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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.
Well organized, good commentary. Food ok. More fruit would be nice.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Fantastic tour, guide was excellent
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.
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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