Silversea Luxury Cruises A Colon

Colon

The provincial capital of Colón, beside the canal's Atlantic entrance, is named for the Spanish-language surname of Christopher Columbus, though the Americans called it Aspinwall in the 19th century. It was once a prosperous city, as the architecture of its older buildings attests, but it spent the second half of the 20th century in steady decay. Though the 21st century brought relief to the city’s chronic unemployment problems, much of it remains a slum, and crime is endemic.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis Colon

Gatun Lake Kayak and Locks

Experience the Panama Canal and Gatun Locks in a unique new way during this invigorating, half-day kayaking excursion to Gatun Lake.


Gatun Locks and Panama Canal

Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Gatun Locks. Upon arrival, learn about the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and observe the locks in action. Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed to the Melia Resort.


Melia Resort and Gatun Lake Kayaking

After a comfort stop at the Melia Resort, embark your kayak and begin your scenic, approximately one-hour kayaking journey along Gatun Lake. Located within the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. This expansive lake features approximately 50,000 acres (about 20,234 hectares) of pristine rainforest, and abounds with diverse flora and fauna. Included are approximately 1,368 plant species, 93 mammal species and 366 bird species.


At the conclusion of your kayaking journey, another comfort stop is made before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the kayak, 10 steps at the Melia Hotel and 80 steps at the Gatun Locks. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition and know how to kayak. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe beach or boat shoes, and bring sun protection, a change of clothing and a towel from the ship. Guests must weigh less than 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) and be at least nine years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Panama Canal: Present & Future

Explore the Panama Canal and its massive expansion during this fascinating, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Gatun Locks and Panama Canal

Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Gatun Locks. Upon arrival, learn about the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and observe the locks in action.


Panama Canal Expansion

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the new Observatory Platform of the Panama Canal Expansion. During your in-field experience, hear a detailed explanation about the design, construction and operation of the biggest engineer project in the world. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach   and 80 steps at the Gatun Locks. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour.

Grand Tour of Panama

Explore the splendid beauty and history of the Panama Canal surrounds during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Rainforest Drive and Gatun Lake

Depart the pier through for the short drive to the Melia Hotel at Gatun Lake, created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. Gatun Lake features approximately 50,000 acres (about 20,234 hectares) of pristine rainforest, and abounds with diverse flora and fauna. Included are approximately 1,368 plant species, 93 mammal species and 366 bird species.


Gatun Lake Cruise and Embera Indian Village

Upon arrival at Gatun Lake, embark your comfortable, 24-foot (7.3-metre) catamaran for a guided and narrated, one-hour cruise along Gatun Lake. En route, learn about the rainforest ecosystem, view sights of interest, and look for monkeys, toucans and sloths. Your Gatun Lake cruise includes a guided visit to the Embera Indian Village. Here, meet the Embera Indians and take in a traditional song and dance performance, with music performed on handmade instruments. Afterward, some time is made available to purchase native handicrafts.


Gatun Locks

Next, return via catamaran to the Melia Hotel. Upon arrival, disembark the boat, re-board your coach and head the Gatun Locks observation area. Here, learn about the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and observe the locks in action. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat, 10 steps at the Melia Hotel and 80 steps at the Gatun Locks. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must weigh less than 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) and be at least four years old to participate on this tour.

Panama City Tour (For In-Transit Guests)

Discover the splendid history, architecture and landmarks of Panama City during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Old Panama City

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive along the new modern highway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans en route to the ruins of the old capital city. Founded in 1509, it is today known as Panama Viejo, or 'Old Panama'. Upon arrival, take in the sights and sounds of this historic locale.


Casco Antiguo

Next, continue on to the old Colonial city of Casco Antiguo. The city blends Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French and Colonial architectural styles, which in turn reflect the cultural diversity of the country. Most of Panama City's main monuments are located in Casco Antiguo. During a guided stroll here, see the Metropolitan Cathedral and National Theatre, among other buildings.


Las Bóvedas

Leaving Casco Antiguo, continue on to your final destination, Las Bóvedas. Located in Casco Viejo, Las Bovedas is the sea wall of the Spanish Fort on the point of the peninsula. The site is named after the dungeons embedded in the wall, which today house an art gallery and restaurant. A stroll along the top of the wall provides a splendid panoramic view of Panama City across the bay. Following your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 (about two kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour.

Panama Canal Tour with Airport Transfer

Guests with flights departing after 3:30 p.m. can experience the world-renowned Panama Canal during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Panama Canal, and Miraflores Visitor's and Observation Centres

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive to the Miraflores Visitor's Centre. Upon arrival, proceed to the Observation Centre. View a documentary about the history of the Miraflores Locks, visit the four exhibition halls, see ships passing through these locks, and observe the entire operation from the top floor of the Miraflores Visitor's Centre.


Miraflores Locks and Airport Transfer

The Miraflores Locks are part of the engineering marvel that makes up the Panama Canal; the gates of the Miraflores Locks are the highest of the three locks, due to the extreme variation of the tides that takes place in the Pacific Ocean. From the time a vessel enters these locks, it takes approximately ten minutes to complete the process; the water goes in-and-out of the gates using only gravity, since no pumps or other artificial devices help in this process. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute transfer to Tocumen International Airport, and your flight home.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, at times over inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they are able to get on/off the coach; elevators are available at the venue. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour. Arrival time at the airport is scheduled for 12:30pm.

The Panama Canal: Present & Future (For In-Transit Guests)

Explore the Panama Canal and its expansion during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Panama Canal, and Miraflores Visitor's and Observation Centres

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive to the Miraflores Visitor's Centre. Upon arrival, proceed to the Observation Centre. Here, you can view a documentary about the history of the Miraflores Locks, visit the four exhibition halls, see ships passing through these locks, and observe the entire operation from the top floor of the Miraflores Visitor's Centre.


Miraflores Locks

The Miraflores Locks are part of the engineering marvel that makes up the Panama Canal; the gates of the Miraflores Locks are the highest of the three locks, due to the extreme variation of the tides that takes place in the Pacific Ocean. From the time a vessel enters these locks, it takes approximately ten minutes to complete the process; the water goes in-and-out of the gates using only gravity, since no pumps or other artificial devices help in this process.


Expansion Observation Platform and Agua Claras Locks

After observing this amazing feat, re-board your coach and head to the new Panama Canal locks (Agua Clara Visitor's Centre). Upon arrival, visit the Expansion Observation Platform to see the addition of a new traffic lane created by two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic. This doubles the canal's capacity, and allows longer and wider vessels to transit. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, at times over inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they are able to get on/off the coach; elevators are available at the venue. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour.

Hôtels depuis Colon

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POST CRUISE -SIMPLY HOTEL-BRISTOL

PRE CRUISE - SIMPLY HOTEL-BRISTOL

The Bristol Hotel is centrally located in Bella Vista, walking distance from Via Espana and close to National Shrine of the Heart of Mary. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Multicentro Panama and Multiplaza Pacific Mall.

PANAMA GRANDE HOTEL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.

PANAMA SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.