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Best Value Panama Canal Cruise
Fully guided, all inclusive tours are the hallmark of our tour company. After all, Caravan has been conducting low cost fully guided tours since 1952!
On our Caravan Panama guided tours we offer the best Panama Canal cruise deals that include a Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel locks tour. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Gatun Lake and a Chagres River cruise through the Panama rainforests en route to an authentic Embera Indian village.
Caravan Panama Canal cruises are immensely popular so please book early to secure Caravan’s super value rates and to ensure your preferred tour dates.
Best Panama Attractions
Caravan Panama cruise guests get to experience many unique attractions on this Panama tour including:
Panama Canal locks - Cruise through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, cross the Continental Divide, and sail under the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Gaillard Cut.
Chagres River Cruise – Explore the tropical rainforests and an authentic Embera Indian Village.
Gatun Lake Cruise – Marvel at this large, man made artificial lake as you cruise the jungle canals and view hilltop islands.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Located in the Soberania National Park near the town of Gamboa.
Playa Bonita – Enjoy this Pacific Coast beachfront resort as part of your Panama tour.
Amador Causeway – Visit a Kuna Tribal marketplace and the Museum of Biodiversity.
On this Caravan Panama Canal cruise you’ll also get to explore Panama City, Old Panama, and some of the local villages and museums.
Caravan’s best Panama Canal cruise deals also feature local knowledgeable tour guides who share their culture and history, making each Panama cruise an unforgettable sightseeing experience.
1. Cruise Gatun Lake Panama
On Gatun Lake Panama Canal cruises you will get to explore the artificial man made lake that brings vessels 33 km into the Isthmus of Panama. Created over a century ago, Gatun Lake was once the largest man made lake in the world.
During this Panama cruise you will see “hilltop islands” that were once the steep hills that bordered the valley but now poke out above the water of Gatun Lake. This area, with its wide valley and surrounding hills, was an ideal location to create the man made lake necessary for the success of the Panama Canal.
From the boat you will also see lush rainforests that make Gatun Lake nearly impossible to pass by land. Your local Panama cruise operator will point out the uniquely created islands where you will likely spot multiple monkey species, as well as toucans, sloths, and exotic birds.
2. Cruise Miraflores & Pedro Miguel Locks
The second of Caravan’s Panama Canal cruises is sure to be memorable as you get to experience firsthand how the Panama Canal’s adjoining locks work to raise and lower the waters to allow commercial ships and pleasure craft to cross the Panama isthmus.
This Locks Transit cruise features a small passenger vessel that gives you an up-close, eye-level view of the steel gates at both Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.
As a passenger, you will be awe struck by traveling vessels being directed by tugboats and pulled by trains.
3. Cruise the Chagres River Panama
Located in Central Panama, the Chagres River features the Gatun Dam that leads into Gatun Lake, mentioned earlier.
The third of Caravan’s series of Panama Canal cruises takes you up the Chagres River to observe first hand, an Embera Indian village in the heart of Panama’s amazing rainforests.
Upon stepping off the cruise boat, you can browse and purchase exotic handiwork of the Embera native Indians.
Rather than returning by boat, Caravan Tour operators will escort you back over another Panama Canal landmark, the famous cable-stayed Centenario Bridge, the only other bridge besides the Bridge of the Americas, to cross the Panama Canal.
Book One of Caravan’s Panama Canal Cruises Today!
Since 1952, (for more than 65 years now) Caravan Tours has been offering the absolute best value when it comes to fully guided all inclusive tours in North and Central America. And, we are still operating under the same family ownership!
For the best Panama Canal cruise deals be sure to book early as this a very popular Caravan tour.
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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.
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Caravan 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).