Panama City Tours
Panama Canal Layover Tour

Panama Canal Layover Tour

By Panama Travel Corp
per adult
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Ages 0-80
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish

  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
What's not included
  • Entrance Fee to the Canal Visitor´s Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Miraflores Visitor Center

  • Tocumen International Airport, Tocumen Int'l Airport, Panama City, Panamá Province, Panama
    Lower level past customs door at VISIT PANAMA DESK
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 39483P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Layover is for a 3 hour visit the same day with round trip transfers
    • Layovers exceeding 24 hours will require two different days reservations payments
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 39483P6

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