Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands

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Departure date
13 days

Your journey begins in Colón by sailing through the famous Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Once past Panama City, we’ll head south to charming cities in Ecuador and Peru, visiting beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries and UNESCO sites. You’ll then continue to the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands where you’ll island-hop and explore the archipelago.

Transiting the Panama Canal

You’ll marvel at the engineering brilliance of the Panama Canal as you pass through its complex locks aboard the ship. Exiting on the Pacific coast, we continue south to Manta and nearby town of Montecristi, home of the handwoven Panama hat. From there, we visit the ‘Banana Capital of the World’ in Puerto Bolivar before setting course for Salaverry. If sea conditions enable us to land here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area’s ancient architecture on an optional excursion.

Quito and the Galápagos Islands

After flying to Ecuador’s capital Quito and enjoying wandering around its UNESCO-listed historic centre, we continue to Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Over the next two days, you’ll board boats and tour a new island in the archipelago each day, uncovering the supreme biological diversity these islands are known for. Keep your eyes peeled to spot the finches that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection and maybe see native giant land tortoises in their natural habitat.

What's Included

Land-Programme Galápagos Island after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

Onboard Activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Gateway to the Panama Canal

Day 1

Connecting two oceans

Day 2

Welcome to the Pacific

Day 3

Made in Montecristi

Day 4

‘Banana Capital of the World’

Day 5

Better Photos

Day 6

Ancient kingdoms

Day 7

On a high

Day 8

Views from the Middle of the World

Day 9

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Day 10

Galápagos Island Hopping

Day 11-12

Return to mainland Ecuador

Day 13

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages