Galápagos Islands, Ancient History & Highlights of South America

Price from
£5,389

Departure Dates
3 departures between Sep 2023 and Oct 2023

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

What's Included


Route overview

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

Quito, Ecuador

Day 1

Top UNESCO historic centre

Inti Nan Museum, Quito, Ecuador

Day 2

Views from the Middle of the World

Girl taking a selfie with a giant land tortoise, Galapagos

Day 3

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Day 4-5

Galápagos Island Hopping

The Twins volcano, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Day 6

From isolated islands to connected capital

Callao, Lima, Peru

Day 7

‘The City of Kings’

Beostar, Paracas, Peru

Day 8

Birds and brandy

An artist sketching

Day 9

Picture perfect

San Marcos Cathedral in Arica

Day 10

City of Everlasting Spring

City skyline from the water's edge

Day 11

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

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

Day 12

Relax on board

Church with big tress in front in La Serena, Chile.

Day 13

‘The City of Churches’

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 14

UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

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

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

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Galápagos Islands, Ancient History & Highlights of South America