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Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
Leave the airlines to us.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Hearty breakfasts and delicious, authentic, cuisine at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Engage in an immersive cultural exchange, learning about the history, culture, food and customs of this river-centric tribe, which has lived deep in the Panamanian rainforests for centuries.
Horseback Ride, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Río Frío Boat Trip, Cultural Exchange with Local Students, Manuel Antonio National Park, Community Service Project in Sarapiquí, Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges, Jauri Tropical Farm, Sarapiquí Homestay, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Arenal Volcano
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA. Upon arrival in Panama City, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, transfer to your hotel and begin to explore this vibrant capital city.
Following breakfast, your first stop is the Panama Canal's Miraflores Visitor Center, where you'll sit back in an IMAX theatre and enjoy a movie about the fascinating history and construction of engineering marvel, which changed the face of international trade and economics when it opened in 1914. From the center's observation decks, you can watch ships navigate through the Miraflores locks. After your visit to the Canal, head for the city's charming Old Town and experience history in a different way through a challenging and fun Learn and Discovery game. After lunch, you'll have time to explore more of the Casco Viejo at your own pace, perhaps buying a souvenir like a classic Panama hat or gorgeous embroidered molas, taking in the Panama Canal Museum or admiring the district's Spanish Colonial architecture.
Leave the city behind this morning for a day of activities in the lush Gamboa Rainforest. Ascend from the dense undergrowth up through the sun-drenched canopy on aerial tram ride and watch for birds, butterflies and monkeys. Back on the ground, visit a sloth sanctuary and other exhibits showcasing the local flora and fauna. Then keep your eyes peeled for those same exhibit subjects during a boat ride on Gatun Lake, an artificial lake forming part of the Panama Canal that was created by damming the Chagres River during the canal's construction. Lunch at the beautiful Gamboa Rainforest Resort is included. Later today, flex your foodie muscles during a
Panamanian cooking lesson, where you'll learn the techniques and ingredients to make delicious regional cuisine from local culinary professional—and savor the fruits of your labors for dinner.
Today's highlight is an immersive
cultural exchange at the Emberá Indigenous Village. You'll learn about the history, culture, food and customs of this river-centric tribe, which has lived deep in the Panamanian rainforests for centuries.
It's all about delicious chocolate this morning as you visit a small local cacao factory. Your inner chocoholic will emerge as you learn how this Panamanian delicacy is made, from the picking and cleaning of the seeds, to the roasting, processing and confectionary techniques. Then it's on to the ruins of Panama Viejo, the original capital of the country. Established in 1519 as the first European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, the city flourished as a base for gold and silver to be sent to Spain before being sacked and burned in 1671 by Welsh pirate Henry Morgan and a small army of 1,400 men.
The morning begins with coast-to-coast trip by either land or train transit. Journey from the breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean to the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea and head toward the sleepy port town of Portobelo—on your scenic drive watch for campesinos on horseback tending their cattle amid the rolling green hills. Dive into Portobelo's colonial history (and pirate legends) as you see the San Jeronimo fort, whose canons still point toward the bay they once protected; the statue of the Black Christ, which washed ashore here in the 1600s and, according to the legend, possesses divine powers; and the Customs House. Return to Panama City in time for dinner.
On your last day in Panama, visit the renowned Biomuseo (Museum of Biodiversity), located on the Amador Causeway, near the entrance to the Panama Canal. The building is as interesting as the story of the country’s natural history featured inside—designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry, it's his only project in Latin America. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner as you prepare to bid this historic and vibrant country a fond adios.
Depart for the USA.
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $280Add to Tour