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Canal Tour - Navigate the Panama Canal provided by Canal & Bay Tours

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Canal Tour - Navigate the Panama Canal

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 22/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Navigate through the Panama Canal (Wonder of the World) and enjoy with family and friends the experience of looking at the giant gates that open in front of you to access to the Canal locks. During the activity, you will have the opportunity to navigate through: Miraflores Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks, Gaillard Cut, Gatun lake, Chagres river and Gamboa National Park. Itinerary: Departure to the La Playita dock, arrival at the Gamboa dock and return to the La Playita dock in bus. Includes: Breakfast, lunch (only tours from La Playita dock to Gamboa), unlimited soft drinks, bilingual guide and transportation.
Important Information
Departure Point
Panama City, Panama
4–6 hours
Return Details
Gamboa, Panama
  • Panamenian Breakfast
  • Panamenian Lunch (only the tours from La Playita to Gamboa) and unlimited soft drinks.
  • Unlimited soft drinks,
  • Unlimited bottles of water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Canal de Panama
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Dave wrote a review Feb 2020
Reno, Nevada12 contributions5 helpful votes
I stay in vacation rentals. Mine was in Casco Viejo. This company doesn’t pickup in Casco Viejo and does not help you finding somewhere nearby for pickup. My Airbnb host suggested I go to the iglesia del Carmen area for pickup as many hotels there. It took me about 5 times
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Christopher W wrote a review Nov 2019
Victoria, Canada32 contributions12 helpful votes
We booked the partial transit of the canal through Canal and Bay Tours for the 6:00 am tour. On their website they advertised the hotels that the company would do transfers for the tour. Our hotel, the American Trade Hotel, was listed as one of those hotels. Their website
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Date of experience: November 2019
Stephen B wrote a review Apr 2017
Reno, Nevada102 contributions61 helpful votes
Panama Canal is a 100 year old engineering masterpiece, and best experienced by actually boating through the locks. Tour includes pickup and drop off to your hotel. We took the 1/2 locks experience (3 locks) which takes 5-6 hours minimum boat ride. Count on a full day 8-13
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Date of experience: April 2017
anza22 wrote a review Mar 2013
Seattle, Washington91 contributions48 helpful votes
I went on the partial transit tour and overall enjoyed the experience of seeing the canal up close. I booked it through Aventuras Panama for $135 which did not include transportation. I found the Canal & Bay website hard to navigate and that's why I didn't book directly through
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Date of experience: February 2013
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This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Canal & Bay Tours
The tour on the canal is awesome, but...
Our experience with Canal & Bay tours is similar it seems to a lot of other people’s. Poor communication or incorre
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The meaning of my title is that in order to provide an accurate review of MY experience is to talk about the bookin
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Finn L
Stay Away from Canal & Bay Tours
We were kept waiting for 2 hours at the office, then an additional hour at Gamboa to board the pathetic dirty garba
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Guide was knowledgeable and informative. Price includes food, drink and transportation from hotel. We had a partial
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Cindy S
Great Experience.
The canal tour was informative and fun. Our boat had people from a Caravan tour that were treated differently. They
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Amazing Site with Everything Else Mediocre
Lets just say you should see the canal. Is it worth it on this excursion—no! Stay on the ship. You have a 1.5 hour
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Part of Holland America Excursion from the Zuiderdam.
Our transit into Gatun Lake had been aboard the Zuiderdam. Our excursion left Gatun and took us to Gamboa by bus wh
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Fabulous Tour of the Canal
Touring the canal from the water is the only way to see the engineering marvel. JC was a great host and gave us a l
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Fascinating trip- some hanging around
We had already visited the Miraflores visitor centre so we were keen to see the lock system in operation at close q
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What an experience!
If we'd been influenced by the negative reviews and not booked this tour, we would have done ourselves a disservice
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Amazing Tour
After reading the previous comments, we were a little nervous about taking this tour. However, we were picked up fr
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Let down at the end....this is my first ever Tripadvisor review
We were picked up from our hotel at the exact time, which was impressive. At the ticket office we were treated like
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Good tour, but company lacks organization, efficiency, and good communication
We enjoyed our partial transit tour once we were on the boat. However, I booked 1.5 months before our trip and was
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Donald S
Well Worth It!
The tour company did a great job of explaining everything about the history and what we were about to experience. W
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Great experience for us
We had a great experience with Canal & Bay Tours. We did the full transit. For arranging our tour, it was easy to
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Key Details
  • Canal de Panama, Miraflores Visitor Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4–6 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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