The Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal on the M/Y Callisto (Costa Rica - Panama)

The Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal on the M/Y Callisto (Costa Rica - Panama)

Important Note: Departure March 12 2017 will disembark at COLON 2000. Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. We will reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle, visit Tortuga island and Curu and cross the celebrated Panama Canal, an event for every avid cruise goer.Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

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Category C:
From $ 1.0E+21 To $ 0
Category B:
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Category A:
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Category P:
From $ 1.0E+21 To $ 0
Port Charges: $ 700
Single Supplement: 75%
3rd Person Reduction in Cat C & Cat B: 30%


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Puntarenas Port - Curu, Costa Rica

Embarkation at 15:00 - 16:00. Sailing to Curu Reserve. Evening arrival in Curu. Overnight at anchor.

Day 2: Curu Nature Reserve-Tortuga island, Costa Rica

Morning Optional walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and our on board naturalist. Late morning we rejoin the vessel for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. We arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for our beach BBQ. Later on we have more time to enjoy this amazing island. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3: Tortuga Island- Quepos- Playa Biesanz/Costa Rica

Very early in the morning , we leave  Tortuga Island for Quepos. Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE, one of the highlights of the cruise. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim. (Savegre River or Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tropical evening with dinner and  party  -  Late evening sailing to Golfo Dulce - Puerto Jimenez - Overnight at sea.

Day 4:Puerto Jimenez Golfo Dulce - Casa Orquideas Private Reserve - Golfito/ Costa Rica

We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Morning optional OSA PENINSULA excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. We return to the ship for a late lunch while we cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. After lunch, we reach by Casa Orquideas by tender, a beautiful  flowers sanctuary. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail into Golfito Bay  where we stop for immigration procedures and then sail overnight to Coiba Island. We reach GOLFITO in Golfo Dulce at midnight. Immigration and ship clearance process and overnight sailing to Coiba Island - PANAMA - Overnight at sea.


Day 5: Coiba island - Granito de Oro island/ Panama

Morning arrival in Coiba. Morning walking exploration of COIBA - After our deck BBQ we reach nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon, we leave Granito de Oro and sail to Punta Patino - Darrien. Overnight at sea

Day 6: Punta Patino Darrien, San Miguel Gulf/Panama

Afternoon arrival Punta Patino - San Miguel Gulf. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7: Punta Patino Darrien/Panama

Optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. We sail upstream the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. We are welcomed by Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. In the evening  we sail to Panama City -Amador Flamenco marina.

Day 8: Flamenco Marina Panama City/ Panama

Early morning arrival in PANAMA CITY- Flamenco Marina. Optional Panama City excursion. We prepare for an early afternoon canal crossing around 15:00. We cross the Miraflores and the Pedro Miguel Locks to enter the GATUN LAKE for a day cruise around the lake. Evening at anchor in Gatun Lake.

Day 9: Gatun Lake exploration, Panama Canal/Panama

Gatun Lake exploration. Morning Optional excursion   by special arrangement  to Smithsonian’s Institute facility  on Barro Colorado Island Late in the evening we once again  exit the Gatun Lake at  the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks. 

Day 10: Flamenco Marina Panama City/Panama

We exit the Canal at the Miraflores Locks in the early hours of the morning and reach Flamenco Marina in Panama City.Disembarkation  06:00 to 09:30.

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The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members. 

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We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.