6 days
Panama City, Portobelo

Experience the best of Panama: a country where ancient ruins, wild jungles, and modern cityscapes come together to create a culture unlike any other.

Get a taste for Panamanian life as you learn about the Panama Canal, canoe along Rio Chagres, and visit a local indigenous village. Throughout your journey, you’ll discover some of the plants and animals that add to Panama’s biodiversity.

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Designed with school calendars in mind, this flexible, highlight-rich tour lands in the sweet spot between a long weekend and a lengthier getaway—so you can focus less on scheduling and more on exploring.
  • Day 1: Fly to Panama

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Panama City

    Visit Panamá Viejo, the ruins from pirate attacks on the original Panama City

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Take a group photo by the Panama sign on the Amador Causeway 

    Participate in a cultural exchange with locals 

  • Day 3: Panama City

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Boat tour around Monkey Island

    Boat tour around Monkey Island

    Board a boat for an exciting, guided boat tour of Gatun Lake. Motor through a stretch of the Panama Canal and watch as massive tanker ships make their way to another ocean! Try to spot monkeys as your boat circles Monkey Island, then learn how so many species are able to survive in the middle of the Panama Canal.

    Enjoy a hike in one of the parks that surround Panama City

    Visit the Panama Canal Administration Building

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Panamanian dinner. After dinner, an interactive dance show will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 4: Panama City • Chagres National Park

    Take a day trip to Chagres National Park

    Take a canoe ride on the Rio Chagres

    Visit an Emberá indigenous village

  • Day 5: Panama City • Portobelo

    Take a day trip to the Caribbean Coast

    Go snorkeling

    Visit the Portobelo Ruins

  • Day 6: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly to Panama

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Panama City

    Visit Panamá Viejo, the ruins from pirate attacks on the original Panama City

    Take a tour of Casco Viejo

    Visit the Biomuseo

    Take a group photo by the Panama sign on the Amador Causeway 

    Participate in a cultural exchange with locals 

  • Day 3: Panama City

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Boat tour around Monkey Island

    Boat tour around Monkey Island

    Board a boat for an exciting, guided boat tour of Gatun Lake. Motor through a stretch of the Panama Canal and watch as massive tanker ships make their way to another ocean! Try to spot monkeys as your boat circles Monkey Island, then learn how so many species are able to survive in the middle of the Panama Canal.

    Enjoy a hike in one of the parks that surround Panama City

    Visit the Panama Canal Administration Building

    Visit the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore evening

    Folklore evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Panamanian dinner. After dinner, an interactive dance show will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 4: Panama City • Chagres National Park

    Take a day trip to Chagres National Park

    Take a canoe ride on the Rio Chagres

    Visit an Emberá indigenous village

  • Day 5: Panama City • Portobelo

    Take a day trip to the Caribbean Coast

    Go snorkeling

    Visit the Portobelo Ruins

  • Day 6: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    5 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    Dinner on arrival day; breakfast and dinner included days 2–5; lunch on days 4 and 5; breakfast on departure day

  • Guided sightseeing

    1 sightseeing tour led by a licensed local guide; 1 sightseeing tour led by your Tour Director; 2 experiential activities

  • Entrances

    Panama Viejo Ruins and Museum; Biomuseo; local exchange; hike in urban park; Panama Canal Administration Building; Miraflores Locks Visitor Center; Emberá indigenous village; snorkeling; Portobelo ruins

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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