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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:4-7 hours

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Panama Canal and view the notable landmarks of Panama City with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll drive through historical areas like Casco Viejo (Old Quarter), famous for its plazas, parks and Spanish colonial architecture. Visit Paseo Las Bóvedas and witness Miraflores, one of the Panama Canal’s impressive locks, including a stop at the Miraflores Visitor Center. Choose between a half-day or full-day tour, which includes lunch and a visit to the Amador Causeway for incredible vistas over the city and canal.


  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Panama City
  • Visit both the modern and colonial areas of town
  • Spend time at the Panama Canal and admire the complex system of locks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

Panama Canal

Start your sightseeing tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal with pickup from your hotel. Listen as your informative guide shares fascinating facts about the capital’s modern and historic districts and points out areas of interest during a driving tour.

Venture into Casco Viejo (aka Casco Antiguo) — Panama City’s Old Quarter —  and admire the 17th-century Spanish colonial architecture lining cobblestone streets and public parks. Your guide stops at France Plaza, Iglesia de San Jose (Church of San Jose), the Flat Arch and the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as Paseo Las Bovedas, a stone promenade and seawall now home to shops and cafes. 

View typical French architectural style of colonial homes in the French Quarter en route to the Panama Canal, whose surrounding landmarks include the Palacio de las Garzas (the President of Panama's official office), the enchanted Balboa area and the Panama Canal Administration Building. Enjoy photo ops of the canal itself, and discover the engineering feats of the Panama Canal locks that enable efficient passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Your tour includes admission to the Miraflores Visitors Center, which features several viewing platforms and an interactive museum. If time allows, you can watch vessels as they travel through Miraflores, one of the canal’s three lock systems.

If you choose the full-day option, you’ll then continue on to the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), a manmade network of four small islands near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Amid the palm trees and other tropical flora, soak up breathtaking views of both the Panama Canal and the Panama City skyline before return transport to your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a very good tour, They were on time and the canal was out standing. Thanks
for the service.

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great tour guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was exceptionally we'll versed in English and had all the information @ hand. What a wonderful end to our holiday!

Kiel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My family and I had a excellent time during our tour of the canal and city! Jose exhibited profound knowledge of the history and functionality of the canal. He also had excellent knowledge of the city and marine life in Panama. We give this tour 5 stars!
Thank you.
The Rottgen Familly, Houston, TX USA

Gregory C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Giovanni, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable. She gave lots of insight about the history of the city as well as current events. She was patient and showed us things that we probably wouldn't have otherwise seen. She was magnificent! The tour was excellent. I highly recommend it.

Jackie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our 1/2 day tour was excellent! There were just 4 of us and Alex our tour guide. We couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Panama City. Alex was so knowledgeable and very friendly and enthusiastic. Highly recommend this tour.

Wesley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great. Fantastic tour guide.

Nai Mei Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very nice, knowledgable guide

Frances J S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent overview of the city, it's history and surrounding areas. A good basis for knowing what else we wanted to explore. Really enjoyed the day with Elmer. He's a good man wanting to help better his community and students.

Susan v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour was terrific, only in part because everyone else had signed up for the full day, so for the half day we had a private guide. And he was the BEST GUIDE EVER -- "Joshua." We have taken tours in cities all over the world, and Joshua was the most informed. He was pleasant, enthusiastic and had a sense of humor. He was very knowledgeable not only about historical sites but about global history and how it impacted Panama; Panamas economic and political history; the relevant US history; current issues and trends in Panama. In 4 short hours, we learned not only a great deal about Panama City and the Canal, but also were given the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for the Panamanian culture. Well worth the time and money. (Note to Viator: Joshua was not with the subcontractor indicated on our voucher; he was with a tour company; you should get him signed up exclusively - -he is a real asset.) Overall the tour was well structured, hitting the key points of the City and the Canal so we could pick where to spend our extra day in Panama.

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