Cookies

At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more


Panama City: Visit the Panama Canal

Visit Us

Visit the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal opened in 1914, but as a feat of engineering it's no less impressive today than it was when it transformed intercontinental trade routes a century ago.

Allowing passage between the Pacific and the Caribbean, the canal cuts through the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus – a mere 77km that spares ships the 15,000km voyage around Cape Horn. Little wonder then that the Canal Zone, owned until 1999 by the US, not only made a monumental impact on the world economy but also became a meeting point for goods, people and ideas from all corners of the globe.

Whether it's the historical perspective, the extraordinary human achievement or simply the sheer spectacle of watching gargantuan cargo ships slide through the locks that interests you, you'll be surprised at what an astonishing experience it is to see the Panama Canal in action. We'll take you on a guided tour of Miraflores Locks, where you can see water levels rise and fall with remarkable efficiency and huge vessels squeeze through the channel with barely 60cm of clearance on either side. There's also an excellent visitors' centre presenting the history of the canal's construction and explaining its modern economic context.

Our holidays including Visit the Panama Canal

View all holidays
Panama Canal

Journey between the seas

Private journey

9 days from £4,464pp

Signature Costa Rica and Panama

Signature Costa Rica with Panama City

Private journey

14 days from £3,028pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

Private journey

18 days from £4,456pp

Panama City

Signature Panama: Canal, wildlife and beach

Private journey

10 days from £1,679pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

Speak to an expert 020 8747 8315

Other ideas

Take the Transcontinental Railroad

Take the Central American transcontinental railroad

Walking Tour of the Casco Viejo

Walking tour of the Casco Viejo


Trek the Camino Real

Trek the Panamanian Camino Real

Embera Indian

Meet the Embera indians of Chagres river

What our clients say

0 of 0

Articles you may like

Browse our inspiration area of the site. It's packed with insider travel tips, Top5s, competitions, events, recipes and holiday ideas for Central and South America sure to whet your travel appetite.

More inspiration
Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america

Experience

  • The pioneers in travel to Latin America since 1980
  • The UK's no.1 specialist – nobody knows it better

Knowledge

  • All our staff are in-depth Latin America specialists
  • Get the inside track with expert advice based on first-hand experience

Passion

  • Our love of Latin America runs through all we do
  • We take pride in providing a genuinely personal service

Protection

  • Unbeatable and secure financial protection
  • Book with confidence, knowing every penny is secure

Flexibility

  • The widest range of travel options to Central and South America
  • The journey you'll love, in a style to suit you

Expertise

  • Award-winning holidays, endorsed by our clients and the press
  • Exclusively dedicated to 
    Latin America – it's all we do


Wanderlust

Food and Travel Magazine Readers' Awards - Tour Operator of The Year 2016

Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards - Best Tour Operator to Latin America 2016

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award 2013

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards - Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards - Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards - Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator 2016

Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2015

British Travel Awards - Best Small Tour Operator to Central and South America 2012

Latin American Travel Association - Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards - Best Specialist Tour Operator 2011

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/destinations/panama/places-to-visit/panama-city/things-to-do/visit-the-panama-canal

Page ID: {23F78DC5-974C-4D63-97D1-2671B1E3F811}

Page Name: visit-the-panama-canal

Page Display Name: Visit the Panama Canal

Page Template Name: T012-Activity

Page Template ID: {1C3DC5E2-9625-40B4-8DA8-8DE959FA4ADF}

Parent ID: {49070466-96F3-46EB-85BD-318C15B849BD}

Parent Name: things-to-do

Parent Display Name: Things to do

Parent Template Name: T006-ThingsToDo-Place

Parent Template ID: {C7611AAD-8D6F-4D65-A35B-1EDD0CF924B0}