Aurora Costa Rica and The Panama Canal Discovery (Panama Canal Crossing) 15D14N

From A$19,495.00 A$15,596.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the spectacular coastlines of Costa Rica and Panama and complete a crossing of the Panama Canal on this incredible 15-day experiential cruise. Make yourself at home onboard the luxury Greg Mortimer and enjoy walking, hiking, kayaking and snorkeling explorations as you uncover the incredible landscapes, unique wildlife and historic city splendors of this amazing part of the world.

Begin your journey in on of the most biodiverse regions on earth, Costa Rica, and explore tropical rainforests teeming with a spectacular variety of wildlife and unique flora. Keep an eye out for the infamous two and three toed sloths, monkeys, toucans, tapirs, armadillos and iguanas just to name a few. Walk among the tropical rainforests and weave your way through sky reaching, ancient trees and unique flora, visiting one ...

Trip Highlights

  • Cross the Panama Canal
  • Uncover the energetic and vibrant cities of Cartegena and Panama with local experts
  • Visit the UNESCO -protected Coiba National Park featuring amazing marine wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Stay on the purpose-built Greg Mortimer
  • Explore some of the most biodiverse rainforests on earth and encounter extraordinary wildlife
  • Visit the indigenous people of the Embera Mogue community in the remote Darien National Park

What's Included

  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in San Jose on day 1
  • Transfer from San Jose to Puerto Caldera on day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • Complimentary dry bag backpack
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Cartagena de Indias on day 14
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)

Itinerary

DAY 1 Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Cariari (or similar)
None
DAY 2 Embark On Your Journey and Explore Isla Tortuga
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 Eco-Tourism Experience at a Wildlife Refuge
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 A Paradise for Wildlife Lovers
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 & 6 Ancient Trees and Wet Tropics
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Visit A Place Of Outstanding Universal Value
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 Nature Trails Amid A Historic Past
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 Pearl Islands
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 Embera Community of Darien
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11 Discover Panama City
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Panama Canal Crossing
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 At Sea
Greg Mortimer
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14 Cartagena, Colombia Exploration
Hyatt Regency (or similar)
Breakfast
DAY 15 Farewell
None
Breakfast

Accommodation

Dates & Prices

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How To Get There

The departure point is San Jose CR.

The finish point is Cartagena Co.

Vessel, Cabin & Fares
DEPARTURE 22 APR 2023 | Vessel: Sylvia Earle TWIN SHARE PER PERSON
Aurora Stateroom Triple Share AUD $17,895.00 From AUD $16,105.50/pp, Twin Share, Save 10%*
Aurora Stateroom Twin Share SOLD OUT
Balcony Stateroom Category B AUD $21,095.00 From AUD $16,876.00/pp, Twin Share, Save 20%*
Balcony Stateroom Category C AUD $19,995.00 From AUD $15,996.00/pp, Twin Share, Save 20%*
Balcony Stateroom Category A AUD $22,595.00 From AUD $18,076.00/pp, Twin Share, Save 20%*
Balcony Stateroom Superior AUD $24,695.00 From AUD $19,756.00/pp, Twin Share, Save 20%*
Junior Suite AUD $30,995.00 From AUD $26,345.75/pp, Twin Share, Save 15%*
Captain's Suite AUD $36,795.00 From AUD $31,275.75/pp, Twin Share, Save 15%*

 

Price and promotion discount is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm the cabin availability and prices at time of booking.

Weather & Climate

Costa Rica

Costa Rica features a subtropical climate. Overall, the temperature does not vary greatly. Dry season lasts from December to April whilst Green Season (Rainy Season) is from May to November. January sees the lowest temperatures of the year, while April records the highest. Temperatures above 37.8°C frequently occur during the dry season. The average annual temperatures range from 27.2°C on the coastal lowlands to 20°C in the Cordillera Central.

Panama

In Panama, the temperature during the day is always around or slightly above 30 degrees Celsius, whereas at night, it can drop to no lower than 22 to 24 degrees Celsius. The dry season is between late December to late April and the rainy season is between May and can end in December. A subtropical climate, there is not much variation in temperature through-out the year.

Colombia

Because of its close proximity to the Equator, the climate is generally tropical with vary little variations through-out the year. Dry season is usually between December to January and July to August while the rainy season come in April to May and October to November. Cartegena sees averages of 32 degrees Celsius for most of the year.

Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 90 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 90 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 90 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 90 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a tour with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the tour has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour up to 60 days prior to departure if the minimum number requirement is unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the tour or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

Evacuations
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

Product Code : ECRCRPCD15