Panama Canal Partial Transit Northbound Tour

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PANAMA CANAL PARTIAL TRANSIT NORTHBOUND TOUR 1, Panama Canal Partial Transit Northbound Tour
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145.00 (USD)
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Board the Pacific Queen for this Partial Transit through the Panama Canal going Northbound. This tour brings you through two 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 hotel (foreigner tickets only)

  • Transit 2 locks on the Canal Northbound
  • Bilingual Guide, Breakfast and Lunch Included
  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off


Select Dates All Year


5 - 6 hours


Flamenco Island


Flamenco Island


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 6pm 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. 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. During the process of going through the two 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.

Finally, you will sail into the Gailard 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.

The Pacific Queen will then arrive at Gamboa Dredging Division, where you will disembark. The boat journey in total is normally about 4 hours 30 minutes or 5 hours, so you normally disembark at Gamboa around 12:30 or 13:00. All times can vary depending on the Schedule of the Canal. There will be buses waiting here. Some buses to bring people back to their hotels, and the other buses to bring people back to Flamenco Island (Isla Flamenco). This bus journey normally takes about 45 minutes.

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
* If there is no availability on the day that you want, please check the other tours on this website as we also have a southbound tour which runs on different dates.

Operated by: Panama Marine Adventures
Ticket Price (USD)
Adult Foreigner (p/p) 145.00 (USD)
Adult Resident (p/p) 95.00 (USD)
Child Foreigner (Age 3-11) 95.00 (USD)
Child Resident (Age 3-11) 70.00 (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 – 12:30

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

12:30 -13:30

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

Panama Canal Partial Transit Northbound Tour includes:

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

Panama Canal Partial Transit Northbound 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 48 hours 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 (6)

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Bill Knott

Two experiences with Tiqy on a Panama Canal Tour. Firstly, yjr website dinged me double for the trip even though one attempt had not been completed. The accounting then said we would get the refund within 10 to 15 business days. Unhm. You site on my m money for two to three weeks ? Not positive. But, secondly,; the tour itself was great. Good bilingual guide/host Gus, staff that catered to requests, and breakfast and lunch of a high quality.

Benny Skalmstad

After initial problems with hotel pickup (which were sorted out), this turned out to be a great tour. Nice old-fashioned boat, good meals (bkfst & lunch) and an exceptional guide keeping us informed. Highly recommended!!

Beverley Macgregor

Absolutely fantastic tour! Friendly and informative I highly recommend!!!

Anthony Brown

I wanted to take this opportunity & thank you for the extra effort you made to ensure that our tour got booked & confirmation for today's Panama Canal cruise. WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED the entire event! GUS is very personable & knowledgeable about the Panama Canal & it's history. We will recommend this company as the place to go for ALL THEIR tour arrangements while in Panama. Thank you, Anthony & Alicia Brown

Maricelis Carias

More than just a support to improve, I would really love to say that I meaningly loved it. The attention, the information delivered through the tour, all the package is simply perfect. The time spent during the activity, really worth it. My boyfriend is from Denmark and he was simply 100% satisfied with it. Many thanks for your service and the great experience.

Reviews in other languages (6)
Carlos Dardano

Es un Tour que no se puede dejar de hacer, es muy interesante y emocionante. El personal muy profecional y atento; nuestro Tour Guide del Barco "Gus" fue muy amable en contestar todas las preguntas adicionales que hicimos, fuera de todo lo que el nos iba narrando. La comida no estuvo nada mal y sustanciosa, tanto en desayuno como almuerzo. La verdad es que lo recomendamos; es algo que:........ "Hay que hacer en la vida, si se puede".

Rosita Elena Guerrero Navarro

Muy satisfecha con el tours, cubrió todas mis expectativas. Sin duda lo recomendaría👍👍

Kayra Rios

Buenos días, del tour parcial debo decir que todo me gustó mucho, mi familia y yo nos sentimos muy cómodos en el Pacific Queen, el desayuno y almuerzo estuvieron muy bien, muy organizados a la hora de servir, la atención de la tripulación excelente, el tour en sí estuvo maravilloso, mientras pasábamos por la esclusas y durante todo el trayecto el guía nos comentaba interesantes hechos relacionados con la historia del Canal y su funcionamiento. La gestión de nuestro tour también fue maravillosa, muy atentos y eficientes los colaboradores de Tiqy. saludos!

Celia Gilbert

El Tour fue genial, me pasaron a buscar puntualmente, excelentes las explicaciones, cumplió mis expectativas !!! Soy de Argentina y lo recomiendo

Maria Mora

Gracias, todo el recorrido fue excelente, desde el momento en que nos buscaron en el hotel la atención fue de maravilla. El personal en general prestó un trato muy amable y fueron puntual con los tiempos, fue un servicio de alta calidad. El recorrido fue una experiencia inolvidable; que orgullo ser panameña, 100% recomendable.

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