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Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Panama - Costa Rica)

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Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. Explore the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba, Corcovado and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle and cross the celebrated Panama Canal - an event for every avid cruise goer. Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Shelter Bay Marina | Colon, Panama
Day 2 : Amador Marina | Panama City, Panama
Day 3 : Punta Patino | Darrien, Panama
Day 4 : Coiba Island | Granito De Oro Island, Panama
Day 5 : Golfito | Casa Orquideas Private Reserve | Puerto Jimenez | Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Day 6 : Quepos, Costa Rica
Day 7 : Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
Day 8 : Puntarenas Port, Costa Rica

Ship

Variety Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Friendly Sloth Tree frog spotted in the Amazon Snorkel the clear, tropical waters The Panama Canal Butterfly in Costa Rica

Day 1 Shelter Bay Marina | Colon, Panama

Embark your ship this afternoon. Sail to the canal entrance area, cross the Gatun Locks, and enter the Gatun Lake. Later during the night cross the San Pedro and Miraflores locks and reach Flamenco Marina, Panama City in the early hours.

Day 2 Amador Marina | Panama City, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an optional excursion to Casco Viejo, Panama City's old Colonial Quarter, and to the Panama Canal site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). Enjoy time at leisure after lunch to visit the Amador Marina or go to town for shopping. In the late evening sail to Punta Patino – Darrien.

Day 3 Punta Patino | Darrien, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Punta Patino-San Miguel Gulf and join an optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National Park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. Sail upstream on the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangrove ecosystem. Meet Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. Share their lunch and dance with them. Sail to Coiba Island this afternoon.

Day 4 Coiba Island | Granito De Oro Island, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Your ship's Naturalist offers an optional walking excursion this morning, taking you on a short, uphill walk to discover the local forest and animal life. Enjoy a beach BBQ before sailing to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. The island is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the Americas' Pacific coast and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain which encompasses Coco's and the Galapagos. This region offers a unique underwater experience not to be missed. In the afternoon, leave Granito de Oro and sail to Golfo Dulce.

Day 5 Golfito | Casa Orquideas Private Reserve | Puerto Jimenez | Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach Golfito early in the morning for immigration procedures before continuing sailing on to nearby Casa Orquideas where the ship anchors. Reach Casa Orquideas and tender to this beautiful flower sanctuary. Opt to join an optional walking excursion and visit to the extensive and very well-preserved grounds. There is time to swim at the end of the visit. Next sail across the bay to Puerto Jimenez while having a deck BBQ, and visit the Osa Peninsula Reserve. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park, and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight at sea en route to Quepos.

Day 6 Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve. Your optional excursion takes you into the Manuel Antonio Park which consists of three magnificent white-sand beaches, backed by a jungle that shelters hundreds of fascinating plant species. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with a naturalist to look for outstanding wildlife viewing. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach, or take a swim. Choose from two optional afternoon excursions: Savegre River or take a Forest Canopy Tour. Enjoy a tropical evening with dinner and a party.

Day 7 Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an optional walking excursion with local Rangers in the Curu Nature Reserve. Later, rejoin your ship for a short sailing to Tortuga Island, arriving at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island. Join your shipmates on the beach for a BBQ. Spend the afternoon exploring more of this amazing island. Overnight at anchor in Tortuga or sail to Puntarenas depending on sea conditions.

Day 8 Puntarenas Port, Costa Rica

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrival in Puntarenas Port this morning. Disembark and transfer to the airport to continue your journey.

Variety Voyager

Per person starting at
$3,190
Category C cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category C
Lower Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows, private bath facilities.
Category B cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category B
Lower/Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows (Lower) or windows (Main), private bath facilities.
Category A cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category A
Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Double windows and private bath facilities.
Category P cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category P
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities and private marble bath facilities.
Variety Voyager's Owner's Suite.
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Owners Suite
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities, sofa, private marble bath facilities.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
- Please note that shore excursions are offered at additional costs.

Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.

Please Note:
Single Supplement is 60% on this journey.

Cruise fares are per person and include:
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme evening and Captain’s Dinner
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort

Not included:
- Port taxes
- Beverages (except those mentioned above)
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at a charge)

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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