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

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

Important note: Departure 21 December 2016 will embark at COLON 2000 Cruise Terminal, Panama. 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.

Cruise Facts

Category C:
From $ 3590 To $ 3590
Category B:
From $ 4190 To $ 4190
Category A:
From $ 4890 To $ 4890
Category P:
From $ 5490 To $ 5490
Port Charges: $ 700
Single Supplement: 75%
3rd Person Reduction in Cat C & Cat B: 30%


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Flamenco Marina Panama City/Panama - Panama Canal Crossing

We cross Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks in late afternoon and enter the Gatun Lake.

Day 2: Gatun Lake exploration- Panama Canal Crossing -Panama City, Panama

Gatun Lake exploration. Morning Optional excursion   by special arrangement  to the  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 3: Flamenco Marina Panama City/ Panama

Morning excursion in Panama City and Canal - Afternoon at leisure - Overnight at sea to Punta Patino - Darrien

Day 4: Punta Patino Darrien/Panama

Mornign arrival at Punta Patino. 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 afternoon we sail towards Granito de Oro Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.

Day 5: Granito de Oro island/ Panama

After a day at sea we reach Coiba and anchor near tiny Granito de Oro island. We will have time for late afternoon snorkeling and swimming on the island. Overnight at anchor

Day 6: Coiba island & Granito de Oro island/ Panama

Short sailing in the morning from Granito de Oro to nearby Coiba Island. Morning hill hike in the Reserve and time swimming and snorkeling. After the beach BBQ, we have more time for swimming in the afternoon before sailing away to Golfo Dulce- Overnight at sea.

Day 7:Golfito-Casa Oruideas Private Reserve -Puerto Jimenez/Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing our sailing to nearby CASA ORQUIDEAS where we anchor. We reach Casa Orquideas and tender to this beautiful  flowers sanctuary. Visit of extensive and very well kept grounds. Time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez  while having a BBQ on deck. We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. 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. Overnight at sea to Quepos

Day 8: Quepos/Manuel Antonio Reserve- Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica

Transfer to the MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE for an optional morning excursion in this beautiful world famous Nature Reserve. In the afternoon passengers can take an optional excursion to Savegre River or a Forest Canopy Tour. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Bisanz 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 Curu.

Day 9: 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 the 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 10: Tortuga Island - Puntarenas Port - Curu, Costa Rica

Morning sailing to Puntarenas Port Costa Rica. Arrival in Puntarenas  Port  08:00- Disembarkation  09:00 to 10:00.

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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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Port Charges:
08 Apr 17
$ 3590
$ 4190
$ 4890
$ 5490
$ 700

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