific Coast. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Playa Bonita
Entire day at leisure to enjoy your beach resort. Swim in your hotel's infinity pool. Lunch. Enjoy a carefree afternoon. Time to beachcomb and enjoy your resort's amenities. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Handicrafts, Biodiversity Museum
Morning return to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. Enjoy spectacular views from Amador Causeway connecting Perico, Naos, Culebra and Flamenco Islands. Visit a Kuna tribal marketplace. Shop for colorful Kuna mola embroidery depicting rainforest animals and marine life, and exotic wood handicrafts. Lunch. Visit the world-renowned Museum of Biodiversity, designed by architect Frank Gehry. 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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2019 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, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Apr 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Jun 15, 22, 29
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 3, 10, 17
Oct 19, 25, 26
Nov 1, 3, 8, 10, 30
Dec 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

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.

2019 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value
Double $ 1295
Triple 1275
Single 1695

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $339; Triple $329; Single $389

2020 Departure Dates

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

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.

2020 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value
Double $ 1295
Triple 1275
Single 1695

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $339; Triple $329; Single $389

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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.

$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.

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

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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Back to Top Hotels

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 – 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. 

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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.

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. 

Children under 18 years, traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, should 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. 

Children under 18 years, traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, should 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 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 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. 

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, 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.

Do you have a travel protection plan?

Yes. Caravan’s travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $99. Find out more.

Back to Top Customer Reviews of our Panama tour

“Amazing. Going through the Canal was the thrill of a lifetime. This was our first trip with Caravan and we will be taking another adventure with you. The Canal locks were the highlight of the trip. Couldn’t ask for better accommodations, the hotels were all topnotch. Enjoyed all the meals, something for everyone. Friends told us about Caravan and they were 100% right. We will be telling all my other friends about Caravan Panama.”

Mr. & Mrs. G.S., Ormond Beach, Florida

“This was our third Caravan tour, and once again, it was wonderful. The detailed schedules and activities allow us to enjoy the tour with no concerns about logistics. Wonderful job of providing background and history. Every meal offered tremendous variety and diverse regional cuisine of Panama. Thanks to our Director and the many people helping with the tour, we learned a lot, experienced wonderful opportunities, and enjoyed local culture.”

Mr. & Mrs. M.L., Brussels, Wisconsin

“Panama is a spectacular place. The hotels were beautiful, the last one being the best I’ve ever stayed in. The food and drink was great. We had such an informed director, he knew history and current affairs. Very helpful and always there if needed. This was a wonderful tour that I will remember.”

Ms. M.N., Buffalo, New York

“This was my fifth tour with Caravan. They have all provided wonderful opportunities to see spectacular scenery, enjoy the cuisine, and interact with local culture. The guides are professional, personable, competent and enhance the tours. Our Canal transit was great as we had informative visits to the locks as well as the history to place the canal and its technologies in meaningful context.”

Mr. J.D., Upton, Massachusetts

“I selected this trip as an alternative to taking a cruise which visited the canal. What’s not to like about this trip? It totally went beyond my expectations. It provided so much more than the cruise we were considering. I am glad I found Caravan to give you a try. Our party of four would at dinner each night review and evaluate the day, giving each other a high point or low point of the day. This was the first time trying to come up with a low was extremely difficult. Caravan has got traveling down to an artform.”

Mr. & Mrs. D.G., Rockville, Maryland

“We have fallen in love with guided tours. We don’t know how Caravan does it. We wanted to see the Panama Canal and we got to see every angle. Everything planned perfectly. The entertainment at night was very interesting, showing pride in the Panama culture. There is not enough space about our amazing tour director. His heart and soul was into the tour and travelers, his experience shows. Not only did we learn from the trip, we learned from fellow travelers. They became our family for a week.”

Mr. & Mrs. D.M., Tampico, Illinois

“Excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed this Panama Caravan tour. So efficient with connections, important details and provided in a timely manner. We appreciated the interesting itinerary highlighting the best of the area. Great variety. We felt like we had a flavour of old to new, architecture and culture. History, culture and modern amenities gave us a better understanding and appreciation of Panama. Furthermore, Caravan has influenced Panama positively, bringing tourism in a greater way to help the economy. Caravan has also considered the needs of the tourist (nice accommodations, good food, clean water, easy access ramps, clean bathrooms) with the needs of the local residents. Good communication and relationships. This was our second Caravan tour and we know we will book Costa Rica next. Thank you for the excellent planning and services on these interesting tours.”

Ms. P.C., Prince George, British Columbia

“All in all, an amazing tour. Outstanding meals, excellent variety and quality. Excellent value. Hotels beyond expectations. Loved Gamboa Rainforest Resort. I will certainly consider Caravan for future tours/vacations. Thank you so much.”

Ms. I.L., Ancaster, Ontario

“Panama: a WONDER of the world! A fantastic week - expertly planned and executed! From history, observation and riding thru canal, with additional side events...awesome!! A most memorable experience.”

Ms. P.M., Winnetka, Illinois

“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Panama, excellent. This was our first all-inclusive tour for adults. I was a teacher for forty years, am fluent in several languages and helped chaperone 13 student trips. My most successful and enjoyable trips had these things in common: affordable cost; efficient transportation and transfers; personable and knowledgeable directors, quality hotels in safe areas; optimal activities and free time; good local food specialties. Our Panama trip had all of them. This tour provided ample opportunities to see various aspects of Panama life and the food was excellent, always a wide selection of familiar and local selections. I will highly recommend Caravan to my friends.”

Mr. & Mrs. M.S., Coatesville, Pennsylvania

“Lake Gatun was a wonderful and unique adventure. Learning about the canal and its history as well as experiencing it was truly an eye-opening wonder. The Embera Village and Gura market helped me develop my understanding and increase my amazement at indigenous peoples. Spending two days in each area gave us a good chance to appreciate it and develop a taste for more. An opportunity for learning in a fun and meaningful way in beautiful surroundings.”

Ms. A. E., Stoneman, Massachusetts

“Once again Caravan Tours provided a wonderful trip for a reasonable cost. This is our third tour in ten years. All were unique and enjoyable in their own ways. Every excursion we took in Panama was both informative and entertaining. We especially enjoyed the down time to rest at Playa Bonita. Panama viejo was very interesting, such amazing ancient architecture and city ruins with ultra modern skyscrapers in the background. Enjoyed seeing Gatun Lake and the canal. Loved our talented Panamanian dancers and band, what great entertainers they were! Every meal on our trip was amazing, fresh varied fruit, varied entrees, bars of salad, I never tasted anything I didn’t like. We never felt rushed on this tour. Our director went out of her way to help us have a memorable 50th anniversary, thank you!”

Mr. & Mrs. V.T., Concord, North Carolina

“Excellent tour. Our first with Caravan but it will not be our last. Well done! The activities were diverse, well-planned, accommodating to all involved.”

Mr. & Mrs. H.M., New Orleans, Louisiana

“My husband and I chose Caravan for our return trip to Panama, having lived there in the 1980’s. We were not disappointed! We couldn’t have chosen a better tour to help us reconnect with a place that was once our home. Caravan’s itinerary provided new adventures and revisited places that brought back wonderful memories. We had a very knowledgeable director, we’re especially grateful for his easy-going manner and making everything run smoothly. Very entertaining Canal transit ride. Visit to Embera tribe was very informative - they were most gracious. Very much enjoyed the folkloric dance performances, a real treat. All accommodations were very nice - beautiful settings, lovely pool areas. Thank you!”

Mr. & Mrs. M.M., Fairfax, Virginia

“I was expecting some primitive accommodations, so I was pleasantly surprised. Hotels were much better than expected and very very nice. Loved the fresh fruit and veggies. Sightseeing was the right balance for me and very interesting. Gives us reasons to schedule another Caravan trip.”

Mr. R.S., Saint Louis, Missouri

“We had an absolutely wonderful time. Our guide did an absolutely amazing job. We had plenty of rest stops and were given many opportunities to take photos. Highlight of our tour was the opportunity to go thru the canal and locks. All hotels were clean, spacious and excellent. Amazing driver. Always had our comfort as a top priority.”

Mr. D.L., Albuquerque, New Mexico

“The entire trip was excellent. Thank for giving us a magnificent vacation. We were a group of six vegetarian people. The tour director was a gem. He took really good care of us with providing variety and was willing to do extra work for us. He was a real pro and credit to your organization. Caravan took the time to select some of the better hotels. The cultural shows were the highlight and the canal was awesome.”

Mr. & Mrs. A.P., Kendall Park, New Jersey

“A delightful tour! The choices for hotels were excellent. We particularly loved the Gamboa and Playa Bonita. Our director was fabulous, ten stars! Her energy level never sagged. What a delightful guide. She did a great job of giving us background information and the activities were well-managed.”

Mrs. B.D., Toronto, Ontario

“Very impressed with Caravan Tours. Can’t say enough great things about our Director and driver. The trip would not have been as enjoyable and grand without them. Activities and sights were educational and beautiful. Excellent selection of meals and very delicious, the food pleased everyone’s taste and was of outstanding variety. Always fresh and very tasty.”

Ms. R.M., Sacramento, California

“This was a good way to get an educational visit in the company of nice people. Exceeded my expectations. Sightseeing was well thought out and well planned. I never felt rushed, nor abandoned.”

Mr. & Mrs. W.S., Independence, Missouri

“Abundance of wonderful foods each and every day. Beautiful resorts, views, all very nice. Old Panama, new Panama, Miraflores Locks, Gatun Lake, monkeys aboard our boat, Bridge of the Americas, Continental Divide, the Canal and how it works, great, very interesting. So much fun, I would say I can recommend this whole trip to more people. Would love to come again! Been on cruise ships three times before but got so much more out of this experience. Caravan is the best way to travel!”

Mr. & Mrs. L.R., Antioch, California

“No need to change a thing. I would never hesitate to recommend Caravan Tours to our friends. Our director was over the top! I don’t think they come any better. Always very polite and considerate, so informative about the area. Terrific at helping everyone get acquainted and having fun.”

Mr. M.Y., Rose Creek

“Very good. I love Panamanian food and all the meals had a great variety of the taste of Panama. Loved being at ground level in Panama. Our director was excellent. We’ve been on four other tours, the first being 30 years ago. Our Panama director with Caravan is the type of guide that makes a tour grand. He kept us informed, safe and with enough humor and enthusiasm to make it fun. Our driver was the greatest and i would recommend this tour to anyone.”

Mrs. K.P., Surprise, Arizona

“We did this trip at the recommendation of friends and loved it. Just the right variety and time spent on each site. We loved being able to observe the canal first from the side before through the locks. Our director was fantastic, everything we could have hoped for and we felt very fortunate to be in his group.”

Ms. D.B., Winnett, Montana

“I found that all the activities were excellent, from the ruins to the Old French Quarter, driving through the sites and admiring all the views. Seeing and touring the locks couldn’t have been any better than it was. From the boat excursions on the river seeing monkeys to the Embera Village seeing the native way, it was great. And what can I say. Our director was the BEST. A walking and talking book of knowledge. I can honestly tell you it would be hard to imagine anybody being better than he was at his job. He has at least one friend living in North Dakota now. Not to forget the beautiful views of scenery in the rainforest and how safe of a driver we had. Will be looking and booking my next Caravan tour!”

Mr. J.L., Jamestown, North Dakota
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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.