Costa Rica & Panama

A Panama cruise is full of adventures, excitement and lifetime memories

9 Nights, 10 days, departing from Panama.

The Treasures of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. We will reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle, visit Tortuga island and Curu and cross the celebrated Panama Canal, an event for every avid cruise goer.Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

Your vessel: the elegant motor yacht: M/Y Callisto

Callisto

Ports of call: Panama City - Gatun Lake - Granita de Oro Island - Coiba Island - Golfo Dulce - Puerto Jimenez - Playa Biesanz - Curu - Tortuga Island - Puntarenas Port (Costa Rica)

The Yacht Cruise Experience

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Panama City

Flamenco Marina Panama City / Panama Canal Crossing

After joining the ship in late afternoon, we cross Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks and enter the Gatun Lake.

Panama canal crossing

Gatun Lake – Panama Canal Crossing – Panama City

Gatun Lake exploration. Morning Optional excursion   by special arrangement  to the  Smithsonian’s Institute facility on Barro Colorado Island.  Late in the evening we once again  exit the Gatun Lake at  the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks.

Panama City

Flamenco Marina Panama City – Punta Patino

Morning excursion in Panama City and Canal – Afternoon at leisure – Overnight at sea to Punta Patino – Darrien

Embera Indians Handicrafts Panama

Punta Patino – Granito de Oro Island

Morning arrival at Punta Patino. Optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. We sail upstream the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. We are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. In the afternoon we sail towards Granito de Oro Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.

Granita do Oro Island Panama

Granito de Oro Island

After a day at sea we reach Coiba and anchor near tiny Granito de Oro island. We will have time for late afternoon snorkeling and swimming on the island. Overnight at anchor

Coiba Island Panama

Granito de Oro Island – Coiba Island – Golfo Dulce

Short sailing in the morning from Granito de Oro to nearby Coiba Island. Morning hill hike in the Reserve and time swimming and snorkeling. After the beach BBQ, we have more time for swimming in the afternoon before sailing away to Golfo Dulce- Overnight at sea.

Golfo Dulce – Puerto Jimenez – Quepos

We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing our sailing to reach Casa Orquideas and tender to this beautiful  flowers sanctuary. Visit of extensive and very well kept grounds. Time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez  while having a BBQ on deck. We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. Optional OSA PENINSULA excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Overnight at sea to Quepos

Casa Orquideas Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica

Quepos – Playa Biesanz – Curu

Transfer to the MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE for an optional morning excursion in this beautiful world famous Nature Reserve. In the afternoon passengers can take an optional excursion to Savegre River or a Forest Canopy Tour. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Bisanz for an afternoon swim. (Savegre River or Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Curu.

Playa Biesanz Costa Rica

Curu – Tortuga Island

Morning Optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and our on board naturalist. Late morning we rejoin the vessel for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. We arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for our beach BBQ. Later on we have more time to enjoy this amazing island. Overnight at anchor.

Curu Nature Reserve Tortuga Island

Tortuga Island – Puntarenas Port

Morning sailing to Puntarenas Port Costa Rica. Arrival in Puntarenas  Port  08:00- Disembarkation  09:00 to 10:00.

Puntarenas Costa Rica

Departures will alternate between Panama and Costa Rica. When Departing from Costa Rica the itinerary will operate in reverse.

The Weather

The Pacific coast around Guanacaste, on the other hand is hot and dry, perfect for the many world-class beaches. Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 Fto 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. It does however have a rainy season from May to November.

The Yacht - M/Y Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.

 The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. T

M/YCallisto
Launched Rebuilt2000 / 2005
Renovated2015 - 2016
Length50.00 meters
Breadth8.00 meters
Draft3.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins17

Cabins

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category C:

Lower Deck

Twin Beds

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck

Twin Beds

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.
Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck

Twin or Double Beds

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck

Twin or Double Beds

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Prices

Costa Rica & Panama Canal Ship: M/Y Callisto

PRICES FOR 2017 – PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PFlights, Hotel & TransfersDeparture from
30/12/2017£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
06/01/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
13/01/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
20/01/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
27/01/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
03/02/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
10/02/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
17/02/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
24/02/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
03/03/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
17/03/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
31/03/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
07/04/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Amador - Flamenco Marina/Panama
14/04/2018£1,966£2,265£2,692£2,906£1,195.0Puerto Caldera Port Costa Rica
Port Chages£333£333£333£333
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, locally themed party evening, fun BBQ on deck or on the beach (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment & sea kayaks (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Beverages except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Direct flights to San Jose in Costa Rica from London Gatwick or from Heathrow via Madrid. Total duration approximately 9 (direct) to 14 hours.

Flights to Panama City from London Heathrow via Madrid, Amsterdam and CDG Paris. Total duration from 15 hours.

 

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

From San Jose airport to Puerto Caldera approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by road.

From Panama City airport to Flamenco Marina approximately 30 minutes by car or minivan.

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