Best of Panama (ILP)

6 Day Package from Panama City to Panama City

This is Jeopardy! Answer: This country is home to the engineering marvel that provides passage for nearly 14,000 ocean-going vessels per year. Question: What is Panama? Answer: This company makes it easy for you to travel to Panama by handling all the details for you. Answer: What is Monograms? That’s right, Monograms handles the details, so all you have to do is show up for this 6-day vacation. We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, two lunches, and transportation between destinations. Plus, you’ll have the services of a Local Host®, someone who can let you in on little-known secrets, answer questions, offer suggestions, and help you personalize your trip. All you have to do is have fun!

Your vacation begins in Panama City, where we can seamlessly pick you up at the airport for a transfer to your selected hotel. At your hotel, your Local Host will welcome you with a warm greeting and present you with the materials you need for your vacation. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel for your exclusive sightseeing tour with a local expert. You’ll hear the inside stories and fascinating history of Casco Antiguo, founded in 1673 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to ask your Local Guide for the best place to capture photos of the colonial buildings and historical monuments. Of course, you can’t visit Panama and not see the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel like no other. That’s why we’ll take you to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, where you’ll learn about the canal’s construction and see vessels transiting through this engineering marvel. And that’s not all…we have included a partial transit of the canal, where your ship will sail go through two locks and be lowered 90 feet to the Pacific Ocean!

Then it’s time to relax. We’ll take you via private transfer to Gamboa Rainforest Resort in the heart of Soberania National Park. Take a cruise up the Chagres River in a dugout canoe to visit an Emberá Indian Village, where you’ll witness ancient Emberá cultural dances and learn about their mystical rituals and knowledge of medicinal plants. You’ll even get lunch in the village! In Gamboa, you’ll have plenty of free time to take advantage of the many activities, like an aerial tram tour, kayaking, fishing, birding or monkey tour, or just relaxing by the pool or at the spa.

Monograms includes all of this in your vacation package. Between the sightseeing we’ve arranged, the hotels we have booked, and the transportation we’ve included, we have saved you the cost of your time and the stress to put it together on your own! We do the work so you can just grab your swimsuit and camera, and head to Panama!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Every Monograms vacation package to Panama includes a visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor’s Center at the Panama Canal. Here, you’ll witness this engineering wonder in operation—an experience not to be missed!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

19-Dec-2019

Arrive in beautiful, colorful, and vibrant Panama City. 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. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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DAY
2
PANAMA CITY

20-Dec-2019

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. (B)

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3
PANAMA CITY–GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

21-Dec-2019

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. (B,L)

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DAY
4
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

22-Dec-2019

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. (B,L)

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DAY
5
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

23-Dec-2019

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. (B)

Excursions Available:

Gatun Lake Expedition

Price: Starting From: $36/person

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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.

Portobelo Historical Tour

Price: Starting From: $138/person

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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.

Kayaking on the Chagres River

Price: Starting From: $36/person

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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.

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DAY
6
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT–PANAMA CITY

24-Dec-2019

Your vacation ends with a transfer from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to Panama City’s airport. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

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.

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Panama City

Panama City

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.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).