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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Panama and Colombia Discovery with Colombia Experience

This luxury holiday combines hotel stays in the Colombian capital of Bogota, picturesque Pereira, historic Medellin and lively Cartagena, with a 9-night voyage on Scenic Eclipse which includes a transit of the famous Panama Canal. Shore excursions, return flights from the UK, complimentary drinks and all gratuities are included.

Fly Cruise
19 nights from £9495pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Bogota
  • Cartagena
  • San Blas Islands
  • Panama Canal
  • Chan Chan Ruins

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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FREE private door-to-door transfers! Private door-to-door transfers are complimentary within a 75 mile radius, subject to availability. Offer ends 31 May 2019

Panama and Colombia Discovery with Colombia Experience Special Offer

Enjoy hotel stays in some of Colombia's most fascinating cities, before joining Scenic Eclipse for an exciting voyage, taking in the Panama Canal and the beautiful coastlines of Colombia and Peru.

Explore the historic centre of La Candelaria and visit the Museo del Oro during your stay in Bogota, the lively capital of Colombia. Fly to Pereira at the foothills of the Andes for a three-night stay, during which you can discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Cocora Valley and admire the original colonial architecture in Salento. You'll then enjoy stays in the cities of Medelinn and Cartagena, before embarking luxurious ship, Scenic Eclipse.

Relax on the idyllic San Blas Islands, surrounded by colourful coral reefs, transit the iconic Panama Canal, and see an abundance of wildlife in the stunning Darien National Park, from Black-Headed Spider Monkeys to American Crocodiles. Scenic Eclipse then heads to tranquil Isla Gorgona, a wildlife sanctuary where there is the opportunity to snorkel and kayak.

During your time in Salaverry, you can explore the lively city of Trujillo or head to the incredible World Heritage-listed ruins of Chan Chan, before cruising to Isla Guanape, home to large colonies of inquisitive sea lions and hundreds of seabirds.

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Panama and Colombia Discovery with Colombia Experience Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Bogota (Colombia)

Overnight flight from the UK to Bogota.

Days 2-3 - Bogota

Arrive in Bogota, the lively capital of Colombia and enjoy a two-night hotel stay. Meet your Tour Director for a Welcome to Colombia dinner. The following day, explore the historic centre of La Candelaria and visit the Museo del Oro housing an impressive array of golden artefacts.

Days 4-6 - Pereira

Fly to Pereira for your three night hotel stay. Over the next few days explore this important coffee producing region at the foothills of the Andes. Explore this picturesque region visiting traditional villages set amongst spectacular landscapes. At Filandia village, walk the streets and see the quaint artisan stores. In Cocora Valley, admire the stunning landscapes and see Colombia's national symbol, the Wax Palm Tree. Discover the original colonial architecture in Salento. You'll also learn about coffee in a hands-on experience from roasting and grinding to brewing. Be welcomed into the homes of local families, taste home-made beverages using produce from their gardens and experience a unique taste of Colombian life.

Days 7-8 - Pereira - Medellin

Visit a local Finca and sample home-grown produce and see a private orchid collection. Travel to Medellinn for a two night stay. The following day, learn about the incredible social transformation of this vibrant city since the death of Pablo Escobar. Alternatively, visit Botero Square, Pies Descalzos Park and take a cable car ride to Santo Domingo.

Day 9 - Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena for an overnight hotel stay. Discover the rich history and colonial architecture on your walking tour. Visit the haunting Palace of the Inquisition and the Santo Domingo Church, then discover the intriguing history of Castillo de San Felipe. Scenic Enrich: Marvel at the city by night on your horse and carriage ride and sample delicious Colombian specialities.

Day 10 - Cartagena

Check out of your hotel and board Scenic Eclipse.

Day 11 - San Blas Islands (Panama)

Spend the day relaxing in this beautiful archipelago surrounded by clear water and coral reefs swarming with marine life, pristine sandy beaches and coconut palms. Discovery: Scenic Discovery excursions are available from snorkelling and paddling by kayak, to relaxing on a pristine beach with a chef-prepared picnic.

Day 12 - Panama Canal

One of life's great experiences is to transit the Panama Canal, one of the world's key strategic artificial waterways. From Gatun Lake to the Pacific Ocean, the full day journey through the Isthmus of Panama is 77 kilometres long and will take you through three locks where Scenic Eclipse will descend 27 metres. Enjoy this experience from any vantage point on board Scenic Eclipse; from one of the viewing decks to the privacy of your suite's verandah, it is sure to be a memorable experience.

Day 13 - Darien National Park

World Heritage-listed Darien National Park is only accessible by water on a small ship. A natural bridge spanning the two Americas, it houses a myriad of habitats, ranging from rocky coastlines to sandy beaches and mangroves, and is one of the few remaining examples in the world of a protected area inhabited by humans. Discovery: On your Scenic Discovery excursion venture up the Mogue River to find the Embera Indians who will take you into the heart of the jungle on their traditional boats. Spot some of the rare, endangered species endemic to the park including the Black-headed Spider Monkey, the Capybara and American Crocodile.

Day 14 - Isla Gorgona

Located off the coast of Colombia, this tiny World Heritage-listed atoll has been transformed from a former island prison to a wildlife sanctuary. Onshore you will discover monkeys, caimans, a myriad of bird species including the blue-footed booby, the magnificent frigate birds and the endemic anole, the world's only pure blue lizard. The deep blue waters and coral reefs around the island host an abundance of marine life, from inquisitive dolphins and porpoises to a possible glimpse of the majestic sperm whales. Freechoice: Take a walk across the island with your local guide discovering the fauna and flora of the rainforest or walk to Yundigua beach and snorkel the pristine reefs and waters with your guide in search of marine life. Discovery: Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion from a snorkelling adventure in the deeper water offshore, or kayak the coastline and bays of this small atoll.

Days 15-16 - At sea

Relaxation and rediscovery are yours to enjoy. Take a cooking or tasting class in Scenic Epicure or a yoga or pilates class in the studio. Allow your palate to be delighted by the extensive range of dining venues or allow your butler to serve you in-suite. Daily entertainment or some quiet time in The Observatory, all this and more is at your fingertips.

Day 17 - Salaverry (Peru)

Salaverry is the gateway to the cultural capital of Peru, picturesque Trujillo and the amazing ruins of Chan Chan, the largest earthen city of pre-Columbian America. Freechoice: Discover the sacred adobe temples, the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon or explore the amazing World Heritage-listed site of Chan Chan. Alternatively, you may choose to tour the charming colonial city of Trujillo. Scenic Enrich: Witness a Peruvian music and dance performance. This evening there is time to discover the ambience of Trujillo at your leisure.

Day 18 - Isla Guanape

Lying off the Pacific Ocean coast of Peru this small island chain is a wildlife refuge and home to large colonies of inquisitive Southern sea lions and hundreds of seabirds including Humboldt penguins, pelicans and boobies. Discovery: Take a Scenic Discovery excursion by kayak to a nature walk to explore these wildlife rich islands.

Day 19 - Lima - UK

Lima signals the end of your cruise as you disembark after breakfast taking away memories of your adventures. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 20 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Price Includes

  • 9-night all inclusive cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Bogota
  • 3-night hotel stay in Pereira
  • 2-night hotel stay in Medellin
  • 1-night hotel stay in Cartagena
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water onboard ship (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins onboard ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Price Does Not Include

  • Optional helicopter and submarine excursions
  • Travel insurance
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