Days
8
Price from
4185AUD
Map of Cruising Costa Rica & Panama: Costa Rica to Panama including Costa Rica and Panama

Travel along the Costa Rican coast and down to the Panama Canal 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 down 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 upriver 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 Puerto Jimenez, Restingue Island, Punta Patino Darrien and Gatun Lake, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Finish
Panama City, Panama
Destinations
Costa Rica, Panama
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PMSR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 50

Why you'll love this trip

  • This trip includes an optional adventure in dugout canoes, paddling up the Mogue River to spend time with Embera Indians. It is 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 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. Wi-Fi 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 ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • 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 will 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. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Panorama

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Panorama.

Itinerary

Embark on your journey between 3 and 4 pm. Once all passengers are on board, set sail for Quepos and spend overnight at anchor.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
This morning take part in an optional excursion to Manuel Antonio Reserve, the jewel among Costa Rica's many national parks This is a wet landing inside the reserve using the zodiacs. This is sure to be a highlight of the cruise. The fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters an abundant wildlife including the easy-to-spot monkeys and a great variety of tropical birds. You are taken to the park entrance for your 1.5 hour a guided walk in the dense rainforest. Local guides and a naturalist lead you through small trails and you encounter an extraordinary animal life and a thousand different species of flora. The trail is very well maintained and is easy walking with no uphill climbs. The hike ends with a swim at a park's beach before returning to the Panorama. In the afternoon, take an optional Forest Canopy tour, or sail on with the Panorama to Playa Biesanz. In the evening, enjoy a tropical themed dinner and party on board the Panorama. Late night sailing to Drake Bay.  Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Quepos - Titi Forest Canopy Tour - EUR80
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park - EUR60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Reach Puerto Jimenez early morning for an optional Osa Peninsula excursion. This takes a short and easy walk through a lovely patch of secondary forest where you will have the chance to see four different kinds of monkey and many species of bird, including scarlet macaw. Return to the ship for a late lunch while crossing Golfo Dulce en route to the afternoon stop. Casa Orquideas is a beautiful privately owned botanical oasis containing many species of tropical plants and plants brought from all over the world. There will be time for a swim before returning to the Panorama by tender. Sail on to Golfito for midnight immigration and ship clearance procedures, and spend the night at sea en route to Coiba and Granito de Oro Islands, Panama.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Osa Exploration Walk - EUR57
  • Casas Orquideas Garden Tour - EUR40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Midday arrival in Granito de Oro for swimming and snorkelling in a pristine envirnment. Enjoy a deck BBQ before sailing to nearby Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America, for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life.  Take a walking tour with our Ship Naturalist who will take you to discover the local forest and animal life. There will also be some freetime for swimming and snorkelling on Coiba. In the afternoon, we leave Coiba. Overnight at sea to Iguana Island.


Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning arrival at Iguana Island, a wildlife-rich territory, a bird-watching paradise, and key sanctuary for frigate birds. Snorkel the shallow reefs at the protected Isla Iguana Bay. Free time for swimming and snorkeling. You will see lots of colorful tropical fish, Morey Eels, Rays and even turtles swimming in the warm Pacific waters. On land you will spot crabs and iguanas. The wildlife refuge of Isla Iguana was founded in 1981 and includes over 50 hectare of land and water. The island is a snorkeling and diving paradise as it has the biggest area of well-preserved coral reefs in the Gulf of Panama with 17 different coral species, more than 350 tropical fishes
and over 200 species of invertebrates.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning optional excursion in the Darrien National park. We reach Playa Muerto by tenders (wet landing) and reach an Emberra Village where we are welcomed by Emberra Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. We return to the ship for lunch and sail to Panama City Flamenco Marina.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Landing at Playa Muerto by tender will be a wet landing.
Early morning arrival In Panama City where there will be some immigration procedures to go through.
Embark on full day optional excursion to Gatun Lake and the San Lorenzo Spanish fort. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Centre in Gatun and dine there for lunch. Or visit the Canal Museum and have time to watch the movement of ships in the locks. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner on board the Panorama. Overnight in port.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Disembarkation will take place after breakfast, between 8 and 9 am at Flamenco Marina, Panama City.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 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.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
If a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.
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.
DISEMBARKATION POINT
Please read the itinerary carefully as certain departure will disembark at an alternative port.

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