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Perfect for couples, families with children or groups of friends to travel together.
Similar to our small group Panama with Canal Transit Tour, with the exception that there is no Orientation Session and dinner included on Day 1. See the small group tour description.
On a private tour you may have a choice of a full Panama Canal Transit (9 hours + 1.5 hours return land transfer) or a partial canal transit (5-6 hours). During 8 months of the year, only a partial transit is possible. (See description of partial transit below) During December – March there are 1 or 2 full transits each month on specific Saturdays, and multiple partial transits. Contact us to schedule your tour in line with your interest.
Extension Tours: The price for the Pacific Ocean Resort varies by season. The price of airfare to San Blas Islands also varies by season. Please contact us for a price quote based on your travel dates.
In the morning, you will have a private transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Marina in Panama City. Passengers will board a motor coach for a 45 minute ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, passengers board your ship to start the water portion of the tour. You will enter the Canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value.
You will travel the Cut’s 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project. Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal.
Your ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is 1 of the 2 sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in 2 distinct steps. Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco Marina, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s skyline. The tour takes approximately 5-6 hours and includes a bilingual guide/narrator, full lunch, soft drinks and water (all you can drink), transportation by bus from Panama City (Flamenco Marina) to Gamboa where the tour starts. On your arrival at Flamenco Marina, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
The partial transit can either go northbound or southbound since it depends on the day you select and the Panama Canal Authority. Also, please note that due to the dry season and low water levels in Gatun Lake, which provides water to all the Canal operations, the Panama Canal Authority has implemented strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedules and may cause changes in Canal Transit departure times. Our ground operator will contact you the day before the transit to confirm your pickup time.