2025 Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Jan. 31 – Feb. 8, 2025 
Tour Operator: Gohagan
Price: From $5,295 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 9 days
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Travel through one of the greatest engineering marvels of our time and journey through virgin rainforests and jungle-fringed beaches from Costa Rica to Panama. This luxury cruise itinerary combines tours of historic and cultural sites with visits to some of the most incredible nature preserves and rainforests in Central America. Witness an abundance of flora and fauna in Manuel Antonio National Park. Discover the wildlife of the Osa peninsula and learn about the rainforest, sloths and chocolate on a variety of included excursions.

Travel to two UNESCO-designated sites in Panama: Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, and the historic district of Panama City. Finish with a specially arranged daylight transit of the mighty locks of the Panama Canal, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Lengthen your stay with pre- and post-tour extensions in San José, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart / Arrive in San José, Costa Rica
  • Day 2 : San José/ Puerto Caldera / Embarkation
  • Day 3 : Quepos for Manuel Antonia National Park
  • Day 4 : Puerto Jimenez for Osa Penninsula
  • Day 5 : Isla Coiba
  • Day 6 : Day at Sea
  • Day 7 : Panama City
  • Day 8 : Panama City / Canal Crossing / Colón
  • Day 9 : Colón / Disembarkation / Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Mobility Information

You should be in good physical condition to enjoy your tour to its fullest.

Our trips involve a considerable amount of daily standing and walking, up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. Typical distances are between 2-4 miles per day, unassisted. Some tours have excursions in high altitudes, very early morning departures and/or excursions involving Zodiacs and/or floating docks.

Please contact the tour operator directly with concerns specific to your tour and your needs. For highly active tours, you may wish to speak with your doctor.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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