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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Panama City, Panama
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Travel the entirety of the Panamá Canal on a boat journey
  • Admire the engineering of the canal as you pass through all three sets of locks
  • View scenic Gatun Lake and the Chagres River
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided
  • Round-trip transportation from your Panama City hotel
Breakfast
Lunch
Professional guide
Snacks in the afternoon
Unlimited sodas and waters
Bus transportation from Colon back to Panama
Roundtrip hotel transfer
Alcoholic beverages onboard

Departure Point

Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama

Traveler pickup is offered
If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance.

The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet around 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 210 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Panama Marine Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panama Canal Full Transit Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Full Transit Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Panama Canal Full Transit Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Full Transit Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Panama Canal Full Transit Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Full Transit Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Panama Canal Full Transit Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Full Transit Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Panama Canal Full Transit Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 210 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Full Transit Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It can be a long day so wear comfortable clothing, bring some food and something to read or pass the time as there is waiting time." See review
  • "If you are an independent traveler it's good to arrive early as people are assigned colored wristbands based on when they check in." See review

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Great trip.
DOUGLAS_D
, Mar 2020
An excellent experience. Crew was very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Did the full transit and was glad I did. Food was very good and the boat was very clean.
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Panama Canal crossing
Joanie_C
, Mar 2020
Perfect trip!!!!! Thank you to the crew for everything....a big check off our bucket list!!! The commentary was excellent and the food was great. Five stars
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A MUST/FLAWLESS
TALIESIN
, Mar 2020
For most people, I would recommend this as a bucket-list must. Howsomever, the actual experience at times can be close to watching paint dry - Lots of time to reflect on this awesome human accomplishment We were up before first-light and got back to our hotel after 8pm. The pick-up, return trip and everything [including the food service] in between was handled beautifully. You will be close as humanly possible to the action of the transit. Go!
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Full Transit Tour of Panama Canal
DJT
, Feb 2020
This was a fascinating and informative tour. The tour guide (Gus) provided an exceptional accounting of the Panama Canal history and was able to answer endless questions posed by passengers on the tour. This tour is well worth the time and dollars spent!
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Great day
Michael_J
, Feb 2020
Excellent day, the only small tip for improvement would be drop off at the other end of causeway on return, could save 15 minutes after a long day but in no way did it detract from a very good experience
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Canal Tour
Globetrotter
, Feb 2020
Fantastic tour, excellent commentary by Gus throughout. The experience of being raised and lowered through the locks is quite thrilling, especially since we were with another large freight carrier in the same lock! The food was good. The return to the hotel after the tour could be a bit better organized.
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Canal Highlights
rmjones811
, Feb 2020
It was an interesting and informative day although very long. We probably should have opted for the 1/2 day as we left the hotel at 5:50am and returned at 8:00pm. There were issues with finding tugs for our companion ship so we were significantly delayed. If there’s a way to do the 1/2 day tour then the visitors center it would be perfect. We visited the center day before our journey and it made the trip much more meaningful. Also more attention needs to be paid to offering vegetarian option.
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One of a kind experience!
imeep
, Feb 2020
This was a great experience! Picked up early (5:50 am) from my hotel and didn’t return to hotel until 8:30 pm. So, it’s a long day but well worth it. Some people say it’s boring at times, but I disagree. Yes, you have downtime, but there’s still lots to see and they give you commentary often. Lots of food provided and for this type of tour it was decent. It’s really amazing literally cruising the Panama Canal and getting to see how the lock system works. You don’t go to the museum on this trip so I recommend going the day before or at some point before your tour to get some background info to start.
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Canal full transit tour
gloriaheier2000
, Feb 2020
Well organized and informative. Cold drinks for sale but lukewarm drinks included in the price. A long day!
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Best Canal Tour
trcina64
, Feb 2020
This tour was very reasonably priced and a great value. All staff were helpful and pleasant. The food was not great but ok. It can be a long day so wear comfortable clothing, bring some food and something to read or pass the time as there is waiting time. The best part is the commentator/guide who provides great information and history all along the journey.

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