Tailor-Made Holiday

Panama- Sailing San Blas

11 days

from £3,095pp (excluding flights)

Private charters are a wonderful way to explore a territory - none more so than in the autonomous Kuna Yala region where the 365 islands of the San Blas Archipelago make up a small slice of paradise. 

  • Sail the San Blas Archipelago by private catamaran
  • Meet the Kuna people and learn about island life
  • Dine on lobster, giant crab & fresh ceviche
  • Visit the historical bay of Portobelo
  • Navigate Gatun Lake by boat for excellent wildlife opportunities

Begin in the vibrant capital of Panama City.  A fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and modern architecture, with a vast selection of restaurants and cafés. Of course no visit to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal.

Your journey continues by rail to the north coast and the city of Colón.  From Colón your guide will take you to Gatun locks the first set of locks on the Atlantic side of the canal, followed by a boat trip around Gatun Lake for excellent wildlife opportunities and an impressive view of the vast container ships moving through the canal.   

Few people make the effort to visit Portobelo, but it is worth experiencing its swashbuckling history. Visit the old customs house museum and there are a number of islands, beaches and mangroves to be explored.

Return to Panama City for a short domestic flight to the San Blas Archipelago.  Met by your French hosts Marie and Manu spend the next four nights on your private catamaran, dining on fresh lobster barbequed on a desert island, explore the villages of the Kuna people and snorkel in the tropical waters. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3095 £ 800
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Panama City


You will be staying at Las Clementinas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

You will be staying at Las Clementinas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full day city tour
08.30: Full day city tour
Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel for a tour of Panama City and the Miraflores Locks.

Start the tour with a 30 minutes drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing through the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9am to 10am and 2pm to 5pm, when you will be able to see many ships being lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. A sheltered terrace offers great views of the process as you listen to the explanations of your guide.

Continue with a visit to the Museum and Visitor Center for a well thought out presentation on the construction of the Canal - a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and world trade.
Head then, to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views of the canal on one side and of the Panama City skyline on the other.

Lunch is included in a Panamanian restaurant, after which the tour continues to Casco Viejo, Panama City's colonial quarter. Step back in time and admire the lovely colonial houses, narrow roads and impressive churches. You will be given an introduction to Panama's history as you walk through the quarter.

Carry on to Panama Viejo, the Old Panama. Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by notorious English bucaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town.

After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.

Panama City is an exciting cosmopolitan city, a capital of great contrasts. The sparkling skyscrapers of a healthy present tower over the archaeological remain of ancient Panama Viejo, the faded grandeur of the French-style mansions in Casco Antiguo and the clinical Canal Zone.

Explore this fascinating, bustling city, then head out to one of many beautiful national parks to seek out an abundance of wildlife.

Travel from Panama City to Portobelo Bay (Rail Journey)


You will be staying at El Otro Lado, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

You will be staying at El Otro Lado, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Fly Portobelo Bay to San Blas Archipelago


You will be staying at Bip Bip Catamaran, Full board and house beverages

Day 6



The San Blas islands are not only a wonderful cultural experience, but their white coral sands and clear turquoise waters provide a stunning beach and snorkelling destination for those in search of the ultimate rustic Robinson Crusoe experience.


You will be staying at Bip Bip Catamaran, Full board and house beverages

Day 7

You will be staying at Bip Bip Catamaran, Full board and house beverages

Day 8

You will be staying at Bip Bip Catamaran, Full board and house beverages

Day 9

Fly San Blas Archipelago to Panama City


You will be staying at Las Clementinas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Panama City to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Las Clementinas

Las Clementinas

Las Clementinas is a boutique hotel in Casco Antiguo, the old part of Panama City....

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El Otro Lado

El Otro Lado

El Otro Lado private retreat occupies a stunning location on Panama's Caribbean coast, surrounded by the tropical forest of Portobelo National Park....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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