8 Day Classic Panama
Air & Land
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive no later than 5 pm on Day 1.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights Miami-Panama City, Panama City-Miami
Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 7 nights accommodations
- 2 nights Panama City
- 2 nights Soberania National Park
- 3 nights Playa Bonita
- All transfers
- 19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Discover the historic Old City and New City in dynamic Panama City
- Visit the Miraflores Locks at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal
- Excursion on Lake Gatun into secret waterways with hidden islands
- Visit to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
- Travel by "piragua" (dug-out canoe) to meet the indigenous Embera Indian tribe
- Board a ship that travels through the Locks on a transit cruise of the Panama Canal
- Discover the delights of Playa Bonita
- Explore a local organic farm with a botanical hiking trail
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455 Maryland Drive
Ft. Washington, PA 19034 USA
*Due to low water levels in the Gatun Lake, which provides all the water for canal operations, the Panama Canal has implemented strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedule and may cause changes to tour departure time.
Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the financial district of Panama City.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in the Las Cumbres area of Panama City.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
The first building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity. Additionally, a Botanical Park will be a living extension of the museum's architecture, exhibits, and programs. An oasis with diverse experiences: shade and refuge, a safe place to observe nature, a place to learn, and a place to celebrate. Continue through to the Biodiversity Park before departing to the hotel.
Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #2||01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018||$69.00|
See the forest from a different perspective in an aerial tram. Glide through the treetops, you will experience the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest. A guide on board will accompany you to describe the flora and fauna of the region. Arrive at a hilltop where you walk up spiral ramp to the top of the Observation Tower. From here, see sights like Chagres River, Gatun Lake, Panama Canal and Embera Indigenous Village. After continue to visit the Ecological Exhibits where you will be able to interact with the flora and fauna of the region.
Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018||$69.00|
This afternoon, depart your hotel and arrive at the French Cemetery monument where the Panama Canal history begins. Continue to the memorable cemetery of veterans of the USA army who fell in Panama while the construction of the canal and during the years as a military occupation. After, you move to one of the most historic monuments in Panama that describes the power of a United States Military Base in Panama, the Administration Building. Inside the lobby are various murals used to describe the history of the construction of the Miraflores Locks. Your next visit is the highest point of the City of Panama, the Cerro Ancon. This viewpoint covers the city of Panama and also the Pacific entrance to the Canal. This strategic point was used by the Spanish army in the colonial time to prevent the second city of Panama of an invasion of pirates. Many years later, the United States military used it as a strategic point for communications and also to control invasions from Panamanians or any intention from enemies to get in the canal from the Pacific. You will be able to see the three cities built in the area of the city of Panama and you will see a demonstrated point of view on why Panama has a cultural diversity and influence different from other countries. The expedition continues to explain the strategies and constructions of the United States military to protect the main entrance to the Canal on the Pacific. Visit a military bunker built from one of the Islands that forms the Causeway. See the perception and strategies that the United States conceived to protect the Panama Canal.
Included are roundtrip transfers to and from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018||$85.00|
Through the rural villages and rolling green hills west of Panama City is the picturesque town of El Valle, nestled in the crater of a giant extinct volcano. Visit beautiful waterfalls framed by dense jungle in Chorro El Macho, marvel at the abundance of native tropical animals and flora at the Níspero Botanical Gardens & Zoo and try to solve the riddle of the pre-Columbian petroglyphs at La Piedra Pintada. Enjoy a walk on the Chorro Macho Trail across several bridges and through spectacular rainforest. The beautiful and impressive Chorro Macho waterfall is a major attraction on this trail, so don't forget your camera! After the tour, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, and visit the famed handicraft market to which the Indigenous artisans bring their wares.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours. Details to be advised locally.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2017 - 07 Jan 2018||$129.00|
It was fabulous. Tour director (Gigi) was great. Hotel was nice. Weather was perfect. Gate 1 does a great job of putting together a tour. We saw all we needed to see in the three days.Susan C. Falls Church, VA
Douglas, the American guide, and Gretel, the Cuban guide, were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and great leaders. I enjoyed the activities, meals, accommodations, fellow travelers, and particularly all the tours we took. I would recommend this trip to family and friends, and I would definitely do another trip with Gate 1 in the future.Mark F. Cambridge, MA
We had an incredible time! Loved Tony our guide - it could not have been a better trip.Donna B. Cincinnati, OH
Our trip was amazing! My sister and I had a great time. Our hotel we're excellent and in a very good location. Toni are guide was so helpful and funny. He made feel safe and secure. He also provide great advice. Thank you for the excellent service!Britney A. Cypress, CA
The trip was amazing! The accommodations were outstanding and all of the services were seamless. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!Jennifer Y. Langhorne, PA
Very nice Great tour guide and drivers. Nice mix of guided tours and free time.Diane P. Oscoda, MI
Our trip to Panama through your organization was superb - the transfers, the service, our wonderful guide, Recardo, the hotel, the tours, etc.....were very well done. We enjoyed our trip. thanks!Patrick R. Silver Springs, MD
Our trip to Guatemala/Honduras was good. Great place for seeing Mayan ruins. Each one spectacular and different from any others. Estuardo was an excellant tour guide and group leader. This was our fourth trip with Gate 1 Travel this year and we have been satisfied with all four of them.Gwen R. Anoka, MN
Our trip was wonderful! Daniel, our USA guide, was excellent and our Cuban guide Romiro was also outstanding!Paula S. Stillwater, MN
The trip was excellent! I have been on this trip before a few years ago and was happy and surprised that this guide took us to a few different places. The weather was great, and I stayed an extra day as I felt familiar with Guatemala City. I enjoy Gate 1 Travel very much as a single traveler.Sandra G. Belfast, ME
Incredible Guatemala travel experience, Thanks to our wonderful tour guide Marco [Tony]. He was knowledgeable: the equivalent of the beloved antiquities college professor, plus thoughtful, kind, and courteous, and "over the top" helpful in all situations. I will travel with Gate 1 again for all of the "future Tony experiences".Kerry C. Kittrell, NC
It was awesome. Teo, our guide was great and was very organized. Loved it. The food was great and the accommodations were fine, especially with westin at the end. Thanks for having it all inclusive for us. What a treat! Thanks again.Karoline L. Keene, NH
The trip was wonderful. Great guides, accommodations & weather.Kathryn R. Mt Pleasant, SC
Both the Panama and the Ecuador tours were amazing! As always, we are very pleased with Gate 1 tours.Jose G. Totowa, NJ
Our Classic Panama trip was awesome! It was our second Gate 1 tour and won't be our last. Everything was wonderful. Our guide Roberto was fabulous and the tours were all great! Keep up the good work and keep those trips coming!Kathleen W. Altoona, PA
Our trip to Panama City, Panama was very very good. Thank you very much for arranging such a wonderful trip.Ramesh P. Piscataway, NJ
My trip was amazing. It exceeded my expectations. Arriving in Guatemala as a "single traveler" I must admit I was a bit nervous. But from the moment I was greeted my the driver that all went away. The guide (Stewart) met me in the AM and my adventure in Guatemala & Honduras were spectacular. I found all aspects of the experience VERY BEAUTIFUL. Our guide was very informative, Stewart took every effort to make sure that we always were engaged, enjoying and comfortable during our travels. All of the Gate 1 arrangements were easy to navigate. I found it so rewarding that I have already recommended to friends.Alisia R. Seattle, WA
It was an awesome trip! Everything was good, very good guide too. Good place. Thank you so much.Amrita R. Jersey City, NJ
Thanks for inquiring. The 5 day trip to Guatemala was wonderful. The guides, drivers, and hotels were all first rate. Everything ran smoothly and I truly enjoyed my trip.Chandria S. Cheverly, MD
It was awesome! Our guide Darrio was so knowledgeable. You can tell he really enjoys what he does, and it made the 2-3 hour drives between destinations bearable. He'd ask us frequently if we needed a break to stop somewhere to stretch our legs or use the restroom. The market in Chichi was beautiful and eye opening. The sights were all beautiful as a matter of fact. My 72 year old grandmother and I traveled to Guatemala together and she told me it was one of the best trips she's taken.Chloe P. Delray Beach, FL
It was wonderful. So much fun, great tours, fun people.Antoinette G. Lincoln, RI
It was fantastic! Our guide, Bacho, was great: knowledgeable, fun and friendly.The hotels were good to excellent, we had wonderful entertainment. The organisation was perfect. We met several couples who had made previous trips with Gate !, and we understand why. We'll plan another with you!Joseph W. Spring Valley, CA
Great trip! Wonderful hotels, excellent food, outstanding guide! This is the second trip with gate 1 and better than the first. I tell people (including my sister who likes to travel) that gate 1 value can't be beaten. I have taken tours with more expensive companies and even a couple private ones and this tour is much better value.Mary F. Ontario, Canada
This was the first time that I've travelled with Gate 1 and was most impressed. The Tour Director, Stuart, was terrific. He was organized, punctual, well informed, helpful and cheerful. One of the best I've ever experienced and I've taken over 30 organized tours. The accommodations were superb - in an area where I was not expecting 5 star hotels, I got them anyway!! All the breakfasts and dinners were top quality. All in all, the trip was wonderful and I'll not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again and I'll definitely recommend your company to my friends.Sandra M. Ontario, Canada
Awesome! Thoroughly enjoyrd it. Carlos and Xavier did a great job. Accomodations were fine as were the meals. Another "home run" for Gate 1!Kevin W. Fredericksbrg, VA
The trip was very nice. Our guide, Bacho, was the best guide ever!!Cornelia G. Colorado Spgs, CO
We really enjoyed it, especially Antigua, the old Spanish capital and learning about the Mayan culture around Chichicastanango. Thanks for asking.Shirley P. Columbus, OH
It was great Joanne - the guide (Bonifacio) was the best one ever! He is knowledgeable, personable and just an all around great guy. He pulled the group together to enjoy the trip. Lot of time on a bus but the views were great and the entertainment excellent. Would recommend it to others....Sharon K. Ingersoll, Ontario CA
Our trip to Mexico was outstanding especially because of our wonderful guide. Your organization should know how special BACHO is. You are lucky he does some groups for you. We learned so much because of his knowledge of Mexico's History and Natural bird and plant life. He was gracious and kind and extremely detail oriented. We also had a wonderful bus Driver, Michel. Knowing that he was so competent allowed us to be relaxed on the long bus rides. Now, back to reality!Marcia R. Pittsburgh, PA
We had a nice trip. Everything went smooth as we expected with Gate 1. Our next Gate 1 is Morocco in May.Michael W. Wellington, FL
Great; we loved Guatemala. Excellent accommodations and beautiful sites to see. Chichicastenanga was the best.Leslie M. Saint Paul, MN
We enjoyed the trip a lot. The Itinerary was good,the accommodations were good. Transfers from and to airport were good. Buses and drivers were good. Tony was a good, helpful and entertaining quide.Sophia B. Alhambra, CA
Excellent. Gustavo was a great tour coordinator, Daniel the driver was helpful and friendly. Last hotel, Westin was fantastic. Overall a great trip. Our 3rd trip w Gate 1.William B. Belton, TX
Jie Sun and I enjoyed very much our trip to Panama. All the tours were very well organized. We are especially impressed by our tour manager Patricio for his knowledge (not only about each visiting site but also about the country and the world at large), his management skill, his friendly personality, his passion about his home country Panama, and his prefect English (US style). It is certainly a gift to have a person like Patricio to be our tour manager. To have people like Patricio working for Gate 1 is a strong testimony to Gate 1's success in the business of tourism! We will certainly consider joining other Gate 1 tours in the future. Will have no hesitation to recommend Gate 1 to friends for their vacation considerations.Jie S. Poolesville, MD
We loved Estuardo, our guide, and Danny, our driver. Both were friendly, professional, and provided a truly wonderful experience throughout our tour of Guatemala. The accommodations were wonderful, too.Susan L. Edwardsville, IL
The trip was wonderful. It was all I hoped it would be. I had never been to Mexico before and was interested in seeing the real culture and people. This loop thru northern Mexico and Copper Canyon area by bus felt authentic. Juan, our educated and charming guide, did everything he could to make our visit a wonderful experience. CarolCarol C. Marshfield, WI
Our trip was better than I anticipated. This was our first visit to Guatemala. From what I've previously read regarding safety issues in that country we were somewhat apprehensive. I literally had to persuade my husband into booking this trip. And, as it turned out from day one our fears were laid to rest (of course we practiced common sense and remained diligent as you would wherever you go). My husband and I throughly enjoyed the visits to all the pyramids as well as the other sites on our itinerary. Tony, our tour guide, couldn't be better. He went beyond what is expected to make our trip informative, fun, and our safety was paramount to him. Gate 1 is soooo lucky to have him!!! This was only our 2nd trip through your company. And now, I know why most of the other travelers have traveled with you repeatedly. My husband said, "I had a great time, our trip was wonderful, I'm so glad you talked me into going".Luz L. Pomona, CA
It was our 1st Gate 1 tour and we loved it! We will do many more because we thought it was run extreme well and exceeded our expectations! We would like to also express our appreciation to Alejandro our primary tour guide from Guatemala City and Luis our tour guide in Tikal. They were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable!Harry S. Palm City, FL
The trip was wonderful. Very happy with our guide Stuart. Love the city of Antigua. It was my first tour with Gate 1 and we are already planning two more. Great service, good hotels and overall enjoyed this trip very much. Thank you Gate 1.Liliana A. Deland, FL
Our trip was fantastic! This is the first time we have used Gate 1 Travel and everything was beyond our expectations! The country of Panama gave us some fantastic memories of a wonderful guide, Roberto... who went above and beyond to do everything to serve us and see we had every need met, beautiful accommodations, excellent food and service, and a wonderful order of sightseeing that gave us an true sense of the entire country.
We loved the arrangements of the flights, transfers, and communication regarding every aspect of our trip. We have already suggested Gate 1 to friends and acquaintances. We will definitely be looking to use Gate 1 tours again. We felt we met friends through our trip, but we also felt we had friends with Gate 1 that wanted every part of our vacation to be a success!
Rebecca M. Louisville, KY
Our trip to Guatemala was wonderful. Our flights were on time and comfortable and we had wonderful accommodations in Guatemala.
Gate 1 employees were always on time and very courteous. Our tour guides, Stuart and Raual, (I am sure I spelled both names incorrectly) were exceptional. They gave us the best information and could answer all our questions so we learned a lot about the country. The drivers were also really good - we never felt unsafe riding with them. We will recommend your company to our friends and relatives and we hope to be able to take another tour some day.Betty W. Bergland, MI
The trip was great. Panama was wonderful, very hot but a fascinating place.
It was Colombia that I really fell in love with though. Most folks thought Medellin was the highlight of the trip but I loved Bogota. Cool, up in the mountains, filled with people who love to smile, beautiful sights, wonderful and diverse foods. The scenery on the drive from Manizales to Medellin was as surreally beautiful as any I've ever seen.
Our guide in Panama, Roberto was very good. Our guides in Colombia, both our tour manager and our local guide in Manizales were well beyond good. They were absolutely wonderful. So thanks for putting this together for me. I hope to do more as far as combining trips like I did on this one.Harris B. Huntley, IL
We very much enjoyed our trip to Panama and Costa Rica. We have enjoyed traveling with Gate 1 in the past and hopefully, will do so in the future. Despite warnings from friends regarding safety, virus and bacterial infections, food and water contamination, humidity affecting electronics, sunburn, thievery and muggings, we had no problems. We trust Gate 1 and, once again, thank you for providing a wonderful and safe trip for us.
Ricardo was our tour guide in Panama. He was so pleasant and knowledgeable about his country and is such an asset to your company. We especially enjoyed the excursion to the indigenous village of the Embrera tribe. What a great experience, memories will last a life time. We were disappointed that there were no activities offered for the evenings in Panama. We learned, on our own, of a dinner and Panamanian dance show, which we attended. Many of our fellow travelers would have liked to attend as well, but did not learn of it until too late. There were no group dinners offered in the evening, which would have given all an opportunity to enjoy the experience together, such an event would have been nice. Another inconvenience occurred, when our airport transfer driver, who was scheduled to come at 4:30 AM showed up at the hotel at 3:30 AM.
Costa Rica was marvelous. Zarah was our tour guide. Wow! She was terrific and kept us busy all the time with activities, lunches and dinners and overall a great experience. It was exactly the right kind of trip for us, good food, introductions to different cultures, moderate physical activity, with lots of events to participate in, plus spectacular scenery.Frederick L. Willingboro, NJ
The 5 day trip to Guatemala was the perfect way to spend the long Presidents' Day weekend! With travel days and time at leisure in Guatemala City the actual tour was just two days, but it provided a wonderful glimpse of this Central American country. The Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City was fantastic - lovely rooms, very secure, nice public spaces inside and out, three restaurants with good food and very nice staff. The tour was with the help of the long established Clark Tours and there were only seven of us on this special Gate 1 itinerary.
Our guide Franz was kind, very experienced, knowledgeable and shared great stories. The driver Danilo was very talented and super nice. We visited the lovely town of Antigua, with many restored buildings, some beautiful ruins and full of life. Then on to Chichicastenango, for an overnight at the very serene and cute Mayan Inn, where every room has a fireplace and your very own attendant will come light it for you, which is a nice touch in the chilly high altitude air. The restaurant and bar were very nice and the courtyards peaceful. Staying overnight also allows you to visit the famous Chichi market early on Sunday morning before it gets much busier later in the day. Then on to the beautiful volcanic crater Lake Atitlan which was spectacular. Franz suggested the Sunset Café for a lovely lunch with a lake and volcano vista - heaven to feel the sun after the cold and snow of Connecticut!
So yet again, a flawless trip - my 12th with Gate 1 and more to come for sure! Thank you!Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
Our trip to Panama was interesting. Everything went smoothly. Ricardo Morales, our tour guide worked very hard and did a wonderful job! It's always great to be taken care of by a knowledgeable local! Most people on our tour had booked many tours with Gate 1 Travel but it was our first time using your company. We definitely would travel with Gate 1 again!Nadine G. London, ON
Gate 1 Travel is 1st rate with me because it always meets my expectations.
Once I get on the plane to whatever destination I am left with 2 questions what
to wear and what to eat....Gate 1 looks after all the rest for my entire
This trip to Guatemala & Honduras was exceptional. The group was small only 15. We had a small van with air conditioning which could cope with the rain forest temperatures. It was so easy getting in and out of. No high steps. Luggage was easily loaded and unloaded.
This is a poor country and a lot of the time is spent driving through the countryside. Our guide Tony was super he was able to plan our time so we never got bored. Drives could be long but stops were well planned so we never felt we were killing time. His knowledge of Mayan culture was excellent and he shared his insight as we progressed.
Hotels were excellent with swimming pools. Breakfasts offered anything you could think of but the variety of fresh fruit made them special. Lots of hot water and tons of pillows on the beds.
Tony our guide was exceptional. No one recognized the amount of time he spent planning and carrying out our activities. He was able to recognize very quickly when the temp was too high or the terrain was too difficult. He made arrangements for the less adventuresome and made sure the agenda was completed for those that cared.
Great trip. Super driver along some tricky roadways . Guide with great personality and tuned into his tourists needs. Made our trip to Guatemala a trip to remember.Ann S. Tamarac, FL
The trip went very well. I was worried that 5 days wouldn't be enough to see
Panama but it worked out very well and I got to see everything and had plenty of
time at each of our stop along the way. The tour guide and driver who were with
us throughout the three cities and took us to the national park were great. They
answered all our questions and were able to pack so much into a few days without
making it overwhelming.
Overall a nice package put together by Gate 1, well done.
Our trip to Guatemala couldn't have been any better. We absolutely enjoyed every minute from the flight down there to the flight home. Stewart, our guide, was the best - friendly, informative and helpful. We learned so much about the country from him and his attention to detail made the trip go very smoothly. Guatemala is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colors, perfect for photography, and the people were very warm and welcoming. Thank you for setting this trip up for us. I look forward to our next trip to Bulgaria, Bosnia and Romania.Maxine S. Lakeville, MN
It was fantastic! This was our first trip with Gate 1 and going to Guatemala.
Both far exceeded our expectations! The accommodations, tours and tour guides
were excellent! Our tour guides were Antonio (Tony) and Hector.
I traveled with my mom for our first mother/Daughter trip out of the country. It turned out we were one of 3 mother/daughter couples, which made it extra special. My mom even said the tour buses were the most comfortable she had ever been on. We loved the fact that the tours were small and we really got to know the people on our bus, which was super fun!
Suzanne d. Madeira Beach, FL
It was a flawless trip! We can't wait to use Gate 1 again!
It was fabulous especially the overnight stay at the Mayan Inn. The service was exceptional and I couldn't thank the staff enough for the accommodations at the hotels, the tour guide was extraordinary, a gifted man indeed, the bus driver was also warm and friendly, a great driver.
I highly recommend this trip to all my friends. Thank you again for making my
trip so memorable.