Costa Rica/Panama
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From From $1,599 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Costa Rica Panama Canal Vacation

Discover the enchantment of a small-ship, luxury cruise complemented by exotic adventures of Costa Rica and Panama on this exclusive voyage along Latin America’s dreamy coastline. This small group, custom journey offers the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, where you’re invited to experience some of the richest ecosystems on earth by day and luxuriate in the amenities of your cozy yacht by night. For this Latin America vacation package, we’ve partnered with Xanterra’s Windstar Cruises to craft an action-packed itinerary that provides you with endless outdoor recreation outlets, on-board activity options and the best in regional cuisine and marine accommodations. Hike misty rainforests, tune your ear to lilting birdsong and enjoy unforgettable sunrises and sunsets on this custom cruise crossing the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service handles the details so that all you have to do is kick back and soak in the cultural, natural and historical treasures of Costa Rica and Panama. From Corcovado National Park to the Panama Canal, this trip-of-a-lifetime is sure to send you home revived and enlightened!

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  • Hiking
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Mother Nature and human masterminding are featured at their best in this eight-day voyage brought to us by Xanterra's Windstar Cruises. Sail the exquisite marine and wildlife-rich shores of Costa Rica and Panama's Pacific coastline, topping off your journey by transiting the Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering. Skilled naturalists add local insights to each day's activities, while luxurious amenities fill your time on the yacht with ultimate relaxation and a deep appreciation for colorful sunrises and sunsets.

  • Spot tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Corcovado National Park, deemed by National Geographic to be "one of the most biologically-intense places on earth"
  • Keep an eye out for breaching whales and pods of playful dolphins welcoming you to the crystalline waters of Osa Peninsula's Bahia Drake
  • Come face-to-face with howler, white-faced and spider monkeys and listen for the sharp pseek! of the fiery-billed aracari on a hike through virgin rainforest in Golfito
  • Snorkel among schools of manta rays in Coiba National Park, home to one of the largest coral reefs in Central America
  • Exchange smiles with a lockside lineman as he guides your yacht through the Panama Canal
  • Wrap up your day aboard the 212-passenger Star Breeze, your home throughout your stay, with an aromatherapy massage and dinner under the stars
Marguey behind a tree
Photo: Marguey behind a tree

We all enjoyed the trip immensely. Everything perfectly arranged and timed.

Lorraine S Saratoga, NY

Planned down to every last detail- Meticulous! Our Guide was superb!

Anna G Charlotte, NC

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)/Panama City, Panama (PTY)

Day 1: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or Colón, Panama - Embark
Star Breeze Costa Rica Vacations
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Star Breeze

Begin your journey in either Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or Colón, Panama, depending on the week your cruise departs.

An industrial port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, Puerto Caldera belongs to the Puntarenas Province. The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera's main attractions. Its rainforest, which starts just inside the coastline and continues up into the mountain ranges, contains rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife preserves.

Colón's history has always been defined by the desire for riches of its natural resources. From its gold and silver to its value as a trade route made possible by the Panama Canal, Colón is today known for the Zona Libre - the largest free-trade zone in the Americas.

Far less commercial, the area surrounding the city encompasses pristine beaches, lowland rainforests, splendid colonial architecture, and wonders of modern engineering.

Early evening, board your Windstar yacht, meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you'll begin your cruise en route to many exciting destinations!

 

Day 2 - 7: Exploration of Costa Rica and Panama's Coastal Towns and National Parks
Volcano in Costa Rica
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Star Breeze

You'll be spending your days cruising from either Puerto Caldera to Colón or Colón to Puerto Caldera (depending on the week) discovering the natural and manmade wonders combined on this exotic voyage.

Quepos, Golfito, Isla do Coiba and Panama Canal are just a few of the places you'll explore!

Day 8: Colón or Puerto Caldera - Disembark
Monkey in Costa Rica

Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Colón or Puerto Caldera for disembarkation.

A transfer can be provided to the airport or your hotel at an extra cost.

* This trip is operated by Windstar Cruises in partnership with Austin Adventures and goes in both directions.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to ocean, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Windstar Cruises and Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From From $1,599 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Departure

This trip runs from either Puerto Caldera to Colón or Colón to Puerto Caldera depending on the week so please plan accordingly.

  • Embarkation time at on Day 1 is at 1:00 pm.
  • All guests should be on board no later than one hour before departure.
  • The Star Breeze departs Puerto Caldera or Colón at 6:00 pm.
  • Passports are collected upon embarkation and held safely by the Purser's Office until the end of the cruise.
  • On disembarkation day (Day 8), you will arrive into either Colón or Puerto Caldera at 7:00 AM.
  • Transfers to and from the embarkation and disembarkation sites from the airport or your hotel are not included in the trip price, but may be purchased at an additional cost through your Adventure Travel Consultant at time of booking.
Activities

By night, your yacht will cruise to your next destination or port in order to maximize your time to explore a new city each day.

Every day (except for 1 day spent at sea), you will arrive in a new city at approximately 8:00 AM with instructions to return to the yacht by a specific departure time (usually late afternoon - evening).

During the day, you have your choice of exploring the city on your own, or you may choose to pay extra for a shore excursion (payments for shore excursions are made at the time you book your cruise). Excursions range from sport fishing to city touring to horseback riding.

For a list of all of the shore excursions provided on your Windstar cruise, please ask your adventure travel consultant for more details.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals aboard the ship: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Stateroom or suite accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Ocean transportation.
  • All meals and entertainment on board the ship.
  • Knowledgeable and friendly crew (90 international crew members).
  • Use of library, pool and hot tub.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Star Breeze captain and crew.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Laundry.
  • Transfers to or after cruise (dis)embarkation.
  • Optional programs, activities, or shore excursions.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Well organized, very capable nice people everywhere we went

Amanda T, West Port, CT

Very organized, adaptive to our needs. We had a worry free vacation!

Jennifer A, Akron, OH

Excellent staff, no glitches to mar the experience, great accommodations, lovely guide. Appreciated the very useful gifts.

Karyn O, Billings, MT

The activities were great. A well planned trip our guide was unbelievable!

Christina P, Greenwich, CT

Quality, honest, safety, professional

Natalie K, Toronto, ON
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  • 1. The history: Long ago, swimmers were charged 36 cents to cross the Panama Canal.
  • 2. The passage of time: Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
  • 3. Pristine wilderness: National Geographic named Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park one of the “most biographically diverse place on the planet.”
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like The Star Breeze, enjoy access to outdoor recreation by day and ultimate relaxation on board at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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