Panama City & Playa Bonita

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
6 days
From: $ 1,272 $ 212 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Relax on Panama's beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast from your 5-star resort.
  • Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center where you can view ships passing through the Panama Canal.
  • Discover Panama's rich heritage in Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See cathedrals, plazas, palaces, and more.
  • Take a drive, cycle, or stroll down the scenic Amador Causeway, a one-lane road that connects three islands.
  • This is the perfect Panama package combing an incredible city escape with white sand beaches!

Short Description

Fly into Panama City to kick off your Panama adventure! Here in the modern and vibrant capital city you will find culture, history, food, and art. From Frank Gehry's colorfully-designed BioMuseo to Casco Antiguo's colonial charm, Panama City surprises visitors from every corner. 

Then melt away your stresses on Panama's Pacific coast. Start your day with a stroll along the beach and end with a delicious meal overlooking the water. Take a kayak on the sea then indulge in yourself at a spa. Adventure seekers can take day trips to the Pearl Islands and the Panama Canal!

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Panama City
End City Panama

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Panama City!

Arrive in Panama City then transfer to your hotel overlooking Panama's bay. Get settled in as you enjoy incredible views of the sea and city. 

Day 2 Panama City

Start the day with a visit to Casco Antiguo's, the historic old town and World Heritage Site. Dating back to the 1600s, Casco Antiguo's served as Panama City's center as Spanish explorers passed through from South America to Europe. Here you’ll find historic cathedrals, plazas, the Palacio de las Garzas, National Theater of Culture, and more!

Casco Antiguo really comes to life at night, so put on your best attire and party with the locals!

Day 3 Panama City - Playa Bonita

Leave Panama City today for Playa Bonita on the Pacific coast. Surrounded by beach and rainforest, Playa Bonita is located near Playa Veracruz and Bridge of the Americas. Take a beach towel and soak in the sunshine on the secluded bay just steps from your room, then enjoy a seafood meal at one of the hotel's excellent restaurants.

Day 4 Playa Bonita

Spend the morning relaxing on the beach or paddle out on the warm waters on a kayak. Enjoy a sensory spa experience, or engage in a game of beach soccer or volleyball. 

From the tour desk in the lobby, book a tour to the Gamboa rainforest including boat tours, fishing, and birdwatching (additional cost). Be amazed by Panama's natural landscapes just miles away.

Day 5 Playa Bonita

Take the opportunity today to see Panama's claim to fame, the Panama Canal! The Miraflores Visitor Center is the ideal place to observe canal operations. From large balconies, you can watch as the lock gates open and close for ships to start or complete their journey through the Panama Canal. 

Day 6 Depart Panama

Bid Panama goodbye as you transfer back to Panama City airport for your flight home.

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Price Per Day: $ 212 per day

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Most organized and easy to use site!

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Good value and ligit package.

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Good value and ligit package.

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I love discounted and the reservation was quickly.

Too many flight changes

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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland

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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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WARNING!

This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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Accommodations

Le Meridien Panama

Situated on the edge of Panama City's bay, Le Meridian Panama offers guests luxurious accommodations with ocean and skyline views. Explore the historic old quarter, Multicentro Mall, and the Panama Canal right from this multi-story designer hotel. All of the 111 rooms at Le Meridian Panama feature jacuzzi bathtubs, LED televisions, mini bars, and nightly turndown service. Enjoy a cocktail at Longitudes Bar and a Panamanian meal at Saril Kitchen & Lounge; relax with a massage at Sensory SPA by Clarins; enjoy views of the bay from the sixth floor pool and Aqua Terrace.

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama is just steps from the golden sands and blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Visit the famous Miraflores Locks, Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the scenic Amador Causeway easily from this luxurious 5-star hotel.

The Westin offers guestrooms overlooking tropical rainforests, the Panama Canal, and the Bridge of the Americas, plus private balconies, pillow top mattresses, and spa-like bathrooms. The hotel boasts four breathtaking beachfront pools providing a sun-baked escape overlooking the Pacific and a private white sand beach. Every day the resort hosts activities ranging from salsa lessons to kayaking to beach volleyball. Venture further into the area with a tour of the rainforests or Miraflores Locks. Personal touches and thoughtful services go a long way in ensuring you have a relaxing, fun, and memorable stay.

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