Galápagos Islands, Ancient History & Highlights of South America

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3 departures between Oct 2022 and Oct 2022

Galápagos wildlife, Incan ruins and colourful cities

  • 14-day expedition cruise, touring the beautiful Galápagos Islands, before sailing from Lima, Peru along South America's Pacific coast to Valparaíso, Chile.

  • Travel to charming Quito in Ecuador, and UNESCO sites including Humberstone in the Atacama Desert and ancient Lima's historic centre.

  • See incredible wildlife in the Galápagos like giant tortoises, Darwin's finches, iguanas, penguins, dolphins, humpback whales, and much more.

Giant tortoises of Galápagos

Spot unforgettable wildlife on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the incredible Galápagos, from marine iguanas and Galápagos penguins to wild tortoises and rare seabirds. You'll visit Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Island.

Ancient Incan wonders

Explore the Chimu Empire city of Chan Chan and mysterious Mochican pyramids, marvel at Chinchorro mummies, and see the spectacular Nazca Lines on an optional excursion. We'll also visit sunny Iquique, see the stone churches of La Serena and explore colourful cities of Lima, Quito and Valparaíso on this exhilirating South American tour.

What's Included

Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Quito, Ecuador

Day 1

Explore Ecuador's capital

Inti Nan Museum, Quito, Ecuador

Day 2

Discover Quito

Girl taking a selfie with a giant land tortoise, Galapagos

Day 3

Santa Cruz's tortoises

Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Day 4-5

Galápagos island hopping

The Twins volcano, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Day 6

From Baltra to Lima


Day 7

Historic Lima

Sea lions sitting on cliffs in the Ballestas Islands

Day 8

Ballestas and Nazca

An artist sketching

Day 9

A restful day at sea

San Marcos Cathedral in Arica

Day 10

Sunny Arica

City skyline from the water's edge

Day 11

Iquique and the Atacama

Man and woman standing on outdoor deck with binoculars looking for birds.

Day 12

Enjoy a day at sea

Wooden bridge in a La Serena park

Day 13

Stunning La Serena

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 14

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

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MS Roald Amundsen

Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and to reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

Year built: 2019
Length: 140 m
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Year built: 2020
Beam: 23,6 m
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MS Fram

MS Fram was purpose-built as an expedition vessel with a superior ice class, chart drawing tools, a ship depth-sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, an autonomous tracking system, an oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer, you need an ‘expedition base camp’ that is comfortable. It should combine ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility, and environmental friendliness. That’s MS Fram. She’s simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

Year of refurbishment: 2022
Ship yard: Fincantieri, Italy

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

Special offers

Expedition exclusive cost savings and rare opportunities.

* Certain offers may not be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise

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Galápagos Islands, Ancient History & Highlights of South America