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Panama to Costa Rica with Monteverde, Sarapiqui & Arenal Volcano

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Panama to Costa Rica with Monteverde, Sarapiqui & Arenal Volcano
Cloud forests, volcanoes, waterfall gardens and the sea: the ultimate allure of a Panama and Costa Rica vacation. This expedition offers an amazing variety of experiences, including an in-depth transit of the Panama Canal, and time on land in Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Sarapiqui River and at Arenal Volcano, active since 1968. Explore the area by small ship cruising aboard the versatile National Geographic Sea Lion, and have the opportunity to kayak, zodiac ride and snorkel. Join rainforest hikes amid monkeys, sloths and tropical birds. Naturalists accompany every activity and an undersea specialist uses state-of-the-art equipment to open up the vibrant undersea world.

The main 15-day itinerary listed here travels from Panama to Costa Rica aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, then heads inland for seven days to explore Monteverde, Arenal and Sarapiqui. There is also the option of traveling to Monteverde only, as a pre-cruise extension, then cruising from Costa Rica to Panama, making an 11-day trip. See the Alternative Itinerary in our trip notes for more information on the 11-day route.
read more Cloud forests, volcanoes, waterfall gardens and the sea: the ultimate allure of a Panama and Costa Rica vacation. This expedition offers an amazing variety of experiences, including an in-depth transit of the Panama Canal, and time on land in Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Sarapiqui River and at Arenal Volcano, active since 1968. Explore the area by small ship cruising aboard the versatile National Geographic Sea Lion, and have the opportunity to kayak, zodiac ride and snorkel. Join rainforest hikes amid monkeys, sloths and tropical birds. Naturalists accompany every activity and an undersea specialist uses state-of-the-art equipment to open up the vibrant undersea world.

The main 15-day itinerary listed here travels from Panama to Costa Rica aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, then heads inland for seven days to explore Monteverde, Arenal and Sarapiqui. There is also the option of traveling to Monteverde only, as a pre-cruise extension, then cruising from Costa Rica to Panama, making an 11-day trip. See the Alternative Itinerary in our trip notes for more information on the 11-day route.
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Day 1 - Miami to Panama City, Colon & Embark Ship

Day 2 - Barro Colorado & Panama Canal Transit

Day 3 - Gulf of Panama Islets

Day 4 - Isla Coiba National Park

Day 5 - Gulfo Dulce Costa Rica

Day 6 - Osa Peninsula

Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 8 - Herradura, Disembark Ship/Carara Biological Reserve & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 9 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 10 - Monteverde & Arenal

Day 11 - Arenal Volcano

Day 12 - Arenal & Sarapiqui

Day 13 - Sarapiqui

Day 14 - Sarapiqui to San Jose

Day 15 - San Jose to Miami


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Day 1 - Miami to Panama City, Colon & Embark Ship

Depart U.S.in late morning via American Airlines on a non-stop flight to Panama City, with a flying time of about three hours. On arrival, drive to Colon to board National Geographic Sea Lionand set sail for the first part of our Panama Canal transit anchoring in Gatun Lake. This unique interruption makes us one of the few ships that make the crossing in two days, as well as the only ship permitted the exclusive opportunity to explore impressive Barro Colorado, which we visit tomorrow.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Barro Colorado & Panama Canal Transit

By special arrangement, board Zodiacs this morning for a visit to Barro Colorado Island in Gatun Lake. This area includes two islands that were created when the lake was formed. Guides from the Smithsonian Research Station will accompany us to this pristine island spot, which has become a world-famous center for scientific study. Because of its remoteness, animals from insects all the way up to primates - can be observed in their natural habitats without any outside disturbance at all. In fact, many of the most important biological discoveries involving plants and animals have originated here. Once on the island, you can enjoy the area on foot or by Zodiac. After our visit, reboard the Sea Lion to continue our crossing. Since cargo ships have priority over passenger ships, we are not always able to have a daylight crossing. The nighttime crossing, however, is extremely memorable - especially since the canal is so dramatically lit at night. Marvel as you watch the locks lower the ship 85 feet down to sea level, while mules hold the ship in place.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Gulf of Panama Islets

Today make good use of our Zodiacs and kayaks as we explore this cluster of islands in the Gulf of Panama. The islands are covered with hills carpeted with thick green vegetation. Along with our naturalists, enjoy an exciting introduction to the region's varied bird life. Observe large numbers of roosting and nesting seabirds: magnificent frigatebirds, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies of Galapagos fame.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Isla Coiba National Park

Crossing into Panama, explore one of its national parks, protecting three kinds of habitats: the island, the reef and the sea life. Anchor near the little island of Granito Del Oro, we can see the coast of Panama on the horizon. Isla Coiba includes thousands upon thousands of acres, 80% of it ocean. The eastern Pacific has very few living coral reefs because the water is too cool, but the exception lies here. These waters are full of life with over 69 species of fish living among the healthy coral. Hike the interior or snorkel the hours away among sea turtles, sea stars and schools of anchovies. Parrot fish decorate the algae and if we're lucky, we may see the rare bifin or bifin spazus which can weigh up to 300 lbs. Our natural history staff will assist both novice and expert snorkelers, so that anyone with a desire can see the wonderland below. For those who prefer something drier, our Undersea Specialist shoots underwater video and displays the footage during our evening recap.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Gulfo Dulce Costa Rica

Today make our first landfall in Costa Rica with a beautiful destination, Casa Orquideas, a privately owned tropical garden accessible only by boat and special invitation. Ron and Trudy MacAllister put this garden together over 20 years of collecting local rain forest plants and trading them with other botanical gardens. To see these varied and colorful plants in such a lush, natural setting is almost dreamlike. Here roam among a profusion of orchids, spotting tanagers, parrots and gaudy toucans. Later, take some time to explore the forested bays of Golfo Dulce, ideal for kayaking and swimming. The mangrove forest that lines the shoreline forms a unique ecosystem to observe up close on our kayaks. The bird watching is wonderful; look for birds with names as colorful as their feathers: black-crowned tityra, fiery-billed aracari, chestnut-mandibled toucans and scarlet macaws.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Osa Peninsula

This morning, the Sea Lion anchors off the remote Osa Peninsula in the environs of Corcovado National Park. Our exact landing area for the day will depend on sea conditions, but whichever spot is chosen will offer many options for spending the day. The park projects into the Pacific like a bony thumb bent downwards towards Panama and ranks among the finest national parks in Costa Rica. Until recently, it was one of the most inaccessible rainforests, so it is quite rich and untouched. We may stop at San Pedrillo or San Josecito, enjoying a beach barbeque for lunch. After dining al fresco in such a beautiful location, choose from snorkeling, horseback riding, beachcombing, swimming in waterfall pools or simply resting in a hammock as the breezes pass over you. Leave late in the afternoon, heading to our next destination, possibly spotting tropical spotted dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays breaking water as they swim alongside the ship.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Because the abundant wildlife here is most active in the early morning, we arrive here before breakfast. Lethargic, three-toed sloths remain statue-like in the dense trees. White-throated capuchin monkeys, agoutis, howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, squirrel monkeys, white-lined sac-winged bats, and tamandua anteaters are all well within reach here. Birders will be happy, too, with the possibility of seeing the purple crown fairy, bare-throated tiger heron, orange chinned parakeet and so much more. The smallest kingfisher on the continent is the American pygmy kingfisher. It's hard to spot, but our naturalists often can find one for those with the patience to wait.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Lion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Herradura, Disembark Ship/Carara Biological Reserve & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Surely you're familiar with rain forests, but have you ever been to a cloud forest? Visit Costa Rica's Carara Biological Reserve, a tropical forest, known for its varied wildlife, including monkeys, iguanas, the endangered scarlet macaw and huge American crocodiles that crawl out on the river banks. A scenic drive up the mountain takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve. It is called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest because of its high altitude - the clouds literally go right through the forest. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids.

A scenic drive up the mountain takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve established by the Quakers in the 1970s. Meet the daughter of one of the original homesteaders. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with lichens, mosses and 300 species of orchids. Spend two nights at a charming, family-owned lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Family-owned lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

Our morning visit to a butterfly garden focuses on species native to the Monteverde area. Later, we continue to explore Monteverde's forest trails rich with butterflies, insects and birds. Watch for the rare resplendent quetzal and the often heard, but rarely seen, mantled howler monkeys.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Family-owned lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Monteverde & Arenal

Today experience the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, to get a bird's-eye view of the forest canopy - considered the last frontier of the tropical cloud forest, still poorly understood and little studied. Later, take a leisurely 3.5-hour drive to Arenal, past verdant Tilaran, where the hilltops are lined with modern windmills. The country road winds through pastures of Brahmin cattle and around Lake Arenal, Costa Rica's largest lake adorned by the mighty Arenal Volcano.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Arenal Manoa
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Arenal Volcano

Explore rain-forested trails and take the afternoon for volcano gazing. At sunset, find out more about this smoldering colossus from a local vulcanologist working with OVSICORI, a leading institute in charge of monitoring Arenal as well as seismic activity throughout the region.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Arenal Manoa
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Arenal & Sarapiqui

Cross the northern plains leading to the rich rain forests of Sarapiqui. After lunch, visit the pre-Columbian- styled Sarapiqui Neotropical Center. Visit the center's Museum of Contemporary Indigenous Culture and its botanical garden, highlighting medicinal and edible plants used by ancient cultures. Tour an excavation site at the Center and discover how indigenous peoples lived in these wild environs. Settle in for the night at nearby Sueno Azul, a working hacienda and spa.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hacienda Sueno Azul
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Sarapiqui

Explore the hacienda's peaceful grounds, where the Sardinal and Rio Frio rivers meet. Tour its forested property on horseback or via tractor pull and play in soothing natural springs and soft cascades hidden among the lush foliage. Spend the late afternoon relaxing, swimming in the pool or sampling spa treatments. After dinner, experience the rain forest at night with a visit to La Selva, a well-known site for research on tropical ecology.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hacienda Sueno Azul
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Sarapiqui to San Jose

En route to San Jose, stop to visit Sibu Chocolatier - makers of some of the world’s finest organic chocolate. Here learn the Aztec & Mayan history of the cacao plant and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. After a picnic lunch of traditional Costa Rican fare, visit one of San Jose’s fine museums. The day ends with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
DoubleTree Cariari Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - San Jose to Miami

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the northbound itinerary listed above, there is a shorter 11-day southbound route available. See brief itinerary below, and contact AdventureSmith for more details.

11-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Panama to Costa Rica with Monteverde expedition begins in Panama City and ends in San Jose. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Miami, California. Departure is after breakfast on day 15 of the outlined itinerary.
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1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Dec 10 - Dec 20, 2014National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day southbound itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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2       Dec 20 - Jan 03, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Dec 24 - Jan 03, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day southbound itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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4       Jan 03 - Jan 17, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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5  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jan 07 - Jan 17, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Book This Cabin

Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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6       Jan 17 - Jan 31, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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7  Alternate Itinerary Available  Jan 21 - Jan 31, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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8       Jan 31 - Feb 14, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Book This Cabin

Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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9  Alternate Itinerary Available  Feb 04 - Feb 14, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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10       Feb 14 - Feb 28, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Book This Cabin

Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
Book This Cabin


 
11  Alternate Itinerary Available  Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
Book This Cabin
Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Book This Cabin

Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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12       Feb 28 - Mar 14, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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13  Alternate Itinerary Available  Mar 04 - Mar 14, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$7440 - $11840View Details
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Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows an 11-day itinerary:
Day 1 - Miami/San Jose, Costa Rica
Days 2 & 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 4 - Monteverde/Herradura (embark aboard)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula
Day 7 - Gulfo Dulce
Day 8 - Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 9 - Gulf of Panama Islets/Gatun Lake
Day 10 - Panama Canal Transit
Day 11 - Colon/Disembark/Panama City/Home

Category 1 - $7440

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $8240

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $9140

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $10640

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $11840

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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14       Mar 14 - Mar 28, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$8980 - $13560View Details

Category 1 - $8980

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $9780

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10680

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $12360

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $13560

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Included

Accommodations aboard Sea Lion; meals as indicated; all nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees; transfer from airport/ship if traveling on group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling gear; all port taxes and service charges during the voyage; services of naturalists and a ship physician.

Exclusions

Air transportation (sample round-trip airfare, between Miami and Panama City or San Jose: economy from $500, business from $1100); airport departure tax; further extensions; horseback riding; passport/visa fees; insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email, voyage DVD and laundry; gratuity to crew, guides and naturalists at your discretion.

Room Configuration

Sole occupancy cabins are available in categories 1 and 2. Shares can be arranged for solo travelers at the double occupancy rate in categories 1 and 2 only. We match you with a cabin mate(s) of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate.

Families & Children

Travelers aged 17 years old and under save $500. Specially skilled staff who are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. These staff members have gone through a course designed by travel experts with years of experience in childhood and environmental education. This course has also been created in conjunction with the National Geographic Education department and NG Kids Magazine.

For your party of 8 or more, you will each receive 5% off your expedition. A 10% deposit is due at time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days in advance.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 (or $600 for 11-day cruise) is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. 2014 departures are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days - $150, in form of Lindblad Travel Certificate
119 to 90 days - Advance payment cost
89 to 60 days - 25% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days - 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Departures in 2015 are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $350, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-45 days - 50% of trip cost
44-0 days - No refund

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

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