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Central America Cruise Expedition: Costa Rica to Panama

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 7,833

Combine Central America’s natural treasure trove with the bridge between north and south, visiting verdant national parks, wildlife refuges, tropical islands, and the famous Panama Canal. Costa Rica and Panama make the perfect pairing on a cruise expedition you’ll never forget.


This 10-day cruise takes you from San Jose to Panama City, visiting some of the most beautiful natural attractions of both Costa Rica and Panama en route, along with one of humankind’s greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal.

From central San Jose, transfer west to Puerto Caldera where you’ll meet the RCGS Resolute, enjoying dinner and meeting your fellow passengers and crew. Awake the next day at Curu National Wildlife Refuge on the Nicoya Peninsula, home to beautiful beaches, and a wide variety of animal life including the near extinct spider monkey. Go on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where over 100 mammal species and nearly 200 different birds bring the forest to life. It’s an ideal spot for paddleboarding or kayaking as well.

Nearing the southern part of Costa Rica, visit the remote Parque Nacional Corcovado, home to the country’s largest jaguar and tapir populations, then explore the Osa Peninsula, sailing the ‘Sweet Gulf’ with the opportunity to go kayaking or paddle boarding amid the mangroves. Then sail on to your first Panama stop, Colba Island, whose fascinating ecological story begins 15,000 years ago when it separated from the mainland, and endemic subspecies began to evolve. Time permitting, you’ll have the chance to dive or snorkel at Granito De Oro, amid its marine life.

Sailing into the Gulf of Panama, stop in at the Pearl Islands, whose white sand beaches protect a fragile ecosystem teeming with life. Then finally arrive in Panama City, exploring its colonial architecture, and enjoying a well earned espresso or cocktail. Maybe stop in at the Gehry-designed Museum of Biodiversity.

Your last full day in Panama takes you along its most famous attraction and landmark, the Panama Canal! You’ll move along the entire 77km length of the canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean, experiencing its day to day workings first hand before docking in Colon and transferring back to Panama City for your onward flight. Or add a few days to explore more of the capital.


 

This 10-day cruise takes you from San Jose to Panama City, visiting some of the most beautiful natural attractions of both Costa Rica and Panama en route, along with one of humankind’s greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal.

 

From central San Jose, transfer west to Puerto Caldera where you’ll meet the RCGS Resolute, enjoying dinner and meeting your fellow passengers and crew. Awake the next day at Curu National Wildlife Refuge on the Nicoya Peninsula, home to beautiful beaches, and a wide variety of animal life including the near extinct spider monkey.  Go on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where over 100 mammal species and nearly 200 different birds bring the forest to life. It’s an ideal spot for paddleboarding or kayaking as well.

 

Nearing the southern part of Costa Rica, visit the remote Parque Nacional Corcovado, home to the country’s largest jaguar and tapir populations, then explore the Osa Peninsula, sailing the ‘Sweet Gulf’ with the opportunity to go kayaking or paddle boarding amid the mangroves. Then sail on to your first Panama stop, Colba Island, whose fascinating ecological story begins 15,000 years ago when it separated from the mainland, and endemic subspecies began to evolve. Time permitting, you’ll have the chance to dive or snorkel at Granito De Oro, amid its marine life.

 

Sailing into the Gulf of Panama, stop in at the Pearl Islands, whose white sand beaches protect a fragile ecosystem teeming with life. Then finally arrive in Panama City, exploring its colonial architecture, and enjoying a well earned espresso or cocktail. Maybe stop in at the Gehry-designed Museum of Biodiversity.

 

Your last full day in Panama takes you along its most famous attraction and landmark, the Panama Canal! You’ll move along the entire 77km length of the canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean, experiencing its day to day workings first hand before docking in Colon and transferring back to Panama City for your onward flight. Or add a few days to explore more of the capital.

 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 7,833

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Day 1

San Jose, Costa Rica

Meet at a central location in San Jose (location to be advised closer to departure date) and you will then be transferred two hours west to Puerto Caldera. Here you will meet your vessel, RCGS Resolute, head aboard and settle into your room. Tonight you will enjoy dinner and then migrate to the deck, revelling in the first of many tropical sunsets. RCGS Resolute will make a short sail across the Gulf of Nicoya to anchor off the Nicoya Peninsula, ready for the next day's adventures.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration9 Nights
Accommodation

RCGS Resolute

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    RCGS Resolute


    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views ...

    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include our theater style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Gift Shop
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Massage Rooms
    • Plunge Pool
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Nicoya Peninsula and Curu National Wildlife Refuge

Today you will explore the Curu National Wildlife Refuge which is nestled at the southeast tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The refuge hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula and has spearheaded many successful sustainable development programs from reintroducing the near extinct spider monkey, to the coral reef restoration project and migratory bird monitoring. This is an ideal location for kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Manuel Antonio National Park

Your adventure continues in the Manuel Antonio National Park. Boasting over 100 species of mammals, 184 species of birds and a plethora of diverse flora, this park is a wildlife lover's dream. The network of hiking trails crisscrosses the parkland, providing access to its rainforest, white sand beaches, waterfalls and coral reefs. If you'd rather explore the park by water, you can use a paddleboard or kayak for an aquatic adventure, or simply relax on one of the white sand beaches.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park

Extending into the sea at the southern end of Costa Rica's Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula is rich with both wildlife and history. On the first of our two days in one of the country's most remote destinations, you will once again take advantage of our coastal access to explore the "Parque Nacional Corcovado". The park is home to Costa Rica's largest population of jaguars and tapirs; the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, all four of the country's monkey species and more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce

On the second day on the Osa Peninsula, you will round its most southern point, while navigating the emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce or "Sweet Gulf". You will have two ways to explore the Golfo Dulce, either by land or sea with kayaks or paddle boards through the expansive tangled mangroves.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Coiba Island and Golfo de Montijo

As you bid farewell to Costa Rica, our first stop in Panama is Coiba Island, a place of unusual history. Having separated from the mainland an estimated 15,000 years ago, Coiba is now home to many endemic subspecies and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is also home to numerous native flora that have since become extinct on the mainland of Panama due to deforestation. This is also one of the last places in Central America where the scarlet macaw can still be found in bountiful numbers. Once again, you will have the opportunity to venture out on foot, kayak, or paddle board to explore this tropical gem. If time permits, you may have the opportunity to sail to near-by Granito De Oro, which is a top diving and snorkeling site due to the diversity and volume of marine life. In the afternoon you will head over to the famous wetlands of the Golfo de Montijo, whose 50,000 acres of mangroves are home to innumerable creatures.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Pearl Island and Isla del Rey

We have now entered the Gulf of Panama, but before you head for the Panamanian mainland, you will make one more island-hopping stop at the Pearl Islands, or as locals refer to it, Islas de las Perlas. The islands are most famous for their deserted white sand beaches, fragile ecosystems and marine life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Panama City, Panama

Steeped in rich Spanish history, Panama City's cobblestoned historic center, Casco Viejo, is framed by colonial-era landmarks such as the Presidential Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Use the day to enjoy an espresso or mojito in one of the many cafes shaded by bougainvillea in Panama's old quarter, visit the numerous museums, including the Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, or discover the colorful markets.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Panama Canal

Today you will be moving through the 77km Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. You will pass under the Bridge of the Americas before entering the Miraflores Locks. The locks will then take us up to Miraflores Lake, then up again to Gatun Lake, before being lowered back down to the sea level of the Caribbean Sea. You will not simply watch this incredible feat of engineering, you will have the opportunity to experience it firsthand

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Colon, Panama

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travelers as you disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer back to Panama City is provided for all guests and while some of you will travel to the airport, many may wish to add a few extra days to explore more of the masterpiece that is Panama City.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2020: April 24

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 Nights ship-board accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Experienced Expedition Leaders
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac including
    • Guided hikes and walks on shore
    • Visits to wildlife colonies and historic sites
    • Community visits
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
  • All taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfers to/from pier
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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