A Panama cruise is full of adventures, excitement and lifetime memories
7 Nights, 8 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
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
Flamenco Marina – Panama City
Embarkation – 15:00 to 16.30. Welcome reception and safety drill. Late afternoon optional walking tour in old Panama City, Casco Viejo. Overnight in port
Flamenco Marina – Panama City
Morning Optional excursion to the Gatun Lake and explore Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there. Return to Panama city and visit the Canal Museum and watch the movements of ships in the locks.
Panama City – Pearl Islands
Early morning sailing and arrival in PEARL ISLANDS. Morning swimming and snorkeling. Late evening sailing to Punta Patino. Overnight at anchor
Punta Patino – Darrien, Panama
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 welcome 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. Afternoon sailing to Cebaco Island – Overnight at sea.
Caiman Caleta / Restingue Island – Cebaco Island
Morning arrival in Caleta Caiman/ Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience in this little paradise island. Around noon we will to nearby Cebaco Island. Beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. Early afternoon, sailing to Golfo Dulce – Overnight at sea
Golfito, Costa Rica
We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing our sailing to nearby CASA ORQUIDEAS where we anchor.
Casa Orquideas Private Reserve, Costa Rica
Optional excursion in Casa Orquideas, a 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.
Puerto Jimenez – Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
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.
Quepos, Costa Rica
Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE, for your morning Optional Excursion, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch you can take one of the optional Forest Canopy or Savegre River excursions. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz.
Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica
Playa Bisanz afternoon swim. (Savegre River or Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tropical Farewell evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Caldera
Puerto Caldera Port
Arrival in Puerto Caldera Port 08:00- Disembarkation 09:00 to 10:00.
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
|Launched Rebuilt||2000 / 2005|
|Renovated||2015 - 2016|
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||10.00 knots|
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.
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.
Twin or Double Beds
Costa Rica & Panama2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
SATURDAY DEPARTURES FROM PUERTO CALDERA (COSTA RICA) OR FLAMENCO MARINA (PANAMA)
|Departure dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P||Early Booking Discount||Departure Port|
|06/01/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|20/01/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|03/02/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|17/02/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|03/03/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|17/03/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
|31/03/2018||£2,051||£2,222||£2,735||£2,949||-10%||Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)|
Costa Rica & Panama - port charges, flights and supplements 2018
|Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P|
|Flights inc luggage from||£895||£895||£895||£895|
|3rd person reduction||30%||30%||N/A||N/A|
- 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.