Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a daytime transit, plus meet with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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 Ships moving through a lock in the Panama Canal. Credit: Hemis/Alamy  The scarlet macaw. Credit: Harvey Abernathey  Squirrel Monkey  Exotic Poison Dart Frog  Coati found in Panama  Metal Mark butterfly  One of the many locks of the Panama Canal  STRI scientist at work in lab  Flora found in Panama  The delightful beaches of the San Blas Islands  Traditional <i>mola</i> art work of the San Blas Islands Credit: Danita Delimont/Alamy  Display of traditional <i>molas</i> on the San Blas Islands Credit: Hemis/Alamy

A Cruise of Panama and Costa Rica

Featuring a Panama Canal Transit Aboard the Le Dumont d'Urville

9 days from $4,995

Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the Panama Canal during a daytime transit, plus meet with scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Other travelers had similar interests and enthusiasm for the Central American landscape and Panama Canal, which made the trip all the more a pleasure. The signature architecture of Panama City was a real eye-opener, especially after the excellent lecture prepared us for it.

- Carol, F.

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Feb 5 - 13, 2020 Departure
Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA’'s 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993, Kirt has led numerous journeys for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.

Feb 19 - 27, 2020 Departure
Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. In addition to speaking nationally, Dr. Nurnberger has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues, and has spoken on a number of international cruises.  Dr. Nurnberger taught at Georgetown University for 38 years. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching.  He currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University.

He served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee task force dealing with the Panama Canal Treaties. In that capacity, he drafted the Committee’s official report on the history of the US involvement with Panama, including how the US obtained the rights to build the Canal. President Jimmy Carter recognized Dr. Nurnberger’s work on the Canal Treaties at an event held at The White House.