Panama

Panama for Everyone

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $4290

    Duration

    8 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
    Minimum Age

    6

    Ideal Age

    8+

    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

    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 Village

    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 City, Panama


    Days 1-2

    Panama City

    Friends Across Borders Meeting

    Meet the Emberá community and learn their unique language and traditional dances, and enjoy a soccer match. Your kids will have an incredible time getting to know and play with the kids in the Emberá Village.

    Emberá 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.

    Piragua Ride to Emberá

    Take a motorized dugout canoe, a “piragua,” through the rainforest of Chagres National Park near the Panama Canal, home to an abundance of tropical animals and plants.


    Days 3-4

    Chiriqui Highlands

    Gatún Lake Jungle Boat Adventure

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

    Miraflores Visitor Center

    Tour the Miraflores Visitor Center, offering three levels for visitors to observe the Panama Canal’s operation as the ships pass through the Locks. It’s the best place to take photos and learn about how incredible the canal system really is!

    Boquete Town Visit on your own

    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!

    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!

    Coffee Tasting Tour (Zip-line Alternative)

    Don’t feel like zip-lining? Instead tour the Kotowa Coffee Estate Rio Cristal and sample some of its sustainable, award-winning coffee!

    Boquete Tree Trek

    Explore the gorgeous views of the cloud forest on a series of trails interconnected by stationary and suspension bridges. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum for utmost safety.


    Days 5-6

    Boca Chica

    Whitewater Rafting

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

    Gámez Island

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

    Picnic on a Secluded Beach

    After a demanding day of carefree lounging on a remote island paradise, you’ll unwind and eat a picnic lunch in this splendid setting.


    Day 7

    Panama City

    Farewell Dinner at Salsipuedes

    Enjoy a farewell dinner at Salsipuedes, one of Panama’s best restaurants, conveniently located in your hotel.


    Day 8

    Depart Panama City


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    11/23-11/30

    Adult $4290
    Teen $4290
    Child $4090
    Internal Air $350

    12/26-01/02

    Adult $4640
    Teen $4640
    Child $4440
    Internal Air $350


    2020 Dates


    02/15-02/22

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    Internal Air $350

    04/11-04/18

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    Internal Air $350

    06/27-07/04

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    Internal Air $350

    07/25-08/01

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    Internal Air $350

    12/26-01/02

    Adult $4740
    Teen $4740
    Child $4540
    Internal Air $350

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $100 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $890 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount 

    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.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    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.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Gamboa Rainforest Resort

    Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located on the Chagres River and the Panama Canal. The hotel includes an aerial tram that goes all the way from the rain forest floor to the canopy, a business center, kayaks, tennis courts, jogging and cycling trails, laundry service, spa, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi in the lounge and lobby, in-room hair dryers and multiple restaurants.

    Hotel Panamonte

    Hotel Panamonte is located in the highlands of Boquete. Amenities include TV, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, air conditioning and a safety deposit box.

    Bocas del Mar Hotel

    Bocas del Mar Hotel is located on mainland Boca Chica. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a safe, satellite TV, air conditioning and a hair dryer. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, tennis courts and a pool.

    Bristol Hotel

    The Bristol Hotel is located in the heart of Panama City. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, an LCD TV, in-room coffeemaker, safe, hair dryer, telephone and air conditioning. The hotel has a spa, fitness center, restaurant and pool.

    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.

    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.

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Starts at

$4540

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at

$6890

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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