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
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-day expedition from Valparaíso to Lima, featuring 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 neocolonial La Serena and beautiful Iquique, the 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, traveling through the Sacred Valley to mystical Machu Picchu. Enjoy an unforgettable journey across the Altiplano to mighty Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake on Earth. Then, you’ll 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 on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, this UNESCO-listed city is well worth the trip.

    It’s an exhilarating maze of winding alleyways and barrios, colorful houses, and mercados packed with local produce. It is intriguing and sure to leave an impression. We recommend taking 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 an optional Pre-Program.

    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 Serena, 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 Archeological Museum to marvel at pre-colonial artifacts.

    Take a stroll through the city’s manicured public gardens, like the Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón. You can also shop for handicrafts at La Recova market. Down the picturesque 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 Serena, Chile

  • Day 3
    At sea

    A day at sea

    Recharge and learn on board

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

    Throughout your journey, the Expedition Team will present lectures in the Science Center and share their extensive knowledge of the region with you. Topics may include periods of pre-Columbian history, the geology of the surrounding mountains and islands, the folklore of the local communities, and much more. Not all of our lectures are indoors, though! If curious seabirds come fly alongside the ship, the Expedition Team might also help you spot and identify them from on deck.

    Day 3
    At sea

    A day at sea

  • Day 4
    Iquique, Chile

    Iquique and the Atacama Desert

    Discover the history of UNESCO-listed Humberstone

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

    You can visit the abandoned saltpeter 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 center of the old town in 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 Desert

  • Day 5
    Arica, Chile

    Sunny Arica

    Enjoy Arica’s history and try the local cuisine

    Arica experiences a year-round desert climate and is classed as one of the driest cities in the world, unusual for a place by the ocean. 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.

    See mummies and learn about Chinchorro culture at the archeological museum. You could also 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 sea air

    Go with the flow of the Humboldt Current

    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 importance of the Humboldt Current for the marine ecosystem.

    You’ll have plenty of time at your leisure throughout this 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 sea 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, both of which 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 (Creole sauce) and yuca root. Just offshore are the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. On today’s boat tour, look for Humboldt penguins, turtles, pelicans, sea lions, Inca terns, and humpback whales as you cruise around the islands.

    You can also explore the Paracas National Reserve with its otherworldly yellow sand dunes and red beaches. Another option is to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian coastal desert – an experience that’s on many people’s bucket lists.

    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 will arrive in Callao around noon. We will say goodbye to the expedition ship here and embark on the next exciting stage of our South American adventure.

    From Lima, we fly to beautiful Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, situated around 11,100 feet above sea level. While you’re in the so-called ‘Imperial City’, you’ll be able to see some of its most historical monuments, like 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 stay in Cusco, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and a restful night before visiting Machu Picchu the next day.

    Day 8
    Callao, Peru

    From Callao to Cusco

  • Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

    Discover the Lost City of the Incas

    Start your day with a transfer to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Then we 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, rediscovered only in 1911. The Incas left no written records, so mystery surrounds this magnificent stronghold. Enjoy the trails around the ruins, admire the precise Inca stonework, and meet some of the friendly resident llamas.

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

    Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

  • Day 10
    Altiplano Path  

    Altiplano Path  

    Cross the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau

    Take 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 and highest plateaus, sitting 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. You will enjoy a picnic lunch en route.

    At the end of your journey, rest and prepare yourself for Lake Titicaca with a comfortable overnight stay in Puno.

    Day 10
    Altiplano Path  

    Altiplano Path  

  • Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uros community of Lake Titicaca

    See handwoven islands in South America’s largest lake

    The sheer beauty of Lake Titicaca will amaze you. 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 will also join a guided walk before accompanying a local family for a traditional lunch.

    Then we will take a boat tour to reach the Uro people on their floating islands, which shimmer 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 at your hotel in Puno.

    Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uros community 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, we will take time to stop at the Sillustani tombs, a pre-Inca burial place overlooking Lake Umayo.

    The tombs, also called chullpas, are tower-like structures built above ground by the ancient Colla people. Some are 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 mysterious place.

    After exploring this archeological marvel, we head to the local airport for our flight to Lima. 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’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 center is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It showcases Spanish architecture, from colonial-era churches and monasteries to elegant mansions. You can also see Lima’s Inca heritage in the ruins of the Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca ceremonial pyramids.

    Known as the food capital of South America, you have a range of choices at your fingertips, from specialty restaurants to can’t-miss street food. We recommend trying ceviche, Peru’s national dish. It is fresh fish marinated in lime juice, onion, and chili. It’s the perfect place to end your adventure.

    Day 13

    Lima’s UNESCO treasures


What’s included

Land Program: 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 itinerary

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel, 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
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna and an indoor gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.


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


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
  • The land program in Peru takes place at high altitudes. Lake Titicaca’s altitude is approximately 12,500 feet and the city of Cusco is at approximately 11,100 feet and may require a certain level of physical fitness. The order of sights visited may vary.

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
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MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of her time, and the achievements of her Arctic and Antarctic expeditions are the stuff of legend. In this spirit, the comfortable surroundings and advanced technology on today’s MS Fram – which was fully upgraded in summer 2022 – make her exceptionally well suited for modern expedition cruising.

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