Extend your stay in Panama City and take advantage of two new sites. Experience the recently completed Expansion Observation Center at the Panama Canal's new and expanded third set of locks, which will be in prime construction phase and flooded to begin operations a year later. Visit the new Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo (Museum of Biodiversity), tour the Miraflores Locks, and have lunch overlooking the canal. Enjoy dinner downtown, complete with a traditional dance performance.
Please call for pricing. Note that for post-trip voyages, this extension travels in the reverse of the sequence shown below.
DAY 1 - U.S./Panama City, Panama
After a mid-afternoon arrival at Panama's Tocumen airport, transfer to the hotel and prepare for an evening introduction to the city. A guided walk brings us to a local restaurant, where we will be treated to a traditional dance performance. Panama Marriott Hotel
DAY 2 - Panama City/Colón
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head for a tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo. This is Gehry's first and only design in Central America and features over 30,000 feet of gallery space with eight exhibits dedicated to the history of the isthmus and its myriad species (many of which we will search for once our main expedition embarks). By special arrangement, tour Miraflores Lock to observe the action of the canal and dine in the overlooking restaurant. At the canal's Expansion Observation Center, experience history in the making with a firsthand look at the construction of one of the new sets of locks. The extension will add 70 feet in lock width and allow access for newer vessels, many of which have been too large to fit through the existing locks. In the late afternoon, continue to Colón to embark the National Geographic Sea Lion. (B,L)