Family
Panama Family
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

Make this year’s family vacation an exclusive and unforgettable one. Children will be excited to see the Panama Canal, a real masterpiece of engineering. And Mom & Dad will be pretty amazed too. The thriving and exuberant flora and fauna at Gamboa, the picturesque village of El Valle and the marvelous pacific beaches at Playa Blanca make the Panama Family Package a safe and educational adventure that will appeal to all members of your family.



Included

•  Meet & Greet at the Airport

•  1 Nts Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Canal View room (B)

•  2 Nts Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Deluxe Chagres River View (B)

•  4 Nts Sheraton Bijao, Deluxe Ocean View Room (AI)

•  Shared Panama Canal Railway & Embera  Quera Village (L)

•  Shared Gamboa Tri-Pack (Aerial Tram, Exhibits & Gatun Lake Expedition(L)

•  Agua Clara "Panama Canal Expansion" (L)

•  Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches

•  All taxes and service charges

 

Package does not include:

•  Airport Departure Tax (US$ 40.00 per person - usually included in airfare)

•  Tourist Card (US$ 5.00 for certain nationalities)

•  Optional tours

•  Meals not mentioned

•  Beverages

•  All extras in the hotels

•  Voluntary tips & gratuities



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

Upon arrival to Panama a representative of Panama Trails will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel for your first night in Panama.

Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and an enormous historical sector in the Old City. The lively and vibrant banking district on the other hand is very modern and often compared to Miami. Panama City is a thrilling location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 02: Panama Canal Railway & Embera Quera Village / Gamboa

Undertake a train trip on the historical and original railway course from Panama City to Colón. This 1-hour travel leads you through the jungle and along the Panama Canal. This course was finished in 1855. The French Panama Canal company had acquired the railway line in 1880, as an assistance to build the Canal. In 1904 the Americans bought the Canal and the railway line and were operating it line until 1979. In 1998, Panama privatized the railway line and renewed it completely. Since 2001, the course is again passable and a unique attraction.
 

After the beautiful train trip, you will continue with your guide towards Lake Alajuela. There you will step into small boats, which will carry you up the Rio Chagres. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany you on your boat trip. Upriver, you will step out of the dugout canoes and enjoy a short hike (can be a bit muddy) to a beautiful waterfall in midst of the rain forest. Enjoy this tropical paradise far away from any civilization, take a swim in the refreshing pool just beneath the waterfall and submerge in this true tropical getaway. Now you are ready to visit the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Emberá tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg.

 

After these two visit you will be taken to the rainforest where you will spend the following at Gamboa, a small village from the time of the construction of the Panama Canal. The next three nights you will spend at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in midst of the tropical rainforest. Enjoy the relaxing views on Lake Gatun and the Chagres River. After dinner you take an interesting nocturnal safari to familiarize yourself with the species of the rain forest. You have a good chance to spot tapirs, capybaras, alligators, rare tropical opossums and two–toed sloths.

 

Overnight at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Deluxe Chagres River View Room, breakfast included.


Day 03: Gamboa Tri-Pack (Aerial Tram, Exhibits & Gatun Lake Expedition)

This 3 in 1 tour in Gamboa starts with the aerial tram ride that traverses a mile long tract of Humid Forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort’s boundaries. You will observe the forest canopy in some areas and are likely to encounter birds and hear Howler monkeys. The tram ascends 280 feet over half a mile and ends atop a hill. From here you will walk two minutes to the observation tower (which is optional) and for those with some stamina involves a climb of a 100 feet up a mildly inclined ramp which is also wheelchair accessible. From the observation tower you'll get great views of the Canal, the Chagres River as well as the surrounding forested areas of Soberania National Park and the town of Gamboa. The Tower is slightly less than 500 feet above sea level with most of this elevation attained by tram. On the return portion of the tram you will descend the final half-mile back to the starting point.

After the aerial tram tour you will visit the exhibits at the Gamboa Resort together with your guide.
 

Then, travel on small boats northbound on the canal for 25 minutes where you might come close to some of the big ships that transit the canal daily. Slowly you will motor along the forested banks of Gatun Lake, a protected area. Look for wildlife such as Capuchin Monkeys, 3-toed sloth, Howler Monkeys, various kinds of Toucans and other bird life. This is a place to observe the raw regenerative power of the forest as it struggles to claim what was once wild.

The tour is concluded by a delicious lunch served at Los Lagartos restaurant overlooking the Chagres River.

 

Overnight at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Deluxe Chagres River View Room, breakfast included.


Day 04: Agua Clara "Panama Canal Expansion" / Playa Blanca

In the morning, your guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. The Agua Clara Visitor Center is a place where the Panama Canal has made it clear that both its legacy and its grandeur will continue to bear fruit for the world. With an unparalleled view, this place is waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. Beyond its surprising technology or colossal machinery, you will be astonished by the work of thousands of people, who with discipline and determination head towards the same goal to make Panama stronger and Panamá worthy of admiration. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara visitor center has to offer. At the projection room you can learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout your visit, watch for the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze you. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that makes the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views; identify the different species gathered thereindigenous of the area of the Canal watershed.

After this short visit you will be transferred down to Panama’s Pacific Coast. Enjoy a few days at the wide, white sand beach.

 

Overnight at the, Sheraton Bijao, Deluxe Ocean View Room, all inclusive.


Day 05 - 07: Playa Blanca

Free days to enjoy the numerous facilities of Sheraton Biajo. Participate in one of the many activities offered by the hotel or just spend a relaxing day at the beautiful pacific beach.

 

Three nights at the Sheraton Bijao, Deluxe Ocean View Room, all inclusive.


Day 08: Panama City - Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home.

 

End of services!


Dates Sgl Trvl Sgl Dbl Tpl Child
From: 01 NOV 18 To: 30 APR 19
N/A $3205 $1800 $1485 $595
From: 01 MAY 19 To: 31 OCT 19
N/A $2795 $1595 $1385 $610

•  Rates are per person

•  For December 31th apply an extra charge of $100 per adult and $70 per child for the New Year dinner.

•  The family rate is based on a family of two adults and either one or two children under the age of 11 sharing one room

•  Maximum 2 children per room

 

Excluding Holiday Season:

Fiestras Patrias 01NOV - 06NOV

Christmas & New Year 20DEC - 02JAN

World Youth Day 22JAN - 29JAN

Carnivals 01MAR - 06MAR

Easter Week 14ABR - 21APR

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