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The first ships sailed through the Panama Canal in 1914, shaving nearly 9,000 miles off what was otherwise a very long sailing trip around South America. The engineering marvel transformed global trade, and today, 100 years after it was first installed, the canal has once again been expanded with new locks and widened existing ones, modernizing Panama Canal transit by allowing larger ships to pass from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean side to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean side.

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Panama Canal Partial Transit
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Panama Canal Partial Transit

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Take a partial transit cruise on the Panama Canal and journey through the Miraflores Locks. Marvel at this incredible feat of engineering as your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters), enabling Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the vessel is locked. On this half-day trip, enjoy Panama City sights and travel along Amador Causeway during the drive from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this full-day tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all three sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

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Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Northbound direction

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Journey through the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks aboard the Pacific Queen. During this 6-hour tour from Panama City, travel to Gamboa with your local guide, then board a boat for a trip through the canal's impressive locks. Entering through the Gailard Cut, observe the impressive feats of engineering that make this passage possible. Learn about the canal's construction and consistent maintenance from through your guide's informative commentary. Cruise back to your departure point, admiring views of Panama City's skyline before disembarking. A continental breakfast and lunch are included on board.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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Private Tour of the Historic Center of Panama and Canal

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Private Tour of the Historic Center of Panama and Canal

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We offer you a different and personalized experience tailored to your needs, with flexible schedules and made in the order you want.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

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You don't have to get on a cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal. Aboard the Pacific Queen tourist boat, you'll travel through two locks on the Panama Canal. Experience the sensation of rising and lowering through the locks and to see this engineering marvel at work. Onboard commentary explains the history and importance of the Panama Canal.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.75
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Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

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Combine some of the most popular day trips from Panama City, Panama into one day of adventure. This tour includes a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal, a visit to Monkey Island, which is home to three species of monkeys, and a visit to Soberania National Park and an indigenous village.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City Tour Panama y Canal Centro de Visitante de Miraflores)

City Tour Panama y Canal Centro de Visitante de Miraflores)

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Panoramic tour of the modern city, then we will visit the Casco Antiguo, a castrato of colonial architecture, the Cathedral and the Altar de Oro, the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, where you can observe the crossing of the boats and we will complement the tour through the 4 exhibition halls in homage to the eighth wonder of the modern world. Later, we will visit the Amador Causeway, the breakwater that the Americans built to protect the navigable course of the Panama Canal. Here doing a short stop at the Duty Free. And for those who wish to take a souvenir the obligatory stop is the craft market
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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Cruise through the Panama Canal by boat for an up-close experience this important waterway. Look for wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake, and see ships transiting through the canal. Then head to Gamboa and the Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, and visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.59
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5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

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Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by the construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour
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Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

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Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous cultures of the Chagres River during this boat-based, eco-adventure. Cruise amidst some of the waterways, lakes, and islands that make up the Panama Canal stopping to observe local birdlife and primates. Then meet up with residents of the Embera tribe in Parara Puru village for cultural presentations and an included lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour with transfers

Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour with transfers

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Visit the Panama Canal during a private layover tour from Panama City’s international airport. Travel with a private driver to see one of the world’s engineering marvels. During this convenient outing, learn about Panama’s fascinating history and watch ships navigate the canal’s locks. Stop at the visitor center and enjoy a sightseeing tour through Panama City before returning to the airport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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2-Hour Visit Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal

2-Hour Visit Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal

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Explore the history and engineering of the Panama Canal on a 2-hour tour from Panama City to the Miraflores Locks. Watch the towering locks in action, with plenty of time to watch ships move through the gates and visit the onsite museum. Learn the staggering challenges that faced the Panama Canal’s builders, and how they eventually completed one of the world’s greatest engineering feats.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.00
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Panama City Tour (Old Panama, Canal, Casco Viejo And Causeway)

Panama City Tour (Old Panama, Canal, Casco Viejo And Causeway)

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A tour that combines the visit to historic cities of Panama (Old Panama and Casco Viejo) and a visit to the Panama Canal. You can relive histories of the Spanish Colony in our walk through the Old Town (Casco Antiguo) and the stories of the real "Pirates of the Caribbean" in the Old Panama Site. We will finalize in the modern Causeway where you can view of different Marinas and the place where the Panama Canal encounters the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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Panama Canal and City Tour

Panama Canal and City Tour

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Guided tours are important for our tourists to obtain truthful information and the best experience of our beautiful Panama, not to mention that you and your companions will have personalized attention.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Canal of Panama by Helicopter

Canal of Panama by Helicopter

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Get a bird’s-eye view of spectacular Panama City on an exciting helicopter tour. Whether you’re a first-time or a regular visitor, the 30-minute ride is an easy way to get an overview of the city in a short time. You’ll fly over the skyscrapers of the city skyline, the distinctive Biomuseo, the Bridge of the Americas, and of course the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Layover (Stopover) City tour and Panama Canal Visit

Layover (Stopover) City tour and Panama Canal Visit

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are you traveling and have some free hours for your next flight on your layover in panama? take advantge of that time to visit and know more about Panama, is an small city with a lot to see, let us be your guide on those hours while you are in Panama.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train Ride

Historic Portobelo and Panama Canal Sightseeing Tour with Scenic Train Ride

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Visit three different cities and three different centuries on this fascinating tour of Panama. Journey to the world heritage site of Portobelo where you can see the ruins of this once wealthy city. Then it’s onto the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Complete your tour with a picturesque train ride from Colon to Panama City. This day tour throughout Panama brings you history, culture, technology and more. Be sure you don’t miss out! This tour runs with a minimum of 4 participants.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
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Canal Tour & Casco Antiguo

Canal Tour & Casco Antiguo

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At the visitor center of the canal of Panama, you will certainly be able to connect with its history, the people who contributed to its construction, the countries that took the initiative to build to make the canal a reality. Casco add up to the history, discover who lived there, how they lived and more. Interested in history, how things were done in the past to better understand the long way we came from. Visit the Panama Canal visitor center and the old square, Casco Antiguo, to have an understanding of the importance of the canal, its history and be amazed by the story of the old square. This tour runs with a minimum of 4 participants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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City Tour of Panama City, Panama including the Panama Canal

City Tour of Panama City, Panama including the Panama Canal

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Go to the Panama Canal and beyond during this city tour of Panama City. At the Miraflores Visitor Center, watch ships pass through the locks in front of you. At a craft market, choose from items made by members of Panama's indigenus Kuna community. Colonial architecture and a newly hip vibe can be experienced in the Casco Viejo neighborhood and the city's modern skyline is best admired from the Amador Causeway.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Layover Tour - Panama City Tour and Canal Visitor Center

Layover Tour - Panama City Tour and Canal Visitor Center

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Make the most of a layover in Panama City on a flexible, half-day tour that’s tailored to your schedule. You can see the city center, Panama City’s atmospheric old town, the Amador Causeway, Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, and the Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum, while enjoying the security of a driver who will get you back to the airport in time for your departing flight.
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  • 3 to 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.13
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Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama

Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama

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Cover four top destinations in Panama City, Panama in one full-day tour. Get an up-close view of ships in the Panama Canal as they rise and lower more than 50 feet through the Miraflores lock. Tour of the Panama Viejo archaeological site. Get views of the city skyline from the Amador Causeway. Then explore the historic streets of the chic Casco Viejo neighborhood.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Layover Panama Tour Pedro Miguel Locks and Old City (5h)

Layover Panama Tour Pedro Miguel Locks and Old City (5h)

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If you’re on a short stopover in Panama City there’s no need just to sit in the airport. Get out and make the most of your time in this vibrant city. On a five-hour private city tour you have time to visit the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, drive along the Amador Causeway for great city views, and learn about Panamanian history among the beautiful buildings of the old town.
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  • 5 hours
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$45.00
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Virtual Birdwatching Tour at the Panama Canal

Virtual Birdwatching Tour at the Panama Canal

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In this unique tour from Panama you will be able to see the amazing flora and fauna of the Panamanian jungle live with our licensed tour guides followed by a driving tour of the Panama Canal. You can enjoy clear views of the amazing biodiversity that Panama has to offer as well as the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal without leaving your house! This guided virtual tour will be broadcast live via Zoom with our expert tour guides who are both naturalists and historians who can answer any of your questions while they show you our beautiful country. In addition to seeing the birds through the scopes live, we also display these pictures to the clients as we see them so they can make a list if they want. This virtual tour will take place at 6:00am local time in Panamá City! Make sure you have the time difference correct to join this virtual tour!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.53
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What are Panama Canal hours of operation?
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Panama Canal hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Panama Canal tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Panama Canal can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Panama Canal 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Panama Canal costs USD 11.53. Guided Panama Canal tours start around USD 11.53 per person.
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