Costa Rica & Panama – Canal, Culture, Adventure

from $6,695

DATES – 2019 – NOV 20*, 30 | DEC 10*, 20, 30*

2020 – JAN 19*, 29 | FEB 08*, 18, 28* | MAR 9, 19*, 29

DURATION – 11 days/10 nights     

EMBARKATION – SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA          

DISEMBARKATION – PANAMA CITY, PANAMA            

SHIP – M/V Safari Voyager

FROM – $6,695 (Plus Port Fees $450)

* Reverse Itinerary

 

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All about the Costa Rica & Panama – Canal, Culture, Adventure.

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.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Panama Canal night transit
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Darien Jungle, Coiba National Park, and Fort San Lorenzo
  • Embera village visit
  • Darien Jungle’s Mogue River by motorized canoe
  • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panama
  • Tropical rainforest hikes—watch for howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, and sloths
  • Stroll a private butterfly- and flower-rich tropical preserve
  • Snorkel, kayak, and paddle board among Las Perlas and Granito de Oro islet
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
  • 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.
  • Port Charges
  1. Day 1 San José, Costa Rica – Embark

    You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and swooped off to the hospitality suite before transferring to the vessel for a warm welcome from your captain and crew. Toast to adventure over dinner as you sail along the Pacific coast.

  2. Day 2 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 leafcutter 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.

  3. Day 3 Osa Conservation Area

    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.

  4. Day 4 Golfo Dulce

    A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical preserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

  5. Day 5 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park

    Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at 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 for a casual beach party with the local hermit crabs. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through this tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and two turtle species call Isla Coiba home.

  6. Day 6 Captain's Choice

    Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. Go exploring by skiff. Or, just kick back in a hammock under swaying palms. Then it’s cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

  7. Day 7 Gulf of Panama | Marine Life Search

    Cruise through the diverse isles and atolls in the Gulf of Panama hosting hundreds of avian and marine mammal species. Guides give presentations and your captain determines the best locations and activities based on what nature delivers. And be on the lookout for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight.

  8. Day 8 Darién Jungle

    The Darien Jungle is about as timeless today as it was 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized canoe, your expedition guide helps you spot wildlife—colorful roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons fishing from the water’s edge. Delving deeper into this mysterious, almost mythical place, you get to meet the locals. Embera villagers offer a traditional welcome and share customs, stories, songs, and dance. Their highly prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets are keepers.Celebrate this unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures. 

  9. Day 9 Pearl Islands Archipelago | Panama Canal

    Discovered by Spanish conquistadors and named for the flood of pearls found, the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of the Pearl Islands are now almost entirely uninhabited by humans and instead boast a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Gear is simple today—have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching on a skiff tour of Bartolome Island’s bird sanctuary. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Yellow Warblers are likely to pop into your field of vision. For more exploration, select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape. Take in the whole of it, as you prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. 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, and takes you about eight hours to transit.

  10. Day 10 Fort San Lorenzo

    It’s your last day, and it’s a big one. Take in a little history and a “walk on the wild side” among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting your adventures.

     

  11. Day 11 Panama City, Panama – 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 stay to see more of this vibrant city.

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, 2019 - March 30, 2020
$6,695