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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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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: 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: Panama Canal, Gatun Lakee, Panama City Panama

    Our tour starts at the Flamenco Resort and Marina. Passengers board motor coaches for a 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, passengers board the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of the tour. The Panama Canal partial transit tour begins at the north end of the Gailard 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. The Pacific Queen will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. 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.

    Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.

    Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline.

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina, 084300762, Panamá, 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 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.
    Departure Time
    Between 10am and 12pm
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Roundtrip hotel transfer
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    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
    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 organization showed by the staff, who were very courteous and responsive to any questions we might have. The tour itself was impressive as we navigated close to
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    I told my husband that I wanted to be ON the canal, not standing on the side looking at it. And this experience met al my expectations. Our guide Gus was fantastic and had just right amount of history, science and engineering in his presentation. I loved being in the lock
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    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 advertised that hotel pick-up and drop-off was part of the price. Not until I paid the fee was I told that my hotel was not one of the acceptable hotels. This meant I
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    It was really well organized and a good trip during a time, when have been some big ships in the canal, what is really an interesting thing. The guide has explained a lot- in english and spanish- what was a little bit difficult for me, to understand everything, because I'm
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    ​Before we took the tour, my 12-year-old daughter and I did not know what to expect of a tour through the Panama Canal. ​It turns out that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and even got an opportunity to “steer” the vessel. The three-hour tour of the Canal was narrated by Gus,
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    Response from Pmatours, Marketing Manager at Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
    Responded 22 Jul 2019
    Thank you so much for your feedback! We are thrilled that you and your daughter enjoyed the experience through the Panama Canal. It is an amazing engineer marvel! All the best, Thelma Bodden
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 6h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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