Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia

Aboard Hebridean Sky April 5 – 20, 2018

Overview:

Meet the Emberá Indians of the Darién and the Kuna Indians of San Blas who proudly preserve their cultural heritage. Enjoy a daylight transit through the historic locks of the Panama Canal. Step ashore on seldom-visited Isla de Providencia, Colombia—its long history includes tales of colonization, conquest, and buried treasure. Stroll the atmospheric streets of Havana to discover stunning colonial architecture and sun-splashed plazas, where classic American cars complete the scene of a by-gone era. Snorkel or dive over healthy coral reefs to view colorful tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, and more. Aboard the 104-guest Hebridean Sky.

Combine with Circumnavigation of Cuba

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Panama City, Panama
Day 2: Embark Hebridean Sky
Day 3:Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 4:At Sea
Day 5:Playa del Muerto, Darien Province
Day 6:Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal
Day 7:San Blas Archipelago
Day 8:Portobelo / Colon
Day 9:Puerto Limon / Tortugero Canals, Costa Rica
Day 10:Isla de Providencia, Colombia
Day 11:At Sea
Day 12:Cienfuegos, Cuba / Playa Larga
Day 13:Isla de la Juventud
Day 14:Maria La Gorda
Day 15:Havana / Disembark or combine with Circumnavigation of Cuba
Day 16:Havana / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia

Aboard Hebridean Sky April 5 – 20, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Thursday, April 5, 2018 – Panama City, Panama
Board your independent flight and transfer to Le Meridien Panama for dinner and overnight

Day 2 – Friday, April 6, 2018 – Panama City / Embark Hebridean Sky
This morning enjoy a tour of this cosmopolitan city, with lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, board the Hebridean Sky.

Day 3 – Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Isla Coiba, Panama

Anchor off Isla Coiba for an exploration of one of the largest marine parks in the world. Zodiacs take you on excursions along wild shores and bring you to secluded beaches. On nature hikes search for more than 130 species of birds, including red-legged honeycreepers, crimson-backed tanagers, and brilliantly colored lance-tailed manakins. Snorkeling is excellent, as Coiba is also the site of a large coral reef where a convergence of currents reveals an array of eastern tropical Pacific marine life.

Day 4 – Sunday, April 8, 2018 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend lectures from our experts

Day 5 – Monday, April 9, 2018 – Playa del Muerto, Darien Province

Panama’s remote Darién Province is one of Central America’s last unspoiled regions. This morning enter Emberá Indian territory as you land on Playa del Muerto at the mouth of the Mogue River. Enjoy warm welcomes from the Emberá community of Mogue, where you’ll learn about their traditional way of life and enjoy a lively dance performance.

Day 6 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal

During your daylight transit, the Hebridean Sky gracefully navigates the dramatic Gaillard Cut, Gatun Lake, and the canal’s three mighty locks. Relax on deck and enjoy a historical perspective as you follow this famed waterway to the Atlantic.

Day 7 – Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – San Blas Archipelago

The San Blas Archipelago is a group of over 350 islands stretching for 200 miles along Panama’s east coast. Largely roadless, and many ringed with reefs, they vary in size from tiny uninhabited islets with few palm trees to larger islands clad in jungle.
San Blas is also home to the Kuna Indians, a semiautonomous tribe still practicing the traditions of their ancestors, including the crafting of molas, brightly colored, appliquéd fabrics. Meet the Kuna, learn about their culture, and admire or purchase molas. In the afternoon land at Holandes Caye to snorkel in the inviting waters.

Day 8 – Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Portobelo / Colon

This morning disembark in the historic town of Portobelo, one of Spain’s most important strongholds in the Americas during colonial times. Visit Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria, as well as the Church of San Felipe.

Day 9 – Friday, April 13, 2018 – Puerto Limon / Tortugero Canals, Costa Rica

Board shallow-draft boats today for an excursion among the Tortuguero Canals, home to 2,000 plant species, more than 400 species of birds, and 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered mammals. During your exploration of the raffia-lined waterways, you may spy sloths; howler and capuchin monkeys; wood storks, bare-throated tiger herons, roseate spoon-bills, Montezuma oropendolas, and ringed kingfishers; and crocodiles, caimans, turtles, iguanas, as well as the Jesus Christ lizard, so named for its unique ability to run across water. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Colombia.

Day 10 – Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Isla de Providencia, Colombia

Far from mainland Colombia, rarely-visited Isla de Providencia is a warm and friendly, English-speaking island with the nostalgic feel of the Caribbean of yesteryear. An island tour takes you to a parochial school and other points of interest ashore. Or, venture out to snorkel among a variety of fish that populate the island’s coral reef.

Day 11 – Sunday, April 15, 2018 – At Sea

Attend lectures on the region’s history and wildlife or simply relax on deck.

Day 12 – Monday, April 16, 2018 – Cienfuegos, Cuba / Playa Larga

With its French spirit and fabulous setting along Cuba’s most spectacular bay, Cienfuegos has earned UNESCO status for its outstanding architecture, which you will discover on a guided walking tour. Then depart overland for the UNESCO-designated Zapata Wetland region. View some of the local wildlife at the Fiesta Campesina zoo-park before touring the Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) Museum, located at the site of the unsuccessful military invasion by US-backed anti-Castro forces in April 1961.

Day 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Isla de la Juventud

This beautiful island offers breathtaking beaches, lush forests, and excellent snorkeling and diving. Join naturalists on walks to search for indigenous flora and fauna, explore the rich marine environment, or simply relax, and soak in your surroundings on a white-sand beach.

Day 14 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Maria La Gorda

Isolated Maria La Gorda is one of the most diverse biological regions in the world—home to a variety of different natural habitats, including coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, scrublands, and evergreen forests with more than 170 species of birds and dozens of reptile and mammal species. Spend the morning snorkeling over pristine reefs and searching for wildlife on nature walks.

Day 15 – Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Havana / Disembark or combine with Circumnavigation of Cuba

Disembark after breakfast and get acquainted with Old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a walking tour. After lunch make a stop at El Floridita Bar, the birthplace of the daiquiri and one of Hemingway’s favorite watering holes. This evening, climb into one of Havana’s vintage cars for a stylish ride to Rio Mar for dinner, then enjoy a performance at the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. Check in to the five-star Meliá Cohiba, which overlooks the city’s famous three-mile-long Malecón, for dinner and overnight.

Day 16 – Friday, April 20, 2018 – Havana / USA

Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia

Aboard Hebridean Sky April 5 – 20, 2018

Rates:

April 5 – 20, 2018
Category 1: Approx. $13,980 per person sharing
Category 2: Approx. $14,980 per person sharing
Category 2 Special Single Rate (Limited): Approx. $14,980 per person
Category 3: Approx. $16,780 per person sharing
Category 3 Special Single Rate (Limited): Approx. $16,780 per person
Category 4: Approx. $17,880 per person sharing
Category 5: Approx. $19,480 per person sharing
Category 6: Approx. $21,980 per person sharing
Owner’s Suite: Approx. $26,380 per person sharing

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Expedition Easy does not book international flights, however we can put you in touch with our airline partner at if you would like assistance booking your international air.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling, and diving; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Panama City and Havana/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.


April 5-20, 2018