After a transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Marina, the partial transit starts with a 45 minute coach ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, you will board the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour, entering the Canal at the north end of the Gaillard 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. It was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is of great historical and geological value. Your boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometres on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will gain an appreciation of the continuous maintenance that this area requires, due to its susceptibility to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in progress for the Panama Canal expansion project.
Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. After entering Pedro Miguel Locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, the vessel is lowered 9 metres in one step. The ship then enters 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 16 metres in two distinct steps.
Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later you will see the Bay of Panama and Panama City's imposing skyline. On arrival at Flamenco you will be transferred back to your city hotel.
Please Note: This tour normally operates on Friday & Saturday. It can be changed to fit your travel dates.