Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

CENTRAL AMERICA

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

1

San José

1

Caldera

Caribbean Sea

COSTA RICA

Colón

Panama Canal

Golfo Dulce

Panama City

Osa Conservation Area

PANAMA

Pearl Islands

Darién Jungle

Graniteo de Oro

Gulf of Panama

Coiba National Park

9

Pacific Ocean

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

• Snorkel, kayak, and paddle board among Las Perlas and Granito de Oro islet • Stroll a private butterfly and flower-rich tropical preserve • Tropical rainforest hikes • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panama • Darien Jungle’s Mogue River by motorized canoe • Panama Canal night transit • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Darien Jungle, Coiba National Park and Fort San Lorenzo

EXPEDITION CRUISE PRICES FROM £5379pp

12 day Costa Rica & Panama: Canal, Culture, Adventure Curu National Wildlife Refuge • Osa Conservation Area • Golfo Dulce • Granito de Oro • Coiba National Park • Darien Jungle • Pearl Islands • Panama Canal

Days 1 & 2: Arrive San Jose – Embarkation You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to your San Jose hotel; the rest of the day is at leisure. The afternoon of day 2 you will be transferred to the vessel for a warm welcome from your captain and crew. Toast to adventure over dinner as you sail along the Pacific coast. (D*) *Day 2 only. Day 3: Curu National Wildlife Refuge At the south-eastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula, Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to leafcutter ants, snake-eating frogs, and hungry crocodiles. Trails offer prime howler and spider monkey viewing, and a chance to glimpse the immense blue morpho butterfly. An afternoon beach party offers chances to swim and stroll along shore. (BLD) Day 4: Osa Conservation Area Cruise to isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is home to a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity — including all 4 of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. (BLD) Day 5: Golfo Dulce From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies — there’s a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes on your walking tour today. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Osa Peninsula explore the mangroves by kayak and skiff. (BLD) Day 6: Granito de Oro Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at Granito de Oro islet. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand for a casual beach party with the local hermit crabs. Hop to the park’s main island for a stretch of the legs on a trail through this tropical jungle. (BLD) Day 7: Captain’s Choice, Panama The diverse islands and islets of the coast are all unique, and today its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel, go exploring by skiff, or just kick back in a hammock

under swaying palms. Then it’s cruising time. Settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views. (BLD) Day 8: Gulf of Panama & Marine Life Search Cruise through the diverse isles and atolls in the Gulf of Panama hosting hundreds of avian and marine mammal species. Guides give presentations and your captain determines the best locations and activities based on what nature delivers. (BLD) Day 9: Darien Jungle Travelling on the Mogue River in the Darien Jungle by motorized canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife — colourful roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons fishing from the water’s edge. Further along the river you will have a chance to meet local Embera villagers who offer a traditional welcome The Pearl Islands are almost entirely uninhabited by humans and instead boast a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Yellow Warblers are likely to pop into your field of vision and for further exploration jump on a kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape. Afterwards, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences — transiting between 2 seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. (BLD) Day 11: Fort San Lorenzo Take in a little history and a “walk on the wild side” among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow and share customs, stories, songs, and dance. Day 10: Pearl Islands & Panama Canal

TOUR DETAILS

£5379 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ on board Safari Voyager • 1 night pre-tour hotel accommodation • All meals and drinks including premium spirits, wines and beers on board ship • All excursions, activities and equipment hire • National Park fees • Arrival and departure airport transfers PRICES EXCLUDE

• Gratuities, port fees and taxes • Expenditure of a personal nature

DEPARTURES 2019: Nov 20*, 30 (P); Dec 10*, 20, 30* 2020: Jan 9 (W), 19* (O), 29; Feb 8*, 18, 28*; Mar 9, 19*, 29

Themes: O = Birding/Ornithology P = Photography W = Wellness

TOUR STYLE: Expedition Cruise

GROUP SIZE: 62 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

highlighting your adventures. (BLD) Day 12: Depart Panama City

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the port, you’ll be transferred to Panama City to connect with your flight home. Note: This itinerary is also available in reverse starting from Panama, call for dates and rates.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in San Jose and Panama. Please call for details.

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