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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal - National Geographic

This exciting Tropical Expedition cruise explores Panama and Costa Rica in partnership with National Geographic, with a National Geographic Photographer and Expert accompanying the trip

Cruise Only
7 nights from £3230pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Sloth in Costa Rica
  • San Blas Islands, Panama
  • Embera Indians
  • Iguana in Manuel Antonia NP

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Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal - National Geographic Special Offer

This exciting Tropical Expedition cruise explores Panama and Costa Rica in partnership with National Geographic, with a National Geographic Photographer and Expert accompanying the trip.

Highlights include the magnificent jungle in Darien National Park, a UNESCO site, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Curu Wildlife Refuge. Discover the San Blas Islands and navigate the Panama Canal, a masterpiece of engineering. There may also be encounters with local tribes including the Emberas tribe in the Darien National Park, and the Kuna Indians of the San Blas archipelago.

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Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal

Day 1 - Colon

Embark your ship in Colon, the second largest city in Panama.

Day 2 - San Blas Islands

Located on the north-east coast of Panamá, the San Blas archipelago is a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Over 300 islands and cays covering an area of 300 square kilometres offer travellers a multitude of treasures. Sheltered behind a long coral reef, the San Blas Islands are full of paradisiac anchorages. The long sandy white beaches bounded by crystal clear waters will allow you to relax and enjoy an incredible marine fauna before discovering the Kunas Indian community. Still feeding off hunting and fishing, their villages of bamboo houses are gathered near the beaches.

Day 3 - Panama Canal Crossing

Aboard your ship, experience something unique, that has inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Atlantic to the Pacific. Including three levels of locks and by raising ships to the level of Lake Gatun, almost as if the water was a lift, it allows them to avoid having to round Cape Horn.

Day 4 - Playa Muerto

The most remote and least developed region of Panama, the province of Darien is an unspoilt land with an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, Darien National Park offers its extraordinary scenery of rocky coastlines, mountain ranges, mangroves, rivers and creeks. Discover Playa Muerto, a tiny coastal village home to the Emberas Amerindian community. You will visit the village, attend traditional songs and dances of the locals, and admire beautiful local craft.

Day 5 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea

Day 6 - Manuel Antonio National Park

You will land in a Zodiac® on the beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the jewels of Costa Rica. Protected since the 1970s, this small park, only 16 km² and bordered by the idyllic beaches of the Pacific Ocean, is home to rich biodiversity. Along peaceful paths or during a break on the beach, you will be welcomed by a tropical forest full of life: from the discreet sloth to the noisy howler monkey and the mischievous white-faced capuchin. On the fine sandy beaches rising to lush hills and coconut trees, you will be amused by the dance of the racoons that race down from the trees to tease visitors.

Day 7 - Curu Wildlife Refuge - Tortuga Island

On the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula, the small Curù Wildlife Refuge is the oldest protected park in Costa Rica. This refuge is an exemplary site in terms of ecotourism as well as a research centre for scientists from all over the world. It has been at the heart of an original conservation and sustainable development project since the 1930s. After a short Zodiac® trip, you will discover, via the paths that criss-cross the tropical forest and lead to magnificent beaches, the most emblematic species of Costa Rica: monkeys, iguanas and over 200 bird species. Since their recent reintroduction, the scarlet macaw and the spider monkey have thrived in this preserved environment. Tortuga Island nestles to the far south of the Nicoya Peninsula, around the Bahia Gigante within a captivating archipelago. It is a sublime reserve where you’ll spend a moment of discovery and relaxation. One of the seaside paradises of the Gulf’s islands and islets, Tortuga Island is home to quiet little villages and incredible unspoilt beaches of fine sand with palm trees, coconut trees and clear waters full of rich underwater life. The beautiful and peaceful Tortuga Island is a refuge for wild fauna. You’ll find it ideal for walking, relaxing and contemplating its magnificent nature.

Day 8 - Puerto Caldera

Disembark in Puerto Caldera.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board expedition cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • National Geographic Photographer, Expert and experienced expedition team
  • All landings and trips by Zodiac
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Evening entertainments and events

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Cruise Extensions

  • Panama City - 2-nights: Take advantage of two days to discover the richness of Panama City's historic centre, the natural beauties and visit the Gehry Museum of Biodiversity, not forgetting the monumental canal and the famous locks opening the passage to gigantic ships from coast to coast. This programme will be an ideal prelude to your embarkation.
  • Discover Panama - 1-night: Take advantage of one day to discover the richness of Panama City's historic centre and visit the Gehry Museum of Biodiversity, not forgetting the monumental canal and the famous locks opening the passage to gigantic ships from coast to coast. This programme will be a pleasant prelude to your embarkation.
  • Natural Wonders of Costa Rica - 2-nights: Take advantage of three days to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica's national parks. Take a hike to get as close as possible to the crater of an active volcano, travel down a river through a lush forest and observe the rich diversity of its tropical fauna, for a perfect conclusion to your cruise.
  • A Glimpse of Costa Rica - Day Extension: Explore Costa Rica's Central Valley before transferring to the airport
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Map for Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal - National Geographic