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Panama Explorer
30's - 40's - 50's and Active 60's Singles Vacations
Jungle - Beaches - Cities
April 1 - 10, 2011

Panama lies at the center of the world, it's the last part of a natural land-bridge between the North and South American continents. The Panama Canal is just the start of this singles adventure vacation. Explore dense rainforests with abundant wildlife, raft pristine rivers, zip among the mountains, enjoy fabulous duty-free shopping and relax on beautiful beaches. 


Panama Explorer Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday – Panama City

Start your singles trip when you arrive in Panama City. You will be met at Tocumen International Airport and transferred to our hotel. Free time to relax before we start our trip around this magical country. Meet your group leader and join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 2 – Saturday – Panama City

Panama CanalJoin us while we explore the dynamic Panama City. Head out at 8:30am to the Panama Canal and visit Miraflores Locks. Watch the ships transit the locks and visit the canal museum. Next we check out the view of the city from the top of Cerro Ancon! A quick stop at the artisan market to see what is made here in Panama before we head to the Amador for a short nature trail walk in Punta Culebra and for lunch. Saving the best for last, we enjoy a walking tour of old town, Casco Viejo. Marvel at its spectacular architecture and learn about the history of this world heritage site.

Tonight we have our welcome dinner a few blocks from the hotel at a traditional restaurant, Trapiche. Overnight at the Tower House Hotel (Meals: B-L-D)El Valle

Day 3 – Sunday – El Valle

Today we leave the bright lights of the big city behind and head to the hills of El Valle. El Valle is a lush valley located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Famous for its Sunday Market is also is home to one of the best hikes in Panama. Follow your guide for ~1hour up the ‘switch backs’ to reach the ridge 800 feet above the valley floor. Enjoy the views (and cooler climate) as you walk along the ridge to the trail down to the waterfalls and petroglyphs. *not a hiker, not to worry, there is a short trail to these same waterfalls, you just get a little more time at the market.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. There are many optional activities to choose from -horse ride, bike, zoo w/ the golden frogs or enjoy the mud pool! Overnight at Hotel Residencial (Meals: B-L)

Day 4 – Monday – Boquete
Panama Beach

After breakfast, we head to Boquete. Along the way we will stop at a Pacific Coast Beach for lunch and a few hours in the afternoon sun. Enjoy the waves of the sea or take a stroll to a nearby estuary for a fresh water dip.

We will reach the mountain town of Boquete in time to check in and freshen up before dinner at a great restaurant along the river. Overnight at Hotel Oasis (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 5 - Tuesday – BoqueteRafting

Today we take on the class III rapids of one of the best rivers for rafting in Panama! This is a full day tour with some of the best (and safest) guides in Latin America. Go get wet! and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery keeping an eye out for the all illusive Quetzal bird. It is an adventure you will never forget.

Venture out on your own for dinner or join the group at another fantastic restaurant in Boquete. (Meals: B-L)

Day 6 – Wednesday – Boquete

Zip LiningReady for another adventure? Today we are going to take a 4x4 ride way up into the mountains, almost reaching the continental divide at over 7000 feet. Take in the views of Panama’s tallest mountain, Volcan Baru (11,500 feet) and take a deep breath as you get ready for the zip line/ canopy adventure. There are 14 cables taking you from tree to tree at speeds reaching over 40 mph!

If you had enough adrenalin filled adventure yesterday, you can choose to go for a hike or take one of the coffee tours offered in this famous growing region. We will regroup at the hotel for dinner. (Meals: B – D)Boca del Torres

Day 7 – Thursday – Bocas del Toro

Along the way to Bocas we stop at a hot spring to relax after the fun filled stop in Boquete. Enjoy the 3 natural pools close to the refreshing Rio Chiriqui. Along the drive you will be amazed at the views of both oceans and experience what might as well be a ‘cloud forest’. After lunch back at sea level we will reach the ferry dock and take a 30 minute boat ride to the main island, Isla Colon, check in to our hotel and go have dinner and check out the night life! Overnight at Hotel Olas (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 8 - Friday - Bocas del Toro

Bocas del TorresToday we will explore some of the many wonderful places in Bocas. A visit to red frog beach is a must, plus we will visit a snorkeling site or 2, starfish beach and more! This part of Panama is a nature/beach lover’s paradise and we have all day to take it in. Travel by boat to/from islands and beaches is not a bad way to spend the day in the Caribbean!

Outside of Panama City, ‘Bocas Town’ has the most choice for restaurants and the best nightlife! Take advantage of the famous happy hour as we enjoy our meal and drinks by the seaside (Meals: B-L)

Day 9 – Saturday – Panama CityPanama City

Morning at leisure so enjoy our only late start or get up early and take advantage of another beach day. The return flight to the city won’t be till late afternoon. After the 1 hour scenic flight back to the city, we transfer to our hotel to get ready for our Farewell Dinner.
(Meals: B-D)

Day 10 – Sunday

After breakfast, you’re transferred to the airport for your return flight and it is ‘Adios Panama’ and time to plan your next singles travel adventure!

Panama Explorer
April 1 - 10, 2011

Vacation Includes

* 9-Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily
* 6 Lunches
*
 5 Dinners
* Singles Travel Host
* English Speaking Guides
* Tours and Admissions as stated in itinerary
* Airport / Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* Taxes and Surcharges


*The price per person is for a double room. Free roommate matching is available on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement".  If you wish to room alone the cost is an additional $690

Not included
* Airline Flights
* Tips $10 per day collected the first day of tour
 
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