Passage Through the Panama Canal & Costa Rica

Passage Through the Panama Canal & Costa Rica



Pass through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and uncover the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s National Parks and wildlife refuges. Following a night in San José, Costa Rica, spend seven nights cruising aboard the exclusively-chartered Le Bellot. Experience a daylight passage through the Panama Canal to remote island paradises and pristine waters—home to diverse marine life. Tour Panama City and visit Panama’s San Blas Islands. Enjoy exclusive lectures by onboard experts.


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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jan 20, 2023 - Jan 28, 2023
Feb 3, 2023 - Feb 11, 2023


Pre-Tour San José
January 17 to 21, 2023
January 31 to February 4, 2023
Explore Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, from steamy hot springs to misty cloud forests. In view of towering Arenal Volcano, walk in the lush rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges. Visit 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 deluxe Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belén and two nights in the ideally located Hotel Arenal Kioro.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,295
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,845

Post-Tour Panama
January 28 to 30, 2023
February 11 to 13, 2023
Continue your journey with Panama City’s rich indigenous culture, compelling colonial history and contemporary élan. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Panama La Vieja—founded in 1519 and later destroyed by privateer Henry Morgan—to see the ruins of the oldest European settlement on the Pacific‑American coast. Visit the fascinating Agua Clara Visitor Center for panoramic views of the Panama Canal expansion and cruise the Gatún River to meet indigenous Emberá people. Spend two nights in the ideally located, deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $695
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $945


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The safety and well-being of our travelers remains our highest priority. Cruise lines and some other providers of services (as well as, potentially, some countries) require all passengers traveling on our programs to present confirmation of a full COVID-19 vaccination, and, as well, passengers may have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID test. All our staff are committed to adhering to all health and safety protocols from the start of your trip to the end as directed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseas health officials as well as those protocols mandated by your cruise company (if applicable) and other suppliers of services. Detailed protocol information tailored to your travel program will be mailed to you along with additional pre-departure information.


FINAL PAYMENT due October 17, 2022 (January 20 departure); or October 31, 2022 (February 3 departure); make by check, ACH or credit card. Reservations made after October 17, 2022, require payment in full at time of booking. No cancellation fees until 96 days prior to January 20, 2023 or February 3, 2023!


CostaRica Map


  • day 1

    Depart the U.S./Arrive San José, Costa Rica

    Upon arrival, check into the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belén. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

  • day 2

    San José/Puntarenas/Embark ship

    In the heart of the fertile Valle Central, Costa Rica’s dynamic capital city of San José possesses an eclectic mix of museums, landscaped parks, lively cafés, art galleries and an interesting fusion of architectural styles, including Spanish Colonial, Moorish and Modernist. On the city tour, visit the National Theater, a regal Baroque edifice modeled on Milan’s La Scala, and the National Museum. After lunch, enjoy a scenic transfer to Puntarenas to embark Le Bellot.

  • day 3

    Curú National Wildlife Refuge/Isla Tortuga

    Curú National Wildlife Refuge is a unique blend of sustainable agriculture, forest management and wildlife protection—reestablishing species like the scarlet macaw and spider monkey. Encompassing five distinctive habitats, it is the ideal place to see the intricacies of interdependent ecosystems. Enjoy a guided walk in the morning, the best time of day to observe an abundance of wildlife. Nestled in a private reserve near the stunning Nicoya Peninsula, idyllic Tortuga Island is named for its tortoise-like volcanic rock formations. Against a backdrop of white sand beaches, enjoy opportunities to swim and snorkel in this protected island’s clear waters—home to fascinating marine life such as angelfish, spotted eagle rays and seahorses. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.

  • day 4

    Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park

    Experience an unparalleled diversity of wildlife in this lush tropical haven—a captivating combination of rainforest, beach and coral reef, home to more than 100 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds and various reptiles and amphibians. Explore this protected biodiverse paradise where expert naturalists will help you spot colorful toucans, screeching howler monkeys, camouflaged iguanas, arboreal squirrel monkeys, two and three toed sloths and rambunctious capuchin monkeys.

  • day 5

    Rio Seco Rainforest

    Part of the Piedras Blancas National Park, this perfect off-the-beaten-path destination is 400 acres of private property. The park is home to toucans, tapirs, pumas, jaguars and four species of monkeys. In Rio Seco Rainforest you can enjoy a picture-perfect secluded beach along the waters of the gorgeous Golfo Dulce. There is a tropical fruit orchard and coloful garden for you to discover. Explore a network of hiking trails, where naturalist tour guides will search for wildlife and share the secrets of this incredible ecosystem.

  • day 6

    Cébaco Island, Panama

    In the sparkling Gulf of Montijo, snorkel in the emerald waters of seldom-visited Cébaco Island, where schools of brilliantly colored fish, giant manta rays and four different species of turtles swim amid spectacular rock reefs.

  • day 7

    Panama City

    Tour the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, which elaborates on the canal’s lock system. The Biodiversity Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry, showcases the ecological significance of Panama’s exotic flora and fauna species. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage designated historic district of Casco Antiguo, a charming neighborhood replete with cobblestone streets and architecturally significant historical edifices, including a 16th century cathedral.

  • day 8

    Panama Canal Transit/ Colón

    Cruise from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea through the mighty locks of the fascinating Panama Canal. Transit times through the canal are controlled by the Panama Canal Authority. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.

  • day 9

    Colón/Agua Clara Visitor Center (time permitting)/Panama City/ Return to the U.S.

    Disembark in Colón and—if time permitting—visit the Panama Canal Expansion Agua Clara Visitor Center to enjoy panoramic views of the canal’s 166-square-mile Gatún Lake and new longer, wider locks and. Transfer to Panama City for your return flight home.

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