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31 Day Inspiring South America & Antarctica Exploration Cruise

31 Day Inspiring South America & Antarctica Exploration Cruise

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

For the true explorer, expedition small-ship cruising is the best way to get off the beaten track.This experience is not just about the ship’s creature comforts but very much the destination, its nature and wildlife. Daily shore excursions by Zodiac inflatable boats allow you to step onshore and explore. A world-class, expert expedition team will help you discover each exciting destination. Onboard you’ll enjoy informative and educational lectures. These trips will be a mix of fully guided or self-guided depending on your chosen package. There’s a land touring component with shared sightseeing and transfers.

Cruise Style
Expedition

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
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✓ 10-night cruise of Antarctica and the Drake Passage aboard the premium scandi-design Hurtigruten Expeditions MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen with included expedition lead landings in custom built expedition equipment, expedition boats for safe landings in remote areas
✓ In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team on the cruise, full use of the ship Science Center and access to the Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
✓ Incredible sightseeing, through South America post cruise including the Inca treasure Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon jungle, both sides of thundering Iguazu Falls, islands of Lake Titicaca, glamorous Buenos Aires and vibrant Rio de Janeiro
✓ Small, intimate group experience on the South America land itinerary with no more than 20 people
✓ All internal flights, coach, rail and boat transportation
✓ 30 nights quality accommodation, including 10 night Antarctica cruise and 2 nights at a stunning eco-friendly Peruvian Amazon lodge
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Daily breakfast, 13 lunches and 12 dinners 
✓ Included guiding and lectures by world-class expedition team on the cruise and escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide in each country (excluding on internal flights) on the land itinerary 

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Sofitel Recoleta Hotel Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival at Buenos Aires airport, make your own way to your hotel located in the heart of the city. 

The rest of today is at leisure to discover `Paris of South America´ on your own.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to take an early flight to Ushuaia. On arrival you will be collected and transferred to board your deluxe eco-friendly expedition ship, the  MS Fridtjof Nansen. 

Ushuaia, a lively harbour town, serves as the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego Province. Nestled against the stunning Martial Glacier, Ushuaia competes for the distinction of being the world's southernmost city.

Following an informative session led by your Expedition Team, settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. 

Tonight, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us – it will take your breath away!  During the two-day journey across the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will provide you with all the necessary resources to maximise your polar expedition experience.

Explore the onboard Science Center to gain insights into what lies ahead. Engage with passionate experts who will discuss Antarctica's history, the scientific discoveries beneath the ice, and the consequences of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll receive guidance on how to ensure your visit is both safe and environmentally responsible, and you'll also learn about the Citizen Science initiatives you can participate in.

You'll have ample opportunities to unwind, so take advantage of the spa and wellness facilities, savour delectable cuisine, and socialise with fellow travellers at the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another day at sea as your ship makes its way to the Antarctic Peninsula. Relax and enjoy your ship’s facilities, or join one of the lectures conducted throughout the day.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to one of the most remote areas on Earth! 

There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica is in an entirely different category. Go ashore by Zodiac boat to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and get close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice and from the deck there will be ample opportunities to see whales. 

Over the next six days we’ll be making various landings in different locations throughout the peninsula. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and visit old whaling stations and its relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. You'll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice-cruises, and may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs. 

Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. This is also when the first penguin chicks hatch and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. February and March offer peak whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.

One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. 

Over the course of the next few days we’ll also visit Wilhelmina Bay, Paradise Harbor and other remote locations. Join gatherings where the various members of the expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and discuss the next day’s plan. These gatherings are great opportunities to share experiences and mingle with your fellow explorers.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After five incredible days, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences with fellow explorers, or just relaxing on deck. The next couple of days will be a chance to reflect on your adventure to the seventh continent.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another day at sea as your ship makes its way back to South America. Relax and enjoy your ship's facilities, or join one of the lectures conducted throughout the day.

Hotel
Kenton Palace Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel
Kenton Palace Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore this incredible city on your own. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache.  There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving authentic Argentine steak. 

Alternatively you may wish to join one of the optional tours available today.

Optional Tour - Tango Show And Dinner

Tonight, enjoy a special Tango-show and dinner at one of the city’s premier theatres - “La Ventana”. You will be transferred from your hotel to the heart of San Telmo to La Ventana Barrio de Tango where you will step into a fully restored venue showcasing the historic representation of the Buenos Aires culture through the ages. With over 30 artists on stage you will experience two tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers all while feasting on international and local Argentinian dishes and a large selection of Argentine wine. Following the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel for the evening.

Includes: Transfers to/from our hotel and dinner. 

Starting time: 19:30 Hrs.

Ending time: 23:30 Hrs.

Optional Tour - Full Day Fiesta Gaucha

A unique visit to the cradle of Argentinian tradition. Live an unforgettable experience at a classic estancia that still keeps its Argentinian creole architectural style intact. You will be transferred from your hotel to the countryside for a full day on a traditional Argentinian ranch where you will get an understanding of local folklore and tradition. You will travel in time, enjoying creole exhibitions, customs, abilities and skills followed by an Argentinian BBQ lunch.

Includes: Transfers from your hotel to the Estancia and BBQ lunch.

Starting time: 09:00 Hrs.

Ending time: 18:00 Hrs.

Hotel
Hotel Wyndham Foz or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

In the morning, meet your local representative at approximately 8am for a welcome meeting and a briefing on the trip ahead. This meeting will be followed by a city tour of Buenos Aires before transferring to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. 

During the city tour we’ll head to Plaza de Mayo (Main Square) and see the pink-hued Casa Rosada (Government Palace) – this is, of course, where Juan and Eva Perón delivered famous speeches from the balconies. See Metropolitan Cathedral and City Hall before we head to San Telmo, known as the tango neighbourhood. It’s the oldest neighbourhood in the city and its narrow cobblestone streets, colonial character, tango parlours and a lively street market make for a charming visit. You’ll have some free time for lunch (not included).  Learn more about Argentina’s passion – _fútbol _(football) – by visiting vibrant La Boca. We’ll pass by La Bombonera, the iconic stadium of the Boca Juniors, and see Puerto Madero on the waterfront, the most modern neighbourhood of the city. We’ll finish with a visit to the upscale Recoleta neighbourhood, with its elegant buildings and the most exclusive pocket of the city, Alvear Avenue.

The flight to Puerto Iguazu is approximately 1.5hrs long.  On arrival you will be transferred across to the Brazil side of the falls for your accommodation.

The Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River cascades over the edge of the Paraná Plateau, created by an enormous volcanic eruption more than 130 million years ago. Straddling the Argentine-Brazil border, the falls are made up of up to 275 individual waterfalls, lining a 2.7km-wide horseshoe-shaped gorge. It’s a truly breathtaking sight to see the unyielding force of nature in such a magnificent setting.

Please note that your internal flights within Argentina have a luggage limit of 15kg per person (33lbs). Unfortunately, Inspiring Vacations cannot increase this limit and is limited by the airlines luggage policy.  Any fees for excess baggage incurred at the airport will be the responsibility of the traveller and payable directly to the airline during check in.
Note: If you require a Brazil visa, please ensure it allows for multiple entry as you will cross the border twice during your time in Iguazu.

Hotel
Hotel Wyndham Foz or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

These spectacular falls can be viewed from both sides; the Brazilian side offers a broader, panoramic view, and the Argentinian side offers a series of catwalks that allow you to experience the Falls up close.

This morning you’ll explore Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, you’ll take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological Train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges. These footbridges, raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls.

A visit to monumental, roaring Devil’s Throat – arguably the most spectacular of the falls – is one of the day’s highlights. It’s the heart of the falls and the highest, at about 80 metres. The noise as these mighty falls plunge to the bottom of the narrow canyon is almost deafening. There’s the chance of getting under the falls, with an optional ride on the Gran Aventura.

You’ll return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Optional Tour - The Gran Aventura

The best way to experience the falls is to get right in the action. You’ll travel through lush landscape by specially designed tracks. This five-kilometre long ride ends at Puerto Macuco. Board a small boat and explore Lower Iguazu River for as long as six kilometres, heading towards the waterfalls area to enjoy the sight of plenty of small cascades. From the Tres Mosqueteros Falls, see the falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Afterwards, it’s surely a highlight when you face the incomparable San Martín waterfall. After that we’ll navigate downriver to Puerto Macuco. You’ll walk up the hill, about 150 metres, and ride a truck back to the starting point. This tour goes for 2 hours, 15 minutes.  Following your tour you will be transfered back to your hotel.

Please note: This tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, people with back injuries, heart conditions or those with hearing aids. Children under 12 are not permitted to join this tour.

Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, you’ll tour the relatively dry Brazilian side of the falls, with breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. Uninterrupted vistas of the Floriana Falls, the Devil’s Gorge canyon and the Iguazu River are spectacular and guaranteed to impress.

You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Bem vindo ao Rio - Welcome to Rio! You’ll be met at Galeao International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Copacabana, on the city’s dazzling iconic shoreline.

Nicknamed a cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city), Rio de Janeiro is world-renowned for its dazzling landscapes and location, nestled between steep, green mountains and crystal-clear seas.

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for not only its ‘staggeringly beautiful location’, but its cultural landscape. The city is full of energy. Cariocas, the locals of Rio, are known for their carefree spirit and charm.

Rio is one of the most important cultural and economic cities in Brazil and is home to some of the country’s most famous attractions, like Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), Corcovado Hill, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The city comes alive for Carnival celebrations each winter, an extravagant pre-Lenten spectacle with street parades and samba parties.

Optional Tour - Iguazu Falls Helicopter Flight

Get a spectacular aerial view of Iguazu Falls during a 10-minute helicopter ride. Board a state-of-the-art helicopter flown by an experienced pilot in Foz do Iguaçu. You’ll soar above the magnificent falls to get a bird's-eye view of the rushing water and the surrounding rainforest while enjoying commentary from your pilot. Be sure to bring your camera for amazing photo opportunities and your passport for the border crossing.

Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you’ll meet your local guide who will welcome you and brief you on the next couple days. Then we’ll embark on a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro to see the city’s famous landmarks, like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

We’ll take a scenic drive from Copacabana Beach, continuing along Botafogo Beach and passing imposing Guanabara Palace on the way to Corcovado Hill. At the top we’ll find the greatest national icon, Christ the Redeemer, standing tall over the city with arms outstretched. This giant Art Deco statue was recently named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The panoramic views of the city are lovely from up here, 709 metres at the summit.

We’ll then continue on to the district of Urca and the world-famous rocky peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, where you’ll board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill, enjoying spectacular views of Guanabara Bay.

A second cable car takes you on to Sugarloaf, with 360-degree views of the city and surrounds. Sugarloaf Mountain towers over the harbour, 400 metres above the mouth of Guanabara Bay.

Afterwards, we’ll pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian lunch at a local churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat barbeque.

After lunch, we’ll visit the Maracanã Stadium, home of Bellini’s statue and the Hall of Fame. Brazilians also love their football (soccer) and this is their biggest stadium. Entrance to the stadium is not included. And there will be a stop at the Sambadrome, the stadium for the city’s main Carnival parade.

As we pass through the city’s historic centre, you’ll have a chance to see the Lapa Arches. Built in the middle of the 18th century, this aqueduct is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering. We’ll also make a quick stop to see the colourful Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron. These steps are decorated with more than 2,000 brightly coloured tiles and mirrors.

We’ll return to the hotel along Aterro de Flamengo (Flamengo Park), passing by the Monument to the Dead of World War II and the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo.

Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

It’s a free day for you to enjoy the rhythm of this vibrant, bustling city. Your tour guide will be at hand to assist with suggestions and optional activities. Relax on the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema or take one of the tours on offer to explore more of this iconic city.

The famous crescent-shaped beach of Copacabana is a tourist hotspot. It’s lively, vibrant and busy… round-the-clock busy. The golden sand stretches nearly four kilometres long, from Copacabana Fort to Leme Beach. It’s lined with high-rise hotels, including the iconic Copacabana where Barry Manilow penned that hit in the 1970s.

Wander the iconic black and white promenade – it’s everything you imagined. Swaying palm trees, skimpy bikinis and people sunning themselves, playing volleyball, dancing and swimming. Beach vendors stroll up and down the shore, selling all manner of snacks, souvenirs and drinks.

Ipanema Beach is more upscale, the place to see and be seen. You’ll find more locals chilling out here.

If you are planning to take a dip in the warm Carioca waters, make sure you leave your belongings at your hotel. Unfortunately, opportunistic theft can be a regular occurrence.

If you want to relax off the beach, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens are lovely for a stroll. There’s a Japanese garden, a pond filled with water lilies and 600 species of orchids.

Head to the Benedictine Church and Monastery of São Bento, founded in 1590. The unassuming exterior is in complete contrast to the intricate interior, covered with gilded carved wood and decorated with exquisite wooden statues. São Francisco da Penitência is an elaborate church – you have to see inside to believe it, with its rich gold leaf interior. The choir ceiling has the earliest trompe-l’oeil painting in the country, painted by Caetano da Costa Coehlo in 1736.

For a taste of Rio nightlife – or just great people watching – head to the Lapa neighbourhood in downtown (where you saw the Lapa Arches yesterday). As Rio’s party district, it’s home to samba bars and a huge street party every weekend. Try the national drink caipirinha, a cocktail of sugar, cachaça and lime.

Optional Tour - Eat Rio Food Tour

Today you will eat and drink your way around some great spots in Rio. The best way to get to know a city is by strolling along the streets, eating the food and rubbing shoulders with the locals. You won’t find the true spirit of Rio in the flashy bars and tourist-traps of Ipanema – you’ll find it in the bustling street markets and little bars and restaurants that have been favorites with the locals for generations.

These small-group culinary walking tours take guests through the neighborhoods of Lapa, Glória, Flamengo and Laranjeiras. We taste Amazonian fruit juices, visit a street market, bars and some of Rio’s older restaurants - in total we make 8 stops and finish up with a big meal and plenty of beers and caipirinhas for those who are thirsty! The tour also passes by some great non-food stops (including Escadaria Selarón - the Selarón Steps) which have become an iconic attraction in recent years. The tour takes approximately 6 hours and includes all food, water, juices, beers, caipirinhas and other drinks.

Hotel
Pullman San Isidro or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you’ll be heading to Lima, City of Kings.

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Your local guide will meet you for a welcome briefing and offer some tips for this leg of your adventure.

While Peru’s capital officially began life in 1535, Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city’s attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre. You’ll also find excellent museums – a given considering the history and culture of its surrounds – and interesting colonial architecture. One such museum, the Museo de la Nación, is the largest museum in Lima and an ideal place to begin exploring Peru’s ancient history.

At night, the Magic Water Circuit show in the Parque de la Reserva is a tourist drawcard. Every one of the 13 fountains at the park is illuminated with different colours and synchronised to music.

Hotel
Pullman San Isidro or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Get ready to discover Lima today!

In the morning, your local guide will meet you for a welcome briefing and offer some tips for this leg of your adventure.

On the way to the historic centre, we’ll see the outside of the pre-Columbian site Huaca Pucllana, a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological centre built in the fourth century – considered a sacred village by the Incas.

We’ll continue on to the colonial side of the city where we’ll pass by the Cathedral, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the Government Palace, City Hall, and other important monuments. We’ll visit the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the historical centre of Lima. Although most of the buildings of the original city were lost in the earthquake of 1746, the bronze fountain in the centre of the square dates back to 1651.

Later, we’ll visit the Bodega Y Quadra Museum, in a well-preserved house of the Peruvian Republican period. Then we’ll see the 16th-century Santo Domingo Convent, one of Peru’s oldest churches. There may be a chance to climb the bell tower for stunning views of Lima.

Finally, we’ll see the changing of the guards at Government Palace (subject to the Palace’s program) before returning to the hotel.

You’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own. Your local guide will be with you to assist in anything you may need.

Feel free to head to the modern section of this great metropolis and visit the district of Miraflores with its shopping mall Larcomar, built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the traditional ‘Parque del amor’ (Love Park). Miraflores is home to the pyramid-shaped temple of Huaca Pucllana. If you have time, a leisurely stroll down the Miraflores Boardwalk will showcase the coastline views.

With its vibrant, varied flavours, Peruvian food will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip and Lima is the country’s gastronomic capital. Ceviche is Peru’s most popular dish, and with the Pacific Ocean just west of the city, you’ll find it everywhere – from cevicherias to street stalls to fine dining restaurants. You might like to end the day with the ubiquitous pisco sour, a popular cocktail made with the nation’s favourite brandy.

Optional Tour - Dinner in Huaca

Located in the heart of the city, this spectacular pre-Inca structure is a 1,500-year-old pyramid built from seven staggered platforms. The complex is now home to a high-end restaurant, adjacent to the pyramid, overlooking the historic ruins of this fascinating archaeological complex. It’s one of Lima’s best restaurants, where classic techniques and contemporary style fuse with Peruvian flavours for a truly special culinary experience. This tour starts from 6.30pm and lasts approximately three hours, and includes transfers.

Hotel
Explorers Inn Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At the appropriate time, you’ll be taken to the airport to board your flight for the Peruvian jungle town of Puerto Maldonado – gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.

Upon arrival, the staff will welcome you and take you to the nearby office to pack your bag for the jungle stay (a small duffel bag will be provided). Your luggage will be stored in a secure place while you are exploring the jungle.

We will then travel to the port where we will board our motorboat for our journey along the warm, calm waters of the Tambopata River. Travel time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach our lodge.  A picnic lunch box will be provided to enjoy onboard. 

This area is the least populated territory in Peru, with its lush tropical rainforest. Of course, it’s more than a rainforest – it’s a complex ecosystem, with a dazzling array of flora and fauna. You’ll observe life in the jungle, its thrilling landscapes and the fascinating wildlife that call it home.

When you arrive at the lodge you will be provided with useful information to enhance your stay.  Accommodation at your lodge is simple but comfortable, designed to enjoy the ambience of the jungle.  Rooms have private bathrooms (cold water).  You will then have free time to settle in and perhaps take a short walk to watch the sunset.  

After dinner, you’ll search for caiman. We’ll return to the river with flashlights in search of the red reflection of caiman eyes lurking along the riverbank. With any luck, we’ll see some nocturnal animals as well. It’s a magical experience to witness them in the wilderness.

Please note that the order and schedule of the activities during your stay may be modified according to weather and the wellbeing of the group. 

Hotel
Explorers Inn Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A day of adventure awaits! In order to have the best chance of observing fauna the day will start early.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the lodge before taking a 30 minute boat ride and 2km hike to “Tres Chimbadas Lake”, a fascinating unique habitat in the Amazon basin.  This small lake located inside the Infierno Community Reserve is home to many species, including the endangered Giant River Otters.  You will explore the lake by catamaran as your guide helps you to seek out wildlife such as black caymans, hoatzins, horned screamers and other aquatic birds as well as lush vegetation surrounding the river banks. Return to the Lodge for lunch.

After a well-deserved break, your naturalist guide will take you to a 42 metre (137 ft)- high tower to get an overview of the Amazon Rainforest from above. This is the first tower made to measure the effects of climate change. The tower is equipped with a wide variety of devices to measure solar radiation and carbon flux emission in the Peruvian rainforest. From the tower we have a unique opportunity to see the flora and fauna at all the different forest levels. With luck you may spot flocks of canopy birds and macaws at close proximity. Return to the lodge for dinner.

After dinner, an excursion into the Amazon rainforest promises real adventure. Explore this thrilling jungle on one of the lodge’s trails, home to nocturnal animals with intriguing behaviour patterns. Experience this hidden world in the dark and search for insects, amphibians, bats and nocturnal birds. If lucky, we’ll see some nocturnal mammals.

Return to the lodge for the night where you will sleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Hotel
Taypikala Valle Sagrado Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by motorised canoe. You’ll pick up your belongings and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you’ll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

The Sacred Valley was once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, running from the ancient capital of the empire, Cusco, to the breathtaking citadel of Machu Picchu. This lush green valley’s agreeable climate and fertile plains provided an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels.

Hotel
Taypikala Valle Sagrado Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning we’ll head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We’ll visit a community in the valley to learn about daily life for the locals. If the visit coincides with market day, you’ll have time to browse the stalls for hand-painted beads or warm ponchos – or a chance to practise the local language, Quechua. Lunch will be served at the community.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the town of Ollantaytambo and there is the option of visiting the ruins here.

Optional Tour - Ollantaytambo Archaeological Entrance Fee

We’ll travel along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. It’s a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. You’ll visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Empire’s heyday. It’s an extraordinary place, with its wonderful stonework. You may also see an amazing rock formation said to represent the Inca god Wiracocha.

Hotel
Xima Cusco Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this is the jewel in South America’s crown – today we’ll visit the breathtaking archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

Early morning you’ll be taken to the station to board the fabled tourist train towards Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes). It’s a modern little town close to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys you can experience in Peru. It’s an almost two-hour journey that passes through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then descends gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, before finally reaching the cloud forest. The train reaches its last stop in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes), on the foothills of Machu Picchu. From here it’s a short bus ride – about 30 minutes – up the steep, zigzagging road to the famed ancient site.

Upon arrival, we’ll enter the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and the tour guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock) and the Sun Temple, among others. Machu Picchu is divided into two sectors, the urban sector in the northern part and the agricultural sector on the south-east side.

Now the most recognisable icon of the Inca civilisation, Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then, in 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. At 2430 metres above sea level, Machu Picchu is in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing creation of the Inca Empire at the height of their reign. The stonework has to be seen up close to truly comprehend its intricate beauty. Giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

After the tour, we’ll return to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes) by bus before taking the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo town, followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Hotel
Xima Cusco Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

You’ll have a free morning to relax in Cusco. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cusco has a long and interesting history, from the first Inca ruler through to the Spanish conquest – and now a major tourist destination. It’s the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas.

As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings.

In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour to discover the sights of Cusco, vivid examples of the mixture of Inca and Spanish cultures. We’ll start with the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street (check) before visiting the most sacred Inca building, the Temple of Qorikancha – the Inca temple of the sun.

We’ll then visit the heart of the city, the busy main square Plaza de Armas – a great place to people watch. Then, time at the San Pedro Market makes for some great food and souvenir shopping – you’ll find local cheese and chocolate, herbal medicines and local handicrafts.

Hotel
Xima Cusco Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

You’ll have a free day to see Cusco at your own pace today.

Perhaps a visit to the traditional, picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas is in order – you can reach it by taking a short but steep walk from the Plaza de Armas. Here you’ll find art studios, artisan workshops and many of the best bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to wander and soak in the atmosphere.

Optional Tour - Rainbow Mountain Day Tour

Embark on a breathtaking journey from Cusco (3300m) to Palcoyo (4900m) starting with a 5:30 am pick-up from your hotel. We´ll drive for 1.5-hour to Cusipata Town for a brief stop and restroom break. Continuing for an additional 1:20 hrs driving, we reach the Palcoyo Community.

En route, witness picturesque villages, potato and corn farms, alpaca herds, and the stunning red river landscape. Upon reaching Palcoyo, embark on a 45-minute hike to the lookout point, offering breathtaking views of three rainbow mountains, the Red Valley, and the majestic Mt Ausangate, the highest peak in Cusco. A further 20-minute walk leads to the fascinating 'Bosque de Piedras' (Stone Forest), where you can explore for approximately 2 hours.

Heading back, stop at Combapata Bridge to visit the historic colonial Rumichaca Bridge, dating back to 1604. We´ll stop at Cusipata town for lunch (included) before the drive back to Cusco City, with an estimated arrival around 5:00 pm.

Hotel
Hotel Tierra Viva Puno Plaza or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll set off for Puno today, a ten-hour bus journey. This is a gorgeous scenic journey. The first half is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains towering over deep valleys, then you’ll reach the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuñas and alpacas can be spotted.

Along the way, we’ll visit charming landmarks with a rich history, like the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, or the Andahuaylillas Church, built during the 17th century, and the archaeological site of Raqchi (also known as Temple of Wiracocha). You’ll get a beautiful view of the Chimboya glacier from the La Raya Pass. There will be a stop at the Pukara Lithic Museum, where you’ll find archaeological gems like stone sculptures and impressive pottery among the artefacts.

Hotel
Hotel Tierra Viva Puno Plaza or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we’ll take a boat to explore Lake Titicaca, an ancient treasure trove of Andean culture that straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. We’ll spend the day touring by boat on this high altitude lake. There are numerous islands here whose inhabitants live with the same customs and traditions of their ancestors.

We’ll spend time on the Uros Islands (floating islands). Centuries ago, the indigenous Uros tribe harvested totora reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them tightly and built floating island platforms with reed houses and canoes.

We’ll then continue to Taquile Island, about an hour away. The Taquileños, Quechua-speaking locals who live here – about 2,200 of them – are known for their ancestral weaving skills (a UNESCO-protected art). Their fine handwoven handicrafts are incredibly high quality.

In the afternoon we’ll return to Puno by boat.

Hotel
Pullman San Isidro or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll head to the airport to board a flight to Lima.

Time permiting, on the way to the airport, we’ll visit the pre-Incan cemetery of Sillustani, on the shores of Lake Umayo. You’ll see the most important sectors of this archaeological site, for a deeper insight into Andean culture.

Tombs at this burial ground were built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas. The remains of the Qulla people’s elite are here – they were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. We’ll also enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the lake.

Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your South American adventure comes to an end. 

We hope you’ve been inspired. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Check out: Check-out time is generally between 10am-12pm. You are welcome to leave your luggage at hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or alternatively please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. If required, your local Tour Leader can help you arrange a transfer to the airport. 

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including expedition lead landings with small Zodiac boats and activities onboard and ashore and in-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full  use of the ship Science Center and access to the Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • 10-night Antarctica expedition cruise onboard the MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen (500 people max)
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from the onboard professional photographer 
  • Return South America charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • On board accommodation on Polar Outside Window cabin (RR)
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket to keep
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Free WiFi onboard for all guests
  • Use of the ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Daily breakfast, 13 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Included beer, wine, soft drink and mineral water with meals and complimentary tea and coffee  while on your expedition cruise 
  • Guiding and lectures by world-class expedition team
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise as well as transfers between the Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town

  • Buenos Aires - Undertake a city tour of this colourful capital, known as the ‘Paris of Latin America’
  • Ushuaia - Travel to the city nicknamed the 'End of the World'
  • Drake Passage - Cross the famous body of water on your journey towards Antarctica
  • Antarctica - Experience awe-inspiring glaciers, ice-filled bays and a host of wildlife
  • Antarctic Peninsula - Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula and meet penguins and seals up-close
  • South Shetland Islands - Land on these remote islands and visit whaling stations and scientific facilities
  • Iguazu Falls - Explore both Brazilian & Argentinian side of the falls
  • Rio de Janeiro - embark on a full day city tour of Rio de Janeiro, including the famous Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf landmarks.
  • Lima - Join a local tour to explore colonial Lima
  • Amazon Jungle - Spend 2 days exploring the Amazon Jungle
  • Cusco - Uncover the mysteries of the Inca Empire on a guided tour of the Empire’s capital: Cusco
  • Sacred Valley - Witness the land where Inca culture is still very much alive
  • Machu Picchu - take on a guided tour of this Inca Citadel which remained hidden from the world until 1911
  • Lake Titicaca - Enjoy a full day tour of the Uros & Taquile Islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Enjoy free time in Buenos Aires, Rio and Cusco to explore at your own pace

  • Polar Outside Window Cabin (RR): INCLUDED. The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the lower/middle decks with windows and are approx 20 square metres.  All cabins feature a sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

  • Arctic Superior Cabin (TT); Upgrade price from $1,200 per person, twin share (Single $1,741). These large cabins range in size from 24 - 27 m2 without a balcony and are located on the lower/middle decks. All cabins feature a sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.
     
  • Arctic Superior Balcony Cabin (XT): Upgrade price from $2,838 per person, twin share (Single $4,115) These high deck cabins range in size from 15 - 19 m2. All cabins feature a private balcony with unobstructed views, sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

  • Expedition Balcony Suite (ME): price from $5,565 per person twin share (Single $7,247). Located on the top-high decks, all suites feature a private balcony and vary from 20 - 28m2. Expedition Suites include bathrobes, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin. À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests.

Please note, Hurtigruten will assign your cabin number closer to departure. In the event you are travelling with another party, note that cabins may not be allocated together. If you prefer to select your own cabin number additional fees will apply.

Cabin Upgrades and prices are subject to availability upon booking. Please select your cabin upgrade when making your booking and our team will be in touch with a confirmed quote. If we are unable to confirm your request, we will quote alternative options.

Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

For detailed information on your ship, click HERE for MS Fridtjof Nansen and HERE for MS Roald Amundsen

Compulsory Cruise Forms

  • Personal Questionnaire - This form must be received by Hurtigruten at least 8 weeks prior to your voyage departure.
  • Medical Certificate - All guests must submit a Medical Screening Form for certain remote destinations, including Antarctica. The submitted forms are reviewed by our medical partner, Vikand. The Medical Screening Form consists of two sections. Both sections A (completed by you, the guest) and B (completed by a doctor) need to be submitted. Once you have submitted section A online, a confirmation email is sent to you with instructions regarding how to complete section B.

    All forms need to be received for review between 8 weeks before your departure - there may be requirements to resubmit if required information is missing. Being allowed to embark does not constitute any medical advice from us as to the advisability or safety of you participating in an expedition cruise or any activities related to an expedition cruise. You must solely rely on the advice of your personal physician as to the advisability or safety of participating in an expedition cruise.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $6,000.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $0.00 per person within 0 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Please note that if you have selected a cabin upgrade or are booking a single cabin, your first installment will differ from your initial invoice.  At the time of confirmation we will adjust your invoice accordingly to ensure we collect the correct amount in order to secure your booking with our supplier.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $6,680.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Group Size
Maximum of 20 for Land Touring
Maximum of 500 for Cruise

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $202.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $202.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • The Gran Aventura (Day 15) - $222 per person
  • Iguazu Falls Helicopter Flight (Day 16) - $456 per person
  • Eat Rio Food Tour (Day 18) - $440 per person
  • Dinner in Huaca (Day 20) - $211 per person
  • Ollantaytambo Archaeological Entrance Fee (Day 24) - $66 per person
  • Rainbow Mountain Day Tour (Day 27) - $286 per person
  • Tango Show And Dinner (Day 13) - $252 per person
  • Full Day Fiesta Gaucha (Day 13) - $311 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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