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Grand tour of Panama

18 days from £7,330pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the buzzing Panama City.

  • Get up close to the enormous locks and tankers by transiting the Panama Canal.

  • Meet the autonomous Kuna community of the San Blas islands.

  • Relax on the peaceful beaches of the Pacific Coast.

  • Search for the Resplendant Quetzal and other birdlife in the cool cloudforest highlands.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Panama City
  • Coral Lodge
  • Panama City
  • Tranquilo Bay
  • Chiriqui Highlands
  • Cala Mia
  • David
  • Panama City

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Panama City

International outbound flight , Panama City

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Panama City. Arrive in Panama City today. You will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Day 2 Panama City

Panama City

Today you will explore Panama City, taking in the colossal Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, the remains of the original capital Panama Viejo which was sacked by Henry Morgan in the 1600's and the beautiful colonial quarter of Casco Antiguo.

Day 3 Panama City

Panama City

Today enjoy a partial transit of the Panama Canal, travelling from the Pacific through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks to Gatun Lake, the canal's watershed.

Day 4 Coral Lodge

Panama City , Coral Lodge

An early start this morning for your light aircraft flight to the San Blas Islands. Spend the day meeting the Kuna people, snorkel on pristine islets and enjoy a picnic lunch before you travel by boat onto Coral Lodge. All meals are included in your stay.


Day 5 Coral Lodge

Coral Lodge

Day at leisure at Coral Lodge.


Day 6 Panama City

Coral Lodge , Panama City

This morning enjoy a short boat trip to the jetty at Miramar where you will be met and driven to Portobello to see the old Spanish fortifications used to defend against marauding pirates in colonial times. After lunch you continue back to Panama City.

Day 7 Panama City

Panama City

This morning you will visit the beautiful Soberania National Park for an easy hike along one of its famous birdwatching roads. After the walk you then take a boat ride on Gatun Lake, which was created for the Panama Canal in 1913 and is now a haven for wildlife as well as a transit for shipping.

Day 8 Tranquilo Bay

Panama City , Tranquilo Bay

Transfer to Panama City's domestic airport for your short flight to Bocas del Toro where you will be met and transferred by boat to the lodge.


Day 9 Tranquilo Bay

Tranquilo Bay

Enjoy the wide range of inclusive activities on offer at Tranquilo Bay.


Day 10 Tranquilo Bay

Tranquilo Bay

Activities at Tranquilo Bay.


Day 11 Chiriqui Highlands

Tranquilo Bay , Chiriqui Highlands

Enjoy a scenic journey by boat and road across the continental divide to the Pacific slope and the town of Boquete.

Day 12 Chiriqui Highlands

Chiriqui Highlands

Enjoy an easy trek on one of Central America's most beautiful trails today. You should see a variety of different landscapes and numerous bird species, perhaps even the elusive Quetzal.

Day 13 Chiriqui Highlands

Day 14 Cala Mia

Chiriqui Highlands , Cala Mia

Transfer down from the cool highlands to the tropical plains surrounding David. From here you will be driven onto sleepy Boca Chica, where you travel by boat to Cala Mia.


Day 15 Cala Mia

Cala Mia

At leisure at Cala Mia.


Day 16 Cala Mia

Cala Mia

At leisure at Cala Mia.


Day 17 International return flight

Cala Mia , David , Panama City , International return flight

Travel back to Boca Chica by boat and then onto David airport by road for your short flight back to Panama City. Transfer to the international airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 18 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Panama will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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Panama City
Tranquilo Bay
Chiriqui Highlands
Cala Mia