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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

By Panama Marine Adventures
Discover the Panama Canal and its remarkable 20th-century engineering, on this tour that takes you all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Traverse the entire Panama Canal in one day; navigate the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, and Gatun Locks; and enjoy spectacular views of Gatun Lake, Culebra Cut, the Chagres River, and Barro Colorado Island. Travel by small boat from Panamá City and return by bus from Colon.
from
C$267.14
per adult
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C$267.14
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 180 per group
Duration: 12h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish

Highlights
  • Cruise the Panama Canal: travel through three famous locks
  • Magnificent views and wildlife sightings around Gatun Lake
  • Breakfast, lunch, and return transfers from Colon included
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Panama City hotel

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Unlimited sodas and waters
  • Bus transportation from Colon back to Panama
  • Roundtrip hotel transfer from selected hotels
What's not included
  • Alcoholic beverages onboard


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance. The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet around 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.
  • Panamá Canal Tour Office Amador, 084300762, Panamá, Panama Flamenco Marina located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. Behind the Duty Free shop and next to the Panama sign
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32283P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32283P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Panamá Canal Tour Office Amador
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
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    Panama Marine Adventures
    Stop: 30 minutes
    Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.
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    Pass by
    Bridge of the Americas
    Panama Canal
    Centennial Bridge
    Barro Colorado Island
    Gatun Lake
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

debrak602
debrak602
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Overpriced and underwhelming
Well we got to see the Panama Canal and learned some interesting facts but beyond that it was nothing special. The
bruce n
bruce n
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Happy Canal Cruiser
Was everything the brochure said it would be but being there was the Best. Food was good, people great, atmosphere
Jeromy L
Jeromy L
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Great team and tour.
Team was informative and very friendly. We say the highlights and great discussion on the churches in Old Town. P
Stefanie S
Stefanie S
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Northbound canal tour
This is a very educational tour which we appreciated learning about the canal and seeing it first hand but it was e
Hammbrook
Hammbrook
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See the Canal up close
It was fun, and educational, to see the canal from a ship on the water as it traverses the canal itself. It is an a
Vacation73233
Vacation73233
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Worthwhile excursion
Excellent service. Well organized. Interesting. Informative. English and Spanish. Good food. Long ride in the van t
291jeric
291jeric
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Grand day out!!!
Being inside the locks is fantastic. Our guide was fluent in English and Spanish and very informative. Buffet lunch
rcelnino
rcelnino
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Great experience on the Panama Canal
I recommend this tour for anyone interested in seeing the Panama Canal and staying in Panama City. The tour compan
raymondtF3066BZ
raymondtF3066BZ
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Very Good
I have been through the canal three times before-on a cruise ship. I had 4 other friends who had never been at all.
yuni105
yuni105
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Panama canal
Excellent trip very organized only bad was full people exceed the capacity but all very organized. All was epxlaine
rrkircher
rrkircher
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Great Time
It was very educational and the staff was very helpful. We had an enjoyable time and took some great photographs of
Departure747426
Departure747426
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A worthwhile tour.
It was an interesting tour - bilingual Spanish/English - with lots of detailed information. We went through two of
timrM3109WI
timrM3109WI
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Good trip
This is a must do in the canal zone. Staying in the old Town it was eye opening how close the favellas are to the g
tracypI5004DB
tracypI5004DB
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Nerdy but Fun
Great way to experience the canals in person. Well organized. Good communication from the tour company prior to the
swagop
swagop
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Amazing experience
Pickup was good. Made friends during the ride to canal and the narration and tour was amazing. I will suggest gear
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David K
2 contributions
Dec. 2022
My wife and I took the Panama Marine Adventures tour on January 21, 2023 - having booked it through Trip Advisor. We were picked up at the Bristol Panama Hotel at 6;00 and we were brought aboard the boat around 6:30 am. We started to move towards the canal around 7 am. The boat is pretty crowded until Gamboa, when many people get off. But even if you don't have an ideal place for shooting photos because of the crowd, it usually works out okay. After Gamboa, there is much more room and I highly recommend staying on the boat through the Gatun Locks, where you get an excellent view of how they work. We docked on the Pacific side around 5:30-6:00 pm and had a long bus ride back to the very crowded Panama City pier. There was some confusion for people looking for the correct van back to their hotel, but we bumped into our driver without a problem (the same one who took us in the morning). We got back to the hotel around 8 pm, so it was a long day. The food was buffet style and was more than adaquate, with both breakfast and lunch served between 8 am and 12 am (before the Gamboa drop off). Then there was an afternoon snack. The rest rooms were on the bottom deck and were sufficient. It was a trip I would recommend.
Written January 29, 2023
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Britt B
Tucson, AZ591 contributions
Jan. 2022
Awesome educational tour of the Panama Canal and history. We left just after sunrise and returned around 8PM. It was worth the trip. Just don't forget your sunscreen. Breakfast and lunch were offered and brown bagged. Spending time on the top, you see everything up front from beginning to end. We left Panama bay, went under the American bridge and continued to the Miraflores locks. Considering that the canal was finished in 1914, makes this marvel of engineering even more impressive.

This was an upfront look at how the engineering worked in details. We went through the three locks with a yacht beside us. Attached by the ropes to two railcars, the Panamanian captain navigated us through the locks with our captain. The
insurance costs are in the millions, so best leave it to the pros. Most boat owners could not afford it.

Entering into Miraflores Lake we continued down the river to drop of a few people getting off partway, which is an optional tour. There are lots to see and learn along the way. Great shipmates and conversations made the journey go faster.

Entering into Gatun Lake, we had the two Gatun Locks left to pass. Leaving the locks and entering Limon Bay, we headed for the right fork in the inlet on to Shelter Cove Bay. A van drove my small group back to Panama City. Arrived right in time for dinner.
Written February 1, 2022
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Jerri S
Opelika, AL253 contributions
This tour is incredible! We booked it in November and planned our entire vacation around it. The history is amazing and experiencing the canal as just as amazing. I have been wanting to do this all of my life. It was worth the entire trip. Fortunately, my husband humored me. We spent 9 days in the country. All of it was wonderful! Going through each phase of each lock is an experience to be appreciated. And seeing all the ships passing through! We were on a small boat (held about 160-180) and traveled through all the locks with 3 sailboats. Our boat served breakfast and lunch and snacks with coffee (very good), water, beer and wine available. Beer and wine were an extra cost. It was fully guided in English and Spanish by a knowledgeable guide. If you asked a question, it got answered.
There were inside, air-conditioned decks with large windows and also open decks (partially covered) for viewing and pictures. People shared indoor tables with other people, strangers and friends. We spent the day with a couple from Northern California. His 80th birthday was celebrated as he crossed the canal off his bucket list!
Sunscreen and water were a necessity. They provide as much water as you can drink. Also, several restrooms. Many passengers disembarked in the Gamboa area of the Gatun Lake.
After the last lock, you travel to a marina off the coast of Colon on the Atlantic side. Then there's a bus ride back to the point of beginning to catch the bus to hotels.
It was a full day and an unbelievable experience. Wow!
Written March 27, 2022
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SOR
3 contributions
Sep. 2022
I had a great day transiting the entire Panama Canal! Everything went very smooth and exactly as promised in the description of the tour. September might be a good month to do it, as the boat was not at all full. Also, ¾ of the people got off at Gamboa having done the partial transit, and for the last part of the tour we therefore had plenty of space and great views. Both the food (pasta and pesto with a green salad on the side and a cookie for dessert) and the service were good.

The best part was without a doubt the guide’s comments! Edwin was extremely knowledgeable and provided loads of interesting information both on the history of the canal and of its present-day operations. It also seemed he could answer every possible question. He spoke loud and clear and was easy to follow in Spanish as well as in English.

Highly recommend the excursion!
Written September 22, 2022
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Inspiration746797
5 contributions
It was a great opportunity to go through the canal. Once in the lifetime.. But we were not able to enjoy it. The boat was overcrowded, the food was without any taste, at the last 2 hours the toilets were broken . We were not able to hear most of the information the guide was telling. He was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions. But due to the loud crowd did not hear anything. I wish there would be smaller group trips as well. Was well organized, picked up right on time and dropped off at the hotel door.
Written February 9, 2020
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jonneyrocket
Ann Arbor, MI2 contributions
Feb. 2020
Tour guide Gus was excellent. Took time to answer everyone's questions, even difficult customers. Trip was long, but that was expected by the description and other reviews. Tour had enough going on during the whole trip that not once was I bored enough to read the book I brought along. My favorite part was seeing Lake Gatun and the geography in that area. Locks became monotonous after seeing the first one, but I had to do the full trip to say I did. Boat and Busses were nice.
Written February 10, 2020
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pchristmas01
Henley-on-Thames, UK2 contributions
Feb. 2020
Great trip with very entertaining and informative guide. The only problem was a few people hogging the front of the boat and not stepping aside from time to time to allow others to see .An announcement to ask people to do that may have helped or asking people to go round and stop for a few minutes to take pictures and then move along ilke they do for the crown jewels at the Tower of London. I am talking hours not minutes!
Written March 9, 2020
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DMHKH
Minneapolis, MN18 contributions
We went on the full day tour of the canal & the locks & we absolutely amazed at the engineering marvel. It was everything and more than we could have asked for. Our tour guide, JC, was fluent in both English & Spanish and was informative, funny and so kind. The food was average, but the helpings were good sized and the entire crew was great. We would highly recommend this
Written January 11, 2020
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elizabethjK5105FF
Lincoln, UK3 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
Very well organised from initial booking through pickup for the tour. Superb informative and approachable guide. Refreshments very good.Boat well maintained. Use of coloured bands to organise queuing for refreshments and bus transport home was a clever idea. Would recommend wholeheartedly
Written February 9, 2020
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LoveTravel752509
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
The tour was great and very pleased that I did the full tour.
The return to Panama City was beyond disappointing. The travelers who weren’t provided transfers had no way to return to their hotels, of which I learned there were folks staying at my hotel and they were provided a transfer. There were no Uber cars available and no taxis were awaiting our return either. I spoke with our guide and they said I don’t know what to tell you.
Reminder- we are paying clients and guest in your country- if the transfer can’t be provided then at the very least alert taxis to be in the ready upon our return. It was an unfortunate ending for what had been a primarily great experience.
Written May 31, 2022
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2023 Panama Canal Full Transit Tour