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    Iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Franciso
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    Toucan, Costa Rica
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    California’s famous Big Sur
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    Navigate the Panama Canal

Panama Canal Cruise with Big Sur and San Francisco Cruise & Tour

USA and Panama

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Awesome sights – natural and manmade!

This is adventure on a grand scale. From the palm-fringed shores of Miami to the steaming rainforests of Nicaragua, this epic journey will take you to breathtaking stretches of coastline, ancient gems of Central America, and the Golden State of California.

Marvel at the engineering feat of the Panama Canal, see sloths in Costa Rica and feel the hairpin bends of Big Sur. You’ll have the chance to see volcanic peaks and Mayan ruins, explore traditional villages and Hollywood stars.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 6 nights in hotels, 14 nights cruise on Zaandam and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 13 lunches (days 4-16) 14 dinners (days 3-16)

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  • International and regional flights as detailed
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • Guided city tours of Miami (including South Beach and Art Deco District); Hollywood; San Francisco (including Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Visits to Santa Barbara, Carmel and Monterey
  • 17-Mile Drive

Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports

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Day 1 UK to Miami

An aerial view of Miami, Florida in the USA

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Miami.

On arrival, we transfer to our hotel for two-night stay.

Day 2 Miami

The art deco district of Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida, USA

We’ll take a guided city tour of Miami this morning.

We’ll enjoy wandering Ocean Drive - famous for its 1930s art deco buildings - and soak in the buzzing atmosphere of cosmopolitan South Beach.

The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps head to Lincoln Road and take a bite out of freshly baked arepas (stuffed cornmeal cakes). Or relax by the sea and watch as teal waves lap endless sandy beaches.

Day 3 Miami to Fort Lauderdale

A view towards the coastline of Fort Lauderdale

The morning is free for further exploration.

This afternoon we head to Fort Lauderdale where we’ll board our ship.

You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before we set sail this evening.

Fort Lauderdale Florida USA North America

Day 4 - 5 At sea

A couple looking towards the ocean from a cruise ship deck

Two days to settle into ship life.

Choose to relax, maybe in a comfortable coffee house or enjoy the superb facilities and wonderful live musical entertainment on board, as we sail southwards.

Day 6 Cartagena, Colombia

A view down a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Smell the scent of bougainvillea as you explore the beautifully preserved city of Cartagena.

Get lost in the maze of cobblestoned streets in the Old Town. See the imposing fort, or people watch in leafy squares. This UNESCO Heritage Site is full of rainbow colours and charm.

Cartagena Colombia South America

Day 7 Daytime Panama Canal Transit

The second lock of the Panama Canal

Relax on board as we navigate ‘one of the seven wonders of the modern world’.

As we sail, take in the sights of colonial towns and historic fortresses, and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. Hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles and birds thrive along the length of the canal.

Panama Canal Panama North America

Day 8 At sea

Wine glasses and a view towards the ocean from a cruise ship deck

A leisurely day at sea to enjoy the delights of the ship. Perhaps opt for a treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon or sit on deck taking in the views.

Day 9 Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica

Scarlet macaw parrots

If you decide on one of many optional excursions, you could be keeping your eyes peeled for distinctive scarlet macaws as you walk on hanging bridges and through the stunning rainforests of Carara National Park.

Or perhaps see Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, Arenal. You’ll get the chance to swim in natural hot springs, spot sloths and toucans, and feel the spray of cooling waterfalls.

Puerto Caldera Costa Rica North America

Day 10 Corinto, Nicaragua

The coastline of Corinto in Nicaragua

Between the volcanic peaks and pristine beaches that shape Nicaragua are mangrove forests, great lakes, geothermal hot springs and fields of sugar cane from which premium local rum is created.

Maybe choose to spend your day in Puerto Corinto, a small town bursting with authentic flavour, or discover Mayan artefacts at the archaeological museum.

Corinto Nicaragua North America

Day 11 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

A man holding harvested sugar cane in Guatemala

Your choice of optional excursion could take you on a journey past magnificent volcanoes, cattle farms and sugar cane plantations, or to savour one of the freshest cups of coffee you've ever had at a coffee estate.

Visit the Jade Museum and Factory in Antigua, the colonial capital. Or explore the substantial ruins of Iximché, the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya kingdom, to learn of Mayan rituals and cosmology.

Puerto Quetzal Guatemala North America

Day 12 Huatulco, Mexico

A view of the beach in Huatulco in Mexico

Huatulco is known for its beautiful bays and beaches.

Spend today relaxing on the sun-drenched coastline, with the jagged Sierra Madre Mountains as a striking backdrop; or maybe go in search for some of the 225 species of local birdlife that call this region home.

Huatulco Mexico North America

Day 13 At sea

A view towards the ocean from a cruise ship deck

Another day to relax at sea. Maybe spend time watching recent-release films as we sail onwards.

Day 14 Puerto Vallarta

A view towards Puerto Vallarta city and Banderas Bay in Mexico

Once a small fishing village, Puerto Vallarta became a popular destination for the artists, writers and Hollywood stars of the 1960s.

Explore the old town’s quirky shops and open markets or maybe snorkel in Los Arcos National Marine Park.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico North America

Day 15 - 16 At sea

Champagne and glasses with a view towards the ocean from a cruise ship deck

A final two days at sea to make the most of the ship.

As we sail to California, maybe take in the BBC’s Earth in Concert and experience the natural wonders of the sea on the big screen.

Day 17 San Diego to Hollywood to Redondo Beach

A road sign pointing towards Hollywood Boulevard, California, USA

We reach San Diego this morning and disembark.

Our tour of the Californian coastline begins straightaway as we take in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood on a tour, walking in the footsteps of iconic movie stars.

Afterwards, we’ll head to the sandy shores of Redondo Beach and our hotel for the night.

Day 18 Santa Barbara to Cambria

The Mediterranean style coastline of Santa Barbara, lined with palm trees and flanked by mountains, USA

As we head along the Californian coast, following gorgeous beaches flanked by mountains, we’ll see the pretty harbour promenade and palm-fringed streets of Santa Barbara.

Later, we’ll arrive at the coastal idyll of Cambria and our accommodation for the night.

Day 19 Big Sur to Carmel to 17 Mile Drive to Monterey to San Francisco

The Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

Today we’ll drive along the breathtaking, curving Big Sur coastline (the inspiration behind Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel) and make a stop in delightful Carmel.

Then we’ll make the epic drive from Carmel to the old Spanish and Mexican capital of upper California, Monterey - a route which takes through to one of the loveliest stretches of road in the world.

17 Mile Drive snakes along the coastline of the Monterey peninsula, passing pebbled bays, craggy coves and cypress forests.

We’ll reach the City by the Bay, San Francisco, this afternoon.

Day 20 San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, USA

On a guided tour of this iconic city, you’ll have the chance to sample delicious street food in China Town, wander through Union Square and admire the city skyline as you cross the famed Golden Gate Bridge.

The rest of the day is free - and there’s so much to see and do. There’s notorious Alcatraz (you’ll need to book this independently before leaving the UK); you could wander up and down the iconic streets, including zig-zagging Lombard Street; or maybe walk around the eclectic district of Haight-Ashbury (the heart of America’s ‘counterculture’ in the 1960s), so beloved of hippies, artists, writers and musicians.

Day 21 San Francisco to UK

Traditional trams in the city of San Francisco, California, USA

You’ll have some free time for some last-minute shopping before we transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

Day 22 UK

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Panama Canal Cruise with Big Sur and San Francisco Cruise & Tour

USA and Panama