The best way to learn about the Panama Canal and its history is through a partial or full canal transit. Partial transit tours depart from Gamboa sailing southbound going through the Gaillard Cut and then transiting Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks. The tour takes from 4 to 5 hours approx. Full Panama Canal transit tours sail northbound transiting Miraflores, Pedro Miguel – Gaillard Cut and then the GatÃºn locks. The tour takes from 8 to 9 hours. For sailing schedule and prices, go to Panama Canal Tours – Full and Partial Canal Transit.