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Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure

Tropical treasures and unique wildlife unfold before our eyes in two Central American countries. On the first leg of the tour we will explore Costa Rica's extraordinary tropical forests and wildlife at several destinations including Poas Volcano National Park, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In Panama, we will visit the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in one day as we traverse the Panama Canal on the spacious decks of The Pacific Queen. Take in the sights of Panama City and get acquainted with Panama's indigenous culture at Embera Quera, where friendly natives demonstrate their way of life with music, dance, and handmade crafts.

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Day 1 : Fly to San José

Today we board our flight to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica.

Upon arrival we meet our local guide and check-in to our beautifully-appointed hotel in San José.

Day 2 : Doka Coffee & Butterfly Gardens

Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing begins at the Doka Coffee Estate. Here we discover the history of traditional coffee growers, also known as the Chorrear. Begin with picking ripened coffee berries and follow production to the roasting hall where heavenly scents of fresh coffee fill the air.

After, witness the metamorphosis of 15 species of butterflies from egg to adult at the Doka Butterfly Gardens. Have a chance to get a close-up look at these colorful, incredible creatures.

Enjoy views of the tropical landscape on our way to Arenal.

We then check-in to our hotel in the Arenal area for a two-night stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Wildlife Refuge Tour

Offering a glimpse into one of the richest and most biologically diverse ecosystems in Costa Rica, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frio houses monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. We access this wildlife sanctuary via the village of Los Chiles, near the Nicaraguan border. Board a river adventure boat and float along on a safari through a brilliant tropical rain forest and pastures en route to a fascinating marshland.

We return to the Arenal area with dinner on our own this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Arenal Volcano National Park

Choose your own adventure with a leisurely hike on paved trails along the base of the Mountain of Fire, or choose a more active trail for avid hikers.

This evening we check-in to our accommodations in the Monteverde area.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

You may choose to enjoy an included hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning. Be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful wildlife and a spectacular waterfall.

Next, learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures. View exotic frogs, toads and snakes up close.

Afterwards, explore the pleasant oceanside town of Puntarenas on our way to San José.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Welcome to Panama

Say adios to the lush beauty of Costa Rica and board a short flight to Panama. We arrive in Panama City and are greeted at the airport by our local guide.

Then, we check-in to our Panama City hotel and enjoy an evening of relaxation.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Panama City Tour

Expansive Panama City lays out before us as we take the day for a city tour.

Begin with a visit to the striking Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Tour the Miraflores Locks Museum and watch ships passing through the chambers of this iconic feat of engineering.

Witness historic Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Old Quarter originally founded by the Spanish and later plundered by the famously dreaded pirate Henry Morgan. On our tour, appreciate parks and plazas that seamlessly combine Italian, French, and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent golden altar at San José Church.

Our tour ends with a visit to Panama City’s colorful Biomuseo, its galleries filled with artful exhibits showcasing the area’s biodiversity and natural history. We return to our hotel with dinner on our own.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Panama Canal Full Transit

Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean all in the same day! On the Pacific side, take in the sweeping sands of the Bay of Panama and the towering skyline of Panama City before passing under the Bridge of the Americas. We then board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks where lakes and rivers traverse the waterway. Our full-day trip through carved sections of the Continental Divide provide immense history and geological wonder.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Embera Quera Community

Captivating culture and striking scenery await us today. We reach the Embera Quera Indigenous Community by a scenic boat ride. Upon arrival in the village, a local narrator teaches us about their culture, language, and way of life. Captivating local music and dances are demonstrated before shopping their selection of handmade crafts.

Our day ends with an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and folkloric show with traditional Panamanian music and dancing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Return Home

Fly home with marvelous memories of our vacation in Central America.


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Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in the Arenal area
  • 1 night in the Monteverde area
  • 1 night near the San José airport
  • 4 nights in Panama City

Attractions & Highlights

  • Doka Coffee Plantation tour
  • Doka Butterfly Gardens
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour
  • Arenal Volcano National Park guided hike
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided hike
  • Herpetarium Adventures
  • Panama City guided tour featuring the Casco Viejo Old Quarter
  • Miraflores Locks Museum
  • Biomuseo
  • Full day Panama Canal transit aboard the Pacific Queen
  • Embera Quera Indigenous Community

20 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Dinner in Monteverde
  • Lunch with the Embera Quera
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and folkloric show in Panama City

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Final Payment Date: 04/06/2021

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Susan Wornick

For over two decades, Emmy-award winner Susan Wornick anchored Boston’s top-rated noon news broadcast at WCVB Channel 5 while also serving as NewsCenter 5’s consumer reporter. During her tenure, she won many accolades for her work.

Susan stepped down from the anchor desk in 2014. She continues to volunteer and lend her support to Volunteers of America, Rosie’s Place, Catholic Charities, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Be Like Brit Foundation, The RFK Children’s Action Corps, and the Genesis Foundation for Children.

In 2014, the Foundation for MetroWest in Natick established “The Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund.” The scholarship fund honors Wornick’s legacy at her alma mater, Natick High, and her commitment to help aspiring young journalists. She resides in both Massachusetts and Florida.

Join Susan and her fiancé Rich Reynolds on this wonderful vacation!