The Miraflores Visitor Center on the Panama Canal.

Pre-Programme Panama City & Colón

Add an extra night and discover the Canal of Panama and understand how this marvel of engineering is operated.

  • Extend your stay in Panama with Hurtigruten
  • Learn about the history and operation of the Panama Canal
  • Thrilling speed boat ride alongside huge ships
  • Enjoy lunch with views over Chagres River and Panama Canal
  • Destinations

    South America

  • Season


  • Duration

    2 days

  • Min. passengers


  • Booking code


  • From

    469 €

Itinerary for your Pre-Programme

Day 1:   Arrival, Panama City

Spend the night at a hotel in Panama City including breakfast the next morning.

Day 2: Panama City - Colón, Embarkation

This morning, we drive half an hour to arrive at Miraflores Locks. There is no better place than the locks of Miraflores to discover the Panama Canal and understand how this marvel of engineering is operated. Two observation platforms, one on the ground floor and one on the fourth floor, enable the visitor to view the huge ships passing through, and the ballet of locomotives keeping them straight in the locks with only a few inches left on each side. The visitor centre uses interactive displays to explain the history, incredible engineering and importance of the canal.

You will then be transferred to Gamboa Rainforest Resort where you will embark on a speed boat cruise of the canal, darting past massive supertankers and into the landscapes of Lake Gatun. Panama boasts one of the richest ecosystems in the world, home to exotic wildlife such as monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, sloth, eagles and turtles. You’ll then enjoy a buffet lunch at outdoor restaurant Don Caiman with views of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal. A one-hour drive brings us to the cruise terminal in Colón in time for embarkation.

Please note that the order of sights might vary.

Practical information 


The price includes one hotel night in Panama City, a transfer from the hotel in Panama City to the pier in Colón, entrance to the locks at Miraflores, a motorboat ride on the Panama Canal, a buffet lunch and an English-speaking guide.

Not included: dinner, gratuities


  • This tour starts in Panama City one day before embarkation in Colón.
  • Available to guests with limited mobility on request.
  • This tour involves some walking.
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the land adventure up to six weeks before departure.