Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures

Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures

Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures

Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures

Travel information 13 days MS Fram
Departure
29 March 2024
Price from
6640 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-day expedition from Valparaíso to Lima, with the Atacama Desert, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley 

From cities bustling with culture to rich wildlife 

From UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, you’ll journey to Neo-colonial La Serena and beautiful Iquique, gateway to the Atacama Desert. Then it’s on to Arica’s sun-drenched beaches before discovering the diverse wildlife wonders of the Pacific coast as we head north. 

Highlights of the Altiplano   

Flying to Cusco, you’ll explore the Inca world on land, travelling through the Sacred Valley to mystical Machu Picchu. Enjoy an unforgettable journey across the Altiplano to the mighty Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake on Earth, and see the fascinating pre-Inca tombs of Sillustani. 

Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures Pacific Coast Gems and Sacred Valley Treasures
  • Day 1
    Valparaíso, Chile

    Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

    Discover Valparaíso, the 'Jewel of the Pacific' 

    Your expedition ship MS Fram awaits you in Valparaíso - nicknamed the 'Jewel of the Pacific'. Built onto steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, it's well worth spending time in this UNESCO-listed city. 

    Filled with intriguing, impressions, it’s an exhilarating maze of winding alleyways and barrios, colourful houses, and mercados packed with local produce. Why not take it all in on a funicular ride up to Cerro Alegre and Concepción. 

    If you’d like to explore more of Valparaíso, you can join one of our optional Pre-Programmes. 

    After picking up your expedition jacket and meeting your Expedition Team, locate your cabin and explore the ship before enjoying the first of many delicious meals on board.  

    Day 1
    Valparaíso, Chile

    Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

  • Day 2
    La Serena, Chile

    Stunning La Serana, Chile

    Explore the 'City of Churches' and Serena Beach 

    Docking at the port of Coquimbo, we’ll head to Chile’s second oldest city, La Serena. 

    La Serena is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches all along Avenida del Mar and beyond. Bursting with classical architecture, there are around 30 carefully restored stone churches to discover, and you can visit the Archaeological Museum to marvel at the pre-colonial artifacts.  

    Take a stroll through the city's manicured public gardens, like the Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón, or shop for handicrafts at La Recova market. Down the discreet lane of Patio Colonial near Balmaceda you’ll find relaxed cafés and eateries. Before boarding the ship, leave some time to explore Coquimbo. 

    • Included Coquimbo and La Serena
    Day 2
    La Serena, Chile

    Stunning La Serana, Chile

  • Day 3
    At sea

    A day at sea

    Recharge and learn on board 

    Enjoy the serenity of this day at sea, relaxing and admiring the scenery from the Observation Deck or over in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.   

    Throughout your journey, your Expedition Team will be presenting lectures in the Science Center to share their extensive knowledge of the region with you. Topics could include periods of pre-Columbian history, the geology of the surrounding mountains and islands, the folklore of local communities, and so on. But not all lectures are confined to indoors. If the ship attracts seabirds who come to fly alongside us, the Expedition Team might also help you spot and identify them out on deck. 

    Day 3
    At sea

    A day at sea

  • Day 4
    Iquique, Chile

    Iquique and the Atacama

    Discover the history of UNESCO-listed Humberstone 

    Your South American expedition cruise reaches bustling Iquique, a city whose streets are lined with palm trees.  

    You can visit the abandoned saltpetre mining town of Humberstone in the Atacama Desert, a UNESCO site with history you can literally walk through. 

    Back in Iquique, head to the boardwalk along Playa Cavancha. Admire the city skyline on one side of the beach, and surfers riding rolling waves on the other. Baquedano Street showcases 19th century Georgian architecture, while in the centre of old town at Plaza Arturo Prat, you can admire historical monuments like the Astoreca Palace and Torre del Reloj. 

    • Included Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 4
    Iquique, Chile

    Iquique and the Atacama

  • Day 5
    Arica, Chile

    Sunny Arica

    Enjoy Arica's history and try the local food 

    Arica experiences a constant desert climate and is classed as one of the driest cities in the world, unusual for a place by the sea. No wonder the city is popular with sunbathers and surfers. 

    On the lively streets Calle 21 de Mayo and Bolognesi you can try local treats and peruse the El Agro market. Take a 15-minute hike up the remarkable El Morro cliff for glorious views, or visit San Marcos Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel. 

    You can see mummies and learn about Chinchorro culture at the archaeological museum, or stretch your legs on a trek along Playa Corazones or while exploring the Caves of Anzota. 

    Day 5
    Arica, Chile

    Sunny Arica

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Fresh salt air

    Going with the Humboldt Current flow 

    As we sail further north toward Peru, we'll sail through the Humboldt Current. The cold-water climate here creates conditions that sustain an incredible abundance of marine life, including vast shoals of anchovies, mackerel and sardines. The Expedition Team will tell you more about the Humboldt Current’s importance to the marine ecosystem. 

    You’ll have plenty of time for leisure as we spend the day at sea. You could relax in a hot tub or in the sauna, exercise in the gym, and take in the stunning views and stimulating breezes out on deck. 

    Day 6
    At sea

    Fresh salt air

  • Day 7
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas and Nazca

    Discover extraordinary wildlife and ancient mysteries 

    Among Peru's most notable attractions are the Nazca Lines and the Ballestas Islands, and both are accessible from Paracas.   

    Known as El Chaco, the town has an array of restaurants along the main shorefront where you can enjoy traditional jalea – fried seafood with salsa criolla and yuca root. Just offshore are the wildlife rich Ballestas Islands. On today’s boat tour, look out for Humboldt Penguins, turtles, pelicans, sea lions, Inca Terns and humpback whales as you cruise around the isles.      

    Otherwise, explore the Paracas National Reserve, with its otherworldly yellow sand dunes and red beaches, or fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian coastal desert – an experience that’s on many people’s bucket list. 

    Day 7
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas and Nazca

  • Day 8
    Callao, Peru

    From Callao to Cusco

    Inland towards Cusco and the Sacred Valley 

    After a week cruising the Pacific coast, we arrive in Callao around noon. Here we'll say goodbye to the expedition ship and embark on the next exciting stage of our South American adventure. 

    From Lima, we fly to beautiful Cusco, the old capital of the Incas, which is situated at around 11,100 feet above sea level. While you’re in the so-called Imperial City, you’ll be able to see some its most historical monuments, like the Santa Domingo church and the Sacsayhuamán fortress. Seek out the famed 12-angled stone just off the city plaza. 

    Your day ends with an overnight in Cusco, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and a restful night before your visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow. 

    Day 8
    Callao, Peru

    From Callao to Cusco

  • Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

    Discover the Lost City of the Incas 

    You’ll start your day with a transfer to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Then we’ll board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, enjoying brunch while the breathtaking Andean scenery rolls past. 

    Estimated to have been built around 1450, Machu Picchu was abandoned during the Spanish conquest. It was hidden by jungle for centuries, and only rediscovered in 1911. The Incas left no written records, so mystery surrounds this magnificent stronghold. Enjoy the trails around the ruins, admire the precision Inca stonework and maybe meet some of the friendly resident llamas.  

    After the day’s adventures, we’ll head back to Cusco for another relaxing overnight stay. 

    Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

  • Day 10
    The Altiplano Path  

    The Altiplano Path  

    Cross the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau    

    Enjoy an unforgettable journey by bus across the Northern Andean Plateau, or the Altiplano as it's known.  

    The Altiplano is one of the world’s largest high plateaus and it sits at over 12,000 ft above sea level. The vast plain extends into Bolivia, northern Peru and southern Chile. During this full day of adventure, you’ll pass through breathtaking scenery and be awed by the imposing Andes. There will be many opportunities to photograph this remarkable landscape and you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch en route. 

    At the end of your journey, you can rest and get ready for Lake Titicaca with a comfortable overnight stay in Puno.  

    Day 10
    The Altiplano Path  

    The Altiplano Path  

  • Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uros of Lake Titicaca

    See handwoven islands on South America's largest lake   

    The sheer beauty of Lake Titicaca will amaze you. You'll visit the rural community of Llachón, which has spectacular views over the lake. Your included activity is a guided kayaking tour on the peaceful, deep blue waters. You’ll also join a guided walk before accompanying a local family for a typical lunch.  

    Next, we'll go on a boat tour to reach the Uro people on their floating islands, shimmering golden in the sun. These otherworldly aquatic villages are woven from the reeds that grow in the lake. 

    At the end of the day, relax and reflect back at your hotel in Puno. 

    Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uros of Lake Titicaca

  • Day 12
    Sillustani tombs

    Sillustani tombs

    Visit the Sillustani tombs and fly to Lima 

    Before heading to the airport to catch your flight to Lima, there’ll be time to stop at the Sillustani tombs, a pre-Inca burial place that’s surrounded by Lake Umayo.  

    The tombs, or chullas, are tower-like structures built above ground by the ancient Colla people, some as tall as 39 feet and big enough to hold entire families. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the shores of the lake in this peaceful and enigmatic place. 

    After exploring this archaeological marvel, we’ll continue to the local airport for our flight to Lima. Once we arrive in Lima, your local guide will transfer you to your hotel and you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. 

    Day 12
    Sillustani tombs

    Sillustani tombs

  • Day 13
    Lima

    Lima's UNESCO treasures

    Your expedition ends in Peru's historic capital 

    Your expedition by land and sea ends in Lima, once known as 'The City of Kings'. It's well worth taking a day or two to explore this exciting city. 

    Lima's historical centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a showcase of Spanish architecture, from colonial-era churches and monasteries to elegant mansions. You'll also see Lima's Inca heritage in the ruins of ceremonial pyramids Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca. 

    Known as the food capital of South America, you can choose from gourmet restaurants to unmissable street food. We recommend trying Peru's national dish ceviche, fish marinated in lime juice, onion and chilli. It’s the perfect note on which to end your adventure. 

    Day 13
    Lima

    Lima's UNESCO treasures

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Land Programme: Peru/Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca (after the cruise) 

  • Two nights at a hotel in Cusco and two nights at a hotel in Puno, including half board 
  • One night at a hotel in Lima, including breakfast  
  • Set lunch on Days 8, 9 and 11. Picnic lunch on Days 10 and 12. 
  • Flight in economy class from Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima 
  • All transfers, excursions and train rides as described, including English-speaking guides 
  • Entrance fees according to the programme  

Expedition Cruise  

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Activities 

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

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. Lake Titicaca´s altitude is at approx. 12,500 ft and the city of Cuzco is at approx. 11,100 ft and may require a certain level of physical fitness. The order of sights may vary.  

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
MS Fram in Greenland
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MS Fram in Antarctica
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Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
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