Days
8
Price from
$3,280USD

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
Code
PMSS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why we love this trip

  • Not many cruise ships can drop anchor among the pristine atolls of Granito de Oro and navigate their way up the historic Panama Canal. The M/Y Callisto is one of them.

  • 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.

  • Cruise through the locks of the world-renowned Panama Canal.

  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 30 December 2017 to 03 March 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 30 December 2017 - 14 April 2018

Embarkation will take place between 3.00m and 4.30pm. Overnight at port in Panama City
Meals Included
  • Dinner
There are 2 optional excursions offered today; a half day tour of Panama city and Panama Canal. After a visit to the Miraflores locks and Canal Museum, we visit Panama Viejo - Old Panama_ for a walking tour and time at leisure in the historic area. Or a full day excursions to Gatun Lake including a visit to an Emberra indian Village.
Optional Activities
  • 1/2 Day Panama City Tour - EUR58
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early morning arrival in the Pearl Islands for a morning of swimming and snorkeling. At midday, we sail towards Coiba, spending the night at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early morning arrival in Granito de Oro, we spend some time anchored near the island to enjoy some fabulous swimming and snorkeling in the pristine waters.
Sailing onto nearby Coiba island at midday, we will enjoy a beach BBQ with more swimming and snorkeling, or take the optional excursion to Coiba Island. This island is refererd to as the Galapagos of Panama for its' wildlife. The island hosts many species of mammals including some endemic ones like the Coiba Aguti as well as crocodiles, turtles and lizards. Our ship's naturalist will take you on a walk of an hour and a half in the hope of spotting howler and white faced monkeys. After an uphill climb, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view.
Overnight at sea enroute to Golfito
Optional Activities
  • Coiba Island Walking Tour - EUR30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
PLEASE NOTE: The Coiba Island excursion involves a medium to strenuous uphill hike.
Welcome to Costa Rica. We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration clearance before continuing to our first stop at Casa Orquideas where we anchor.
Optional excursion to this private sanctuary and its' amazing gardens. Wander around the grounds with its' myriad of tropical and medicinal plants. Time for swimming before returning by tender to the ship.
Enjoy a BBQ on deck while sailing across the bay to Puerto Jimenez. Here, take an optional excursion to the Osa Peninsula. We take an easy walk through some secondary rainforest where you wll have the chance to see 4 different kind of monkeys, scarlet macaws and many other bird species.
Overnight at sea on the way to Quepos.
Optional Activities
  • Casas Orquideas Garden Tour - EUR40
  • Osa Exploration Walk - EUR57
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, we have an optional excursion. Manuel Antonio National Park is the jewel of the Costa Rica's large number of national parks. Its fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters an abundance of wildlife including easy to see monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. We will take you by bus to the Park Entrance for your one & half hour guided walk in the dense rainforest. Your local guides and our naturalist will lead you through small trails and you will encounter extraordinary animal life and a thousand different species of flora. The trail followed is very well maintained and is easy walking with no uphill climbs. Our hike ends with a swim at a park's beach.

In the afternoon, there is an optional Forest Canopy Tour. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly through tree tops, amongst some of the most beautiful flora and fauna in the Costa Rican rainforest! Our Canopy Tour is an exciting adventure that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You will fly for a mile over the jungle canopy suspended on solid steel cables attached to a personal, high-tech, lightweight harness. The exhilaration of a zip line is, most likely, unlike anything you have ever experienced.
During your journey you'll stop and rest at 16 strategically located platforms and 12 cables where you are most likely see the surrounding wildlife. Many of these platforms are almost 100 feet high, nestled in the trunks and branches of trees that are centuries old.
Our staff of professionally trained guides shows guests the abundant wildlife along the way; including Titi monkeys, two and three toed sloths, poison dart frogs, iguanas and toucans.
An afternoon sailing takes us to nearby Playa Bisanz for an afternoon swim. (Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tonight is our tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Curu.
Optional Activities
  • Quepos - Titi Forest Canopy Tour - EUR80
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park - EUR60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, take an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local rangers and our onboard naturalist. Late morning, we rejoin the ship for a short sailing to Tortuga Island.
The crystal clear waters of Tortuga Island are ideal for an inviting swim or snorkel before enjoying our beach BBQ. We will sped the rest of the day here and overnight at anchor.
Optional Activities
  • Curu Nature Reserve - EUR50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We sail early this morning to Puntarenas where it is time to say goodbye. Disembarkation takes place between 9 and 10am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 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.
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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