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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 on the Chagres River. 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.

Panama City: Legends of Casco Viejo Sightseeing Tour

3. Panama City: Legends of Casco Viejo Sightseeing Tour

Walk around Casco Viejo with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of this extraordinary part of the city. The guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. She or he can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you’ll know more than a local! This is a tour made for lovers of outdoor walks, it is made for people like you, who yearn to find experiences with real local people. After meeting your tour guide, she/he will lead you through Plaza Herrera, Plaza de Francia, Plaza Bolivar, Plaza de la Independencia, church of San Jose, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo church, the Presidential Palace, the “bóvedas” or dungeons, the Nacional Theater, and other interesting sites that Casco has to offer. There will also be opportunities to visit artisan shops, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurant recommendations to make the most of your day in one of the most popular neighborhoods of Panama. You can eather meet your guide at the starting point or be picked up from a location, hotel or accommodation within the city area, just make sure to select the correct booking option. Also, we have enough umbrellas for everyone in case it rains, leave your worries behind.

Embera Tribe and River Eco Tour Panama

4. Embera Tribe and River Eco Tour Panama

Ride a canoe up the Chagres River, and visit the traditional Embera village on a full-day tour. Learn about their traditional food, see their lively dances, and immerse yourself in their fascinating traditions.  Start with a pickup and a 1-hour drive from Panama City to the Chagres River, the largest river in the Panama Canal watershed. Board a motorized canoe for a 20-minute trip along the river, then stretch your legs on a short walk around the community , where if weather conditions permit, you can take a dip in a small river. Return to the canoe for the 45-minute ride to an Embera village, who have traditionally lived and worked at the edge of rivers, and are known throughout Panama for their distinctive songs, dances, and costumes.  The Embera tribe originates from the Darien region in Panama and the Choco region of Colombia. They have lived in this area for centuries, long before the first Spanish explorer set foot in the new world.  You’ll have 2-hours to explore the village, get to know some local people, and learn about life in the community. Sit down for a traditional lunch, then watch a dance that depicts the Embera's relationship with the natural world.  Before departing the village, shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs made by the local people. Head back down the river by canoe, and board the vehicle for the return trip to Panama City.

Panama City: City and Panama Canal Private Tour

5. Panama City: City and Panama Canal Private Tour

Discover the highlights of Panama City and the incredible Panama Canal on a morning or afternoon tour with a private guide. Start with pickup from your hotel by comfortable car, and then visit the Miraflores Visitors Center to learn more about the workings of the Panama Canal. Watch the ships pass through the locks at the busiest time of day. Then, marvel at the Amador Causeway road that connects 3 islands at the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal. See the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry and take a memorable picture at the Panama sign. Explore the Casco Viejo (Old Town) of Panama City to appreciate the beauty of the colonial buildings and browse the handicraft stores.

Panama City: Private Tour during Airport Layover

6. Panama City: Private Tour during Airport Layover

Using your flight number and airline name, a driver will track your flight until it lands. After landing, the driver will be waiting for you outside with a sign highlighting your name. The driver will assist you to the car with your luggage. Once in the car, the driver will head to the Miraflores Visitors Center at the Panama Canal, where you will see the ships going through the Miraflores Locks on their way from one ocean to the other. The tour will be designed for you to visit the Panama Canal during the busiest time of the day, so you can watch the process from a terrace. After leaving the Panama Canal, the guide will take you to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects 3 islands, where you will have the opportunity to see the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The following destination will be the Old Town (Casco Viejo) of Panama, where you can appreciate the beauty of colonial buildings and handcrafts shops while walking the quaint, narrow roads. After the Old Town, see the modern downtown of Panama City on your way back to the airport.

Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

7. 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.

Welcome to Panama City: Private Tour with a Local

8. Welcome to Panama City: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Panama City from a local guide eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Panama: Miraflores, Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

9. Panama: 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. 

Panama City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

10. Panama City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

Explore the highlights of Panama City in the company of a local to acquire a deeper sense of appreciation for its history and culture. Travel through the many landmarks along the Panama Canal, explore the Causeway Islands, and stroll through the historic Casco Viejo. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation and begin your journey by heading over to the canal. Stop by the Miraflores Locks to observe how ships travel through them. Allow your guide to give you a thorough explanation of the locks' functions and the canal's operations. Move on to gaze at the famous Bridge of the Americas. Drive around the incredible Causeway Islands, sitting at the end of the canal and connected to the mainland by a narrow road. Take in the city skyline from afar, then stop for an optional Panamanian lunch at your own expense. Explore the historic district of Casco Viejo, the oldest part of the city. Walk around the charming streets as you learn about the major sites and browse through the ancient squares for the most amazing handicrafts. End your journey with a transfer back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Panama City

This tour was awesome!! Our tour guide was Andres, he picked us up at the airport by request and he got there on time… He was very knowledgeable and super funny! He spent almost the whole day with us!! He took us at a Panamian restaurant because I wanted to try Panamian food ☺️.. Andres, made sure that we had a good time.. recommended!! Worth ever penny.. we definitely would do another tour with him, without thinking about it…

I absolutely loved my private tour. I feel that I really got a chance to see and experience Panamá. As much as I enjoy group tours, what I liked most was that we were able to proceed with the tour based on a pace that was comfortable to me and where I was able to ask additional questions.

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!

Excelente opción para aprovechar el tiempo de escala en Panamá. Muy buen servicio por parte de Fernando Flores.

The tour was a great overview of the city and Miguel was a fantastic guide