WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE
LESS IS MORE
With a maximum of 62 guests, fewer passengers onboard means that expeditions are made up of small groups and the knowledgeable crew can devote more attention to their guests.
BETWEEN TWO OCEANS
Experience one of the most famous sea passages; transit between two oceans along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal.
Discover the beauty of this tropical paradise as you visit the vibrant metropolis of Panamá City, walk on beautiful palm tree-lined island beaches, and search for marine life in the Gulf of Panamá.
WHITE SAND BEACHES
Guna Yala province is known for its small picture-perfect islands with brilliant ocean views and relaxed pace of life – a true hidden gem.
Visit the Kuna, a Native people that have maintained their language and traditional way of life, learn about their remarkable heritage, and admire their colorful handcrafted art.
No hidden fees for excursions gives you the option to kayak, hike, snorkel, paddle board, or hang out on-board and enjoy the view.
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This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.
Day 1 – Panamá City, Panamá
You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival by the outfitter and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Unwind from your day of travel enjoying the hotel’s amenities, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.
Day 2 – Panamá City / Colón, Panamá* – Embark
Enjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and cafés. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in our hospitality area and then cross the peninsula overland to Colón as you transfer to the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew.
Day 3 – Guna Yala
Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)-don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.
Day 4 – Guna Yala
Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.
Day 5 – Chagres River / Panamá Canal
Once the “world’s most valuable” river and Panamá’s largest, the Chagres was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times, and today, is a vital artery of the canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo-a UNESCO World Heritage Site-built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. And if conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot-ground cuckoos, crested eagles, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences-transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal.
Day 6 – Pearl Islands Archipelago
Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas-the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks-so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi-kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel-and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.
Day 7 – Darién Jungle
Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife-astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.
Day 8 – Darién Jungle / Marine Life Search
Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.
Day 9 – Panamá City – Disembark
After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
*For trips departing from Panamá City, the itinerary will be in reverse.
Flexible, Fun & Full!
Your days will be filled from the moment you wake until you retire to your cabin with opportunities for group meals, off-ship outings, and presentations in the evening. You can choose to participate in the activities and presentations each day or sit them out, but one thing is for sure, this cruise will keep you moving!
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
Your trip will begin in Panamá City, Panamá at the Tocumen International Airport. Here you will be met by the outfitter and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your first night’s stay. Depending on your itinerary, the following day you will begin your adventure in Panamá City or enjoy an overland transfer to Colón, Panamá.
The last night on the ship, you will have a special farewell dinner, and the next morning after breakfast, you will disembark in Colón, Panamá for an overland transfer back to Panamá City for your flight home or you will disembark in Panamá City and be transferred to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home.
All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; non-alcoholic beverages; one night’s stay at Bristol Hotel; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all adventure activities and equipment from the boat. Your vessel also has wellness offerings such as fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.
April – October in Panamá is usually warm during the day with high humidity. The daily temperatures are typically between 85°F – 95°F and the evenings will cool down to 70°F. In the tropics rain can fall throughout the year, but most of the rainfall is short and you can expect lots of sun year-round; perfect weather for enjoying your time on the beach.
Transition between two seas through the 48-mile Panamá Canal, a human engineering marvel and home to a diverse amount of wildlife. You will travel from Gatún Lake near the Atlantic coast city of Colón, to Panamá City on the Pacific Coast. On this journey, you will see an astonishing assortment of fauna and flora, especially while traveling through Gatún Lake, home to hundreds of bird species.
This is a small-scale cruise and your vessel will have a maximum number of 62 guests and a generous guest to guide ratio of 2.2 guests for each crew member. This means that you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the landscape, ecology, and culture of the area, as well as have expert instruction for all your adventure activities.
Meet the Safari Voyager – a newly refurbished vessel that offers ample vantage points including the 270-degree window-lined lounge for taking in the sights. The ship carries all the adventure equipment for guests including kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and snorkel equipment. All cabins are equipped with a TV and DVD, iPod docking station, private bath, view windows, air conditioning, and generous closet space. Your vessel includes a cozy library and elegant dining room to sit back and relax. The vessel also comes equipped with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage for you to enjoy.
You can look forward to a delicious daily menu filled with meals designed to reflect the flavors of the region including locally sourced ingredients when possible. For breakfast – you can choose from an early riser breakfast with fresh baked pastries and fruit or a full breakfast with hot, cold, and specialty dishes. For lunch – you will find a range of salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. For happy hour – enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. For dinner -choose from several entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats or a vegetarian dish with a chef-selected wine pairing and be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as tiramisu.
Length: 8 nights
Price: $4,395 – $7,995 per person; $385 for port taxes & fees; Kids ages 8 to 13 save $500 per child
Season: April – October
Min. Age: 8 years
Activity: Expedition Cruise
Adventure Level: Mild
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