Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Machu Picchu

Departure date
11 days

Cruise Overview

Discover South America's ancient history and modern marvels

  • 11-day expedition cruise, transiting the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific, seeing the historic highlights of Ecuador and Peru, and ending with a visit to Machu Picchu.

  • Discover ancient wonders in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, and explore the fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuamán.

  • Discover UNESCO-listed treasures of the South American Pacific coastline, including historic colonial districts and mystical temples.

Modern engineering meets nature’s marvels

The Expedition Team will guide you on your tour through the Panama Canal, as you transit its intricate series of locks. Enjoy the best views of the local nature as you cruise aboard our hybrid-powered expedition ships. Look out for alligators, monkeys and sloths at Gatun Lake and scan for whales and sea lions as we enter the Pacific.

Spanish flavours and ancient kingdoms

From colourful Manta and Puerto Bolivar to Lima's UNESCO sights, we’ll take in cultural gems of the South American Pacific coast, as well as Sacred Valley and the majestic Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.


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

Embarking at Colón

Day 1

Through the Panama Canal

Day 2

Relax at sea

Day 3

Made in Montecristi

Day 4

Bountiful Puerto Bolivar

Day 5

Learning and leisure

Day 6

Trujillo and Chan Chan

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

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