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Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)

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Panama City, Panama
Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)

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icon3 to 5 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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Overview

See the Panama Canal and Panama City’s UNESCO-listed, historic center on a half-day tour of Panama City that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel. Watch ships passing through the Miraflores Locks, follow the Amador Causeway for views back towards downtown Panama City, then see the colonial-era architecture of Casco Viejo.
  • Half-day Panama City tour
  • Great overview and orientation to the city
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Private transportation
Entrance to Miraflores Visitor Center
Children pay as adult
Infants 1-5 years old free
Brunch

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Begin with pickup at your hotel, then travel to Miraflores Locks, a two-step locks on the Panama Canal where ships gain altitude on their way between the Pacific Coast and Lake Gatún (entrance fees at Miraflores Locks are not included in this tour). You’ll have a front row seat for watching the ships, and there’s time to explore the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, which explains the Panama Canal’s history, engineering, and recent expansion.

Continue to the coast to drive the Amador Causeway between the tiny Causeway Islands, and look back towards the Pacific entrance to the Canal. Drive to Casco Viejo, the historic center of the city, where you have the option to customize your experience: tour the atmospheric neighborhood by vehicle, or follow a guide on a walking tour of the cobblestone streets. You’ll see 19th-century buildings in colonial, French, and Caribbean styles, and learn the dramatic history of this settlement, built after a pirate raid destroyed the first site of the city.

After visiting Casco Viejo, finish the tour with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Miraflores Visitor Center
See the passage of ships through the locks, informative film of the history of the Panama Canal and the museum of the history of the Canal.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
Know the history of the causeway and visit the duty free, where you can do tax free shopping
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casco Viejo
Know the history of the old town, visit church of the golden altar, plaza de france, the flat arch and its history, the presidential house and much more.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bridge of the Americas
A view point built in honor of the Chinese community provides the perfect place for pictures!! First bridge built over the canal at the Pacific side.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel or other ID
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Lift Panama
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks).

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Locks and more
Octavia_W
, Feb 2022
I really liked my excursion. Fairly priced for the things I experienced. I would have rated five stars if the cost of the Locks were included (cost was ONLY for a reservation NOT a ticket) and if my tour guide spoke a bit more English.
star-3
Ok tour
Jenny_D
, Jun 2021
Although Alfredo was nice, but because the canal closed we couldn't enjoy a full experience. We did not get a change to walk through Casco Viejo. Spent most of It in the car. It was ok
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for the comment, we always try to give the best experience to our customers, despite the inconveniences that escape our hands.
star-4
Anniversary
Charles_D
, Oct 2019
Content of the tour was great. Our English speaking guide wasn’t very fluent in English so we had difficulty communicating. However, he was pleasant and tried very hard to give us a good tour.
star-3
Our English guide did not turn up...
Bhuvaneswari_N
, Jan 2018
Our English guide did not turn up and the driver informed that he was waiting for police due to auto accident. However the driver did manage to explain most of the info to his best ability. The movie on Panama canal shown at the Miraflores locks visitor center was great and also we could watch the ships going through the canal from the observation deck. The tour included visit to historic city Casco Viejo and Causeway to islands.
star-3
Our trip was rather disorganized...
Robert S
, Dec 2017
Our trip was rather disorganized. No email was sent confirming the time or location of the pickup. I therefore had to call to confirm and get the details. We went first to the Canal 1.5 hours before the ships were to pass. It seems they driver should have known this ahead of time. We then left for other parts of the tour and returned to the canal to see the boats passing. We drove the same route several times to the point I could have driven it without a driver. The driver was pleasant but the tour was not well scheduled.
star-2
I specifically asked for an English...
Mary B
, Jun 2017
I specifically asked for an English speaking guide. The guide we had spoke almost no English. It was very difficult to communicate. Consequently we didn't learn much about the area other than what we could see. Disappointed.
star-5
Unfortunately Viator could not...
ShaNice S
, Jan 2017
Unfortunately Viator could not locate or get in touch with the supplier who was supposed to do my scheduled tour, but I eventually did the tour using a different resource and was able to see Panama City, the Canal, Old Town, MultiPlaza Pacifica Mall and Soho Mall, which was AWESOME!
star-3
the city tour was very short, think...
Kathy S
, Dec 2016
the city tour was very short, think we did more walking it ourselves than the quick drive through we had. our driver was very nice and informative on the canal tour..spent a lot of time so we could experience ships coming through canal.. i will also say since traffic was so bad getting back that he did make a deal and came back next day to finish tour, which was very nice..even went a little extra

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