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Unveiled Wonders: Panama and Costa Rica

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Uncover the wonder of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal - this 9-day voyage has it all to make you adventure unforgettable. From Panama City, transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal, truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity. Travel all the way to the rich land of Costa Rica and discover its vast flora and fauna. Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff the wonders of this extraordinary region.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Panama City, Panama
Day 2 : Panama City, Panama | Embark
Day 3 : Gulf of Panama Islands
Day 4 : Granito de Oro | Coiba National Park, Panama
Day 5 : Captain's Choice
Day 6 : Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Day 7 : Osa Conservation Area
Day 8 : Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Day 9 : San Jose, Costa Rica | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise among the diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama
  • Look for camouflaged creatures in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Snorkel, kayak & paddle board in Curú National Refuge´s turquoise waters
  • Hike Golfo Dulce and watch for colorful toucans & hummingbirds
  • Enjoy a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San José or Panamá City
  • Search for untamed wildlife—scarlet macaws, howler monkeys and sloths

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Macaw in the jungle Panama Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal Spotting wildlife in the jungle Kid finds a starfish while snorkeling.

Day 1 Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panamá—the happiest country in the world! You are warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind from your day of travel, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.

Day 2 Panama City, Panama | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning of leisure or explore nearby city markets and cafés. This afternoon, rendezvous with your shipmates in the Bristol Hotel hospitality area. Enroute to your ship, stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun and the newly expanded locks. Board the Safari Voyager, meetMeet your crew and 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 over 56,000 workers to build it. What a way to kick off your week!

Day 3 Gulf of Panama Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama are all unique, and today, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration. Look for a silvery glint streaking across the water-it could be mobula rays taking flight.  This evening, sailing further away from civilization, you could almost chart your course by the stars.

Day 4 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. 

Day 5 Captain's Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6 Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical botanical reserve 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 Osa Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

Day 7 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 8 Curu National Wildlife Refuge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your last day on the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—untamed wildlife, lush scenery, and active recreation. Local “residents” include a variety of animal, reptile, avian, and insect species, including frigate birds and hummingbirds, and army ants and butterflies. Hike in Curu National Wildlife Refuge—a prime place to inspect diverse flora and fauna. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board. Cap off your week with a celebratory farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.

Day 9 San Jose, Costa Rica | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at Caldera Port, be transferred to San Jose to connect with your flight home.

Safari Voyager

Panama City - Hotels

Per person starting at
$4,595
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
Payment & Cancellation Policies
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