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Central America | The Excitement of Panama

Sample Itinerary


Playa Bonita

Trip Duration

5 nights / 6 Days

Blessed with lush rainforests, beautiful natural attractions and nearly 1,800 miles of dramatic coastline brimming with infinite opportunities for adventure, Panama awaits. Discover ancient ruins and the famed Panama Canal together with authentic traditions, culture and cosmopolitan energy for an exhilarating getaway.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1: USA / Playa Bonita, Panama |

Depart your home city for your exciting Panama vacation. After clearing customs, meet your private transfer bound for The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama where you will spend five nights in an Executive Club oceanview guestroom. Delight in outstanding 18th-floor views from your private balcony, signature Westin Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Shower, along with access to the upscale Westin Executive Club Lounge featuring complimentary continental breakfast, snacks and beverages throughout the day, and hor d'oeuvres and drinks every evening. In addition, enjoy four beachside pools with complimentary private cabanas; pampering Sensory Spa by Clarins including 13 treatment rooms and beauty salon; a choice of nine bar and dining options to suit every palette, plus a supervised Westin Family Kids Club.

Day 2: Panama |

Following your complimentary breakfast in the Executive Club Lounge, depart the hotel for your full day tribal adventure on the Embera Indigenous Village Excursion. Immerse in the ancient Embera culture with dances, mystical rituals and music. Explore an abundant variety of wildlife during a trek through untouched jungle and sparkling waterfalls. Discover the village elder's knowledge of medicinal plants and natural remedies or watch the Embera women create beautiful baskets from palm leaves and natural dyes for a remarkable Panamanian experience. Say goodbye to your new native friends before returning to the hotel.

Relax in the Executive Club Lounge for appetizers and drinks before heading to dinner. Stop by Pacifica for special themed dinners, watch chefs prepare your meal before your eyes at Oceanica's live cooking stations or sample international dishes at the upscale Tierra y Fuego.

Day 3 - 4: Panama |

Following a relaxing breakfast each morning, explore the natural splendor of your surrounding area at your leisure. Experience the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic - the only place in the world where this occurs. Embark on a drive, bicycle journey, or invigorating jog along the scenic Amador Causeway, a one-lane road that connects three islands. Explore Punta Bruja Nature Reserve, fish off the islands of Las Perlas, or watch whales out in the Pacific for a fun-filled day of adventure. For those who wish to immerse in culture, tradition and the distinctive flavors of the region, head to Panama City and the old town of Casco Viejo. Founded in 1673 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore historic cathedrals, plazas, the Palacio de las Garzas, National Theater of Culture and beyond. Discover countless options for shopping, dining, and entertainment, including casinos with live shows.

Day 5 - 6: Panama / USA |

For your grand finale in Panama, start your day with a delicious breakfast and grab your camera before heading out to experience one of the world's greatest man-made feats of engineering: the Panama Canal. Begin your narrated Panama Canal Partial Transit Excursion with a drive from Flamenco Marina to the town of Gamboa, and board your boat upon the canal at Gailard cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. Travel through Pedro Miguel Locks and view the Centennial Bridge on the way. Then, enter Miraflores Lake before your final body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Pass under the Bridge of America and admire the Bay of Panama and the city's magnifcent skyline before disembarkation and private transfer back to the your hotel.

This evening, unwind with a little karaoke or sounds of live pop, salsa, or jazz with a signature sangria or mojito at Soleo or Oasis Bar and Lounge. Then, sample the best of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine at Asiana or the tempting Latin specialties from Tierra y Fuego as you reminisce about your remarkable adventures in Panama. In the morning, board your private transfer to the airport for your homebound flight and begin planning your next enticing adventure in Central America.

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