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Costa Rica & Panama Canal with Agricultural Highlights

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. Agricultural highlights include visits to the Doka Coffee Estate, the Corso Dairy Farm, and discussion with a Panama agricultural expert.


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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 & Corso Dairy

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 the picking of the ripened coffee berries and follow the 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. We have a chance to get a close-up look at these colorful, incredible creatures.

Next, enjoy a guided tour of Corso Dairy Farm. Home to 600 cows on 220 hectares, we tour the farm with a bilingual guide who shares a range of insights into their milk production process. We will also visit their strawberry plantation with more than 20,000 plants in hydroponic greenhouses. A traditional Costa Rican lunch is included during our visit.

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

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 leisurely 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

Hike along the base of the Mountain of Fire on today’s amazing journey. Follow a paved trail through lush forest and learn about its eruption in 1968 that turned a once-thriving canopy of vegetation into the towering summit we see today.

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

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Enjoy a guided hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest 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 resplendent beauty of Costa Rica and board a short flight to Panama.

After checking into our Panama City accommodations, we meet a local expert from the Panama Agricultural Chamber who educates us on the country’s agricultural exports.

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! From the Pacific Ocean, 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 this 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

We fly home with marvelous memories of our vacation in Central America.

Additional Tour Information

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

Attractions & Highlights

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

19 Excellent Meals Featuring

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

Tour Dates & Pricing

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$5499

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$6499

Final Payment Date: 08/03/2021

Departure Cities

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Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant

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Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office

Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza

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Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center

Menomonie, WI - AmericInn

Neillsville, WI - Russell's Of Neillsville

Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express

Osseo, WI - McDonalds

Stanley, WI - Stanley Travel Stop

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Bob Bosold

Bob Bosold has been the Farm Director at WAXX 104.5 for over 40 years. Bob received the Farm Broadcaster of the Year award in 2002 and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also makes many appearances at farm related events, where he enjoys visiting with WAXX listeners. Bob spends much of his leisure time with his two sons.

Bob has hosted over 30 farm tours to many fascinating d estinations including San Antonio, New Orleans, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii and New England. His international tours include Italy, China, Railroading in the Rockies, Austria & Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Holland. Bob’s enthusiasm, humor, agricultural expertise and farming experiences will add to the enjoyment of your vacation.

Join Bob and WAXX 104 listeners on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.

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