Half Day City and Canal Tour

This half-day tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal provides travelers with an excellent look at some of the area’s best attractions.

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  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 8:30 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

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Panama Canal

Tour participants will visit the Miraflores Locks, the foremost set of locks along the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. You’ll watch barges and cruise ships pass through this 60-foot (18-m), two-step lock. It’s fascinating to watch the massive ships enter and leave locks.

You will also visit Casco Viejo in Panama City, which was built in 1673 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. In Casco Viejo you’ll enjoy a walking tour through the neighborhood, which is made up of Spanish colonial buildings, 17th-century churches, and quaint outdoor cafés.

You will also explore the Causeway, a strip of land that links three small islands near the entrance to the Panama Canal. The U.S. Army once used this area to defend the Panama Canal, but these days the Causeway has become one of the trendiest parts of Panama City. It has nice walking areas and is scattered with good restaurants, bars, and shops.

This tour departs daily at 8:00 a.m. It departs from Playa Blanca at 7:00 a.m.

The duration of the tour depends on where you're staying. If you're staying in Panama City, the tour lasts around 4 hours; if you're staying in Gamboa, it lasts around 5 hours; if you're staying in Playa Bonita, it lasts around 5 hours; if you're staying near the Tocumen International Airport, it lasts around 5 hours; if you're staying near Playa Coronado, it lasts around 7 hours; and if you're staying at Playa Blanca, the tour lasts around 8 hours.

Attraction Visited

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats. The canal extends 80 kilometers (50 mi) from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean to Colón on the Caribbean Sea. It’s built at one of the lowest and narrowest points in Panama, and runs right through the Continental Divide. More than 14,000 ships pass through the canal annually, carrying some 300 million tons of cargo. As such, the Panama Canal is one of the largest generators of income for Panama—in 2011, the canal generated $800 million, some two percent of the country’s GDP.

Panama Canal

What to Bring

comfortable clothing and shoes, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, camera, and sunscreen.

What's included

transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fee to Miraflores Locks, and water.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Traveler Comments

The guide was very good. Courteous to us Watchful for our needs Very knowledgeable and good English. Canal tour part very especially informative and enjoyable.

- DANNY A, NOV 2017

My guide was amazing. Showed me lots of sites. And got me back in time for my flight.

- SAMANTHA F, AUG 2017

This was our highlight

- LANA B, FEB 2017
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