Unveiled Wonders – Costa Rica and Panama Canal (9 Days)

Cruise Line: UnCruise Adventures
Panama City, Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panamá—the happiest country in the world! You'll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind from your day of travel, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sights and attractions.

Panama City, Panama
New Gatún Locks, Panama
Cruise starts
Colón, Panama

Enjoy a morning of leisure or explore nearby city markets and cafés. This afternoon, rendezvous with your shipmates in our Bristol Hotel hospitality area. Enroute to your ship, stop at the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Take in the views of Gatún Lake and the newly expanded locks. Board the Safari Voyager, meet your crew and prepare to experience one of the top bucket-list destinations—transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panama Canal. The lock authority gives the final go ahead for your early evening transit. Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it. What a way to kick off your week!

Panama Canal, Panama
Gulf of Panama Islands, Panama

Cruise through the diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama. Hosting hundreds of avian species have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching. And look for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight. This evening, as you sail further away from civilization, you can almost chart your course by the stars.

Granito de Oro, Panama

Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center connect with a dreamy white-sand beach. Named one of the world's top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. Hop to the park's main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through untouched tropical jungle. Mantled howler monkeys, crested eagles, and four turtle species call Isla Coiba home.

Isla Coiba, Panama

Ah, another day in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches. As always, the hardest part is picking the "what". Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Or, slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. The water is crystal-clear, and the fish and turtles are swimming! Find balance to your invigorating morning—then it's cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

A birder's paradise, explore a tropical botanical reserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there's a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Osa Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country's largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species—a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet's biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica's monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area, putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel mates.

Curu Reserve, Costa Rica

It's your last day, and it's a big one. At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curú—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local "residents" include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don't want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it's enough to make the earth move. Although you might not make it on the Killer Trail, a hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. They are everywhere. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board. Cap off your week with a celebratory farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for slideshow highlighting the week's adventures.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica

Enjoy an early breakfast onboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the Caldera Port, you'll be transferred to San José to connect with your flight home, or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

Unveiled Wonders – Costa Rica and Panama Canal map

What's Included


  • Onboard meals; alcoholic and non beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; complimentary massage

Not Included

  • Port taxes/fees; airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance; optional excursions and land tours

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A crew member shows you to your cabin. After a short time getting situated, gain your bearings with a spin around the ship before heading to the lounge for a glass of bubbly and to meet your shipmates. And then you’re off! Headed to where the big ships can’t go—in more ways than one. Be sure to pack a go-with-the-flow attitude. There are set itineraries, but in-the-moment decisions with Mother Nature leading the way will happen!. No matter how you travel—with a companion, family, solo, or in a group—connection, place, and adventure are at the heart of your exploration.

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