Days
8
Price from
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Travel through the Panama Canal and along the Costa Rican coast on a memorable small ship adventure cruise

Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise. Aboard the M/Y Callisto, surrounded by rich fabrics, woodwork, antiques and fine works of art, cruise along the Pacific Coast and choose to explore lush nature reserves, snorkel among the marine life of idyllic islands, and indulge in beach barbecues. You can travel up river in dugout canoes to a hidden village and spend time with the indigenous locals, swim in crystal clear waters, and enter the locks of the famous Panama Canal. With stops at the likes of Gatun Lake, Punta Patino Darrien, Granito de Oro Island, Puerto Jimenez, and Tortuga Island, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.


Start
Panama City, Panama
Finish
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Countries
Costa Rica, Panama
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PMSS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 34

Why we love this trip

  • This trip includes an optional adventure in dugout canoes, paddling up the Mogue River to spend time with Embera Indians. Not something you find on a traditional itinerary.

  • While bigger cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we’ll drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Quepos, Puerto Jiminez and Punta Patino. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.

  • This is the adventure cruise for nature lovers. Crocodiles, turtles, Coiba Aguit, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, kingfishers – you’ll have the chance to see them all in their natural habitat. There’s also an on-board naturalist with you for the entire journey.

  • The Pacific waters off the coast of Panama are some of the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere. We’ll be swimming off the back of the boat and exploring the shore via zodiac boats.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting a lot of National Parks, and you may have to cross uneven ground, sometimes in slippery conditions.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Callisto

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Callisto

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Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 30 December 2017 to 14 April 2018. Other seasons in this trip:

Embarkation will take place between 3.00pm and 4.30pm. This evening, there is an optional walking tour in old Panama City. Overnight in port.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
An optional excursion is offered today to Gatun Lake and the San Lorenzo historic forts. We visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Gatun. On the way back to Panama City, visit the Canal Museum and have time to watch the ships coming and going through the locks. Overnight in Port.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We sail early to the Pearl Islands for a day of swimming, snorkeling and a beach BBQ. In the evening, we sail onto Punta Patino. Night spent at anchor.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, there is an optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National Park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. We travel upstream in dugout canoes and reach the village of Mogue passing through a mangrove ecosystem on the banks of the river. We are welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions.
In the afternoon, we sail towards Cebaco Island. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive in the morning at Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience. Around midday, we move onto nearby Cebaco Island for a Beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. We sail onto Golfo Dulce, spending the night at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing onto Casa Orquideas for an optional excursion.
Casa Orquideas is a private botanical reserve with a huge variety of tropical plants, as well as species from all over the world. After enjoying the gardens, you'll have time for a swim before returning to the Callisto by tender.
We sail across the bay to Puerto Jimenez, enjoying a deck BBQ on the way.
An afternoon optional excursion to the Osa Peninsula is on offer here. This is a short and easy walk through a beautiful patch of secondary forest. Four species of monkey reside here, as well as Scarlet Macaws and other birds.
Overnight at sea en route to Quepos.
Optional Activities
  • Casas Orquideas Garden Tour - EUR40
  • Osa Exploration Walk - EUR57
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive in Quepos in the morning ready to take an optional excursion to the Manuel Antonio Reserve.......a highlight of the cruise. This National Park is the jewel of Costa Rica's large number of national parks. Its' fragile rainforest shelters an abundance of wildlife including monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. Our on board naturalist, and a local guide will lead you through the dense rainforest keeping a look out for animal and bird life. Time for a swim at the park's beach before returning to the Callisto. Those up for an adventure, can opt for the forest canopy tour, today.
We reposition to Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim (those on the canopy tour will join us here).
Tonight is tropical night. Enjoy your farewell dinner on board the Callisto as we sail towards Puerto Caldera.
Optional Activities
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park - EUR60
  • Quepos - Titi Forest Canopy Tour - EUR80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive early into Puerto Caldera in time to disembark after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 9 nights

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Important notes

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
SHORE EXCURSIONS
On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary.
2018 departures - Please note that the excursions and excursion prices for 2018 departures are yet to be confirmed and may change.
BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.
MINIMUM AGE
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.

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