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Small Ship Cruising

The Panama Canal & Costa Rica

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$7,990 USD
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Jan - Feb
Cities & Landmarks
Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Panama City, San José, Manuel Antonio National Park, Sarchí
Costa Rica and Panama Canal Cruise
Bridge of the Americas, Panama Canal

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Uniquely Tauck

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Tauck's experienced naturalist, Tauck Director and local guides join the cruise aboard ship, leading excursions ashore to enrich your experience of the jungle, water and flora & fauna

 

Visits to Manuel Antonio National Park and Carara National Park in Costa Rica, the Darien and the San Blas Islands

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,708

 

7-night cruise aboard one of Ponant's Explorer Class yachts

 

Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions

 

Full small-ship transit of the Panama Canal with onboard commentary by a local expert

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Cultural journeys and expeditions

Marvel in awe of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century... cruise along the canal that revolutionized shipping patterns... gaze in awe as you pass the tropical forests, secluded beaches, diverse wildlife and clear waters that make up Costa Rica and Panama, and whose many treasures remain undisturbed by development.

A 7-night voyage aboard Ponant's Explorer Class yacht features a complete transit of the Panama Canal, and an opportunity for cultural exchange with locals in Panama and along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Explore the rich interior and its abundant wildlife with our expert naturalists. Go swimming or snorkeling, land on islands via tender or Zodiac craft, visit a gold museum in San José and learn how coffee beans are harvested and brewed to perfection. Experience the pleasures of Tauck small ship cruising on a Panama Canal and Costa Rica cruise! Read Less

See for yourself what Small Ship Cruising is all about

Cruise with Wildlife Filmmaker, Tim Martin

Cruise with Wildlife Filmmaker, Tim Martin

Tim Martin is a TV executive producer, wildlife photographer and conservationist. He worked in the BBC Natural History Unit for over 20 years, producing award winning series including Lost Land of the Jaguar, Animals with Cameras, Bear Family & Me and Natural World. Tim is currently producing a series for Netflix and running Farm Wilder, a non-profit that promotes sustainable and wildlife friendly farming in the UK. Travel with Tim on our January 12 departure, enjoying expert insights about the wildlife and natural wonders of Costa Rica and Panama. Ask at booking for details.

Full transit of the Panama Canal

Join a special club by cruising through the remarkable Panama Canal

When the Panama Canal first opened in 1914, some enthusiasts called it one of the "seven wonders of the world" – it was certainly one of the world's most incredible engineering endeavors. For the first time, a ship traveling from New York to San Francisco could save over 7,000 miles by not having to sail around South America. Over a century later, you'll join the special ranks of travelers to traverse the entire length of the canal; crossing aboard a small ship makes the experience an even more memorable one. Taking approximately eight to ten hours, your vessel passes through three locks (the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatún) as it's raised up and over the isthmus' land surface for a total of 85 ft. before passing between the Atlantic and the Pacific!

Manuel Antonio National Park

Exploring the eco-treasures of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

Although Manuel Antonio National Park encompasses the smallest land area of any national park in Costa Rica, it is home to more than a hundred species of mammals and nearly 200 species of birds, outranking virtually every other park in Costa Rica's richly biodiverse national park system. Mammalian residents include sloths (like the brown-throated three-toed sloth and Hoffmann's two-toed sloth), monkeys (mantled howler monkey, Central American squirrel monkey, and white-headed capuchin monkey), white-nosed coati and many more. Along with the rich tropical rainforests that all this wildlife calls home, the park also comprises coral reefs and miles of white sand beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Costa Rica... a virtual paradise!

Fascinating trip - Tauck finds little gems that we would never see on our own. Our TD lives near the Canal Zone, so we got a unique history from a local's POV.

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The Tauck Experience

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Reviews (28)

This was our second Tauck trip and it did not disappoint. Our host and the guides provided were excellent. The Wind Star and its crew were outstanding in understanding our needs. The weather was outstanding and the excursions were excellent. The one suggestion I have is with the zip line could use liners before putting helmet on.

Most Memorable Moment:

There were a few 1. Dinner at candles on Board 2. Going through the canal 3. Rafting 4. Rain Forest, Cocao and Coffee tours


I had always wanted to travel to Panama and traverse the Panama Canal. Friends had raved about Costa Rica and I had never been. This was a dream trip, combining both, and on a beautiful four masted schooner to boot! Our Tauck Director was great, as were the local guides and local tours. Traveling single was easy because Tauck attracts wonderful guests.

Most Memorable Moment:

I ZIP LINED!!! Never thought I would, was encouraged by others in the group about my age.


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