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Grit and Glory: Exposing the Panama Canal

Learn the story of the Panama Canal as you journey through this history-altering feat of engineering. Plus, board the transcontinental train for a historic ride alongside the canal!
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Program No. 9901RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149
Flights start at
530
Panama

Grit and Glory: Exposing the Panama Canal

Learn the story of the Panama Canal as you journey through this history-altering feat of engineering. Plus, board the transcontinental train for a historic ride alongside the canal!
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149
Flights start at
530
Program No. 9901 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2021
Starting at
2,149
Itinerary Note

Please note this departure has a Full Canal Transit from Panama City to Colon.

Nov 8 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
2,149
Itinerary Note

Please note this departure has a Full Canal Transit from Panama City to Colon.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2021
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

Please note this departure has a Full Canal Transit from Panama City to Colon.

Nov 8 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

Please note this departure has a Full Canal Transit from Panama City to Colon.

At a Glance

The Spanish thought about it. The French drew plans for it. In the end though, it took a revolution, technology, money, determination and grit to complete the Panama Canal. On this unique journey, traverse the canal by boat and learn about the epic struggle to carve a nautical shortcut from one ocean to another. Learn about the canal’s construction and its impact on world history, commerce and medicine.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to 90 minutes at a time in hot, humid weather.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the history of the Panama Canal during an exclusive transit with commentaries and discussions aboard the boat.
  • Witness the workings of the busy Miraflores and Gatun Locks and the Alajuela Dam.
  • Board the transcontinental train at Colon for a historic ride alongside the Panama Canal.

General Notes

The group size for this popular program is limited to 52.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Birds of Panama
by Robert Dean, George R. Angehr
Created for the field, with range maps, illustrations and descriptions on facing pages.
The Tailor of Panama
by John Le Carre
Set in Panama, this thriller by master storyteller John Le Carre includes spymasters, corrupt officials, arms manufacturers and other unsavory types.
Emperors in the Jungle, The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama
by John Lindsay-Poland
A history and expose of U.S. military adventures and incursions in Panama, from the building of the Panama Canal, to a decades-long Army program of chemical weapons testing, and an analysis of the 1989 invasion.
A Brief History of Central America
by Hector Perez-Brignoll
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Panama Wildlife Guide
by Rainforest Publications
This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Panama Fever, The Epic History of One of the Greatest Engineering Triumphs of All Time: the Building of the Panama Canal
by Matthew Parker
Parker's epic historical adventure shows all the politics, power and bravado of building the fiercely contested route across Central America.
Culture Smart! Panama
by Heloise Crowther
This practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture is concise and well-illustrated.
A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama
by Nova (Director)
This Nova program, narrated by David McCullough (The Path Between the Seas, CAM32), covers the epic 30-year construction of the Panama Canal. With historic film footage, rare archival photographs and commentary.
The Path Between the Seas
by David McCullough
A great story, admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail, this is the one book to read on the creation of the Panama Canal.
Portrait of the Panama Canal, from Construction to the Twenty-First Century
by William Friar
Featuring 60 color and 10 archival images, this photo-essay includes contemporary and archival photographs of the Panama Canal as well as a short history.
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
by David Rains Wallace
Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.
Panama Canal by Cruise Ship
by Anne Vipond
This outstanding guide to the Panama Canal and popular ports of call in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America features a mile-by-mile guide to the transit, a history of the building of the canal and a detailed pullout map.
Latin America in Colonial Times
by Matthew Restall
This scholarly primer considers the history of the continent from the arrival of the first Conquistadors in the 16th century to the dying embers of empire 300 years later, giving equal weight to the histories of the colonial rulers, the African slaves brought over to work in the New World and the indigenous groups whose lives and lands were forever changed by conquest.
National Geographic Panama
by Christopher Baker
Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic’s style.
How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal
by Ovidio Diaz Espino
An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in both the Panama Canal and the establishment of Panama as an independent nation.
The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs
by Ulrich Keller
These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Redeemers, Ideas and Power in Latin America
by Enrique Krauze
Jose Marti, Octavio Paz, Eva Peron, Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez all get a chapter in this illuminating history of political thought in modern Latin America. 12 thinkers in all.
The Captain and the Enemy
by Graham Greene
Graham Greene returns to classic themes of mystery, deceit and espionage in this accomplished short novel, his 23rd and last book, set in Panama.
Panama Adventure Map
by National Geographic
With natural areas, attractions and two inset maps of Panama City. 1:475,000.





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