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 City’s 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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14 reviews by the users

  • What an amazing day! It is a long one but a fabulous 12 hours.

  • The actual trip through the canal was fascinating. Unfortunately our ships air conditioning system stopped working 3 hours into our trip. The temperature was 85 with humidity around 100. The crew tried to be as accommodating as possible, but you had to ask for ice in your drinks, the water offered was in a large water dispenser and was luke warm. I purchased a bottle of water, which was room temperature. The tour was given in three languages, which toward the middle of the afternoon became quite annoying, Children were running through the ship the entire time mostly unsupervised, all this while sitting in a sweltering sauna of a ship. No compensation for this inconvenience was offered, I will think twice about booking another tour with Viator.

  • This cruise was so worth the money spent. It was amazing to see the sun rise on the pacific and set on the atlantic. we even went across the great divide on water. the only place in the world you can do these! I would never do the half day tour. I wanted to see the whole thing- ocean to ocean. The food was o.k. not great. The snack in the afternoon should have been a meal. We were glad we took extra snacks.

  • Excellent trip. Well worth the experience while in Panama and I would say it is the one must do activity. The boat was small and there really were too many passengers for its size. The buffet food selection was limited, but sufficient. In all though, I am glad I made the trip.

  • If you're going to traverse the canal, go ocean-to-ocean the last four hours was as interesting -- if not more -- than the first. However, be aware that it could be a long day. Ours was 12 hours for the canal trip alone, largely because of the timing of entering the canal with other ships. Nonetheless, it was an incredible journey and worth every minute. Our tour guide, Gus, was fantastic and really made the day a great informative event.

  • This was a wonderful day long trip. Going thru the locks between two big ships was amazing. The breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks were lots better than any buffet I've been to in a long time. All in all this was a five star transit. Great crew and information.Seating inside at tables and outside on chairs. You could go anywhere on this ship. You could smoke on the back deck outside.

  • A long day but well worth it. If you are going to do the trip then you must do the whole canal transit. The trip is extremely well organised and there is plenty to eat. The staff are friendly and helpful and Gus the guide was excellent

    All in all on outstanding day out. I recommend it without reservation

  • Took a full transit tour through Panama Canal and it was excellent full day tour. The boat was great, it had two AC level as well as open observation deck. A tour guide - Gus is very knowledgeable and talks about history of the canal and sightseeing around.
    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included and all good food with unlimited coffee and cold drinks.
    The tour starts at Flamenco Marina in Panama City on Pacific side and ends at Atlantic side at city of Colon. The bus was already waiting to get us back to Panama City.
    Just be aware that the tour can be long depending how many ships wait at the locks. We ended the tour back in Panama City around 10:30pm.
    Overall five starts and highly recommended. Must visit Panama Canal when in Panama.

  • We really enjoyed transiting the whole canal. The staff provided excellent service, the narrator was knowledgable and had a great sense of humor, and the food was good typical Panamanian food and allergy friendly I dont eat dairy, gluten, or nightshade vegetables and there was plenty of things I could eat. You have access to unlimited soda and tap water. If you want cold bottled water or alcohol they are available for an additional fee. You go through the locks with larger ships so you really get to see the whole operation up close and personal. Everyone jockeys for the seats on the upper outside deck but honestly there are plenty of places to get great views of the canal other places on the ship so dont sweat it if you dont get a seat on the upper outside deck right away. Meals are done in smaller groups so everyone has to rotate seats throughout the day anyway. On our transit it was really beneficial to do the full transit because about 50 of the passengers got off at the halfway point so seating and all around access on the boat got better in the afternoon because we had fewer passengers on board. Make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen as the sun can be quite intense and you dont want to have to spend your time inside on the lower decks just to avoid getting sunburned. All in all a great experience and we are glad we did it.

  • A good trip. Our guide was Gus who was very knowledgeable. The trip was well organised and meals ran smoothly. The vessel had 3decks and carries 300 passengers the downside was some passengers hogging the upper outside deck.

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