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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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Overview

Journey through the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks aboard the Pacific Queen. During this 6-hour tour from Panama City, travel to Gamboa with your local guide, then board a boat for a trip through the canal's impressive locks. Entering through the Gailard Cut, observe the impressive feats of engineering that make this passage possible. Learn about the canal's construction and consistent maintenance from through your guide's informative commentary. Cruise back to your departure point, admiring views of Panama City's skyline before disembarking. A continental breakfast and lunch are included on board.
  • Cruise northbound through the Panama Canal aboard the Pacific Queen
  • Pass through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks
  • Learn about the canal's history and construction from your guide
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
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Breakfast
Lunch
Professional bilingual guide
Sodas and water (all you can drink)
Roundtrip hotel transfer from selected hotels
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina , 084300762, Panamá, Panama

It is located on the last island of the Amador Causeway, behind the Duty Free Shop and next to the Panama sign. The tour office has a sign of Panama Canal Tours

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6:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance. The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet around 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Panama Marine Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Only advise it is a long time on the boat and not really suitable for small children." See review
  • "Only advise it is a long time on the boat and not really suitable for small children." See review
  • "This tour is a long duration on the boat with plenty of "down time"." See review

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star-5
Great half day canal tour
Cindy_A
, Apr 2022
Edwin was a superb tour guide. Very knowledgeable and made his commentary unique to the moment by telling stories about the things we saw - in other words, he was authentic and not scripted. He moved between English and Spanish frequently and seamlessly. For people with mobility issues, this might be a difficult tour. There aren’t enough seats for everyone on the boat, and once someone claims a seat, they use handbags and other things to “reserve” it even when they aren’t sitting in it. The families with small children were struggling to keep them occupied once the novelty of the boat ride and going through the first lock wore off. I was surprised to see so much wildlife - Edwin spied a crocodile in the canal, our driver, Kenny, stopped along the road to shoo along a slow moving iguana and again to point out a sloth making its way into the forest. And for bird watchers, the pelicans are especially fascinating.
star-5
As advertised
Ouillma_D
, Apr 2022
I’m glad we did this tour and actually travelled through the locks as opposed to just watching from the visitor’s center. If you’re going to see the canal, this is the way to go.
star-2
Short term cancellation, in transparent communication
Pablo_P
, Apr 2022
I did never end up going on a tour with this operator. A day before the tour, well beyond the 24 hour cancellation deadline, the two operator notified me upon me contacting him that he would not run the tour. I really had a hard time to get them refund my money, because they were trying to make a different arrangement with me communication was not transparent. I don’t think this is a serious way of making business. If they know that they will cancel, they should at least tell one so early in advance, that I can make alternative arrangements for a different tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Mr. Pablo, I believe you have mistaken us with another company. We did operate the Partial Transit Canal Tour on Saturday April 9th and had you checked in the tour. Best regards, Thelma
star-5
An outstanding tour of the Panama Canal
Shahid_R
, Mar 2022
Excellent tour. Very well organized. Comfortable for all ages. The yacht has excellent seating and deck space. Food is served on a table in comfort. Great value for the cost and time. You can actually see the gates closing snd your boat rising up to new levels!
star-5
One of the BEST TOURS I have experienced
David_M
, Feb 2022
Panama Canal Tour was one of the best tours I have ever experienced. The tour guide was VERY knowledge and continually kept everyone advised of key aspects of the canal including its construction, number of people involved with the construction, current ongoing canal operations, expansion project, and geographic surroundings. The lunch served was also exceptionally good. Boarding on and off and serving lunch were well managed by the crew.
star-5
A Must Tour: The Panama Canal
David_S
, Mar 2020
The tour met or exceeded my expectations. English speaking guide was very good, as was the food. Only less than positive was the driving attitude of our van driver on the return trip. One of the passengers in our van felt compelled to "dress down" the driver on how he was inappropriately interacting with the other vehicles on the road.
star-5
Great Experience
Michael_R
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Gus was knowledgeable and terrific. Food was OK but staff was courteous and helpful. The Pacific Queen was a comfortable vessel and there were good observation areas on all decks. We had wanted to do the full transit but agree with other reviewers that the partial transit was all the experience we needed. We didn’t need the longer time in the canal nor did we need the longer ride back to Panama City after what would have been a longer day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This is a must see
Theodore_T
, Feb 2020
It was amazing to watch all the different actions that have to work collectively to make it so just one ship can go through. The information was great and the staff helpful. This was my favorite tour of my week in Panama.
star-5
Canal Experience
jjsadler
, Jan 2020
This was an excellent trip, was very organized and the crew and boat were very good. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Amazing experience.
star-5
Panama Canal Trip
Patricia_R
, Jan 2020
It was a great trip through the locks. Gus, our tour guide was very informative and cares a lot for his country and history. It was just the right length of time for a trip.
star-5
A fantastic trip
Heather_M
, Jan 2020
The partial transit was fantastic. We love the canal and the engineering marvel it is. Our guide, Gus, was a fount of great information (and a few bad jokes). The food was good and the lines for getting the food, as well as exiting the boat, were well organized. Our only complaint is that communications prior to the tour said we would be picked up and dropped off at our hotel. We were not, so getting out to the marina added logistics and cost. Once we did arrive at the marina though, everything was great.
star-5
Shouldn't miss this!
David_M
, Dec 2019
Picked up at our hotel and transferred to the marina to board the tour boat. About 200 people but there were lots of seats and lots of viewing spots. Really interesting experience in a smaller vessel. Good breakfast and lunch served on the northbound, morning tour. Would recommend to anyone.
star-4
worthwhile experience
Jeffrey_F
, Dec 2019
This was a good experience and I am glad I went. When in Panama.....must do the canal. Lunch was pretty good. The Tour guide on the boat was great
star-5
Panama Canal Partial Tour Northbound
Michael_S
, Dec 2019
Very enjoyable and special tour. Our english speaking guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about telling the story of the canal and his homeland of Panama.
star-5
Great Experience
Eugene_G
, Nov 2019
From the magical sunrise from our ship to start the day to the cruise through the canal and the locks, what a wonderful day and experience. Everyone took great care of us and Gus our host, gave us his interesting and informative stories and information on what we were seeing, Thanks very much.
star-4
Panama canal tour
jascanga
, Oct 2019
Great 1/2 day (6 hr) tour of the canal. You get to see the inner workings and understand the operation of the system. I would not recommend kids. This tour is a long duration on the boat with plenty of "down time". Great tour company, great accommodations and a great tour.
star-5
Impressive
Heike_B
, Oct 2019
Great trip, nice ship, good service and just long enough. 100% recommended for your to do list if you visit Panama City
star-5
WOW a Marvel of Engineering
Alida S
, Jun 2019
A truly amazing wonderful engineering marvel, we both thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was quite an honour to be on the canal itself, sharing it with a huge ship heading North. Gus our guide was fantastic as were the other staff members, the breakfast and lunch was very good. My only recommendation other than a must do on your list, is that is not suitable for small children. Alida and Mal from Australia
star-5
WOW a Marvel of Engineering
Alida S
, Jun 2019
An incredible day travelling on what I can only say was a privilege, as a kid at school learnt about the Panama Canal and its importance to the whole world of shipping but never considered that my husband and I would actually see it, let alone travel on it. Strongly suggest you go to the Museum in Casco Veijo to learn about the history you will not be disappointed we were in there for about 2 hours. Pick up/drop off was covered and the Pacific Queen was our beautiful transport for the day. Gus our guide was excellent, very informative and all staff were very pleasant. Breakfast and lunch was very good.Well worth the money. Only advise it is a long time on the boat and not really suitable for small children. Thank you from - A & M from Australia
star-5
Partial Canal Tour
Faye L
, Apr 2019
The tour was ver interesting and Gus our guide was excellent , he really made the experience enjoyable and the catering was very good too .

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