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Discover Costa Rica and Panama highlights on this 16-day cruise aboard the Safari Voyager. Explore colonial forts and tropical islands on this fascinating adventure journey. Keep your senses alert for marine life and kayak, hike, snorkel, or explore the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Transit through the Panama Canal on your way to the Caribbean Sea and finish your expedition in magnificent Panama City.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San José, Costa Rica
Day 2 : San José, Costa Rica | Embark
Day 3 : Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Day 4 : Osa Conservation Area
Day 5 : Golfo Dulce
Day 6 : Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama
Day 7 : Coiba National Park
Day 8 : Marine Life Search | Panama Canal
Day 9 : Colón | Gatun Lake | Panama City
Day 10 : Guna Yala
Day 11 : Guna Yala
Day 12 : Portobelo | Panama Canal
Day 13 : Pearl Islands Archipelago
Day 14 : Darién Jungle
Day 15 : Darien Jungle | Marine Life Search
Day 16 : Panama City, Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Snorkel, kayak and paddle board in turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga Las Perlas, Guna Yala islands, and Granito de Oro
  • Explore Osa Conservation Area, home of 2.5% of the planet´s biodiversity
  • Meet indigenous people of the Guna Yala and Embera cultures
  • Discover the golden sand and topaz-colored waters of the Pearl Islands
  • Sail in search of bottlenose dolphins, turtles, small sharks, and whales
  • Enjoy a one-night hotel stay in San José, Costa Rica
  • Delight in a Panamá Canal night transit; visit Agua Clara Locks Center
  • Take jungle hikes among untamed wildlife

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Kayaking through the Costa Rican rainforest Scarlet Macaws seen during Costa Rica vacation Cultural and wildlife encounters in Panama Panama

Day 1 San José, Costa Rica

Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.

Day 2 San José, Costa Rica | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning of leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. In the afternoon join your fellow adventurers at the hospitality area in the Intercontinental Hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Caldera Port on the Pacific Ocean and meet your enthusiastic crew on the Safari Voyager.

Day 3 Curú National Wildlife Refuge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. A hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. They are everywhere. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board.

Day 4 Osa Conservation Area

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species—a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area, putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in-hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.

Day 5 Golfo Dulce

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical preserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

Day 6 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center are connected by gorgeous white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. It’s another perfect day in paradise.

Day 7 Coiba National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ah, another day in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Or, slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. The water is crystal-clear, and the fish and turtles are swimming! Find balance to your invigorating morning—then it's cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

Day 8 Marine Life Search | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and today, it's captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Enjoy superb bird watching of hundreds of avian species on an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere’s second oldest church. Prepare to experience one of the top bucket-list destinations—transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal. Truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity, it took 9,000 workers to build it. At a special captain’s dinner, toast to your absolutely unforgettable voyage and the adventures you’ve experienced so far.

Day 9 Colón | Gatun Lake | Panama City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With an early start, you’re off to Gamboa for an exploration of Gatun Lake, once the largest man-made lakes in the world. Watch for toucans, osprey, Geoffroy’s tamarins, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and, passing cargo ships—a striking contrast to the surrounding jungle. After lunching at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center—the new Panama Canal expansion was built to accommodate massive Neopanamax cargo ships. See the locks in action before returning to the ship in time for happy hour. Laundry service is provided today.

Day 10 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)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.

Day 11 Guna Yala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.

Day 12 Portobelo | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 1500s, Portobelo has a rich history including notable characters like Henry Morgan, Francis Drake, and Christopher Columbus. Stroll the passageways of this quaint colorful, village surrounded by jungle. You can sense the past of pirates and explorers before you. Imagine their approach while you take in the views of Portobelo from a kayak or skiff in the bay. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. (Time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit).

Day 13 Pearl Islands Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 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 14 Darién 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. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide helps 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, share their customs and stories, and have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately-woven rainforest baskets.

Day 15 Darien Jungle | Marine Life Search

  • 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 migrating whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

Day 16 Panama City, Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to begin your hotel stay.

Safari Voyager

San Jose - Hotels

Per person starting at
$8,545
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).
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Stateroom
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208

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

Included in your fare:
- Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves
- From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
- Exclusive activities and shore visits
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Wellness amenities
- Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts

Not included in your fare:
Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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