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Panama City to San Jose - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Panama City's Bridge of the Americas
Highlights
  • Travel the Mogue River by motorized canoe and look for its vast wildlife
  • Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
  • Night transit along the Panamá Canal, a marvel of engineering and human tenacity
  • Visit Granito de Oro islet, snorkel and beachcomb
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Panama City, Panama | Embark

You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and swooped off to the hospitality suite. After a stop at Agua Clara Lock, board the vessel with a warm welcome from your captain and crew. Toast to adventure over dinner.

Day 2: Fort San Lorenzo | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
First up, take in a little history and a “walk on the wild side” among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. Take in the whole of it, as you prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. The lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit. Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it, and takes you about eight hours to transit.

Day 3: Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Darien Jungle is about as timeless today as it was 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized canoe, your expedition guide helps you spot wildlife—colorful roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons fishing from the water’s edge. Delving deeper into this mysterious, almost mythical place, you get to meet the locals. Emberá villagers offer a traditional welcome and share customs, stories, songs, and dance. The tip of the day, buy handicrafts from the villagers. Their highly prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets are keepers.

Day 4: Pearl Islands Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discovered by Spanish conquistadors and named for the flood of pearls found, the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of the Pearl Islands are now almost entirely uninhabited by humans and instead boast a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Gear is simple today—have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching on a skiff tour of Bartolome Island’s bird sanctuary. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Yellow Warblers are likely to pop into your field of vision. For more exploration, select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

Day 5: Gulf of Panama | Marine Life Search

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the diverse isles and atolls in the Gulf of Panama hosting hundreds of avian and marine mammal species. Guides give presentations and your captain determines the best locations and activities based on what nature delivers. And be on the lookout for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight. This evening, as you sail farther from civilization, you can almost chart your course by the stars.

Day 6: Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at 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 connect with a dreamy 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 for a casual beach party with the local hermit crabs. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through this tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and two turtle species call Isla Coiba home.

Day 7: Captain's Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. Go exploring by skiff. Or, just kick back in a hammock under swaying palms. Then it's cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

Day 8: Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A birder’s haven, explore a botanical reserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, the “sweet gulf” which separates Osa Peninsula from the mainland and one of only four tropical fjords on the planet, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff. Bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins also swim in the waters of this tucked away wilderness.

Day 9: 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. Drake Bay, named after its discoverer Sir Francis Drake and fabled to house the explorer’s hidden treasures, is also known for hundreds of distinct species of plants and trees and 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 and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.

Day 10: Curu National Wildlife Refuge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It’s your last day, and it’s a big one. 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 leafcutter 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. Trails offer prime howler and spider monkey viewing, and a chance to glimpse the immense blue morpho butterfly. An afternoon beach party offers up your final chance to swim and stroll along shore. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting your adventures.

Day 11: San Jose, Costa Rica | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the port, you’ll be transferred to San Jose to connect with your flight home.

Photo Gallery

Panama City's Bridge of the Americas Friendly Sloth Aerial view of San Jose city Wild Darien jungle A monkey clings to the tree

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Safari Voyager

Dining on the Safari Voyager.
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Enjoy a drink at the bar aboard the Safari Voyager.

Dates & Prices

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Save up to  $300 per stateroom ($150 per person) for all 2021-2022 voyages. Valid on NEW reservations booked through May 15th, 2021. Excludes Mariner, Master, and Navigator cabin categories. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
Applies to all departures up to Jun 30, 2022

Per person starting at
$7,095
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

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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