Nearly 300 of the roughly 14,000+ ships that pass through its three sets of locks annually are now Panama Canal cruises that cater to tourists from around the globe.

The Panama Canal is approximately 48 miles long. Rather than vacationing on a cruise liner that passes through the Panama Canal in about 9 – 15 hours, many vacationers are opting for our 8-day Caravan Panama cruise package.

After viewing Panama’s lock system work from the solid ground, Caravan guests have the opportunity to see the gates function from the water level on our chartered passenger vessel. While seated on the small Caravan Panama cruise boat, guests often get to experience the steel gates open and close, depending on the schedule of the Canal that day.

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Ship passing through Panama's Miraflores Lock with Visitor Center in the background

The Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Museum brings life and history into the construction and operation of the Panama Canal.

The primary focus of this modern Panama City attraction is the Miraflores Locks Museum, a four-floor interactive museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Panama Miraflores Locks. Museum guests are offered views of the Panama Canal from various platforms and depending on the canal’s schedule, can watch big ships and passenger liners passing through the locks.

Caravan Tours is a Chicago based all-inclusive tour company that also offers escorted tours of the Panama Canal. Included as part of Caravan’s Panama Canal tour is a morning visit to the Miraflores Visitor Center and Museum.

Caravan Tours uses highly knowledgeable local tour guides who to help all Caravan guests obtain a greater appreciation for the amazing history behind the building of the Panama Canal. Read more

The 2 mile (3.5km) Amador Causeway Panama (Calzada de Amador) is a must see tourist attraction located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal near Panama City.

Built by the United States Government in 1913, Amador Causeway Panama is unique in that it is the road that connects Panama City (the capital) with four small Pacific Ocean archipelago islands. Read more

View of a mountaintop island on Panama river cruise

All inclusive Panama vacations bring tourists to what many people call Central America’s “Hidden Treasure.

Panama is the small country near the equator that connects Central America to South America. Though relatively small in size, it is brimming with culture shaped by European and Spanish traditions and a friendly population generally made up of Spanish speaking Roman Catholics.

Panama’s strategic geographic location makes it a gathering place of people from all over the world. In recent years Panama has gone to great lengths to attract worldwide vacationers and tourists to its country. Many of these tourists are eager to witness the workings of the engineering feat that often claims the title as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” – the Panama Canal. Read more

Travel Panama with Caravan Tours including Colon Panama vacations to this country’s second largest city.

Colon is an extremely valuable port and commercial center for world trade. With a relatively small population of less than 300,000 Colon province is located near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal on the North Central part of the country.

Since its early start in the mid 1800’s, Colon has maintained its charm as a “steamy Caribbean port” where just about everything goes. Tourists describe the city as vibrant, pulsing, and fascinating despite its apparent poverty.

Travel experts Lonely Planet say, “Colon Province is mostly undeveloped and virtually inaccessible, but steeped in a rich, accessible history”. Read more

The town of El Valle Panama is an outstanding invitation in and of itself, beckoning tourists from around the world to come vacation in the quiet little village located in the world’s largest inhabited volcano crater.

Indians from surrounding Panama Mountains first inhabited El Valle over 11,000 years ago. What used to be a volcanic crater lake is now a popular ‘Old Panama’ destination. Many Americans choose to retire here and the small village is a popular getaway for Panama City residents. Many affluent Panamanians also have weekend homes in area.

Located only 120 kilometers or less than 2 hours from Panama City, El Valle Panama is a must see destination and included in most Panama guided tours. Read more

On the Caribbean coast Panama in Middle America there are plenty of sights and unique places that are sure to please history fans and all who appreciate the treasures of the past.

Pristine Caribbean coast beaches are an added bonus and can be found in the province of Colon near Portobelo and Playa Blanca. Portobelo was founded in the 16th century and was known as the port for exporting silver to Spain.

Portobelo Panama

The British presence in this part the Caribbean coast Panama is evident with such commemorative London locations as Portobelo Road. It gets its name from the older Panama town. Portobelo Panama is a small, slow-paced community of just over 4500 people. The old fort, which was established in 1502 by none other than Christopher Columbus, has been named a World Heritage Site. It was once the premier Atlantic port in the Spanish New World. Read more

Take an all inclusive, fully guided Panama vacation with Caravan Tours and your Panama Canal hotels are included.

Our Caravan Panama Canal tour is one of the most economical options for vacationing in this beautiful Central American country. Our tour guests stay at some of the finest hotels in Panama including:

  • Marriott Courtyard Panama
  • Gamboa Rainforest Resort
  • Westin Playa Bonita Resort
  • Intercontinental Miramar Panama

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Casco Viejo is the “Old Quarter” in Panama City; the capital of Panama.

It may be said of many places in the world that a visitor would feel like they were “stepping back in time” when they visit. for the very first time. The Old Quarter is such a place.

Casco Viejo is a World Heritage Site and generally described as the historic center of a very modern city. It is also a popular destination on many Panama tours and features homes with unique balconies that are simply overflowing with flowers.

Many of the building structures in Casco Viejo Panama were built in the French style and during a period of strong French influence. The unique ambience of Casco Viejo resembles the more-famous French Quarter of New Orleans. Read more

Old Panama and Panama City may well be some of the best unknown jewels of Central America, if not the world; yet to be discovered by vacationing world travellers.

Panama City

 

Some visitors to the capital have described it as a cosmopolitan metropolis, small in size but rivalling some of the world’s better known and favorite tourist cities. The city’s population is approximately half a million making it less congested and more attractive to visitors as well as new residents. Read more