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'Just a Week in Panama'

What makes this trip special?

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Portobelo

A pretty harbour town, Portobelo was once the end of the Royal Road, where it suffered repeated attacks from Pirates including Welsh buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake in the 17th & 18th centuries, all vying to get hold of the Spanish Conquistador's Peruvian gold.

Beside the Panama Canal

Beside the Panama Canal

Panama Canal Zone

Take a ride on the historical commuter train to the Caribbean coast, running parallel to the Panama Canal it offers a magnificent overview of the whole structure.

Coffee, Cloud forest & Adventure

Coffee, Cloud forest & Adventure

Boquete - Chiriqui Highlands

On the Eastern flank of Baru Volcano the growing mountain resort of Boquete offers some great walking, birdwatching trails and adventure activities, such as white water rafting and zip-lining. Boquete is well known for its perfect micro-climate and soil for growing high quality coffee beans.

Snorkel Blue Caribbean Waters

Snorkel Blue Caribbean Waters

Bocas del Toro

Six islands and over 200 islets make up the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Shallow waters bursting with marine life make it one of the best locations in Panama for snorkelling.

Itinerary map for Panama 'Just a Week in Panama' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Panama City
  • 2 Panama City
  • 3 Panama City
  • 4 Boquete
  • 5 Boquete
  • 6 Bocas del Toro
  • 7 Bocas del Toro
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Just a Week in Panama'

DAY 1

Panama City

You will be met on arrival at Panama City and transferred to your preferred hotel for a 3 night stay.

DAY 2
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Today you are driven to Portobelo on the Caribbean side of the country, which has a fascinating history. You will find out about the exploits of Henry Morgan and the like in their pursuit of the Spanish silver and gold en route to Europe from the Viceroyalty of Peru. You return by commuter train back to Panama City, the track crosses Gatun Lake and runs right by the Canal, with some great views.

DAY 3
BL

Today you embark on a partial transit of the Panama Canal. For a fuller description see Day 13 of the Panama Odyssey. You also visit the canal museum at the Miraflores Lock in the afternoon.

DAY 4
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Boquete & the Chiriquí Highlands

A morning flight to David in the western province of Chiriquí, where you are met and driven to the mountain town of Boquete on the flank of Baru Volcano, a lively place with lots of activities for outdoorsy weekenders from Panama City.

DAY 5
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Today you visit a coffee plantation at Finca Lerida or Casa Ruiz where you learn about coffee cultivation and have the chance to sample different bean varieties. The afternoon is free for relaxing or perhaps a walk in the cloud forest or perhaps a horse-ride to hot springs (both can be pre-booked).

DAY 6
B

Bocas del Toro

Your are driven over the mountains through forest to the Caribbean coast and by boat to the wonderful Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Hotel choices include a characterful 2/3* lodge on the main island or a quiet 3/4* retreat on stilts over the shallows.

DAY 7
B

Day at leisure with plenty of options for things to do. You might take a boat trip around the islands for swimming and snorkelling, or out to one of the beaches for a day’s relaxing.

DAY 8
B

Fly back to Panama City. Alternatively, you could take a direct flight to San José and continue your holiday with a tailor-made itinerary in Costa Rica.

Guide prices for 'Just a Week in Panama'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide price with mid-range hotels 2 people sharing £1,640 £1,675
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Panama
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Just a Week in Panama'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 98%

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Masaya volcano, Panama Canal

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All of it.

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The Casco Antiguo and discovery of the rainforest.

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Boquete bird watching, the old town in Panama City, the Canal Transit and the Rainforest walk.

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Walking tour of Panama City and Embera Indian village tour.

Seasonal information for 'Just a Week in Panama'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Panama City 31°C rainfall 43mm
2 Panama City 31°C rainfall 43mm
3 Panama City 31°C rainfall 43mm
4 Boquete 22°C rainfall 52mm
5 Boquete 22°C rainfall 52mm
6 Bocas del Toro 28°C rainfall 198mm
7 Bocas del Toro 28°C rainfall 198mm

Typical weather for January

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Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Just a Week in Panama'

Days 1 - 3

Toscana Inn Hotel

Centrally located nearby to popular tourist attractions. The hotel has standard rooms for single, double and triple occupancy. All rooms have air conditioning, wifi and TVs. The hotel has a terrace with views of the city and a restaurant serving Panamanian dishes.

Toscana Inn Hotel
Days 4 - 5

Panamonte Inn

Boquete
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Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

The Panamonte Inn is the oldest and most characterful property in Boquete, dating from 1914. Built in a New England clapboard style, it has lovely gardens, a bar with comfortable sofas, log fire, and a fine restaurant.

3 luxurious garden junior suites and new garden terrace rooms have been added to the traditional standard rooms in the main building which are rather small but chintzy and light. All the rooms are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, television, internet service and telephone. Honeymooners choose between a garden suite or the Ingrid Bergman suite - which was her favourite room at the hotel. There is a small spa with a selection of treatments.

The hotel is 5 minutes drive  from the centre of Boquete village.  Well-located for walkers and birdwatchers, visiting local coffee plantations, or for sampling the rafting, canopy walks and other attractions around the area.

Panamonte Inn
Days 6 - 7

Hotel Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro
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Average rating 4.2 (5 ratings)

This waterfront chalet style hotel is located in the heart of the Bocas village on Isla Colon.  Bars, restaurants, water taxi docks are all just a short stroll away.

The wooden structure of the hotel is built out over the water with a communal deck area where breakfast is served. All 11 rooms have a/c and private bathrooms, WI-FI , Flat Screen cable TVs,  telephones, coffee makers, ocean kayak rentals and in-room massage.  The décor has a nautical theme. Three rooms have balconies and ocean front views.

Hotel Bocas del Toro