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The first ships sailed through the Panama Canal in 1914, shaving nearly 9,000 miles off what was otherwise a very long sailing trip around South America. The engineering marvel transformed global trade, and today, 100 years after it was first installed, the canal has once again been expanded with new locks and widened existing ones, modernizing Panama Canal transit by allowing larger ships to pass from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean side to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean side.

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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during this full-day tour of the Panama Canal. With your local guide, explore the canal by sea and on foot, viewing the ships passing through the locks and the variety of plant and animal life on the canal's shores. Explore Gatun Lake and Monkey Island, home to howlers, capuchins, and tamarins. Stop at the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to get an overview of the canal's history through informative displays and exhibits. Explore San Lorenzo National Park and Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a picnic lunch. All activities, entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast
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5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

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Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by the construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
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$105.00
Price varies by group size

Panama Canal and City Tour

Panama Canal and City Tour

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Guided tours are important for our tourists to obtain truthful information and the best experience of our beautiful Panama, not to mention that you and your companions will have personalized attention.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this full-day tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all three sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00

Private Tour of the Historic Center of Panama and Canal

Private Tour of the Historic Center of Panama and Canal

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We offer you a different and personalized experience tailored to your needs, with flexible hours and carried out in the order you wish. Visits to the most important places within the city of Panama. Guides authorized and certified by the Panama Tourism Authority. (ATP)
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Boat Tour to Monkey Island in the Panama Canal

Boat Tour to Monkey Island in the Panama Canal

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Visit the Panama Canal during a private layover tour from Panama City’s international airport. Travel with a private driver to see one of the world’s engineering marvels. During this convenient outing, learn about Panama’s fascinating history and watch ships navigate the canal’s locks. Stop at the visitor center and enjoy a sightseeing tour through Panama City before returning to the airport.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Panama City Tour and Canal Visitor Center of Miraflores

Panama City Tour and Canal Visitor Center of Miraflores

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First-time visitors to Panama City who want an interesting overview will enjoy this day tour. Check out the beautiful colonial-era architecture of the old town, see how the incredible locks of the Panama Canal work, and drive along the Amador Causeway for great city and sea views. As the tour lasts about five hours, you’ll have time to freshen up and enjoy the evening after.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

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Journey through the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks aboard the Pacific Queen. During this 6-hour tour from Panama City, travel to Gamboa with your local guide, then board a boat for a trip through the canal's impressive locks. Entering through the Gailard Cut, observe the impressive feats of engineering that make this passage possible. Learn about the canal's construction and consistent maintenance from through your guide's informative commentary. Cruise back to your departure point, admiring views of Panama City's skyline before disembarking. A continental breakfast and lunch are included on board.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00

Panama Canal Partial Transit
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Panama Canal Partial Transit

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Take a partial transit cruise on the Panama Canal and journey through the Miraflores Locks. Marvel at this incredible feat of engineering as your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters), enabling Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the vessel is locked. On this half-day trip, enjoy Panama City sights and travel along Amador Causeway during the drive from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00

Panama City Tour Experience

Panama City Tour Experience

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Enjoy a guided sightseeing excursion in Panama’s vibrant capital city. After a convenient hotel pickup, experience one of the world’s great engineering marvels, the Panama Canal, at Miraflores Visitor Center. Take a walking tour of the city’s historic district, Casco Viejo, marvel at the Bridge of the Americas, and stop by the handicraft market at Amador Causeway to pick up some souvenirs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

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Combine some of the most popular day trips from Panama City, Panama into one day of adventure. This tour includes a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal, a visit to Monkey Island, which is home to three species of monkeys, and a visit to Soberania National Park and an indigenous village.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.43
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$147.43

Visit Miraflores Locks and Casco Antiguo

Visit Miraflores Locks and Casco Antiguo

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Explore the history and engineering of the Panama Canal on a 2-hour tour from Panama City to the Miraflores Locks. Watch the towering locks in action, with plenty of time to watch ships move through the gates and visit the onsite museum. Learn the staggering challenges that faced the Panama Canal’s builders, and how they eventually completed one of the world’s greatest engineering feats.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.00
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$37.00

Monkey Island and Panama Canal

Monkey Island and Panama Canal

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Get up close with adorable monkeys on this small-group canoe tour of Gatún Lake and Monkey Island. The islands are home to mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, Geoffroy's tamarin and lemurine owl monkeys, as well as crocodiles and toucans. Numbers are capped at just 10 travelers for a more intimate experience, while your package includes snacks, bottled water, soft drinks and a sightseeing tour of Casco Viejo, Panama City's old town.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.99
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$179.99
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Panama City and Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Half-Day Tour

Panama City and Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Half-Day Tour

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Join us on this 5-hour Panama City tour where you will visit the highlights of Panama including the awe inspiring Panama Canal, the glitzy Avenida Balboa, Old Town (Casco Viejo) and Artisan Market, the original Old Town (Panama Viejo), Amador Causeway and the modern downtown of Panama City. Your friendly, bilingual driver and tour guide will meet you at your Panama City from where you will continue on towards Avenida Balboa and the beautiful Cinta Costera, with its breathtaking Panama City skyline sights and the famous Panama sign. As we reach Panama's old town, Casco Viejo, we will start walking along the many romantic alleyways and visit the four plazas (nominated UNESCO World Heritage Sites) with their spectacular architecture and rich history. Take your time admiring the historic buildings, cafes, unique boutiques, restaurants, bars and entertainment options.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.00
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$67.00
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

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You don't have to get on a cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal. Aboard the Pacific Queen tourist boat, you'll travel through two locks on the Panama Canal. Experience the sensation of rising and lowering through the locks and to see this engineering marvel at work. Onboard commentary explains the history and importance of the Panama Canal.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.00
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$190.00

Layover (Stopover) City tour and Panama Canal Visit

Layover (Stopover) City tour and Panama Canal Visit

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Are you traveling and have a few hours free for your next flight on your layover in Panama? take advantage of that time to visit and learn more about Panama, it is a small city with a lot to see, let us be your guide during those hours while you are in Panama.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00

Panama City Tour (Panama Canal, Old Town And Causeway)

Panama City Tour (Panama Canal, Old Town And Causeway)

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Enjoy the highlights of old and modern Panama City on this convenient day tour. The itinerary includes all the must-visit sites across the city, including the impressive Panama Canal, the atmospheric Casco Viejo old town, and the new Causeway that offers impressive views of the skyscraper-studded skyline. First-time visitors to Panama City, and those short on time, will love this tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama

Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama

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Cover four top destinations in Panama City, Panama in one full-day tour. Get an up-close view of ships in the Panama Canal as they rise and lower more than 50 feet through the Miraflores lock. Tour of the Panama Viejo archaeological site. Get views of the city skyline from the Amador Causeway. Then explore the historic streets of the chic Casco Viejo neighborhood.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.00
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$185.00

Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train Ride

Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train Ride

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Panama is known for its famous canal and rich history, and this guided tour links them together in a full-day journey. Your guide will detail three centuries of history as you drive through the national park of Colon to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portobelo. From there, you’ll ride the Panama Canal Railway and visit the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center, where you’ll learn about the canal’s technology and history.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
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$245.00
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Canal of Panama by Helicopter

Canal of Panama by Helicopter

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Get a bird’s-eye view of spectacular Panama City on an exciting helicopter tour. Whether you’re a first-time or a regular visitor, the 30-minute ride is an easy way to get an overview of the city in a short time. You’ll fly over the skyscrapers of the city skyline, the distinctive Biomuseo, the Bridge of the Americas, and of course the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$825.00
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$825.00
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City Tour Panama City and Canal

City Tour Panama City and Canal

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First-time visitors to Panama City and those making a short stopover will love this easy, half-day overview of the capital. Learn about Panamanian history in Casco Viejo before heading to the Panama Canal, one of the world's greatest engineering feats. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the Calzada del Amador that reaches the sea.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Panama Canal Eco Tour

Panama Canal Eco Tour

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Hop aboard a high-speed motorboat through the Panama Canal on a half-day tour of Gatun Lake. You’ll slow down to sightsee around the lake with a naturalist guide, with stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island. Marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake, and enjoy a look at the island wildlife. Includes picnic lunch, refreshments and round-trip hotel transport from Panama City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.00
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$107.00

Private Wildlife discovery Tour in Monkey Island and Gamboa Area

Private Wildlife discovery Tour in Monkey Island and Gamboa Area

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Discover the exotic wildlife of Panama – less than 45mn from the city. Observe crocodiles, wild birds, get close to white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and tamarinds. Get close to gigantic ships going through the lake Gatun and enjoy a peaceful boat ride on board of “La Bere”, with an experienced local pilot. For English and Spanish tours, your local guide will be Marc Vargas, a famous local guide highly reviewed in many social network expats groups. Marc has a deep knowledge of nature and wildlife in the area and will share his knowledge with you to make the trip memorable. Marc also has basic Portuguese knowledge. Please note that for large groups, Cantonese, Mandarin, and French tours can also be organized (on demand). Please kindly contact us to confirm the date and time, and advise us of the language wished for the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

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Panama Canal hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.