Trip reference number: 103222

Trip Operator: Wexas Travel

Panama Journey

From: £3805.00

Holiday overview

As with neighbouring Costa Rica, Panama boasts unspoilt jungle wilderness, spectacular Caribbean beaches, verdant mountain ranges and an abundance of wildlife. What you won't find is uncontrolled coastal development and large groups of camera-totting tourists, making Panama a secret well worth preserving. On this tailor-made tour, you'll cover some of Panama's main attractions, including the famous Panama Canal, the spectacular islands around Boca Chica, the mountainous near Baru National Park as well as the picture-perfect Bocas del Toro Archipelago, located on the country's beautiful Caribbean coast.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: Panama City

Enjoy an included airport VIP lounge access before your day flight from the UK to Panama City. Upon arrival, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel in the old quarter of Panama City – and idyllic location to explore the nearby historic buildings, fine restaurants and city museums. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure as you lounge by the rooftop pool or explore the city by foot, both fantastic options.

Stay: American Trade Hotel (Superior)

Day 2: Chagres National Park

An early start this morning sees you travelling to El Corotu on the shores of picturesque Madden Lake, where you'll board a motorised piragua (dugout canoe) that will take you up the Chagres River to the indigenous village of Embera Drua. Travelling through Chagres National Park, which runs alongside the Panama Canal watershed, you'll have the chance to see some of the local wildlife including toucans, kingfishers and ospreys. Spend the morning at the Embera indigenous village, learning about their customs, traditions and deep connection to nature, before enjoying authentic music and live dance. And, you'll have the chance to browse their beautifully crafted masks and woven baskets – unique to the Embera. After a traditional lunch, make your way back to Panama city for an afternoon at leisure.

Stay: American Trade Hotel (Superior)

Day 3: Historic tour of Panama City

After breakfast, you'll embark on a historic tour of Panama City visiting the many important sites that dot the city. You'll explore the city's UNESCO World Heritage Sites with visits to the ruins of Old Panama, where you can climb the remains of the cathedral tower, before you'll walk the narrow streets of the old quarter and a visit the Old Panama City museum. Continue on to Casco Antiguo and the French quarter where the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps can be found.

In the afternoon you'll be transferred to your hotel near the opening of the Panama Canal, where the rest of the day will be at leisure. The hotel's fantastic location will allow you to explore the many nearby museums and exhibitions, which are always worth a visit.

Stay: Radisson Panama Canal (Superior)

Days 4-5: Relax in Boca Chica

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for a short flight to David, where you'll be met and taken to the coastal town of Boca Chica. Here, you'll find the stunning Bocas del Mar Hotel with its privileged coastal location and contemporary bungalow guest rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Take the time to unwind and relax at either of the two infinity pools, the ideal place to sunbathe or dive into the book you've been saving.

The next day you'll venture into the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park with your local captain to explore the many islands that are scattered in the area. As the boat weaves between the beautiful islands, keep a keen eye out for dolphins, turtles and manta rays which are known to frequent the waters. And, you'll visit at least two islands, where you'll have the chance to snorkel the clear waters and relax on the white sandy beaches.

Stay: Hotel Bocas del Mar

Days 6-7: Highlands of Boquete

This morning you'll say goodbye to the beautiful coastal region as you head inland by private transfer to the small town of Boquete which sits on the Caldera River and is surrounded by the Chiriqui highlands. Home to Baru Volcano National Park, coffee plantations, lost waterfalls and abundant birdlife, this cloud forest is full of adventure waiting to be explored. Check into the Hotel Panamonte, where you'll find exquisite cuisine, well-appointed rooms and impeccable service, perfectly matched to its European atmosphere.

The next day after breakfast, you'll explore the highlands by hiking the nearby trails – the best way to experience the forest. Head up the scenic trails that surround Baru Volcano National Park, where you'll discover a world of diverse wildlife, hidden waterfalls and unique flora and fauna.

Stay: Hotel Panamonte (Superior)

Days 8-9: Bocas del Toro

This morning you'll transfer down out of the highlands to Almirante, where you'll enjoy a short boat transfer to Isla Colon. Here, on the Caribbean coast you'll experience authentic Afro-Panamanian culture and a fantastic place to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and swimming in the crystal clear waters around Bocas del Toro. Spend two nights at the Hotel Bocas del Toro where historic ambience and Caribbean exotic wood craftsmanship blend harmoniously into an ideal retreat by the sea.

The next day you'll enjoy a shared boat tour in the Bastimentos Marine National Park, where you can snorkel, swim and sunbathe on the beautiful golden beaches. 

Stay: Hotel Bocas del Toro (Superior)

Day 10: Panama City

Today you'll say goodbye to the island life and catch a domestic flight back to Panama City for your final night in Panama. Spend your last day at leisure with time to further explore this fascinating city and pick up some last-minute souvenirs. 

Stay: American Trade Hotel (Superior)

Days 11-12: Departure

Transfer to Panama City airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following morning.

Holiday pricing

Includes: 

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Pamama City
  • Domestic flights from Panama City to Pl...

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