With its face set firmly to the Caribbean sun, Colón was founded as a result of the California gold rush in 1850, as the starting point of a railroad that carried prospectors across the Isthmus of Panama. The town was first named Aspinwall after one of the railroad's builders. In 1890, the name was changed to Cólon, to honor Christopher Columbus. Today, the city is renowned as having one of the largest duty-free zones in the Western Hemisphere.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Exploration of the Panama Canal

    This noteworthy tour gives you another close-up look at the workings of the magnificent Panama Canal from the vantage point of a local ferry boat. Your tour starts with either a scenic drive from Colon to the Gamboa facilities or the Cucaracha Pier inside the Panama Canal. Upon arrival, you'll board one of the local ferries and start your journey down the Canal, first passing through Gaylard Cut. Gaylard Cut is regarded as one of the most important areas of the Canal as it is here that the Continental Divide is located and where the most difficult work of the Canal took place. Just a few of the many obstacles the Canal workers had to overcome at this location were landslides and disease.

    After crossing Gaylard Cut, you'll enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, en route to Miraflores Lake. Upon crossing Miraflores Lake, you'll navigate through the Miraflores Locks that are the last locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean Entrance. During the course of your Panama Canal journey, you will be treated to a buffet lunch on the Ferry.

    Completing your transit you will disembark your ferry and board a motor coach for the return transfer to the pier in Colon.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the ferry and coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended.

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  • The Gamboa Aerial Tram Experience

    This fabulous tour begins with a scenic ride to the luxurious Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The resort is located in the 55,000 acre Soberania National Park which is adjacent to the Panama Canal and near the historic Chagres River. On the grounds of the resort, an aerial tram has been constructed, unlocking the secrets of the heavily populated rainforest canopy.

    Boarding your tram, you'll begin your ascent from the shadowy rainforest floor through the understory of vegetation and into the sun-drenched canopy. Here, you will have a bird's eye view of a thousand hues of green, interspersed with the fluorescent exclamation points of flowering trees. As you glide through the canopy, you'll sight the many animals that live high above the forest floor, such as Howler monkeys, sloths, coatimundi and capybara. Beautiful birds like the toucan, parrot and momot are also plentiful here, as are iguanas, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies.

    After your tram ride, you may choose to climb the observation tower to enjoy a 360 degree, panoramic view of the Panama Canal, the Chagres River, and the surrounding tropical rainforest. Before returning to the pier, you will have some free time at the resort to explore the many exhibits, which include a butterfly farm, aquarium, orchid garden and serpentarium. There is also the opportunity to do some shopping while you are here.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion following the tram ride. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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  • Two Oceans By Railroad - Standard

    This completely unique tour could easily be the highlight of your trip. Just imagine traveling down the tracks of the first transcontinental railroad in a beautifully restored and richly adorned railcar, while viewing what is widely considered to be the 8th wonder of the world; the Panama Canal, as well as spectacular Gatun Lake and the extraordinarily beautiful flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside. Adding to all of that, the unrivaled experience of traveling from one ocean to another, crossing the amazing continent of the Americas in just one hour!

    The Panama Railroad was the brainchild of a group of New York Financiers who wanted to create an easy passage for the increasing gold rush traffic. The railroad took five years and eight million dollars to build, and was completed in 1855. During its first 12 years of operation, the train carried over 750 million dollars worth of gold and silver, and collected one-quarter of one percent of each shipment as duty. The railroad was rebuilt in 1909 during the construction of the Panama Canal, and without it, the canal could not have been built.

    Your journey will begin from Colon on the Caribbean coast and travel past lush tropical rainforest, where there is a good chance you'll sight some Howler monkeys, colorful toucans or other exotic wildlife. Crossing the Continental Divide, you'll find yourself on the Pacific side, approaching Panama City and having a close look at the Locks of the Canal. Entering Panama City, you'll be able to observe how different influences throughout history have put their mark on this surprising city, which was actually the first city on the Pacific Ocean.

    During your visit to the Pacific side, you'll stop at the Gatun Locks to view the Canal's operation from this viewpoint. Afterwards, you will travel back to the ship via motor coach.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the train and coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. Sighting of ships or wildlife is not guaranteed. The order of the train and coach travel may be reversed. A snack box is available on the train.

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  • Portobelo & the Gatun Locks

    The Panama Canal Locks are an engineering marvel that continues to draw millions of visitors to Panama. Departing from the pier, you'll transfer to the Lookout at the Gatun Locks for an up-close look at the day-to-day operations of the Canal. Your knowledgeable guide will entertain you along the way with the intriguing history and facts surrounding this man-made wonder.

    Once you arrive, you will have the choice of climbing the 78 steps to the observatory platform or remaining at the lower viewing area, where you will still be able to view the passing ships and observe the functionality of the locks. It will truly seem as if the mammoth ships passing through the locks are a mere arms length away.

    After a fascinating visit viewing the Locks, you'll re-board your coach and travel through the former Panama Canal Zone where thousands of Americans lived after the completion of the canal. Then it's on to the town of Portobelo. This market town and fortress was once a thoroughfare for the shipment of goods and precious metals between the Americas and Europe. For this reason, Portobelo during its heyday was the most important commercial depot of that period and a paradise for pirates. Although the town was substantially built and protected, it was repeatedly taken by marauders. Sir Francis Drake was a regular visitor to Portobelo and actually died in the town. A nearby island bears his name and is alleged to be his final resting place.

    After your guided tour of Portobelo, free time will be allowed so that you can further explore on your own or do some shopping before it's time to transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There is some uneven ground to negotiate in Portobelo. Due to accessibility issues, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. Sighting of ships is not guaranteed.

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  • Two Oceans By Railroad -Dome Car

    This completely unique tour could easily be the highlight of your trip. Just imagine traveling down the tracks of the first transcontinental railroad in a beautifully restored and richly adorned domed railcar, while viewing what is widely considered to be the 8th wonder of the world; the Panama Canal, as well as spectacular Gatun Lake and the extraordinarily beautiful flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside. Adding to all of that, the unrivaled experience of traveling from one ocean to another, crossing the amazing continent of the Americas in just one hour!

    The Panama Railroad was the brainchild of a group of New York Financiers who wanted to create an easy passage for the increasing gold rush traffic. The railroad took five years and eight million dollars to build, and was completed in 1855. During its first 12 years of operation, the train carried over 750 million dollars worth of gold and silver, and collected one-quarter of one percent of each shipment as duty. The railroad was rebuilt in 1909 during the construction of the Panama Canal, and without it, the canal could not have been built.

    Your journey will begin from Colon on the Caribbean coast and travel past lush tropical rainforest, where there is a good chance you'll sight some Howler monkeys, colorful toucans or other exotic wildlife. Crossing the Continental Divide, you'll find yourself on the Pacific side, approaching Panama City and having a close look at the Locks of the Canal. Entering Panama City, you'll be able to observe how different influences throughout history have put their mark on this surprising city, which was actually the first city on the Pacific Ocean.

    During your visit to the Pacific side, you'll stop at the Gatun Locks to view the Canal's operation from this viewpoint. Afterwards, you will travel back to the ship via motor coach.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the train and coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. Sighting of ships or wildlife is not guaranteed. The order of the train and coach travel may be reversed. A snack box is available on the train.

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  • Eco Cruise & Gatun New Locks

    Discover the culture, history and ecology that are a vital part of Panama and the Panama Canal while in the company of a local, specialized guide. These guides are considered experts in their fields and have been specifically chosen for this tour to enhance your experience.

    Your excursion begins with a transfer to the Gatun Locks. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. Boarding a touring vessel, you and your interpretive guide will slowly cruise the back channels, islands and bays that make up this unique ecosystem. Glide past lush rainforests to a secluded region of the lake and witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you can view in their native surroundings. Cameras are a must as this is considered the world's premier location for viewing monkeys and other animals in the wild.

    Either before or after your cruise on Gatun Lake, you will have the opportunity to visit the Gatun Locks, the largest and most important of the 3 sets of locks at the Panama Canal.

    Rejoining your coach, you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking/standing over mostly even surfaces. Due to the difficulty level of boarding the lake boat, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable flat shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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  • An Encounter With the Embera Indians

    Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than six hundred years to a Central America only few have had the privilege to experience. Your journey today immerses you into the lives of the Embera Indians, a proud tribe that has maintained its rich heritage and traditions.

    Leaving the ship, you'll travel by coach through the lush jungles of the central region of Panama. Along your route, an experienced guide will provide you with an informative overview of the country and its history, including the story and customs of the Embera Indians who are known as the keepers of the rainforest and the Piedra River. Upon your arrival at Chagres National Park, you will board a motorized dugout canoe for a trip to the Embera village. These sturdy canoes were a critical factor in the conquering of the jungle and in establishing supply lines for both the Indians and the Spanish.

    After a relaxing ride upriver, you will see the village emerge from the jungle. Once you have landed in the village, the Chief will welcome you with traditional Embera hospitality, and a variety of native dances will be performed. As you wander through this intriguing village, feel free to ask questions and interact with these gracious people. The Embera are spectacular craftspeople, and you will also have the opportunity to view and purchase their beautiful handicrafts, which make for wonderful keepsakes.

    Please note: This tour include approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended.

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  • Panama City Tour

    Panama is the only place in the world that you can arrive on the Atlantic Ocean side and in one hour, be on the Pacific Ocean. This tour travels to historic Panama City, where you will have the opportunity to take in its most notable sites.

    Starting off from the pier in Colon, it's a scenic, 75-minute coach ride to Panama City, narrated by your experienced guide. Upon arrival, your first stop will be at the ruins of Old Panama, which was founded in 1519. A guided tour here showcases many of the highlights of Old Panama.

    Next, you will drive to Casco Antiguo or the Colonial City. Founded in 1673, it was built to replace the previous capital that was destroyed by Captain Henry Morgan when he attacked the city. Casco Anitguo is full of historic monuments such as the Golden Altar, which was rescued before the city was destroyed. During your time here, you'll visit the Cathedral Plaza and walk the historic Las Bovedas, a walkway that contains the history of the French Canal engraved in its walls. A beverage and light snack will be provided prior to rejoining your coach for the transfer back to the ship in Colon.

    Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. There are some uneven surfaces to negotiate and the tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; and sun screen are strongly recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. All times are approximate, traffic dependent.

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  • Kayaking & Gatun Locks

    This tour offers a fantastic opportunity for the more adventurous to view the diverse and lush flora and fauna that surrounds Gatun Lake. During the building of the Canal, a plan was developed to make construction easier by creating a lake. A large earthen wall was then erected in the Chagres River and when the water rose, several villages such as Chagres, Bóhio, Frijoles and Barro Colorado were subsequently flooded and Gatun Lake was formed.

    Depending largely on rainwater for its operation, awareness of the importance of ecology in the Panama Canal has long existed and therefore, the area's watershed has been well-protected. An amazingly large number of varied species of vascular plants, mammals and birds, many of them rare, have been found in the region and have been documented through investigations conducted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

    Leaving the pier, you'll transfer to the Melia Hotel where you'll board your kayak and begin your exploration of the Lake's spectacular natural scenery and wildlife. Perhaps you'll sight a Howler monkey or Harpy Eagle - Panama's National Bird, as you navigate these beautiful waters.

    After a truly memorable experience spent discovering the verdant and tranquil environs of Lake Gatun, it's time to return to shore. Your final stop before transferring back to the ship will be at the Gatun Locks where you will have the choice of climbing the 78 steps to the observatory platform or remaining at the lower viewing area, where you will still be able to view the passing ships and observe the functionality of the locks.

    Please note: This tour is considered strenuous and is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests wishing to participate in the tour are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole; light clothing; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen; and insect repellant are strongly recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The order of the activities or sights seen may vary and all times are approximate, traffic dependent.

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