Dates: February 2 - February 10, 2019
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: From approx. $5,495 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Le Champlain
Tour Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Region: Central And South America
Few experiences can match one of the world's most dramatic voyages, a cruise from the Pacific to the Atlantic through one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the ingenious Panama Canal. During a specially arranged daylight transit, experience firsthand the mighty locks that raise and lower oceangoing vessels 85 feet and using no other power than the force of gravity, accomplishing in mere hours what would have taken a three-week circumnavigation of South America in years gone by. Join us for this voyage of a lifetime featuring a narrated passage through the historic Panama Canal and to the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama during the best time of year. On this comprehensive itinerary, explore the heart of Panama City's UNESCO World Heritage-designated Casco Antiguo—the city's old town—and tour acclaimed architect Frank Gehry's only design in Latin America, Panama City's Biodiversity Museum. Enjoy a specially arranged, exclusive visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Punta Culebra Nature Center for an up-close look at the terrestrial and marine conditions that sustain the stunning diversity of life here. Visit Panama's ancient San Blas Islands, where the Guna Indians live much as they did centuries ago. Experience one of our planet's most pristine ecosystems in the rainforests, islands and archipelagos of Costa Rica and Panama.
Your accommodations are aboard the exclusively charterd, Five-Star Le Champlain, which features the world's first luxury underwater observatory and will launch in 2018. Explore Costa Rica's terrestrial wonders and tour Panama City with the Pre- and Post-Program Options offered.