06/10
Activity
7 Days / 6 Nights
Duration

Discover the natural and cultural beauty of the Atlantic and Pacific of Panama on board the Discovery Expedition Cruise.   This amazing journey will take you to the Darien National Park in search of amazing wildlife and for a cultural exchange with one of our distinct indigenous groups: the Emberas.   We will also navigate the Pearl Island Archipelago and will have the unique experience of crossing the renowned Panama Canal.  We will navigate through the Gatun Lake and the world-famous Chagres River while exploring the legendary trails of the of Pirates and Conquistadores that once fought in the Isthmus that changed the world.  Ask for summer savings up to 25% off

2019 Departures:  March 30th, April 30th, May 28th, June, 4th, October 26th, November 27th

2020 Departures:  March 10th, 31st, April 14th, 29th, May 19th, May 26th, October 24th, November 25th

Southbound Journey follows the same exploration route in reverse.

HIGHLIGHTS
  Explore Panama’s Highlights Cruising The Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
  Expert Expedition Guide Onboard
  Enjoy Excellent Crew Service
  Taste Culinary Delights with Chef Onboard
PICK UP

At the Tocumen International Airport of Panama at the appropriate time for your international flight arrival. You will be returned for your departure flight.

WHAT TO WEAR

Comfortable athletic shoes and light leisure clothing, jacket, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. A hat, sunglasses and bathing suits are recommended.

INCLUDED
Meet and greet at the airport
6 nights of lodging + breakfast
Private transportation with A/C
Information kit
Breakfast on all days. L=lunch or D=dinner as stated in the itinerary.
Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
Government and lodging taxes
NOT INCLUDED
 International airfares and taxes
 Domestic airfares and taxes
 Alcoholic beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
 Optional activities
 Gratuities and departure tax at the airport
1

Panama City - Flaminco Marina

Sail the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean towards Contadora, where the Discoverywill stay the first night before navigating to the Darien Jungle. Take this opportunity to meet your expedition leaders, the crew and your fellow travelers while you savor our tempting native cuisine. (D) 
2

Darien Jungle

 Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years to a place that not many have had the privilege of experiencing. More than an excursion, this is a journey into the lives of the Embera Indians. A proud people who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as they were before the Spaniards colonized the region. These natives are also master crafters of cocobolo woodcarvings and basketry. After motoring up river, you will see the village emerging from the jungle, as if by magic.  Keep your eyes open along the way as the region offers abundant wildlife that is particularly active along the river’s edge. (B,L,D) 
3

Pearl Islands:

Snorkel, kayak, paddle and swim in the waters of the Pearl Islands. The archipelago owes its name to the abundance of pearl oysters, which supported a substantial fishery in the early 1900’s. On the outer portion of the archipelago, the islands are home to some pristine beaches and fertile fishing grounds. (B,L,D)
4

Panama Canal Daylight Transit & Gatun Lake Safari

 Wake up at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal and join the morning’s ship convoy for our northbound canal passage traversing Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. The Discovery will be raised 85 feet above sea level to Gatun Lake. You will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience up close the history and operation of this engineering marvel. Navigate the Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal, bisecting the Continental Divide. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. Explore Gatun Lake and kayak in Panama Canal waters. Your expedition leader will take you on board small crafts past lush rainforests to secluded areas of the lake to witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. The American Crocodile, Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey, White-faced Capuchin Monkey, Limpkin, Ringed Kingfisher and Purple Gallinule are just a few of the animals that you could see in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this beautiful, tropical jungle will engulf you. Spend the night in Gatun Lake on Panama Canal waters. (B,L,D)
5

Soberania National Park & Pipeline Road

 Travel into Soberania national park on a gravel dirt road built by the US military during WWII to lay an oil Pipeline in this part of Panama to alleviate ship traffic jams thru the Canal due to the world conflict. This area was named Pipeline Road and is one of the best eco-trails in Panama.  You will arrive to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, which is an ecotourism and environmental education center. Enjoy the view from its 100ft high observation tower while spotting   Purple throated Fruit crow, Swainson Toucan, Scarlet-rumped Cacique among other birds. Then enjoy a walk through the trail around the forest. The Discovery will exit the Panama Canal in the afternoon on its way to the mouth of the Chagres River.(B,L,D)
6

San Lorenzo National Park - UNESCO World Heritage site

 Explore Fort San Lorenzo, which is located on a cliff at the mouth of the Chagres River on the Atlantic side, where your leader will offer details of the immense amount of history found on this area. This fort was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century to defend their well-known gold trail. Not only is it rich in history but also in wildlife. As you walk around, be on the lookout for howler monkeys, Northern Tamandua Anteater and Blue-crowned Motmot. In the afternoon, walk through the Pavon trail until you arrive to the lookout tower. Our crew will meet you for a “Sunset Wine & Cheese” picnic located on a cliff overlooking the Chagres River and enjoying the music of nature. .  (B,L,D)
7

Chagres River & Panama Canal

 Experience the magnificent Chagres River, which was used by the conquistadors to move their gold across the Isthmus of Panama en-route from Peru to Spain and by the gold prospectors who attempted a “short cut” from the US East coast to the gold fields of California. The river was the centerpiece of the colonial inter-oceanic route and is now the lifeline of the Panama Canal full of wildlife and tropical jungle. Later in the afternoon, you will board the Panama Canal Railway train back to Panama City. This one-hour railroad trip will allow you to traverse the picturesque trans-isthmian route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal’s locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake.  (B,L)