Ocean to Ocean by Railway tour brings back historic Panama Canal travel!Railway buffs rejoice! Panama Excursions has added the scenic Ocean to Ocean by Railway tour – to its series of tours for the 2012-13 cruise season. This excursion is along the historic 19th Century ocean-to-ocean railway link preceded the opening of the Panama Canal.
“Everyone loves a railway,” says Henry Josephs, Director of Operations for Panama. “This tour has quickly become one of our most popular Panama excursions for both cruise passengers and anyone looking for something new to do in Panama.”
This scenic Panama Railway tour, led by a bilingual guide, takes guests on a scenic, one hour ride aboard the recently restored Panama Canal Railway. Beginning in Cristobal on the Atlantic coast and running southeast to Balboa on the Pacific side (or vise versa), guests enjoy panoramic views of the busy Panama Canal as the train hugs its side for most of the journey. The train also crosses Gatun Lake by way of small islands and trestle bridges, and cuts through lush, tropical jungle.
Originally built in 1855, the Panama Canal Railway, the northern hemisphere’s first transcontinental railroad, was rebuilt in 1909 during the construction of the Panama Canal to continue providing a vital link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s most recent reconstruction was completed in 2001, allowing the Panama Rail Company to again carry passengers. The rail cars are elegant, beautifully refurbished and air conditioned, bringing back the opulence of historic railway travel with modern 21st Century conveniences.
In addition to the rail excursion, guests are taken on a guided tour of the Gatun Locks, one of three sets of locks that make up the Panama Canal. While the entire canal is in the process of being widened to allow for larger, modern vessels to transit, the Gatun Locks still evoke the historic aspects of their early 20th Century construction.
The Ocean to Ocean by Railway tour starts at $125 USD per person. For more information on our other panama shore excursions, visit Panama Excursions at Rainforest Adventures or give our office a call 1-866-759-8726! Book online now and enjoy your ride!
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