Built between 1904 and 1913, the Panama Canal is one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the construction of this narrow, 80 kilometre-long waterway claimed over 20,000 lives – a clue to the monumental scale of the task. On this trip, you’ll witness this incredible construction first-hand, sailing the canal to where it meets the Pacific. To begin with, you’ll head inland and board the ferry, which will carry you along the canal. Complete with comfortable seating and open decks, it’s perfect for watching the passing scenery. You’ll start by sailing through the Gaillard Cut, the part of the canal that crosses the Continental divide and presented the biggest challenge during construction. Then, enjoy the views as you pass through two locks, each of which uses 197 million litres of water to operate. After crossing Miraflores Lake, you’ll then sail under the famous Bridge of the Americas out into the Pacific – look downwards and you’ll see the fresh canal water mingling with the salty ocean. Back on dry land, a bus will then return you to ship. Lunch on the ferry is included in the trip.
The minimum age for this tour is 4 years old. This is an extremely popular tour with spaces limited due to boat capacities and Canal permission. This is a part-transit of the Panama Canal, and the journey to the ferry can take up to 1-2hrs. This can be a long day with delays however this is the nature of the panama canal. The tour can run in the opposite direction to advertised. Be sure to book in advance. We recommend that you take sealed snacks and refreshments with you.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.