Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Traveling aboard the new National Geographic Quest, cross through the historic Panama Canal and examine its fascinating lock system with our onboard experts.
  • By special permission, take a guided walk through the tropical forests of Barro Colorado Nature Monument, site of a National Geographic-supported wildlife tracking study.
  • Snorkel the pristine reefs surrounding Isla Coiba, one of Panama’s most remote national parks.
  • Discover the hidden waterfall pools within the jungles of the Osa Peninsula, and cruise into Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce to visit Casa Orquídeas, a flowering tropical paradise reachable only by boat.

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Panama City Extension
    1 days from $475
Panama City Extension

Pre-Voyage

Delve into the history of Panama during a stay in Panama City. Observe the complex operation of the Panama Canal on visits to the historic Miraflores Locks, as well as the recently constructed Agua Clara Locks. Explore the intriguing Biomuseo—the only Latin American work of renowned architect Frank Gehry—and gain insight into Panama’s natural history and extraordinary biodiversity.

Day 1: U.S./Panama City, Panama

Arrive in Panama City, the capital of Panama. Head to the banks of the Panama Canal, the gateway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, completed in 1914 and expanded to three lanes in 2016. Visit the Miraflores Locks, where vessels are lifted or lowered 54 feet in transit to or from the Pacific port. Enjoy a special after-hours tour of the Miraflores Visitor Center; then gather for dinner at the museum’s restaurant, offering an unparalleled view of the canal, lit up for around-the-clock operation.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Panama Marriott Hotel
Day 2: Panama City/Colón

Venture to the city’s southern tip for a tour of the Frank Gehry–designed Biomuseo, featuring over 13,000 feet of gallery space dedicated to the history of the Isthmus of Panama and its myriad species. Visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to witness the operation of the new Agua Clara Locks. Measuring 70 feet wider than the original locks, the new locks allow for the passage of state-of-the-art Neopanamax vessels, with more than twice the cargo capacity previously allowed. This afternoon, continue to Colón on the Caribbean coast and embark our ship.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:National Geographic Quest