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Panama City: Layover Private Tour

1. Panama City: Layover Private Tour

Using your flight number and airline name, a driver will track your flight until it lands. After landing, the driver will be waiting for you outside with a sign highlighting your name. The driver will assist you to the car with your luggage. Once in the car, the driver will head to the Miraflores Visitors Center at the Panama Canal where you will see the ships going through the Miraflores Locks on their way from one ocean to the other. The tour will be designed for you to visit the Panama Canal during the busiest time of the day so you can watch the whole process from a terrace. After leaving the Panama Canal, the guide will take you to the Amador Coastway, a road that connects 3 islands where you will have the opportunity to see the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The following destination will be the Old Town of Panama where you can appreciate the beauty of colonial buildings and handicraft shops while walking the quaint, narrow roads. After the Old Town, see the modern Panama City on your way to the airport.

Panama: Miraflores, Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

2. Panama: Miraflores, Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

Discover the sights of Panama City on this private multi-stop day tour with a local guide. Visit the Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal and its museum before continuing to Amador Causeway and Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. In the morning, meet your private Panama guide at your hotel or residence, then set out for an unforgettable excursion to the city’s most historical sites and the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Take a 30-minute ride to the Miraflores Locks to observe the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Take in the views on the locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete your visit to the Canal, visit the Panama Canal Museum and Visitor Center to get a good idea of the construction of the canal, a masterpiece of engineering. Before the next stop, learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. Continue the tour to the Panamá Viejo, the ruins of Old Panama. Old Panama was the first European settlement and community on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore was abandoned. Today, there are only ruins left of Old Panama. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. Head to Amador Causeway next, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers unbeatable views of the canal on one side and of the city skyline on the other. Lunch will be served in a Panamanian restaurant on the causeway (cost not included). After lunch, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, where you will feel set back in time as you admire and enjoy the view of the characteristic colonial houses, the narrow roads, and the awe-inspiring churches. Before drop-off back at your hotel or residence, get a better picture of Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this historic quarter. 

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Highly recommend!!!! The tour was exactly as described and the guide Cesar went above and beyond to share everything he knows about Panama history and the history of the Panama Canal. Having a guide makes all the difference! He also took me to local shops and coffee shops, so good! Panama City is amazing, I was truly impressed!

Cesar is a very attentive person and he likes what he does! The best tour for those who have few hours of connection in Panama! A very rich tour of history and knowledge about the Panama Canal. Exceptional!

Dan went out the way to show us Panama City. He was professional and knowledgeable. He was on time and drove safely. I would recommend this tour to anyone with a long layover in Panama City w/Dan.

Such a great tour. I booked last minute but Cesar was wonderful enough to get guide Dan to me in under 30 mins! Loved seeing Panama in this way - fantastic tour, would highly recommmend.

Great layover tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide