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Sam and Carolyn Kochel Nov 21, 2014 at 05:33 PM

Enrolled in the "Grit and Glory", Panama Canal, Feb 23-28, Looking forward to meeting new friends.

Ed Speegle Oct 15, 2014 at 01:58 PM

I'm on the Feb. 2-7 trip. Interested in meeting others on this trip. I'm flying Sacramento to Houston to Panama City on United. Arrive at 7:15 P.M.

Premium Email Subscriber Oct 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

What is really the best time to "do" the Panama canal trip?

Janiece Nolan Sep 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

My husband and I are on the Nov.10 Panama trip. Because of the mosquito borne diseases in Colon, our travel doctor recommended antimalarial drug and Yellow Fever shot. Anyone else doing that? Also, we are arriving a day early in Panama City. Any suggestions of what to do that is not covered on the tour?
Edward Gazzano Sep 30, 2014 at 03:13 PM

I went on this trip last March. We had absolutely no problems with mosquitos nor did anyone warn about malaria or Yellow Fever. The only caution mentioned was to stay hydrated due to the heat and humidity.
Christine Harris Sep 30, 2014 at 03:54 PM

We were there last February and saw nary a mosquito. I agree with Edward. The heat and humidity are greater concerns.
Gene Pease Nov 01, 2014 at 08:57 PM

We're also going on 11/10. We're thre on the 9th and leave 3 days after the trip. We did not get yellow fever we did get some others. We're doing one of the Embera vilage tours and want to go to the national park. Sorry can't think of the name at the moment.

Susan Thibado Sep 10, 2014 at 04:09 PM

Looking at January 2015 trip. From Minneapolis we have to fly through one should fly through Denver in the winter...for a cushion we thought of leaving Minneapolis three days early...can we still do airfare through Road Scholar? And if we are lucky and not delayed in Denver are there activities in Panama City to entertain us for a couple of extra days?
Teresa Wilkin Sep 10, 2014 at 04:40 PM

Absolutely! I stayed behind a extra day specifically to see Panama Viejo, the archaeological site on the outskirts of modern day Panama City. And wished I had another day to explore some of the islands off the coast or an indiginous community. Next time!

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 21, 2014 at 02:54 PM

Several friends of mine are comparing this trip with one offered by an escorted tour company and I am looking for "ammunition" to win them over to RoadScholar 9901 RJ in February 2015 (2 options). The other tour has start dates on EVERY SINGLE DAY in February making me suspicious that it might be like a tourist assembly line. Rather than criticize the competitor, I want to be able to make a presentation to my group of friends that will help sell them on RoadScholar. I find no videos on our website. I wish I could do a power point "dog and pony" show. Any ideas from those who have been on this trip? Thanks.
Teresa Wilkin Jun 21, 2014 at 09:11 PM

Focus on the boat. I did the trip last year and was feeling like part of the herd since it was by far the largest group I've ever encountered in my 30+ RS programs. But I came to realize that by having such a large number, RS was able to charter an entire boat just for our group. We had it all to ourselves, as we did the domed sightseeing car on the train back. Our group loved our vessel because one could reach right out from the deck and touch the walls of the locks. Just like Goldlilocks said, it was "just right", not to big and not too small. Plus Road Scholar provided a lecturer who had worked for the Canal Zone for his entire career. And we got access to the Administration Building as well as the Museum of the Canal, as well as both visitor's centers at the two sets of locks. We had dinner overlooking the locks one evening. Very special!
Christine Harris Jun 23, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Our group was 52 and it may have been larger than some RS "small groups", we had a wonderful time. Hotel rooms all facing the Canal entrance, excursion through the Canal on our own small boat,dome car back to Panama City... The group leaders were outstanding; so knowledgeable but also entertaining and took wonderful care of us. I would also add that a focus on the "typical " Road Scholar traveler is worth a mention. RS folks are all about learning. They appreciate the learning experiences that a RS trip offers. We have never traveled with a more delightful group of people!

Edward Gazzano Feb 19, 2014 at 03:20 PM

I am going on the March 3-8 trip, traveling as a single but accompanied by my cousin. We are flying SFO to LAX and then to Panama City. Anyone who has recently done this trip have any comments, suggestions, bewares or don't miss items?
Christine Harris Feb 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Edward, we just returned from this trip. It was fantastic! Be prepared for the heat & humidity. Our group leaders and speakers were excellent. No worries about the water, no mosquitoes, but bring sunscreen. Enjoy!
Edward Gazzano Feb 21, 2014 at 01:14 PM

Thanks Christine, the sunscreen is a good tip.

Nancy Tibbits Feb 06, 2014 at 12:39 PM

is the water drinkable in Panama?
Nancy Tibbits Feb 10, 2014 at 07:16 PM

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