Overview

Days 1 & 2 - San Jose
Day 3 - Sail to Quepos
Day 4 - Manuel Antonio Reserve
Day 5 - Golfito
Day 6 - Coiba Island/Playa Muerta
Day 7 - Isla Del Rey
Day 8 - Archipelago de Las Perlas 
Day 9 - Panama City
Day 10 - Return Flight

Cruising with Conquistadors

Enjoy a cruise of discovery along the ‘Rich Coast’ in a land of Natural Wonders

A nature-lover’s paradise, Costa Rica was named the ‘rich coast’ by the early Spanish conquistadors and is one of the world’s most naturally splendid and biologically diverse countries, boasting an envious record of environmental care and a magnificent coastline. Take a voyage to this land of dramatic landscapes, plantations and rainforests, a haven for wildlife, birdlife and exotic vegetation and flora. Continue along the Pacific coast to Panama and explore the modern engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for over a 100 years.

Key Features

Small Ship Sailing
New Cruise
Natural Wonders
Wildlife and Birdlife
Beautiful Seascapes
Group Size: 2 – 25

 

Day 1 Depart from London to San Jose, transfer to the Park Inn Hotel for two nights.

Day 2 At leisure to explore San Jose. (B)

Day 3 Afternoon embarkation of the MS Panorama, sail to Quepos, overnight at sea. (B)

Day 4 Morning excursion to Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. Afternoon optional Forest Canopy excursion, sail to Playa Biesanz for a swim stop then on to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Optional Osa Peninsula excursion. The park is one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Cross Golfo Dulce, we reach the beautiful flower sanctuary of Casa Orquideas by tender and explore the grounds. Cruise onward to Golfito, sailing overnight to Coiba and Granito de Oro islands. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Arrive at Coiba Island, Panama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Enjoy a walking tour with the on board Naturalist, exploring the local forest and wildlife. Visit Granito de Oro Island, one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coast, for swimming and snorkelling. Sail for Playa Muerta, Darrien. Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Optional excursion to the Darrien National park to meet the Emberra Indians. Later sail to Isla Del Rey to anchor overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Morning at leisure to enjoy the Archipelago de las Perlas, comprised of 39 picture postcard islands and more than 100 unnamed and uninhabited islets, each surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cruise to Panama City. Overnight in port. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning excursion to the Gatun Lake and the pristine rainforest, explore Fort San Lorenzo’s Spanish Historical Forts. Return to Panama City and visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre at the Panama Canal and watch the movements of ships in the locks. Overnight in port. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Disembark after breakfast. Time to explore Panama City before the transfer to the airport for the homeward flight to London via Madrid. (B, L)

Day 11 Arrive London.

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

MS Panorama is motor powered, the sails are raised occasionally.
12 December departure includes a transit of the Panama Canal finishing in Colon, then transferring to Panama City.
Groups will be divided for transfers and sightseeing.
The cruise vessel takes up to 48 passengers.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a Cat.C Cabin (Twin/double Lower Deck)
British Airways from London Gatwick

Date Price
December 12 £3495
December 26 £3595

2020

Thursdays
per person in a Cat.C Cabin (Twin/double Lower Deck)
British Airways from London Gatwick

Date Price
January 9 £3595
January 23 £3495
February 20 £3595
March 5 £3495
March 19 £3495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

 Single supplement £850

Cabin Upgrades

Cat B. Cabin £345
Lower Deck, midship (129 sq. ft.) with porthole
Sole use of Cat B. Cabin £1295
Cat A. Cabin £895
Main Deck (118 sq. ft.) – with window
Sole use of Cat A. Cabin £2645

Flight Options

British Airways Business Class from £1995

Independent Arrival

Save £650
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, 7-night cruise on full board and tea, coffee and mineral water, included excursions and expert local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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