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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

  • 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
Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
From $135.00
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
From $135.00
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.
What to Expect
Your Panama Canal tour starts at the Flamenco Marina, where you'll board a motorcoach for the 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa, home to the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Your tour will depart between 10am and 12pm. Confirm your exact departure time with the tour provider prior to your tour

Hop aboard the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of your partial transit tour, departing from the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as the 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 historical and geological value.

The Pacific Queen takes you through the cut's 8.5 miles (13.7 km) on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the cut, you can appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, as it's very susceptible to landslides. You'll also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the cut, you'll spot the new Centennial Bridge, which crosses over the canal. Then enter the locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, where your boat is lowered 30 feet (9 meters) in one step. Next enter Miraflores Lake, a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from the Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks, your vessel is lowered 60 feet (18 meters) in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean, cruise toward the Flamenco Marina, where you'll disembark and your tour ends; along the way, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and admire the Bay of Panama and the Panama City skyline.
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Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Really bad band

This was an enjoyable and worthwhile tour EXCEPT there was a really bad band playing and they played way too much. The band was compromised of an acordian player and 3 percussionists. They just made noise and distracted from the trip. However, when they were...More

Thank Kent F F
Reviewed August 5, 2018
Great Trip

I did the southbound partial transit from Gamboa to Panama City. It was a great trip. Being on the canal, seeing all the work it took to create it and sailing amidst the much larger boats was all great fun. Be aware it might rain...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mathyew
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile
A Gem!

Great customer svs from Thelma Bodden when I had booking issues from Ohio. Traveled with hubby and 23 year old son Booked prior because needed specific day Confirm received email day before Well organized Picked up timely from country inn suites on causeway straight to...More

1  Thank stuffedflounder
Reviewed March 23, 2018
If You're in Panama, You Must Do at Least a Partial Transit of the Canal!

We purchased our southbound partial transit of the Panama Canal through TripAdvisor/Viator and had absolutely no trouble with the reservation. We got an email the day before our departure telling us what time to meet at the Flamenco Marina, for our bus ride to the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank TXLady62
Reviewed March 9, 2018
Excellent tour

Gus was our tour guide and he was absolutely excellent. We were on the Pacific Queen for hours and I did not miss one word that he said. That is really impressive! He was interesting, knowledgeable and most of all very articulate and a pleasure...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank kkelhan01
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