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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, look for impish capuchin monkeys (or are they looking at you?) along a forest trail, and witness a brilliant flash of red against the blue sky as a scarlet macaw streaks by.
Thomson’s exciting, well-balanced family vacation itinerary is designed to showcase Panama's cultural and natural wonders and, of course, the amazing Panama Canal. From multiple vantage points—including a boat ride on Gatun Lake where you gaze vertically up to the bow of gigantic freighters, to a fascinating tour of the intricate workings of the Miraflores Locks—your kids will come away with an understanding of the importance of this 51-mile engineering miracle.
In addition to hiking through the rain forest in search of wildlife, swimming, rafting on a river that cuts through the rugged Panamanian countryside, investigating coral wonderlands teeming with marine life, marveling at the ruins of a 16th-century Spanish fort targeted by multiple pirate attacks, and sampling delicious foods, you’ll have the rare opportunity to meet the Embera people in a village along the banks of the Chagres River. This personal interaction is sure to be a trip highlight and you’ll be moved by the Embera’s dignified determination to keep their traditional cultural beliefs intact.
One of the Americas' last undiscovered destinations, Panama truly honors the “something for everyone” promise. This relatively close-to-home destination is perfect for a family vacation, grandparents and grandkids traveling together, or even a multi-generational gathering for active families who share a love of exploration.
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|12/20 - 12/27||$3,790||$4,040||$4,290||$300|
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|03/12 - 03/19||$3,690||$3,940||$4,190||$300|
|04/02 - 04/09||$3,690||$3,940||$4,190||$300|
|07/02 - 07/09||$3,690||$3,940||$4,190||$300|
|07/30 - 08/06||$3,690||$3,940||$4,190||$300|
|12/21 - 12/28||$3,990||$4,240||$4,490||$300|
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 based on the number of people in your party.
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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. From lush forests to magnificent beaches, from the cosmopolitan Panama City to a traditional Embera village, you’ll discover them all as you embark on this exciting adventure.
Indigenous tribes make up roughly 5 percent of the total population of Panama. Many of these groups still hold fast to their ancient dress and traditions.
- Welcome breakfast
- Voyage up the Chagres River
- Meet the Embera (indigenous people)
- Friends Across Borders Meeting
- Traditional lunch
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!
- Jungle boat adventure
- Tour the Miraflores Locks
- Flight to David
Chiriquí, the “Valley of the Moon,” hosts a stunning diversity of tropical Central American landscapes, from beaches and plains to mountains and dense rainforest. 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.
- Whitewater river rafting
- Visit a local farm
- Visit Games Island (Isla Games) in the Gulf of Chiriquí
- Soar through the rain forest canopy via zip line
- Abbreviated coffee tour option
- Free time in Panama City
- Farewell dinner in Panama City's Casco Antiguo
Unfortunately, it has to happen sometime! Today we’ll say our goodbyes to this enchanting land and return to reality, where we’ll undoubtedly be at a loss for words in our attempts to do justice to such an indescribable experience. Hasta luego...
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.
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.
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