Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Board the Pacific Queen for this 12 hour Full Transit through the Panama Canal going from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. This tour brings you through all the locks of the Panama Canal, and your dedicated bilingual guide will give you a full explanation and history of the canal. Hotel pick up and drop off is available from certain hotels (foreigner tickets only).

  • Transit The Entire Panama Canal
  • Bilingual Guide, Breakfast and Lunch Included
  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

AVAILABILITY

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DURATION

12 hours

START LOCATION

Flamenco Island

END LOCATION

Flamenco Island

TOUR LANGUAGE

English and Spanish

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Detailed Description

* Important: Pickup and check-in times are confirmed the day before the tour. This is because the exact schedule is not released by the Canal Authority until the day before the tour. You will receive an email from Tiqy before 5pm the day before the tour confirming check-in and pick up times. If you do not receive this email you need to contact us to confirm the tour times.

This tour starts at Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco), which you can get to by taxi or bus in about 15 minutes from Panama City. Here you will complete check-in at our check-in office (right next to the Panama Sign) and board the Pacific Queen. Check-in normally occurs between 6.30am and 7.30am.

For those who have foreigners tickets, there is a free pick up and drop off included at some hotels. If you have a foreigner ticket, the pick-up time at your hotel is normally between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning (pick up time may vary every day depending on the Panama Canal Authority). You can see the list of select hotels for pick up and drop off at the end of this description. If you have a foreigner ticket and would like to be picked up from one of these hotels, you need to reply to your booking confirmation email and request to be picked up at your hotel. You do not have to be staying at the hotel, you can go there in the morning and be there for the pickup time.

You have until 11:30 am the day before the tour to provide us with the name of the hotel where you want to be picked up and returned. If we receive this information after this time we will not be able to organize your transportation and you will have to go on your own to Isla Flamenco where you have to check in.

After check-in, you will board the Pacific Queen and start your northbound journey through the canal. You will set sail towards the entrance of the canal and experience the amazing Panama Bay and the views of the city, and then head towards the Bridge of the Americas. Your guide will give you an introduction to the canal and explain what is going to happen on the tour. The guide is bilingual in English and Spanish and is available for any questions that you might have.

Breakfast will be served on the boat, and this normally includes scrambled eggs, a dinner roll, a banana, and comes with coffee, juice, tea and cake.

The Pacific Queen will then enter the Miraflores locks where you will be raised 18 meters above sea level in two distinct steps, followed by entering the Miraflores Lake. During the process of going through the locks you will be able to see the gates opening and closing, and the water rising. Normally you are alongside a much larger vessel when going through the locks. It is amazing to see the size of these vessels. There are great photo opportunities while going through the locks. The Miraflores Lake is an artificial body of fresh water that separates Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.

You will also be served lunch on the boat. Lunch consists of chicken, sautéed vegetables, rice, green salad, a dinner roll, cake and a cookie. There is unlimited soda and water on the boat for the entire trip. There is wine and beer available for purchase. There is also a snack bar for additional purchases.

The Pedro Miguel Locks are the second set of locks that you will go through. Here the vessel is raised 9 meters in one step. After exiting the Pedro Miguel Locks, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal.

You will sail into the Gaillard Cut where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. This area is one of the main points of interest for visitors, and your guide will explain how it was carved through the Continental Divide. Feel free to ask any questions.

There will be some light afternoon snacks served on board, as you travel through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. During a process of 3 distinct locks, the boat will be lowered a massive 26 metres to bring you back to sea level on the Atlantic Ocean.

The Pacific Queen will then arrive at Colon, where you will disembark. The boat journey in total is normally about 9 or 10 hours, so you normally disembark at Colon around 17:30 or 18:00. All times can vary depending on the Schedule of the Canal. There will be buses waiting to bring you back to Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco). This normally takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get back. Once you arrive at Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco). For clients with foreigner tickets who have hotel drop offs, will board a different bus which will bring you back to your hotel.

List of pickup/drop off hotels for those who have foreigner tickets:

- Hampton by Hilton
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Best Western Zen
- Wyndham Tryp (Panama Centro)
- Novotel
- Hyatt Place Panama
- The Bristol
- Riu Plaza Panama
- Marriott Hotel
- Hilton Doubletree
- Golden Las Americas
- Hard Rock Hotel
- Intercontinental Miramar
- Hilton Panama
- American Trade Hotel
- Radisson Panama Canal
- Sheraton Grand Panama
- Ramada Plaza (Punta Pacifica)
- JW Marriott Panama

Please respond to your booking confirmation email if you wish to be picked up at one of these hotels.

* Please note that prices are higher when booking for a date during high season (November 1st to April 30th).
* There is no specific vegetarian option, but it is cafeteria/buffet style so you can avoid the meats
* There are currently no gluten free options on the menu, so we recommend bringing something yourself if you have gluten free requirements

Operated by: Panama Marine Adventures
Ticket Price (USD)
Adults Foreigner (P/P) 195.00 (USD)
Adults Resident (P/P) 125.00 (USD)
Child Foreigner (Age 3-11) 105.00 (USD)
Child Resident (Age 3-11) 80.00 (USD)
Child (Age 0-2) 0.00 (USD)

5:30 - 6:30

Hotel Pickup (The time will be confirmed the day before by email)


6:30 - 7:30

Check-in Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco) (The time will be confirmed the day before by email)


7:30 - 17:30

Full Transit through the canal locks (times are subject to change on the day)


17:30 - 19:00

Return to hotel and Flamenco Island (times are subject to change on the day)


Panama Canal Full Transit Tour includes:

- Hotel pick-up from select hotels on the above list (foreigner tickets only)
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- Afternoon Snacks
- Unlimited free water and soda
- Wine and Beers available for Purchase
- Snack Bar for purchases
- Bilingual Guide (English and Spanish)
- Sail through the entire canal, Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean
- Learn the history of the Canal and Panama
- Return bus to Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco) and to Select Hotels (see list on this page)
- All canal fees are included in the ticket price, there are no extra charges or fees
- Free Panama Canal Map

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour Doesn't Include:

- Purchases of beer and wine
- Purchases in the snack bar
- Sunscreen
- Mosquito Spray

- Use sunblock / sunscreen.
- Dress light.
- Bring a hat
- Bring cash to purchase beers, wine, additional snacks
- Bring your camera or your phone fully charged

Cancel before 7 Days and you will receive a full refund, after this point there are no refunds.

  1. What is the capacity of the boat for people?

    The boat can accommodate 230 people.

  2. How many floors does the boat have? Are the facilities covered and air-conditioned?

    The boat has 3 floors. 2 floors are covered and have air conditioning and 1 floor is on the outside.

  3. How many bathrooms does the boat have?

    The boat has 6 bathrooms.

  4. Does the boat have elevators or ramps for the disabled?

    The boat does not have elevators or ramps for the disabled and all access to the floors are with stairs.

Reviews in English (9)

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Leo Malkenson
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We liked it very much. It was well organized: pick up, food service. The guide gave planty of information and was available to answer questions. The drive back took almost 2 hours, though I thought we were told it would take 1:15, but may be I mis heard it. Also, on the way back, it would be nice not to have to go all the way to the end of the causeway but I understand that it would be hard to find another place to park 5 busses and 15 vans.

Joseph Martelli
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What a beautiful experiance. Our Panama Canal Full Transit Tour was a gift to each other to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, This tour made our anniversary more special and more romantic. Spectacular views. We enjoyed the trip especially learning about the history of the canal and the creativity and sacrifices of people and specialist working on it. Info provided by Gus Very well organized, picked up on time, orderly embarking athmosphere on board friendly, safe, happy and respectful. The food was planty, delicious and well served by a staff who showed neatness, caring and respect. What a fantastic combination of nature, engeneering expertise and dedication. We like to add some people who made this trip so memorable and awosome Keysi,Jen Britany Ayala who helped us with the reservation and who answered our questions and concerns that made this trip so successull and once in a life time memory. Thank you

Claudia Davis
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I Loved it All ways wanted to do the Full Transit there was over 300 people so very full

Hazel Mccrory
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A great trip

Mary Margaret Lawlor
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It was a wonderful experience, the guide gus was amazing, so much information... Great service being picked up and dropped off at hotel... Bus driver was very nice friendly man.... My only complaint would be that there are so many people on boat at beginning and you cant see the front of the boat at all.. when the half transit people got off it was a pleasure to be able to see in front of us....

Reviews in other languages (5)
Francesc Soler
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Nos gustó el tour por el Canal. Nos pareció interesantísimo. El paso de las esclusas, navegar el Canal con unos paisajes de selva muy bonitos. Las explicaciones y la simpatía del personal. Fue un día perfecto

Ana Poemape
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Execelente Tour, una muy buena opción para conocer , lo recomiendo.

Gloria Stella Vega Vanegas
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Buenos días, Fué un tour espectacular en cumplimiento, servicio, atención, etc. etc. Genial, lo recomendamos ampliamente. Gracias Gloria

Horacio Marques
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Gostamos muito, excelente tour, explicações do guia, refeição, embarcação tudo muito bom, e o Canal do Panamá é uma obra fantástica. Horácio Marques Brasil/ São Paulo.

Gil Segarra
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Una inolvidable experiencia, el guia excelente, la comida muy buena, y la atención del personal tammbien. Lo recomendaré a todas nuestras amistades. Dios los Contunúe Bendiciendo

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