"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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24 Nights

Central American Explorer

Highlights of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala discovering verdant rainforests, smouldering volcanoes, islands and ruins.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £60pp
Starts:Panama City
Ends:Antigua
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:FullOn
Operator:Explore!

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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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Granada
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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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.

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

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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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £91pp
Starts:Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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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

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

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

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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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £44pp
Starts:Antigua
Ends:Panama City
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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14 Nights

Solo - Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Solo - Natural Wonders of Costa Rica tours.

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Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:12- 24
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Titan Travel

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £6pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £21pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £68pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Group Size:12- 18
Operator:Cox & Kings

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6 Nights

San Jose to Panama City Travel Pass

Discover the best of Costa Rica and Panama, with stops in the idyllic San Blas Islands and Bocas del Toro.

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Starts:San Jose, Costa Rica
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Operator:Bamba Travel

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9 Nights

Panama City to San Jose Travel Pass

From Costa Rica to Mexico, unmask the beauty and culture of San Jose, San Salvador, Copan, Antigua, Caye Caulker and Cancun. Explore cities, immerse yourself in natural environments and trek a live volcano...this is an adventure of a lifetime!

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Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:San Jose, Costa Rica
Operator:Bamba Travel

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55 Nights

Mexico City to Panama City Travel Pass

From Mexico City to Panama City, this is an adventure you can´t miss! Through more than 10 different activities you will have the chance to swim in crystal clear Caribbean waters, catch a glimpse of diverse and beautiful flora and fauna as well as discover colonial buildings and native ruins.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £53pp
Starts:Mexico City, Mexico
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Operator:Bamba Travel

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39 Nights

Panama City to Cancun Travel Pass

From Panama to Mexico, discover the greatness Central America has to offer! Whether you prefer the beach, colonial cities, trekking adventures or diving with sharks, this tour is designed to satisfy everyone's spirit. Visit Chichen Itza, Tulum, Tikal, Pacaya and Arenal volcanoes, and many cities on your way.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £44pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Cancun, Mexico
Operator:Bamba Travel

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9 Nights

Panama City to Bogota Travel Pass

Discover Colombia and Panama in this incredible adventure that will unveil the distinctive architecture, attractions and Carribean waters of these countries.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £17pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Bogota, Colombia
Operator:Bamba Travel

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15 Nights

Costa Rica & Panama Adventure 14D/13N

Discover the incredible natural wonders and vibrant cultures of Costa Rica & Panama on this trip through verdant national parks, stunning white-sand beaches, bustling Panama City, and the beautiful San Blas islands!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £43pp
Starts:San Jose, Costa Rica
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Operator:Bamba Travel

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47 Nights

Cancun to Panama City Travel Pass

Explore the best of Central America as you travel from Cancun to Panama City. Visit historic ruins, buzzing cities and stunning beaches on your way!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £48pp
Starts:Cancun, Mexico
Ends:Panama City, Panama
Operator:Bamba Travel

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32 Nights

Panama City to Antigua Travel Pass

Marvel at the natural wonders and see the historical highlights of Central America on this one-of-a-kind trip to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Relax on the paradisical beaches of the San Blas Islands, visit the pristine rainforests of Tortuguero National Park, stay the night with a local family and discover their customs, explore the Copán Mayan Archaeological Site, trek the Pacaya Volcano, and much more!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £37pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Antigua, Guatemala
Operator:Bamba Travel

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36 Nights

Panama City to Mexico Maya Express Pass

Experience the most beautiful landscapes of Central America and discover the Mayan civilization through the visit of spectacular archeological sites. Snorkel with nurses sharks and colorful fishes in crystallines waters and marvel at the abundant tropical wildlife. Visit some colonial and picturesque towns as well as traditional villages and learn more about the customs of the inhabitants.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £39pp
Starts:Panama City, Panama
Ends:Cancun, Mexico
Operator:Bamba Travel

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