Jan 3, 2023 - Jan 10, 2023
Trip Type
By Sea

Ship Size: 96 guests 
Price: Starting from $4,990 per person double occupancy
Co-sponsored with: Dartmouth, Princeton

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Costa Rica and Panama are tropical treasures awaiting discovery. The region’s natural beauty comes alive as we sail along the Pacific coast, stopping to explore the parks and islands framed by turquoise waters, inviting beaches, and exotic foliage. Opportunities abound to seek out the numerous species of birds, mammals, and marine life that make these environments their home, and add color and richness to the tableaux we find. We also meet the indigenous tribal populations that have been present for countless generations and who maintain many of the customs begun by their ancestors. Complete this journey admiring the engineering ingenuity of the Panama Canal.

Schedule by Day

  • Jan 3: Depart US / Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Jan 4: Puerto Caldera / Embark Hebridean Sky
  • Jan 5: Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Jan 6: Corcovado National Park and Drake Bay
  • Jan 7: Parida Island, Panama
  • Jan 8: The Darien Rainforest
  • Jan 9: Panama Canal Daytime Transit
  • Jan 10: Disembark Hebridean Sky / Depart for US


Per person double occupancy

  • Category A: $4,990              
  • Category B: $6,490             
  • Category C: $7,990             
  • Category D: $8,990 
  • Category E: $9,990 
  • Category F: $10,990 
  • Category G: $11,990
  • Category H: $12,990

Single occupancy

  • Category B: $11,290 
  • Category C: $13,490 


  • One night at the Marriott Hotel in San Jose
  • Six nights on Hebridean Sky


Optional Pre-extension: Costa Rica
December 31, 2022 – January 3, 2023

Information forthcoming


Optional Post-extension: Panama
January 10 - 12, 2023

Information forthcoming

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

In order to make the most of what each destination has to offer, excursions during this fast-paced, moderately strenuous program will be active. Most days will include an adventure-filled half day or so ashore where activities can include guided natural history walks and wildlife-viewing opportunities that can involve walks of up to three miles over uneven and sometimes muddy, slippery terrain, with frequent stops for nature study, requiring you to remain fairly stationary for a period of time. Excursions will often be in the warm, tropical sun, with midday temperatures typically ranging from the low 80s (°F) to the low 90s, and with a strong possibility of rain in the tropical and rainforest areas. There will be occasions when the ship drops anchor and Zodiacs will be used to take travelers to shore for natural history exploration or to swimming and snorkeling sites. For these shore excursions, travelers, with assistance from the ship’s crew, must be able to step from the ship to the Zodiac and vice versa, and the water can sometimes be choppy. Some historic buildings will not have elevators, and you will occasionally encounter steps without handrails, so participants should be able to comfortably climb stairs without assistance.


Study Leader(s)

Professor of History

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.