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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

Combine a tour of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks with a walking tour of Panama City’s UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo and a city driving tour to notable landmarks —it’s a full-day of sightseeing at the capital’s top attractions. Admire city views from atop Ancón Hill; visit a local market; see the Bridge of the Americas from the Amador Causeway; and more. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of nine people, ensuring personalized attention from your informative guide.

Highlights

  • Panama City sightseeing tour with a combination of driving and walking
  • Watch the Miraflores Locks in action on the Panama Canal
  • Look for local wildlife and admire the panoramic views of the city from Ancón Hill
  • Experience the Amador Causeway and take a nature walk on Punta Culebra
  • See the historical landmarks of World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo on a 1.5-hour walking tour
  • Learn all about the city from your knowledgeable insider guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 provides a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

Start with morning pickup from the American Trade Hotel, and listen as your guide describes the engineering wonder of the Panama Canal en route to the Miraflores Locks, the first stop on your full-day tour. On arrival, witness ships being raised and lowered between sea level and Miraflores Lake, then enjoy interactive displays at the Miraflores Visitors Center.

Next up is Ancón Hill (Cerro Ancón), a 650-foot (200-meter) viewpoint that overlooks Panama City. After the drive up, stroll around the lookout platform and keep an eye out for armadillos, deer, tamarins and even elusive sloths!

Browse for local handicrafts at an artisan market before continuing south into Panama Bay and the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), which connects the mainland to three small manmade islands. View the Bridge of the Americas and stop for lunch at one of the area’s many restaurants (own expense). After lunch, you'll head to the Smithsonian-operated Punta Culebra Nature Center on Naos Island for a 20-minute outdoor stroll around the open-air museum. 

Back in Panama City, you’re driven to the 17th-century colonial neighborhood of Casco Viejo (‘Old Quarter’) for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour through the World Heritage–listed district. See landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de las Garzas (the residence of the President of Panama), the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the National Theatre as you learn little-known facts from your guide.

Your full-day tour ends with return to the central meeting point.

Customer Reviews

Trudie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was fantastic. I am so happy I booked this.

Scott S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Perfect for getting to know Panama, especially if your time is short. Very knowledgeable guide, who spoke great English.
We had a tour of all the classic sites of Panama: old Canal administration building, Miraflores locks, Casco Viejo and all the sights therein. AND even though Antón was closed, he came up with a backup plan instantly, which more than sufficed.
We had lunch at a great restaurant, Casa Blanca, and he dropped us at our hotel, having to sit through traffic all the way, but not minding.

Shaun M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour, would recommend!

Kelly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An excellent day out with an extremely knowlegable and entertaining guide. Kevin was able to give us an insider's perspective on life in Panama and get us around to all the key locations in great time. His familiarity with the people and processes meant we got the best opportunities and were always at the front of the queue. I had so much fun and learned a lot at the same time. I highly recommend this tour.

Mark N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a great intro to Panama City. We are considering a relocation and Jeff provided a lot of historical knowledge plus his own experiences as a transplant. We will be booking more tours as we return. Thank you to all involved

MARCUS S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour Jeff was very knowledgeable and gave a Lott of information that we did not know.

aimee.alleman1983

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour guide was fantastic. Kevin got us to the locks early so that we could get a great spot on the 4th floor to see the ships go through the locks. Great spot for lunch. Very informative. Couldn't have asked for the tour to be any better.

Debra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

small group and Kevin was very knowledgable.

Kurt V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Kevin was fun, knowledgeable, and kept the tour moving. We felt it was a great overview of the city. Well done. We highly recommend this tour and company.

Chihcheng L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nice trip around the city to know Panama.

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