Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Call at rarely-visited Isla Cébaco and discover the rich marine life in its vivid coral reefs. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and experience a daylight passage through the awe‑inspiring Panama Canal to the San Blas Islands, where indigenous Guna people have maintained their traditional lifestyle for centuries.
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 20 years. Her research and lectures on the history of Western architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, Spain, and Portugal numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College and a Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Gail also volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City’s historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians.
Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages & Wi-Fi are available throughout the cruise.
1 Depart the U.S./Arrive San José, Costa Rica
2 San José/Puerto Caldera/Embark Le Champlain
3 Curú National Wildlife Refuge
4 Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park
5 Isla Cébaco, Panama
6 Panama City
7 Panama Canal Transit/Colón
8 San Blas Islands
9 Colón/Disembark ship/Agua Clara Visitor Center for Panama Canal expansion (departure flight time permitting)/Panama City/Return to the U.S.
Costa Rica’s Cultural and Natural Riches
Experience a medley of Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, from steamy hot springs to misty cloud forests. In view of towering Arenal Volcano, explore the lush rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges. Tour historic San José, an organic chocolate workshop, an award‑winning coffee estate and a traditional artisan town known for intricately hand-painted woodcrafts. Accommodations are for two nights in the hacienda‑style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San José and two nights in the ideally located TabacÓn Grand Spa Thermal Resort.
Pre-Program pricing includes a credit for one night’s accommodations in San José and the San José city tour already included in the cost of the main program.
Dynamic Panama—The Renaissance of a City
An exploration of old and new, Panama is the perfect complement to “the crossroads of the Americas.” Visit the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Panama Viejo to see the ruins of the oldest European settlement on the Pacific American coast, cruise the Gatún River to meet the indigenous Embera people and visit the fascinating Agua Clara Visitor Center for panoramic views of the Panama Canal expansion.
Spend two nights in the ideally located, deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.