Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal

Untamed wildlife and wild lands, sail between two seas exploring national parks and a wildlife refuge teeming with colorful birds and wildlife; snorkeling and kayaking in crystal-clear waters; and transit the Panamá Canal.

DATES:  EACH FRIDAY 
DURATION:  9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
EMBARKATION: SAN JOSE*
DISEMBARKATION: PANAMA CITY*
*Or reverse itinerary

SHIP: MV SAFARI VOYAGER
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INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • One-night hotel stay in embarkation city—San José or Panamá City
  • Transit the Panamá Canal
  • Visit a national park, one wildlife refuge, and conservation area
  • Search for untamed wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins
  • Snorkel and beachcomb on Panamá’s Granito de Oro
  • Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve
  • Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration

ITINERAY

DAY 1 – Arrive San José, Costa Rica 
Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.

DAY 2  – San José, Costa Rica – Embarkation
The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. This afternoon, join your fellow adventurers at our hospitality area in the Intercontinental Hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Caldera Port on the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll board the Safari Voyager and meet your enthusiastic crew.
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DAY 3 – Curú National Wildlife Refuge
At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. A hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. They are everywhere. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board.

DAY 4 – Osa Conservation Area
Your week of adventure continues on the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—untamed wildlife, lush scenery, and active recreation. Local “residents” include a variety of different animal, reptile, avian, and insect species—frigate birds and hummingbirds, army ants and butterflies. Hike in Curú National Wildlife Refuge—a prime place to inspect diverse flora and fauna. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board.

DAY 5 – Golfo Dulce
Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species—a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in-hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.
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DAY 6 – Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center connect with a dreamy white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through untouched tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, crested eagles, and four turtle species call Isla Coiba home.

DAY 7 – Coiba National Park
Ah, another day in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Or, slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. The water is crystal-clear, and the fish and turtles are swimming! Find balance to your invigorating morning—then it’s cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.
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DAY 8 – Marine Life Search / Panamá Canal
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and on your last day, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on a skiff exploration. And watch for mobula rays flying across the water. Later, transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal (time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit). Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it. Celebrate this unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.

DAY 9 – Panamá City – Disembarkation
After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Make a stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Lake Gatun and the newly expanded locks. Then your transfer continues, taking you to the airport for your flight home or explore more of Panama.

 
 

Safari Voyager

RATES INCLUDE:
Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation; Group transfer to airport or central location upon; All scheduled landings/excursions; All lectures and briefings onboard; All meals served aboard; Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily; All port fees; Pre-departure materials.

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Visa and passport fees (if applicable); Airfare; Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance; Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges; Staff gratuities; fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings; Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

Unveiled Wonders—Costa Rica & Panamá Canal - 2017-18

Cabin CategoryPer Person
Double Occupancy
Master
$4,645
Commander$5,245
Captain$5,645
Admiral$6,345
Commodore$7,045
Owners Suite$8,245
Single Cabin$6,645
Save $600 per person during August 2017.
Rates include $250 per person port charges.
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