Panama Farm Tour
Crossroads of Trade for the Americas
The Panama Canal opened in 1914 introducing the American farmer’s products to the world. Now, over 100 years later, Panama’s location and role in global trade is still important. It is said that the Panama Canal handles 3 out of every 10 bushels of grain and soybean exports from the United States. Panama enjoys a vibrant economy with its Colon Free Trade Zone. Agriculture continues to also be an important sector in Panama’s economy producing bananas, cocoa beans, coffee, coconut, beef, chicken, shrimp and others. Panama is much more than a canal, with a rich cultural tradition, genuine and welcoming people, delicious cuisine and fantastic birds and wildlife.
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Feb 1-6, 2020
Panama Farm Tour Itinerary
Arrive Chicago at least 3 hours before departure. Trump Tours is happy to assist with airfare from your gateway. Depart on your journey to Panama. Direct flight to Panama. Arrival mid afternoon. Panama is on Eastern Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Savings. Meet your tour manager and driver who will be with the group the duration of the tour. Transfer to hotel for check-in. Free time to refresh and relax from the flight. Panama City, the capital of the country has about 850,000 inhabitants and is located on the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Panamanian cuisine at Welcome Dinner. Hotel Eurostar or similar Meals: Dinner
What would be more fitting your first day in Panama than a ship crossing of the Panama Canal? Early breakfast and transfer to ship to traverse the 8th Wonder of the World. Enjoy a partial transit trip through the canal with this up close encounter. You will be able to appreciate this engineering marvel and realize the maintenance required to maintain the canal and locks system. Disembark at the Miraflores Lock, just before entrance to the Pacific Ocean, which has a museum, and includes a full explanation of the history and the future of the canal. Lunch included. Evening city tour including the historical city center, Casco Viejo. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casco Viejo found its origin in the 1670s. Enjoy the cobblestoned streets, bougainvillea filled plazas and colonial buildings. Dinner on own. Hotel Eurostar or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, depart to Colon City. Enter the second largest Free Trade Zone in the world (Hong Kong is first). Enjoy a tour of the "Zona libre" of Colon, a commercial showcase par excellence for the whole continent. Imports and exports registered in the Colon Free Trade Zone surpass 5 billion dollars annually, directed towards a market of more than 525 million consumers. There are many elements that support the commercial activities from transport to industries, 6 airports, 5 ocean ports equipped with up-to-date cargo handling facilities, spacious container terminals, the Pan-American highway originating in Alaska, the trans-isthmus highway which extends from the Caribbean to the Pacific, a trans-isthmus railway, the Panama Canal through which pass annually 12,000 merchant vessels from 75 different countries, who also are supplied by the providers that operate from the Colon Free Trade Zone. Additionally, of the more than 120 banks from diverse countries throughout the world that make up the International Financial District of Panama, more than 20 participate in the financial activity of the Colon Free Trade Zone from their offices and branches located within the Free Trade Zone commercial center. Visit some of the industries within the Zone to learn about the advantages of doing business there. Lunch on own at a local restaurant. Continue to visit the Gatun Lock on the Atlantic side of the canal. Other sightseeing this afternoon will include a stop at the seaside town of Portobelo, once the largest Spanish fort in the Caribbean, the Fortress of San Geronimo (completed in 1596) and the Black Christ Church of Panama. Return to Panama City for dinner and evening on own. Hotel Eurostar or similar Meals: Breakfast
Excursion outside of the city to see the breathtaking Anton Valley, a luscious green valley in a crater created by an extinct volcano. Visit to an orchid center that houses over 130 varieties. Also visit a small scale farm and learn about farming in this region of the world. Return to Panama City for dinner and evening on own. Hotel Eurostar or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, visit the Panama Port Authority. Enjoy a 1 hour interactive discussion to learn about the expansion of the canal for the super tankers and the impact it will have on the local economy. Depart to the countryside to visit a pineapple or banana plantation. Return to hotel in the city to refresh and enjoy a final dinner in the historical center (Casco Viejo). Optional nightlife show for those who desire. Hotel Eurostar or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Leisurely breakfast. Time for discovering local shops. Around noon, transfer to the airport for flight back to US (one connection) where you will arrive late in the evening. Meals: Breakfast
5 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
10 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Roundtrip airfare Chicago - add on airfare available, please call.
Transportation provided in air-conditioned minicoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary.
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background.
All taxes and fees.
Museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance.
$2,950 per person, based on double occupancy.
Add $350 to guarantee single room.
Feb 1-6, 2020
2019-2020 FARM TOURS
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