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    Stop At: Panama Marine Adventures, Panama City Panama

    Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Bridge of the Americas, Balboa, Panama City Panama

    The Bridge of the Americas is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Designed by Sverdrup & Parcel, it was completed in 1962 at a cost of US$20 million, connecting the north and south American land masses.

    Pass By: Panama Canal, Gatun Lakee, Panama City Panama

    The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one-step.

    After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides.

    During your Panama Canal full transit tour you will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Colon 2000, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.

    Pass By: Centennial Bridge, Pan-American Highway, Panama City Panama

    Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway. Upon its opening in 2004, it became the second permanent crossing of the canal.

    Pass By: Chagres River, Gamboa Panama

    The Chagres River in central Panama, is the largest river in the Panama Canal’s watershed. In the past, this river was an important means of communication between one coast and the other, as it was part of the famous colonial road “Cruces”, originally built by the Spanish crown during the 16th century and of massive use by adventurers and explorers during the following centuries until the creation of the Panama Canal. During the 20th Century the river was dammed twice, and the resulting reservoirs – Gatun Lake and Lake Alajuela – formed an integral part of the canal and its water system.

    Pass By: Barro Colorado Island, Panama

    Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. Barro Colorado Island is the biggest island formed where the Smithsonian Research Institute has established the most important research center in Panama due to its biodiversity.

    Pass By: Gatun Lake, Panama City Panama

    Gatun Lake forms a major part of the Panama Canal and it was created between 1907 and 1913 by the construction of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. The lake is situated in the Valley of the Chagres River and the geography was ideal for the creation of a large lake. The damming of the river flooded the originally wooded valley and hills although many hilltops became islands. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama

    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance.

    The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet around 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.
    Departure Time
    Between 6am and 8am. Exact time will be confirmed the day before the tour. Please contact the tour provider for more information.
    Duration
    12h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Snacks in the afternoon
    • Unlimited sodas and waters
    • Bus transportation from Colon back to Panama
    • Roundtrip hotel transfer
    Exclusions
    • Alcoholic beverages onboard
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 210 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    If you want an 18 hour day trip, one that tells you they are going to drop you off at McDonalds.. at about 11PM....no idea where!...and you should get a cab to take you to hotel, does not provide much information, does not control passengers from lining up at railing and
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    We (party of 4) booked a full transit tour of the Panama Canal. The tour company was Panama Canal Tours website: panamacanaltrips.com (aka Mr. Ivan Espinoza). Unknown to us was that Panama Canal Tours was not the owner of the excursion vessel but merely a sleazy tour operator.
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    Many reviewers have proven that they haven’t read the description carefully. The full canal tour was just as described in the posting. You will need to get up early. You will get back late. You will need to be prepared to wait, for others tourists, for other boats, maybe for
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    It was a very nice experience, well-organized with a very professional guide who answered all my questions about the Canal. Besides, the meals on board were copious and delicious. I highly recommend it! Tourists from Russia
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    Response from Pmatours, Marketing Manager at Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
    Responded 22 Jul. 2019
    It is great to know you had a nice experience and learned more about the Canal. We love showing it to the world. All the best, Thelma Bodden
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    Panama Marine Adventures (PMA) runs a first-class operation. All aspects of our trip ran smoothly. We took the full transit tour. On the afternoon before our tour, PMA let us know what time a van would pick us up the following morning. The next day, PMA picked us up at our
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    By: Panama Marine Adventures
    212 reviews
    Merceda G
    20
    Long day on the Canal
    If you want an 18 hour day trip, one that tells you they are going to drop you off at McDonalds.. at about
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    WorldWide-WW
    Bangkok, Thailand
    22
    Full Transit to Partial - No Refund
    We (party of 4) booked a full transit tour of the Panama Canal. The tour company was Panama Canal Tours website:
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    Mayo W
    185
    Amazing experience
    To think that all the lock gates are over a hundred years old and still working well is a testament to the
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    Dawneen
    Beloit, Wisconsin
    17140
    Journey Between the Seas Six Night Cruise
    My husband has always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, but wanted a more indepth crossing and had no
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    heartdoc64
    10
    Amazing day tour through a wonder of engineering
    I took this trip together with a friend who was visiting from NY on 11/2/19. We both were amazed at the level of
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    Sallywantsavacation
    Drayton Valley, Canada
    20
    Great experience
    We went on this partial day canal tour. Me and my husband were treated wonderfully by a staff member named
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    evarsha
    30
    northbound partial tour
    Beginning in Panama City and ending in Gamboa. We are so glad that we took this tour from the water for a very
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    Wynne O
    Bend, Oregon
    8716
    A wonderful experience
    I told my husband that I wanted to be ON the canal, not standing on the side looking at it. And this experience
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    Nancy C
    Geneva, Switzerland
    1422
    Great trip, not great logistics to get to/from cruise
    I struggled to be able to pay on the vendor's site and then had to go through Viator's for my ticket. It was
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    thedarksocrates
    Carouge, Switzerland
    6022
    Read the tour description carefully, it is all there!
    Many reviewers have proven that they haven’t read the description carefully. The full canal tour was just as
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    Marion S
    10
    Very good if your english or spanish language is really good!
    It was really well organized and a good trip during a time, when have been some big ships in the canal, what is
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    mlgauthier2019
    20
    Excellent tour
    My husband and I very much enjoyed the tour. The guides were helpful and knowledgeable and the boat ride was
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    swcvx
    Maribyrnong, Australia
    7119
    7th wonder of the world? How about the first!!!!!
    We embarked on this tour with no idea about what we would see or do. OMG!!! Absolutely amazing!!! Having read
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    RivkaNu
    Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
    22
    Unforgettable crossing
    It was a very nice experience, well-organized with a very professional guide who answered all my questions about
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    Sheisonthego
    10
    Excellent Tour-Professional Company
    ​Before we took the tour, my 12-year-old daughter and I did not know what to expect of a tour through the Panama
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