Pure Panama – Cultures, Coasts & Canal

from $4,645

DATES (2018): May 4, 11 | June 1, 8, 29 | July 6, 27 | August 3, 24, 31 | September 7 | November 02

DURATION:  9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

EMBARKATION: PANAMA CITY

DISEMBARKATION: PANAMA CITY

SHIP: MV SAFARI VOYAGER

 

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All about the Pure Panama – Cultures, Coasts & Canal.

Swashbucklers, a river of gold, and the world’s greatest man-made ditch. Cross the Isthmus of Panamá in search of adventure—the Darién Jungle, colonial history, wildlife, and a Panamá Canal transit.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Included one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Panamá City
  • Transit the Panamá Canal
  • Kayak, paddle board, and snorkel among Las Perlas and the Guna Yala islands
  • Exchanges with Guna and Emberá villagers
  • Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panamá
  • Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
  • Bird watching along the Chagres River
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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
  • premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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.
  1. Day 1 Panamá City, Panamá

    You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Unwind from your day of travel enjoying the hotel’s amenities, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.

  2. Day 2 Panamá City / Colón, Panamá – Embarkation

    Enjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and cafés. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in our hospitality area and then cross the peninsula overland to Colón as you transfer to the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew.

  3. Day 3 Guna Yala

    Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.

  4. Day 4 Guna Yala

    Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.

  5. Day 5 Chagres River / Panamá Canal

    Once the “world’s most valuable” river and Panamá’s largest, the Chagres was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times, and today, is a vital artery of the canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. And if conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot—ground cuckoos, crested eagles, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal. (Canal transit time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for late afternoon or evening).

  6. Day 6 Pearl Islands Archipelago

    Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

  7. Day 7 Darién Jungle

    Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets

  8. Day 8 Darién Jungle / Marine Life Search

    Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

  9. Day 9 Panamá City – Disembarkation

    After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home or explore more of Panama.

SAFARI VOYAGER

A quick clip on the Safari Voyager—discreet, classy, and stealth. She is a leader in expedition functionality and features the fleet’s most advanced skiff launching platform. Comfortable in warm water regions, she’s specifically built to handle the humidity and heat that can challenge lesser-designed vessels. Tropical adventure and wilderness access are always at the forefront. So is the natural landscape.

A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly-local crew exude pura vida (pure life). Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel and in each cabin pays homage to the regions of Costa Rica and Panamá. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too—take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge.

An aft EZ Dock launch platform provides convenient access into and from the water for adventure activities. The vessel is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, snorkel gear, and hiking poles. For rejuvenation and relaxation, guests can take advantage of our wellness amenities with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Depending on the cabin category, singles, doubles, or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: wide panoramic view windows; individually controlled air conditioning; generous storage and closet space; desk and chair; iPod/MP3/MP4 docking stations; TV/DVD player; private bath with shower.

 

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1982/2016 (renovated)
  • Length: 174 ft
  • Width: 36 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 9 knots
  • Total Staff: 28-32
  • Total Passengers: 62
  • Cabins: 32
Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018
$4,645