Cruise Information

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. 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.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1-FLAMENCO MARINA - PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Arrival at Flamenco Marina for embarkation, welcome reception and safety drill. Late afternoon optional walking tour in old Panama City, Casco Viejo. Overnight in port.

Day 2- FLAMENCO MARINA - PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Morning optional excursion to the Gatun Lake, a large artificial lake part of the Panama Canal system. At the center of the lake is Guacha Island, a wildlife sanctuary, which is home to ample indigenous wildlife such as iguanas and monkeys. Explore Fort San Lorenzo, a historical Spanish fort and one of the oldest fortresses in the Americas. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there before returning to Panama City to visit the Canal Museum, where we may watch the movements of ships in the locks.

Day 3- PANAMA CITY/PEARL ISLANDS

Early morning sailing to the Pearl Islands, an archipelago of about 250 small islands famous for isolated white sand beaches and abundant marine life. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling before departing for a late evening sailing to Playa Muerto. Overnight at anchor.

Day 4- PLAYA MUERTO, DARIÈN, PANAMA

Disembark in Playa Muerto for an optional excursion in the Darién National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park features a variety of habitats, from rocky coasts to tropical rainforests, and is inhabited by innumerable species of flora and fauna. On our foray into the park, we will be welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are a proud and very friendly people, known for their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. In the afternoon, we sail to Cebaco Island. Overnight at sea.

Day 5- CAIMAN CALETA / RESTINGUE ISLAND - CEBACO ISLAND

This morning we arrive at Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience on Playa Caleta Caiman. Around noon, we will sail to nearby Cebaco Island for a beach BBQ. There will be time to enjoy this beautiful beach before our early afternoon sailing to Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.

Day 6- GOLFITO/CASA ORQUIDEAS PRIVATE RESERVE/PUERTO JIMENEZ/GOLFO DULCE, COSTA RICA

We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before sailing on to nearby Casa Orquideas Private Reserve, where we will anchor for our optional excursion. A magnificent botanical sanctuary, Casa Orquideas has a particularly exquisite collection of orchids, for which the reserve was named. Explore the extensive and well-kept grounds, with time for a swim before we depart. We then sail across the bay, enjoying a BBQ lunch on deck, for an early afternoon arrival at Puerto Jimenez and the optional Osa Peninsula excursion. This small town, with a history of logging and gold mining, is now part of a protected region, as one of the main entranceways to Corcovado National Park. Our journey into the park offers an opportunity to glimpse some rare and endangered species, such as the scarlet macaw. After the excursion, return to the boat for an overnight at sea to Quepos.

Day 7- QUEPOS/PLAYA BIESANZ, COSTA RICA

Morning arrival in Quepos for our transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, today’s optional excursion and one of the highlights of the cruise. The Reserve is the most popular national park in Costa Rica, with its natural beauty apparent in the white sand beaches and lush tropical forests. It’s not uncommon to encounter animals such as sloths, iguanas, and coatimundis throughout the park, as well as four different species of monkeys. After lunch, you can take part in one of the optional Forest Canopy excursions before our afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz. Enjoy a swim in this hidden cove, followed by a tropical farewell dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Caldera.

Day 8- PUERTO CALDERA PORT

Arrival in Puerto Caldera Port for disembarkation.

Note:

Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

Accommodation

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Ports of Call

  1. Flamenco Marina, Panama City, Panama

  2. Pearl Islands

  3. Playa Muerto

  4. Darrien

  5. Caiman Caleta / Restingue Island

  6. Cebaco Island

  7. Golato, Costa Rica

  8. Casa Orquideas Private Reserve

  9. Puerto Jimenez - Gofo Dulce

  10. Quepos

  11. Playa Biesanz

  12. Puerto Caldera Port

Vessel

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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