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Treasures of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Natural History and Cultural Adventures Aboard the Variety Voyager

Treasures of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2990  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Herradura, Costa Rica
Depart: Colon, Panama
Lodging: 7-night cruise aboard a deluxe vessel
Meals: All meals on board
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours, snorkeling
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Highlights

  • White-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Coiba Island, a World Heritage Site
  • Panama Canal crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic
  • San Blas Islands, home to the Kuna Indians

Choosing the Right Trip

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Journey by 72-guest yacht along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, exploring the natural settings of Manuel Antonio and Isla Coiba, witnessing life in the San Blas Islands, then cross the celebrated Panama Canal. Each day, you’ll discover a new port of call, a hidden cove, crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim, and rich tropical flora and fauna to intrigue you.

Itinerary


Costa Rica to Panama

Days 1-2
Los Suenos, Costa Rica / Curu / Tortuga Island

Embark and sail to Curu Nature Reserve for a walking excursion with the local rangers and our onboard naturalist. Later in the morning we sail to Tortuga Island, where we can swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island before enjoying a beach barbecue. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3
Manuel Antonio

Magnificent white-sand beaches are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species at Manuel Antonio. Enjoy naturalist-led walks on well maintained trails, relax on the beach or swim, and enjoy optional afternoon excursions.

Day 4
Golfo Dulce / Casa Orquideas Private Reserve

We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning, then have an optional excursion to the Osa Conservation Society by 4x4 vehicle. We return to the ship for a late lunch while crossing Golfo Dulce toward Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flower sanctuary. Optional walking excursion to this private reserve, where we can visit the extensive and very well-preserved grounds and have time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail into Golfito Bay in Golfo Dulce where we arrive at midnight for immigration procedures, then sail overnight to Coiba Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.

Days 5
Coiba Island / Granito De Oro Island, Panama

Arrive at Coiba Island, a World Heritage Site, for a natural history walk with our ship naturalist. After a beach barbecue on Coiba, we sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling on one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. In the afternoon, we leave Granito de Oro and sail to Panama City. Overnight at sea.

Day 6
Amador / Panama Canal Crossing / Colon, Panama

Arrival in the morning at Amador, with an optional excursion in Panama City's Old Town quarter and Canal site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). After lunch onboard, we make a late afternoon sail through the Panama Canal, crossing the Miraflores and San Pedro Locks to the Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side. Continue on to San Blas Islands, with an overnight at sea.

Day 7
San Blas Islands / Carti and Gran Perro Islands

Early morning arrival in the San Blas Archipelago, a chain of over 365 tropical islands of which 50 only are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who live in communities of bamboo-sided, thatched-roofed houses. We anchor at Carti Island for our optional excursion and visit the largest Kuna Indians settlement. Later we sail to nearby Gran Perro Island for a barbecue. There’s plenty of time for snorkeling on the island or at nearby Perro Island, with its famous shipwreck. Late evening departure for Colon Shelter Marina.

Day 8
Colon / Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Arrival in Colon/Shelter Bay Marina at 8:00 am, and disembark at 9:00 am.


Panama to Costa Rica

Days 1-2
Colon / Shelter Bay Marina, Panama / Carti and Gran Perro Islands / Portobello

Embark and sail to the San Blas Archipelago, a chain of over 365 tropical islands of which 50 only are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who live in communities of bamboo-sided, thatched-roofed houses. We anchor at Carti Island for our optional excursion and visit the largest Kuna Indians settlement. Later we sail to nearby Gran Perro Island for a barbecue. There’s plenty of time for snorkeling on the island or at nearby Perro Island, with its famous shipwreck. Late evening departure for Portobello. Overnight at anchor in Portobello.

Day 3
Portobello, Panama / Canal Crossing

After an optional walking tour of Portobello’s fort ruins, Customs House, and village, we sail to Colon to prepare for the Canal crossing. We cross the Gatun Locks in the late afternoon and enter Gatun Lake, then cross San Pedro and Miraflores locks and dock at Flamenco Marina.

Day 4
Flamenco Marina / Panama City, Panama

Optional morning excursion in Panama City's Old Town quarter and Canal Site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). After lunch we sail to Coiba Island, with an overnight at sea.

Day 5
Coiba Island / Granito De Oro Island, Panama

Arrive at Coiba Island, a World Heritage Site, for a natural history walk with our ship naturalist. After a beach barbecue on Coiba, we sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling on one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. In the afternoon, we leave Granito de Oro and sail to Golfito. Overnight at sea.

Day 6
Golfito, Costa Rica / Casa Orquideas Private Reserve / Puerto Jimenez

We reach Golfito early in the morning for immigration procedures, then continue sailing to nearby Casa Orquideas where we anchor. Optional walking excursion to this private nature sanctuary, an oasis of beautiful flowers, with time to swim at the end of our visit. We then sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez while having a barbecue on deck. We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. Optional excursion to the Osa Conservation Society by 4x4 vehicle. We return to the ship for dinner. Overnight at sea en route to Quepos.

Day 7
Quepos, Costa Rica / Manuel Antonio

Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve. Magnificent white-sand beaches are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species here. Enjoy naturalist-led walks on well maintained trails, relax on the beach or swim, and enjoy optional afternoon excursions. Overnight sail to Los Suenos/Herradura after our farewell dinner. Overnight at sea.

Day 8
Los Suenos, Costa Rica

Arrival in Los Suenos marina at 8:00 am, with disembarkation between 9:00 and 10:00.

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Zodiac landing crafts are used to transport passengers ashore for walks to wildlife sanctuaries, scenic nature areas, and local towns and villages. There are also ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Some agility is required for getting in and out of landing crafts.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2015
Jan 11-18, 2015  Sold Out

Jan 18-25, 2015  Sold Out
Jan 25-Feb 1, 2015  Sold Out
Feb 1- 8, 2015  Costa Rica to Panama
Feb 8-15, 2015  Panama to Costa Rica
Feb 15-22, 2015  Costa Rica to Panama
Feb 22-Mar 1, 2015  Panama to Costa Rica
Mar 1- 8, 2015  Costa Rica to Panama
Mar 8-15, 2015  Panama to Costa Rica
2016
Jan 4-11, 2016  Costa Rica to Panama

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Category C $2,990
Category B $3,490
Cateogy A $3,990
Category P $4,990
Owner's Suite $6,190
Port Charges: $450
Excursion Package: $540
Single supplement: 50% surcharge (limited availability)

Deck Plan

Cabin descriptions

Category C: Marina Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)
The category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering oversized twin port holes, bathrooms with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category B: Marina & Riviera Decks (Twin Beds or Double Bed)
The category B cabins are located on the lower and main deck offering oversized twin port holes (lower deck) or double windows (main deck), bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category A: Riviera Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)
The category A cabins are located on the main deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category P: Riviera Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)
The category P cabins are located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • All meals on board
  • entertainment as specified in the cruise program selected

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Port charges, fuel surcharge, travel insurance, transfers, optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted), shore excursions, airport facility charges, taxes/fees, nor do they include items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, etc.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
70 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

No minimum fee
60-31 days prior to departure: 25% of cruise fare
30-16 days prior to departure: 50% of cruise fare
15 days or less: 100% of cruise fare

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Arrival & Departure Information

Costa Rica to Panama Cruise:

Arrival & Meeting Place
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose International Airport (Airport code SJO)
Day 1 of trip by 12:00noon
Embarkation: 3:00pm
Embarkation Location: Los Sueños Marina, Herradura, Costa Rica

Passengers are responsible for their own transfer from the San Jose Airport to the Los Sueños Marina in Herradura (on Costa Rica's West Coast). The drive in a private vehicle (ie; taxi) takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. We recommend you arrive San Jose by noon to have enough time to transfer in one day to the Marina. You may also consider overnighting in San Jose or Los Sueños at least one night before the trip begins.

Departure
Panama City, Panama
Tocumen International Airport (Airport code PTY)
Day 8 of trip
Disembarkation: 9:00am
Disembarkation Location: Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama

The Variety Voyager will arrive Shelter Bay Marina, Colon in Panama at 8:00am on Day 8 of the trip and passengers will be allowed to disembark at 9:00am. Again, passengers are responsible for their own transfer to the Panama City Airport. The drive takes about 1 1/2 hours and shuttles can be hired at Shelter Bay without advance reservation.

 

Panama to Costa Rica Cruise:

Arrival & Meeting Place
Panama City, Panama
Tocumen International Airport (Airport code PTY)
Day 1 of trip by 12:00noon
Embarkation: 3:00pm
Embarkation Location: Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama

Passengers are responsible for their own transfer from the Panama City Airport to the Shelter Bay Marina, Colon (on Panama's East Coast). The drive in a private vehicle (ie; taxi) takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. We recommend you arrive Panama City by noon to have enough time to transfer in one day to the Marina. You may also consider overnighting in Panama City or Colon at least one night before the trip begins.

Departure
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose International Airport (Airport code SJO)
Day 8 of trip
Disembarkation: 9:00am
Disembarkation Location: Los Sueños Marina, Herradura, Costa Rica

The Variety Voyager will arrive Los Sueños Marina in Costa Rica at 8:00am on Day 8 of the trip and passengers will be allowed to disembark at 9:00am. Again, passengers are responsible for their own transfer to the San Jose International Airport. The drive takes about 1 1/2 hours and taxis can be hired at Los Sueños without advance reservation.

Variety Voyager

The Variety Voyager, built in 2012, is a state-of-the art private yacht accommodating up to 72 guests in 36 cabins. All ocean-view cabins feature two twin beds or a double bed, sitting area, en suite marble bathrooms, flat-screen television, mini fridge, and individually controlled heating/cooling. The spacious and elegantly-appointed public spaces include a large lecture lounge, reference library, single-seating dining room, rear deck for dining in pleasant weather, and sun deck with a bar and lounge area. And, you can get a taste of navigation while visiting the bridge, open to guests most of the day, depending on weather conditions. Additional amenities include a small gym, spa, computer station with Internet, and laundry service. Stairs access all decks; there are no elevators.