"Panama sits at a crossroads, a meeting of mighty oceans and the thread from which South America dangles on the map."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Panama

Panama sits at a crossroads, a meeting of mighty oceans and the thread from which South America dangles on the map. The Panama Canal is a remarkable feat of engineering that links the Atlantic and the Pacific, and a trip along this famous waterway is a real bucket list experience. It’s not just maritime enthusiasts who will appreciate the Canal; along the way you’ll see parrots, toucans and monkeys amongst the dense foliage that lines the route. The huge volume of trade that passes through the Canal, together with some controversial tax policies, mean that Panama is one of the wealthiest countries in the Americas, as evidenced by the soaring skyscrapers of the capital, Panama City.

But head away from the Canal and you’ll find rugged highlands thick with rainforest, spectacular surf breaks and unspoilt Caribbean island chains where indigenous groups still paddle the waves in dugout canoes. The interior is defined by cloud forest and coffee plantations, home to an astonishing diversity of wildlife including more than 900 species of bird. At the southern tip of Panama is the notorious Darién Gap, the only break in the 19,000-mile-long Pan-American Highway, where the road peters out and thick jungle separates Central and South America.

 

Touring Highlights of Panama

  • The Panama Canal changed the world when it opened in 1914, shaving some 8,000 miles off shipping routes between the Atlantic and Pacific, and it’s an absolute must-see.
  • The air is cooler up in the highlands around Boquete, where you’ll find coffee plantations, hot springs and beautiful scenery. It’s also a birdwatching hotspot.
  • Visiting the tropical San Blas islands, just off the Caribbean coast, is a real privilege. This hard-to-reach archipelago is home to the indigenous Kuna people, who still follow a deeply traditional way of life.
  • The wealth generated by the Canal is reflected in the glittering skyscrapers of Panama City, Central America’s most cosmopolitan capital.
  • The Bocas del Toro archipelago is a step back in time to the Caribbean as it was before mass market tourism, a set of sleepy islands fringed by brilliant white beaches.

Tour Types in Panama


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12 Nights

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

Come on a zig-zagging adventure through the jungles, beaches, islands and villages of Costa Rica and Panama

Starts:San Jose
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£905pp excluding flights £75 per night
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7 Nights

Cruising Costa Rica and Panama - Panama to Costa Rica

Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise

Starts:Panama Canal
Ends:Puntarenas
Group Size:1- 49
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2585pp excluding flights £369 per night
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12 Nights

Panama & Costa Rica Experience

This tour visits the incredible Panama Canal as well as a selection of Costa Rica’s most renowned national parks, from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Group Size:12- 18
Operator:Cox & Kings Travel

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£3595
£3395pp including flights £283 per night
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13 Nights

Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

This adventurous cycle trip takes us on a journey through beautiful Central America to see the best of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

Starts:Granada
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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£2570pp excluding flights £198 per night
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58 Nights

Ultimate Central America

Embark on an in-depth Central American adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid Travel from Mexico’s capital to the home of the Panama Canal

Starts:Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£4435pp excluding flights £76 per night
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7 Nights

Cruising Costa Rica & Panama: Costa Rica to Panama

Discover the Central American neighbours of Costa Rica and Panama on an eight-day Adventure Cruising experience

Starts:Puntarenas
Ends:Panama Canal
Group Size:1- 49
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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44 Nights

Best of Central America

Explore incredible worlds above and below the water on a Lonely Planet Experience through some of Central America's best

Starts:Playa del Carmen
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3320
£2822pp excluding flights £64 per night
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12 Nights

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

Come on a zig-zagging adventure through the jungles, beaches, islands and villages of Costa Rica and Panama

Starts:San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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14 Nights

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Cycle three Central American countries from Nicaragua to Panama and enjoy in this tour.

Starts:Granada
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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£3399pp excluding flights £243 per night
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44 Nights

Best of Central America

Explore incredible worlds above and below the water on a Lonely Planet Experience through some of Central America's best

Starts:Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Low
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3320
£2822pp excluding flights £64 per night
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28 Nights

Amazing Central America

Get ready for a 29-day Lonely Planet Experience through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, powered by Intrepid

Starts:Antigua
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2160pp excluding flights £77 per night
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3 Nights

San Blas Islands Air-Expedition 4D/3N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Islands Air-Expedition 4D/3N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£1196pp excluding flights £399 per night
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2 Nights

San Blas Cayos Holandeses Adventure 3D/2N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Cayos Holandeses Adventure 3D/2N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£366pp excluding flights £183 per night
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3 Nights

San Blas Authentic Guna Yala Experience 4D/3N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Authentic Guna Yala Experience 4D/3N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£366pp excluding flights £122 per night
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3 Nights

San Blas Chichime Islands Experience 4D/3N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Chichime Islands Experience 4D/3N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£431pp excluding flights £144 per night
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2 Nights

San Blas Yanis Island Budget Experience 3D/2N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Yanis Island Budget Experience 3D/2N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City , Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£298pp excluding flights £149 per night
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3 Nights

San Blas Yanis Island Budget Experience 4D/3N

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this San Blas Yanis Island Budget Experience 4D/3N tour.

Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£371pp excluding flights £124 per night
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