Panama Canal Full Transit Tour - Panama City

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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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18 reviews by the users

  • 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.

  • Very interesting and relaxing transit through the Panama Canal, traveling alongside massive cargo ships and giant cruise ships. It is well-worth opting for the full-day trip as the journey through the Culebra Cut to Gamboa, and the journey through Gatun Lake are very different.

  • The trip was a gift for my husband. He loved it! Gus was wonderful with his commentary and with taking time to talk to individuals with questions. Weather was great and food and accommodations on the boat was exceptional. Amazing tour with great up close views of how the canal system works. Highly recommend.

  • This day long tour was long but well worth it. We got to experience all three sets of locks. Each was different. There was a guide on board who really helped us understand the canal history, present status and how the canal operates. Many people take the partial transfer but then they miss the last 3 level lock system.

  • 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.

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