Diverse Cultures of South America with Machu Picchu

Departure date
11 days

Cruise Overview

Discover South American highlights and Incan treasures at Machu Picchu

  • 11-day expedition Pacific Coast cruise from UNESCO-listed Valparaíso in Chile to Peruvian capital Lima, visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

  • Encounter unique communities and Inca temples, see Ollantaytambo and the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, with an optional excursion to the famous Nazca Lines.

  • Look out for Humboldt penguins, turtles, Peruvian Boobies, Inca Terns and humpback whales on an optional trip to the extraordinary Ballestas Islands.

UNESCO cities and rich wildlife

Starting in colourful Valparaíso we sail to neo-classical La Serena and beautiful Iquique, gateway to the Atacama Desert. Then it’s on to Arica’s sun-drenched beaches before discovering the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands.

Inca history at Machu Picchu 

Flying to Sacred Valley, we’ll visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo before boarding a luxury train to majestic Machu Picchu. We’ll see Cusco’s Sacsayhuamán fortress, ending our expedition in Lima with its pre-Inca temple ruins, vibrant art quarter and delicious food.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

Day 1

Stunning La Serena

Day 2

A day at sea

Day 3

Iquique and the Atacama

Day 4

Sunny Arica

Day 5

Fresh salt air

Day 6

Ballestas and Nazca

Day 7

From Callao to Cusco

Day 8

Mystical Machu Picchu

Day 9

Cusco, city of the Incas

Day 10

Lima's UNESCO treasures

Day 11

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 10-day expedition cruise.

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 (on MS Roald Amundsen)
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

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

Landing Activities

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

Land-Programme Peru/Machu Picchu after the expedition cruise

  • Two nights at Tambo del Inka Resort, including half board
  • One night in Lima, including breakfast
  • 3-course set lunch and dinner on day 11, 12 and packed lunch on day 10
  • Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees according to programme

What's not included

  • 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

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

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