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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in tropical treasures and rich culture within two spectacular Central American countries. Our adventure begins by exploring Costa Rica’s extraordinary tropical rainforests and unique wildlife. Embark on a scenic hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, relax on a riverboat ride in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and set your sights upon the lush forests and towering waterfalls in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In Panama, take a scenic boat ride to Embera Quera to learn about their indigenous culture as our friendly hosts demonstrate their way of life with music, dance, and handmade crafts. Explore vibrant Panama City with a guided tour to discover the historic attractions and fascinating architecture. Enjoy traveling through the famous Panama Canal with a partial transit before driving to the northernmost Agua Clara Locks and viewing the newly constructed Atlantic Bridge.

The Holiday Advantage
Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Exceptional Accommodations
Exceptional Accommodations
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
Call 1-800-826-2266 to Book

You can earn a $100 Travel Show Credit good for your next trip with Holiday Vacations by simply clicking the photo to watch the online travel show! The show is about 10 minutes long and at the end, you'll have the ability to submit your contact information and receive a travel credit which can be applied to this or any Holiday Vacations tour. Get started now!

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Tour Highlights

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes:

Accommodations

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Garden Inn Santa Ana
  • 2 nights at the Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience in La Fortuna
  • 1 night at the Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde
  • 1 night at Studio Hotel Santa Ana near the San José airport
  • 4 nights at the Waldorf Astoria in Panama City
Attractions & Highlights

Attractions & Highlights

  • Doka Coffee Estate tour
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour
  • Arenal Volcano National Park guided hike
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided hike
  • Herpetarium Adventures
  • Embera Quera Indigenous Community
  • Panama City guided tour featuring the Casco Viejo Old Quarter
  • Biomuseo
  • Partial transit of the Panama Canal aboard the Pacific Queen
Meals

20 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Lunch with the Embera Quera indigenous community
  • Farewell Dinner and folkloric show in Panama City
Tour Date & Pricing

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Sold out. Call to join the waitlist.

Double

$5699

Sold out. Call to join the waitlist.

Single

$6699

Sold out. Call to join the waitlist.

Final Payment Date: 11/21/2023

Day Itinerary

Day Itinerary

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

Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing commences at the Doka Coffee Estate where we discover the history of traditional coffee growers. Costa Rica’s rich history with coffee dates back to the 1700s, and the celebrated bean is a centerpiece of Costa Rican economics and culture to this day. Begin with picking ripened coffee berries and follow production to the roasting hall where fresh heavenly scents fill the air. Indulge in some of the best coffee in the world and delight your taste buds with a cup or purchase coffee grounds to bring home. Afterward, we depart for our charming boutique accommodations in Arenal and enjoy views of the tropical landscape along the way.

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 Rio Frio is home to monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s most important wetlands for protecting endangered species. We gain access to the refuge via the village of Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border, then board a riverboat for an adventurous photo safari through tropical rainforest and along 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

Keep your camera handy as we join our Costa Rican guide for a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park to admire the mountain ridges covered in verdant rainforest and search for extraordinary wildlife. We take in spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica and an important provider of hydroelectric power for the country. Next, we go on a scenic motorcoach journey across the continental divide towards the Pacific Ocean for a one-night stay in Monteverde.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Enjoy a guided hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning. Be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful wildlife and a spectacular waterfall as you walk throughout this iconic lush forest with low-hanging clouds. Later, we learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures and 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

After breakfast, we 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 included dinner and evening of relaxation.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Embera Quera Community

Captivating culture and striking scenery await us today at the Embera Quera Indigenous Community. We enjoy a scenic boat ride up the Chagres River to the village where a local ambassador teaches us about their culture, language, and way of life. We’re treated to a savory lunch before observing a delightful display of local music and dance with a chance to join in on the fun. Take time to shop their selection of handmade crafts before we return to our accommodations.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Panama City Tour

Expansive Panama City lays out before us as we embark on a city tour. Stroll through historic Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Old Quarter, originally founded by the Spanish and later plundered by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. Throughout our tour, appreciate the parks and plazas that seamlessly combine Italian, French, and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent golden altar at San José Church. Our exploration ends with a visit to Panama City’s colorful Biomuseo, a museum highlighting the natural history of Panama with artful exhibits showcasing the area’s biodiversity and natural history. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Panama Canal

Today is filled with excitement as we travel through the historic Panama Canal. We board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks where lakes and rivers traverse the waterway. 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. After completing our partial transit, we disembark our ship in the town of Gamboa and drive to the Agua Clara Locks, the northernmost locks of Panama Canal. Here we will watch ships pass through the locks and view the Atlantic Bridge, which opened in 2019 and spans the entire width of the canal. Later, we return to Panama City for 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.

Breakfast
Tour Map

Tour Map

Tour Map for Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure
Departure Cities

Departure Cities

Airport Pickups

Choose a State:

Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Fayetteville/Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Little Rock - Little Rock National Airport

Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport

Los Angeles - Los Angeles International Airport

Orange County - John Wayne Airport

San Diego - San Diego International Airport

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport

Denver - Denver International Airport

Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport

Washington - Washington Dulles International Airport

Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Myers - Southwest Florida International Airport

Jacksonville - Jacksonville International Airport

Miami - Miami International Airport

Orlando - Orlando International Airport

Tallahassee - Tallahassee International Airport

Tampa - Tampa International Airport

West Palm Beach - Palm Beach International Airport

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Cedar Rapids - Eastern Iowa Airport

Des Moines - Des Moines International Airport

Boise - Boise Airport

Chicago - O'Hare International Airport

Moline - Quad City International Airport

Evansville - Evansville Regional Airport

Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport

Indianapolis - Indianapolis International Airport

South Bend - South Bend International Airport

Wichita - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Lexington - Blue Grass Airport

Louisville - Louisville International Airport

Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Lafayette - Lafayette Regional Airport

New Orleans - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Shreveport - Shreveport Regional Airport

Boston - Boston Logan International Airport

Baltimore - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Detroit - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Grand Rapids - Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Saginaw - MBS International Airport

Duluth - Duluth International Airport

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Kansas City - Kansas City International Airport

Springfield - Springfield-Branson National Airport

St Louis - St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Gulfport - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Jackson - Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Billings - Billings-Logan International Airport

Bozeman - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Missoula - Missoula Montana Airport

Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Greensboro - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Raleigh - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bismarck - Bismarck Airport

Fargo - Hector International Airport

Grand Forks - Grand Forks International Airport

Omaha - Eppley Airfield

Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport

Albuquerque - Albuquerque International Airport

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

Albany - Albany International Airport

Buffalo - Buffalo Niagara International Airport

New York - Kennedy International Airport

New York - La Guardia Airport

Rochester - Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport

Syracuse - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Cincinnati - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Cleveland - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Columbus - John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Dayton - Dayton International Airport

Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport

Tulsa - Tulsa International Airport

Portland - Portland International Airport

Allentown - Lehigh Valley International Airport

Harrisburg - Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh International Airport

Charleston - Charleston International Airport

Greer - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Rapid City - Rapid City Regional Airport

Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Knoxville - McGhee Tyson Airport

Memphis - Memphis International Airport

Nashville - Nashville International Airport

Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Dallas - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport

San Antonio - San Antonio International Airport

Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City International Airport

Norfolk - Norfolk International Airport

Richmond - Richmond International Airport

Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Spokane - Spokane International Airport

Appleton - Appleton International Airport

Baldwin - Groome Transportation

Eau Claire - Groome Transportation

Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Hudson - Groome Transportation

Madison - Dane County Regional Airport

Menomonie - Groome Transportation

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Charleston - Yeager Airport

Choose Your Departure Year:

Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure

Immerse yourself in tropical treasures and rich culture within two spectacular Central American countries. Our adventure begins by exploring Costa Rica’s extraordinary tropical rainforests and unique wildlife. Embark on a scenic hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, relax on a riverboat ride in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and set your sights upon the lush forests and towering waterfalls in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In Panama, take a scenic boat ride to Embera Quera to learn about their indigenous culture as our friendly hosts demonstrate their way of life with music, dance, and handmade crafts. Explore vibrant Panama City with a guided tour to discover the historic attractions and fascinating architecture. Enjoy traveling through the famous Panama Canal with a partial transit before driving to the northernmost Agua Clara Locks and viewing the newly constructed Atlantic Bridge.

The Holiday Advantage
Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Exceptional Accommodations
Exceptional Accommodations
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
View Dates & Book Online Call 1-800-826-2266 to Book

You can earn a $100 Travel Show Credit good for your next trip with Holiday Vacations by simply clicking the photo to watch the online travel show! The show is about 10 minutes long and at the end, you'll have the ability to submit your contact information and receive a travel credit which can be applied to this or any Holiday Vacations tour. Get started now!

EACC

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes:

Accommodations

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Garden Inn Santa Ana
  • 2 nights at the Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience in La Fortuna
  • 1 night at the Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde
  • 1 night at Studio Hotel Santa Ana near the San José airport
  • 4 nights at the Waldorf Astoria in Panama City
Attractions & Highlights

Attractions & Highlights

  • Doka Coffee Estate tour
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour
  • Arenal Volcano National Park guided hike
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided hike
  • Herpetarium Adventures
  • Embera Quera Indigenous Community
  • Panama City guided tour featuring the Casco Viejo Old Quarter
  • Biomuseo
  • Partial transit of the Panama Canal aboard the Pacific Queen
Meals

20 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Lunch with the Embera Quera indigenous community
  • Farewell Dinner and folkloric show in Panama City

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Sold out. Call to join the waitlist.

Double

$5699

Single

$6699

Final Payment Date: 11/21/2023

Day Itinerary

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

Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning of our tour! Our sightseeing commences at the Doka Coffee Estate where we discover the history of traditional coffee growers. Costa Rica’s rich history with coffee dates back to the 1700s, and the celebrated bean is a centerpiece of Costa Rican economics and culture to this day. Begin with picking ripened coffee berries and follow production to the roasting hall where fresh heavenly scents fill the air. Indulge in some of the best coffee in the world and delight your taste buds with a cup or purchase coffee grounds to bring home. Afterward, we depart for our charming boutique accommodations in Arenal and enjoy views of the tropical landscape along the way.

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 Rio Frio is home to monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s most important wetlands for protecting endangered species. We gain access to the refuge via the village of Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border, then board a riverboat for an adventurous photo safari through tropical rainforest and along 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

Keep your camera handy as we join our Costa Rican guide for a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park to admire the mountain ridges covered in verdant rainforest and search for extraordinary wildlife. We take in spectacular views of Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica and an important provider of hydroelectric power for the country. Next, we go on a scenic motorcoach journey across the continental divide towards the Pacific Ocean for a one-night stay in Monteverde.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Enjoy a guided hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning. Be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful wildlife and a spectacular waterfall as you walk throughout this iconic lush forest with low-hanging clouds. Later, we learn about the unique amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica at Herpetarium Adventures and 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

After breakfast, we 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 included dinner and evening of relaxation.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Embera Quera Community

Captivating culture and striking scenery await us today at the Embera Quera Indigenous Community. We enjoy a scenic boat ride up the Chagres River to the village where a local ambassador teaches us about their culture, language, and way of life. We’re treated to a savory lunch before observing a delightful display of local music and dance with a chance to join in on the fun. Take time to shop their selection of handmade crafts before we return to our accommodations.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Panama City Tour

Expansive Panama City lays out before us as we embark on a city tour. Stroll through historic Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Old Quarter, originally founded by the Spanish and later plundered by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. Throughout our tour, appreciate the parks and plazas that seamlessly combine Italian, French, and Spanish colonial architecture including the magnificent golden altar at San José Church. Our exploration ends with a visit to Panama City’s colorful Biomuseo, a museum highlighting the natural history of Panama with artful exhibits showcasing the area’s biodiversity and natural history. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Panama Canal

Today is filled with excitement as we travel through the historic Panama Canal. We board the Pacific Queen to begin our incredible journey through the locks where lakes and rivers traverse the waterway. 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. After completing our partial transit, we disembark our ship in the town of Gamboa and drive to the Agua Clara Locks, the northernmost locks of Panama Canal. Here we will watch ships pass through the locks and view the Atlantic Bridge, which opened in 2019 and spans the entire width of the canal. Later, we return to Panama City for 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.

Breakfast

Tour Map

Tour Map for Costa Rica & Panama Canal Adventure

Departure Cities

Airport Pickups

Choose a State:

Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Fayetteville/Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Little Rock - Little Rock National Airport

Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport

Los Angeles - Los Angeles International Airport

Orange County - John Wayne Airport

San Diego - San Diego International Airport

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport

Denver - Denver International Airport

Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport

Washington - Washington Dulles International Airport

Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Myers - Southwest Florida International Airport

Jacksonville - Jacksonville International Airport

Miami - Miami International Airport

Orlando - Orlando International Airport

Tallahassee - Tallahassee International Airport

Tampa - Tampa International Airport

West Palm Beach - Palm Beach International Airport

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Cedar Rapids - Eastern Iowa Airport

Des Moines - Des Moines International Airport

Boise - Boise Airport

Chicago - O'Hare International Airport

Moline - Quad City International Airport

Evansville - Evansville Regional Airport

Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport

Indianapolis - Indianapolis International Airport

South Bend - South Bend International Airport

Wichita - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Lexington - Blue Grass Airport

Louisville - Louisville International Airport

Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Lafayette - Lafayette Regional Airport

New Orleans - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Shreveport - Shreveport Regional Airport

Boston - Boston Logan International Airport

Baltimore - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Detroit - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Grand Rapids - Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Saginaw - MBS International Airport

Duluth - Duluth International Airport

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Kansas City - Kansas City International Airport

Springfield - Springfield-Branson National Airport

St Louis - St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Gulfport - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Jackson - Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Billings - Billings-Logan International Airport

Bozeman - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Missoula - Missoula Montana Airport

Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Greensboro - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Raleigh - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bismarck - Bismarck Airport

Fargo - Hector International Airport

Grand Forks - Grand Forks International Airport

Omaha - Eppley Airfield

Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport

Albuquerque - Albuquerque International Airport

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

Albany - Albany International Airport

Buffalo - Buffalo Niagara International Airport

New York - Kennedy International Airport

New York - La Guardia Airport

Rochester - Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport

Syracuse - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Cincinnati - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Cleveland - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Columbus - John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Dayton - Dayton International Airport

Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport

Tulsa - Tulsa International Airport

Portland - Portland International Airport

Allentown - Lehigh Valley International Airport

Harrisburg - Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh International Airport

Charleston - Charleston International Airport

Greer - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Rapid City - Rapid City Regional Airport

Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Knoxville - McGhee Tyson Airport

Memphis - Memphis International Airport

Nashville - Nashville International Airport

Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Dallas - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport

San Antonio - San Antonio International Airport

Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City International Airport

Norfolk - Norfolk International Airport

Richmond - Richmond International Airport

Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Spokane - Spokane International Airport

Appleton - Appleton International Airport

Baldwin - Groome Transportation

Eau Claire - Groome Transportation

Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Hudson - Groome Transportation

Madison - Dane County Regional Airport

Menomonie - Groome Transportation

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Charleston - Yeager Airport

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