The Panama Canal and Costa Rica

The Panama Canal and Costa Rica



Travel through one of the greatest engineering marvels of our time and immerse yourself in a natural world of wonder as you journey through virgin rainforests and jungle-fringed beaches from Costa Rica to Panama. This 9-day, 8-night luxury itinerary combines tours of historical and cultural sites with visits to some of the most incredible nature preserves and rainforests in Central America. Sail the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, then cruise through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal to the UNESCO‑designated historic district of Panama City.


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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jan 31, 2025 - Feb 8, 2025
Feb 21, 2025 - Mar 1, 2025


Arenal and San José Pre-Program Option
January 28 to February 1, 2025 (Program Begins: January 28)

February 18 to 22, 2025 (Program Begins: February 18)
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 deluxe Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,955
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,545

Panama City Post-Program Option
February 8 to 10, 2025 (Program Ends: February 10)
March 1 to 3, 2025 (Program Ends: March 3)
Explore 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. Cruise the Gatún River for incredible birdwatching and then to meet indigenous Emberá people. Spend two nights in the ideally located, deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $645
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $840


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.





A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply


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  • day 1

    Depart Home City/ San José, Costa Rica

    Depart your home city and arrive in San José. Transfer to Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belén and settle in.

  • day 2

    San José/Puerto Caldera/ Embark Ship

    Costa Rica’s dynamic capital city of San José boasts an eclectic mix of museums, landscaped parks, lively cafés, art galleries, and a fusion of architectural styles — including Spanish Colonial, Moorish and Modernist. Discover the city’s unique history and culture on a tour that includes visits to the National Theater, a regal Baroque edifice modeled on Milan’s La Scala, and the National Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Puerto Caldera and embarking the deluxe Wind Star.

  • day 3

    Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park

    Anchor at Quepos and experience an unparalleled diversity of wildlife on a visit to the lush Manuel Antonio National Park — a captivating combination of rainforest, beach and coral reef. It is home to more than 100 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds, and various reptiles and amphibians. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner onboard the ship.

  • day 4

    Puerto Jimenez for Osa Peninsula

    Explore this spectacular, pristine rainforest, choosing two of three excursions: a rainforest hike with naturalist guide, a fascinating trip to the sloth visiting center, and a cocoa farm and chocolate-making encounter.

  • day 5

    Isla Coiba, Panama

    This island is part of Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. An astounding range of wildlife calls this area home, including agoutis, howler monkeys, giant toads and green iguanas. The clear turquoise waters support bottlenose dolphins, giant seahorses and numerous species of shark and whale. Explore the island on a guided beach walk or a snorkeling adventure.

  • day 6

    Day at Sea

    Spend the day relaxing and gazing at the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the amenities — and three delicious meals — on board today.

  • day 7

    Panama City

    Begin your day with a tour of Panama City, the nation’s capital. Visit its 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. This afternoon, choose one of two excursions: explore the unique, interactive Miraflores Locks Visitor Center to learn about the Panama Canal and the engineering behind it, then stop at the new BioMuseo (Biodiversity Museum). Or take a culinary tour with cooking demonstrations and tastings — a delight for the senses!

  • day 8

    Panama City/ Canal Crossing/Colón

    Spend the morning enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience of traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea through the Panama Canal. As we journey through the canal, watch as the mighty locks open and close, ultimately raising and lowering the ship 85 feet in this unique and memorable experience. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a Captain’s Farewell Reception on the ship, along with dinner onboard. Raise a glass to your fabulous adventure!

  • day 9

    Colón/Disembark/Return to Home City

    Enjoy breakfast then disembark. Passengers flying home later this afternoon will visit the Agua Clara Visitors Center overlooking the Canal expansion. The Visitors Center is a fascinating way to explore the history, geology and technology of the canal, and offers mesmerizing views of the massive new locks. Transfer to the Panama City airport for your flight back to your home city.

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