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Panama Canal Cruise Deals
Our Caravan Panama Canal tour offers affordable, all-inclusive discount Panama Canal cruises that include a Gatun Lake cruise, a Panama Canal Locks cruise, and a Chagres River jungle cruise. All are fully guided daytime boat tours.
Caravan’s Panama Canal cruise deals are a great way to see the sights and experience the wonder of the Panama Canal but also this beautiful Central American country. These cruises are also excellent Panama vacations that provide the opportunity of a lifetime for all age groups.
You won’t find any better discount Panama Canal cruises than with Caravan. Despite the budget travel tour price, Caravan’s all-inclusive Panama vacation packages include all items on the itinerary. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, delectable meals, and the absolute best tour guides as you cruise through this world-famous waterway and explore the manmade and natural wonders of Panama.
Enjoy Discount Panama Canal Cruises with Caravan!
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Gatun Lake Cruise
Prior to your guided Gatun Lake Cruise, you will first visit the Canal Museum at the Miraflores Visitor Center. The Canal Museum includes a 3D film that explores the history of the Panama Canal, plus various exhibition halls. There are also observation decks on all three levels of the museum that allow you to witness ships from around the world passing through the locks.
Our Caravan Gatun Lake cruise is a guided tour of this large man-made lake, which was created when the Gatun Dam was built across the Chagres River. The Gatun Lake dam and the filling of this artificial lake took nearly 6 years (from 1907 to 1913) and now, ships must travel a total of 21 miles (33km) to make it across the canal.
During your discount Panama Canal cruise, you’ll notice that the many islands in the lake were once hilltops. Tour operators introduce you to the hilltop islands and describe the wild animals native to the area such as the four different species of monkeys in Panama.
Panama Canal Locks Cruise
On the Locks Transit cruise portion of your Caravan Panama Canal tour, you will have a chance to get an eye-level view of how the giant 6-foot-thick steel gates of Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks operate to let through cargo vessels, pleasure craft, and cruise ships. Visit Panama Canal Locks System for more detailed information.
Cruising through the Panama Canal you’ll also cross over the Continental Divide and beneath the Bridge of the Americas. Opened in 1962, the Bridge of the Americas was the only bridge to span the Panama Canal until 2004, when the Centennial Bridge finally opened.
Chagres River Cruise
Caravan’s third Panama Canal cruise is a guided riverboat tour through tropical rainforests as we make our way up the Chagres River to check out an authentic Embera Indian village. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the Embera inhabitants and appreciate their hand-woven baskets, tagua nut carvings and jewelry, plus the exotic cocobolo tree.
The Embera are the indigenous people of eastern Panama. Their thatched-roof homes (mostly built on stilts) line the banks of the Chagres River and the Embera people still live much the same way they have lived for hundreds of years.
All three of these exciting discount Panama Canal cruises are included in the one low price offered by Caravan Tours.
All-Inclusive Panama Canal Day Cruises
Caravan offers one of the best discount Panama Canal cruises on the market. There are no additional costs or hidden fees and for one low all-inclusive price, your Panama Canal tour includes:
- All Transportation within Panama (by land or water)
- Airport shuttles pick up and drop off at the Panama Tocumen Airport
- All itinerary hotel accommodations and meals
- Plus, all gratuities for hotel workers, restaurant staff and local guides
With Caravan Tours, there is no need to carry spare change, except to purchase souvenirs to take home!
About Caravan Tours
Caravan Tours began offering all-inclusive, fully guided tours in 1952 and after 70 years, we are still a family-run tour company.
We now offer guided tours throughout the USA and Canada, plus Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Whether you prefer to travel in the summer or winter, you’ll always find the best tour deals at Caravan.
Our peak season for discount Panama Canal Cruises runs from December on through to April, with limited Panama Canal cruise deals from May through to November. Because of their great value, these bargain Panama Canal cruise deals book up fast so be sure to book your Panama Canal tour well in advance.
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
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. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
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.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
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.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).