11-Night Costa Rica to Panama Cruise-Tour

Route: San José - Puerto Caldera - Isla Negritos - Quepos - Playa Bisesanz - Puerto Jimenez - Golfo Dulce - Casa Orquideas - Golfito - Restingue Island - Cebaco Island - Playa Muerto - Darien - Pearl Islands - Panama City

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Explore the city of San José from your base in a four-star hotel before taking to the seas on a luxury cruise to discover the stunning mainland coast and archipelago islands. When you dock in Panama, spend another two nights exploring this fascinating melting pot of cultures whilst staying at a four-star hotel.

Highlights

  • Eight days and seven nights on-board a luxury ship
  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in San José
  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in Panama City
  • Visit the famous Panama Canal
  • Optional excursion to UNESCO World Heritage site wildlife park and nature reserves
  • Explore the only remaining wet forest on the Pacific coast
  • Optional excursions to historic sites
  • BBQ beach lunch
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner freshly prepared daily
  • Shop for souvenirs in the hippest neighbourhood in Panama
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Itinerary

San Jose City Tour, Unforgettable Cruises

Day 1: Arrive in San José

Your private transfer will be ready to pick you up when you land and will deliver you to the entrance of your four-star hotel in the city centre. Explore the city at your leisure. Call us for the best ideas for off-the-beaten-track tours; from chocolate and coffee-tasting to hikes to see spectacular waterfalls.

San Jose City Tour, Unforgettable Cruises

Day 2: San José

In the afternoon your driver will pick up from your hotel for a tour of the Costa Rican capital. The tour is a handpicked mixture of  museums, beautiful boulevards, stately landmarks, lush city parks and diverse neighbourhoods. Your English-speaking tour guide will lead you on foot and also by air-conditioned vehicle.

You’ll see San José’s National Library and the Casa Amarilla. Admission to the National Theatre and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum are included.

At the end of the day, you’ll be dropped back to your hotel.

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Day 3: Puerto Caldera Port – Isla Negritos, Costa Rica

You’ll be picked up be private transfer and taken to Puerto Caldera for embarkation at 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Board the cruise ship at your convenience, and relax in your luxury cabin. You are invited to the Welcome cocktail party at 7.00pm. You will be introduced to the captain and crew, and will have an opportunity to get to know your fellow explorers.

After cocktails, enjoy the Welcome dinner served on board. We arrive in Isla Negritos late in the evening. Absorb the atmosphere and look forward to a travel itinerary that is packed with tropical paradise hot spots.

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Day 4: Quepos & Playa Bisesanz, Costa Rica

Morning arrival in Quepos. Join the optional excursion to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Situated on the Pacific coast, the relatively small park is the most visited in Costa Rica. Discover 109 species of mammals and 184 bird species among evergreen forests.

If you’re feeling adventurous, join the optional Forest Canopy excursion after lunch and explore the lush jungle floor. In the afternoon, we sail to nearby Playa Biesanz for a swim. The tropical themed evening includes dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez. Overnight at sea.

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Day 5: Puerto Jimenez – Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquideas Private Reserve, Golfito, Costa Rica

We arrive in Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. The optional morning tour visits the Osa Peninsula, in the Puntarenas Province. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the visit to the Corcovado National Park, where you can explore the only remaining old growth wet forest on the Pacific coast, and 13 major ecosystems, including lowland rain forests and mangrove swamps.

Lunch is served on board, while sailing towards Casa Orquideas. Join the optional excursion to the floral sanctuary, and enjoy a swim after your visit. Overnight sailing to Cebaco Island, Panama.

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Day 6: Caleta Caiman / Restingue Island, Panama, Cebaco Island

Morning arrival in Caleta Caiman, Restingue Island. Enjoy a swimming, diving and snorkelling experience on this idyllic paradise island. Around noon we sail to the nearby Cebaco Island, in the Veraguas Province.

Lunch is a BBQ on the white sandy beach. Relax and unwind in the beautiful scenic surroundings after lunch. The island boasts rolling hills, palm-fringed coves and dramatic rock formations. It’s not surprising that private islands in this Pacific location attract millionaires. In the early afternoon we continue cruising to Playa Muerto, Darien, in Panama. Overnight at sea.

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Day 7: Playa Muerto, Darien, Panama

After breakfast, join the optional excursion to the Darien National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage site is an extensive wildlife park that is approximately 575,000 hectares. It features a wide variety of natural habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky coasts and lowland and upland tropical forests. The culturally and ethnically diverse protected area also boasts many archaeological findings.

You will have an opportunity to meet the Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. Learn about their culture, history and traditions. You also have free time to do as you please.

Pearl Island Panama

Day 8: Pearl Islands & Panama City, Panama

We set sail for the beautiful Pearl Islands early in the morning. Take advantage of the swimming and snorkelling opportunity, in the stunning archipelago of 250 tiny islets, most of which are uninhabited. Enjoy BBQ lunch on the pristine white sandy beach.

We continue cruising towards Panama City, arriving in Flamenco Marina in the late afternoon. You have free time to explore at your leisure. The optional excursion to Casco Viejo, in Panama City, takes you to the hippest neighbourhood, where you can enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in port.

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Day 9: Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama

In Panama City you can join the optional morning excursion to the Gatun Lake, and explore the Fort San Lorenzo Spanish historical forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre, in Gatun, and observe the majestic structure that is built at treetop height and the interoceanic waterway. Enjoy lunch in the park, while admiring the stunning landscape.

On return to Panama City, visit the Canal Museum and learn all about the construction of the world famous Panama Canal. Back on board the ship, join your fellow passengers at the captain’s Farewell Dinner.

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Day 10: Panama City

Having enjoyed the culture, natural history, breathtaking scenery and hospitality of Costa Rica and Panama, it’s time to disembark. Our driver will take you to your hotel in Panama City where you can drop your bags before setting off to explore the city. Overnight at your four-star hotel.

Panama Canal, Unforgettable Cruises

Day 11: Panama City

Take a day to explore this vibrant city at your leisure.

Casca Viejo, Unforgettable Cruises

Day 12: Panama City

A full day of sightseeing is ahead of you. Sights on this all-encompassing driving and walking tour include the Miraflores Locks, the UNESCO-listed Casca Viejo, beautiful nature walk and a visit to a bustling local market.

At the end of the day, our driver will take you to the airport to begin your journey home.

Your Ship

M/Y Variety Voyager

Built in 2012, the M/Y Variety Voyager mega yacht flaunts sleek lines, state-of-the-art technology, and ample deck and luxury cabin space to accommodate up to 72 guests. The public areas are finished with refined décor and boast exceptional views.

Your Ship

M/S Panorama

Launched in 1993, the three masted MS Panorama motorsailer was rebuilt in 2001 and renovated in 2014. The luxury cruise ship accommodates up to 49 passengers in 24 air-conditioned en suite cabins. Sophisticated décor features and state-of-the-art amenities ensure optimal sailing comfort.

What’s Included

  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in San José
  • Half-day tour of San José
  • Two nights in a four-star hotel in Panama City
  • Full-day tour of Panama City
  • A guided tour of San José
  • Private transfers throughout your trip
  • Eight days and seven nights aboard Variety Voyager
  • Nine cruise stops
  • Five optional excursions; Manuel Antonio Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Darien National Park, Old Panama, Gatun Lake
  • Full board with buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner
  • Housewarming cocktails
  • Private barbecue evening event
  • Captain’s Dinner event
  • A professional English-speaking Cruise Director

2019 Departures

  • December 12, 27

2020 Departures

  • January 9, 23
  • February 20
  • March 5, 19

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