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Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal

The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal cruise is a perfect combination of culture, history and nature. Transit the Panama Canal, meet the people who live in the Darien Jungle and Guna Yala Islands, and visit historical landmarks like World War II fortifications and the Palace of Inquisition.

Jump right into adventure by taking a motorized native canoe through the Darien Jungle in Panama, where the Embera villagers share their songs, dance and craftsmanship of woven baskets and wooden handicrafts. Find out why Isla Taboga is known as “the island of flowers” and visit what is touted to be the second oldest church in the western hemisphere. While transiting the Panama Canal, watch line handlers manage the ships through changing sea levels in the locks. Expect a later afternoon or night transit accompanied by onboard narration and educational videos explaining the canal’s engineering feat.

While sailing to Colombia, add more wildlife sightings to your list: dolphins, sea turtles, humpback and sperm whales, magnificent frigatebirds and maybe even barracuda. Arrive at the 360 Guna Yala Islands, dotted with palm trees, thatched roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches and plenty of snorkeling opportunities. Meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas, and admire their “molas,” detailed handicrafts that you’ll want to take home.

In Colombia, hike between almost forgotten towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro through the Darien jungle, looking out for toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. White sand beaches and turquoise waters await for snorkeling and beachcombing. Kayak, swim and paddleboard in the archipelago of San Bernardo where vibrant corals and clear waters are home to rainbows of darting fish. Finish the trip in the colonial walled city of Cartagena and walk through narrow streets, to see the oldest church there, the Palace of Inquisition and San Felipe de Barajas Castle.

The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal is aboard the 66-guest Safari Voyager, which is perfectly suited for an active and culturally rich adventure. In addition to the main itinerary, there is also a reverse itinerary that begins in Cartagena, Colombia, and ends in Panama City, Panama. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to cruise coastal Colombia, transit the Panama Canal, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and immerse in the vibrant jungles of Panama and Colombia.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Caribbean cruises.



Itinerary

Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal Itinerary

The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Corals Jungles, Canal Cruise begins in Panama City, Panama, explores the Pacific coastline of Panama before transiting the Panama Canal and cruising Panama’s Caribbean coastline and ending in Cartegena, Colombia.

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Day 1
Embark Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panama! After a warm airport greeting, be transferred to your downtown hospitality area. Later, it’s all smiles and champagne while boarding the Safari Voyager and you meet the crew and sail into the sunset.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Darien Jungle

This first full day is a big one. The Darien Jungle is calling, so head straight into it in a motorized native canoe along the Mogue River. White ibis, pelicans, cormorants, little blue herons and mangrove hawks welcome from above while the sound of drums echo through the forest. Visit with Emberá villagers, a local tribe eager to share their heart, song and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and maybe take home a souvenir or two.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Isla Taboga & Panama Canal

Visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan, wake up in the “Island of Flowers,”Isla Taboga. Tour a historic vilage and the touted second oldest church in the hemisphere. Or,hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. After soaking up this storied island, get underway for the Panama Canal. A story of engineering and human tenacity, the Panama Canal took over 75,000 workers to build and takes about eight hours to transit. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Videos paired with onboard narrations while crossing the locks make for a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate your transit with a top deck barbeque.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Captain’s Choice

Islands, forts and sea life are on today’s menu, so bring your adventurous spirit. While sailing toward Colombia, the captain has the say. Magnificent frigatebirds sweep overhead. Grab your binoculars and stay on the lookout for dolphins, humpback and sperm whales, sea turtles and maybe even a barracuda.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Guna Yala

The Guna Yala Islands (formerly the San Blas Islands) consists of 360 islands dotted with palm trees, thatched-roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches, and they’re perfect for snorkeling. Look around for a rainbow of reef fish, corals, rays and sea turtles. Anything’s possible in paradise. On land, meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas. Learn about their culture and don’t miss the chance to buy their detailed handcrafted “molas.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Capurgana & Sapzurro, Colombia

Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny, almost-forgotten coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the dewy Darien jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or take to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and beachcombing.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Archipelago of San Bernardo & Cartagena

Kick off today in the archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, snorkeling, skiff tours and paddleboarding are all options. Wrap it up in the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena—a historical tour shows off its highlights. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Celebrate this big adventure with a farewell dinner and slideshow.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Cartagena, Colombia

What a week! After one last freshly baked pastry, transfer to Cartagena’s international airport or continue on to your next destination or land tour.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats.

Exclusions

Port taxes and fees of $395 per person in 2020 & 2021; Round-trip airfare; passport and visa expenses; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and any telecommunications charges; optional excursions and land tours; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

Reservations Made Prior to 7/29/20:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 50% of deposit
90 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 31 days – 75% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Reservations Made 7/29/20, On:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal cruise begins in Panama City, Panama (PTY), and ends in Cartagena, Colombia (CTG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Panama City by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Cartagena no earlier than 1:30pm on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, skiff riding, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding, and all equipment, including hiking poles, is included in the cruise rate. Wellness amenities such as fitness equipment and yoga mats are also available aboard.

Room Configuration

In addition to any listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures. Special notarized consent documents and birth certificates for minors under the age of 18 may need to be presented to exit Panama.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Reverse Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal Itinerary

The 8-day Reverse Colombia & Panama—Corals Jungles, Canal Cruise begins in Cartegena, Colombia, cruises northbound along Panama’s Caribbean coastline, transits the Panama Canal, then explores Panama’s Pacific coastline before ending in Panama City, Panama.

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Day 1
Embark Cartegena, Colombia

Welcome to Colombia! After a warm airport greeting, transfer to the downtown hospitality area. Later, it’s all smiles and champagne aboard the Safari Voyager while meeting the crew and sailing into the sunset. 

Accommodations

Safari Voyager 

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Archipelago of San Bernardo & Cartagena

A historical tour of the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena shows off its highlights. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Afterwards, set sail for the archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, skiff tours, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding are all options.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager 

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Capurgana & Sapzurro, Colombia

Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny, almost-forgotten coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the dewy Darien jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or take to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and beachcombing. 

Accommodations

Safari Voyager 

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Guna Yala, Panama

The Guna Yala Islands (formerly the San Blas Islands) comprises 360 islands dotted with palm trees, thatched-roofs, coconut groves and white sand beaches perfect for snorkeling. Look around for a rainbow of reef fish, corals, rays and sea turtles. Anything’s possible in paradise. On land, meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas. Learn about their culture and don’t miss the chance to buy their detailed handcrafted “molas.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride. 

Accommodations

Safari Voyager 

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Captain’s Choice & the Panama Canal

Islands, forts, and sea life—bring an adventurous spirit. You’re headed for the Panama Canal and along the way your captain has the say. Transiting the 48-mile passage is a bucket list experience. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build, and takes you about eight hours to transit. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Paired with videos and onboard narration, you’ll cross the locks with a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate your transit with a top deck barbeque!

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Isla Taboga

Visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan, wake up at the “Island of Flowers.” Tour a historic village and the touted second oldest church in the hemisphere. Or, hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. Soak up this storied island before it’s time to settle in on deck in search of marine mammals and birdlife.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager 

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Darien Jungle

The Darien Jungle calls, and you’re headed straight into it. White ibis, pelicans, cormorants, little blue herons, and mangrove hawks welcome from above while the sound of drums greets you from the forest. Visit with Emberá villagers—a local tribe eager to share their heart, song, and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and maybe take home a souvenir or two. Celebrate your big adventure with a farewell dinner and slideshow.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Panama City, Panama

After one last freshly baked pastry, transfer to Panama’s international airport in Panama City or begin your hotel stay or land tour. 

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats.

Exclusions

Port taxes and fees of $395 per person in 2020 & 2021; Round-trip airfare; passport and visa expenses; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and any telecommunications charges; optional excursions and land tours; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

Reservations Made Prior to 7/29/20:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 50% of deposit
90 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 31 days – 75% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Reservations Made 7/29/20, On:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Reverse Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal Cruise begins in Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) and ends in Panama City, Panama (PTY). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Cartagena by 12:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Panama City no earlier than 1:30pm on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, skiff riding, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding, and all equipment, including hiking poles, is included in the cruise rate. Wellness amenities such as fitness equipment and yoga mats are also available aboard.

Room Configuration

In addition to any listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures. Special notarized consent documents and birth certificates for minors under the age of 18 may need to be presented to exit Panama.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

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Safari Voyager

The Safari Voyager small ship carries 66 guests in comfort and style. All cabins are above the waterline with large picture windows. An elegant dining room, library and ample deck space make this ship ideal for comfortable and adventurous small ship cruising.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a wide variety of other AdventureSmith Caribbean trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre- or postcruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise. The Gatun Lake & Historic Panama City Adventure is a pre- or post-cruise escorted land tour that traverses Panama’s Gatun Lake, explores UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the ruins of Panama Viejo (the old city) and the historic district of Casco Viejo, and visits renowned architect Frank Gehry’s Biomuseum.

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The 9-day Best of Panama land tour explores the Panama Canal and its natural and historic legacy. Zipline through cloud forest environments rich in flora and fauna, discover Chiriqui National Marine Park and experience thriving indigenous cultures.

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On the 3-day Bocas del Toro Adventure in Panama, sink your toes into the white sand, explore lush tropical rainforests and coral reefs, make a cultural visit to an indigenous community and look for the faithful sea turtles that have come to these islands for millennia.

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Exploring San Blas & Guna Yala Culture

Spend 3 days Exploring the San Blas & Guna Yala Culture in Panama. Snorkel in Yandup, an island paradise surrounded by coral reefs, and sleep in traditional Guna-style huts with family-style meals served overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

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