The Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Departure Dates:                             Return Dates:
Thursday, January 5, 2017               Sunday, January 15, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017             Sunday, January 29, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017             Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017           Sunday, March 4, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017               Sunday, March 26, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017               Sunday, April 9, 2017

 Tour Length: 11 Days/ 10 Nights (T)

Combine the magic of a Panama Canal crossing with a Costa Rica cruise on our 11-day The Panama Canal & Costa Rica and enjoy up-close discoveries of amazing wildlife, fascinating centuries-old cultures and man-made marvels, one night in Panama City and a two-night stay in San José.

 Day One: Arrive San José

 Welcome to Costa Rica! A transfer is included from Juan Santamaria International Airport to the Real InterContinental Hotel and Club Tower Costa Rica in the elite Escazú suburb, where you'll enjoy a Club Tower room. Dinner at the hotel is at your leisure this evening. (Dinner)

Day Two: Coffee, waterfalls and wildlife in Costa Rica

Toucan 2Near-perfect growing conditions have made coffee one of Costa Rica’s most important exports. Begin the land portion of your Costa Rica cruise with a visit to a working coffee plantation, located on the fertile slopes of Alajuela’s Poas Volcano, where the soil and altitude make for ideal growing conditions. Your guide explains how the beans are produced and roasted and how different microclimates affect the taste.

Next, visit a rainforest eco-park known for spectacular waterfalls and flowing white rivers; this protected reserve buzzes with the sounds and sights of wildlife. Residents include toucans, butterflies, spider monkeys, two-toed sloths, red-eyed leaf frogs, pumas and jaguars – to name a few of the 100+ species. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Three: San José gold, Sarchi crafts and your cruise

San José sightseeing today includes visits to the Baroque-style, 19th-century National Theatre, a grand symbol of civic pride dating back to 1897. Its interior glistens with Baroque gold overlays and Carrara marble. Also visit the Gold Museum, which houses pre-Columbian works of gold crafted by indigenous islanders.

After lunch at a private ranch house, visit Sarchi, an artisans’ hamlet outside of San José, where workshops display the traditional painted carretas (ox carts) and other handmade products bearing the colorful starburst designs that have become a symbol of Costa Rica.

Embark your Windstar yacht in Puerto Caldera late this afternoon for the start of your 7-night Costa Rica cruise and Panama Canal crossing. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Four: Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park 2Call on the city of Quepos this morning, a perfect jumping off point for your excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you’ll find coral reefs and white sand beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Costa Rica and lined with rainforest. Explore with your local guide.

After lunch, go on an exciting river float trip on the Savegre River. Back aboard the ship, join the captain for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight, as your yacht sets out for Bahia Drake (Drake Bay). (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Five: Exploring Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park

As your Costa Rica cruise continues, your Windstar ship arrives in Bahia Drake (Drake Bay) this morning for an exploration of Corcovado National Park, bringing you into the heart of Costa Rica’s amazing biodiversity.

After a wet landing by Zodiac, join your local guide and naturalist on a walk in Punta Marenco, discovering rainforest trails that are excellent for the observation of exotic wildlife. Perhaps you’ll spot Howler, white-faced, or spider monkeys... hummingbirds, parrots, or Scarlet Macaws (the park has the largest population in the country)... and fascinating small mammals like sloths.

A horseback ride along the shore may also be arranged. After lunch aboard the yacht, return to the beach for an afternoon of sunning and swimming. This evening, the ship sets sail for Puerto Jimenez. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)

Day Six: Dolphins, chocolate and zip lining in Costa Rica

Today, your Windstar yacht calls at Puerto Jimenez on the Golfo Dulce. Transfer to shore, and then set out on a morning boating adventure in search of dolphins.

After returning to your yacht for lunch onboard ship, you have a choice of fun this afternoon: go zip lining through the treetops of the rainforest canopy... or learn about chocolate on a visit to a local cacao farm. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Seven: A beach party in Coiba National Park

Get set for a day of fun in the sun in Coiba National Park, a remote archipelago of 38 islands, rich with sea life and bird species. The main island, Isla Coiba, was once off-limits as a penal colony; today, accessible only by special permit, these pristine islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a wealth of virgin rainforest and beaches that prove irresistible for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and sunning... which you can enjoy after a wet landing by tender or Zodiac raft. Gather for a flavor-filled beach buffet barbecue on the island today. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day Eight: A day spent cruising the Pacific

Spend an entire relaxing day at sea aboard your Windstar ship, as you make your way across the Pacific Ocean waters off Panama's southern coast, bound for Balboa.

As you take advantage of your yacht's many amenities, your Director and Naturalist circulate about the ship, answering questions, sharing their experiences and helping you stay on the lookout for marine mammals and seabirds. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Nine: Transiting the Panama Canal

Panama Canal in the Day 2Your Windstar ship arrives in Balboa this morning and begins to position for her transit of the Panama Canal. Opened in 1914 and considered an engineering marvel of the 20th century, the Panama Canal opened trade to the Americas by creating a transit path between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Thanks to the canal, today ships traveling from New York to San Francisco save over 7,000 miles by not having to chart a course around South America.

Before the crossing, you will welcome aboard a canal pilot, the local navigation professional who will guide our ship under the Bridge of the Americas, through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks, into the narrow Gaillard cut and into Gatun lake, before finally clearing the Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side of the isthmus. Your Director, Naturalist and an official of the Panama Canal Authority will provide both technical and historical information about this engineering wonder. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Ten: Disembark; visit a rainforest and Casco Viejo

After completing the Panama Canal crossing, your Windstar yacht arrives this morning at the port of Colón, where you'll disembark and bid your ship and its crew a fond farewell. Once ashore, learn about plans for the Canal's future on a visit to the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center.

Then travel to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, where you’ll choose between an aerial tram ride with a naturalist through the rainforest at eye-level with exotic birds and animals (aboard the only gondola of its kind in Panama), or a boat cruise along waterways leading to hidden islands, where you might spot monkeys at play.

After lunch, explore Casco Viejo – Panama City’s walled, cobblestoned historic district, built in the 1670s at the foot of Ancon Hill to provide safety from attack – on a walking tour; with its wealth of Spanish colonial architecture in various stages of redevelopment, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to your hotel in the heart of Panama City.

Tonight, share favorite moments of your Panama Canal crossing and Costa Rica cruise at this evening's farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day Eleven: Journey home

Your memorable Panama Canal and Costa Rica cruise ends in Panama City. A transfer from the Hilton Panama to Tocumen International Airport is included. Please allow at least 3 hours for check-in formalities. (Breakfast)


Departure Dates:                             Return Dates:
Thursday, January 5, 2017                   Sunday, January 15, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017                 Sunday, January 29, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017                 Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017               Sunday, March 4, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017                   Sunday, March 26, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017                   Sunday, April 9, 2017

 Tour Length: 11 Days/ 10 Nights (T)

 Your Package Includes:

  • 10 Nights Accommodations (6 Nights on aboard the yacht)
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners
  • Visit a Coffee Plantation
  • Explore a rainforest eco-park
  • Visit the National Theatre
  • Admission to the Gold Museum
  • Discover the Sarchi craft neighborhood
  • Enjoy an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Float down the Savegre River
  • Enjoy Drake Bay
  • Explore Corcovado National Park
  • Adventure out to find dolphins
  • Zip line OR Learn more about chocolate
  • Relax on Cobia National Park
  • Cross through the Panama Canal
  • Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center
  • Discover the Gamboa Rainforest Resort
  • Explore Casco Viejo
  • Round Trip airport transfers
  • Tour Director and Naturalist on board
  • Taxes
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Pricing Information:

Per Person Double Occupancy starting at 6,790.00