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Panama Canal Transit: Full Day Tour Aboard Vessel

Understand the Panama Canal by transiting through from the Pacific to the Atlantic side on this canal tour aboard a vessel with a local historian who will recount and describe the story of how the canal was formed!

USD $126.00USD $225.00

Per Person

Experience the Full Panama Canal Transit on a Vessel!

Embark on this vessel tour with a local guide to gain a full experience of the Panama Canal Transit!

On this Panama Canal Transit tour, you will discover the beauty of the Panama Canal from the point of view upon a vessel and your guide will explain to you about the history behind the canal.

Your vessel will depart from the Flamenco Marina at the end of the beautiful Amador Coast way at 7am and from there you will experience the transit of vessels in the canal and travel from the Pacific side of the Ocean to the Atlantic all on the same day!


  • Experience the canal transit from ocean to ocean in a unique experience aboard a Panamanian vessel
  • Learn all about the history of the Panama Canal with a local historian who will recount the history of Panama Canal’s development

Tour Information

Duration: Full day (Tour starts at 07:00 am and ends at 20:00 pm)
Start/End location: Panama City, Panama
Availability: Second and third Saturday of each month (2020)
If the availability does not fit with your schedule, we recommend booking a Partial Transit Tour, which is available most days. If you have any questions, please email us at


On this tour, you will start by embarking on the Pacific Queen vessel from the Flamenco Resort Marina. The first stop will be to visit the Miraflores Lock and then moving onto the Pedro Miguel Locks.

After exiting the Pedro Miguel Locks, you will be taken to the point where the Chagres River flows into the canal, also known as the Culebra or Gaillard cut. This cut is one of the main attractions for visitors as it is carved through the continental divide and this section of the canal is full of history.

Afterwards, you will enjoy a trip through the famous Lake Gatun – during your transit through the Gatun Lake, you will pass through the research station of Barro Colorado and experience the Gatun Locks, the only one in the Atlantic Sector.

You will arrive back in Panama City around 8pm.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Full lunch
  • Water and soft drinks

What’s Not Included

  • Hotel pick up or drop off

What to Bring

  • Sun protection
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes

Important Notes

  • Please note that the full canal transit is controlled exclusively by the Panama Canal Authority. The day before the tour, they will confirm with all vessels what times they can leave. There is nothing we can do about this and there is no way to get the departure time earlier than the day before, so please plan to be flexible that day. The Canal Authority also sometimes reverses the direction of the transit – this is also out of our control.


Gatun Lake, Panama

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Gatun Lake, Panama 9.191581, -79.866486

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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