• Location: Panama City, Panama
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Take a partial transit cruise on the Panama Canal and journey through the Miraflores Locks. Marvel at this incredible feat of engineering as your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters), enabling Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the vessel is locked. With this 6-hour day trip, you’ll see Panama City sights and travel along Amador Causeway during the drive from your hotel.

Highlights

  • Panama Canal partial sightseeing cruise
  • Enjoy the opportunity to cruise down the Panama Canal
  • Travel through the famous Miraflores Locks
  • Great tour for history and engineering buffs
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

This partial transit cruise through the Miraflores Locks takes you into one of three lock systems used along the Panama Canal — an experience not to be missed! The canal’s construction is considered one of the largest and most challenging engineering projects ever undertaken before it was opened in 1914, enabling efficient passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

After hotel pickup in the morning, you’ll travel toward La Playita pier on an approximate 1.5-hour drive through Panama City. Journey along the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), a man-made network of four small islands near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Enjoy breathtaking views of the canal and Panama City skyline before boarding your vessel.

Cruise for approximately 60 minutes along the Panama Canal until reaching the Miraflores Locks. Depending on the number of boats present on your date of travel, you'll most likely have to wait a short while before it’s your ship’s turn inside the locks, but the scene before you is worth it. Enjoy great photo ops as you watch vessels traveling through Miraflores.

You’ll be amazed as your ship is raised up to 54 feet in a two-step process while water from the lake fills the lock’s chambers. Once the process is finished, continue cruising to the Pedro Miguel Locks before arriving at the Gamboa pier.

Here, disembark to re-board the coach for the return transfer to your Panama City hotel.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Roy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I really enjoyed this tour. The tour company called me at my hotel the afternoon before my scheduled tour day. Next morning, about twenty minutes late, a large bus stopped in front of the hotel. Here we go! The bus continued making many stops at various hotels until finally we were on our way to the waterfront.
Once near the water we turned in our tickets in exchange for wrist bands. Shortly thereafter, we boarded the boat. There were many different groups aboard the boat, including a large French contingent with their own guide.
Aboard the boat, there were cold drinks, coffee, water and a continuous buffet of breakfast and lunch. The food was fine.
Our guide was a charismatic Panamean well versed in the history, legends and lores of the Canal and Panama in general.
In all, we went through three locks and ended our boat ride in Lake Gatun, about 17 miles into the 50 mile canal. I didn't time it, however, I think we were on the water 41/2 to 5 hours.
We once again boarded the bus and returned to Panama City. I arrived back in my room at about 3pm. Total time was about eight hours.
Very enjoyable experience and I'd do it again with the same company.

Ethel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well organized, good commentary. Food ok. More fruit would be nice.

e bruce m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was great! We were picked up at the hotel and driven up to get our ship. Nice slow trip up the canal and through the locks. JP was the tour guide and he gave us information the whole way. We had a very good lunch on board. The bus met us at the end and as luck would have it two of the people on the tour were in the French Quarters so we even had a ride through there on our way to our hotel. A very full afternoon and very enjoyable.

George T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Even better than described. Our guide JC spent to much time with us, we received a wonderful overview and then lots of details. Being in the canal and going through the locks will be a lifetime memory. Every one involved did their very best to make it a great day.

Lawson C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is a bucket list type of experience. The logistics were handled very well by the tour company. They picked us up and returned us to our downtown hotel. The trip through the locks was amazing. And the meal they served was very good. We really enjoyed the experience.

Patti P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Tour was outstanding, Moises picked us up from hotel on schedule and the partial transit was amazing! He was waiting for us upon return as well. Our tour guide, Juan Carlos was knowledgeable, friendly, explained everything in Spanish, English and more than happy to answer all questions! We werent sure of which tour to book, there were some that took you to the locks but the extra money to actually go through and experience it was worth every penny. We saw the sun come up, had a light breakfast and full lunch all while learning so much history of the canal! A tour every visitor should take!

Siva United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This 6 hour tour and we went through 2 sets of locks - Miraflores and the middle lock.

We got the experience of sailing through Panama canal in a boat going from the Pacific Ocean through 2 sets of locks and had the pleasure of entering the locks along with a Cruise liner . Quite a great experience. After a couple of locks it becomes a sort of routine and hence I think the partial transit tour is more than adequate to get the canal experience.

A simple breakfast and lunch with vegeratarian options were served on the boat, and plenty of water and juices.

The tour ended around 2 pm and on return we travelled by buses and were dropped off to our hotel.

Matthew United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour, guide was excellent

iradeshpande

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great experience with this tour. This 6 hour tour does not take you to the Gatun Lake Locks, but we went through 2 sets of locks - Miraflores and the middle lock. We got to experience the boat going from the Pacific Ocean through 2 sets of locks and had the pleasure of seeing a Princess Cruise liner in the adjoining lane. Quite a grand experience!

You get a simple breakfast and lunch on the boat, and plenty of water and juices. You can a beer if you would like for your pleasure as well. They also sell t-shirts and hats on the boat.

We were picked up at our hotel between 6:15-6:30 am, ideally we could have been picked up 15 minutes later, except that some guests were casually late joining the bus ride and I guess that's why we get a window of time for pickup.

The tour ended around 1:30 pm, buses picked us up from a pick-up point on the canal and we were dropped off to our hotel.

What I recommend doing is, the day before, go to the Miraflores locks you can take an Uber or cab and video tape the locks with a boat passing through. That gives you an idea of the lock system and there is also a nice little museum, a restaurant, store, etc. Once on the boat, you are in the canal, so its not easy to get an idea of what it actually looks like.

Sandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Just back from the trip amazing day. JC gave Lot of information very interesting trip
A must see!!!
He was very thoughtful all the way excellent

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