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Jungle beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Panama Canal & Costa Rica Voyage

12-day cruise from £3,379 pp

Special offer: Club Continent Suite

Summary

In Brief

  • 1 Night Miami
  • 2 Nights Cartagena - Bolivar
  • 2 Nights Panama City
  • 2 Nights Golfito
  • 1 Night Quepos
  • 2 Nights Caldera

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Miami, Florida

Propelled by Latin rhythms, with a bold style all its own, Miami is a spicy melting pot of cultures. Immerse yourself in the colourful Art Deco district, vibrant nightlife, and beaches for sun-worshipers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Put some money on the horses at Hialeah Park, one of racing's oldest and most prominent tracks, right next to a lake full of pink flamingos. Go adventuring in the Everglades, looking for gators and manatees, canoeing through mangrove tunnels, or paddling a sea kayak through the “10,000 islands”. Flashy and full of life, it’s a great place to play.

Days 2-3
At Sea

Days 4-5
Cartagena

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is an historic city undergoing a modern renaissance. Filled with legends, romance and splendour, the walled city features Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and cultural sites. Marvel at the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, the Palace of the Inquisition, and the Clock Tower; explore the Squares of Los Coches, Santo Domingo, and Centenario; visit the beaches of Islas del Rosario National Park; or simply relax at one of the city’s many open-air cafés, as horse-drawn carriages parade by. No matter what you do, you’ll be enchanted by Cartagena and its people.

Days 6-7
Panama Canal (Cruising) and Panama City

Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and a must-see for every world traveler. It was completed in 1914 through the efforts of over 80,000 workers and was one of the most difficult and largest engineering projects every undertaken. Once finished, the Panama Canal enabled ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time it previously required, and now the 77km canal sees over 14,000 ships pass every year. The journey cuts through Isthmus of Panama and takes about nine hours, as ships are lifted and lowered a total of approximately 50 metres through its three locks.

Days 8-9
Golfito - Costa Rica

Set against a beautiful backdrop of steep green hills and a pristine rainforest, the port town of Golfito overlooks tranquil Golfito Bay and is a gateway to Puerto Jimenez, the renowned Osa Peninsula, and Corcovado National Park—one of the few remaining large, lowland tropical rainforests in the world. (With an overnight stay here, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to join one of our Cruise Global, Connect LocalSM day tours and explore these incredible areas.)

Golfito has some of the best beaches in Costa Rica, and combined with its many marinas and boats, it features spectacular sport fishing, yachting, surfing, and other water sports. Nature lovers will also appreciate Golfito: as Costa Rica’s only city situated within a declared protection area, it’s home to hundreds of species of rare flora, fauna, birds, and animals.

Day 10
Quepos - Costa Rica

A tropical inlet surrounded by a lush rainforest, Quepos is an enchanting Costa Rican town, featuring six square blocks of restaurants, bars, bakeries, art galleries, and gift shops, all fronted by the main beach. It’s renowned for sport fishing, particularly marlin, and draws anglers in from all over the world.

Other nearby attractions range from the Butterfly Botanical Gardens and the Damas Estuary with its maze of wetlands, crocodiles, herons, and monkeys, to the Naranjo River and Savegre River for white-water rafting and the Damas Caves to see stalagmites and stalactites.

Go kayaking or snorkelling along the coastline of Manuel Antonio, or simply meander the friendly streets of Quepos and soak in the local atmosphere.

Immersive Cruise Global, Eco Local shore excursion (available to purchase)

Departing from Quepos you will take the route to the Mid-Pacific, into the Carara National Park, a low mountainous area of 4,700 hectares in a transitional climate zone, going from the dry North to the very humid coast of the South Pacific. This experience begins at the universal footpath, specially designed to provide an easy and interesting walk into the forest, with a wide range of resources for those with disabilities. Over 110 species of birds like the anhinga, surgeon ducks, pied-billed grebes, great blue and tri-color herons and the boat-billed herons are present in this National Park. You can also view several species of monkeys and other mammals and impressive reptilians and amphibians.

Pura Vida Garden, named the No.1 garden in Latin America by Integrated Conservation Research Group; is truly a visual master piece. The design begins by showcasing the country’s natural beauty, with its spectacular flora, fauna, waterfalls, and views of the Pacific. To this, thousands of flowers have been added, not only from Costa Rica but from all over the world. The manicured walkways meander along a rivers and mountain crests, with most easily accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness. Enjoy lunch at Pura Vida’s main restaurant, then continue on your journey to the Tarcoles Bridge, where you will have a chance to observe crocodiles that live just meters below the bridge.

Days 11-12
Caldera, Costa Rica

Caldera, Costa Rica has been a working port since 1577, and now over four centuries later, it’s the gateway to an abundance of riches. It serves as the primary access point from the Pacific Coast to Costa Rica’s historic capital, San Jose, while some of the country’s best national parks are located a short distance away. Just 30km south of Caldera are two forest reserves—the Biological Reserve of Carara, and a preserve that encompasses the islands of Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros—and both are known for their large and diverse populations of forest and aquatic birds. Caldera’s rainforest, which begins just inside the coastline and continues up into the mountain ranges, features rivers, waterfalls, and parks.

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

12-day cruise on board Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises) from £3,379

Departure: 4 January 2018

Club Oceanview Stateroom (04): £3,379
Club Veranda Stateroom (V3): £4,009
Club Continent Suite (N1): £5,749

Club Oceanview Stateroom

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