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Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

1. Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

Enjoy 2 hours at the fascinating Panama Canal before exploring Panama City's history and sights. Discover 4 levels of exhibitions about the Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center.  Take a panoramic drive along the Ancon foothills where you can take in the lush greenery and learn about the area's importance during the world wars. Stop at the Amador Causeway for a chance to get some incredible photos of the city, try one of its best ceviche places, have some amazing homemade ice cream, or do some shopping. Walk through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua. Take a guided walk, ending in the Plaza de Francia on the old walls that protected the city from invasion over the years.

From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

2. From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

Spend half a day exploring the Panama Canal while learning about its history and creation. See the famed Miraflores Locks in action and take a scenic boat ride in the Panama Canal. Get picked up at your hotel or other location in Panama City, and journey to the Panama Canal Visitors Center for a detailed explanation about how the canal and famous Miraflores Locks work. Visit the museum to learn more about this important water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Drive by Miraflores Lake and the Pedro Miguel Locks as you make your way to the Chagres River. Climb aboard for a scenic boat trip across artificial Gatun Lake. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. Watch as large ships pass through the canal to get a sense of the magnitude of this masterpiece of engineering. Arrive at a group of islands to see different species of animals and monkeys. Return to Panama City and get dropped off at your hotel.

The Panama Canal Visitors Center and City Tour

3. The Panama Canal Visitors Center and City Tour

Live an enriching experience at each stop: Heading to the hotel and picking you up at 7:30am, we start the tour visiting: -Miraflores Visitors Center ( The Panama canal) you will watch the vessels doing its lockage and how the Panama Canal works its operation. Also, you will whatch the movie in IMAX technology narrated by the famous actro Morgan Freeman. -Administration Building (The Monument of George Washington Goethal Built in 1914.) -Casco Antiguo (The Colonial City of Panamá) You will visit Tomas Herrera Square, Independence Square, French Square, Simon Bolivar Square and some church such as: Mercy Church, San José Church, The Metropolitan Cathedral among others. -Amador Causeway A beautiful place located in the pacific side of Panama, comprised of three Islands, you will stop by at Flamengo's Islands where you be able to take picture with the famous Panamá sign. Also you will visit the duty free store. - America's Bridge You will see the mouth of the entrance to the Panamá Canal, also the beautiful view of the harbours Once you have enjoyed all the places I will drive you back to the hotel. I can provide you cortesy time to Lunch at the Fish Market (Optional)

Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

4. Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

First arrive to the Miraflores Visitor's Center look for the transit to the vessels in the Panama Canal, there you can see when the vessels raise and through the Miraflores lake and continue the raise to Pedro Miguel Locks, next trough for the bridge of Americas for look the panoramic air view for the New Locks, and the line for the vessels waiting your turn for transit for the canal, stop in the Flamingo island for take the picture to the big Panama sign and see the natural fishbowl, and finish in the marvel Casco Antiguo, there we'll walk or make the panoramic view to the churches and squares. Tour time around 4 to 5 hours.

Panama Canal, City Tour and Old Town

5. Panama Canal, City Tour and Old Town

Our guide will collect you at 7:30 am from your city hotel, we will head the 7 wonders of modern engineering, the Panama Canal, the visitor center Miraflores visitor center (entrance fee not included) Then we will visit the former US fort and Canal Zone and US Governor office which is the current Canal Administration Building. We will drive and cross the Bridge of the America to take amazing picture of the city entrance and chinese presence monument. Finally, we will stroll along the charming cobblestone streets of Casco Antiguo . Tracing its history to 1673 and filled with splendid Colonial architecture, this Unesco World Heritage Site is today one of Panama City’s liveliest districts. There are Local and Indigenous arts & crafts at Casco Antiguo. We will bring you to your city hotel around 2:00 pm.

Panama Private Layover Canal & City Tour

6. Panama Private Layover Canal & City Tour

Take a short 5-hour tour from Tocumen Airport. Take a fascinating close look at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and learn about the city culture and history in the old town Casco Viejo. Take a fascinating close look at the Panama Canal visitor center and learn about the city culture and history in the old town Casco Viejo. Start with a visit to Miraflores Locks where you will have the opportunity to watch the operation of the canal closely and see the ships passing by, depending on canal schedule. Next, drive around Causeway Amador for pictures and then head to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old town, for a walking tour. See the beautiful houses and charming shops and restaurants. Located on a peninsula of the city, close to the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo is a World Heritage Site and one of the main tourist spots in the Panamanian capital.

Tocumen or Albrook Airport: Panama Layover Tour

7. Tocumen or Albrook Airport: Panama Layover Tour

Make the most of your layover at Tocumen or Albrook airport with a sightseeing tour to Panama city. Learn about the engineering feat that was required to create the Panama Canal maritime trade route at the Miraflores lock visitor center. Meet your guide who will be holding a sign with your name on it outside the customs doors at the airport. Head to Panama city to see the old Spanish-style colonial buildings contrasted with the modern skyline in this coastal city. Continue to the Miraflores locks visitor center. Watch from an observation deck as vessels make their way through the canal by being lifted or lowered 54 feet. View a short film about the history of the canal and the massive engineering work that went into its construction. Return to Tocumen or Albrook airport where you can catch your connecting flight.

La Vieja, Miraflores Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

8. La Vieja, Miraflores Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

Discover the sights of Panama City on this private multi-stop day tour with a local guide. Visit the Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal and its museum before continuing to Amador Causeway and Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. In the morning, meet your private Panama guide at your hotel or residence, then set out for an unforgettable excursion to the city’s most historical sites and the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Take a 30-minute ride to the Miraflores Locks to observe the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Take in the views on the locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete your visit to the Canal, visit the Panama Canal Museum and Visitor Center to get a good idea of the construction of the canal, a masterpiece of engineering. Before the next stop, learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. Continue the tour to the Panamá Viejo, the ruins of Old Panama. Old Panama was the first European settlement and community on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore was abandoned. Today, there are only ruins left of Old Panama. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. Head to Amador Causeway next, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers unbeatable views of the canal on one side and of the city skyline on the other. Lunch will be served in a Panamanian restaurant on the causeway (cost not included). After lunch, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, where you will feel set back in time as you admire and enjoy the view of the characteristic colonial houses, the narrow roads, and the awe-inspiring churches. Before drop-off back at your hotel or residence, get a better picture of Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this historic quarter. 

Private and Personalized Half Day Panama Canal and City Tour

9. Private and Personalized Half Day Panama Canal and City Tour

Stop At: Panama Canal, Panama City Panama The must see Miraflores Visiting Center you will see the amazing process of ships being raised (when coming from Pacific) and being lowered (when coming from Atlantic). A 45 minuted 3D documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman will take you back to the beginning of the Canal´s construction to the unique amazing wonder it has become today. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Stop At: Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), Av Amador, Panama City Panama A group of 3 Islands connected artificially in the entrance to the Canal on the Pacific side built originally to defend the entrance and at the same time to serve as a wave breaker. Now it´s a a tourist attraction and very visited place to see the ships awaiting to enter the Canal and to get a magnificent view of the city. Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: San Felipe, Panama City, Panama In this area considered a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site you will be delighted by the looks of the restored buildings. We will walk, enjoy and learn in this area that goes back from 1673. Duration: 2 hours

Different Panama City & Canal Tour like no other.

10. Different Panama City & Canal Tour like no other.

Discover the best of Panama City as you go on a sightseeing tour of its main attractions. Accompanied by a private guide, visit various points of interest, including the colonial area of Casco Antiguo, the Amador Causeway, and the Monument to the Martyrs. The highlight of your tour is a stop at the famous Panama Canal, where you can marvel at this majestic work of modern engineering.

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4.8 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Every tour is rolling the dice and not sure what you are going to get and is based, in large part, on the tour guide. Well this tour was amazing and we got lucky because the guide, Esteban, is undoubtedly THE BEST! The Panama Canal is amazing and seeing monkeys and wildlife up close was great but Esteban amplified all the history, technical marvel of the canal and the interaction with the monkeys which sooo fun!!. This guy is not only smart, incredibly knowledgeable and loves his work but he is the ultimate insider knowing all the best spots and cares deeply about creating an unforgettable experience for his clients. I watched him interact with all other guides and boat captains and he is THE guy for this type of tour and should be THE choice IF you can get him. Bravo Esteban and gracias for a great tour and wish you continued success!

our guide was very good. he was prepared with food for the monkeys which helped us see them much better than other tour companies on the water and he even provided us with water for the day. very informative and thoughtful guide. safe and smooth driver. very good experience

An all around great experience. Our guide, Juan Carlos Valdez from Conoza Panama Tours was a exceptional. If you want a tour you won't forget this is the one to take. We had a great day and enjoyed our time in Panama City, Panama. Highly recommended!

Great trip to the locks and the monkey island was surprisingly fun too. I think this trip is a bit overpriced but all excursions in Panama air expensive… would still recommend going to this one!

Extremely knowledgeable guide and a well organized trip