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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.
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.
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.
So glad I did the city tour—it was great! I forgot to confirm 24 hours before but I called early morning and they were able to accommodate me in the morning tour. It was really like a private tour, just one other woman who was visiting from Norway. Our young guide was adorable and well-versed in Panama City history. Covered a lot of ground, including the Canal, Casco Viejo, the new downtown and the Amador Causeway. It was a great way to see the city in limited time—I highly recommend it!
the guides were knowledgeable and friendly; the tour itself gives you plenty of time at the canal Miraflores lock and through the historic old city.
The tour itself was excellent however the tour guide was an hour late and I had to call several times to find out when he would arrive. It appears he was told the tour started an hour later.
Trinidad and Tobago
This tour was made great by the tour guide Kevin.
Great tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal. Tour guide "Kevin" was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. I recommend the tour.
The Canal was interesting.It is definitly worth visiting. We did not see much of the city, but maybe it was because we didn't sign up for the full day tour.
Even though we were in a small mini-van we could not hear the driver speaking. It would have been helpful if he had a microphone.
The trip to the canal was superb and being able to go through the museum, out on the observation deck, and see the movie was very helpful to understanding the canal. The trip down the Amador Causeway and to the section of town where Noriega had his compound was also good.
The tour was fine, our driver was very personable and professional. My complaint is that you emailed me "tour must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance". It is impossible to do that when you're already on a plane to your destination! By the time we landed in Panama the local tour office was closed. Once we got on the tour, everything was fine and we had a good time.
Our driver translated for the tour guide as we do not speak Spanish. I felt he did a good job and made an effort to always include us in the tour. In general we found the city tour quite interesting and the canal was fascinating.
Our guide seem to rush us through the Canal part of the tour. Then after the old city tour, he turned up his radio in the car so loud we could not hardly talk to him to ask questions. This was a VERY over price tour.
Our guide was somewhat inexperienced - not saying he was bad, but he was young and really did not provide much information that could have not been read in the museum. We did not feel like we saw much of the city. $60 for the tour is an overkill - take a taxi to all destinations, especially if your party is more than one - taxi is very cheap in Panama - you can get anywhere within tour's reach for $3. You will save time and money and will not lose on quality.
The intial guide furnished spoke poor English and was not familar with the city. After significant complaining to local management we did get an independent guide (Felix) who was excellent. The tour he conducted was great.
Very much enjoyed the tour. Could have spent more time at the Miraflores Museum. Guide wasn't as informative as the one we had on the Cruise Tour, was also a bit abrupt. The tour was supposed to be a 4-hour tour, we were picked up at 9 am and the guide kept reminding us that we HAD TO BE DONE by 12 noon.
Trip description is misleading - you only get to see the locks visitor center, not the canal museum. If you could see both and the old city, then the price would be fair. Given what trip included, cheaper and better to go straight to locks visitor center and see old city separately.
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. If not for him the tour would had been a total bust. The driver was absolutely horrible. His heavy use of the gas and break pedals got us all sick. He couldn't keep the van at a steady speed even when there was nobody in front of him. The provided lunch was decent and served at a nice restaurant, though the server messed up an order and was reluctant to fix it. Our guide stepped in and got it corrected. Even with lunch, the tour felt expensive for what we got, but I guess that's the price of being guided around rather than finding our own way. I'd say if you have time and don't mind doing a little research on your own, use the public transportation to see the same places and save a ton of cash.
We booked the full-day version, which was supposed to last 8 am - 4 pm, with lunch. However, the tour was shortened and rushed. We spent only about 45 min in the old town, about 75 min at the Miraflores locks, and may be 30 min in Panama Vieja. My recommendation: allow at least 90 min for each site
Pick-up was 30 Minutes late.The guide did not explain much about the sights. He told us to ask questions if we want to know something. Nothing about the history of Panama, nothing about the places we were passing. Then we spent to much time at a duty free shop instead of using the time in Casco Viejo. I thought we booked a city tour, not a shopping tour! Questions asked were answered wrong. Yes Caesar, Casco Viejo is a World Heritage site!