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Passage through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Jan. 30-Feb. 7, 2022

Travel provider: Gohagan & Company

Join us for this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal—an experience unmatched for sheer drama and engineering prowess. 

Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José, Costa Rica, then cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera to Colón, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Champlain, featuring just 92 Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge. 

Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and explore the wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a walking tour of the spectacular botanic gardens of Casa Orquídeas. Call at seldom-visited Cébaco Island and discover the rich marine life in its vivid rock reefs. 

Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary. Extend your stay with the Landscapes of Costa Pre-Program and Panama’s Renaissance Post-Program Options.


  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five‑Star expedition ship Le Champlain.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—each with a private balcony.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime daytime passage through the Panama Canal.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout cruise.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard the ship (conditions permitting).
  • Comprehensive cruise/land program—islands, jungle, wildlife, culture and history—all excursions included.
  • Access ports unavailable to larger vessels and an excursion included in each port.
  • Onboard naturalist guides and specially arranged lectures.
  • Visit Panama City’s Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Swimming and snorkeling opportunities in pristine waters offer extraordinary visibility and color.
  • Landscapes of Costa Rica Pre‑Program and Panama’s Renaissance Post-Program Options.

Included Features

In San José, Costa Rica:

  • One night in the deluxe Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belén.
  • American breakfast.
  • Tour of San José, including visits to the National Theater and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, with lunch. 
  • Scenic transfer from San José to Puerto Caldera. 

On Board the Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Small Ship Le Champlain:

  • Seven-night cruise from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colón, Panama. 
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private balcony. 
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  • All meals aboard ship. 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting). 
  • Blue Eye—the world’s first luxury, multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Expert onboard naturalist guides to lead small group excursions.
  • Guided tour through the Curú National Wildlife Refuge to look for a wide array of species in their natural habitat, including the scarlet macaw and spider monkey. 
  • Visit to picture-perfect Tortuga Island, known for palm-fringed beaches and lush, tropical flora.
  • Excursion in stunning and biodiverse Manuel Antonio National Park, with a naturalist‑led trail walk through the protected rainforest. 
  • Walking tour of the spectacular botanic gardens of Casa Orquídeas.
  • Visit to unspoiled Cébaco Island with time at leisure to swim and snorkel among colorful marine life.
  • Tour of Panama City, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Casco Antiguo, the Biodiversity Museum and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center.
  • Daylight passage through the Panama Canal, accompanied by a historical narration. Transit times through the canal are controlled by the Panama Canal Authority and are subject to traffic conditions.
  • Scenic transfer from Colón to Panama City, including a visit to the Agua Clara Visitor Center (departure flight time permitting).

Always Included:

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s). 
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to hotel personnel, local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship and in the hotel. 
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom aboard ship and on excursions.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.











Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

San José/Puerto Caldera 

Curú National Wildlife Refuge/Tortuga Island

Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park

Casa Orquídeas/Golfito

Cébaco Island, Panama

Panama City

Panama Canal Transit/Colón

Colón/Disembark ship

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