Panama is the only place in the world where you can stand on the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific in less than an hour. And on this trip to Panama City that’s exactly what you’ll get to do. After setting off by coach at noon, you’ll arrive in this fascinating city, whose skyscrapers loom over the Pacific. Your sightseeing starts with a chaser of history – a visit to the ruins of Old Panama. Follow your guide around the crumbled walls and old cathedral tower, tracing the story of the original city, which was built by the Spanish in 1519 and destroyed by fire in 1670. Next, continue to Casco Antiguo, the old quarter of the new city, which was constructed after the first capital was destroyed. This atmospheric district is UNESCO-protected and woven with cobbled streets, churches and sunny plazas. See the Metropolitan Cathedral, whose belltowers are inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and admire the grand palaces and flower-festooned townhouses. Last but not least, you’ll walk along Las Bovedas, a historic walkway lined with plaques chronicling the history of the Panama Canal. Finally, enjoy some light refreshments before heading back to ship.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.