Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

6 hr

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Panama Marine Adventures, Flamenco Marina, Amador Causeway, Panama City 0812 Panama

Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Centennial Bridge, Pan-American Highway, Panama City Panama

Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Panama Marine Adventures, Flamenco Marina, Amador Causeway, Panama City 0812 Panama

Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Centennial Bridge, Pan-American Highway, Panama City Panama

Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway. Upon its opening in 2004, it became the second permanent crossing of the canal.

Pass By: Panama Canal, Panama City Panama

Our tour starts at the Flamenco Resort and Marina. Passengers board motor coaches for a 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, passengers board the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of the tour. The Panama Canal partial transit tour begins at the north end of the Gailard cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. The Pacific Queen will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline.

Pass By: Bridge of the Americas, Balboa, Panama City Panama

The Bridge of the Americas is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Designed by Sverdrup & Parcel, it was completed in 1962 at a cost of US$20 million, connecting the north and south American land masses.

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Important Details

Included
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Roundtrip hotel transfer
Not Included
Departure Point
Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina, 084300762, Panamá, Panama

Traveler pickup is offered
If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance.

The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet around 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.

11:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

4.5
/5
Based on 19 reviews

Reviewed: March 9, 2020

Kathryn T

We went back and forth deciding whether to do a full transit from coast to coast or a half day. We chose the half day based on other reviews and on the later start time (11 a.m. vs 6 a.m.) We're so glad that we went with the half day. There is a lot of down time, from waiting for permission to exit the bus to waiting for boats to enter the locks, and the amount of time it takes for the locks to fill with water. The half day was just the right amount of time for us. The tour was professional and everything went smoothly. We were picked up at our hotel at 11 a.m. and taken straight to Gamboa. We had to wait on the bus for about 30 minutes but reviews had suggested bringing a book or magazine so we just read while we waited. We were given wrist bands that determined our lunch time and boarded the boat. The boat has an open uncovered section, a covered area and two indoor air-conditioned decks. Sit on the left (port) side to be in the shade; people on the sunny side were all moved over to the port side by the time we reached the locks. It was very pleasant sitting there and cruising on the canal, and the commentary was interesting. Great to see the huge ships and the people working on the locks (including two guys in a row boat!). Lunch was typical Panamanian food served in the A/C. There's a small gift shop that sells a good book about the canal. We were alongside a cheaper tour where food was by purchase only and there were many more passengers than seats, and we were glad we'd chosen this Viator trip! Beautiful views of the Panama City skyline as we came into the Flamenco port at about 6 p.m. The driver met us and took us back to our hotel. The only thing that would make it better might be some commentary on the bus on the way to Gamboa telling us about the area, the jungle and the wildlife. Definitely recommend this tour.


Reviewed: February 26, 2020

Celia C

This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. So cool to be in the canal passing with the ships. Gus, our narrator was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend it. This process is long and slow but you truly get the feel by being right in the canal.


Reviewed: February 24, 2020

baunbaek

The tour was very fine with plenty of time to follow the transit through the locks. However, with 300 passengers it was more crowded than we expected making good seatings very limited.


Reviewed: February 17, 2020

shscoulsdon

Many people coming to Panama want to experience a canal transit, and it would be hard to detract from the actual experience of going through one of the world’s great waterways. However, the organisational side of the experience left something to be desired. My other two trips in Panama were both excellent, with prompt pick-ups, knowledgeable and attentive English-speaking guides no delays and good administration. I guess that canal transit operators can rely on a constant stream of people booking, so they don’t have to try too hard.

There is no doubt that the canal transit was a memorable experience, and the various people that I spoke to all enjoyed it. I would certainly not want to put anyone off taking this trip, but would suggest that you go with limited expectations about the organisation. The price was also higher in USD/hour terms than for other tours, and a full 9-hour transit probably offers nothing a partial one doesn’t

My experience seems a fairly common one, being given one pick-up time, then told when I phoned after no-one arrived it had been delayed an hour, yet the transport with a driver speaking little English still arrived at Gamboa 90 minutes before embarkation. Most other tour buses arrived about an hour later. The ship was fairly full, particular as most favoured the upper, outdoor deck, but not too full. Lunch was adequate, but with no provision for vegetarians, and if you don’t like spicy chicken, take a sandwich. The soft drinks also ran out after about four hours, so maybe take your own water. Disembarkation at Panama City was quite chaotic, as every had to find their own tour buses on a crowded dock


Reviewed: February 14, 2020

Casserini M   |   Schweiz

Great to see it once life and close behind a ship; however slow and very long ship tour after the locks