MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
14 days

Peru and Chile - Galápagos Islands and Inca Highlights

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6219 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
14 days

Peru and Chile - Galápagos Islands and Inca Highlights

Price from
6219 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • See a range of wildlife in the wondrous and biologically diverse Galápagos Islands
  • Combine a land adventure with a cruise to unique cities along the Pacific Coast
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Learn more about the fascinating histories and ancient cultures of Peru and Chile

Start your voyage by exploring the famous Galápagos Islands, home to an astonishing variety of native species. Then, embark on an expedition cruise along the scenic western coast of South America from Lima, Peru, down to Valparaíso in Chile. Contrast modern cities with historic ancient civilisations, and enjoy days at sea at your leisure.

Peru and Chile - Galápagos Islands and Inca Highlights
  • Day 1
    Quito

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History

    Thanks to the city’s preservation of its diverse cultural past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage sites in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 2,850 metres (9,350 ft), making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Take a look around this marvellous city before spending the night at a centrally located hotel.

    Day 1
    Quito

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History

  • Day 2
    Quito

    Explore Quito and Surroundings

    After breakfast, we drive north to the equator and visit the Inti Ñan Museum. Afterwards, we ascend Teleférico – one of Quito’s most popular attractions, offering spectacular and easily accessible views of the city. The ride lasts only 10 minutes but takes you to an altitude of 4,050 m (13,300 ft). At the top, the lookout offers visitors incredible views of Quito, the surrounding valleys and snow-covered volcanoes (along with coffee, snacks, and oxygen for the short-of-breath). Bring a sweater or light jacket - it can get chilly up there!

    Return to the city to enjoy lunch in Quito´s charming colonial quarter. The afternoon sightseeing reveals some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as UNESCO´s first World Heritage site. Dinner will be served at the hotel where you will spend the night.

    Day 2
    Quito

    Explore Quito and Surroundings

  • Day 3
    Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island

    Glorious Galápagos Islands

    After breakfast, we depart the hotel and drive to Quito Airport for our flight to the Galápagos Islands (via Guayaquil).

    Upon arrival at Baltra´s airport, we meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.

    On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna. We may well spot the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

    See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here: small young ones with shining carapaces and older ones with weathered and worn shells. Lunch will be served in the highlands.

    Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts educational museums on both the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.

    The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel´s cosy restaurant.

    Day 3
    Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island

    Glorious Galápagos Islands

  • Day 4-5
    Santa Cruz Island

    Galápagos Island Hopping

    Breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby, uninhabited islands by boat.

    Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day:

    Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; or South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; or Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago; or Floreana Island for a tour around the island to see tortoises and sea lions, and with some luck marine iguanas; or Isabela Island to visit a Tortoise Breading station and a walk to see four species of mangroves and lagoons with flamingos and migratory birds.

    The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served on board the vessel during the tour.

    Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.

    Day 4-5
    Santa Cruz Island

    Galápagos Island Hopping

  • Day 6
    Baltra Island / Lima

    Galápagos to Colonial Lima

    Breakfast at hotel. We then transfer to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador. En route to the airport, we stop at 'The Twins' or 'Los Gemelos' - two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

    A packed lunch is served on the flight from Baltra Island to Lima (via Guayaquil). At Lima airport, we meet our local representative who transfers you to your hotel in the city. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 6
    Baltra Island / Lima

    Galápagos to Colonial Lima

  • Day 7
    Callao

    Lima – UNESCO World Heritage

    Estimated time of departure is 11:59 PM

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

    After check out, we transfer to the ship taking in a 'Half-day Lima Highlights Tour', including a visit to the city´s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour´s highlights include Casa Aliaga, a nearly 500-year old mansion built for one of Pizarro’s lieutenants, and Santo Domingo Convent, the best-preserved colonial building in all of Lima. The tour finishes at the quayside in Callao, where MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen stands ready to continue the expedition at sea.

    Day 7
    Callao

    Lima – UNESCO World Heritage

  • Day 8
    Paracas, Peru

    The Ballestas by Boat

    From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

    • Included Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Day 8
    Paracas, Peru

    The Ballestas by Boat

  • Day 9
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

    As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture programme, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the expedtion ship has to offer.

    Day 9
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

  • Day 10
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

    Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

    • Included Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Day 10
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

  • Day 11
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

    Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

    • Included Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 11
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

  • Day 12-13
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

    Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.

    Day 12-13
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

  • Day 14
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

    Estimated time of arrival is 9:00 AM

    Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

    Day 14
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

Departures

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10 October 2021 with MS Roald Amundsen
20 October 2021 with MS Fridtjof Nansen

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Included in your voyage

Galápagos Island Programme before the cruise

  • Two nights in Quito, including breakfast and dinner on Day 2.
  • Three nights at a hotel in Santa Cruz Island /Galápagos, including full board
  • One night in Lima, including half board
  • Economy flight Quito-Baltra, Baltra-Lima (via Guayaquil)
  • All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Galápagos Islands National Park entrance fee

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 excursions

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

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

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 ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
  • Land based tour to Galápagos Islands involves long stretches of travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, as well as a climate that varies from cool at high altitudes to hot tropical weather.

Ships

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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