Itinerary, Pricing and Cabins

Expedition Cruise

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

March 15 to March 26, 2019

From $4,995 to $7,995 USD

Single Supplement : Not available

Starts: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Ends: Panama City, Panama

Costa Rica And Panama Canal Map For 2019

Itinerary

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions

  • Day 1
    San Jose to Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, sits in the Central Valley region with the Talamanca Mountains to the south and volcanoes to the north.

    Arrive at your leisure today, and transfer to our all-inclusive hotel on the Pacific Coast near the small town of Puntarenas.

    San Jose Mountains
  • Day 2
    Puntarenas to Puerto Caldera Port – Isla Negritos, Costa Rica

    Enjoy the day in the sun at our all-inclusive hotel. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the M/Y Variety Voyager and set sail for Curu and Tortuga islands, arriving in the evening.

    Macaw Parrots
  • Day 3
    Curu and Tortuga Islands

    Start your morning with an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and our naturalists. Late in the morning we rejoin the Voyager for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. We arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for our Beach BBQ.

    Sloth
  • Day 4
    Quepos and Manual Antonio Reserve

    Manuel Antonio Reserve is a wonderful place to view wildlife, with plentiful white-faced capuchin, howler, and squirrel monkeys. The reserve also features a Forest Canopy Tour for an aerial view.

    In the afternoon, those not on the Canopy Tour will have a chance to explore the quaint town of Quepos.

    Capuchin Monkeys
  • Day 5
    Drake Bay and Corcovado

    Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica and covers almost a third of the peninsula. National Geographic has called Corcovado "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity."

    Drake Bay is known to be a common wintering and breeding ground for humpback whales.

    Humpback Whale
  • Day 6
    Puerto Jimenez — Golfo Dulce

    Puerto Jimenez is a small town in the southern region of Puntarenas Province. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, this historic gold mining and logging community is one of the largest towns on the Osa Peninsual. The rare scarlet macaw can be found in the surrounding jungle.

    In addition to beautiful beaches, sport fishing, kayaking and kite surfing, the “sweet gulf” also houses the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. The reserve is a 149,500 acre protected habitat that offers swimming, hiking and birdwatching. Among the native animals that live in the reserve are the anteater, the jaguar, and the ocelot.

    Plants at the area’s famed Casa Orquideas (House of Orchids) include orchids, heliconias, bromeliads.

    Toucan
  • Day 7
    Isla Coiba, Panama

    The island of Coiba retains 80% of its original forest cover—thanks to the penal colony located there for ninety years, which hosted Panama's most notorious criminals. Coiba Island Marine Park, considered one of the ten top diving spots in the world, is home to the largest coral reef in the Eastern Pacific.

    Coiba Island
  • Day 8
    Playa Muerto, Darrien, Panama

    On our excursion into Darrien National park, we are welcomed by members of the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama. We’ll appreciate their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. We’ll spend overnight at anchor here.

    Embera Village Panama
  • Day 9
    Pearl Islands

    We’ll have a morning sailing to Pearl Islands. This archipelago consists of over two hundred islands, many tiny and uninhabited. We will have a chance to hike through one of the other islands on the lookout for local birds and wildlife. We will then sail to Panama City and cross our first lock into the Panama Canal.

    Costa Rica Beach
  • Day 10
    Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal

    We will visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there.

    After lunch, we’ll visit the Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Late in the evening we will enter our final lock and make our way to the city of Colon.

    Panama Canal 2
  • Day 11
    Colon 2000 Terminal and Panama City

    We will arrive in the morning on March 25, at the city of Colon, and board a shuttle back to Panama City. Here we’ll enjoy a city tour including the Panama Canal Museum, the Historic Old Town and the Panama Viejo archaeological site.

    After free time to explore, we will meet at a local restaurant for our farewell dinner.

    Overnight at the Panama Central hotel in Panama City's Old Town.

    Panama City 2
  • Day 12
    Panama City

    Today you may make your way to the airport for flights home, or choose to extend your stay in Panama.

    Panama City Panama 1

Expedition Team, Experts, and Guides

Pricing and Cabins

All Cabin Amenities

  • Private bathrooms with marble floors, glass and Corian showers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • TV (satellite channels)
  • Piped music
  • DVD/CD player
  • AC with independent temperature controls
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini safe
  • Mini fridge
  • Adapters (220V)

Inclusions

Included:

  • All entry and park fees
  • Your complete itinerary
  • Transfers from hotel to the ship
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel nights (one in Costa Rica and one in Panama)
  • Team of resource specialists
  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All meals
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Snorkel gear
  • Service charges and port fees

Not Included:

  • Commercial flights
  • Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages and laundry aboard the ship
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays and/or itinerary changes
  • Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $14–18 per passenger per day)
  • Visas or inoculations, if required
  • Possible fuel surcharges

Ship

Variety Voyager At Sea

MY Variety Voyager

Built in 2012, the Variety Voyager guarantees guests’ safety with incomparable comfort and elegance. She is built to impress with sleek lines and ample deck space. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, and soft-tone wood paneling.

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