Machu Picchu, Inca History & Highlights of South America

Price from
A$7,187

Departure Dates
6 departures between Oct 2022 and Oct 2023

Journey to Machu Picchu and beyond on this definitive South American tour

  • 11-day expedition cruise discovering the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and many other highlights along the South American coast.

  • Visit Lima and unique, characterful communities. Explore an abandoned Atacama Desert mining town, the Ollantaytambo royal estate and Sacsayhuamán Fortress.

  • Enjoy optional tours to the famous Nazca Lines, or see Ballestas Islands' wildlife, including Humboldt penguins, turtles, Peruvian Boobies, humpback whales and more.

Rich Incan history

Remnants of a long-lost Inca civilisation are all around. Explore the cliff-carved royal estate at Ollantaytambo and bask in glorious views from Sacsayhuamán fortress. The luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train will take you in style to the ruins of the spectacular Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Vibrant cities

From cosmopolitan charm and innovative Peruvian cuisine to La Serena's colonial churches and the history and beaches of Arica, this tour encompasses the true highlights of colourful South America.

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

Day 1

Lima's UNESCO treasures

Lama and a young lady, Cusco

Day 2

Sacred Valley and Cusco

Machu Picchu

Day 3

Mystical Machu Picchu

Cathedral in Cusco

Day 4

Cusco, city of the Incas

Sea lions by Paracas' Ballestas Islands

Day 5

Ballestas and Nazca

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

Day 6

A day at sea

San Marcos Cathedral in Arica

Day 7

Sunny Arica

City skyline from the water's edge

Day 8

Iquique and the Atacama

An artist sketching

Day 9

Relax on board

Wooden bridge in a La Serena park

Day 10

Stunning La Serena

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 11

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

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Machu Picchu, Inca History & Highlights of South America