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Panama Guided Tours
To partake in an unforgettable adventure, discovering Panama is a must-try experience with Caravan guided tours. Our expert guides will accompany you through the lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and vibrant cities of Panama, offering insights and fascinating stories.
Whether you’re a solo traveler or prefer to travel with a partner or friends, our tours are the perfect way to experience all this country offers. From the awe-inspiring views of the Panama Canal to the atmospheric markets of Panama City, you’ll want to take in every moment of your Caravan tour. Don’t hesitate to book your tour today and prepare for a lifetime of adventure!
Experience Local Life in Panama City With Caravan
Love experiencing local cultures when you travel? Caravan’s Panama guided tour is your answer! This lively city is full of vibrant street markets, festivals, and tasty cuisines.
Get guided around the neighborhoods by a local, and you’ll feel like a true Panamanian, with its remarkable sights, sounds, and smells. Here’s our itinerary to one of the most visited Latin American countries.
Day 1: City of Panama
The vibrant home of the world-famous Panama Canal! Over your vacation, you’ll experience the best of Panama, from boating on the Canal to checking out a Spanish Colonial fort. Explore rainforests and gaze at lush wildlife, strolling sandy beaches and seeing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
You’ll even meet the Embera tribe in their jungle home! Start your adventure by arriving at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, where you can grab a taxi to your hotel. We’ll kick things off with a welcome briefing at 8:00 p.m., but feel free to check in at your leisure after 4:00 p.m. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m.
Day 2: Old Panama and Miraflores Locks
The second day is jam-packed with exciting things to do! You’ll visit Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific. Established by the Spaniards in 1519, it was the transit point for gold destined for Europe from the Inca Empire.
Awesome, right? Then, we’ll drive along Panama City’s Bayfront and get views of two distinct parts - the historic district of Casco Viejo, a Miami-Latin American fusion, and the city’s modern skyline.
As if that wasn’t enough, there will be a spectacular IMAX movie about the Panama Canal and a visit to the Canal’s Miraflores Locks, where miniature trains pull boats and the six-foot thick steel gates open and close. Panama has played a prominent role since ancient times as the transit route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
You’ll also be driven through the City of Knowledge, which previously served as the base for the United States Army Southern Command. Too much excitement, we know! All that touring will work up an appetite, so dinner awaits you.
Day 3: Embera Village and Fort San Lorenzo
On Day 3, let’s hop on a motorized canoe and venture deep into Panama’s rainforest to visit the Embera tribe. We’ll explore their conservation efforts and how they coexist with nature. You can even buy their handmade baskets & veggie ivory carvings!
After lunch, we’ll cross the Bridge of the Atlantic and explore Fort San Lorenzo National Park. There, we’ll discover a 16th-century fortress built by the Spanish to protect their gold from pirates. Look out for howler monkeys and coatimundis while we explore the lush jungle. We’ll end the day at our cozy rainforest hotel for a two-night stay, where dinner will be served.
Day 4: Bird Watching Cruise and Sloth Rescue Center
Get set for a fantastic Day 4! Start your day early with a bird-watching expedition down the Chagres River, which is like no other river in the world as it empties into two oceans. Keep your eyes peeled for a colorful spectacle of:
- Whistling ducks
- Tiger herons
Remember the infamous tree dragons like the green iguanas, basilisk lizards, slider turtles, and the king of all showboaters, the monkey! After a hearty breakfast, learn about the sloth’s unique lifestyles and playful feats at The Sloth Rescue Center.
Then, get swept up in a frenzy of vibrant colors amidst some of the rarest butterflies in the world at the butterfly garden. You’ll also have a chance to witness some rare tropical orchids at the orchid nursery. Top it off with an amazingly leisurely lunch and cap it off at your favorite resort in the heart of the tropical rainforest.
Day 5: Boat Ride in Panama Canal
On Day 5, you’ll be cruising through the most picturesque area of the Panama Canal - the lush watershed region! Keep an eye out for playful monkeys on the protected islands. See those mammoth cargo ships passing through the Panama Canal’s Gatun Lake.
Just wait until you spot those giant dredging machines constantly working to keep the Canal’s waterways open. Later, you’ll be going on a short hike through the forest. We’ll also drive by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Then, get ready to cross over the Centenario Bridge and through the Panama Canal’s Gaillard Cut before we arrive at your beachside resort in the Pacific, where you can kick back for two nights and enjoy dinner.
Day 6: Playa Bonita
The sixth day is all about Playa Bonita — chillin’ at your beach resort with:
- Onsite spa
- A carefree afternoon spent swimming in the pool
- Walking the beach
Dinner is going to be awesome too!
Day 7: Handicrafts and Folklore Dancers
Get ready for another adventure on Day 7! You can kick back during the morning session before heading to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas post-lunch. Look out for the sensational Panama City skyline views along the Amador Causeway.
The Kuna tribal marketplace is calling your name! You absolutely have to shop for some colorful mola art inspired by wildlife and geometrical shapes. End the day on a high note with a farewell dinner and a private Caravan show featuring traditional Panamanian Folklore Dancers in Polleras.
Day 8: Back to Panama City
Your stay in the city of Panama wraps up with breakfast at 6 a.m. Caravan can arrange transport to Tocumen Airport (PTY) on flights of 5:30 a.m., 8 a.m., and 11 a.m.
Discover Panama on a Guided Tour for an Unforgettable Experience!
Going on a Panama-guided tour by Caravan is the trip of a lifetime! You’ll get to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer with all meals, hotels, and activities included. Best of all, you don’t have to break the bank! Our cheap guided tours of Panama allow you to travel without breaking your budget. Our guides are experts in their field and will ensure your trip goes smoothly.
Plus, everyone who takes one of our tours loves the fun and laid-back atmosphere we create. So why wait? Call 1-800-CARAVAN or +1-312-321-9800 to join one of our awesome tours and have an unforgettable experience in Panama!
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.
For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.
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.
Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.
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).