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Journey between the seas

9 days from £4,130pp

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Journey between the seas

9 days from £4,130pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

Private Journey

 

Day 1

Arrive Panama City, transfer to hotel.
 

This thriving cosmopolitan metropolis sits at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal.

The city dates back to 1519 when it was a settlement base for transporting Peruvian gold back to Imperial Spain. Its subsequent wealth made it a frequent target for pirate raids.

These days, soaring skyscrapers, sparkling banks and smart modern offices overshadow forts, Spanish convents and sumptuous French-style mansions, reminders of its colonial heyday.

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Panama City

Day 2

Guided tour of Casco Viejo and the Biodiversity Museum.
 

Begin with your adventure with a guided exploration of the UNESCO World heritage Site Casco Viejo. Work on this neighbourhood started in 1673 following the destruction by pirates of the original city. You’ll be able to stroll around the atmospheric former city-centre with its restored colonial houses, churches and squares embodying the Spanish colonial architecture of the 17th century.

Following a visit to the Inter-Oceanic Canal Museum you’ll continue to the Biodiversity Museum where eight galleries tell the story of human development  on  the Panamanian isthmus and its impact on the area’s biodiversity.

In the afternoon, you’ll embark the MV Discovery anchored at Flamenco Island. Set sail in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean heading towards Contadora in the Pearl Islands where the ship will spend the first night before navigating to the Darien jungle. Meet your expedition leaders, the crew and fellow guests while you savour regionally-inspired cuisine.

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CASCO VIEJO PANAMA CITY

Day 3

Visit the Darien jungle and the Embera indians
 

Now you really head off into the unknown. The shores of Darien Province are hemmed by a curtain of dark, tangled rainforest which has kept out explorers and potential settlers for centuries.

Perhaps because of this lack of human interference, this environment is one of the most bio-diverse in the world, as well as among the most exotic. Brightly feathered birds flit through the trees while monkeys chatter and swing from branch to branch.

Here, you’ll head inland to meet members of a community of Embera indians. These people, the original inhabitants, have managed not only to maintain their identity and traditional crafts – they excel at basket work and wood carvings – but have also adopted a sustainable economy to conserve the delicate balance in the forest, with a little help from low-key tourism. The Embera are proud of their long-established mythology, and practice natural medicine using forest products they harvest themselves.

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Tucan

Day 4

Swim and snorkel among the palm-fringed Pearl Islands.
 

Today, back out along the coast, you can swim and snorkel in the sparkly aquamarine waters lapping the Pearl Islands. The 200 island-strong archipelago owes its name to the abundance of pearl oysters which supported a substantial fishery in the early 1900s.

Nowadays the sun-baked archipelago is famed for its squeaky-clean soft-sand beaches and gently waving palm trees.  Just a few of the islands are inhabited, and many are tiny. Survival shows have been filmed here, adding a colourful contemporary page to the story of pirate refuge; and you have a shipwrecked submarine to explore.

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Contadora beach

Day 5

Transit the Panama Canal to Lake Gatun.
 
The excitement mounts as you finally enter the Panama Canal. In the 1880s the construction of a waterway to link the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans began, and the ambitious project was completed in 1914. Fortunately, since the Canal was handed back to Panama in 1999 the twisted jungle along its banks has been protected and developed for eco-tourism.

Wake up at the Pacific entrance and join the morning’s ship convoy for the northbound canal passage traversing Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. The Discovery will be raised 26m above sea level to Gatún Lake, where the ship will spend the night, before she is taken down again.  This is no easy task: a skilled pilot is required on board to guide the vessel through the massive sets of locks.
 
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MV Discovery

Day 6

Explore Gatún Lake and exit the Canal at the Caribbean end.
 
Before the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatún Lake was teeming with a huge abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, many creatures took refuge in the mountain peaks which now constitute the many islands which rise above the surface of the lake.

Explore Gatún Lake and kayak in Panama Canal waters. Your expedition leader will take you on board small crafts past lush rainforest to secluded areas of the lake to witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle.

Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you may see in their natural surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents which compose this tropical jungle will engulf you. Cameras should be at hand as this is considered one of the the world’s premier locations for viewing monkeys and other animals in the wild. The Discovery will exit the Panama Canal in the afternoon on its way to the mouth of the Chagres River. 

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Lake Gatun

Day 7

Explore the Chagres river and fort at San Lorenzo.
 

The Chagres river was used by the Spanish conquistadors to move their gold across the Isthmus of Panama en route from Peru to Spain, then by the gold prospectors who attempted a ‘short cut’ from the east coast of the USA to the gold fields of California.

These colourful characters are long gone but the river is now the lifeline of the Panama Canal, still heaving with wildlife and fringed by tropical jungle. Explore Fort San Lorenzo, on a cliff at the mouth of the river on the Atlantic side. The fort here was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century to defend the gold trail.

 

You have now reached the Caribbean Sea! Later that evening, the Discovery will reposition to Colón, where it will spend the night before you disembark the next day. 

 

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Kayaking

Day 8

Disembark. Guided tour of Portobelo, transfer to hotel in Panama City.
 

Leave the ship in the morning and travel by road to Portobelo,  founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage to the Americas in 1597. This quaint town was the site of many sea and land battles between the Spanish colonials and the pirates and corsairs who relentlessly raided the Spanish Main. Explore the fortifications built by the Spaniards to protect their treasures and visit the Church of San Felipe, the sanctuary of the Black Christ.

 

Later in the afternoon, board the train which runs along the Panama Canal Railway back to Panama City, a journey of just one hour. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through the rainforest, cruising alongside the Canal’s locks, through the Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Lake Gatún.  Arrive in Panama City in the early evening and settle in to your hotel.  


(Note that the itinerary is subject to variation according to weather and other local conditions).

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Railroad from Colon to Panama City

Day 9

Transfer to Panama City airport for your international flight.

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