Panama ( 4 Nights & 5 days)

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Panama

Depart for Panama, a country rich in history and culture, home to many indigenous cultures. Arrive in spirited Panama City, a dynamic metropolis with huge modern skyscrapers, bustling mega-malls, elegant casinos, shops and restaurants on every corner. Tonight, perhaps indulge at one of the city's world-class international restaurants or try your luck in the gambling casino
Overnight: Panama City

DAY 2, Saturday - Day at Leisure

Spend today discovering Panama City independently. Consider a visit to the Biomuseum Museum which was designed to tell the story of how the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever. Perhaps shop for local handicrafts at the Amador Causeway, one of Panama's markets, or, participate in the optional not-to-be-missed partial transit of the Panama Canal that will take you on a ship through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks. This is indeed a unique opportunity to see the remarkable workings of the canal first-hand and learn more about the history and operation of the canal. On the return, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and return back into Panama Bay
Optional: Panama Canal Partial Transit
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal and Panama City Tour

Today, start at Miraflores Locks at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Here, view the locks in operation and watch in amazement as over 20 million gallons of water are transferred in less than 10 minutes. The Panama Canal is an astonishing example of modern engineering, considered to be one of the "wonders of the world". More than 12,000 ocean-going vessels pass through it a year - over 30 a day! Hopefully, we'll see a freighter passing through the locks today - it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Panama City to discover contemporary Panama City. View the magnificent Catedral de Panam√°, elegantly dominating the Plaza de la Independencia, the National Theater and the bayside monument to French entrepreneurs who envisioned the Panama Canal. Continue to the ever-expanding modern section before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for personal explorations
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Embera Indigenous Village

We begin our Embera adventure as we arrive in the lush rainforest at Chagres National Park, in the eastern sector of the Panama Canal. Here, we transfer to a "piragua" (paddle dug-out canoe) that takes us on a journey into the jungle to meet the indigenous Embera tribe known as the "keepers of the rainforest". We'll be warmly welcomed with cultural dances and music that hasn't changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500's. Explore the area on a trek through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls - see the wide variety of colorful birds and wildlife! Watch as the women craft beautiful baskets out of palm leaves and demonstrate their native art. The Embrera Indians will offer us a specially prepared traditional meal before we return back to civilization. The rest of the day is on your own in Panama City, or join the optional tour to Frank Gehry's Biodiversity Museum. First building in Latin America designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet's biodiversity. There is so much to do, and so much to see! Tonight, celebrate your last evening in Panama with a "night on the town"

Optional: The Bridge of Life: Biomuseo Tour
Overnight: Panama City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart Panama

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight