Panama Canal Partial Transit 6 hours

The tour will start at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City. The partial transit starts with a motor coach ride for 45 minutes to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, you will aboard the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour.
You will go through two locks; Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on the canal on board of the cruise ship Pacific Queen that can hold 200 passengers.

You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value.

Your boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project. Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal.

Next, your ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline then you will head back to Isla Flamenco.

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What's included

  • English speaking driver/ guide
  • Cold drinks
  • Boat rides
  • Lunch
  • Taxes

Optional inclusions

  • Pickup and drop off from Westin and Dreams Playa Bonita Hotels
  • Pick up and drop off from hotel in Panama City

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* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour


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Country: Panama

Start city: Panama City

Nearest airport: Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Duration: 6 hours

Starts at: 7:00 at Your hotel in Panama city

Ends at: Your hotel in Panama city

Available for: Children,Students,Adults,Seniors

Guide speaks: English

  • Canal boat tour
  • Panama Canal cruise
  • Gaillard Cut
  • Pedro Miguel Locks
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Bay of Panama
  • Panama City
  • Panama Canal transit