February 02 - 11, 2020
10 Days
Tour Status - Available

The narrowest point of a land bridge between North and South America, Panama shares the biodiversity of both, making for world-class birding and wildlife viewing.  While the canal put the country on the map, there is another Panama few know about: sandy-beached islands on both coasts, steamy jungle rainforest cut by pristine waterfalls, and cool, misty mountain valleys spread with coffee plantations and framed by volcanoes.   Join Select Holidays on this brand new destination!

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Tour Highlights

  • Return Air Fare from major North American cities & within Panama

  • Deluxe accommodations/Meals/Tours/Attractions as outlined

  • Rural Farm Technical Visits

  • Driving on Pan-American Highway

  • Local, English speaking guide

  • Hosted by Select Holidays

Day 01:  Feb 02, 2020   Panama City, Panama
Depart North America on a flight into Panama City.  Arrive and transfer to city center hotel for a 3-night stay.  Panama city is known as “The Dubai of the West”.  Dinner at hotel.    [D] 
*Due to flight times, a pre-night may be required at an additional cost.

Day 02: Feb 03, 2020   Panama City & Region
Today the tour starts as you travel to the end of Gatun River where the “Embera Quera Indigenous Community” is located.  Your adventure begins with a 30-minute ride on the river in a motorized canoe where you can admire the flora and fauna along the river.  Once at the village, members will explain about their culture, food, language and traditions.  A presentation of their traditional dances and music plus a light lunch can be enjoyed at the village.  There is an opportunity to shop for local crafts before transferring to the city of Portobelo, on the Caribbean coast and one of the more important  American ports during colonial times. One of the highlights will be the beautiful carved statue of Jesus of Nazareth, which, because of the dark wood used, is known as the “Black Christ”.  This full day tour finishes with a train ride back to Panama City on the Trans-Isthmian railway system built in 1850 and traveling beside the Panama Canal.  Dinner at hotel.   [B/L/D]

Day 03: February 04, 2020   Panama City
Depart today on a city and area tour.  The first stop will be at “Miraflores Locks” visitors center where you learn the history of    building the Panama Canal.  Afterward, transfer to the “OldQuarter” of Panama built in 1673, and where you can view some of the prominent architectural styles found there.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant in the “Old City”.  From there, travel out onto the Amador Causeway to visit the Biomuseum.  The museum focused on the natural history of Panama, whose isthmus was formed very recently in geologic time, with major impact on the ecology of the Western Hemisphere. Its galleries tell the story of how the rise of the isthmus of Panama changed the world.   Have dinner at the  “Bucaneros Restaurant”, located on       beautiful Flamenco island at the very end of the Amador Causeway.  Return to hotel for the night.    [B/L/D]

Day 04: February 05, 2020  Panama City-Santiago
Your travels today will be driving north, crossing over the “Bridge of Americas”, and driving on the “Pan-American Highway”.  Visit an    orange farm for a tour with lunch featuring Panamanian food in Cocle Province. Cocle is situated in central Panama along the Pacific coast and is primarily an agricultural province. Continue to the city of Santiago and check into hotel for an overnight stay.  Dinner included at hotel.    [B/L/D]

Day 05: February 06, 2020  Santiago-Boquete
You continue driving north into the Province of Chiriquí this morning. Chiriquí claims to have it all: Panama’s tallest mountains, longest rivers and most fertile valleys. The province is also home to spectacular highland rainforests and the most productive agricultural and cattle-ranching regions in the country.  A visit is made to Athanasiadi’s chicken farm.  Poultry and egg production in Panama brings millions of dollars into the Panamanian economy annually.  A Panamanian lunch will be served at the farm before continue driving to Boquete for a 2-night stay. The town is situated in a beautiful valley and is a paradise for birdwatchers and produces some of the finest coffee in the world.    [B/L/D]

Day 06:  February 07, 2020   Boquete-David-Boquete
Your first visit today will be into the countryside to visit a sugar cane field before arriving at the “Hacienda Carta Vieja Rum Factory” for a tour and   tasting.  Since 1915, Carta Vieja has been the best rum in Panama. Their process of slow aging obtained from the juice of sugarcane, gives it an unparalleled flavor and quality.   Drive to the city of David for lunch before transferring back to the hotel in Boquete.  [B/L/D]

Day 07: February 08, 2020  Boquete-Isla Colon
After breakfast, travel out to the Elida Estate Coffee Farm for a tour.  The farmer of this tour has won the award for the most expensive Geisha beans that sold for $800.00 USD per pound on the International Market.  Lunch is included during the tour. Transfer to the David airport for a short flight back into Panama City.  Here, you transfer to another flight and a short boat ride that will take you to an island resort on the Caribbean side of the country.  Check into “Playa Tortuga Resort” for a 2-night stay.  The Resort is situated on the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which consists of nine main islands. The Resort is on the waterfront, and within walking distance to the Botanical Garden and Playa El Istmito. Dinner on own. [B/L]

Day 08: February 09, 2020  Isla Colon
You will have a whole day of fun, sun, sand and sea. Transfer to the marina to join a boat tour to tour Dolphin´s Bay where you are almost always guaranteed to see bottle nose dolphins.  Sail on to  Crawl Cay, noted for fantastic snorkeling with snorkeling gear supplied if you are so inclined.  Zapatilla Cay are two beautiful islands on a coral platform that are               surrounded by reefs.  The Cays have pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters and is where the Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles come to lay their eggs, in season.  Lunch included at an open-air restaurant during today’s touring.  Return back to hotel later in the afternoon.  Dinner included at “Be Nice Restaurant”, a seafood restaurant.      [B/L/D]

Day 09: February 10, 2020   Isla Colon-Panama City
Free time to enjoy the resort.  Lunch on own at the resort before transferring to the Bocas del Toro airport for the flight back into Panama City.  Transfer to the hotel in Panama City for the overnight stay.  Enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” this evening at the hotel.    [B/D]

Day 10: February 11, 2020  End of Tour
Transfer to Tocumen International Airport to check if for your flight back to North America.   [B]
Ask about extending your stay in Panama after the main tour ends.  Call for details.
Combine this tour with the “Costa Rica Rural & Cultural Tour”.
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per Person, Double - $TBD CAD includes air

PLUS Hotel/Gov’t Taxes: $TBD
Deposit - $1,500.00 per person
Second Deposit - $1,500.00 per person, due before August 30, 2019
Final Payment - per person is due before November 10, 2019

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