Panama Canal Cruise & Coastal California

From $3099 (was $3349)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

21 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Combine a cruise through the warm waters of Central America and Mexico, a fascinating 51-mile journey across the Panama Canal, and an epic drive up the California Coast in one unforgettable vacation!

Tour Includes

7 Countries
  • USA
  • Colombia
  • Panama
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Miami
  • Colón
  • Cartagena
  • Panama Canal
  • Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • San Juan Del Sur
  • Puerto Quetzal
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Los Angeles
  • Hollywood
  • Santa Barbara
  • Solvang
  • Pismo Beach
  • Monterey
  • San Francisco
Cruise Accommodations
  • 15 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Encore
Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 4 Breakfasts on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a daylight transit of the Panama Canal
  • Enjoy the lush landscape and white sand beaches of San Juan del Sur
  • Visit cruise ports in 6 countries: Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico
  • Tour San Francisco, the City by the Bay

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice.

Free Balcony Upgrade and Free Beverage or Internet Package Set Sail Offers

*Inside Cabins receive choice of two set sail offers. Ocean View and Balcony Cabins receive choice of four set sail offers. Unlimited Open Bar and Specialty Dining Package require additional service fees. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Panama Canal Cruise & Coastal California

Tours Starts: Maimi, Florida

Tours Ends: San Francisco, California

Day 1

Arrive in Miami

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Spend the day enjoying balmy Miami at your leisure.

Novotel Hotel or similar

Day 2

Embarkation in Miami (Departs at 4:00 PM)

This morning take a panoramic tour of Miami, before boarding the Norwegian Encore. (B)

Days 3 & 4

At Sea

Day 5

Cartagena, Colombia (6:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

There is beauty everywhere you look in this colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is positioned on an especially scenic stretch of the Caribbean coast, and boasts a stunning old town with phenomenal architecture and miles of colonial-era stone walls.

Day 6

Colón, Panama (8:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Sail into the Caribbean seaport of Colón, the Atlantic gateway to the Panama Canal. Don’t miss the Colón Free Zone, a massive shopping showroom where wholesalers, retailers, and the general public shop.

Day 7

Transit Panama Canal

Cross over one of humankind’s most impressive engineering feats—the legendary Panama Canal. This 51-mile artificial waterway through the nation of Panama connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and fulfilled explorers’ centuries-long dream when it was completed in 1914. Enjoy this marvel of design as you pass through its series of locks over nearly 12 hours.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Puntarenas (Puerta Caldera), Costa Rica (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

If you are looking to experience pura vida in Costa Rica, you will savor this full day of the pure life in Puntarenas. Visit the beach, shop, gab with local ticos and ticas, and grab a meal in the Paseo de los Turistas. Be sure to order a local Churchill, the official snack of Puntarenas. This deliciously rich dessert is made of shaved ice, fresh fruit, syrup, and condensed milk.

Day 10

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (7:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Welcome to Nicaragua! The country is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with long stretches of white sand and clear blue waters. San Juan de Sur is also known for its lush, tropical landscape. Take advantage of some of its many local attractions, including the nearby Lake Nicaragua or the settlement of Granada, which was founded by Spanish conquistadors.

Day 11

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

The sleepy Puerto Quetzal showcases the vibrant colors of Guatemala’s culture away from the hustle and bustle of more populated ports. Enjoy a relaxing day in Puerto Quetzal, visit a coffee plantation, or travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua. This elegant former capital is an incredible example of Central American colonial architecture!

Days 12 & 13

At Sea

Day 14

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Puerto Vallarta is the quintessential Mexican resort town, overflowing with the charm of the old country. Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with shops and galleries. Restaurants provide shaded patios for you to indulge in authentic carne asada to the sounds of live music. Bargain for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or wander the golden beaches of Banderas Bay.

Day 15

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (7:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

Once sought out as safe harbor for pirates, Cabo San Lucas is now the perfect place to dine al fresco or take a stroll across one of many white sand beaches. The Jewel of the Baja Peninsula’s most famous landmark is the iconic El Arco, a naturally occurring limestone arch.

Day 16

At Sea

Day 17

Disembark in Los Angeles (Arrives at 8:00 AM)

After disembarkation, enjoy a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood. View the iconic metal curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre— annual home of the Academy Awards—Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Holiday Inn Express LAX or similar

Day 18

San Luis Obispo via Santa Barbara and Solvang

Visit Santa Barbara—the American Riviera—and enjoy its Spanish mission style architecture, mild Mediterranean climate, and stunning ocean views. Take a self-guided tour of the Santa Barbara Mission. The “Queen of the Missions” is known for its magnificent twin bell towers, sprawling gardens, and ocean views. Your scenic tour continues to Solvang, a charming Danish replica village situated in the Santa Ynez Valley. Be sure to taste the exquisite baked goods prepared by Solvang’s renowned bakeries before traveling north to end the day in the San Luis Obispo area.

Spyglass Inn or similar

Day 19

Pismo Beach, Monterey

Travel from Pismo Beach to Monterey, then enjoy leisure time in this former fishermen’s community. Monterey is known throughout California for its excellent clam chowder (best in a bread bowl—and do ask for extra oyster crackers) and bustling Old Town Historic District. Old Town Monterey’s historic buildings bring the Spanish Colonial, Mexican Colonial, and early American periods of California vividly to life. Finally, Monterey’s beaches are perfect for strolling, especially for guests hoping to run into a colony of chatty seals or sea lions.

Hilton Garden Inn or Similar or similar

Day 20

San Francisco

This morning, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Monterey coast and the 17 Mile Drive. Enjoy views and a photo opportunity to snap a picture of the famed “Lone Cypress” before traveling to San Francisco. Discover the “City by the Bay” on a panoramic tour where you will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and enjoy many more exciting sights. Enjoy a delicious optional dinner in the unique atmosphere of San Francisco’s famed Chinatown.

Hotel Zephyr or similar

Day 21

Depart For Home

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

These staterooms include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed.

Balcony Cabin

Enjoy easy access to all the outdoor fun. Your stateroom includes two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and additional bedding for up to 2 guests. Plus some can connect, great when traveling with family or friends.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Encore Deck Plans

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