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Essence of Panama 2021
 8 Days • 16 Meals
The diversity of Panama unfolds as you discover the colonial architecture of Panama City, the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, local customs and craftsmanship and Panama’s beautiful beaches. You’ll experience it all on this tour of Panama.

 Highlights
  • 16 Meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo in Panama City
  • Discover the operational marvel of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center
  • Sail to the Pacific Ocean on a partial transit of the Panama Canal
  • Learn how the beautiful Panamanian dresses (polleras) and traditional sandals (cutarras) are made during visits with professional designers in their workshops
  • Visit the Ron Abuelo rum factory and sample the local product
  • Relax during the two-night stay at an all-inclusive beach resort
  • $40 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  USA / Panama City, Panama
Depart the USA on your flight to Panama City. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to become acquainted with your new surroundings. This evening, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting at the hotel.
Day 2  Panama Canal Cruise
Today may well be a highlight of your trip! Depart for the Gamboa area and embark a ship to begin the partial transit of the Panama Canal, narrated by a local expert. Cruise through the Gaillard Cut, cross under the Centennial Bridge and transit the Pedro Miguel Locks. Enjoy lunch onboard while experiencing the operation of the lock as you descend 30 feet in one step and reach Miraflores Lake. Enter the Miraflores Locks in the Pacific Ocean where you are lowered 60 feet in a two-step process. Sail on the Pacific Ocean, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and disembark at Amador Causeway in the Panama Bay. After an exciting day in the Panama Canal, return to the hotel by coach for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Meals: B, L
Day 3  Panama City
Depart the hotel with your local guide for a panoramic and walking tour of this historic city. Enjoy a stroll through Casco Viejo - the oldest section of Panama City and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notice the architecture – from crumbling façades of days gone by to beautifully restored buildings in the classic style. See the locals as they go about their everyday life from selling crafts on street corners, to shop keepers running their businesses. This little area is filled with cultural diversity! Continuing on, visit the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center. View a 3D IMAX movie on the history and construction of the canal and visit the mini-museum, depicting the struggles that were encountered. From the balcony, you have a chance to see the operation of the lock, as you overlook this amazing architectural masterpiece. After the excursion, return to the hotel with free time until the included dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: B, D
Day 4  Journey to Azuero Peninsula
Leaving Panama City, journey by coach through Panama’s countryside. For the next two days, enjoy the authentic Panamanian countryside, rich in tradition, culture and folklore. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a late afternoon arrival at the hotel. Meals: B, L
Day 5  Country visits
Today is an immersion into local life as you visit the province of Los Santos. Meet a professional designer of ‘cutarras’ – traditional sandals of Panama, mostly worn by men, handmade by local artisans. At another stop, see how they make the ‘Pollera’ – typical costume of Panama worn by women. A highlight of the day may be visiting a designer who takes four years to create the dress worn by the Queen during the four-day carnival celebration. Admire the artistry, skill and dedication demonstrated by these proud craftsmen. During the included lunch, it’s ‘hands on’ as you assist the chef with the preparation, and dine on your creation! Return to the hotel for some free time before an included dinner and folklore show. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Hacienda San Isidro / Playa Bonita
Today’s adventure begins with an excursion to the Hacienda San Isidro where Ron Abuelo rum and Seco Herrerano (considered the national drink) are made by the Varela Hermanos. Learn how a small sugar cane mill grew into one of the country’s leading liquor manufacturers. Almost 100 years later, the traditions continue as the world’s most awarded Panamanian rum and Seco Herrerano are produced. Of course the visit wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of the famous products! Following lunch at the hacienda, continue by motorcoach to Playa Bonita where your final two nights are spent at an all-inclusive resort. Upon arrival at the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach or by the pool. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Day at leisure
Enjoy a full day at leisure, discovering all the amenities of the resort, or, join an optional excursion to the Embera Indigenous Village. Mix and mingle with these happy people, living in the rain forest, with no ‘modern conveniences’. See some of their cultural dances and explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Return to USA
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Panama as you return to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days One through Three  InterContinental Miramar or similar, Panama City
Days Four and Five  Hotel Presidente or similar, Las Tablas
Days Six and Seven  Westin Playa Bonita or similar, Playa Bonita
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person twin Single Room Availability
February 4, 2021 Request a Quote $2,199 add $729 Available
February 18, 2021 Request a Quote $2,199 add $729 Available
March 4, 2021 Request a Quote $2,199 add $729 Available
March 11, 2021 Request a Quote $2,199 add $729 Available
October 7, 2021 Request a Quote $1,999 add $629 Available
October 14, 2021 Request a Quote $1,999 add $629 Available
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