Panama Canal Tours
Panama Canal Tours
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Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and visit the most important sites and landmarks of Panama. Tour both the historical and modern areas of Panama City and visit the world-famous Panama Canal, whose impressive system of locks continues to fascinate visitors.
Panama City, Panama

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Starnurse2
Crowthorne, UK658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We booked an extra 6 nights in Panama City before joining a group tour of Central America just so that we could take this full day trip from Coast to Coast through the canal. Please be warned - we booked a Thursday flight into Panama City with the trip booked for the Saturday. We thought a day of rest after 25 hours of travel was in order. BUT, 4 months before the trip we were informed the canal authority had changed our day to the Friday and so we had just 5 hours in bed before heading out again. Do leave at least a day between travel and trip so to avoid disappointment.
It was absolutely brilliant. Yes it is expensive but we were collected from our hotel at 6.20 am and taken to our boat. On check in we were given bands according to the excursion booked - many only do a partial trip and stop at an Indigenous Village before being taken back to the city. Once the Canal Authority gave the go ahead, we left our harbour at 7.45 and headed for the first locks. There was another day trip boat just doing the partial trip, and we were allocated to travel with them and a luxury sailing boat "Wind Star" as our lock companions. This is to maximise the number of boats that go through on each fill. Through the series of 3 Miraflores locks you gain 82 feet in total. The water is fed from one lock to the next alongside so that water is not wasted. It is all gravity fed, not pumped. The speed with which it all happens is incredible. The larger vessels have to have a guiding line attached bow and stern both sides to help keep them central in the lock. Once through the three locks we continued through the cut and dropped off the passengers who were finishing at the village. We continued through the lake to the Caribbean side where we descended the three locks - by this time 11 hours after starting from the harbour. By the time we docked it was 7.45pm. Our coloured bands also determined which coach we went on and returned to the hotel at about 9.30. Totally exhausted, we fell into be for a long sleep!
Written March 15, 2020
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tmrbgr17
North Bethesda, MD3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I were very pleased with our Full canal transit last Saturday 17 Feb 2024. We found the professional demeanor of the entire staff to be exceptional. Anabel B. was very responsive to my email inquiries leading up to the transit, including a hotel location change. The hotel shuttle pickup was right on schedule and the Pacific Queen departed without excessive standing around at 6am. On board the 11 hour transit, Edwin, our bilingual narrater was knowledgable and kept the entire 100+ passengers entertained and educated about this amazing engineering feat. Liliana was very supportive in helping us attain alternate transportation both before and upon our arrival at Shelter Bay marina near Colon when our Uber fell through. The entire staff of Panama Marine Adventures deserves a 5 Star rating in our book. We recommend that you book directly with Panama Marine Adventures for either a full or partial canal transit instead of a third party tour operator as their operation is outstanding.
Written February 19, 2024
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juju382
Richmond, TX13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Through Miguel Tours,Panama, I had a 5 hour tour. Was picked up at the airport, taken to the Panama Canal, to the museum an I Max theater to experience the rich history of this country. Additionally, tour took me to the beautifully renovated,old town(Casajo Panama)their modern city, the Amador Causway, Bridge of the Americas, with a little drive on the Pan American Highway. I loved Panama. Will return soon. Loved my tour guide, George Florian who was so educative, so comfortable to be with as a solo traveler. One can't go wrong with this tour company.
Written March 5, 2020
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Annette K
Sardinal, Costa Rica2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We were scheduled for the Partial Canal Tour on January 25th. We were told this was cancelled by the Canal Authority and we were given another tour in its place. The tour we paid for cost $220 usd per person and included hotel pickup, canal boat tour and lunch. This was replaced with a tour to the Miraflores locks (which we had to pay $20 usd to enter), a boat tour of Gatun Lake, a guided tour along the canal with strategic stops and commentary, a trip to the Pacific to view where the ships enter the canal, and a final tour of the Amador Causeway. We were picked up and proceeded to pick up another group, who refused to get into the van with us. We were put in a separate shuttle for the drive to Miraflores with a driver who did not speak English and no tour guide. From Miraflores, another driver was recruited who could speak English and drive us in a car trailing the tour bus to Gatun Lake. He was obviously not a tour guide as we were only given 3 pieces of information – the name of a street, the name of a bridge and Pedro Miguel locks. After the boat tour, we were driven back to the city. I reported the events to the tour company and asked for a refund as we were not provided with the tour we were promised, or value for our money. They offered to penalize the tour guides and provide the Canal tour at no cost next time we’re in Panama. This is not acceptable as we have no plans to return to Panama. I have been waiting a week for Ivan Espinoza to get back to me (who told me he had to wait for the manager to return on Monday, when in fact he is the owner). A tour company shows its merits by how it handles the issues that arise – Ivantours has failed in this regard.
Written February 1, 2022
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twoGeminis
Toronto25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We did a partial transit through the Panama Canal with Nexus Tours booked through the Panama City Sunwing Representative, Angelica who was very helpful. We learned the history of the canal and it was fabulous understanding how the locks function. We were followed by a large cargo ship in each of the locks. Our transfers to the boat and return were comfortable and on time. Also enjoyed a very good lunch on the boat. Highly recommended.
Written March 12, 2020
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Gillian E
Peachland, Canada19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We booked via Norwegian cruise line with aventura 2000. We were up at 4.30 am on ferry by 7.00 am and would have loved breakfast and a coffee or tea but got lunch at 9.00am and offered beer and pop instead. When I thought I could eat some of the salad and fried chicken at 9.30am it had been put away. There was no netting along the rails of the completely flat ferry and when a big wave came over caused by a speed boat a lot of passengers belongings got soaked and nearly went overboard
Including our ruck sack. Very dangerous for young children with these open railings. Tour was interesting but at $300.00 for two very expensive and wish we had just gone to the viewing tower.
It would have been a lot more comfortable on a proper boat but with a ferry they can pack more people on
Would not recommend a trip with this particular tour company but going through the original locks was interesting
Written January 17, 2023
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Fancyfreebob
Wayne, PA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Picked up at 0500, back to hotel (American Trade Hotel) at 2010, Fifteen hour adventure. Gus, the Cruise Guide on the boat was a delight, and very informative. He knows everything about the canal, and explained it all to us in both Spanish and English. English is perfect. You will learn EVERYTHING about how a ship gets through the canal, and watch it happening. If you are a "boaty" person, you can watch very interesting line handling, too. Guys in rowboats next to giant ships. And go to the stern and watch the crew handle the fenders. Watch how the boat captain gets the boat off the canal wall. These guys are really "salty".
Written February 9, 2020
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Freddylasvegas
Las Vegas, NV403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We didn’t do a tour. We just had a taxi take us to the closest lock. We checked it out with no boat coming through. Pretty cool to see. We found out that it takes a boat about 8 hours to go through the lock. We walked through the museum and took some pics and watched a iTunes video on our phones and left. Still pretty awesome ti see and so glad we didn’t take a five our tour. Had another taxi take us to a Panama sign took some more pics and then went back ti our hotel to swim👍👍
Written August 15, 2022
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Rubby H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We loved the tours and this company, Panama Canal Tours, Amanda, Ivan and the tourist guide Luis very responsible and professionals. Excellent customer service an amazing experience and a great model that makes any vacation dream a reality. I recommend the 10-night travel package. Thank you Panama Canal Tours
Written February 5, 2023
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Mark M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I'm only in Panama City for one day and wanted to see the canal. I booked the Alternative Transit tour with Panama Canal Tours. With in 24 hours my airline changed my flight times and I was not able to that the tour. I contacted Amanda Ramirez International Sales and Product Manager on January 23, 2024. I asked to cancel my tour. Over the course of the past 4 weeks I have heard from them twice, and this is after I emailed and called 5 times. I finally had to have my credit card company cancel the charge for the tour. Their customer service is VERY BAD. I would not book with Panama Canal Tours
Written February 19, 2024
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