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Panama Canal Tours

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Panama Canal
The first ships sailed through the Panama Canal in 1914, shaving nearly 9,000 miles off what was otherwise a very long sailing trip around South America. The engineering marvel transformed global trade, and today, 100 years after it was first installed, the canal has once again been expanded with new locks and widened existing ones, modernizing Panama Canal transit by allowing larger ships to pass from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean side to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean side.

The Basics
The best way for Panama visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it—on a transit or partial transit tour at sea level, travelers can experience the sensation of cruising directly through the canal, watching as the locks fill with water and your ship passes steadily through the three sets of double locks: the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks on the Pacific side, plus the Gatún locks on the Atlantic side. Between the locks is the artificial Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún), created by the Gatún Dam across the Chagres River (Rio Chagres), and the Culebra Cut, the narrowest section of the canal, hewn out of the mountains. It's also possible to see the locks by train, as you pass by the banks and through pristine rain forest en route to Gatún.

Most full- and half-day tours include roundtrip transportation and a visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, a museum that tells the story of this incredible engineering feat through exhibits. The center's restaurant, theater, and terraced decks also provide comfortable vantage points for watching ships pass through. It's also possible to visit the Gatún locks (about an hour from Panama City) to learn about the Panama Canal expansion.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • By booking ahead with a guided tour, there's a much higher likelihood of actually seeing the famous Panama Canal in action.
  • Travelers can make self-guided visits to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center in Panama City and the Canal Expansion Observation Center in Colon on the Caribbean Sea.
  • Stop in for a meal at the Miraflores Restaurant at the Panama Canal to dine while viewing the ships cruise by.

How To Get There
Arrive at the canal via boat, train, bus, or car. The Miraflores Locks Visitor Center has parking, but most visitors arrive as part of a group sightseeing tour with a tour guide.

When To Get There
The morning hours and late afternoon are the best times for actually watching a ship pass through the canal.

Nearby Attractions
A few tours depart from the town of Gamboa, situated at the end of the Gaillard Cut on the Chagres River in the Gamboa Rainforest. Neighboring SoberanÌa National Park, home to diverse bird species, sloths, and jaguars, is often visited along with a native Embera village. The Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) is also worth a trip; this narrow strip of land is a popular spot for recreation.
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Panama Canal Full Transit TourDay Cruises

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this full-day tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all three sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound DirectionDay Cruises

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound directionDay Cruises

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

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Journey through the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks aboard the Pacific Queen. During this 6-hour tour from Panama City, travel to Gamboa with your local guide, then board a boat for a trip through the canal's impressive locks. Entering through the Gailard Cut, observe the impressive feats of engineering that make this passage possible. Learn about the canal's construction and consistent maintenance from through your guide's informative commentary. Cruise back to your departure point, admiring views of Panama City's skyline before disembarking. A continental breakfast and lunch are included on board.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco CruiseBus Tours

Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

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Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by the construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama CityDay Cruises

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

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You don't have to get on a cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal. Aboard the Pacific Queen tourist boat, you'll travel through two locks on the Panama Canal. Experience the sensation of rising and lowering through the locks and to see this engineering marvel at work. Onboard commentary explains the history and importance of the Panama Canal.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery CenterDay Trips

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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Cruise through the Panama Canal by boat for an up-close experience this important waterway. Look for wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake, and see ships transiting through the canal. Then head to Gamboa and the Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, and visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal and City TourHalf-day Tours

Panama Canal and City Tour

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Gain valuable insight into the history of Panama City during this tour of Casco Antiguo and the Panama Canal. Get acquainted with the colonial history of the city, founded by French colonists in 1673. At the Miraflores Locks, view the gargantuan ships making their way through the Panama Canal, then visit the four exhibition halls of the Miraflores Visitors Center. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal & City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores LocksFull-day Tours

Panama Canal & City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

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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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour On The Canal and Panama CityBus Tours

Private Tour On The Canal and Panama City

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We offer you a different and personalized experience tailored to your needs, with flexible schedules and made in the order you want.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo TourDay Cruises

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

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Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous cultures of the Chagres River during this boat-based, eco-adventure. Cruise amidst some of the waterways, lakes, and islands that make up the Panama Canal stopping to observe local birdlife and primates. Then meet up with residents of the Embera tribe in Parara Puru village for cultural presentations and an included lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Layover City tour and Panama Canal VisitHalf-day Tours

Layover City tour and Panama Canal Visit

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are you traveling and have some free hours for your next flight on your layover in panama? take advantge of that time to visit and know more about Panama, is an small city with a lot to see, let us be your guide on those hours while you are in Panama.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Panama Canal Partial Transit - Northbound directionDay Cruises

Panama Canal Partial Transit - Northbound direction

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Cruise the Panama Canal from Miraflores Lock to Gamboa to see the locks, Miraflores Lake, and Culebra Cut from the water; you’ll get an angle that’s totally off-limits to land-based tours. The spacious, 2-story catamaran has a mix of open sun decks and shaded seats for a comfortable ride in any weather, and you’ll get a glimpse of the jungle during the return trip to Panama City by bus.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Canal Tour & Casco AntiguoHalf-day Tours

Canal Tour & Casco Antiguo

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At the visitor center of the canal of Panama, you will certainly be able to connect with its history, the people who contributed to its construction, the countries that took the initiative to build to make the canal a reality. Casco add up to the history, discover who lived there, how they lived and more. Interested in history, how things were done in the past to better understand the long way we came from. Visit the Panama Canal visitor center and the old square, Casco Antiguo, to have an understanding of the importance of the canal, its history and be amazed by the story of the old square.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Panama City and Canal Tour ( Centro de Visitante de Miraflores)Half-day Tours

Panama City and Canal Tour ( Centro de Visitante de Miraflores)

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Panoramic tour of the modern city, then we will visit the Casco Antiguo, a castrato of colonial architecture, the Cathedral and the Altar de Oro, the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, where you can observe the crossing of the boats and we will complement the tour through the 4 exhibition halls in homage to the eighth wonder of the modern world. Later, we will visit the Amador Causeway, the breakwater that the Americans built to protect the navigable course of the Panama Canal. Here doing a short stop at the Duty Free. And for those who wish to take a souvenir the obligatory stop is the craft market
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, PanamaNature and Wildlife

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

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Combine some of the most popular day trips from Panama City, Panama into one day of adventure. This tour includes a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal, a visit to Monkey Island, which is home to three species of monkeys, and a visit to Soberania National Park and an indigenous village.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
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 Panama City Tour ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Panama City Tour Experience

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Enjoy a guided sightseeing excursion in Panama’s vibrant capital city. After a convenient hotel pickup, experience one of the world’s great engineering marvels, the Panama Canal, at Miraflores Visitor Center. Take a walking tour of the city’s historic district, Casco Viejo, marvel at the Bridge of the Americas, and stop by the handicraft market at Amador Causeway to pick up some souvenirs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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City Tour of Panama City, Panama including the Panama CanalHalf-day Tours

City Tour of Panama City, Panama including the Panama Canal

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Go to the Panama Canal and beyond during this city tour of Panama City. At the Miraflores Visitor Center, watch ships pass through the locks in front of you. At a craft market, choose from items made by members of Panama's indigenus Kuna community. Colonial architecture and a newly hip vibe can be experienced in the Casco Viejo neighborhood and the city's modern skyline is best admired from the Amador Causeway.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Panama Layover tour with Panama Canal and City TourBus Tours

Panama Layover tour with Panama Canal and City Tour

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Instead of waiting around Tocumen International Airport between flights, take advantage of your extra time with a layover tour of Panama City. You’ll gain admission to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal before a drive along the Amador Causeway to Casco Antiguo. Your guide introduces you to must-see sights in the capital city and drops you off at the airport in time for your connecting flight.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train RideDay Trips

Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train Ride

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Visit three different cities and three different centuries on this fascinating tour of Panama. Journey to the world heritage site of Portobelo where you can see the ruins of this once wealthy city. Then it’s onto the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Complete your tour with a picturesque train ride from Colon to Panama City. This day tour throughout Panama brings you history, culture, technology and more. Be sure you don’t miss out!
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Canal of Panama and city tour by HelicopterBus Tours

Canal of Panama and city tour by Helicopter

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An amazing aerial view of Panama City on a brief helicopter tour. Soar over the Panama Canal, the Americas Bridge, Centennial bridge, Amador Causeway, Biomuseum and City Sky line. As you go, your guide will provide important information about the most iconic attractions. We offer the best possible view from the air inside our helicopter with panoramic view, no doors to feel all the adrenaline of the ride.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Panama Canal and City TourHalf-day Tours

Panama Canal and City Tour

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Guided tours are important for our tourists to obtain truthful information and the best experience of our beautiful Panama, not to mention that you and your companions will have personalized attention.
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  • 5 hours
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Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and Historic City tour Half-day Tours

Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and Historic City tour

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This tour combines culture and history. Experienced and knowledgeable bilingual guides will make a wonderful experience. Photos of your experience will be taken and shared with you as a token of appreciation. Pickup and drop-off in Panama City.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Diferent Private fun tour around Panama cityHalf-day Tours

Diferent Private fun tour around Panama city

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It is a totally private safe and perzonalized tour focused on showing the best attractions of Panama in a comfortable car and with the best attention so that the trip is pleasant and fun.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Panama is amazing.., let´s explore and enjoy.Half-day Tours

Panama is amazing.., let´s explore and enjoy.

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In this day tours, we will visit: -The Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks) -The America Bridge (Puente de la America) -Calzada de Amador (Causeway) -Panama Old Quarter (Casco Antiguo)
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are Panama Canal hours of operation?
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Panama Canal hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:
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