Self Drive
Discover Panama Self-drive
12 (Days / 11 Nights)

Explore during this self-drive the best of the provinces of Panama, Colon and Cocle. All these destinations are within a short driving distance to make sure you will have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of nature and the attractions at the different towns and hotels.



Included

• 2 Nts Holiday Inn Panama Canal, pool view room (B)  •   2 Nts Meliá Panamá Canal, deluxe room (B) •  2 Nts Gamboa Rainforest Resort, deluxe Chagres river view (B) •  3 Nts Sheraton Bijao Resort, deluxe garden room (AI) •  Shared Half Day Panama City & Miraflores Locks Tour •  7 days of car rental (Toyota Yaris Advance or similar) Basic mandatory car insurances   •   Drop off fee Playa Blanca  •   Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches



What to bring

In Panama City the people are very well dressed and take pride in their appearance. In the rural areas and because of the relatively large fluctuations in temperature it is always a good idea to have long sleeves and even a jacket for the cooler spots. Long sleeves are also comfortable at night as they will protect you from mosquitoes. You will want light clothing such as cotton tee shirts as well, as the temperatures can be quite hot. Be sure to bring a good pair of shoes for any excursions as open-toed shoes are not recommended. Also, be sure to bring a pair of beach sandals and light shoes for when it is much hotter out. And bring an umbrella regardless of whether it is the wet or dry season.

Basic Packing List:Sun screen,Light Jacket & Raincoat,Mosquito repellent,Long sleeved shirts & T-shirts,Medications,Sandals & Bathing Suit,Toiletry items,Comfortable walking shoes,Binoculars,Shorts & Long Pants,Camera,Hat or Cap

Day 01 Arrival in Panama City

After your arrival to Panama our representative will pick you up at the airport and transfers you to your city hotel. Panama City is the capital and largest city in Panama. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and a vast historical sector in the Old City, a district famous for its Spanish fortifications and several colonial buildings. Panama City is a location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country!

Overnight at Holiday Inn Panama Canal Standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 02 Shared Half Day Panama City tour & Miraflores Locks

In the morning, your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a private tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minutes drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are between 09:00 and 11:00, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project.

After the visit to the Canal you will continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side. The tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. While visiting the highlights of this colonial district – the Cathedral, the golden Altar, French Plaza and the Huertas Passway – you will sure get an idea on Panama’s long and interesting history.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Panama Canal Standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 03 Panama City - Colón

Free morning to spend in Panama City. At a time indicated by you, your rental car – a Toyota Yaris Au-tomatic with mandatory insurances and unlimited mileage – will be delivered to your hotel and after a short explanation about driving in Panama you are free to explore the country on your own.

From Panama City on the Pacific Ocean you will enjoy a short drive (approx. 1.5h) towards Colón, the main port and entrance to the Panama Canal on the Caribbean side. Colón is also the home of the larg-est free trade zone of the western hemisphere – a paradise for shopping. Five minutes from Colón you will find your hotel for the next two nights – the Meliá Panamá Canal, situated directly at the shore of Lake Gatún.

Overnight at Melia Panama Canal Deluxe Room, Breakfast included.


Day 04 Lake Gatún - Colón - Portobelo

Enjoy a free day at the area. You can either take a tour on Lake Gatún from your hotel will gladly help you with the arrangements or explore the region on your own. Portobelo, is an approximately 50 minutes’ drive from Colón, is a small bay side town offering various historical sites that have been declared world heritage by the UNESCO. Portobelo was the shipping point to Spain for all the treasures of the Inca Empire and the favorite target of pirates such as Sir Francis Drake. You will find the ruins of four Spanish forts, the restored customhouse and the local church with its famous Black Christ. As an addition to this historical excursion you might have time for some shopping at the free trade zone or to visit the impressive Gatún Locks of the Panama Canal and see the huge vessels being lifted to the level of Lake Gatún.

Overnight at Melia Panama Canal Deluxe Room, Breakfast included.


Day 05 Colón - Gamboa

Today is just a short drive from Colón to Gamboa (approx. 2 hours). Depending on your preferences you can either spend a free morning in Colón or enjoy the afternoon in Gamboa. The small village of Gamboa has been built during the construction of the Panama Canal and has only one way in and out. Your hotel for the next two nights will be Gamboa Rainforest Resort which is located directly at the shore of Lake Gatún and the Chagres River. From the Marina you will enjoy spectacular views of giant ships crossing the Panama Canal, the rooms and restaurants offer a calm view over the Chagres River. On a guided night walk inscription at the reception of the hotel you can learn about the birds and mammals living in this rainforest.

Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort Deluxe Chagres River View Room, Breakfast included


Day 06 Gamboa

Free day to spend in Gamboa. Take one of the various tours offered by the hotel, visit the close by National Park Soberanía with its famous pipeline road (bird watching) or simply relax at the Swimming Pool of the comfortable resort.

Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort Deluxe Chagres River View Room, Breakfast included


Day 07 Gamboa - El Valle

Enjoy the free morning in Gamboa. A 2.5 hours drive takes you over the famous Bridge of the Americas (Puente de las Américas), along the pacific coastline to San Carlos. Shortly after the small town you will see the sign to El Valle. Turn right and follow the curvy road for approximately 25 kilometers uphill to the small and picturesque town set in the midst of an extinct volcanic crater. Here you stay for two nights at the charming family run guest house Park Eden with lush garden setting.

Overnight at Park Eden Bed & Breakfast Standard Room, Breakfast included


Day 08 El Valle

A free day to explore the El Valle area with its fresh and agreeable climate. Here there are hiking, horse riding, biking and bird watching opportunities and plenty of flowering plants bloom in its eternal spring micro-climate. There are small scale local amusements including the colorful handicrafts and fruits market, some natural thermal water, mud baths, petroglyphs and a waterfall plus the delights of must visit gourmet restaurant Los Mandarinos.

Overnight at Park Eden Bed & Breakfast Standard Room, Breakfast included.


Day 09 El Valle – Sheraton Bijao Resort

In the morning, drive down to the Panamerican Highway and follow it further southwest. After approxi-mately a one hour’s drive you will see the signs for Royal Decameron, you will need to return your rented vehicle here. A representative of the rental car company will then take you on a transfer to the Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort where you will relax the next days.

Overnight at Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort Deluxe Garden Room, All-inclusive Plan.


Day 10 - 11 Playa Blanca

Free day to spend at the Sheraton Bijao Resort. Participate in some of the many activities offered by the hotel or simply relax at the beach.

Overnight at Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort Deluxe Garden Room, All-inclusive Plan


Day 12 Playa Blanca – Panama City – Departure

You will be picked up at the Sheraton Bijao Resort and transferred directly to Panama’s international airport for your flight home.

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Dates Sgl Trvl Sgl Dbl Tpl Child
From: 01 NOV 17 To: 15 APR 18
N/A $2350 $1595 $1250 N/A
From: 16 APR 18 To: 31 OCT 18
N/A $2195 $1375 $1090 N/A

 A minimum of 2 people it is required to book this package.

Price not valid during: Fiestas Patrias: November 1st -  5th, 2017.Christmas & New Year’s: December 19th, 2017 -  January 1st  2018, Carnivals: February 10th   – February 13th, 2018. Easter Week: March 29th - April 01st , 2018.

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