Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands

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Departure date
October 3, 2023
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

Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

An aerial view of Colón

Day 1

Gateway to the Panama Canal

Panama Canal from above.

Day 2

Connecting two oceans

Man and woman standing on outdoor deck with binoculars looking for birds.

Day 3

Welcome to the Pacific

An aerial view of Montecristi, near Manta

Day 4

Made in Montecristi

Hummingbird sitting in a tree.

Day 5

‘Banana Capital of the World’

Man in shirt, onboard photographer, standing with a camera in the expedition lounge.

Day 6

Better Photos

Chan Chan

Day 7

Ancient kingdoms

Sun statue at museum in Quito, Ecuador.

Day 8

On a high

Square with some trees and people, surrounded by white buildings in Quito City, Ecuador.

Day 9

Views from the Middle of the World

Birds, sea lions and fishermen at a fish market in Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands.

Day 10

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Woman photographing a Marine iguana on beach, Galapagos.

Day 11-12

Galápagos Island Hopping

The Twins sinkhole in Galápagos, surrounded by forest

Day 13

Return to mainland Ecuador

Ships on this expedition

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

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

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Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands