- Two nights in a four-star boutique hotel amongst a coffee plantation in rural Costa Rica
- Coffee-tasting experience
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Eight days and seven nights on-board a small cruise ship
- 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 during the cruise
- Breakfast and lunch freshly prepared daily on the cruise
- Two nights in Panama City with breakfast in a four-star hotel
Day 1: San José to Naranjo
Your private transfer will be ready to pick you up when you land and take you to Llano Bonito de Naranjo where your boutique accommodation is located in a stunning coffee plantation with views of Poas, Barva and Irazu volcanoes. Jump straight into the culture here with a Naranjo Coffee & Town experience.
Day 2: Naranjo
Today your tour-guide will drive you to Los Bajos del Toro, a small village enshrouded by lush rainforest. Nearby is Toro Amarillo Waterfall, a great photo opportunity. You’ll visit Palmira too, which is surrounded by verdant farming fields. Return to your hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 9: Panama City
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.
Day 10: Panama City, Panama
Having enjoyed the culture, natural history, breathtaking coastline of Costa Rica and Panama, it’s now time to disembark for the next leg of your trip. After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew, and disembark between 6.00am – 9.30am.
Your private transfer will take you from the port to your four-star hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.
Day 11: Panama City, Panama
Take our handpicked tour with a friendly guide to see the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks – a feat of engineering genius. You’ll also have a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Casca Veijo, the old centre of Panama. You’ll fall in love with it’s dilapidated elegance. Visit a local markets, see the Bridge of the Americas and more on this fantastic and thorough tour.
Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Day 12: Panama City, Panama
Your private transfer will collect you from your hotel to take you to the airport and to begin your journey home.
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.
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.
- Two nights in a four-star hotel in San José
- A guided tour of San José
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Eight days and seven nights aboard Variety Voyager
- Nine cruise stops
- Full board with buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner
- Housewarming cocktails on the cruise
- Private barbecue evening event during the cruise
- Captain’s Dinner event
- A professional English-speaking Cruise Director
- Two nights in Panama City at a four-star hotel
- Full day tour of Panama City
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- 9, 23 January
- 20 February
- 5, 19 March