Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
  • Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

    • Be the protagonist in your Panama Canal Tour
    • Navigate through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.
    • Enjoy the action of the Panama Canal's operation.
    • Get indulge in history dating more than 100 years old!
    • Experience the Panama Canal in the comfort and spacious M/V Pacific Queen. 
    • The M/V Pacific Queen offers two areas for better comfort: opened and air conditioned decks
    • Meet our Captain Claudio and the Panama Canal's pilot in our open Bridge.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Panama Marine Adventures, Panama City Panama

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Centennial Bridge, Pan-American Highway, Panama City Panama

    Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway. Upon its opening in 2004, it became the second permanent crossing of the canal.

    Pass By: Panama Canal, Gatun Lakee, Panama City Panama

    Our tour starts at the Flamenco Resort and Marina. Passengers board motor coaches for a 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, passengers board the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of the tour. The Panama Canal partial transit tour begins at the north end of the Gailard cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. The Pacific Queen will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides.

    Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps.

    Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline.

    Pass By: Bridge of the Americas, Balboa, Panama City Panama

    The Bridge of the Americas is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Designed by Sverdrup & Parcel, it was completed in 1962 at a cost of US$20 million, connecting the north and south American land masses.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"

    • Hora de Inicio11:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina, 084300762, Panamá, Panama

      Traveler 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 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm. You can also contact us at this time.

    • Duración: 6 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Roundtrip hotel transfer

    No Incluye

  • 9/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 90%
    Rating basado en 15 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Chase O
      Publicado el Jueves, 14 de noviembre del 2019

      A great afternoon trip through two locks. The guide was wonderful with facts, stories and current information, We were picked up at our hotel on time and the lunch was quite good. Closer to the canal and it’s operation than if we had been on a cruise ship. The ship was clean and the crew was helpful. We tell all our friends that they should put this tour on their bucket list.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Nancy C
      Publicado el Viernes, 27 de septiembre del 2019

      From the moment the driver from Viator picked us up at our hotel until we were delivered back was memory made for ever delights!! The tour guide, Gus, was fun and funny!! Very informative and had a special passion for his work that portrayed vividly. The food and food staff was DELICIOUS!!! My father's bucket list was to visit the Panama Canal, at 85 he got his wish!!! He was delighted, like a kid in a kandy shop, and we had so much divertation! THANK YOU Liliana was a dream come true!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Annette R
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      You will gain a first-hand understanding of what it's like to travel through half of the Panama Canal on this tour, starting at Gatun Lake, going through the Continental Divide, and descending through three locks to the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent skyline of Panama City. The guide's commentary in English and Spanish was a highlight of the afternoon, explaining the history, operations, and natural setting (lots of pelicans and other birds). Our Southbound tour included hotel pick-up which was right on time and a 50-minute van ride up to the boat dock, with return to the hotel after the boat tour. We chose the Southbound tour because it starts late morning and the weather is really not that much warmer than the Northbound tour. The Pacific Queen boat was reasonably clean and had air-conditioned and open-air covered and uncovered decks with plenty of seating. You'll get a tasty hot lunch about 1:30 as part of the tour. Being on the boat with a large cargo ship in the locks with us was much more interesting than watching from the Miraflores observation deck would be. The partial transit was plenty of time for us to see the canal. Bring sunscreen and a sun hat. Viators does a fine job of coordination with the local tour provider.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Gaurav S
      Publicado el Jueves, 05 de abril del 2018

      Wonderful experience, fascinating tour that gives you a great perspective on the engineering marvel that the Panama Canal is. Really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it to fellow visitors to Panama.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Jacqueline B
      Publicado el Sábado, 09 de diciembre del 2017

      If you happen to travel to Panama this is a must do on your list(6hrs).The view is amazing, and the history educational. The staff and tour arrangement is well organized and we got a fair amount for breakfast and lunch with a choices of beverages. The narration is done in Spanish and English. Great

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • karen b
      Publicado el Jueves, 17 de agosto del 2017

      Great trip! The crew was pleasant and efficient. Gus, the Tour Guide, provided very knowledgeable commentary throughout the trip. During our passage through the Canal locks, we were fortunate to be included with a massive car-carrier ship and it was fascinating to watch this huge ship be guided through the canal. Wonderful experience!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Frank P
      Publicado el Domingo, 13 de agosto del 2017

      A beautiful way to experience an engineering marvel. Gus, our narrator, was very informative, and spoke impeccable English in addition to his native Spanish.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Ann T
      Publicado el Viernes, 03 de febrero del 2017

      There is nothing like the Panama Canal. The ride through the jungle to the starting point was interesting....and then we got on the boat! Though there are long periods when nothing is happening.....the boat has to wait for the other tour boats, tankers, freighters etc. going through the lock together.....the narrator fills the gaps in action with fascinating narrative about the canal. Watching the HUGE tanker follow us into the lock, and then descending as the water level in the lock decreases...simply amazing. The lunch served by the efficient and pleasant staff was quite adequate one doesn't go to Panama for the food. Your experience will be enhanced if you read about the making of the canal beforehand. A tip for the budget traveler: though you will be told to get to the check-in point via taxi, at about 30 each way, it is super easy to get there via Panama's fast, quiet underground metro and then a bus to the marina for a total cost of 70 cents each way.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Roberta L
      Publicado el Jueves, 05 de abril del 2018

      The tour was good. Not all can be controlled thus our tour was a little longer than advertised. The accommodations are ok, grab a seat in the shade ASAP. The commentary was good and easy to understand English. The meal, buffet, was fine, plenty to eat, unlimited soft drinks. The half day tour is certainly enough to get a good feel for using the canal, as compared to the full day, complete crossing.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Anissa C
      Publicado el Domingo, 26 de noviembre del 2017

      It was truly fascinating to experience

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • samelayla
      Publicado el Jueves, 08 de diciembre del 2016

      This was a good tour...the only weakness was a statement in the description that said exact departure time would be confirmed the day before the tour. I wrongly assumed an email or text message. YOU have to contact the tour operator yourself...not a big deal...The bus is comfortable...the tour guide speaks both spanish and english well. The lunch on the boat was very good Panamanian fare. The boat itself has an open/covered upper deck and a lower air conditioned deck, bar and snack area and a small gift shop, even a designated smoking area outside in the back of the boat. Lots of great views. Overall a very well run tour.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • David H
      Publicado el Sábado, 14 de abril del 2018

      The boat was clean and reasonably comfortable. The food was very poor quality, but we expected that after reading the other reviews. The trip was VERY boring overall, and I would not bother to do it again, and would certainly not recommend taking this tour. The best part of the tour was after we left the canal and were headed back to the island with the sun setting.

        Calificación General: 4/10

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