Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands

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Departure date
September 26, 2023
21 days

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

A sign hanging from a tree

Day 3

Meet the Embera

A close up of a flower

Day 4

Afro Colombian vibes

Microscopes in the Science Center onboard the ship.

Day 5

Relax on board

An aerial view of Montecristi, near Manta

Day 6

Made in Montecristi

Day 7

Ecuador’s other Galápagos

Hummingbird sitting in a tree.

Day 8

Growing green gold

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

Day 9

At your leisure

Day 10

Ancient Kingdoms

Fountain on a square with palm trees, large beautiful buildings in the background.

Day 11

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 13

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Day 14-15

Galápagos Island Hopping

The Twins sinkhole in Galápagos, surrounded by forest

Day 16

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

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

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Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands