Best of Panama with Pacific Coast (ILPF)

9 Day Package from Panama City to Panama City

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Panama City

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 5 lunches; 3 dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
Arrive in Panama City, Panama

Arrive in beautiful, colorful, and vibrant Panama City, where you will be met by your Local Host. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias de Avila, a Spanish conquistador who made it his base for plundering Peru’s riches, Panama today remains one of the central hubs for commerce and trade in the Americas. Panama offers diverse natural wonders, a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, and historical as well as modern cityscapes.

DAY
2
Panama City

After breakfast, your PRIVATE CITY TOUR visits Casco Antiguo, the colonial area and oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district was built as a protected walled city after Panama City was burned down in a pirate attack in 1671. Here, see the restored colonial buildings, churches, and historical monuments. Next, visit the MIRAFLORES LOCKS at the Panama Canal to witness this engineering genius in operation. During your guided tour, learn about the history of the canal and its construction, and observe transiting vessels navigating the locks from just a few feet away.

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DAY
3
Panama City–Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Today, a special treat is in store when you board a vessel for a Panama Canal PARTIAL TRANSIT. Your boat will enter the canal at the Gailard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal and where the canal was carved through the Continental Divide. Enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, where your vessel will be lowered approximately 30 feet into Miraflores Lake. Continue to the Miraflores Locks to be lowered almost 60 feet to the Pacific Ocean. Disembark your ship and head to Gamboa Rainforest Resort within Soberania National Park.

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DAY
4
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

An enchanting journey takes you deep into the dense jungles of the Chagres, where the Emberá Indians have lived for centuries. The adventure begins with a RIVER CRUISE up the Chagres in dugout canoes, the Emberá traditional hand-carved boats. Upon arrival at the INDIAN VILLAGE, you will be taken back in time as you are immersed in ancient Emberá cultural dances and music that have not changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500s. The Emberás will give you a glimpse into their mystical rituals and amazing knowledge of medicinal plants and other natural remedies. The Indians will invite you to explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek that takes you through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls. Top off your visit with a typical lunch in the village.

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DAY
5
Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Enjoy a free day to take advantage of the resort’s many activities, like an aerial tram tour, kayaking, fishing, or birding and monkey tours. Alternatively, simply relax by the pool or at the spa.

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DAY
6
Gamboa Rainforest Resort–Panama City–Pacific Coast

Journey to the Pacific side of Panama for some relaxation time on the beach at a deluxe all-inclusive resort. Nestled between lush, tropical forests and white-sand beaches, this is the perfect way to end your vacation.

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DAYS
7-8
Pacific Coast

Enjoy two free days at your all-inclusive hotel to explore on your own. You may choose to spend some time by the pool or at the spa. Alternately, the more adventurous may opt for kayaking the Pacific, rafting, surfing, or diving.

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DAY
9
Pacific Coast–Panama City

Transfer to the airport in Panama City for your return flight home.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

Included Hotels

Panama City
Gamboa
Pacific Coast

Hotel Crowne Plaza

Manuel Espinosa Batista Ave.
Panama City, Panama

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Panama is a full-service luxury hotel catering to the international traveler. Relax in the elegant comfort of this convenient Panama city hotel with fantastic amenities and all the comforts of home away from home. Enjoy the fine dining restaurant, with international style breakfast & lunch buffet and the Sports Bar, with a variety of national and international beverages.

Location & Highlights

The Crowne Plaza Panamá has the best location in the city, located in the heart of the city and surrounded by stores, restaurants, and entertainment.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Shoe Shine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Panama City

Intercontinental Miramar

Miramar Plaza, Balboa Ave
Panama City, Panama

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

A contemporary landmark on Panama Bay, the InterContinental Miramar Panama epitomizes the capital's cosmopolitan style with a striking tower in the financial district. Views of the Pacific Ocean showcase vessels coming through the Panama Canal.

Location & Highlights

The Intercontinental Miramar epitomizes the capital's cosmopolitan style within the financial district. Views of the Pacific Ocean showcase vessels coming through the Panama Canal, which is only five miles away. The main shopping malls and Casco Viejo (the old city) are also nearby.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Spa Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Shoe Shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Gamboa

Gamboa

Sunset Boat Tour

Find out what the nocturnal creatures do at night as you search for them on this sunset cruise in an open air tour boat. It's possible to see tapirs, capibaras, aligators, rare tropical opossums, western night monkeys, and two-toed sloths.

Price Range: $

Gatun Lake Expedition

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways and explore Gatun Lake with a chance to view wild monkeys in their natural habitat.

Price Range: $

Sport Fishing on Gatun Lake

Fishermen are always impressed by the plentiful variety of fish in Gatun Lake. A Gamboa fishing guide will take you and your party on a private guided tour of the lake and show you the best spots for fishing.

Price Range: $$$

Portobelo Historical Tour

Take a guided tour of Portobelo, a sleepy bayside town full of colonial history where you will feel transported back in time. Here, you will encounter no less than 5 colonial fortifications where the canons are still pointing their mouths towards the bay they once protected.

Price Range: $$$

Kayaking on the Chagres River

Kayak the historic Chagres River, where hundreds of "49ers" floated on their way to California during the Gold Rush. You will experience dramatic rain forest scenery and lush aquatic vegetation combined with the raucous calls of water birds as you glide silently over the water.

Price Range: $

Insider

Panama City

Panama City

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Panama City, PanamaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Panama City, Panama. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Panama City and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Panama City insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet Robert, a Local Host® in Panama City, Panama

I have worked as a guide for over 8 years and my focus is on historical and ecological tours in Panama. I love guiding new people as they experience Panama for the first time. I am fluent in Spanish and English and particularly skilled at tours involving Panama’s colonial history, the Panama Canal, Miraflores, and Gatun Locks, as well as the Chagres River and Embera villages.

Ride a Bike or Stroll along the Amador Causeway

Dazzling views of Panama City's skyline and of the Panama Canal make the Amador Causeway a scenic must. The stretch unites four small islands. It also serves a functional purpose as a breakwater to the entrance of the Canal. Swept by sea breezes, there are bike paths, restaurants, shops, a cruise port, and a yacht marina. You can glimpse the Panama Canal and ships passing under the Bridge of the Americas, once the only strip that connected North and South America.

Ancon Hill & the Metropolitan Park

There's no better way to see Panama's past, present and future than to take a hike up Ancon Hill where you'll have a bird’s-eye view of Casco Viejo, modern Panama City and the Panama Canal. The path is lined by thriving rainforest. It’s best to explore it in the morning to avoid afternoon heat and rain showers. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top, but you can get there by taxi if you choose.

Panama Viejó

Journey to the first inhabited section of Panama City, Panama Viejó, to find the ruins of the oldest capital in the Americas. Originally the site of an indigenous village, Panama Viejó was occupied by the Spanish in 1519 and was named the first city in the Americas by the King of Spain in 1521. In 1671, the city was plundered by pirates and burned to the ground. Explore the ancient ruins and take in beautiful views of Modern Panama from here.

Jewelry & Handicrafts

Panama’s native handicrafts rival Mexico’s and most other Latin countries in beauty and creativity. Make sure to take time to shop and bring back an item or two that can’t be mistaken for anything other than authentic Panamanian art!

Baha’i Temple

If you can manage to get outside the city for an afternoon, the serenity and the incomparable views at this peaceful temple are well worth a little jaunt. From the city, it looks like an egg on top of the hill, but when you get up there, you can see the impressive views of green and the wilderness of Panama, as well as views of the city out to the coast.

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