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Panama, a family vacation destination that is full of colorful contrasts and mind-boggling eco-diversity! It’s where you and your kids can stand beside the world’s most impressive engineering marvel and visit with indigenous tribes-people whose way of life has remained unchanged for centuries. Where you can snap a photo of your kids zip-lining through the rain forest canopy in the morning and shoot an underwater movie of them snorkeling in the afternoon. It’s where you can lounge on a beach in the company of sunbathing iguanas and look for impish capuchin monkeys along a forest trail.

2017 Dates
Dates 2 to 5
6 to 9
10 or more
Internal Air
12/23 - 12/31 $4,690 $4,465 $4,240 $350


12/26 - 01/03 $4,690 $4,465 $4,240 $350


Child Discount:$200 per child under 12

Triple Discount: $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are per person and based on the number of people in your party.

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Day 1: Depart Home / Arrive Panama City

Welcome to Panama! While the Panama Canal is one of the wonders of the modern world, Panama has many more wonders waiting to be explored.

Days 2-3: Voyage up the Chagres River / Meet the Embera Tribe / Tour Miraflores Locks

Indigenous tribes make up roughly 5 percent of the total population of Panama. 

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Many of these groups still hold fast to their ancient dress and traditions. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the Panama Canal in person. Cutting 9 miles across the Continental Divide, its locks raising ships 85 feet above sea level, this marvel of modern engineering will amaze you and your family. And that's only the beginning!

Days 4-7: River Rafting / Visit Games Island / Jungle Zip - Line

 Chiriquí, the “Valley of the Moon,” hosts a stunning diversity of tropical Central American landscapes, from beaches and plains to mountains and dense rainforest.  

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Due to abundant rainfall and a temperate climate, the Chiriquí highlands are one of Panama’s most productive growing regions, with crops consisting of oranges, strawberries, and coffee beans. Take a boat out of the small port community of Boca Chica to the gorgeous uninhabited island of Gámes. The island, lined with palm trees and unspoiled white sand beaches, is the perfect place to enjoy a total lack of obligations. Swim or kayak in the temperate, turquoise waters, bask in the Central American sun, fly a kite, play a friendly game of soccer or build a sand castle.

Day 8: Depart Panama City / Arrive Home

Unfortunately the time has come for this journey to end! As you leave Panama start thinking about what your next adventure will be.

The Bristol Hotel

Located in the heart of Panama City, the Bristol Hotel offers 125 upscale rooms. Find a pool and play area for the kids, Frette cotton sheets and Molton Brown bath amenities for the adults, and service sure to satisfy everyone.  Other amenities include wireless internet, spa and fitness center, and a restaurant. 

Panamonte Inn & Spa

Tucked into the flourishing highland cloud forest landscape of Boquete, in the valley of an immense dormant volcano, the Panamonte Inn & Spa offers unexpected European-style luxury. Although simple and charming, the rooms at this bed and breakfast are spacious, elegant, and quite comfortable.

Why Panama?

An undiscovered destination, with something for everyone: history, nature, culture
You know about its legendary canal, that stunning marvel of modern engineering. But what about its misty mountains and brilliantly colored orchids? Its exotic wildlife, staggering eco-diversity, amazing snorkeling and warm, welcoming people? Panama is one of the last undiscovered destinations in the Americas, and whether you are traveling with youngsters or teens, or grandparents looking to share an adventure with your grandchildren, we have created an itinerary that specializes in activities that are fun and informative for all ages. Panama is home to a largely tourist-free system of national parks, an abundance of plants and wildlife to rival neighboring Costa Rica, and easy access to both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. And Panama is just a short plane ride away from the US!
Fascinating canal system and interesting history
There is something very moving when seeing the Panama Canal for the first time. The enormity of this engineering marvel boggles the mind. There’s the vast jungle that had to be divided, the massive locks that had to be constructed, and then there are the 40 ships that pass through the Canal every day. History books can supply the amazing facts about this monumental achievement, but actually standing in full view of the Canal itself brings its story palpably and eloquently to life in a way that no book can match—and in a way that your kids will never forget. In Panama, history is one cool adventure.
Stunning landscapes and a variety of wildlife
Within our stunning itinerary, you’ll experience cloud forests and rain forest canopies, rolling hills and brilliant white sand beaches. From soaring frigatebirds to lounging lizards and capuchin monkeys, and from profusions of orchids to undersea coral gardens, Panama offers show-stopping eco-diversity that rivals most countries on earth.
Meeting the Embera
One of six indigenous groups that still maintain their cultures and traditions, the Embera recently migrated to the riverbanks of Chagres National Park near Panama City from farther south in the Darien province.  Villagers will share the story of their migration with you, a rare and special opportunity.

Why Panama with Thomson?

Zip line tour
Gliding from platform to platform high in the rain forest canopy is an indescribable thrill as you wind your way along a zip line course. Hike up to the first platform where everyone is outfitted, safely and securely, for an unforgettable Panama experience.
Dugout canoe ride to Embera Village
Board motorized dugout canoes and head down the Chagres River, deep into the rain forest. As you wind your way to an Embera village keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the shores. Upon arrival, you and your family will be met by welcoming and traditionally dressed members of the Embera and escorted to the village. You’ll learn about their traditions and history, including songs and dances, food and crafts, traditional medicines, and the story of their people.  Kids (and adults) might opt to receive a traditional tattoo!  (Don’t worry; it’s painless and made from vegetable dye, and will only last about a week.)
Friends Across Borders Program
Thomson families love this program! It’s amazing how much kids learn about one another—and the appreciation they gain for one another’s culture—when they meet through this eye-opening program.
Jungle boat adventure in the Panama Canal
Set out on a journey across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal in our jungle boat, cruising past gigantic cargo and passenger ships. You’ll all be amazed at how big some of these vessels are—they dwarf everything in sight! And of course you’ll likely see plenty of wildlife along the way in the rain forest—iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys and peacocks, just to name a few.
Miraflores Locks
If your kids are into Legos or Lincoln Logs, they’ll love this engineering phenomenon. Stretching almost a mile long, Miraflores is part of a lock system that takes ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific (and vice versa). After watching a ship go through the locks make sure to visit the museum—the exhibits and views from there are fantastic!
Included travel insurance
As a family company, we understand the value of peace of mind. For that very reason, travel insurance is automatically included for all scheduled adventures. This covers your family for trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical expenses, travel delay, lost baggage, and more.