Panama

Panama for Everyone

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $4140PP

    Duration

    8 days

    Activity

    Level 2

    Meals

    7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 6 dinner

    For families of varying ages and interests, this Panama family vacation is the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural intrigue. Visit traditional villages, walk city streets lined with skyscrapers, explore remote islands, search for exotic wildlife, and zip-line through a cloud forest canopy.

    Friends Across Borders With the Emberá Tribe

    Visit a local indigenous community to learn about their culture and lifestyle and watch as your kids make friends with the friendly kids of the Emberá.

    Up Close Look at the Panama Canal

    Get an up close look at this modern engineering marvel on a tour of the Miraflores Locks, an information center and three levels of viewing points to watch the ships as they pass through.

    Explore Remote Gamez Island

    Take a boat ride to the remote and exotic Gamez Island for a relaxed, no frills day of playing on gorgeous white-sand beaches and swimming in clear turquoise waters.

    Hike a Trail of Suspended Bridges in Boquete

    Find adventure and wildlife while hiking across suspended bridges in the highland jungles of Boquete, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Ride a Jungle Aerial Tram

    See the rainforest from the top down on an easy, relaxing, and modest aerial tram ride that travels through the tree tops to a hill top for a magnificent view of the region below.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Panama


    Days 1-3

    Panama City

    Embera Village

    Visit an Emberá village, learning about the importance of living by a river to their customs and daily life. Kids will especially love being “tattooed” with traditional jagua, a natural dye the Emberá use to adorn their bodies.

    Friends Across Borders Meeting

    We’ll meet the Emberá tribe, learning their unique language and traditional dances, getting a chance to experience the authentically rich Panamanian culture firsthand! Your kids will have an incredible time getting to know and play with the kids in the Emberá Village.

    Visit Cocoli Locks

    Visit the newly inaugurated Cocoli Locks, which opened in June 2016 and doubled the Panama Canal’s capacity. We’ll learn about the way the locks work and watch this modern phenomenon work up close!

    Gatún Lake Jungle Boat Adventure

    We’ll take a voyage across Gatún Lake in the Panama Canal, passing gigantic ships and observing plenty of wildlife— iguanas, crocodiles, Geoffrey’s tamarins, and howler and white- faced capuchin monkeys, just to name a few— along the way!

    Aerial Tram

    Enjoy the view as we ride on Gamboa’s aerial tram up in the sky for a different perspective of the rainforest and surroundings.


    Days 4-7

    Chiriqui Highlands

    Zip-line Canopy Ride

    Enjoy the thrill of zip-lining through the trees—an adrenaline rush that’s nearly impossible for brave-hearted adventurers of all ages not to relish!

    Whitewater Rafting

    Experience the fun of whitewater rafting down a Class II or III river, giving us ample opportunities for adventure, tropical-wildlife viewing, and swimming!

    Boquete Town Visit

    Get a chance to tour the charming town of Boquete on the Caldera River, nestled in Panama’s cooler cloud forest and famous for its gorgeous rainbows!

    Gámez Island

    Enjoy a relaxing day on the unspoiled, white-sand beaches on the gorgeous uninhabited island of Gámez. A perfect place to enjoy a total lack of obligations!

    Boquete Tree Trek

    Get introduced to an amazing cloud forest with an hour-long interpretive walk on the newly erected suspended bridges trail that will take us along the ground and up into the canopy!


    Day 7

    Panama City

    Meet with a Jaguar Expert

    Meet with a jaguar expert from the Yaguara Foundation, which operates out of the only protected area and wildlife refuge located within city boundaries in Central America. We’ll learn the ins and outs of the efforts at hand to save the population of this beautiful animal.


    Day 8

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2017 Dates


    12/23-12/30

    Limited Availability
    Adult $4390PP
    Teen $4390PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $350


    2018 Dates


    03/10-03/17

    Adult $4140PP
    Teen $4140PP
    Child $3940PP
    Internal Air $350

    07/14-07/21

    Adult $4140PP
    Teen $4140PP
    Child $3940PP
    Internal Air $350

    08/25-09/01

    Adult $4140PP
    Teen $4140PP
    Child $3940PP
    Internal Air $350

    11/17-11/24

    Adult $4140PP
    Teen $4140PP
    Child $3940PP
    Internal Air $350

    12/25-01/01

    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Child $4390PP
    Internal Air $350

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $100 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Groups 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Gamboa Rainforest Resort

    Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a luxury destination resort located on the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, in the heart of the lush Panamanian rain forest. The hotel offers over 100 clean, air-conditioned rooms, each featuring a balcony with spectacular views of the Chagres River. Other highlights include an aerial tram that goes all the way from the rain forest floor to the canopy, business center, kayaks, tennis courts, jogging and cycling trails, laundry service, spa, free Wi-Fi at the bar and lobby, in room hair dryers and multiple restaurants.

    Finca Lerida Ecolodge

    Finca Lérida Ecolodge and its private coffee plantation are located about thirty minutes outside of David. The lodge, which is surrounded by a private natural forest reserve, offers eleven comfortable, individually decorated rooms, each featuring a beautiful view of the valley and the mountains. Other highlights include one of the best birding spots in the highlands of Panama, an interactive tour of the coffee plantation and hiking tours of the reserve.

    Bristol Hotel

    Located in the heart of the Panama City, the Bristol Hotel offers 125 upscale rooms. Find a pool and play area for the kids, Frette cotton sheets and Molton Brown bath amenities for the adults, and service sure to satisfy everyone. Other amenities include wireless internet, spa and fitness center, and a restaurant.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.