Panama Canal Full Transit Tour - Panama City

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Experience a Panama Canal Full Transit Tour navigating from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in one day. Enjoy the comfort of being in a small vessel and get really close to the Panama Canal's operation.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included

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The trip departs from the Flamenco Marina and you will travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. Once in the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama Citys splendorous skyline before passing under the Bridge of the Americas.

The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one step.

After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the Gaillard 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. 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. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.

During your Panama Canal full transit tour you will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Colon 2000, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.

Inclusions for Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Unlimited sodas and waters
  • Bus transportation from Colon back to Panama

Exclusions for Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • It was a great experience. Worth every penny.

  • Trip was great. Totally worthwhile with lasting memories. Only thing to improve is breakfast food. Lunch food was good. As we had no time for coffee before leaving, would have been nice if coffee had been available during entire morning rather than just at breakfast. Last remark is that we were told we needed to be at pier by 6:00 AM. We didn't leave until after 7:30. Might consider having a small coffee and bakery goods stand nearby while waiting...

  • We loved this tour! It was everything and more. Our tour guide, Gus, kept everyone well informed in both lively English and Spanish. The size of the ship allowed up close and personal views of the locks, the big ships we traveled with, and the islands in Lake Gatun. They kept us full, too, with a generous breakfast, lunch and a snack. Going through all 6 locks allowed for getting familiar with the whole process. the beautiful ride through Gatun Lake allowed for leisure. Some read books, some played cards, we talked a lot with our fellow travelers. I think it was even better than going through on a cruise ship because we we so close to the water the whole time.

  • The full day tour is a must, although a long day, to fully appreciate the canal. Gus provided the best commentary throughout the whole trip with a great sense of humour. Thanks to our pilots, a requirement for any shop passing the canal, for jumping the queues and saving us 2 hours of wait time.

  • Best experience ever!

  • 1. The meeting place at the quay was misleading. 2. The trip as a whole went well with reasonable catering. 3. Guide was very informative. 4. Disappointed the trip did not go via at least one of the new canals, as I wanted to see the engineering aspect.

  • We thought the tour was very well done !!! Groups were color-coded wrist bands We loaded the boat by groups. This coding also made eating times very organized. The food was very good. The tour guide was excellent...learned so much. Saw the whole canal with all the locks. Everything worked out very well. Would recommend this tour to everyone! Thank you, Bob and Susan

  • Yes, yes, yet! Do this full transit tour - it is an absolute must! Some people got off part way through and they missed out. The journey across Gutan Lake and through the final locks into the Atlantic Ocean is spectacular. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    The people were wonderful everyone was excited to be there, the staff were friendly, food was delicious and weather was perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

  • Great experience. Although not the fault of the tour, we spent a lot of time waiting for things. Waited for the canal pilot, a tug to join us in the first set of locks. Slowly followed an LNG tanker through the cut couldn't pass. Waited for another ship in the last set of locks. Long day with all that. at least an hour and a half could have been cut off without all that.

  • This tour was well worth the time and money. The tour location was easy to find. The food onboard was very good and gave you a taste of Panama. We got there late so could not sit on the top open deck, but eventually everyone moves around and you pretty much are always able to get that shot you want. The crew was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The full tour from the pacific to the atlantic oceans was important to me because it ended in Colon, where my father was born. Otherwise, there is not much to see on the second half of the tour several hours long. Just water and trees on the banks.

    At the end of the full tour, there are buses waiting in Colon to take you back to where you started. We had thought we could walk around Colon, but there was no time plus it turned out to be a very sad poor town and some areas we went through were very sketchy. The poverty there is heart wrenching. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone to try to walk around there.

    The only reason i did not give this tour the full five stars is because it took us an hour plus to get back because there was a Christmas parade going on and the traffic was atrocious. The reason i'm dinging the tour people is because you would have thought that they were kept updated on local events that would have delayed a normally short trip into turning into an agonizing drive with no bathrooms on the buses! back to the pier. With a little information, the buses could perhaps been rerouted.

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