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2014 AATSP Conference: Excursions
96th Annual AATSP Conference

Panama City, Panama 

Excursions


Five excursions are available in 2014. You will have the opportunity to reserve your space when you register for the conference. If you are bringing a guest, you will need to purchase an additional ticket(s) separately.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014


E1: Panama City Excursion

Time:  1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Cost:  $35.00

Meeting Point: Meet by 1:15 P.M. in the Trump Ocean Club Panama Sky Lobby on the 15th floor; the bus will leave promptly at 1:30 P.M.

What to wear and bring along: You will be exploring various sites in hot, humid weather. It is strongly recommended that you wear cool, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and sun screen. You may also want to bring along a hat and sunglasses. You may need an umbrella in case of rain.

Itinerary: The excursion will begin with a drive through the main streets of contemporary Panama City, including Calle Uruguay, and the financial or Banking Zone near Calle 50. From the financial area, the excursion will continue on to Panamá Viejo or Panamá La Vieja, the architectural remains of the first Spanish settlement in Panamá founded by Pedro Arias de Avila on August 15, 1519. In Panamá Viejo, you will take a guided tour of the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. Following the tour of Panamá Viejo, you will visit the Casco Antiguo, the colonial section of Panama City. In the Casco Antiguo you will experience the narrow cobblestone streets, buildings and architecture typical of colonial Spanish cities. The Casco Antiguo is home to many important historical buildings including the Presidential Palace, the National Theatre, the 17th Century Church of the Golden Alter, Las Bovedas, the Church of San Francisco, the National Cathedral, and Independence Square. The final part of the excursion will consist of a drive through the Causeway for a spectacular view of the new city and its skyscrapers along with entrance of the Panama Canal. From this vantage point you will be able to see the contrast between the new city and the old city.

This excursion will begin and end at the Panama Hilton Hotel.

REMINDER: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA.

E2:  Miraflores Locks & Panama Canal Excursion

Time:  1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Price:  $45.00
Meeting Point: Meet by 1:15 P.M. in the Trump Ocean Club Panama Sky Lobby on the 15th floor; the bus will leave promptly at 1:30 P.M.

What to wear and bring along: You will be exploring various sites in hot, humid weather. It is strongly recommended that you wear cool, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and sun screen. You may also want to bring along a hat and sunglasses. You may need an umbrella in case of rain.

Itinerary: On your way to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, you will be able to observe from a distance la Cinta Costera, Old Panama City and other historical monuments. Your guide will elaborate on the history of the Panama Canal and point out the housing and offices that were used by the Americans at the canal. Once at the Miraflores Locks you will visit the theater for a short 10 minute presentation. You will also explore the four floors of the Miraflores Museum which contains photos, historical documents, and interactive activities that explain the construction of the Canal. At anytime during your tour, if a ship approaches the locks, you will be guided to the Terrace where you will be given an in-depth explanation of the locks as you observe the raising of the ship through the three stages as it passes through the locks. The interoceanic waterway uses a system of locks with two lanes that operates as water elevators and raises the ships from sea level to the level of Gatun Lake (26 meters above sea level) to allow the crossing through the Continental Divide. The ships are then lowered to sea level on the other side of the isthmus.

This excursion will begin and end at the Panama Hilton Hotel.

REMINDER: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA.

 

Friday, July 11, 2014


E4: Miraflores Locks & Panama Canal Excursion

Time:
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Price: $45.00
Meeting Point: Meet by 1:15 P.M. in the Trump Ocean Club Panama Sky Lobby on the 15th floor; the bus will leave promptly at 1:30 P.M.

What to wear and bring along: You will be exploring various sites in hot, humid weather. It is strongly recommended that you wear cool, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and sun screen. You may also want to bring along a hat and sunglasses. You may need an umbrella in case of rain.

Itinerary: On your way to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, you will be able to observe from a distance la Cinta Costera, Old Panama City and other historical monuments. Your guide will elaborate on the history of the Panama Canal and point out the housing and offices that were used by the Americans at the canal. Once at the Miraflores Locks you will visit the theater for a short 10 minute presentation. You will also explore the four floors of the Miraflores Museum which contains photos, historical documents, and interactive activities that explain the construction of the Canal. At anytime during your tour, if a ship approaches the locks, you will be guided to the Terrace where you will be given an in-depth explanation of the locks as you observe the raising of the ship through the three stages as it passes through the locks. The interoceanic waterway uses a system of locks with two lanes that operates as water elevators and raises the ships from sea level to the level of Gatun Lake (26 meters above sea level) to allow the crossing through the Continental Divide. The ships are then lowered to sea level on the other side of the isthmus.

This excursion will begin and end at the Panama Hilton Hotel.

REMINDER: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA.

 

E5: Biodiversity Museum Excursion

Time:
1:30 PM– 5:30 PM
Price: $45.00
Meeting Point: Meet by 1:15 P.M. in the Trump Ocean Club Panama Sky Lobby on the 15th floor; the bus will leave promptly at 1:30 P.M.

What to wear and bring along: While most of this excursion takes place inside an air-conditioned museum, you will be exploring other sites in hot, humid weather. It is strongly recommended that you wear cool, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and sun screen. You may also want to bring along a hat and sunglasses. You may need an umbrella in case of rain.

Itinerary: On your way to the Biodiversity Museum, you will be able to observe from a distance la Cinta Costera, Old Panama City and other historical monuments. The Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is a masterpiece of shapes topped by an explosion of color. The colors were skillfully chosen to represent the flora and fauna of the rain forests of Panama. A museum guide will accompany you through the museum and give you further explanation and in-depth information on the five wings of the museum: Galería de la Biodiversidad, Panamarama, El Puente Surge, El Gran Intercambio, La Huella Humana. In addition, the museum has two large salt-water aquariums. On your way back to the hotel you will drive through the Causeway for a spectacular view of the new city and its skyscrapers along with entrance of the Panama Canal. From this vantage point you will be able to see the contrast between the new city and the old city. Along the Causeway, you will make a quick stop at the Artisan's Market where you will have the opportunity to view and purchase traditional Panamanian arts and crafts.

This excursion will begin and end at the Panama Hilton Hotel.

REMINDER: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA.

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