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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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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.
  • 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
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.


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, Dec 2018

My wife and I had booked this day trip as it was always something she had wanted to experience. Unfortunately she could not come due to her mother’s illness. My son in law took her place and now understands why my wife wanted the experience. The history of the canal construction and the invaluable lock statistics made the visual journey well worthwhile. Seeing ships pass through the locks with only inches to spare is incredible. I would definitely recommend anyone taking advantage of the experience, much better to do it, rather than watching someone else do it.

, Oct 2018

Excellent trip...highly recommended!

, Sep 2018

Was really excited about the chance to be on the canal and was not disappointed. Picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. Time on the canal was great, even in the rain. Our tour guide on the historic wooden ferryboat was informative and entertaining, which helped make it a great tour.

, Aug 2018

The Panama Canal is an amazing experience to be a part of. Our host, Juan Carlos was funny and knowledgeable! It was cool to see the works of engineering that went into the lock systems of the canal. However, we had to do a lot of waiting on board in between locks where there was nothing to do but sit.

, Jul 2018

A mechanical man made wonder...genius

, Jul 2018

It was an adventure for sure. They promptly picked us up at the time they said. They even were able to accommodate and pick us up at our hotel and saved us some walking to one of the hotels on the list. I called the day before to see if they would not mind picking us up to save us some walking to a different hotel, and it was not a problem! I will say, be prepared for some wait time, and this is not due to the tour group, it is due to the canal schedule. We did have a couple of hours to spend waiting to board our boat, but once we were under way it was exciting for sure. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, we all learned so much about the canal. After the tour was over, they dropped us back off at our hotel. We were gone from 9am until about 9pm, but we did not mind we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

, Apr 2018

The partial transit was very interesting. The guide provided lots of information about the Canal. On board there was plenty of food and drink available. As the boat was not full, we had plenty of room to move about. A great day.

, Apr 2018

Very good experience for Partial Transit of Panama Canal! The canal is of course quite amazing, and our guide was very informative about it's history and operation.
Smaller boat allowed good viewing, friendly feel.

, Apr 2018

The partial transit is all you need to appreciate the Canal. Pickup was early but on time. Driver was great, took us to the correct location, and returned us promptly. However, neither the driver nor the guide pointed out any of the sights for the Panama City sightseeing part of the tour. Food was unimpressive but not bad. Guide was knowledgeable and crew was very accommodating.

, Mar 2018

We booked the partial transit because we couldn’t see how to do a complete transit and get back to our hotel in Panama City. The partial was great. We had a knowledgeable, entertaining guide, Gus, who told us far more than we could remember about the history, economics, and population of the region

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