Galápagos Islands, Ancient History

& Highlights of South America

Price from £5,670

Departure Dates
3 departures between Sept 2023 and Oct 2023
14 days

Cruise Overview

Explore the beautiful and biologically diverse Galápagos Islands before embarking on an expedition cruise along the scenic west coast of South America

Explore the incredible Galápagos Islands before embarking on an expedition cruise to experience UNESCO sites, charming architecture and beautiful beaches in Peru and Chile.

Discover the differences and similarities between modern cities and historic ancient civilisations as you experience charming architecture, beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries and UNESCO sites across Peru and Chile.

The islands of the giant tortoise

Your adventure starts in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, home to the best-preserved UNESCO historic centre in the Americas and a visit a museum on the Earth’s Equator. You'll then fly to Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands where you will see enormous endemic tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The next two days are an exciting exploration of other islands in the archipelago by boat, discovering more of its diverse wildlife.

Life along the Pacific Coast

Take the plane to the Peruvian capital of Lima and enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of the city before boarding your ship bound for Valparaíso. Our first stop, Paracas, is surrounded by sandy cliffs in distinct shades of brown and red. Next is Arica where you can take a short hike up El Morro hill to look over the beaches. In Iquique, you’ll go into the Atacama Desert to explore the abandoned mining town of Humberstone while La Serena has neo-colonial architecture and many stone churches to admire


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

Top UNESCO historic centre

Day 1

Views from the Middle of the World

Day 2

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Day 3

Galápagos Island Hopping

Day 4-5

From isolated islands to connected capital

Day 6

‘The City of Kings’

Day 7

Birds and brandy

Day 8

Picture perfect

Day 9

City of Everlasting Spring

Day 10

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

Day 11

Relax on board

Day 12

‘The City of Churches’

Day 13

UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

Day 14

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 13-day expedition cruise.

Land-Programme Galápagos Island before the expedition cruise

  • Two nights in Quito, including breakfast and dinner on day 2.

  • Three nights at a hotel in Santa Cruz Island /Galápagos Islands, including full board

  • One night in Lima, including half board

  • Economy flight Quito-Baltra, Baltra-Lima (via Guayaquil)

  • All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking guide

  • Galápagos Islands National Park entrance fee

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 and MS Fridjtof Nansen)

  • 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track

  • 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

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

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