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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
  • Journey southbound through the Panama Canal
  • Travel on a small vessel to see the workings of the locks up close
  • Pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks
  • Lunch provided on board the boat
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Lunch
Professional guide
Roundtrip hotel transfer
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

084300762, Panamá, Panama

Located on the last island of the Amador Causeway, behind the Duty Free Shop. We have a tour office with a sign of Panama Canal Tours.

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Panama Marine Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction.

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  • "The soft drinks also ran out after about four hours, so maybe take your own water." See review
  • "There is a lot of down time, from waiting for permission to exit the bus to waiting for boats to enter the locks, and the amount of time it takes for the locks to fill with water." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Joshua the guide
Douglas_R
, Nov 2021
Joshua, the guide, made the tour interesting and fun. Haws able to answer all questions and really seemed to enjoy visiting with as LLC the guests.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Mr. Douglas! He truly is wonderful. Thank you for choosing Panama Marine Adventures
star-4
Half day was perfect amount of time on the canal
Kathryn_T
, Mar 2020
We went back and forth deciding whether to do a full transit from coast to coast or a half day. We chose the half day based on other reviews and on the later start time (11 a.m. vs 6 a.m.) We're so glad that we went with the half day. There is a lot of down time, from waiting for permission to exit the bus to waiting for boats to enter the locks, and the amount of time it takes for the locks to fill with water. The half day was just the right amount of time for us. The tour was professional and everything went smoothly. We were picked up at our hotel at 11 a.m. and taken straight to Gamboa. We had to wait on the bus for about 30 minutes but reviews had suggested bringing a book or magazine so we just read while we waited. We were given wrist bands that determined our lunch time and boarded the boat. The boat has an open uncovered section, a covered area and two indoor air-conditioned decks. Sit on the left (port) side to be in the shade; people on the sunny side were all moved over to the port side by the time we reached the locks. It was very pleasant sitting there and cruising on the canal, and the commentary was interesting. Great to see the huge ships and the people working on the locks (including two guys in a row boat!). Lunch was typical Panamanian food served in the A/C. There's a small gift shop that sells a good book about the canal. We were alongside a cheaper tour where food was by purchase only and there were many more passengers than seats, and we were glad we'd chosen this Viator trip! Beautiful views of the Panama City skyline as we came into the Flamenco port at about 6 p.m. The driver met us and took us back to our hotel. The only thing that would make it better might be some commentary on the bus on the way to Gamboa telling us about the area, the jungle and the wildlife. Definitely recommend this tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great Excursion
Celia_C
, Feb 2020
This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. So cool to be in the canal passing with the ships. Gus, our narrator was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend it. This process is long and slow but you truly get the feel by being right in the canal.
star-4
Fine tour, but too crowded
NielsPeter_B
, Feb 2020
The tour was very fine with plenty of time to follow the transit through the locks. However, with 300 passengers it was more crowded than we expected making good seatings very limited.
star-3
Manage your Expectations
Owen_S
, Feb 2020
Many people coming to Panama want to experience a canal transit, and it would be hard to detract from the actual experience of going through one of the world’s great waterways. However, the organisational side of the experience left something to be desired. My other two trips in Panama were both excellent, with prompt pick-ups, knowledgeable and attentive English-speaking guides no delays and good administration. I guess that canal transit operators can rely on a constant stream of people booking, so they don’t have to try too hard. There is no doubt that the canal transit was a memorable experience, and the various people that I spoke to all enjoyed it. I would certainly not want to put anyone off taking this trip, but would suggest that you go with limited expectations about the organisation. The price was also higher in USD/hour terms than for other tours, and a full 9-hour transit probably offers nothing a partial one doesn’t My experience seems a fairly common one, being given one pick-up time, then told when I phoned after no-one arrived it had been delayed an hour, yet the transport with a driver speaking little English still arrived at Gamboa 90 minutes before embarkation. Most other tour buses arrived about an hour later. The ship was fairly full, particular as most favoured the upper, outdoor deck, but not too full. Lunch was adequate, but with no provision for vegetarians, and if you don’t like spicy chicken, take a sandwich. The soft drinks also ran out after about four hours, so maybe take your own water. Disembarkation at Panama City was quite chaotic, as every had to find their own tour buses on a crowded dock
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Old locks
marcelcasserini
, Feb 2020
Great to see it once life and close behind a ship; however slow and very long ship tour after the locks
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Canal Tour
SintraOlivia_D
, Jan 2020
Pickup was punctual....bus driver was great...pointed out historical places and information along the way. The guide on the boat, GUS, was INCREDIBLE....VER PATIENT (he would give/say some information and repeated it several times if people approached him not completely understanding)....Gus gave us so much info along the way.....he was super thorough! The lunch was good! I enjoyed every minute....was long but...... IT WAS THE CANAL....over the top interesting!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good tour
Jadwiga_G
, Dec 2019
The trip was interesting, it was a very good tour guide. I didn't like the food. I didn't like the buffet style service.
star-5
September on the canal
speed0g
, Nov 2019
A great afternoon trip through two locks. The guide was wonderful with facts, stories and current information, We were picked up at our hotel on time and the lunch was quite good. Closer to the canal and it’s operation than if we had been on a cruise ship. The ship was clean and the crew was helpful. We tell all our friends that they should put this tour on their bucket list.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
VIATOR AWESOMENESS!!
Nancy C
, Sep 2019
From the moment the driver from Viator picked us up at our hotel until we were delivered back was memory made for ever delights!! The tour guide, Gus, was fun and funny!! Very informative and had a special passion for his work that portrayed vividly. The food and food staff was DELICIOUS!!! My father's bucket list was to visit the Panama Canal, at 85 he got his wish!!! He was delighted, like a kid in a kandy shop, and we had so much divertation! THANK YOU Liliana was a dream come true!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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