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Day 1 – Panama City, Panama
Panama is rapidly becoming a trendy all-inclusive resort destination, similar to Cancun and Punta Cana in the Caribbean. Your flight will land in Panama City where your group is met at the airport by an Apple Vacations Representative who will provide you with your vacation itinerary and documentation, and guide you to your hotel transfer. The Capital of Panama, this is a modern seaport city on the Pacific Ocean, sitting at the Western terminus of the man-made Panama Canal. Casco Viejo is the cobblestoned historic center and filled with colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.
You will be staying here this first night at the Hilton Panama City. From this luxury hotel it is a quick walk to downtown Panama City shops and your soon-to-be favorite restaurants. With a casino, spa, exclusive steakhouse and rooftop pool, there’s plenty to entice you during your stay.
Day 2 – Panama Canal Cruise – Sheraton Bijao
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, you take the Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour. This unique experience gives you a first-hand look at one of the World’s Man-made Wonders. You will be transported by bus from the north end of the Panama Canal and cross the continental divide between the Americas with many scenic vistas along the way. Then you board the sightseeing boat and pass through locks and lakes heading west toward the Pacific. During this cruise you will see the Canal operations in a way one cannot see from a large cruise ship; tugs assisting in maneuvers, locks locomotive operators and seamen, canal boatmen making wires fast from ship to locomotive, all close at eye level. Lunch is included on board, and then suddeny you find yourself approaching the last lock, and the most famous set at Miraflores. Here you enter the Pacific Ocean passing under the Bridge of the Americas leading to a spectacular view of the Panama City skyline overlooking the bay.
At the end of the canal cruise your group will transfer to the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort for a six night stay. The resort overlooks a spectacular stretch of beach (Playa Blanca) in the Santa Clara region, known as the “Dry Arc,” for its comfortable dry climate throughout most of the year.
All of the exquisite guest rooms and suites at the Sheraton have a balcony or terrace, featuring breathtaking views of either the Pacific Ocean or the lush mountainside. As part of the Bijao Complex the resort is steps away from a nine-hole golf course and numerous shopping, dining, and nightlife options. At the Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort all meals and drinks are included during your stay.
Day 3 – Sheraton Bijao
On a sprawling Panamanian beach along the serene Pacific Ocean, this all-inclusive resort has everything you could want for total relaxation. Nestled alongside the stunning Pacific Ocean, Sheraton Bijao is complimented by celebrated sites like the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks and historic Panama City, the exhilarating capital of the Republic of Panama Come together and share experiences in our warm Club Lounge as well as the resorts 4 restaurants and private beach. Join others in tennis or watersports such as: Snorkeling, Paddle Boats, JetSki, Waterskiing or Wind Sufing (additional fees may apply). You might also like to take some time for yourself in the fitness center.
Day 4 – Resort Activities
After day of watersports or just relaxing on the beach, this evening you can take advantages of the Resort’s restaurants, lounges and bars. The all-inclusive plan features a large variety of buffets and mouth-watering cuisines, from traditional Panamanian to Mediterranean and Japanese. You can also make a reservation for a fine meal at one of the casually elegant à la carte restaurants. Thirsty? Bars and lounges offer delicious original cocktails and imported spirits.
Day 5 –Free Day
Today, you may want to lounge by one of the Sheraton’s three swimming pools, including one with a swim up bar. Tonight, enjoy some of the nightly live entertainment including a great bar with piano, an exciting nightclub, karaoke, and shows with special guests and live talents.
Day 6 – Shopping Options and Local Tours
This morning you embark on a half-day City Tour with a local guide. During this tour, you will visit Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Miraflores Locks/Panama Canal and enjoy some artisan shopping.
Return to the Sheraton Bijao Beach resort for an afternoon of leisure.
Day 7 – Free Day
This is your last day to enjoy the beauty of Panama and the resort.
Day 8 – Departure
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport and your return flight home.