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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America – with Smithsonian Journeys

Colón - Puerto Caldera

Dates:
24/1/2022
to  31/1/2022

8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$6,010
25% Ponant Bonus

Shore excursion or activity in each port of call + transfers included


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

Discover Panama and Costa Rica with PONANT on this splendid 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain, which explores the region’s abundant natural splendours, local indigenous communities, and the modern marvel of the Panama Canal.

Your journey in Central America will start along the white sands and translucent waters of Holandes Cayes, one of the coral islets of Panama’s San Blas Islands. Spend a day in this tropical paradise and enjoy the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Members of the Kuna community call these islands home, and you may encounter them along the beach.

After a daytime sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the world-famous Panama Canal, Le Champlain calls at Fuerte Amador for an exploration of Panama City’s Old Quarter and of the region’s fantastic biodiversity at the superb Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo.

Here, you will also visit the Punta Culebra Nature Center at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), a fascinating, open-air museum dedicated to marine science and conservation. On a specially arranged tour guided by Smithsonian scientists, hear about the latest studies, observe marine species up close, and explore the unique flora and fauna of the tropical dry forest.

You sail next to the remote and magnificent Darién National Park. This little corner of paradise is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a remarkably diverse range of plants and wildlife. Rocky coastlines, mangroves, swamps, and tropical rainforests abound and offer a feast for photographers. Here, meet members of the local Emberá community.

Your final call will be in Herradura, Costa Rica, gateway to the spectacular Carara National Park, where you will encounter myriad tropical flora and fauna, including over ten thousand species of plants, three hundred species of birds, and some two hundred species of butterflies. In the park, watch for scarlet macaws, toucans, howler monkeys, and crocodiles.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.


Ref : CP2345US - C240122


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A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion or activity in each port of call. Engaging...


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Deluxe Stateroom
 

(19 m2)

Fully booked
25% Ponant Bonus

Prestige stateroom Deck 4
 

(19 m2)

From AU$6,600
25% Ponant Bonus

Prestige stateroom Deck 5
 

(19 m2)

From AU$6,890
25% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 6
 

(19 m2)

From AU$7,240
25% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(27 m2)

From AU$9,820
25% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(27 m2)

From AU$9,820
25% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked
25% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m2)

Fully booked
25% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(38 m2)

From AU$13,030
25% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(38 m2)

From AU$13,680
25% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(32 m2)

From AU$14,320
25% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(32 m2)

From AU$14,320
25% Ponant Bonus

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(45 m2)

From AU$15,660
25% Ponant Bonus

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m2)

From AU$15,660
25% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite
 

(45 m2)

From AU$21,520



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