9 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive 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.
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Take a family vacation to Panama where you can snap a photo of your kids zip-lining through a rainforest canopy one day and shoot an underwater movie of them snorkeling the next. It’s where you look for impish capuchin monkeys on hiking trails and surf in tropical blue ocean swells.
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 Tropical Bocas del Toro
Catch the surf and feel the waves at your back, put on some snorkel gear and search for glistening colorful fish in Coral Cay and Man-of-War Cay, and relax on Sea Star beach in this tropical paradise.
Journey Through the Jungle Canopy
Explore the tops of the trees, where they meet the sky and fly from platform to platform on a fun and exhilarating zip-line expedition.
Hop into a raft with your whole family and take on class II or III rapids on a blood-pumping adventure that is so much fun it’ll be impossible to forget.
Fly to Panama City, Panama
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.
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.
Stroll the streets of historic Casco Antiguo and learn about its storied past, from being attacked by pirates to becoming influenced by the French, which spawned its modern-day nickname, the French Quarter of Panama.
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.
Bocas del Toro
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!
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!
Lunch at Miraflores Locks
Enjoy a buffet lunch on the top floor of the Miraflores Locks, watching the massive boats pass by!
Take a surf lesson and ride some waves. You’ll ride a boat out to the perfect spot to practice some new surf skills and have a ton of fun in the water!
Lunch at Finca Monos Botanical Gardens
The gorgeous botanical garden incorporates fruiting and flowering plants that attract an abundance of wildlife, including howler monkeys, birds, sloths, insects, and more. Kids can join the guide in the pool for swimming and games while the parents tour the gardens. Everyone will enjoy a delicious home cooked meal.
Snorkel at Coral and Man-of-War Cay
Snorkel in the tropical underwater landscape of Coral and Man-of-War Cay, small islands that are like real-life aquariums!
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!
Whitewater River 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!
Zip-line Through the Cloud Forest
Soar through the tropical cloud forest canopy on a zip line, using a time-tested system of cables and harnesses. Flying high over the trees is an extreme thrill-ride and an adrenaline rush that’s nearly impossible for brave-hearted adventurers not to enjoy.
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.
Depart Panama City
Dates & Prices
06/13-06/21Adult $4540Teen $4540Child $4340Internal Air $350
08/01-08/09Adult $4540Teen $4540Child $4340Internal Air $350
12/23-12/31Adult $5090Teen $5090Child $4890Internal Air $350
$300 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $890 (Spring/ & Summer) / $990 (December) 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.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Guaranteed DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.