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Transitioning the Panama Canal

Panama Canal Full Transit

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Day 1 : Panama Canal Full Transit

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Transitioning the Panama Canal

Day 1 Panama Canal Full Transit

  • 1 Lunch
This morning starts with an early transfer to the Flamenco Marina where you will embark on your cruise to transit the Panama Canal. After cruising in the Pacific Ocean and admiring great views of the Panama City skyline, you will come to your first set of locks. The Miraflores locks will take your boat up 18 meters in two steps whereby you will reach Miraflores Lake. Next you will come upon the Pedro Miguel locks in which the boat will ascend 9 meters. After this ascent, you will reach the Gaillard cut, where the Chagres River enters the canal. The Gaillard cut is a main point of interest as it was carved through the Continental Divide and is full of history and geologic splendor. Here you will also see the Panama Canal expansion project. Continue on to Gatun Lake and on to the Gatun Locks. The locks are the only set of locks on the Atlantic side and here your boat will descend 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Finish cruising to Colon where you will disembark and return to your hotel. A magical journey full of history and awe as you cruise the Panama Canal.
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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary. Please note the full canal transit only operates the third Saturday of the month.


  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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