Reference:

TEP.22229 [Incentive to Panama City (Sample program)]

Persons:

40

Client:

Tsar Events Panama DMC & PCO

Nigths:

5

Person:

Olga Gutierres

Single:

40

Country:

Panama

Double:

0

Phone:

+507 396-9596

Arrival:

12.06.2017

Fax:

+507 396-9596

Departure:

17.06.2017

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Las Americas Golden Tower Panama

The newest luxury hotel in Panama’s financial district that has its grand opening in 2016. Las Americas Golden Tower Panama is already recognized as an icon of luxury and comfort in the city. The hotel boasts a strategic location, just steps away from the financial district, close to banks and hospitals, and within a few minutes of the best shopping centers, as well as easy access to and from the airport.

Hotel offers 285 rooms and suites with the best views of Panama City; with gourmet restaurant on the 29th floor, international cuisine restaurant, gastronomic zone.

Seven meeting rooms for banquets and conventions. Main ballroom with 332.35 sq. m. with a 460-person capacity auditorium style. Full banquet and audiovisual service. Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panamá offers everything you need to carry out your event in Panama City.

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Waldorf Astoria Panama Hotel

The first Waldorf Astoria in Latin America, this Panama City hotel veered from some of its classic roots with a trendy address, poolside Bungalow Bar and ‘spicy’ Ginger Sushi Bar. Guests still experience – as always – intrinsic service at Waldorf Astoria Panama. Just steps from Calle Uruguay’s business district, this 36-floor luxury hotel is only 15 minutes from Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

From premium ocean-view suites to a location near world-famous attractions, Waldorf Astoria Panama ranks high with guests. Visit Level 7 for a treatment or couples-only massage at the Waldorf Astoria Spa Panama and begin to understand why our guests return for another stay.

• Premium ocean-view suites

• Waldorf Astoria Spa Panama

• Multi-event space and ballroom for 120

• 30 minutes from the Panama Canal

• 15 minutes from Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Walk to the park on Cinta Costera and the banking and central business district and return to this luxury hotel for serious relaxation. Rediscover the familiar Peacock Alley for mixing and meeting fellow travelers and locals. More enticing dining experiences await you, including:

• exotic Asian cuisine at Ginger on the second and fourth floors

• fresh French and American dishes at BRIO Brasserie

• lighter dishes at Bungalow Terrace & Pool Bar overlooking the skyline

For your next social event, consider the Diamond Ballroom’s space for 120 banquet guests. Level5 is this Panama City hotel’s multi-event space, which includes a conference room and two boardrooms

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DAY 1 - 12th JUNE 2017, MONDAY

PANAMA CITY: getting there

Panama is a key connecting point for travel throughout Latin America, with its largest airport, Tocumen International, being the busiest in Central America. Located on the outskirts of Panama City and currently is undergoing a major expansion, the airport is home to Copa Airlines, which 180 flights to 55 destinations in 27 countries, the most extensive service available in the region. Its routes are complemented by more than 20 other airlines, which serve Tocumen from Europe and the Americas.

Direct Flights from Europe:

Paris (10 hrs 10 min) by Air France

Madrid (9 hrs 50 min) by Iberia

Frankfurt on Main (10 hrs 50 min) by Lufthansa Airlines

Amsterdam (10 hrs 05 min) by KLM Airlines

Direct Flights from Americas:

By Copa Airlines -

Miami (2 hrs 55 min) by Copa, American Airlines

Orlando (3 hrs 20 min) by Copa Airlines

Tampa (3 hrs 27 min) by Copa Airlines

Ft. Lauderdale (3 hrs 39 min) by Copa Airlines

Atlanta (4 hrs 06 min) by Delta Airlines

Houston (4 hrs 10 min) by United Airlines

Washington, D.C. (4 hrs 47 min) by Copa Airlines

New York (5 hrs 29 min) by Copa Airlines

Toronto (5 hrs 29 min) by Copa Airlines

Boston (5 hrs 30 min) by Copa Airlines

Chicago (5 hrs 32 min) by Copa Airlines

Los Angeles (6 hrs 21 min) by Copa Airlines

Las Vegas (6 hrs 27 min) by Copa Airlines

Rio de Janeiro (7 hrs 19 min) by Copa, Avianca

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PANAMA: Visa Regulations

All tourists arriving in Panama must carry a valid passport with at least six months left before expiry, a flight ticket to the next destination of the trip or a return ticket, and a proof of sufficient funds, such as a credit card, cash, check book or traveller’s checks.

No Visa Required: The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to visit Panama:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland (the Netherlands), Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Uruguay.

Stamped Visa: A stamped visa does not require a previous authorization of the Panamanian Migration Office, and can be obtained at a Panamanian Consulate before traveling to Panama. The citizens of the following countries require a stamped visa to visit Panama:

Chad, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Philippines, Peru, Russia, and Thailand.

Authorized Visa

Citizens who wish to visit Panama and who are not from the previously mentioned states will need to obtain an authorized visa at a Panamanian Consulates in their country, or through a lawyer in Panama.

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Panama Tocumen Airport Hotel Arrival Transfer

Panama is a key connecting point for travel throughout Latin America, with its largest airport, Tocumen International, being the busiest in Central America. Located on the outskirts of Panama City and currently is undergoing a major expansion, the airport is home to Copa Airlines, which 180 flights to 55 destinations in 27 countries, the most extensive service available in the region. Its routes are complemented by more than 20 other airlines, which serve Tocumen from Europe and the Americas.

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18:00 - 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel - Venue - Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:30 (11:30 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) - is charged as + 50 % per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

18:30 Welcome Panamanian Folklore Dinner at Tinajas Restaurant

Panama has been a melting pot for several cultures. Originally, native indian groups created their acoustic instruments using parts of plants and shells of different animals, and later Spanish conquerors brought their influence from the Old World. The Afro-Caribbeans also contributed to it when they came for the Canal construction. These and other small groups gave birth to, what is today, one of the most attractive and folkloric heritages of Latin America.

Enjoy the fabulous show while tasting excellent Panamanian cuisine.

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DAY 2 - 13th JUNE 2017, TUESDAY

09:00 - 16:00 Panama Panoramic City Tour

Panama City was founded in the XVI century by Spanish conquistadors. It was the first Spanish port on the Pacific. Now the capital has two towns: the “old town” (Panamá Viejo) and the “new town” (Casco Antiguo, Spanish for Old Quarter). The Panamá Viejo is an exceptional testimony of colonial town planning; the ruins of its cathedral, convents and public buildings showcase unique technological and stylistic characteristics of its temporal and cultural context; and Old Quarter represents a significant stage in the development of Spanish colonial style. Both Panamá Viejo and Old Quarter have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The 6-hour city tour includes the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal Visitors Center. It is the perfect place to witness how the Panama Canal works. From the observation decks, visitors may watch the lock gates open and close as vessels begin or end their transit. Through the exhibitions, you can learn about the Panama Canal’s history, its impact on international trade, how it works, its close relationship with nature and the Canal Expansion. A 3D movie portrays the story of the waterway.

We will visit old and modern parts of the city, starting from the Former Canal Zone where the Americans lived during the construction of the Panama Canal, and ending with the Balboa Avenue, one of the most beautiful streets of the city along the bay.

The historic quarter of Panama City, Casco Antiguo, is a colorful neighborhood with nice avenues, parks, and squares. You will visit National Theater of Panama, France Plaza, San Jose Church with the famous Gold Altar, Bolivar Plaza, and Cathedral Plaza with the Panama Canal Museum.

Then, we will go up Ancon Hill, the highest point in the Panama City, which offers amazing views. ! Ancon Hill is done only for group of not more than 10 pax as big buses are not allowed to the observation deck.

Then, we will go to Amador Causeway, one of the most interesting parts of the city. It's a long, winding road that connects three smaller islands: Naos, Perico, and Flamenco.

Included Balboa, Panama Modern, Colonial City, Causeway, Miraflores, Las Americas Bridge

Tour starts at 8 am. The excursion lasts 6 hours.

Prices are inclusive of English / Spanish guide.

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Biodiversity Museum Visit During city tour

Have your welcome dinner with a reception at –Biomuseo, the only project of world know architect Frank Genhry in Latin America!

The Biomuseo is the latest cultural and eco-tourism destination! The Biomuseo is situated within view of the Pacific Ocean to the east and the entrance to the Panama Canal to the west, placing it at the forefront of a new cultural and eco-tourist center for the region.

The Biomuseo is the latest interactive museum conceived by Gehry, whose projects in Bilbao, Spain and other cities have help to revitalize cultural centers.

At the heart of Frank Gehry’s design for the Biomuseo is a public outdoor atrium covered by a lively assemblage of metal canopies in different shapes and strong colors: blue, red, yellow, green.

The museum has a public a 6-acre (2.4-hectare) Biodiversity Park.

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Panama Viejo Historical Monument Complex visit during city tour

The Panama Viejo Historical Monument Complex, designated as such by Law 91 of December 1976 and also known as the Panama Viejo Archaeological Site or as Panama La Vieja, is located within the modern city of Panama, between the mouths of the rivers Algarrobo and Abajo, in front of the Pacific Ocean, at the narrowest part of the Isthmus.

The site includes the ruins of the first European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, as well as traces of the first inhabitants of the Isthmus. Panama City was founded by Pedrarias Dávila on August 15th 1519, and reached 10,000 inhabitants in the XVII century.

Initially Panama’s function was closely linked to the conquest expeditions that were heading to South America, but its strategic role as the axis of one of the most important commercial routes of the time placed the city in a privileged position and marked from then on its destiny as a territory at the service of international transit.

In 1671 the city was destroyed by an attack led by the English pirate Henry Morgan, and it was never rebuilt. The remains of the old city were abandoned for more than two centuries. This radical abandonment allowed for the long-term conservation of the historical and archaeological remains of the important buildings and structures, while the city’s activity was transferred to what is currently known as the Old Quarter or Casco Antiguo.

The city of Panama, towards the XVII century, had an approximate area of 60 hectares. Currently the Panama Viejo Historical Monument Complex covers around 28 hectares that include the ruins of some of the most important buildings of the Colonial period, as well as the archaeological traces of the pre-Hispanic and Colonial periods. On July 5th 2003 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Panama Viejo Archaeological Site the World Heritage list as an extension of Panama’s Historic District.

13:00 Lunch at Casa Blanca restaurant at famous Bolivar Square

Open since 2005, Casa Blanca offers an extensive menu and a large seating area on beautiful Plaza Bolivar. Open for lunch and dinner, it's a great place to stop on a hot afternoon to refresh and relax. There is ample indoor seating as well and Casablanca is housed in one of the prettiest Spanish Colonial buildings on the square.

Casco Viejo visit during city tour

In 1671, after the Pirate Henry Morgan attacked, looted and destroyed the Old City, Panama Viejo. Its residents and settlers, desperate for a safer and easier location to defend themselves against future seige, decided on what is now Casco Viejo (The Old Quarter).

This unique walled city, consisting of 16th & 17th Century Spanish Colonial Architecture, is a gem which was unknown to most of the outside world until 1997 when UNESCO named Casco Viejo a World Heritage Site. Shortly there after, investments and foreign expats started to poor into Casco Viejo (at that time a deteriorating slum which most Panamanians wouldn't dare visit) in what has been one of the greatest and fastest urban revitalizations in all of the Americas!

Today, Casco Viejo (aka. Casco Antiguo, San Felipe or El Casco) is a vibrant community consisting of a sharp contrast of old and new, local and foreign. The buildings are in various stages or redevelopment and renovation, with a strictly enforced standard of Historical Authenticity. There is tremendous culture and a feeling which is unique only to this neighborhood in Panama.

19:30 Dinner at Azul Pool Bar & Grill (with Panama city and Ocean views)

Azul Pool Bar & Grill is a fun ocean view dining restaurant in Panama City, Panama with poolside food and drink featuring not only traditional poolside fare such as All-American burgers but also lean cuisine for the health conscious. Our restaurant's chef uses the highest quality locally grown produce and seafood harvested in Panamanian waters.

It's the perfect place to sit in deep shade, feel the ocean breeze and enjoy a late lunch. At night, enjoy music, views of ‘Costa del Este' and the pearl necklace of the ‘Corredor del Sur'... a magical sanctuary in the heart of Punta Pacifica.

DAY 3 - 14th JUNE 2017, WEDNESDAY

06:30 Panama Canal Transit (Partial Transit (5 hours) with Lunch included

The tour starts at Flamenco Marina. You will board the boat and set sail towards the entrance of Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean. Take a moment to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before you pass under the Bridge of the Americas.

The Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour begins with the boat entering the Miraflores Locks and it will be raised 18 meters above sea level in two distinct steps. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Miraflores from Pedro Miguel Locks. Next, the ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is the second set of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is raised 9 meters in one step. After exiting the Pedro Miguel Locks, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal.

You will then enter the north end of the Gailard Cut where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. The Gailard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. The boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Gamboa Dredging Division. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the new locks of the Panama Canal inaugurated on June 26th, 2016.

You will disembark at the Gamboa Dredging Division where you will board motor coaches for a 45 minute ride back to the Flamenco Marina.

Included: bilingual guide/narrator, full lunch, soft drinks and water (all you can drink), transportation by bus from Panama City (Flamenco Resort & Marina) to Gamboa or vice versa.

NB! Timing is approximate, the exact deparute time will be know 24h before transit, as soon as Canal assigns the time of ship passing.

DEPARTURE from hotel 06:30

ARRIVLE around 14:00

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12:00 Lunch at Atlantic & Pacific Co Restaurant with the view to Panama Canal

Atlantic&Pacific Co is an outstanding restaurant at the Panama Canal Miraflores Visitors Center. The view at this restaurant is so exciting: you will enjoy delicious international and panamanian food while watching the vessels go through the Panama Canal Locks. Restaurant uses only locally-grown organic produce. Dishes are prepared fresh daily with produce from the local Farmer's Market.

It offers buffet for lunch and a-la carte for dinner

Capacity - maximum 250 persons

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DAY 4 - 15th JUNE 2017, THURSDAY

08:30 - 16:30 SAFARI TOUR ON PARK SOBERANIA and GATUN LAKE

The transfer from the capital to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort takes 40 minutes; we pick you up from your hotel at 07:40 AM. First, you tour the Chagres River by motor launch heading towards the Monkeys Island to see wildlife. Here you will find abundant fauna represented by tortoises, crocodiles, different birds, sloths, iguanas, and several kinds of monkeys such as capuchins, tamarins, and howlers monkeys. This part of the tour takes approximately 90 minutes.

Then, we will go back to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort where the aerial tram tour starts. We will see the forest from a breathtaking perspective, while sitting comfortably in the Swiss-engineered aerial tram system. Gliding smoothly through the treetops, you will experience the sounds and peace of the tropical rainforest firsthand. You will discover the splendid panoramic views of the Chagres River, the Panama Canal, the Embera Indians Village, and the town of Gamboa.

On our way back we visit the aquarium, the serpentarium, butterflies expositions, and the orchids nursery. This part of the tour takes approximately 2,5 hours.

After the tour, we recommend trying delicious seafood in the Lagartos restaurant on the Chagres River.

NB! Cable cars are closed on Mondays

After we hvae lunch at restaurant Lagartos (sea food) on the Chagres river.

Transfer to Panama City. You will get back to your hotel approximately at 17:00 .

Guide english or Spanish included

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OPTIONAL: Tsanst-Isthmian Raiway & San Lorenzo Fort (8 hours)

At 06:20 AM we pick you up from the hotel and go to the railway station where we take a train to the Caribbean coast. The train leaves at 07:15 AM, the trip from Panama City to Colon lasts 1 hour. You will travel across Panama, past the Panama Canal via the famous Trans-Isthmian Railway.

This railway has a long history. It was built in 1850 to facilitate the travel of the Gold seekers going to San Francisco from the US East coast. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut, and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake. You will ride the historic railroads as did our forefathers in their quest for wealth during the California Gold Rush.

The vehicle waits for the tourists at the railway station in Colon City.

Then, we will go to the right side of the Panama Canal heading towards the San Lorenzo National Park. The San Lorenzo Fort was built by the Spanish in 596. Standing at the farthest point, 25 meters above the sea level, to get a clear view of the Chagres River and the Caribbean Sea, you can only wonder how many people admired the same view during these 400 years of history of the fort.

The Caribbean side of Panama with beautiful virgin beaches, islands and bays, will tell you about the history and the conquest of Portobelo. Once a destination for huge amounts of gold and riches extracted by the Spanish from the South America, Portobelo was subject to numerous raids and was highly coveted by notorious pirates such as Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, and Edward Vernon. Trying to save his treasures from the pirates, King Philipp II of Spain ordered a fortress to be built on the Caribbean coast. Some of these forts can be seen nowadays including San Lorenzo, San Geronimo, Santiago de la Gloria, San Fernando, and San Fernandin.

In 1980, the ruins of the fortification, along with the nearby San Lorenzo Fort, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The way back to Panama City takes approximately 2 hours.

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19:00 Dinner at Cafe de Asis in Old Town

One of the hippest little boîtes in town, occupying a corner of the old town, in a touching whitewashed, balconied building that faces onto the prettiest little town square. The owner makes a potent secret-recipe sangria and sells the best rums in the world. The interior is deep blood-red stucco and kind of cool. Anyone who is au courant in Panama knows and frequents this place.

DAY 5 - 16th JUNE 2017, FRIDAY

08:00 - 16:00 Amazing visit to EMBERA INDIANS VILLAGE AT CHAGRES

It’s the best way to go back in time to the beginnings of the civilization. You will go wild with this outstanding tour to the heart of the jungle, to where the native Panamanian Indians still live in total harmony with Mother Nature in the village of Tusipono in the Chagres National Park.

This tour will get you out of the XXI century comfort zone and will make you look differently at the magic of life.

You will learn about the pre-Columbian history of Panama, the origin of the Embera tribe, their customs and traditions. They make incredibly beautiful and sophisticated baskets, tagua nut carvings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.

Refresh your mind and body in cool and crystal clean waters of a tropical waterfall, dance with the Indians their ancient dances, try delicious local food, feel the fresh air on your face and get totally renewed at the Chagres National Park.

The lunch is included. Guide english or Spanish is included

Pick up from the hotel at 08:00 AM. Back to the hotel at 04:00 PM.

We highly recommend wearing closed running shoes with laces. On the way to the waterfall, you have to cross the river. Be ready to get your shoes wet, the level of the river may vary according to the season.

18:00 - 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel - Venue - Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:30 (11:30 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) - is charged as + 50 % per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

19:00 Farewel Dinner at Terrace of American Trade Hall

Ideal venue for gala dinner, award ceremonies or welcome dinner themed as Panamanian colonial traditional style dinner. Various spaces inside American Trade Hotel can host events for 250-350 guests.

American Trade Hall was originally built as a branch of the National City Bank of New York, financier of the Panama Canal. The design was modeled after the branch at 417 Broadway in downtown Manhattan, an esteemed example of the Moderne style by the distinguished architecture firm Walker & Gillette. Interiors feature ornate columns and floors laid with reclaimed old–growth timber acquired through underwater logging in the Panama Canal.

Main Hall – 484 sq.m with the capacity for banquet set-up for 250 pax or reception up to 350 pax.

Have your event at the largest rooftop in Casco Viejo, overlooking Plaza Herrera, the former site of bullfights and civic events, and views of Panama City.

Roof – 584 sq.m with the capacity for banquet set-up for 180 pax or reception up to 300 pax.

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DAY 6 - 17th JUNE 2017, SATURDAY

Panama Tocumen Airport Hotel Departure Transfer

Panama is a key connecting point for travel throughout Latin America, with its largest airport, Tocumen International, being the busiest in Central America. Located on the outskirts of Panama City and currently is undergoing a major expansion, the airport is home to Copa Airlines, which 180 flights to 55 destinations in 27 countries, the most extensive service available in the region. Its routes are complemented by more than 20 other airlines, which serve Tocumen from Europe and the Americas.

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