Join us for this spectacular nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. Cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colon, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite M.V. STAR PRIDE, refurbished in 2016 and among the highly acclaimed Windstar fleet. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park and Curu National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the remote island paradise of Isla Coiba, home to UNESCO World Heritage-designated Coiba National Park. Learn about the latest investigations in tropical ecology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal to the San Blas Islands, where indigenous Guna people have maintained their traditional lifestyle for centuries. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lectures by onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary.
Day 1: Depart US / Panama City, Panama / Colon / Embark Star Breeze
Day 2: San Blas Islands, Panama
Day 3: Colon / Panama Canal Transit
Day 4: Panama City
Day 5: Isla Cebaco
Day 6: Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Day 7: Curu National Wildlife Refuge / Isla Tortuga
Day 8: Puerto Caldera / Disembark / San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 9: San Jose / Return to US
Optional two night pre-cruise: Panama City, Panama
Optional two night post-cruise: San Jose, Costa Rica
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 36 years and was twice an ambassador: to Belarus from 1994-1997; and Georgia from 1998-2001. He also served in Moscow (two tours), The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work preventing spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.
Ambassador Yalowitz directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College from 2003-11. He has been adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Stanford University in Washington and Washington & Lee University, and diplomat-in-residence at American and George Mason Universities. In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Diplomacy whose members have held positions of high responsibility in crafting and implementing American foreign policy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.