Travel Consultants' Top Picks for the highlights of Panama
Highlights of Panama Overview
Panama is exploding onto the vacation scene as a country packed with something to do for everyone and this package is a combination of our travel consultant’s top picks. While we believe this itinerary highlights the best things on offer, we’ll work with you every step of the way to build you the perfectly personalised holiday you want.
Start off exploring the lush highlands of Boquete. This quaint mountain village is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and is filled with exotic flora and fauna, pristine waterfalls, cloud forests and the towering Volcano Baru which helped shape the isthmus of Panama.
Then its off to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro to island hop the palm fringed white sandy beaches and snorkel in the crystal clear waters.
Finally, hit Panama City where you will explore the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo and learn the fascinating history of this beautiful country as well as indulge in the Chef’s menu at the world famous ‘Donde Jose’ restaurant.
Every itinerary includes:
Airport Greeting Service
24/7 In-country Service
- Day 1: Head to the Highlands
Welcome to Panama! Arrive at Tocumen International Airport and immediately transfer for your internal flight with renowned Copa Airlines directly to David. Take a ground transfer over one of the best 4 lane highways in all central America to the beautiful village of Boquete.
Set in the highlands close to the border of Costa Rica, Boquete is a true gem. With a year round Spring-like climate, picture perfect views of lush valleys and crystal clear waterfalls, and with English commonly spoken, this quaint mountain town will steal your heart.
You’ll stay at the Hotel Panamonte and Spa – a charming historic inn which boasts luxury and elegance with personalised service.
The superb location means you are a stones throw from all the attractions Boquete offers, but impeccable furnishings, relaxed ambience and first class service may make you never want to leave!
- Day 2: Welcome to Coffee Country
Discover the lush, fertile lands of Panama on this full day tour which opens your eyes to the stunning and unique scenery of the isthmus of Panama. Visit the vibrant outdoor market of Guadelupe, marvel at the magnitude of the famous Baru Volcano, and learn all about the fascinating Panamanian geology.
A full morning exploring is enough to work up a hunger – help pick and create your own picnic style lunch at the picturesque Rubio farm where you will feast on local dishes, fruits, cheeses and seasonal vegetables.
Finally, stimulate all your senses as we delve deep into the dark roasted world of coffee at the Janson Estate. World renowned for their Geisha variety which is the world’s most expensive coffee, you will learn everything you will ever need to know about coffee!
- Day 3: Head to the Beach
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If you’re ready to hit the beach, enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before a 3.5 hour ground transfer plus a 30 minute boat crossing which will see you at your exquisite hotel in Bocas del Toro in time for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the emerald waters and swaying palm trees.
Alternatively, if you want to explore the volcanic highlands a little further we can arrange a half day excursion of your choosing before taking the transfer in the afternoon which will see you in Bocas del Toro to enjoy the sunset.
Settle into your stunning over the water bungalow at Azul Paradise – a 5* eco resort that is committed to working in harmony with the abundant nature of the archipelago.
- Day 4: Island Hopping
It’s easy to see why Bocas del Toro is considered by many to be Panama’s top travel destination and this incredible Island Hop and Snorkel tour will leave you in no doubt it’s true!
Explore the picture perfect Caribbean islands and the vibrant marine life by boat as we glide through mangroves and watch the dolphins play before jumping in and snorkelling in the pristine coral gardens of Coral Cay.
Tuck in to a traditional Caribbean dish for a well earned lunch before we head to the boutique Red Frog Beach Resort where you are free to explore the crystal clear waters or simply relax on the sandy, white shores before a final stop of more snorkelling at hospital point.
- Day 5: Kick Back and Relax
Indulge yourself in island life with this free day. Grab a water taxi and visit the main island, explore the area by kayak, island hop and visit some of the many beautiful beaches or simply kick back and relax.
Ask us for our top recommendations and make the most of the Bocas archipelago.
- Day 6: Panama City
After a short morning flight, get picked up by your private guide and start your exploration of Panama City and the Canal.
Tour the Miraflores Visitor Center and Museum and learn the fascinating history of the canal before heading to the viewing deck to see the ships transiting one of the most impressive feats of human engineering.
Next stop is the stunning Casco Viejo – Panama’s Old Quarter. Wander the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the 400 year old architecture while your guide fills you in on the historical significance of this area.
Your guide will drop you off directly to your hotel, or you can choose to spend some extra time exploring the many boutique shops, cafes and restaurants that cater for every taste.
Whenever you are ready, check into your impeccably decorated and superbly located hotel – La Concordia. Your final 2 nights may see you never wanting to leave your hotel room!
- Day 7: Visit the Indigenous Embera Community
Leave the city far behind and jump into this full day adventure with the indigenous Embera tribe. Travel up river in a traditional dugout canoe, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife in the beautiful Chagres National Park.
Be welcomed by traditional music and gather with the tribe elders to learn about their culture. Enjoy a freshly prepared, traditional meal, join in the shamanic dancing or sit back and watch.
Head back to the city and prepare for dinner at the Chef’s table at Donde Jose – a tiny restaurant that has made it onto the list of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
Expect a culinary masterpiece as Cordon-Bleu trained chef Jose Carlos explains the inspiration and design of each dish as he unravels his story of Panamanian food.
- Day 8: Heading Home
Wake up in splendour and enjoy your final few hours at La Concordia before taking your ground shuttle to Tocumen for your departure.