Panama Tours & Itineraries

Explore 26 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Panama.

Though mostly famed for its canal, Panama offers many more natural attractions, such as birding, whitewater rafting, and snorkeling. In seven days, you can enjoy the Wonders of Panama, where you can explore the capital with its quaint colonial streets and canal before heading to the countryside and learning about the locals' customs, witnessing rainforest wildlife, and exploring the Caribbean beach town of Portobelo. With 15 days in Panama, you can embark on an adventurous road trip beginning in Panama City and then heading to the jungle to explore mountains and villages with stops at Gamboa, El Valle de Antón, Boquete, and the Pacific Coast. If you're traveling with family, enjoy this 7-day family adventure with opportunities to explore the colorful streets and historic neighborhoods of Panama City, sail along the Panama Canal, and then head to Bocas del Toro for its beaches and wildlife. 

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Casco Viejo, Panama City
Map of The Wonders of Panama - 7 Days
The Wonders of Panama - 7 Days

Panama is a beautiful country brimming with history and diversity, and this 7-day itinerary offers an exciting sampling of its many charms. You'll explore the capital, from its quaint colonial streets to its famous canal to its more modern attractions. Then venture out into the countryside, where you'll learn about the customs of indigenous locals, meet rainforest wildlife, and tour the Caribbean beach town of Portobelo.

Valle de Anton
Map of Ultimate Panama Road Trip: Panama City, Gamboa, Pacific Coast & More - 15 Days
Ultimate Panama Road Trip: Panama City, Gamboa, Pacific Coast & More - 15 Days

Panama is a great place for a scenic and adventurous road trip. In 15 days, this self-drive itinerary will take you around the most notable regions of the country. Begin in Panama City, then hit the road to discover the jungle, beautiful mountains, charming villages, and pristine islands. Some stops along the way include Gamboa, El Valle de Anton, Boquete, and the Pacific Coast.

Bocas del Toro
Map of Family Adventure in Panama - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Panama - 7 Days

Discover the colorful streets and magnificent beaches of Panama on this week-long, family-friendly trip. Spend a few days in Panama City, where you'll sail down the Panama Canal and explore the city's vibrant, historic neighborhoods. Then head to the Caribbean paradise of Bocas del Toro for beach time and wildlife encounters before ending your journey back in the capital.

Panama City Skyline
Map of Best of Panama City - 7 Days
Best of Panama City - 7 Days

Melding colonial history and bold modernity, the cosmopolitan capital of Panama is a thriving hub in Central America. With this active weeklong itinerary, you'll explore the city's best neighborhoods, boat through the Panama Canal, and take day-trips to nearby national parks and indigenous villages. Finish with a ferry to the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama for a dose of beachy relaxation.

A waterfall near the village of Boquete
Map of Panama Multi-Sport Adventure - 11 Days
Panama Multi-Sport Adventure - 11 Days

Get ready for an active trip to an undiscovered region of Panama that combines beautiful landscapes, exuberant nature, and pleasant weather. On this 11-day multi-sport itinerary, you'll fly through a cloud forest, raft along a river, and trek up a volcano where you can witness two oceans from above before camping under the stars—an unforgettable experience!

The Pearl Islands
Panama Island Tour: Panama City, Pearl Islands & Bocas del Toro - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Panama takes you from the city to the islands. Visit the world-famous Panama Canal and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo in Panama City. Then, venture to the Pearl Islands for some whale watching, hiking, and beach relaxation. Return to the city for more exploration, and head to Bocas del Toro for a few more relaxing free days by the beach enjoying nature walks and the surrounding waters. Spend a bit more time in Panama City to close out your visit.

Whale in the Pacific Ocean
Map of Panama's Pacific Coast: Panama City, Playa Reina, & Santa Catalina - 10 Days
Panama's Pacific Coast: Panama City, Playa Reina, & Santa Catalina - 10 Days

This 10-day trip to Panama’s Pacific Coast is the perfect mix of exploration and relaxation. Begin in Panama City, where you’ll tour the iconic Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, and take a day trip to visit the indigenous Emberá. Then, rent a car and drive to the beach—you’ll stay in Playa Reina for two nights, where you can observe turtles nesting and hatching. Next, enjoy some surfing and downtime in Santa Catalina, followed by a whale-watching excursion, before you return to Panama City.

Fort San Fernando in Portobelo
Map of Panama History & Nature Tour - 8 Days
Panama History & Nature Tour - 8 Days

Harken back to the days when Panama was rich with colonial ports and pirate invasions on this 8-day itinerary. Starting in the capital, you’ll explore historic neighborhoods, see the Panama Canal by train, and visit ruins of a UNESCO-listed fort. Finish the trip with a catamaran ride in the same waters as the pirates once sailed. You’ll also hike in two national parks laden with exotic birds, monkeys, and tropical plants.

Look for a variety of birds including the scarlet-rumped tanager
Map of Panama Rainforest Adventure - 8 Days
Panama Rainforest Adventure - 8 Days

Ideal for hikers, birders, and lovers of wild nature, this off-the-beaten-path trek takes you to Darien National Park—an ecologically-diverse rainforest at the tip of Central America. In addition to rare species of flora and fauna, the region is full of history and native people who are happy to display their artistry and hospitality. Start and end the trip in cosmopolitan Panama City for a dose of urban culture.

Drive between coasts on this Panama road trip
Map of Panama Self-Drive Adventure: Coast to Coast - 17 Days
Panama Self-Drive Adventure: Coast to Coast - 17 Days

Enjoy the freedom of the open road on this 17-day self-drive journey through Panama. Discover dazzling diversity, from lush national parks and mountainous regions to the buzz of Panama City and the dreamy beaches of the Caribbean and the Pacific. Along the way, you'll hike to waterfalls, zipline through cloud forests, visit coffee farms, relax on tropical beaches, and sail to pristine island paradises.            

Panama's Pacific Coast
Map of Insider's Panama:  Isla Palenque, Boquete, Portobelo & Panama City - 10 Days
Insider's Panama: Isla Palenque, Boquete, Portobelo & Panama City - 10 Days

Discover the quieter corners of Panama on this 10-day journey between cities, mountains, and coasts. Escape to an island paradise in the Gulf of Chiriquí, explore the lush coffee region of Boquete, and immerse yourself in Caribbean culture in the laid-back fishing village of Portobelo. Your getaway ends in the capital of Panama City, where you'll tour the historic Casco Viejo and watch ships transit the famous Panama Canal.

Panama not only has pristine beaches but rugged mountains as well
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Panama - 10 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Panama - 10 Days

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy this 10-day journey through Panama, exploring national parks, secluded villages, and Caribbean islands. Starting in Panama City, you'll venture to three national parks for luscious rainforest hikes and dinners with a view. Then, cruise to the southern Golfo de Chiriquí to island hop via sailboat before visiting the mountainous Boquete region for coffee and honey tastings. Conclude your trip on Bocas del Toro's Caribbean islands to snorkel off the white sandy coasts.

Explore the culture and beaches of the San Blas Islands on this seven-day tour
Map of Panama City & San Blas Islands Sailing Escape- 7 Days
Panama City & San Blas Islands Sailing Escape- 7 Days

Blend city sightseeing with a remote island getaway on this blissful weeklong trip to Panama. Start by checking off the highlights of Panama City with a tour of historic Casco Antiguo, a spin around the mighty Panama Canal, and a day trip into the Afro-Panamanian culture and pirate history of Portobelo. Chart your course for the San Blas Islands next, boarding a luxury catamaran for four nights of sailing around a Caribbean paradise of shallow waters and uninhabited islands.

Take in the epic views of Panama from mountain to coast
Map of Panama Road Trip: City to Mountains to Beach - 10 Days
Panama Road Trip: City to Mountains to Beach - 10 Days

Road trip your way through the best of Panama on this intrepid 10-day tour. Arrive in Panama City, where you'll taste the capital's best flavors and cruise down the Panama Canal. Get behind the wheel and head to the mountainous town of Valle de Antón next for lush rainforest, spectacular wildlife, local culture, and outdoor adventure. Then, it's on to the Pacific coast to explore the beaches, islands, mangrove forests, and coral reefs around Playa Venao and Coiba National Park.

Get off the beaten path as you head into the Panamanian highlands near Santa Fe
Map of Panama Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip - 7 Days
Panama Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip - 7 Days

Leave the tourist trail behind as you seek out Panama's remote corners on this seven-day self-drive adventure. Set out from Panama City to swim in the highland waterfalls of Valle de Antón and take a night hike through the rainforests of Santa Fe National Park. Continue to the Azuero Peninsula for Pacific surf, white-sand beaches, and boat tours around the unspoiled national parks of Coiba and Isla Iguana—ending back in the capital with an evening of traditional food and folklore.

 Relax as you sail around the Caribbean waters of Panama's San Blas Islands
Map of Sailing Escape to Panama's San Blas Islands - 5 Days
Sailing Escape to Panama's San Blas Islands - 5 Days

Set your course for the San Blas Islands on this five-day Caribbean sailing getaway. Fly into Panama City and spend a day exploring the dynamic capital of skyscrapers and cobblestones. Then it's time to board a luxury catamaran, your home for the next three nights as you sail between the palm-fringed islands of this unspoiled archipelago—swimming in shallow turquoise waters, snorkeling above a shipwreck, and experiencing the island life and culture of the Indigenous Guna people along the way.

 Discover some of Panama's wildlife on this weeklong tour
Map of Rainforests, Cloud Forests & Beaches of Panama - 7 Days
Rainforests, Cloud Forests & Beaches of Panama - 7 Days

With a week to spare, you can check off Panama's jungles, cloud forests, and islands—and still have time to explore the vibrant capital. This nature-focused itinerary starts with a gastronomic walking tour of Panama City's historic center and then sends you into the highlands of Boquete to visit local honey and coffee farms. After an adventurous hike through the region's misty cloud forests, it's off to the Bocas del Toro archipelago for a cruise around its famed marine park and three days of sun, sand, and sea turtles.

Kick off your week in Panama in the capital's historic Casco Antiguo
Map of Panama Culture & Nature Highlights Tour - 7 Days
Panama Culture & Nature Highlights Tour - 7 Days

Get a taster of Panama's cultural traditions and abundant nature with this adventurous weeklong highlights tour. Hopping between Panama City and the highland town of Valle de Antón, you'll kayak along the Panama Canal at sunset, spot exotic wildlife in the jungles of Chagres National Park, and hike to cloud forest waterfalls. Wind down on your penultimate day with a sailing trip into the San Blas Islands—swimming and beachcombing your way around the Caribbean archipelago.

Bask in the colorful tropical paradise of Panama's Pearl Islands
Map of Panama City & Pearl Islands Getaway - 5 Days
Panama City & Pearl Islands Getaway - 5 Days

Escape to Panama for five days of culture and relaxation between the bustling capital and the white-sand beaches of the Pearl Islands. Visit a national park on the shores of the iconic Panama Canal, search for whales off the coast of Isla Contadora, island hop among the 200 islands of the Pearl archipelago, and savor diverse Panamanian flavors in the historic Casco Antiguo.

Dive into the history and cuisine of Panama City's Casco Antigua district
Map of History & Nature in Panama City & Bocas del Toro - 5 Days
History & Nature in Panama City & Bocas del Toro - 5 Days

This five-day itinerary takes you from cosmopolitan Panama City to the archaeological sites of Panama Viejo and the Caribbean jungles of Isla Bastimentos. Begin by touring food markets and tasting traditional dishes before wandering the centuries-old Panama Viejo, a historic city where the Spanish settled in the 1500s. Witness the world-renowned Panama Canal in action before spending your last few days exploring the nearby Bocas del Toro islands and snorkeling among ocean life.

Spend three nights in the Bocas del Toro islands for snorkeling, boat trips, and beach time
Map of Panama City, Cloud Forest & Island Adventure - 10 Days
Panama City, Cloud Forest & Island Adventure - 10 Days

Dive into the best of Panama with this 10-day tour that hops between the busy capital, mountain cloud forests, and Caribbean islands. Explore Panama City's historic streets and kayak down the famous Panama Canal, then head to the peaceful highland town of Volcán to hike in wildlife-rich national forests and watch the sunset from the country's highest volcano. End in the idyllic Bocas del Toros archipelago to snorkel in clear waters, visit an island of monkeys, and relax on pristine beaches.

 Experience some of Panama's diverse culture on this five-day trip
Map of Culture, History & Nature in Panama City & the Caribbean Coast - 5 Days
Culture, History & Nature in Panama City & the Caribbean Coast - 5 Days

This five-day exploration of Panama's culture, history, and nature begins among the historic cobblestone streets of the capital and along the famous Panama Canal. Take a river cruise down the Río Chagres and visit a local Embera village before heading to the relaxed fishing village of Portobelo—once an integral Spanish port—to experience the best of the Panamanian Caribbean through dance, cuisine, and quality beach time.

Walk in the footsteps of pirates on Panama's Caribbean coast
Map of Panama City & the Caribbean Coast: Culture, History & Nature - 7 Days
Panama City & the Caribbean Coast: Culture, History & Nature - 7 Days

Combine Panama City with the Caribbean coast for a week of immersive culture and nature experiences. Start with an evening of traditional folklore and food in the capital, then venture into Chagres National Park to spot sloths and visit Indigenous villages. Head north to Portobelo to kayak along Caribbean waterways, explore historic Spanish forts, and discover Afro-Panamanian culinary and dance traditions. Circle back to the capital to end the trip with a scenic cruise along the mighty Panama Canal.

Hop between islands to spot birds and wildlife around Isla Bastimentos
Map of Nature & Beaches in Panama City & Bocas del Toro - 10 Days
Nature & Beaches in Panama City & Bocas del Toro - 10 Days

Bird-watchers and beach lovers can indulge their senses on this 10-day adventure through Panama's rainforests and Caribbean islands. Beginning in Panama City, you'll explore the historical Casco Antiguo and the Panama Canal before venturing to the tropical Bocas del Toro. Next, meet remote tribes in La Amistad International Park and then learn how cacao is cultivated from bean to chocolate. From snorkeling among coral reefs to observing seabirds, there's no shortage of natural wonders to behold.

Admire colonial churches and colorful historic architecture in Panama City's historic center
Map of Culture, History & Gastronomy in Taboga Island & Panama City - 5 Days
Culture, History & Gastronomy in Taboga Island & Panama City - 5 Days

Get a quick taste of Panama's many charms with this captivating five-day island-and-city getaway. Start with relaxation on the tropical island of Taboga, brimming with sandy shores, colonial architecture, and exotic flavors. Then it's on to the modern skyscrapers and historic neighborhoods of Panama City, where you'll visit fascinating sites like the Panama Canal and the Biomuseo and embark on a flavorful food tour through the atmospheric Casco Antiguo.

Sail your way through the tropical paradise of the San Blas Islands, Panama
Map of Panama Hiking & Sailing Adventure - 10 Days
Panama Hiking & Sailing Adventure - 10 Days

This adventure of two parts begins with a journey deep into Chagres National Park, where you'll hit the trail for a multiday hike along the Camino Real. Cross dense jungle, skirt winding rivers, and spot diverse wildlife before finishing among the historic forts and Caribbean coasts of Portobelo. Then it's time to switch gears and put your feet up as you head to the tropical San Blas archipelago for a four-day sailing tour of white beaches, palm trees, and an up-close look at the local Guna culture.