Machu Picchu, Patagonia & Antarctica Ultimate Adventure

Machu Picchu, Patagonia & Antarctica Ultimate Adventure

Machu Picchu, Patagonia & Antarctica Ultimate Adventure

Machu Picchu, Patagonia & Antarctica Ultimate Adventure

Travel information 28 Days MS Roald Amundsen
Departure
7 October 2023
Price from
14490 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

From mysterious Incas to majestic icebergs, cruise the colourfully diverse Pacific coast of South America and cross to the icy continent of Antarctica. 

From Machu Picchu down the Pacific coast 

Your adventure begins in Lima, where you’ll catch a flight to Cusco, the culture-rich capital of the Inca empire. From here, a classic train ride through the mountains brings you to the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu.  

Heading back to Lima, you’ll board your expedition ship and begin cruising down the Pacific coast. From the abundant wildlife of the Ballestas Islands and the sun-drenched beaches of Arica to the Atacama Desert and historic La Serena, each day will be a journey of discovery. 

From Patagonia to the icy seventh continent 

Continuing south, you’ll explore the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Valparaíso, before venturing to Patagonia. You’ll be surrounded by vast fjords, rugged mountains and icebergs as we call at charming Castro, isolated Puerto Edén and breathtaking Puerto Natales. Cruising through the Beagle Channel to reach the tip of South America, you may even land at Cape Horn if conditions allow. 

After crossing the Drake Passage, you’ll arrive at the frozen continent of Antarctica. Being late spring, the icebergs will be pristine and the penguins will be nest-building. No two days here will be the same. Our flexible itinerary makes the most of the weather and the wildlife, ensuring you have an unforgettable time in Antarctica. 

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  • Day 1
    Lima, Peru

    The City of Kings

    7 October 2023

    Explore museums, pyramids and culinary delights in Peru’s capital city   

    Sat between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Lima is Peru’s biggest city, a place where traditions converge in an exciting cocktail of culture and cuisine. Its original name was La Ciudad de los Reyes, or ‘The City of Kings’. The historic centre is replete with colonial-era architecture, and reminders of the long-lost Inca civilisation.  

    You can also enjoy the Barranco area, with its murals, creative cafés and contemporary art museums. But the ultimate Lima experience has got to be the food, and there are numerous award-winning restaurants for you to delight in. You’ll spend the night at a centrally located hotel. 

    • Included Panoramic Tour of Lima
    Day 1
    Lima, Peru

    The City of Kings

  • Day 2
    Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley

    Navel of the World

    8 October 2023

    Stroll among colonial architecture and ancient Inca ruins   

    After breakfast we fly from Lima to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca empire, whose name means ‘Navel of the World’. It’s thought the city’s original layout was in the form of a puma. At the puma’s heart is Plaza de Armas, a site of colonial architecture and colourful carnivals. At the head is Sacsayhuamán fortress and temple complex, named after the mythical guardian bird of the empire.  

    Take your time to stroll among the remains of residences, shrines, towers, tunnels, zigzagged walls and trapezoidal doorways. After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue to Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley, a perfect place to end the day. 

    Day 2
    Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley

    Navel of the World

  • Day 3
    Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Scared Valley

    The Lost City of the Incas

    9 October 2023

    Wonder at the mysterious ruins of ancient Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu   

    We start off in Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks, then board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, tucking into a savoury brunch on the way. Built around 1450 and abandoned at the time of the Spanish conquest, thick vegetation hid Machu Picchu’s secrets for centuries.  

    The ‘Lost City’ of the Incas has now taken centre stage as one of the greatest destinations in the world. You can explore the city’s ruins and admire the famous precision of Incan stonework on display at this mysterious site. After spending an eventful day at the two sites, we head back to Tambo del Inka Resort by train. 

    Day 3
    Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Scared Valley

    The Lost City of the Incas

  • Day 4
    Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima/Callao

    Centre of the Incan Empire

    10 October 2023

    Explore the Inca past before joining your ship for the next part of the expedition   

    After breakfast, we head to the splendid Cusco Cathedral, built by the Spaniards in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. From there, we continue to Koricancha to admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the Inca Empire’s most important temple.  

    We then fly to Lima and head to Callao where your expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen is waiting to begin the next part of your adventure. After checking in, you can meet the Captain, crew and Expedition Team at the welcome dinner and raise a glass to the journey ahead! 

    Day 4
    Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima/Callao

    Centre of the Incan Empire

  • Day 5
    Paracas, Peru

    Birds and brandy

    11 October 2023

    Sample local delicacies and brandy, and visit world-famous geoglyphs   

    Known to most as El Chaco, the sleepy resort town of Paracas has an array of restaurants along the main shorefront and boulevard where you can tuck into local delicacies, washed down with a glass of pisco – grape brandy. Be careful: pisco can pack quite a punch!  

    Opposite Paracas harbour is a geoglyph of a candelabra that could be related to the ancient and mysterious Nazca Lines. These you can visit in the Pisco valley as part of an optional excursion. You can also take a boat tour of the nearby Ballestas Islands, which support a wide range of wildlife.   

    • Included Ballestas Islands
    Day 5
    Paracas, Peru

    Birds and brandy

  • Day 6
    At Sea

    Picture perfect

    12 October 2023

    Share a serene and relaxing day as we learn about the region and watch for visiting birds   

    Enjoy the serenity of this day at sea, relaxing and admiring the scenery from the observation deck or over in the lounge. Throughout your journey, the Expedition Team will be running lectures in the Science Center to share their extensive knowledge of the region with you.  

    Not all lectures are confined to indoors. If the ship attracts seabirds to fly alongside, the Expedition Team may also help you to identify these feathered followers. There is also a designated photographer on board who, in addition to taking pictures from our journey together, will help you with the basics of expedition photography. 

    Day 6
    At Sea

    Picture perfect

  • Day 7
    Arica, Chile - Full day

    City of everlasting spring

    13 October 2023

    Enjoy guaranteed sunshine in this lively city by the sea   

    Sunshine is guaranteed in this coastal city, which has one of the driest city climates of the world. Its beaches are ideal for surfing and sunbathing, and fantastic views can be had from El Morro cliff. The city offers a plethora of delights, from the glory of San Marcos Cathedral to lively, pedestrianised streets and the enticing sights and scents of El Agro market.  

    In the archaeological museum you can also marvel at mummies that are even older than those of Egypt. To the south of the city, you can also explore rugged Playa Corazones and the caves of Anzota. 

    • Included Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 7
    Arica, Chile - Full day

    City of everlasting spring

  • Day 8
    Iquique, Chile - Half day

    Chile’s premier beach resort

    14 October 2023

    Take an excursion to an abandoned mining town and sample the many delights of this historic town 

    One of Chile’s top seaside cities, Iquique is a hive of activity all year around. Our main plan here is to visit the nearby abandoned saltpetre mining town of Humberstone in the Atacama Desert. Back in Iquique, you can take a beachside walk, shop duty-free in Zofri Mall, take a tour of museum ship La Esmeralda or head down Baquedano Street, with its Georgian architecture, to Astoreca Palace.  

    You’ll also find many a chic café and restaurant where you can savour local specialities such as a variety of seafood dishes and chumbeque, a dessert that blends fried thin dough with fruity caramels. 

    • Included Humberstone & Santa Laura
    Day 8
    Iquique, Chile - Half day

    Chile’s premier beach resort

  • Day 9
    At Sea

    Relax on board

    15 October 2023

    Make full use of the ship’s excellent facilities and hone your photography skills   

    With a full day at sea, you have another opportunity to savour the sumptuous food in our onboard restaurants, make use of our extensive spa and fitness facilities, or simply chill out and sip a beverage as you watch the world go by from the Explorer Lounge.  

    You can also consult the Science Center’s library. No doubt you’ll be taking lots of photos, so why not make them top quality? Our professional onboard photographer will be pleased to advise you and give excellent tips on how to make the most of your camera. 

    Day 9
    At Sea

    Relax on board

  • Day 10
    La Serena, Chile - Anchored - Full day

    The ‘City of Churches’

    16 October 2023

    Visit historic churches and stroll through beautiful gardens in this neo-colonial city   

    Perched on ocean terraces and blessed with beautiful sandy beaches all along Avenida del Mar and beyond, Chile’s second-oldest city has a distinct neo-colonial feeling and appearance. Modern buildings mingle with classic architecture, such as the 30 or so carefully restored stone churches, some of which are 350 years old.  

    Stroll through manicured public gardens, such as the Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón, or shop for arts and crafts at Recova Market. The archaeological museum houses pre-colonial artefacts while the hidden lane of Patio Colonial near Balmaceda is the place to go for chilled-out cafés and eateries. 

    • Included Coquimbo and La Serena
    Day 10
    La Serena, Chile - Anchored - Full day

    The ‘City of Churches’

  • Day 11
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

    17 October 2023

    Take time to admire historic architecture and magnificent views

    Built on steep hillsides overlooking a picturesque bay, Valparaíso is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, trendy barrios, cobblestone alleys, colourful houses and charming plazas. Cerros Alegre and Concepción have the best views, while the historic port district boasts colonial architecture, bustling mercados, and the maritime and modern art museums.  

    Take time to admire the architecture and spot ships in the nearby port, then head into the Concepción Hills for panoramic viewpoints, trendy cafés, and a maze of narrow streets. Baburizza Palace, near Paseo Yugoslavo, is home to the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, as well as a string of eateries. 

    Day 11
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

  • Day 12-13
    At Sea

    Enlightenment on the waves

    18 October 2023 - 19 October 2023

    Learn, get fit, or simply relax as we cross the waves   

    We now have two full days at sea, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy all that the ship has to offer. Your Expedition Team offers fascinating lectures about the areas you’ll be visiting, and you can also swim in the pool, relax in the sauna and hot tubs, or improve your fitness in the gym and on the outdoor running track.  

    After all that activity, you can take a drink in the bar and get to know your travelling companions. Out to sea, you may glimpse the occasional wandering albatross, so have your binoculars ready!   

    Day 12-13
    At Sea

    Enlightenment on the waves

  • Day 14
    Castro, Chile - Anchored - Full day

    Capital of Chiloé Island

    20 October 2023

    Sample museums, seafood and classic architecture in this cosmopolitan city   

    Tucked away by a fjord on Chiloé Island, Castro has evolved into a cosmopolitan capital that still manages to be classic Chilote in character. You will want to see for yourself the brightly painted, wooden stilt houses lining the edges of the fjord at Gamboa wharf.  

    The nearby Church of San Francisco is a masterpiece of carpentry, made entirely of wood in a Neo-Gothic style. Other attractions include the Plaza de Armas, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Regional Museum. You can also sample the wide range of high-quality restaurants for their fresh seafood and views of the fjord. 

    Day 14
    Castro, Chile - Anchored - Full day

    Capital of Chiloé Island

  • Day 15
    At Sea

    Sailing south

    21 October 2023

    Sit back and reconnect as we sail past untouched islands and tall, green mountains   

    We continue our voyage, setting course for Puerto Edén and passing by the many islands of Aysén, Chile’s most sparsely populated region. Part of being on an expedition cruise is knowing how to enjoy the moment; taking time out to reconnect with nature and the world around you.  

    From the panoramic Explorer Lounge or in a hot tub out on deck, sit back and simply take in the serene scenery as untouched isles and green mountains roll quietly by. The Expedition Team will also continue to enthral you in the Science Center with details about the local geography, climate and birdlife.    

    Day 15
    At Sea

    Sailing south

  • Day 16
    Anchored - Half day

    Portal to paradise

    22 October 2023

    Watch for rare wildlife in the spectacular country surrounding this inaccessible village   

    This tiny hamlet gives access to the exceptional landscapes of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, made up of a stunning network of fjords and beautiful mountains. Keep on the lookout for South Andean deer on the nearby slopes, marine otters in the water, and cormorants up above.  

    Puerto Edén is only accessible by sea and one of Chile’s most hard-to-reach inhabited places. No roads lead to this isolated village, and only boardwalks and footpaths connect the homes of its few inhabitants, a dozen of whom are the last known community of the indigenous Kawéskar people.  

    Day 16
    Anchored - Half day

    Portal to paradise

  • Day 17-18
    Puerto Natales, Chile - Full day

    Bohemian bars with Andean views

    23 October 2023 - 24 October 2023

    Take a trip to see magnificent Andean scenery and explore the quaint delights of Puerto Natales   

    Blessed with gorgeous views of the southern Andes, this city is a launch pad for Torres del Paine National Park. Aside from a full-day optional excursion to the national park, you can also spend some time exploring Puerto Natales, with its Bohemian bars, shops, corrugated tin houses, and eateries.  

    Visit the artisan village at Etherh Aike for a range of souvenirs or drop in for drinks at the Last Hope Bar, which also claims to be the southernmost distillery in the world.  Bird watchers should also be on alert for Andean Condors, Chilean Flamingos, and many other bird species. 

    Day 17-18
    Puerto Natales, Chile - Full day

    Bohemian bars with Andean views

  • Day 19
    Chilean fjords

    Going with the flow

    25 October 2023

    Scan the shores and seas for wildlife as we sail along the rugged coastline   

    Our journey down the coast continues past the many islands and fjords of Chile’s rugged Magallenes Province. We will be in the western part of the Strait of Magellan, named after the famous Portuguese explorer who first traversed it.  

    The day’s activities will be decided by the Expedition Team, drawing on their knowledge of the area to select the most interesting sites for you to explore based on the prevailing weather that day. Remember to scan the shores for picturesque waterfalls, birdlife, colonies of Magellanic Penguins and, if fortunate, elephant seals. You may also glimpse whales in the surrounding waters.  

    Day 19
    Chilean fjords

    Going with the flow

  • Day 20-21
    At Sea

    Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

    26 October 2023 - 27 October 2023

    Sail through rugged Tierra del Fuego and past Cape Horn as we head for the Antarctic   

    Looping around glacier-carved Alberto de Agostini National Park, we enter the Beagle Channel and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago Depending on the weather, we may be able to visit historic Cape Horn - the point where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans collide.  

    The sea here is notoriously turbulent, but if it is calm enough you may have the opportunity to go ashore at this famous landmark. After that, you will be heading southward across the unbounded waters of Drake Passage, and your Expedition Team will prepare you for your Antarctic adventure as the first icebergs come into view. 

    Day 20-21
    At Sea

    Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

  • Day 22-25
    Antarctic Peninsula

    The fabled frozen continent

    28 October 2023 - 31 October 2023

    Explore an other-worldly landscape of snow and ice   

    At last you arrive in Antarctica, a unique environment of glaciers, ice shelves and gigantic icebergs. For four days, we’ll be exploring the vast, frozen territories of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Carefully coordinating activities to match the prevailing conditions, your Expedition Team will guide you to ice cruises in smaller expedition boats and opportunities to go ashore.  

    Watch out for teeming colonies of penguins and other wildlife, and relics of the whaling era. On board, you can also participate in Citizen Science projects and contribute your own observations to the world’s knowledge of this region. 

    Day 22-25
    Antarctic Peninsula

    The fabled frozen continent

  • Day 26-27
    At Sea

    Back from the bottom of the world

    1 November 2023 - 2 November 2023

    Pamper yourself and wind down after all the excitement of Antarctica   

    Unfortunately, it’s now time to turn around and head north. No matter how long you spend in this inspirational place, it never quite feels enough. Over the next two days, as our ship crosses back towards South America, it’s the ideal time to wind down from all the excitement of Antarctica.  

    Pamper yourself in the Wellness Spa with a few soothing treatments. Reminisce about the trip’s special memories. Proudly compare your best photographs, and swap stories of the different excursions. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center to take stock of all you have seen and learned along the way.   

    Day 26-27
    At Sea

    Back from the bottom of the world

  • Day 28
    Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    A fond farewell

    3 November 2023

    Bid a fond farewell to your Expedition Cruise Ship before flying to Buenos Aires   

    After arriving in Ushuaia, you’ll catch a transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires. From there, you can either fly home or stay for a few days to explore the city. You can also opt to add on a post-programme to the magnificent Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian border.  

    Sadly, you’ll have to say goodbye to your expedition ship, the crew and your amazing Expedition Team, who have worked very hard to make your adventure a joyful and unforgettable one. We aim to inspire everyone to cherish our wonderful planet. Here’s to seeing you on your next adventure!   

    Post-Programme 

    Perhaps you’re not quite ready for your adventure to end just yet. Seeing as you’re in the area, why not add on a Post-Programme to see the magnificent Iguazú Falls on the Brazilian border. You’ll visit Iguazu´s cascades and viewpoints, seeing them from the Argentinian and Brazilian side. The trip includes a scenic train ride to the upper falls. 

    Day 28
    Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    A fond farewell

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Machu Picchu/Peru before the cruise 

  • One night in Lima and two nights at Hotel Tambo del Inka, including breakfast  
  • 3-course set lunch and dinner on Day 2 and 3, and packed lunch on Day 4 
  • Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima 
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including English-speaking guide 
  • Entrance fee as listed in programme 

Transfer 

  • Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the expedition cruise 

Flights 

  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires 

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim  
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area  

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 
  • The land programme in Peru takes place at high altitudes (the city of Cuzco’s altitude is around 3.350 metres) and may require a certain level of physical fitness. The order of sights may vary. 
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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