Panama City tours are available in all shapes and sizes, and for those interested in experiencing the Panama Canal in all its greatness, we have the king of all Panama Canal tours: the Panama Canal Full Transit. Sit back and relax; you're in for a long and lovely day on the water. The first full transit of the Panama Canal took place in 1914, and since that time more than 900,000 boats have followed suit. You'll be following in those storied footsteps on this very special day!
The Panama Canal is a mind-blowing feat of engineering, with an equally mind-blowing story behind it. Our guide is widely known as one of the most informative and helpful in the area! There are so many events which encompass the building of the canal, and so many more which continue to shape its future. So we're really pleased to have a guide who is as excited to tell you about the canal as you are to learn about it.
On what is sure to be a favorite for you among all the Panama city boat tours, aboard the Pacific Queen you'll enjoy all the comforts of home... and maybe even a little more! With 3 decks, air conditioning, a full bar and lunch menu too, plus a gift shop, you'll have plenty to do and see in between the famous sights of the canal.
Heading out to sea from Flamenco Marina in Panama City, we'll get a beautiful view of the city before the real action begins at Miraflores locks. Up we go almost 18 meters, landing the Pacific Queen in Miraflores Lake. We'll cross the lake to the Pedro Miguel locks, and up another 9 meters and into Gatun Lake we go! At this point we are already more than 26 meters above sea level!
The Gaillard Cut is another storied part of the Panama Canal, carved right into the Continental Divide. (It's also sometimes called Culebra Cut because it looks like a snake.) This is a point of high interest for many history buffs!
And thanks to the Centennial Bridge, Panama canal sightseeing is even better than ever. This gorgeous piece of engineering is on full display for us, gracefully spanning the canal with its delicate, geometric design.
The Gatun locks are the only ones to be found on the Atlantic side of the canal, and upon completing a transfer through these locks, you've now officially crossed the Panama Canal! Congratulations, this is on a lot of people's Bucket Lists!
Many Panama excursions offer fun and interesting things to do in Panama, but few offer the depth of history and the comforts of the Pacific Queen. If a trip through the canal is on your list of must-do Panama tours, this is the one you're looking for!
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