Panama City & Gamboa

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Experience the beauty of Panama first-hand! Begin your journey in vibrant Panama City, an area chock full of history, culture, and fun. Explore the ruins of Panama Viejo, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll through the charming streets of colonial Casco Viejo, and of course, check out the famous Panama Canal!  The second leg of your adventure will ...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 7 days!
    • Gatun-Canal Expedition

What's this trip about?

    Experience the beauty of Panama first-hand! Begin your journey in vibrant Panama City, an area chock full of history, culture, and fun. Explore the ruins of Panama Viejo, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll through the charming streets of colonial Casco Viejo, and of course, check out the famous Panama Canal!  The second leg of your adventure will be spent in the wildlife-rich rainforest of Gamboa. Enjoy unique tours, hike through picturesque trails, and take tons of photos! Located right on the Chagres River, this area is home to exotic birds and other impressive animals, so make sure to have your camera with you at all times!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityPanama City
End CityPanama

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats


  • Central America
  • Panama


  • Gamboa Rainforest
  • Panama City


  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Panama City (PTY)
    • Round-trip airport transfers
    • 3 nights in Panama City at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, or similar
    • Transfer from Panama City to Gamboa
    • 2 nights in Gamboa at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, or similar
    • Gatun Canal Expedition Tour
    • Breakfast daily, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

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Day 1 Welcome to Panama City!

Feel the vibrant spirit in the air as you land in culture-packed Panama City! Enjoy a comfortable transfer to your first luxurious hotel and check-in. After you're all settled, strap on your shoes and get exploring!

Spend your first afternoon wandering t...

Day 2 Panama City

Rejuvenate with an energizing breakfast, then get ready to experience hands-on history and make your way to the famous Panama Canal. Watch in amazement as boats pass through a series of locks to cross the Isthmus of Panama, which connects the Atlantic and Pacif...

Day 3 Panama City

Use today to revisit your favorite sites and discover new ones! Consider checking out Frank Gehry's whimsical Biomuseo, an architecturally amazing biodiversity museum. After that, take in sweeping views of the city from Ancon Hill, a 654-foot hill that overlook...

Day 4 Panama City - Gamboa

Wave goodbye to the bustle of the city and say hello to the lush greenery of Gamboa! Keep your eyes fixed out the window as you drive through small villages and picturesque rainforests. Upon arrival in Gamboa, a small town on the Chagres River, settle into your hotel and explore the land!

Day 5 Gamboa

Get ready for a day of fun and adventure! Grab your camera and embark on a tour that takes you through the historic Panama Canal and up to the Gatun Lake. See amazing wildlife, gawk at exotic plants, and feel immersed in the culture of Panama.

Day 6 Depart Panama

Enjoy a relaxing transfer to the airport and find your departure gate. Board your plane and spend the flight home dreaming about your next adventure!

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Last Updated: 2/23/2024

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,Crowne Plaza Panama The Crowne Plaza Panama Hotel is a hotel in the financial district of Panama City. The hotel is located near banks, embassies, the University of Panama and few miles from first-class restaurants, casinos and great shopping. Pick up souvenirs from the Multiplaza Shopping Center or Albrook Mall; explore the Casco Viejo, the historic part of the city; catch a performance at the National Theater; or visit the Panama Canal. After a long day of sightseeing, the hotel's facilities will help you relax. Enjoy a traditional Panamanian dish at the on-site La Galeria Restaurant, then grab a nightcap at the Memories Sports Bar & Lounge. Sweat it out at the fitness center followed by a dip in the outdoor pool. Gamboa Rainforest Resort Situated in the Soberania National Park, Gamboa Rainforest Resort is world's away from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Located just 30 minutes outside the city, Gamboa lies at the meeting place of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal. Experience the unspoiled beauty of the Panamanian forest up close! Each of the well-appointed, eco- lodge-style rooms and suites offer an authentic and relaxing escape from everyday life. Boasting views of the river, garden or tropical style pool, the 137 guest rooms and 27 suites feature complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and mini refrigerators. Rainforest activities at the hotel include boat tours, aerial tram rides, visits to indigenous villages, and more. Also on-site is a spa and three restaurants.
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