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Private Tour Layover in Panama

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Panamá, Panama
Private Tour Layover in Panama

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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Panama Canal during your layover at Tocumen International Airport. This half-day tour with a private guide provides you with flexibility to explore the sights at your own pace. Stroll past Spanish-colonial architecture on the narrow streets of Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter) and also see the modern side of the city.
  • 4-hour Panama City layover tour from Tocumen International Airport
  • Learn about the locks of the Panama Canal
  • See views of Panama Bay from the Amador Causeway
  • Stroll around Casco Antiguo with a private guide
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Round-trip private transfer
Bottled water
Driver/guide
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Tocumen International Airport Panama , Av. Domingo Díaz, Panamá, Panama

Meet the guide with a sign at the left after clearing Customs.

Tocumen Intl Airport , Panama City Panama
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English
9/29/2019 - 7/5/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Español
9/29/2019 - 7/5/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Portugues
9/30/2019 - 7/5/2023
Monday - Saturday:06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
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  • Tocumen International Airport Panama , Av. Domingo Díaz, Panamá, Panama
  • Panama City , Panama City, Panama
  • Pick up from Tocumen International Airport or hotels nearby airport
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Participants coming from Brasil are required to bring their International Vaccination Certificate against yellow fever in order to be able to leave the airport.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Safe Transportation Panama
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour Layover in Panama?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour Layover in Panama.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour Layover in Panama?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour Layover in Panama.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour Layover in Panama?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour Layover in Panama.

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    • "I had a 6 hour layover in Panama between 6 am and 12:20 pm on a weekday." See review
    • "we saw all the major sites , it was worth the long flight ." See review
    • "I would recommend this tour to anyone who has a long layover ." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    You won’t want to miss this layover tour!
    Aj_D
    , Jun 2022
    Dan was excellent! He was early to the airport to pick me up. Had water available which was clutch. We then entered the city. Dan began explaining the history of Panama and noted the significance of the banking industry and the influx foreign capital to the country (making it the wealthiest country in Latin America by his account). We then raced to the canal, where I was able to see a ship passing through! Dan explained the history of the canal and it’s significance to the economy. We then passed through some US neighborhoods (old military bases) before grabbing food at a local Panamanian spot. Afterwards, we ventured to the Bridge of the Americans, followed by spending a few minutes on the Amador, feeding fish and birds. Finally, Dan took me to Old Town where we visited key buildings and he explained more of the history of the city. Extremely knowledgeable guide who managed to pack a lot into 5 hours. My layover was 7.5 hours and I got back to the airport in plenty of time (granted it only took me about 20 mins to deplane and go through immigration because my checked bag kept going to the final destination). Overall, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone with about 4-5 hours to spend in Panama. Well worth the price (and I was a solo traveler so it was dang near double for me hahaha).
    star-5
    Perfect for the layover! Wont regret!
    Carla_P
    , Jun 2022
    This tour was perfect for our long layover! We got to see three important spots of Panama! The tour guide Cesar was super cool, he took us to a coffee place, to go have lunch and explained us everything about Panama along the way! Now we want to vacation at Panama and will definitely be contacting him!
    star-5
    An afternoon adventure in Panama
    MaryAnn_H
    , May 2022
    I loved seeing the old part of the city. The historical architecture is fascinating with the stories that go along with it
    star-5
    Great tour!
    Madeleine_T
    , May 2022
    Esteban was a wonderful guide! He showed us so much in our short layover! He recommended a lovely place for lunch and made sure we were back at the airport in time to catch our flight.
    star-5
    I don’t recall our guides...
    Henry_C
    , May 2022
    I don’t recall our guides name, but he couldn’t have been any better. We had a great time. We’ll definitely do it again!
    star-5
    Gear half day tour with Dan
    steven_h
    , Apr 2022
    The tour with Dan was great and well worth while. My wife, 12 year old daughter and I had about a 10 hour layover in Panama City. We arrived very early and he was there to meet us. We saw tons of sights and got a real sense of the city and country. Dan was great. Highly recommend.
    star-5
    Experience with Panama Layover Tour
    Enna_I
    , Apr 2022
    It was a phenomenal tour. The tour guide, Esteban, was on time and enthusiastic. He was accommodating to the fact that we were on a time crunch. In a couple of hours, we were able to see the historic and modern city as well as the canal. He was very knowledge about the history and culture of Panama. Specifically, he knew the best times to see boats crossing the canal. He could also clearly articulate his ideas in both English and Spanish. I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to go on a tour of Panama City. It was an incredible value for its fair price.
    star-5
    Take this tour!
    Diane_J
    , Dec 2021
    Caesar was amazing! He was there for us when we exited the airport and the transportation was impeccably clean and comfortable. He has in depth knowledge of Panamanian history and explains it in a way that keeps your interest. We were initially hesitant to sign up for the tour and are so glad we did. We will be signing up for another tour if we have another layover in Panama.
    star-1
    Pathetic communication by the tour operator
    Harsha_K
    , Dec 2021
    Safe Transportation (Cesar I believe) was pathetic in responding to our booking. We called, emailed and sent Whatsapp messages to confirm our booking and ask for instructions, but they hardly responded. After repeated calls they messaged back saying they were on a tour so cannot reply, but the whole day went by and they did not even have the courtesy to send us acknowledgement. Imagine traveling to a foreign country with family and your tour guide does not respond. Thankfully our booking was with Viator, and their customer support stepped in and called the operator many times themselves. They also could not get a response but atleast they assured us our booking is confirmed and gave us instructions on what to do when we arrive at Panama City airport. I am surprised to see stellar reviews about them here but our experience was really pathetic. All we needed was a warm response saying our booking is all in order and we were set, but the experience was otherwise. I give 5 stars to Viator but negative stars to Safe Transportation.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    First, thank you for your booking and we are glad that you enjoyed your layover thanks to the work we do which is what earned us the excellent reviews we have. Right after booking you received that warm confirmation with very simple instructions to meet the guide on top of what the description of the tour says already, we don't provide a confirmation of the confirmation because that is redundant.
    star-5
    Panama Layover
    Paul_H
    , Aug 2021
    If you are looking for a layover tour in panama that hits some awesome photo stops including the panama sign this one does it. Luis was awesome, gave us some great information regarding the history of Panama. We went to panama canal, old city which has alot of souvenir & craft shops, churches, the panama sign, then he dropped us off at a fish market for lunch with a bunch of restaurants to chose from. Great tour for hitting the panama hot spots and be on your way.
    star-5
    SUPER... PROFESSIONAL... KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ALL THINGS PANAMA!!
    David_B
    , Feb 2021
    What a super guy our guide Cesar was!!! Had some tired teen tennis players and he was so flexible with us but kept things really entertaining! WELL DONE!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    The Best Layover of My life.
    Juliana_X
    , Feb 2021
    It was an amazing experience. Our tour guide was very respectful of all guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and was extremely kind. What I most like about this tour, was how much I learned about the history of Panama. I highly recommend this tour, and am looking forward t return to Panama and take more tours with him. It was without no doubt the best layover of my life.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Super
    James_W
    , Dec 2020
    Freedom of time and options to see sights. Great to converse with knowledgeable gentleman and he was helpful in my Spanish learning requests
    star-5
    Long live Caesar
    Stephen_L
    , Mar 2020
    Caesar was very engaging, & really made the history of the Panama Canal come alive. He patiently waited at the airport while our horrific customs experience lasted an hour.
    star-5
    Great layover tour
    Lily_S
    , Feb 2020
    Great way to see the highlights of Panama City on layover. I saw the Canal, the Old City, the causeway, etc all in 4 hours - plenty of time to get me back to the airport in time for my flight
    star-5
    Pleasant Surprise
    garymstange
    , Feb 2020
    Luis gave a great customized tour and drove us all over the place. We booked the tour in Spanish because that was the only one that worked with our layover date, but Luis was perfectly competent in English and gave us a lot of great information. It was a very pleasant surprise. Highly recommend.
    star-1
    Expensive taxi services nothing more
    juliasafonov
    , Jan 2020
    It was way overpriced for what we got. Our tour guide had limited English. So no communication. Questions we asked were not understood. We Told we would like to skip canal museum and maybe drive around old city more - still took us there; didn’t go to museum- wasted hour of sitting in a traffic. Conclusion - if you don’t mind spending $168$ for 4-5 hour round trip drive and only drive in the city- this taxi service is for you.
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Thank you for your feedback and we respect it. People is a factor in this activity and the driver you had has received many excellent reviews previously so it is all about the perception and the attitude of everyone including travelers, I really apologize if this was not the experience you expected and we will work to continue providing the best layover tour in Panama.
    star-5
    Great layover day tour in Panama
    losethemap1
    , Jan 2020
    The layover tour was incredible. Dan was a great guide, very informative, and I got to see and learn a lot about places in Panama City I would never have found or discovered on my own in the short amount of time allotted. HIGHLY recommend!
    star-5
    Great way to spend time in Panama City for ling layover!
    Angelina_W
    , Jan 2020
    My friend and I had a 6-hr layover in Panama City and decided to join this private layover tour. Our guide Dan was excellent! He was very friendly and enthusiastic on showing us the sights. He provided really great services and made very good arrangement in our itinerary - didnt waste any time. We covered many sites including the old town, the 3 islands and of course the Panama Canel Museum in 4.5 hrs but we did not feel rush. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has a long layover .
    star-5
    layover
    Doris_T
    , Jan 2020
    the best trip ever for such a short time. we saw all the major sites , it was worth the long flight . the guide was the best.

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