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Adventures Afloat: The Natural and Man-Made Marvels of Panama and Costa Rica

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Program #16247RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations of up to 5,000 feet.

Itinerary for Mar 14 — Mar 22, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Resort is located in Tocumen and near the airport. Los Pueblos Commercial Center, Metromall Panama, and Estadio Rommel Fernandez are local attractions. Regional points of interest also include Panama Old Cathedral and Explore Museum.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Via Tocumen
PO Box 6-999
Panama City, Panama
phone: +011 (507)291-9000
web: www.riandehoteles.com/en/our-hotels-riande-aeropuerto/

Room amenities: Rooms feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Beds come with down blankets. Bathrooms feature showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. High-definition televisions have cable channels. Rooms also include irons/ironing boards and clock radios. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered daily, and guests may request wake-up calls.

Facility amenities: In addition to 2 restaurants, Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Resort offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves breakfast each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a health club. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the resort has a computer station. This Tocumen property has event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, and conference/meeting rooms. Complimentary shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a shopping center shuttle. Guest parking is complimentary. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a casino, a terrace, and barbecue grills. Extended parking privileges may be offered to guests after check-out (surcharge). This is a smoke-free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in December 2012. 183 air-conditioned guestrooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates may vary
Additional nights are subject to availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, March 14 - Arrivals / Panama City
Arrive To: Flights arrive to Panama City, Panama. If you are arranging your own flights, we do not recommend arriving in Panama City later than 4:00 p.m. so you do not miss the program orientation or welcome dinner.

Afternoon: Welcome meeting and program orentation at the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Riande Aeropuerto Hotel and Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Saturday, March 15 - Panama City / Miraflores Locks / Embark National ...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart from the hotel by coach to Panama City, where a mix of modern and old stand in sharp contrast. Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Town), also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe, is the historic district of Panama City. Completed and settled in 1673, it was built following the near-total destruction of the original Panamá city, Panamá Viejo in 1671, when the latter was attacked by pirates. Your expert guide will teach you about the history and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch you will visit the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center (CVM). Located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, the CVM allows visitors to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. Continue to Colon to board the National Geographic Sea Lion for 7 nights. Check in to the ship and settle into your cabin before dinner.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, March 16 - Gatun Lake / Panama Canal Transit
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: This morning you will visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatun Lake. The island is inaccessible to most travelers and, by special arrangement, guides from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute accompany us through the tropical forest.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Reboard to continue crossing the Panama Canal.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: First part of Panama Canal transit. A daylight transit cannot be guaranteed since cargo ships have priority over passenger ships. The Canal, however, is dramatically lit at night.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, March 17 - Gulf of Panama Islets
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Explore the cluster of islands in the Gulf of Panama via zodiac and/or kayak.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: View roosting and nesting seabirds, magnificent frigatebirds, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies as your exploration of the islands continues.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, March 18 - Isla Coiba National Park
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Isla Coiba is one of Panama’s most remote national parks, where you may enjoy the pristine beach. The area is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Isla Coiba National Park is a group of 38 islands including Coiba Island (Isla Coiba) and the waters surrounding them and covers 430,825 acres. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, Coiba National Park offers rich and well preserved natural resources. Because Isla Coiba served Panama as a penal colony, access to the island was very restricted. Almost by accident, 80% of the islands natural resources have survived untouched and flourished through limited human contact. Coiba National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy swimming and snorkeling amid tropical fish off the shores of Isla Coiba.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, March 19 - Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Today you will make your first landfall in Costa Rica. Excursion to Casa Orquideas, a privately owned garden accessible by boat an only by invitation, to view orchids, tanager, parrots and gaudy toucans. Take a guided visit through the beautiful gardens at Casa Orquideas or "Orchid House." Casa Orquideas is a private botanical garden cultivated by long-time local residents, who have lovingly landscaped this homestead for over 20 years. They have amassed a wonderful collection of tropical fruit trees, bromeliads, cycads, palms, heliconias, ornamental plants and more than 100 varieties of orchids. See, smell, and touch a wide variety of beautiful ornamental plants and taste some unusual fruits.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore the forested bay of Gulfo Dulce while kayaking and/or swimming.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, March 20 - Osa Peninsula / Corcovado National Park
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Anchor off the remote Osa Pennisula.
Excursion to Corcovado National Park for a swim in the waterfall and kayaking.

Discover Corcovado National Park, a pristine rainforest, populated by a number of endangered species including puma, tapir, poison dart frogs, crocodile, jaguar, and marine turtles. It is home to the largest population of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica. Close to 400 species of birds have been seen here. There are also around 140 mammals and over 500 species of trees. Giant trees draped with vines and lianas and supported by massive buttress roots tower over the forest floor. Corcovado is inundated with nearly 20 feet of rain a year and is technically known as a very humid tropical lowland rainforest.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Hike through the rainforest trails on a wildlife viewing excursion and search for the park's three species of monkey – howler, spider and squirrel.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ship has Expedition Equipment: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Panama and Costa Rica and Zodiac landing craft.

Ship Information: Capacity: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Registry: United States Overall length: 152 feet.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 212-765-7740
Room amenities: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls

Facility amenities: Ship features a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, March 21 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Today explore early, when the wildlife is most active. Our Naturalists point out monkeys or birds as they zip through the forest, and lethargic three-toed sloths in the trees. Manuel Antonio National Park was created in 1972. Although it is the country's smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 1683 acres is unequaled. Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The beaches are amongst some the most beautiful in the country, bathed by warm ocean waters and lined with lush forest. The forest is home to an incredible variety of wildlife including; sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, as well as millions of colorful little crabs.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Take a final hike or swim along Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, March 22 - Herradura, Costa Rica / Disembark
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Disembarkation is at 8:00 a.m. The transfer will take approximately 2 hours.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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