STAR COLLECTOR: RUM, REEFS & RAINFORESTS: CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

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Star Collector: Rum, Reefs & Rainforests: Central America & the Caribbean

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  • 18 days
  • Puerto Caldera to St. Maarten
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Quepos, Costa Rica

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6 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

outdoors

dining

culture

concierge
Quepos, Concierge Collection: Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure
Experience a unique piece of Costa Rican rural heritage just about an hour from Quepos on a scenic country drive by van. This guided nature, conservation, and cultural expedition takes you along the lush, jungle-shrouded slopes of the nearby Fila Chonta Mountains to the farm village of Santa Juana. You will enjoy exploring along the 1.5-mile user-friendly nature trail as your guide will share knowledge of this pristine sanctuary of flora and fauna where both the Rodeo and Paquita Rivers are born. You will continue to where you can swim beneath the pristine waterfalls that feed the Rodeo River.  You will have free time to fish for tilapia or explore the tropical gardens and waterfalls. You will visit the tiny farm village of Santa Juana, overlooking the panoramic coastline of the Pacific Ocean as you enjoy an authentic Campesino (country) lunch in a typical village rancho, co-hosted by members of the local community.   

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The road is bumpy and winding and there are stairs involved. This tour includes a light breakfast and a buffet lunch.  There is an option for swimming so wear your bathing suit under your clothes. 


price $159
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5.45 HRS

Moderately
easy

hiking

dining

wildlife

sightseeing

concierge
Quepos: Concierge Collection: Rainforest Extravaganza
Travel through the beautiful countryside to Esquipulas Rainforest, a lovely private nature reserve located 50 minutes away from Quepos. The property is refreshed with crystal-water creeks, and surrounded by giant trees that you can only find in tropical jungles, a land with an amazing number of species of birds and butterflies. Your naturalist guide will lead you through the trails of the rainforest, sharing the guide’s vast knowledge of this fragile ecosystem. Enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful place, while you walk on easy trails. Search with your binoculars and discover between branches and leaves the secrets of the wildlife in this amazing forest. Be ready with your senses to hear the songs of the different species of birds and even see them! Be on the lookout for toucans, hummingbirds, and animals like monkeys and other small mammals. After this unforgettable encounter with nature, learn more about Costa Rica followed by an introduction to one of the most important crops in the local economy, coffee. You will observe the process of roasting it and partake in a tasting session. To get the best of your day in Quepos enjoy a hearty traditional Costa Rican casado lunch.

Please note: Bring suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, hat/ visor, and bug spray. Wear light clothing, long pants, and hiking shoes.
Please note: Bring suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, a hat/visor, and insect repellent. Wear light clothing, long pants and hiking shoes. Part of the fun of this experience is the interaction with a colorful local nature guide. As an example, the following in an abbreviated biography of one of our participating guides. Rudy Guzman has always had a passion for nature from his days as a boy scout. For over 40 years he has been a licenses nature tour guide traveling through many Costa Rican environments. With the help of 3 brothers, Norberto , Carlos and Cristian Bonilla, they created The  Esquipulas Rainforest Project to introduce visitors  to Costa Rican natural history and share great tasting coffee.


price $159
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4 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Quepos: Highlights & Wildlife Rescue Center
This tour will start when you board a coaster bus for a ride through downtown Quepos. Along the way your local guide will explain the history and culture of Costa Rica and show you the area built-up by the United Fruit Company within the “American Zone”. Your various stops in town include the Quepos Church, the local Fish Market and an African Palm Plantation, where you will learn about the importance of this plant in the Quepos area. Your next stop will be Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, an institution that was founded in 1999 for the purpose of educating people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest and to set-up programs to preserve the rainforest and its wildlife. Your visit will include a guided walk through the Wildlife Sanctuary where you will learn about the rescued animal program and see a few of the rescued animals. After your guided tour enjoy delicious Costa Rican fruits and free time to visit the Kids Saving the Rainforest souvenir shop before you make your way back to the Quepos pier and your waiting yacht. 

Please note:  The wildlife sanctuary is easy to navigate but due to a few steps and uneven terrain this will be difficult for guests using a wheelchair. 


price $145
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3.5 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments

boating

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Quepos: Mangrove Wildlife & Boat Cruise
A boat ride through the mangroves is like visiting another world.  The species of trees that grow in the mixed waters of the ocean and the river make a unique and very fragile ecosystem.  Most of these trees grow along the estuary, developing an aerial root system. As the tide goes down the roots become suspended in the air creating a perfect home for crabs and caimans. In the upper part of the forest you will see monkeys and a great variety of birds including herons, egrets, and spoonbills. The launch will take you to a private property for refreshments as your naturalist tour guide gives you more information about this amazing ecosystem. Your shaded boat will then take you deep into the mangroves, where you will try to spot all the incredible wildlife making their home there.  After a 2- hour boat ride you will arrive at the village where transportation will be waiting to drive you back to the ship.  An optional drop off in Quepos is also available, where you will find several restaurants and shops.

Please note: Wear light clothing, good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  

price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

walking

beach
Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Nature Walk
Manuel Antonio National Park is the jewel of Costa Rica's large number of national parks. Its fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters a variety of wildlife including mammals and tropical birds. The dense rainforest opens into small trails where your naturalist tour guide will acquaint you with all the information regarding the transitional forest.  Another great attraction is the white-sand beach that meets the jungle. The park protects 683 hectares of tropical rainforest and over 1,000 different species of flora.  This walk is by far one of the best in the Central Pacific, and a great opportunity to get closer to the forest. The trail followed will be a moderate walk with paths made out of gravel, dirt, and sand. There are also exposed roots that you need to manage. After a 20-minute drive your 1.5-hour guided walk will lead you to the beach where you will have time for sunbathing or swimming. At the end of this walk your naturalist tour guide will prepare a tropical fruit buffet to regain your energy and then you will head back to Quepos where an optional drop off in the town of Quepos will be available.

Please note:  The walking is moderate with some uphill climbs.  It is recommended to wear light clothing, good walking shoes/hiking boots, a hat, sunscreen,  water, and insect repellent.  Wear a bathing suit under your clothes and bring a towel if you want to sunbathe at the beach.  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Remain hydrated as the temperature is usually humid and hot. Manuel Antonio Park is considered one of most visited National Parks in Costa Rica.  Please expect congestion in the park and long lines at the park’s only entrance. The early start will help reduce wait time and increase chances to view wildlife.




price $109
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5.75 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

horseback

dining

wildlife

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Quepos: Rainforest Horseback, Cascades & BBQ
This is an excursion for adrenaline lovers. You will be picked up at La Marina and go to the property where you will start your horseback riding tour. During the 30-minute drive to Londres - where the tour starts - your guide will give you an interesting briefing about the history of Quepos. Once you reach Londres you will set foot on a picturesque property that has bathrooms, stables, a corral and an open air waiting area. You will receive riding instructions, safety tips and practice time, before heading out to explore the rainforest. This tour will allow you to uncover the exotic secrets that lie within this secondary rainforest. The maximum altitude of this area is 1,900 feet. You will ride through the mountains without reaching the mountain top. Your horse ride lasts about 2.5 hours (round trip) and it will be highlighted by amazing valley views, verdant vegetation and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail there is a beautiful waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes. You can lie on the grass or take a swim or both! After the break, you will return by the same trail. Back to the stables; enjoy a refreshing beer and Costa Rican-style BBQ, just as a real cowboy would do! 

Please note:  Children riding alone must be at least 6 years old. Maximum weight for riders is 222 pounds.  Bring suntan lotion, sunglasses, a camera, a hat/ visor, insect repellent and bathing suit. Wear long pants and comfortable hiking shoes. Signed waiver is required. 


price $119
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5 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

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Quepos: Savegre River Floating Class I & II
You will depart from Quepos on a 1-1/2 hour transfer by air-conditioned motor coach to the rural town of El Silencio passing by palm, teak, and melina plantations. After a short stop where you can often spot toucans and macaws, you will continue toward the town of Santo Domingo, where a group of qualified bilingual guides are waiting for you to start this 2-hour class I & II amazing river float. They will give you an orientation on the river and its natural environment, considered one of the cleanest rivers of Central America.  The scenery and wildlife along the Rio Savegre will give you an opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, including some native African oil palm plantations, white ibis, cormorants, egrets, lizards,and herons.

Please note:  Wear light clothing, water shoes or rubber soled shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  Bring a change of clothing and a towel as you will get wet.  Protection for your camera highly recommended.  Guests may be asked to paddle.  No alcohol will be allowed on this tour.  Guest must read, fill out and sign a waiver prior to departure of this tour. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. 


price $119
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6 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating

essentials
Quepos: Sport Fishing - Blue Fin II
For those who love to fish, Quepos is an excellent option.  Unlike Northern Costa Rica, Quepos is protected from the winter winds and is considered one of the top fishing destinations in the world. After approximately 45 minutes of sailing to the southwest (20-25 miles off shore) your boat will arrive at the deep sea area known for catching sailfish, marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi.  For the best and easiest fishing the bait that will be used is either moli or balihu. Blue Fin II is a 28-foot custom sportfisher, with a 315 HP inboard Cummins engine, tower with full controls, IGFA Tackle, Penn International Reels, LEE Fighting Chair, cabin with a bed, and a marine toilet, manned by a captain and first mate with many years of experience in fly fishing, and catch & release.

Please note:  The price for this tour is per boat. This tour requires lots of activity and arm strength and is only recommended for those in good physical condition. Wear fishing attire, a hat, and sunscreen.  Fishing licenses are included and arranged on board and upon arrival. The retail price is per vessel for up to a maximum of five guests on a chartered vessel and not per guest. It may be possible to charter for a larger group on board. Fishing is catch and release.  Charters include soft drinks, fruit, water, ice, beer, tackle, and all equipment.

price $1649
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

refreshments

beach

watersports

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Quepos: Surf Lessons on Manuel Antonio Beach
Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of the Americas. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible - one can travel from coast to coast in just 4 hours by car and a large number of visitors come to Costa Rica to enjoy surfing because it offers different type of waves for beginners or for experts and most importantly because the ocean temperature is always warm and tropical. You will be picked up at the marina for the 30-minute ride to Manuel Antonio Beach.  You will be given a safety speech and a surfboard for 2 hours of surf lessons followed by tropical fruits snacks. You’ll be amazed by the waves in one of the most beautiful and best surfing spots on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica - perfect for beginners.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit. Bring sunblock, waterproof camera, towel, and extra dry clothes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $129
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

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Quepos: Titi Canopy Tour
Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly through tree tops, amid some of the most beautiful flora and fauna in the Costa Rican rainforest! This canopy tour is an exciting adventure that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You will fly for a mile over the jungle canopy suspended on solid steel cables attached to a personal, high-tech, lightweight harness.  During your journey you'll stop and rest at 16 strategically located platforms and 12 cables where you are most likely see the surrounding wildlife. Many of these platforms are almost 100 feet high, nestled in the trunks and branches of trees that are centuries old. The staff of professionally trained guides will help you look for the abundant wildlife along the way; including Titi monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, poison dart frogs, iguanas, and toucans. The exhilaration of a zip line is unlike anything you have ever experienced.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or guests who are afraid of heights. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. A waiver must be signed prior to the tour.  An optional drop off in Quepos is available, where you will find several restaurants and shops.


price $125
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5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture
Quepos: Traditional Culinary Experience
Experience a fun and informative tour of local cuisine, learn where the organic ingredients come from, how dishes are prepared, and how to recreate recipes at home.  Your first stop will be at the local farmers’ market in Quepos, where you will have the opportunity to browse the stands and pick some of the ingredients for your lunch with the guide’s assistance and depending on the menu designed for you. Once in the small town of Londres, at a private ranch and dining area, you will be greeted by the team. They will proceed to guide you through the garden to pick out some finishing flavors, colors and textures for your meal. Now, to the preparation guided by their expert local cooks. Participate in the kitchen and experience the process of making corn tortillas by hand, exotic “ceviches” with plantain, rice cooked the old-fashioned way, chicken in a hearty tomato sauce, “picadillos” and more. Once you sit down for your meal, not only will your appetite be satiated but also your curiosity for Costa Rican local flavors. Let your imagination soar on how to recreate at home with your own seasonal ingredients. There will be leisure time available for you to explore the ranch.

Please note: Wear light comfortable clothing.


price $159
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Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica



4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

walking

refreshments

essentials
Golfo Dulce, At Peace with Nature
Costa Rica enjoys 5% of the world`s biodiversity and one of the major reasons is the large number of avian species, making this country one of the most amazing places for ornithologists and birds lovers. If you want to be part of this spectacle of nature you have to visit Matapalo, located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 30-minute drive from Puerto Jimenez to Matapalo travels through the mountain and creeks, you will see many different species of birds like toucans, hawks, trogons as well as other small, colorful species that live in the area. You may also find lizards, monkeys, insects and even snakes. 

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes, a hat or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent and bring a rain poncho, swimsuit and towel if you want to swim or get wet in the river. Wet landing is required please wear water shoes. Part of the fun of this experience is the interaction with a colorful local nature guide.  As an example, the following is an abbreviated biography of one of our participating guides, Randall Alberto Ruiz Arce, who has been a nature guide for 27 years. Growing up on the Osa Peninsula, Randall saw how the mining companies devastated the mountains and he decided he wanted to become a protector of the environment. He enjoys teaching about the natural beauty  and ways to protect the natural resources and Randall feels it is a privilege to share his knowledge of ecotourism to be a protector of the flora and fauna.


price $249
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

dining

beach

concierge
Golfo Dulce, Concierge Collection: Yoga Class and Local Flavors Lunch
This tour will begin when you are picked up in Puerto Jimenez, for a scenic route driving deeper in the Osa’s beautiful rainforest. Along the way, your driver may stop if there are animal sightings. Upon your arrival at Blue Osa, you will be able to take a walk on the private beach or relax by the chlorine-free pool. You will experience the best yoga on the Osa Peninsula at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. This tour will include a 1-hour yoga class in a world renowned yoga studio with a view that overlooks the Golfo Dulce.  After yoga, you will enjoy a mouthwatering meal from the kitchen of the retreat as they are devoted to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to the kitchen from their own farm. Your lunch with consist of ingredients that are sourced and picked from their garden each morning. 

Please note: Bring your beach towel, bathing suit, comfortable clothing for a yoga class, sunscreen, cash for drinks and other miscellaneous items. The Yoga Classes are geared for beginners to intermediates. wet landing is required, please wear water shoes.


price $169
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

walking
Golfo Dulce: Chocolate Farm - A Sweet Experience
Experience the interesting cacao manufacturing process by visiting a traditional cacao plantation at Kobo Farm. Board your minivan for the 25-minute drive to this untouched and mystical area, where you will see the cacao forest, the flowers, and fruit. The history and culture of this tropical crop reaches back to the Mayas. You will learn about the origin of the cacao tree, the history, the first contact with Europeans, and the principal disease called monilia. You will take a guided walk where you will see different species of cacao fruit, take a break in this beautiful spot and taste fresh fruit from the "chocolate tree."   You will be shown the various steps of making good chocolate and have the opportunity to taste a wonderful chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and homemade banana bread from the farm in the middle of a tropical garden.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be walking over both paved and dirt paths. Bring your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and sunglasses. This is a wet landing so bring your sandals too. 


price $139
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4 HRS

Easy

wildlife

beach

boating

refreshments

essentials
Golfo Dulce: Dolphin Watch & Enchanted Beach
Costa Rica’s warm seas are home to one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in the world. The best place to observe these magnificent mammals is in the waters off the Osa Peninsula. You will board your boat and head for a place known by ¨National Geographic to be “the most biologically intense area on earth.” A place where large groups of dolphins swim in clear blue tropical waters putting on an amazing show!  As you cruise around the bay your tour will be enhanced by the informative commentary provided by a trained naturalist guide. You will learn about the biology, behavior and habits of the wildlife you will spot. You will have amazing photo opportunities and if weather permits you will have free time to swim in the serene waters of Punta Encanto (Enchanted Beach).  

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility or back problems as it involves an optional nature walk over a gravel surface and the boat ride might get bumpy.

price $159
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

wildlife

refreshments

beach
Golfo Dulce: Oceans & Canals Kayaking
Go across Golfo Dulce where life goes at a slow pace and through the humid mangroves with the squeaking sounds of the unique scarlet macaws that mingle in this area, the most common birds. Your kayak guides will be waiting with your kayaks and paddles ready for you to begin this fun experience! Paddle up the mangrove estuary with the rising tide until you can go no further and return with the falling tide, dragging your kayak across the sand spit and into the Golfo Dulce to cruise the shoreline, stopping to swim at the best beach.  Pods of bottle-nosed porpoises return daily along this coast on their way to the open Pacific, affording a great chance to view them.  

Please note: This tour is operated at high tide only. A waiver is required and there is a weight restriction of 235 lbs. Wear light clothes, hat or visor, sunscreen, and sun glasses. Wear your bathing suit under your clothes for those who want to swim at the beach and bring a towel.


price $119
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

wildlife

refreshments

boating

outdoors

walking
Golfo Dulce: Tropical Gardens & Beach Scape
You will depart from the main pier and travel by boat through Golfo Dulce with a great view of some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. The green-blue landscape is beyond any description. There are occasions when a red bright spot comes into the picture, and you will be astonished with the scarlet macaws and their noisy freedom! After this amazing experience, you will visit Casa Orquideas, a beautiful garden that contains many varieties of tropical plants, and samples of other plant species brought from all over the world.  There is so much to learn while you visit the medicinal garden and indulge your senses with the beauty and perfume of the enormous array of flowers in many different colors and shapes.  There will be time for snacks and leisure before your boat will return you to Golfo Dulce.

Please note: If weather permits there will be an optional time for swimming. Bring your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and suntan lotion. Wear your bathing suit under your clothes if you want to swim. and bring a towel. This tour involves a nature walk over gravel surfaces and exposed roots and is not recommended for those with mobility issues. It also involves a wet landing so bring your sandals in addition to sturdier footwear.


price $139
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Isla Parida, Panama



3.5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating

watersports

essentials
Isla Parida, Chiriqui Gulf Fishing Tour
Here is a sport fishing opportunity with an English-speaking Captain and First Mate to the famed Panama Marlin fishing hotspots at Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa, and the 100-fathom line that runs along the southern edge of the Gulf of Chiriquí. These locations consistently tend to be the best areas to find Black and Blue Marlin. The underwater bathometry (or bottom structure) at these offshore spots rises up from thousands of feet and provides cover and slack current that baitfish like to congregate near. These baitfish are the staple food of these big Pelagics. And, when there is food around…chances are that the Marlin will be too! Although Black Marlin are caught every month of the year, the best time for Marlin here tends to be November through February and July through September. November through March you will see the most quantity of Marlin while Panama Marlin fishing. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, (the occasional Striped Marlin), and also Pacific Sailfish are found in numbers these months around the bait concentrations at Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa. July through September, the beginning of the “wet season”, tend to be great months for BIG Black Marlin. We see many these months at the “high spots” around Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa as it is believed to be the time when the big females come around to spawn. Also a good time to fish…as there is less boat traffic offshore this time of year.

Please note:  Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and insect repellent.


price $499
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Isla Parida, Hiking on Parida Island
The rainforest is filled with over 1,000 teak, mahogany, eucalyptus, and many of other trees, plants and fauna. Your hike will approximately and 1 ½ hours in significant to extreme heat and humidity and the level of difficulty is moderate to strenuous.  You will disembark your ship and take tenders to the beach where you will be met by certified bilingual guides. Isla Parida represents one of the world’s few remaining “undiscovered” places. Adventure off the beaten path to explore the wondrous ecology of the island, from beautiful flowers and rare vegetation to iguanas and rare birds. Along the way you’ll enjoy a viewpoint stop to see neighboring islands. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and shorts or long pants, a t-shirt or light shirt, your swimsuit, towel, and a hat. Bring insect repellent, your sunglasses, and your camera. You will be provided with water. Also it is recommended to bring additional clothes to change after the walk experience. Please do not bring valuable items to this tour.


price $55
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3 HRS

Strenuous

boating

sightseeing

snorkeling

essentials
Isla Parida, Island Hopping with Snorkel
Isla Parida is surrounded by the Chiriqui National Marine Park — and this means there are dozens of untouched islands. Set sail into open waters for the chance to explore the Gulf of Chiriqui’s stunning islets on an island hopping adventure. Picture iconic crescent moon beaches, soaring palm trees, white- sand beaches, coral reefs, and gentle waters that are perfect for snorkeling.

Please note:  Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes and wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and insect repellent. Boats used are modest panga boats and guests will need to be able to climb hanging ladders to be able to get in and out of the vessel. The ladders are short and can be challenging to climb. At times visibility and snorkeling conditions may not be ideal. If conditions are too poor your captain may decide to search for wildlife such as turtles, dolphins and whales instead. Your captain will speak Spanish, but you will have an English-speaking escort. A waiver must be signed prior to the tour.


price $99
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Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

refreshments

boating

essentials
Balboa, Authentic Emberá Indian Village
Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years; to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. This will be a journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian Tribe, a proud people, who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region. Start out the expedition aboard an air-conditioned vehicle where a knowledgeable guide will give you an overview of Panama on the way to the jungles of the Central Region. Your host will prepare you for the cultural feast you are about to experience by sharing the history and customs of the Emberá Indians who are the keepers of the Rainforest and Chagres River. When you arrive at the Chagres National Park, you will board dugout canoes that will take you to the Emberá Village. These dugouts are sturdy and worthy craft critical in the conquering of the jungle and in establishing supply lifelines for both Indians and Spanish. After motoring up river, you will see the village emerge from the jungle. Keep your eyes open along the way, as the region offers abundant wildlife particularly active along the river’s edge. In the Village, the Chief will welcome you with traditional Emberá hospitality. A series of dances have been arranged to add to this cultural exchange. Feel free to wander the village, ask questions or interact with these quiet people. Please remember that we are guests in their home and a good measure of common sense and sensitivity towards their privacy is appreciated. The Embera men and woman are spectacular craftsmen who have produced some beautiful items, which will be available for purchase as souvenirs or keepsakes of this unique experience. 

Please note: Boarding and debarking of local canoes requires a minimum of dexterity and flexibility. The landing consists of a rudimentary “put in” that lacks handrails or proper steps. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and insect repellent. You will have an Embera snack at the village.


price $129
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4.75 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: Coffee & Chocolate Foodie Experience
At Casco Viejo, UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, dating back to the 1670s, enjoy a walking “foodie” experience, starting at Bajareque Coffee House where you will learn all about the famous Geisha coffee, produced in the highest area of the country in the steep hills of one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, the Baru Volcano.  You will taste different samples of different coffee processes, and learn about the several tasting notes that each process develops on the fruit. Chocolate is a work of art at Tropical Chocolate, where you will learn about the elaboration process through a live presentation with an expert chocolatier, sample 5 different types of exquisite bombones con chocolate. 

Please note:   Wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $199
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5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: Hands on Local Culinary Experience
Participate in a Gastronomical Experience like no other in Panama! During this excursion, you will enjoy the traditional flavors of Panama while learning all about it through a live show and a guided presentation. Your 30-minute motor coach ride will take you to the kitchen where the Chef and his sous-chef will prepare and explain several different recipes of the Panamanian Cuisine, while you can take notes and taste each one of them. Beverages will be served during the activity and afterwards you will enjoy lunch to now taste what was learned!

Please note: Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring your camera.  Part of the fun of this experience is the interaction with a colorful local chef.  As an example, the following is an abbreviated biography of one of our participating chefs: Chef Maga is Venezuelan chef leaving in Panama for the last 6 7 years. He is a fan of developing comfort food with the freshest ingredients available in the market together with a fine dining training and background. Tour takes place at “La Mesa” venue where guests can cook and enjoy their own creations while listening good music in this gastronomic playground. Hands on cooking demonstration lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Sample menu for the cooking demonstration:
- Panamanian Fresh market ceviche.
-  Panamanian seafood cocktail with coconut sauce / Vegetarian option available.
- Thin and crispy fried plantains (“Patacones”).
- Roasted seasonal vegetables in a plantain or yucca flat bread (gluten free and vegan).
- After the cooking demonstration is finished, few more dishes are going to be present for you to enjoy.
** Keep in mind that menu can change every call and the Chef will vary the options, however this is a sample menu so guests can understand the general idea
 
 

price $159
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5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

dining

concierge
Balboa, Concierge Collection: I Love Panama- Chocolate, Chefs, and Colonial Panama
Start this tour with a tasty walk by the chocolate factory where, through chocolate bars, you will learn about the identity, culture, history and traditions of the country. You will be told about the history and work in the factory, the ingredients of each bar and will be able to taste each type of chocolate and even help to create them. After this visit, you will walk to the Colonial Panama or Old Quarters, and visit “Paseo Esteban Huertas,” Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theater, the Simon Bolivar Plaza and many other touristic attractions of the colonial period. After the walking tour, stop in an exclusive venue that can´t be called a restaurant as you will be able to live a unique experience in there and not just a regular lunch! At this venue you will be part of "The Chef Table:" a culinary experience of a high level and a journey of smells and flavors. It is a unique gastronomic experience in Panama, an experience without printed menu, but very surprising, full of explosive and unexpected flavors, dishes with smell, flavors and history in a unique atmosphere. All products that you will taste are fully local, typical and fresh and your Chef will provide you all the information and story behind each one of the dishes. 

Please note: Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and local currency (US Dollars)


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Balboa, Gamboa Aerial Tram
In the midst of the 55,000-acre Soberania National Park, the Aerial Tram allows you to discover the secrets of the upper forest canopy deep within nature.  Board your motor coach for the 45-minute ride to the park.  The Tram will take you from the shadowy forest floor through the understory and into the sun-drenched canopy. Take in a birds-eye-view of a thousand hues of green, interspersed with the fluorescent exclamation points of flowering trees. You’ll even be able to see the Panama Canal from the Observation Platform.  Stop at the frog exhibit and proceed to the butterfly & orchid exhibitions to see and hear creatures in a natural setting. 

Please note:   Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent. Maximum weight to participate on this tour is 250 lbs.

price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Balboa, Monkey Watch
This is a nature adventure of sight and sound, combined with the thrill of speeding through the Panama Canal next to the mighty ships transiting this man-made wonder! You will have a 45-minute drive to the speed boat. After an exhilarating 30-minute ride at high speed right through the heart of the Panama Canal, the boat will slow down and enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of Lake Gatun. In this protected area the wildlife is plentiful, and you are likely to encounter capuchin monkeys, 3-toed sloths, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans and other bird life as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles and a wealth of butterflies. This is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle up close.  The trained naturalist guides will ensure that you have an outstanding nature experience by identifying the wildlife as well as educating you about the area on this exceptional jungle and canal adventure.

Please note:  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues. Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $119
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Balboa, Panama Canal: The Past & Future with IMAX Experience
Considered the 8th wonder of the world, the Panama Canal consists of a series of locks. The focus of this tour is designed to showcase the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific and to get an up close look at recent expansion. After boarding your motor coach for the 45-minute drive, you’ll make your way to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center. In here take the opportunity to pause and view the gargantuan ships that make their way through the Panama Canal Museum and visit the four exhibition halls, organized by themes that constitute the heart of this center. Next, you will head to the nearby IMAX Theater to enjoy an informational, rich canal documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. A small popcorn is included. After observing this amazing feat, you’ll travel to the New Panama Canal Locks (Agua Clara Visitor Center) where you’ll see the addition of a new traffic lane. This new lane created two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific and one on the Atlantic, which doubles the canal’s capacity and allows longer and wider vessels to transit.  Also included, lunch at Gatun Restaurant, located in the Agua Clara Visitor Center where you can taste the local flavors. At the end of your tour, you’ll return to port.

Please note:   Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Balboa, Panama City & Miraflores Locks
Your English speaking guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30-minute drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing through the Panama Canal. You will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered as you enjoy the view from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. You will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which will give you a good lesson on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. You will continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views of the Canal on one side and of the skyline of Panama City on the other side. The tour will continue to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At Casco Viejo you will take a trip back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. 

Please note:   Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, sunscreen, and water. Vessel transit viewing at Miraflores Locks is likely but not guaranteed as transit times are variable and not made public. The order of sites visited may vary. 


price $109
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Balboa, Panama Treasures - Archaeological, Colonial & Modern Sides of the City
Begin your journey into Panama’s Pre-Colombian history on this unique excursion.   You will board your motor coach for a 30-minute drive to the oldest city in Panama, a place that has become known as Panama Viejo, or "Old Panama," a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   On your 60-minute walking tour you can relax and take in the sights and sounds at this archaeological site and historic location while walking through different monuments. Your guide will tell the history behind the structures and lead you to the Old Panama Visitor's Center.  You will board your coach and drive to the Panama Reprosa Museum & Factory, where Panama's ancient civilizations, cultural traditions, and natural treasures come to life in gold and silver. See how the Pre-Hispanic masterpieces are made by the same method as the ancient goldsmiths. Following a video presentation, walk a catwalk to a casting demonstration and try your hand at the sand blasting process, a highly recommended experience! Next, return to modern panama for a lunch of tapas, or “boquitas,” at a local hotel. Enjoy the views of the Panama City bay while enjoying a variety of these mini mouthful masterpieces.  Next, drive to the UNESCO site of Colonial Panama or Old Quarters, and start your walking tour to see the “Paseo Esteban Huertas,” Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theater, the Simon Bolivar Plaza and many other touristic attractions of the colonial period.   After this wonderful day and activity, you will board the motor coach for a transfer back to the port.

Please note:   Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, camera and insect repellent.


price $149
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Colón, Panama



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Colon, Agua Clara Visitor Center with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will begin by taking you to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. With an unparalleled view, this place will be waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by seeing how the giants of the sea, called Neo-Panamamax vessels, go through the new set of locks. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara Visitor Center has to offer. At the projection room you can learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout your visit, peruse the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze you. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that make the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views. Identify the different species gathered there that are indigenous to this area of the Canal watershed. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the International airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. This tour is available for guests with flights after 5 p.m.


price $139
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

essentials
Colon, Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Airport Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the airport.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.  

 
price $329
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6 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

boating

walking

essentials
Colon, Embera Village & Agua Clara Expansion Visitor Center with Windstar Hotel Transfer
You will head to the Agua Clara Expansion Center, where you will take a tour and see history being rewritten all over again at the Panama Canal with its expanded capacity to allow for more than double the traffic, with the third set of locks, larger and wider than the existing ones. The Panama Canal has played an integral part in history as it provides travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without having to sail a greater distance and through perilous Cape Horn. After this tour you will head to Buena Vista. There you will board a small dugout, which will carry you up the Gatun River to discover a large, fascinating and dense jungle.  You will arrive at the Embera Quera, an indigenous community found on the banks of Gatun Lake, near the Panama Canal. The Embera tribe still lives in harmony with Mother Nature. They will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea of how they still live today. The village chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will watch a traditional Embera dance and also have a chance to shop for colorful handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg, using an ink made from a local fruit.  At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.  

 

price $309
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6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Airport
Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you can enjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying the views of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel along the Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared to Miami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Antiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow of the fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral, among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a place of the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to the international airport. 
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat.  The first drop off is at the Windstar Hotel then continues to the airport for guests with flights after 5 p.m.

 


price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Colon: The Old & the Modern Panama with Transfer to Hotel

Your tour will start with Panama Viejo, where you canenjoy Old Panama, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of theAmericas. This city was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneerHenry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left.Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmarkof the town. After Old Panama, you will take a panoramic tour enjoying theviews of modern Panama City. On the way to Casco Antiguo you will travel alongthe Cinta Costera and the lively and vibrant banking district often compared toMiami. Your guide will show you Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the CascoAntiguo you feel you have been set back in time as you admire the lovelycolonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get agood idea of Panama’s history by walking through the main attractions of thisquarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow ofthe fading sun and see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral,among others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a placeof the non-stop ambiance of history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. Atthe end of this tour, you will be transferred to the Windstar Hotel. <o:p></o:p>

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for thosewith mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, insectrepellent, and a hat.  The drop offlocation is the Windstar Hotel.

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price $129
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Cartagena, Colombia



3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Cartagena, Colombian Coffee Experience
With this excursion you will fill your cup with the bold history of Cartagena and the rich goodness of pure Colombian Coffee. Your adventure will begin with a 15-minute motor coach ride to San Felipe Fortress, built in the 17th century. You will make a photo stop there before continuing on for a sightseeing tour of the Old City. You will visit a beautifully restored colonial house where you will get a good idea about colonial architecture and restoration. Then on to an experience to awaken the senses, touch, sight, taste, and smell and discover the amazing flavors of excellent Colombian Coffee.  You will have a introduction to Colombian Coffee, an overview of the coffee process, raw materials, quality assessments, smelling and tasting exercises, finishing with tasting 3 different coffees through alternative coffee rituals.  You will then have the opportunity for a walking tour along the narrow streets and squares of the walled city, followed by a panoramic sightseeing  tour of modern Cartagena and its bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Cartagena, Historical Getsemani and Old City Walking Tour
Depart from the port of Cartagena for the short drive to the famous Getsemaní district. This neighborhood represents a different side a Cartagena.  You will have time to explore this area which embodies the greatest cultural heritage of the city. From the colonial architecture and history, to the brightness of its streets and the colorful personality of its people, this populous sector of the city is a magical place that every visitor will appreciate. After your guided walk through the narrow streets of Getsemaní, you will arrive at a point to observe the Convent La Popa located at the highest point of Cartagena, San Felipe Fort, and San Sebastian del Pastelillo Port, where the tour guide will give all the historical information on these three highly relevant city monuments. After your walking tour around Getsemani, enjoy a refreshment drink at Chachara Restaurant. Your tour will bring you to the barracks of Bóvedas, former jail cells now converted to colorful handicraft stores and galleries.  This construction consists of 47 arches and 23 vaults, considered the last work of the period of the Colony. You will have time to browse and shop. Your tour will continue as you follow the wall and make a walk through the main streets and squares of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your free time for shopping or wondering around Cartagena's Open Air Museum, enjoy a panoramic tour before returning to the ship.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and bring your camera.


price $55
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Cartagena, Romancing the Stone
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute drive to San Felipe Fortress, the largest Spanish fort built in the 17th century.  You will have time to take photos before taking a sightseeing drive through the Old City, admiring the marvelous Republican architecture of the houses in the Manga residential area. You will be taken to the Emerald Museum – Bocagrande to learn about emeralds.You will go into an actual size replica of a mine tunnel and experience what mining is like as you watch the emerald-bearing veins. Then you will be taken to a special room for a lecture and a video on emeralds. You will learn how emeralds are extracted from the mines and brought to the different cutting and polishing centers. You will see the cutting and polishing machines and be shown step by step how each stone is cut and polished and you will have the opportunity to practice cutting a stone if you wish. Visit the jewelry making workshop and watch the process of fabricating sterling silver or 18k gold emerald jewelry before you visit the spacious and comfortable showroom. Then, enjoy a cocktail and have the opportunity to shop with an extra discount for you, before returning to the ship. On your way back to the ship you will have a sightseeing tour of modern Cartagena - Bocagrande, Laguito, Castillo Grande and the bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Cartagena, The National Aviary Tour
On an air conditioned bus, during this 40-minute ride to the wonderful island of Baru, the newest tourist development area in Colombia, you may sit back and enjoy the scenery of other areas of Cartagena, take a look to the growing industrial area and finally arrive to the National Aviary, one of the best aviaries in the world given its high number of species. Colombia is the country in the world holding the highest bird diversity, with more than 1,900 species and The National Aviary displays an important sample of this variety.  Once you arrive to the National Aviary, you may initiate your tour and explore the different bird observation stations arranged by habitat and species on your own such as:
• Tropical Forest, where you may find different kinds of Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Tangaras and other varieties of species as well as different kinds of palm trees, waterfalls and the Macaque Monkeys.
• Coastlines and Mangroves, the habitat of different kind of Ducks, Cormorants and Pelicans.
• Coastline, where you will be able to observe different kinds of Herons, Doves, Storks and the migrating Teals.
• Dessert Station an environment where different species such as the Cardinals, Mockingbirds and Partridges live
• Andean Region, in this station you may admire the Owls, Eagles and the famous Andean Condor, king of our mountains.
After this marvelous trip surrounded by birds, beautiful landscapes, palm trees and waterfalls you will have time for enjoying some beverages or drinking some delicious Colombian Coffee to later on get on your bus back to Cartagena and be ready to enjoy a wonderful short photo stop at the San Felipe Fort then a sightseeing of The Old City of Cartagena before returning to the ship.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and bring your camera.


price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Cartagena: Cartagena City Highlights
The magnificent city of Cartagena, once a preferred target for pirates and the treasure chest of the Spanish Main, is yours to explore as you embark an air-conditioned bus or mini-bus today. On tour, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide as you travel past marvelous Republican architecture. You will see the Manga residential area, where some of the aging mansions have been restored to their original splendor. Stop for a half hour to explore the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. At Las Bovedas (the Dungeons), about 20 minutes is allowed for handicraft shopping and for rubbing elbows with the local artisans who proudly display their works for you. Pass through Simón Bolívar Square and the Inquisition Palace before continuing on to the Cathedral, also called The Minor Basilica, it was the first church built in the city in 1537. Next stop is the Church of San Pedro Claver—the patron saint of slaves. You will continue to the modern residential area of Bocagrande, famous for its wide variety of shops. Here, you will find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald—along with handicrafts and leather goods shops. You will have approximately 40 minutes to shop before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who remain in town for shopping will have to return to the ship on their own. 


price $59
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Cartagena: Old City by Horse Carriage
Transfer by coach to Plaza Santa Teresa where your horse and carriage stand ready to transport you around Cartagena’s beautiful Old Town—back in time to the days of the conquistadors. You’ll ride along the inviting, narrow cobblestone streets and through squares inside the walled city, admiring the flower-filled balconies that glow in the light spilling from colonial mansions. Stop for 10 minutes to photograph the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. Surrender to the majesty of this historic city, where age-old squares are surrounded by towering colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings—it’s easy to picture life 200 years ago in this wealthy and cosmopolitan city. Visit the former city dungeons at Las Bovedas, which have also been used as military barracks, a munitions depot and a jail, but today local artisans display their work there. You’ll have 15 – 20 minutes for shopping before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who wish to remain in town to shop can return to the ship on their own later in the day. 


price $65
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Oranjestad, Aruba



3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing
Oranjestad, ATV Off Road Adventure
You will be picked up from the ship and board an air-conditioned coach to the Jeeps, where you will be met by professional guides and provided with water and a bandana. You have the choice to sit back and enjoy the ride as a passenger or take the wheel and lead the adventure. The exhilarating Jeep ride will take you past the sites of Aruba, including the California Lighthouse, a structure over 90 feet high, built of local stones, the Alto Vista Chapel, the island’s first Catholic church.  You will also see Bushiribana, the ruins of one of Aruba’s famous gold mines, and the Natural Bridge, a gorgeous stretch of coral limestone that is 25 feet high and 100 feet long, making it one of the largest in the world.  You will be transported back to your waiting ship at the end of this adventure.

Please note: A signed liability waiver is required from each participant before departure. For this tour you will be provided with refreshments, bandanas, Jeeps, insurance, gas, and professional guides. The ride can be bumpy and is not recommended for guests who are pregnant, or have neck/back or any other type of injuries. Wear comfortable walking shoes, shorts, a hat, sunblock and your sunglasses.

price $299
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Oranjestad, Island Exploration Tour
You will be picked up from the yacht and board an air-conditioned coach for an informative tour of the island. You will see the rugged beauty of the island’s interior and the contrast of the soft, sandy coast line. You will see how the people of Aruba live and be taken to sights that are off the beaten path.  Highlights of this tour include the California Lighthouse, a structure over 90 feet high, built of local stones, the Ayo Rock Formation, that is the Stone Henge of Aruba. You will be able to climb the rocks to take pictures if you wish.  You will also see Bushiribana, the ruins of one of Aruba’s famous gold mines, and the Natural Bridge, a gorgeous stretch of coral limestone that is 25 feet high and 100 feet long, making it one of the largest in the world.  Other experiences include climbing through the gold ruins, sampling aloe beauty products, and learning about Aruba’s rich cultural history.

Please note: A signed liability waiver is required from each participant before departure. There are no restrooms on these coaches, but arrangements have been made for stops. Restroom charges are included in the per person price. Wear comfortable walking shoes and your sunglasses.  This tour is non-refundable 72 hours prior.

price $109
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing

biking

essentials
Oranjestad, Mountain Biking
You will be transported by air conditioned coach to an area where state-of-the-art TREK mountain bikes will be awaiting for you, and your adventure! You can enjoy a ride catered to your own skill level as you will be led by a professional guide through the Aruban 'Cunucu' or countryside along quaint and picturesque donkey trails leading up to the Alto Vista Chapel, Aruba’s oldest church (1750), and one of its most important religious buildings.  It is a serene place to take a moment to breath and just take the whole experience in.  After the chapel you will wind your way down the rugged northeast coast where you will enjoy the view of the waves crashing wildly onto the rocky shore.   With the Northeastern Caribbean wind at your back you'll pass the Tierra Del Sol Golf course and up the Coral Plateau home of the California Lighthouse where you will get the chance to stretch your legs and take pictures of the magnificent views. After descending from the plateau you will pass Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina (one of the small secluded bays), Malmok Beach (famous for windsurfing) and go back into the 'Cunucu' countryside as you return to the air conditioned coaches where Eco staff will transport you back to the ship.

Please note:  Wear shorts, sneakers or closed toe shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock.


price $265
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5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

outdoors

wildlife

dining

beach
Oranjestad, Sailaway Catamaran Beach Cruise with Lunch
This delightful tour is an ideal combination of sailing, snorkeling, beach time, and a barbecue lunch. You will take a short walk from your yacht to the waiting catamaran and set out along the west coast of Aruba to a shallow reef where you will stop, receive snorkeling instructions and gear and spend an hour snorkeling around Arashi Reef. You will reboard your catamaran for the WW II shipwreck, the Antilla for your second snorkeling dip of about 45 minutes.  Be on the lookout for angelfish, snapper, damsels and parrotfish. Then the crew will hoist the sails for the trip back to the Pelican Pier where you will be treated to a delicious BBQ buffet-style lunch, accompanied by rum or fruit punch. Following lunch you will have time to explore Palm Beach or just relax on a beach lounger under the swaying palm trees. You will be driven back to your waiting yacht in a colorful open-air bus.

Please note: Soft drinks and punch are served throughout the tour. Unlimited rum punch will be served after snorkeling. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear your swimsuit and bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Snorkeling equipment will be provided. Guests will be required to sign a waiver to participate on this tour.


price $79
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Willemstad, Curacao



3.5 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Willemstad, City Tour Highlights Tour
This Willemstad City Highlights Tour will offer you the opportunity to experience the unique history, culture, and amazing photo stops on Curacao. You will board your motor coach for this comfortable tour that will bring you to the heart of "Otro Banda" at the Kura Hulanda Village for a walking tour. After crossing the highest bridge in the Caribbean, the Juliana Bridge, you will continue to beautiful Pietermaai and Punda City Center. While driving through the Jewish Quarter you will be on your way to Fort Nassau which will offer you additional stunning photo opportunities.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $65
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials
Willemstad, City, Ostrich Farm & Cave Adventure
You will board your Hyundai Coaster on a sightseeing drive through Willemstad on your way to the Ostrich Farm where you can observe the fascinating behavior of this very special bird. You will see first-hand how an ostrich develops from an egg to the biggest and fastest running bird in the world. You will have a chance to hold an enormous egg or a little fluffy day-old chick. You may even see one hatch.  Also you can feed the birds as they poke their heads into the jeep or jump on the safari truck for a funny interactive guided tour! Then you will be off for the famous Hato Caves. These old coral reefs that actually emerged out of the sea when the island was formed are "living caves;" and centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites are still being formed, a drop at a time. The guided tour will take you along gently sloping trails through the caves' different chambers, past still pools, even a fresh-water waterfall (a very rare sight on this dry island). These caves were once the homes of the Indians.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $89
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

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Willemstad, Curacao Jeep Safari
With a fleet of off-road 4x4 Land Cruisers, your drivers will offer a guided adventurous way to explore Curacao and discover new places you have never been before. You will be picked up at the dock and guided to the Land Cruisers. There you will get a briefing on safety when driving in open vehicles, specifically in the “wild Curacao” terrain. After you have been seated in the vehicles you will be driven towards the wild terrain, where your 4x4 outdoor adventure will start. Driving through Curacao’s wild nature terrain, with cacti, divi-divi trees, and possible spotting wara wara birds of prey, lizards,
flamingos and wild pigs will certainly be one of the highlights of your tour. During a visit to the famous “Driftwood Bay” you will get information about the bays on Curacao and you have a chance to search for driftwood pieces, often used as souvenirs.

Please note: This tour is not for those with back or neck problems. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.


price $89
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2 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing

refreshments

unesco

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Willemstad, UNESCO World City Heritage Walk
The unique architecture and special maritime history plus the fact that Curacao is on the famous UNESCO World Heritage list will make this walk a fascinating one! After a short briefing by your guide you will walk to the Rif Fort where the guide will explain the history of the area. On your way to the city center of Punda, with its world famous colored houses, you will cross the St. Anna Bay by public ferry. At the ‘handelskade’ you will find Punda’s shopping area and you will learn about the history of this area. Another of Curacao’s “must see” areas is the famous “floating market” where merchants from Venezuela sell their fruit and vegetables A refreshing welcome drink will be waiting for you at the Maritime Museum where you can see the nautical history of Curaçao. At the end of the tour you can walk back to the ship through Punda on your own, with opportunities for shopping and/or more sight-seeing.

Please note:  This tour is on flat level ground and will include about 1.5 miles of walking.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection and bring your camera.  The walk is not wheelchair accessible.


price $45
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Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.



4.5 HRS

Moderate

boating

refreshments

beach

outdoors

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Virgin Gorda: Escape To Anegada
Board your power boat from Spanish Town Yacht Harbour heading up the protected waters of the North Shore of Virgin Gorda with great views of the leeward shore bays, beautiful Villas and resorts scattered on the hillside of Great Mountain. You will tuck into North Sound to make the most of the flat protected waters, passing Richard Branson’s Moskito Island on the left and cross over North Sound known as ‘the billionaires playground ‘of the Virgin Islands to start your exhilarating roller coaster ride to the reefs of Anegada. A short 35 minutes of splashtacular adventure will find you in tranquil waters gazing in amazement at a mountain of Conch at White Bay. After a swim and exploration of the conch shells you will re-board the boat and tour the southern flats of Anegada. The water here is only 4 feet deep!  So you can clearly see the bottom and the sundry of sea life beneath the surface. You will follow the South shore to Setting Point, a small community accustomed to the slow pace of island life. From here board an open air bus for a 15-minute ride with views of the island. The old-world wooden dock leads you to the Anegada Reef Hotel where you can choose to buy a drink or peruse the gift shop, in either case, this is a barefoot experience. Your next course will take you on to Pomato Point to step ashore for some light refreshment.  If you wish to take a moment of serene solitude, capture the opportunity with a walk on the long and serene white-sand beach.  On departing the Flats of Anegada, the Captain will navigate around the large coral head structures to cross the open waters back to Virgin Gorda for the beach barbecue.

Please note:  Wear sunscreen, a long sleeve shirt, or a rash guard, a hat with a chin strap or leash, and sunglasses. Bring your swim suit and a towel. This tour will be cancelled if the wind is sustained at and above 18 knots.



price $199
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4 HRS

Strenuous

walking

beach

boating

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Virgin Gorda: Highlights & Bath Tour
Enjoy the best that Virgin Gorda has to offer when you take this Island Tour to the world famous The Baths.  Board your open air safari bus at The Yacht Harbour and wind up the hills to Gorda Peak where you will have the opportunity to photograph the impressive archipelago of the B.V.I.  Your route takes you on down the spine of this beautiful island. From here you will drive to The Baths, the B.V.I.’s most famous landmark. These massive granite boulders stand out against powdery white sand and crystal clear waters, so seize this chance to scramble through narrow gaps, intricate pools and passages which comprise this adventurous footpath before it opens out to the spectacular white sands of Devils Bay.  The beach at The Baths boasts an appealing bar, souvenir stand and restrooms.  For those not physically inclined, you can still be witness to these dramatic batholiths should you take a drink at the Top of The Baths, or the less strenuous path direct down to Devils Bay. Before boarding the safari buses, sample a complimentary rum punch, punch or water at the gazebo above The Baths. The taxis will then take you back to your tenders at the Yacht Harbour.

Please note:  Wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring reef-friendly sun screen, towel, camera, reef or aqua shoes to explore the Baths, flip-flops are not recommended.  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues. Use caution while walking down the trail and through the boulders in the caves. Path is uneven and slippery. On some days expect crowds. Please be aware of the National Flag Warning System and adhere to it at all times. Red Flag: Danger - No Swimming. Yellow Flag: Caution - Weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water.  Purple Flag: Jellyfish Warning.


price $55
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

wildlife

refreshments

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Virgin Gorda: Snorkel Adventure
The exciting marine world is revealed to you on this adventure to two of Virgin Gorda's best regarded snorkel sites.  Board a sleek and spacious 36ft Newton motor boat for a fun and relaxing cruise through the islands surrounding Virgin Gorda.  Motor across the stunning Virgin Gorda with views of neighboring islands.The catamaran will moor at your first snorkel spot, chosen by the Captain as per the best location for the day.  The crew will assist with getting your snorkel gear ready, give a safety briefing and guide you in the water while pointing out interesting sea life.  Once back on board, the Captain will pick out a second snorkel spot for you enjoy. The tour ends with refreshments on board and a cruise back to The Yacht Harbour in Spanish Town.

Please note: wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring a towel, a dry t-shirt or sweatshirt, reef friendly sunscreen, waterproof camera (if you want to record the boulders ashore), and a hat.  Participants must sign a waiver before departing the dock. Depending on weather and sea state the snorkel locations might have to be adjusted. Minimum age is 7 years. 

price $85
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Gustavia, St. Barthélemy



1 hour

Easy

sightseeing

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St. Barts: Intimate Island Tour
This is an exclusive panorama island tour for five to seven people with a local, English speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle. Experience the local highlights as you wish, at your pace.

Please note:  Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. 


price $79
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife

refreshments

beach

boating
St. Barts: Sailing Catamaran Adventure
Caribbean music and the friendly crew of a well-appointed, full-sail catamaran will welcome you aboard. This boat is specially designed to offer shade and refreshing breezes as you sail along the beautiful west coast of the island to the Marine Park at Colombier Bay. You will anchor about 80 feet offshore, close to coral reefs teeming with schools of colorful fish. A professional instructor will give you a full orientation and explain the use of the snorkel equipment.  You will have time to swim and snorkel, or simply bask in the sun.  On the return to Gustavia, soft drinks, beer, or refreshing rum punch or fruit punch will be offered. 

Please note:  This exclusive experience is limited to 14 guests and sells out quickly. No previous sailing experience necessary. The catamaran will offer refreshments throughout the trip. Restrooms are located on board the catamaran. Bring sunscreen, hat, swimsuit, and underwater camera. Snorkeling gear is available on the boat. 


price $165
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

boating

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St. Barts: Sailing the Leeward Coast
Boarding your sailing cat you will depart from Gustavia's tender pier. Your Captain will give a safety briefing as you set sail. You will be able to enjoy some good sailing time as you head to “Pointe de Colombier” and its sheltered bay. You can enjoy the scenic panorama, passing the mega yachts at anchor. Once at anchor in Colombier Bay, you will have time to sunbathe, relax, sleep on the trampoline net or just read a good book under the shade of the bimini.  The Captain will serve you mineral water, soft drinks, beer or rum punch and light snacks and the crew will be attentive and helpful all the while. 

Please note: There is no transportation available to the beach. Bring a sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. You will board the ship with a gangway that can be tricky because of the recurrent swell in Gustavia harbor. You   will have to remove your shoes and be barefoot before boarding the vessel. The Captain is solely responsible and has the right to refuse boarding to a guest who would be judged unable to participate.


price $175
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1.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

boating

sightseeing
St. Barts: Sunset Cruise
Boarding your sailing cat you will depart from Gustavia's tender pier. Your Captain will give a safety briefing as you set sail. You will have a peaceful and quiet sailing time in the vicinity of the harbor area to enjoy scenic views of the sunset. You will appreciate the scenic panorama, passing the mega yachts at anchor. The Captain will offer you Champagne, mineral water, soft drinks or beer and some assorted light snacks. The crew will be attentive and helpful. 

Please note: You will board the ship with a gangway that can be tricky because of the recurrent swell in Gustavia harbor. You   will have to remove your shoes and be barefoot before boarding the vessel. The Captain is solely responsible and has the right to refuse boarding to a guest who would be judged unable to participate.


price $145
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1 hour

Easy

wildlife

boating
St. Barts: Yellow Semi-Sub Exploration
All aboard a semi-submersible to discover the rich undersea life surrounding St. Barts, without even getting wet! After boarding, you may choose to either stay outside on the open deck or enter the tunnel-like hull equipped with underwater windows. At the harbor’s entrance, keep watch for the many green turtles that frequent this area. Soon, the semi-sub passes over the wreck of the island freighter Marignan. Cross the southeastern edge of the St. Barts Marine Park and arrays of undersea marvels will soon be revealed before your eyes. The seabed is full of colorful coral reefs, and schools of Sergeant Major Fish. On your arrival at The Saints, the onboard crew will feed schools of fish. Don’t be surprised if seemingly hundreds of fish almost push against your window. You may even glimpse a shark or two! After approximately 10 minutes, your semi-sub heads back to the pier. You may wish to stay out on the upper deck for picturesque views of the coastline and graceful anchored yachts.

Please note:  The semi-submersible has steep interior steps. The itinerary may be amended at the Captain’s discretion based on weather conditions, general safety, or any other factor. There can be no guaranteed sightings of any specific sea life.


price $89
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten



2.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

boating

essentials
St. Maarten: Americas Cup Sailboat Racing with Transfer to Airport
Experience the thrill of racing multi-million dollar America’s Cup Race sailboats in the warm blue waters and brisk trade winds of St. Maarten. Previous sailing experience is not necessary for this excursion, which is one of the highest rated in the Caribbean. You will be tendered out from the 12 Metre Clubhouse dock at Dock Maarten, where after a briefing you will take a 10-minute tender ride out to your allocated sailboat. Either Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup winning Stars & Stripes, Canada II, or True North IV are yours for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The expert crew will show you exactly what to do if you want to take a “crew member’s” position. Then it’s off to the racecourse – grind a winch – trim a sail – punch a stopwatch, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the included refreshments.  After the race enjoy a victory rum punch party at the 12 Metre Clubhouse before your transfer to the airport.

Please note:  Wear soft-soled suitable footwear for the sailboat. This event is weather/wind dependent.

price $165
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

boating

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St. Maarten: Americas Cup Sailboat Racing with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Experience the thrill of racing multi-million dollar America’s Cup Race sailboats in the warm blue waters and brisk trade winds of St. Maarten. Previous sailing experience is not necessary for this excursion, which is one of the highest rated in the Caribbean. You will depart directly from your yacht in Marigot to Philipsburg, where after a briefing you will take a 10-minute tender ride out to your allocated sailboat. Either Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup winning Stars & Stripes, Canada II, or True North are yours for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The expert crew will show you exactly what to do if you want to take a “crew member’s” position. Then it’s off to the racecourse – grind a winch – trim a sail – punch a stopwatch, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the included refreshments.  After the race enjoy a victory rum punch party and browse through the museum souvenir boutique before your transfer to your Windstar hotel.

Please note:  Wear suitable footwear for the sailboat. This event is weather/wind dependent.


price $165
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4.5 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
St. Maarten: Island Tour with Transfer to Airport
The best way to experience 80 different cultures in one day is to take the “Saint-Martin/Saint-Maarten Island Tour.” You will depart from Philipsburg and head to Oyster Pond, a charming little locale with a picturesque marina on the French side of the island.  From there, following Coralita Road, along the coast, you will stop at a lookout point from where you can see St. Barth and Tintamare Island. You will continue past famous Orient Beach, well known for its clothing optional beach, past Grand Case, the Culinary Capitol of the Caribbean, on your way to Marigot, capitol of the French side. Marigot is best known for its seaside, open-air market, where you can find truly charming souvenirs of your Caribbean vacation. If you are “shopped out”, try one of the French cafés right next door, for a café au lait with a croissant.  Upon leaving Marigot, you will make one more photo stop on Cay Hill, from where you have a wonderful view over Simpson Bay Lagoon.  Your last stop will be Philipsburg, capitol of the Dutch side, best known for its jewelry-, electronics-, and high end clothing stores. On the Boardwalk you will find quaint restaurants for a quick bite to eat before your flight and an excellent photo opportunity of your yacht lying in Philipsburg Harbor. From there, you will be taken straight to Princess Juliana International Airport for your flight home.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $69
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4.5 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
St. Maarten: Island Tour with Transfer to Hotel
The best way to experience 80 different cultures in one day is to take the “Saint-Martin/Saint-Maarten Island Tour.”  You will depart from Philipsburg and head to Oyster Pond, a charming little locale with a picturesque marina on the French side of the island.  From there, following Coralita Road, along the coast, you will stop at a lookout point from where you can see St. Barth and Tintamare Island. You will continue past famous Orient Beach, well known for its clothing optional beach, past Grand Case, the Culinary Capitol of the Caribbean, on your way to Marigot, capitol of the French side. Marigot is best known for its seaside, open-air market, where you can find truly charming souvenirs of your Caribbean vacation. If you are “shopped out”, try one of the French cafés right next door, for a café au lait with a croissant.  Upon leaving Marigot, you will make one more photo stop on Cay Hill, from where you have a wonderful view over Simpson Bay Lagoon.  Our last stop will be Philipsburg, capitol of the Dutch side, best known for its jewelry-, electronics-, and high end clothing stores. On the Boardwalk you will find quaint restaurants for a quick bite to eat and an excellent photo opportunity of your yacht lying in Philipsburg Harbor. From there, you will be taken straight to your hotel.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $69
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