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Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Discover some of the best-kept secrets of Panama on this 8-day cruise. Begin and end in historic Panama City, crossing the legendary Panama Canal and visiting the Guna Yala Islands (previously known as the San Blas Islands), wild Dariel Jungle, and the pristine Pearl Islands Archipelago. As you sail, admire the beautiful scenery and take the chance explore tranquil bays, cultural villages, and the best of the region by kayak or foot.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Panama City|Embark
Day 2 : Guna Yala
Day 3 : Guna Yala
Day 4 : Chagres River|Panamá Canal
Day 5 : Pearl Islands Archipelago
Day 6 : Darien Jungle
Day 7 : Darien Jungle
Day 8 : Panama City|Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a visit with the locals, revealing traditional customs & daily living
  • Hike through vibrant jungle forest passing forest farms
  • Transit from ocean-to-ocean along the 48-mile Panama Canal
  • Go whale watching and spot dolphins, sea turtles, and whales

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wild Darien jungle Cultural and wildlife encounters in Panama Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Hiking in Panama The jungle terrain of Darien

Day 1 Panama City|Embark

Arrive at the airport and meet the ship's representative. Transfer to the hospitality area to relax with your shipmates until it is time to board the Safari Voyager. Cross the peninsula overland to Colon, where the ship waits at anchor. Settle in to your cabin and attend a welcome dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Guna Yala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna) with a village visit to an arts and crafts market, traditional cemetery, and communal house of the chiefs. Enjoy an afternoon with the locals, revealing traditional customs and daily living. Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.

Day 3 Guna Yala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another beautiful day awaits you in Guna Yala. Enjoy the islands at a more relaxed pace, lounging on a stunning beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand. Hike through vibrant jungle forest passing forest farms along the way and snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among the picture-perfect islands.

Day 4 Chagres River|Panamá Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 'world’s most valuable river,' and Panama’s largest, was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times. Today, it is still a vital artery of the Canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. And if conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot—ground cuckoos, crested eagle, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting ocean-to-ocean along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal.

Day 5 Pearl Islands Archipelago

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

Day 6 Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.

Day 7 Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

Day 8 Panama City|Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. Transfer to the airport for your independent travels home.

Safari Voyager

Per person starting at
$4,395
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Stateroom
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Master Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #103-108
Commander Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Commander Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #205-206, 209-212, 215-222
Captain Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Captain Stateroom
Fixed twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #308, 310, 312
Safari Voyager's Admiral Stateroom.
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Admiral Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower (youth-sized sofa bed for triple). #307, 309
Jr. Commodor Suite aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Jr. Commodore Suite
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, refrigerator, flat screen TV/DVD, view window, private bath with shower (sofa bed for triple). #201-204
Owner's Suite on the Safari Voyager
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Owner's Suite
King or twin beds, sitting area w/wet bar, refrigerator, media center, view windows, private bath w/Jacuzzi & shower (sofa bed for triple).

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy
- Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

A passport is required on this itinerary. Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

Includes:
-All onboard meals
-Premium spirits, Fine wine, Microbrews onboard the vessel
-Non-alcoholic beverages onboard the vessel
-Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
-Port taxes/fees
-Entry fees to national parks/preserves
-All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
-Wellness program: sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Not Included:
-Airfare to adn from your home city
-Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew
-Travel protection
-Optional excursions and land tours

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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