Email from Roberto with tour description
0915 hrs: Pick up at Colon 2000 Shopping Mall. Upon disembarking at the Colon 2000 pier you and your party should proceed up the escalator, walk across the bridge and as you come down the escalator, I will meet you at the “Souvenir Store” located on your right hand below the banner of Theodore Roosevelt. I will be holding a sign with your name and the name of the tour company “Robtad´s” for you to identify me.
After this we will take the 25-minute journey to visit the newly inaugurated Agua Clara locks from its Visitor’s Pavilion overlooking the Agua Clara locks - the new set of locks ($15.00 entrance fee). This Atlantic Locks Observation Center is suspended 60 meters above sea level and 50 meters above the Canal and it has natural trails that visitors can use to wander into the rainforest. From here the visitors have a splendid view of Gatun Lake, the Canal and the newly inaugurated Agua Clara locks.
After this we will take the highway and travel 50 minutes to Panama City. We will then pass through the rainforest and take the Centennial Bridge to cross over the Canal at its highest point at Gaillard or Culebra Cut and travel from South America to North America, B4 passing thru the former Canal Zone area to get a first-hand view of the Canal at Miraflores Visitor´s Center (CVM) (20.00 entrance fee). Located on the east side of Miraflores, CVM is the perfect place to witness how the Panama Canal operates. Standing on any of its large balconies you will be able to see and understand how a ship is raised up 56 feet (17 meters) in two steps from sea level (Pacific Ocean) to the level of Miraflores Lake.
Four exhibition halls organized by topic, are the heart of the Miraflores Visitor´s Center and these halls portray the story of the waterway; the importance of water as a fountain of life; how the Panama Canal works and its role in the world commerce. After this we will drive thru the former Canal Zone area and go to the Amador Causeway; 3 islands (Naos, Perico and Flamenco) that were united with much of the material that was excavated from the Canal at Gaillard Cut to see the skyline of city at its farthest point.
After this we will go into the Casco Antiguo or Colonial City. It was founded in 1673 as a replacement for the previous capital in ruins, which was destroyed two years earlier during the English Captain Henry Morgan’s attack. The Casco Antiguo is full of historic monuments such as the Cathedral, the national theater, the historic Golden Altar, the Presidential Palace, and stroll historic Las Bovedas, which is a beautiful walkway where you can find the history of the French Canal engraved in the walls on the lower part of the walkway.
In this tour you will have the opportunity to also visit Modern Panama City B4 we return to the ship. This is a seven-hour tour and the cost will vary depending on the amount of people that join us: $360(1-4 pax); $90/pax (5-7 pax); $85/pax (8-13 pax) and $80/pax (+14 pax).