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Panama Canal & Surrounds Holidays

Panama is a narrow isthmus that sits between Central and South America, between Costa Rica and Colombia. Famous for its canal – an incredible feat of civil engineering – this 67-kilometre long waterway raises ships some 26 metres between the two oceans and since the inception of the canal in 1914, has provided an alternative route to rounding Cape Horn, knocking 8,000 miles off the original journey.The canal stretches from the Miraflores Lock near Panama City on the Pacific side through rainforests and passing through several other locks before reaching Gatun Locks near Colon, on the Caribbean side.

Fringing the banks of the canal just over an hour from Panama City is the Soberania National Park. Considered one of Panama’s best birding spots; 525 species call the park home and there are many trails to explore. 

On the Caribbean coast, you’ll find traces of a turbulent history; tales of pirates and smuggling, shipwrecks, Spanish colonial forts and cannons. A visit to peaceful Portobello on the Caribbean coast allows for an insight into this exciting history. With a backdrop of lush jungle and surrounding white beaches; the once heavily fortified town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, served as a stronghold by the Spanish in order to protect riches coming up from the Inca Empire to then be transported to Spain.

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Total Holidays: 4      
Best of Panama - Canal, Cloud Forest & Beach
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £3095 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Panama
Our Best of Panama itinerary combines Panama City and the canal, cloud forest treks and coffee tours, and time on the beach at the beautiful islands of Bocas del Toro.
Classic Panama & Colombia Holiday
  • Culture & History
From £3195 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Colombia     Panama
This itinerary combines colonial Panama City and a journey of a lifetime down the canal on a partial transit. Next stop is Colombia's vibrant capital city of Bogotá before heading to the heart of the Colombian coffee triangle. Travel overland to the innovative and cultural hub of Medellin before flying off to the Caribbean coast. Spend your final days sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena and taking excursions to nearby islands.
Highlights of Costa Rica & Panama
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £3095 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Costa Rica     Panama
This two-week itinerary is a superb introduction to Costa Rica and Panama. The tour combines a trip to the Panama Canal with the pristine rainforests of Costa Rica, the active Arenal Volcano and the beach on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
Central American Journey
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £4795 per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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Panama     Costa Rica     Guatemala     Nicaragua
This exciting itinerary highlights the best of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala all in one trip. Take in stunning landscapes of volcanoes and shimmering lakes, wildlife rich waterways and cloud forest, history and culture and the marvellous feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal.
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