Treasures of Costa Rica & The Panama Canal Adventure Cruise

   
 

Treasures of Costa Rica & The Panama Canal Adventure Cruise

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4 months ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

December-March

RATES

USD 3,590.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 15, 2017
Treasures of Costa Rica & The Panama Canal Adventure Cruise
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On the 8-day Costa Rica & Panama Cruise, experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, unraveling the Pacific Ocean coastline of Costa Rica. Cruise to the nature reserves and national parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the San Blas Islands and cross the celebrated Panama Canal, an event on every avid traveler's bucket list. Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal-blue waters, a glimpse of ancient history and rich flora and fauna diversity. Your home base is the 36-cabin mega yacht Variety Voyager, a state-of-the-art vessel launched in 2012, surely the most stylish way to ply the Panama Canal and Costa Rica. Disembark in Colon, Panama, where your travels can continue.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3590 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Los Suenos Herradura, Costa Rica
Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Arrive to Los Suenos, Herradura, Costa Rica. Embarkation between 3:00 and 4:00pm aboard the Variety Voyager. Settle in and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before an evening arrival in Curu Reserve. Overnight at anchor.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Curu & Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
Tortuga Island, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

In the morning, join an optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local rangers and Voyager's onboard naturalist. Late morning rejoin the Voyager for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining the crew for a beach BBQ. Later on have more time for enjoying this amazing island. Overnight at anchor.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Quepos & Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Make a morning arrival into Quepos, the starting place to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, a highlight of this cruise. This park was created in 1972 and consists of three magnificent white-sand beaches that are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead optional excursions into the park for outstanding wildlife viewing. There are more than 109 mammal species and 184 species of birds here. Watch for monkeys, iguanas, agoutis, sloth and the rare turquoise cotinga. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of Voyager's naturalists. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach or take a swim. Optional afternoon excursions to Savegre River or the Forest Canopy Tour. Late evening sailing to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Puerto Jimenez, Casa Orquideas Private Reserve & Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Golfo Dulce, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Optional morning excursion to the Osa Conservation Society by 4x4. Return to the ship for a late lunch and cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. Arrive Casa Orquideas and take a small craft to enjoy the beautiful flower sanctuary. Optional walking excursion to this private Nature Sanctuary. There will be time to swim at the end of the visit, before sailing into Golfito Bay in Golfo Dulce. Arrive at midnight for immigration procedures and then sail overnight to Coiba Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Coiba & Granito De Oro Islands, Panama
Coiba National Park, Veraguas, Panama

Today marks your first day in Panama. Arrive early in the morning to Coiba Island for an optional walking exploration with Ship Naturalist. Coiba, identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest island in Central America, off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. After a beach BBQ on Coiba, sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters adjacent the island are teeming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas; it is the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos Islands. This makes for a unique snorkel experience you shouldn't miss. Leave Granito de Oro and sail to Panama City. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Flamenco Marina & Panama Canal Crossing, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama

This morning reach the entrance of the Panama Canal for a day visiting Panama City and crossing the Canal. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Work on the canal, which began in 1880, was completed in 1914. The 8- to 10-hour canal passage includes transit through three sets of locks: Gatun Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Locks through which the water level is adjusted 85 feet. Take an optional city tour in the morning of the Old Town Quarter and Miraflores Locks and Museum. Enjoy lunch on board and prepare for Panama Canal crossing. Transit through the locks and through Gatun Lake, a man-made lake formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River. With priority given to commercial vessels - 14,000 cross the Canal each year - crossing times are not guaranteed. Exit the Canal at Limon Bay/Colon and continue to San Blas Islands. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: San Blas Islands, Carti & Gran Perro Islands, Panama
San Blas Islands, Panama

This morning reach the San Blas Archipelago, a chain of more than 365 tropical islands of which 50 only are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who live in communities of bamboo-sided, thatched-roofed houses. Anchor at Carti Island for an optional excursion and visit the Kuna Indians, who are one of a few indigenous groups that make up Panama's population, to tour a local home and watch a traditional dance performed by the children. Sail to nearby Gran Perro Island (Big Dog Island) for an afternoon BBQ. There will be plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling on the island or at nearby Perro Island's famous wreck. Late evening departure for Colon Shelter Marina. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Variety Voyager

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Shelter Bay Marina Colon, Panama
Colon, Panama

Arrival at Shelter Bay Marina in Colon, Panama at 8:00 am. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local theme evening, and Captain’s Dinner regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • multilingual cruise escort
  • naturalist lectures and guiding

NOTES

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.


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