Arrive Buenos Aires
On arrival in the Argentinian Capital, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy Welcome Drinks. Stay Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt
Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires today before visiting the city’s oldest barrio (district). Explore the barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses, colonial architecture and picturesque pedestrian street, the Caminito; drive along one of the widest avenues in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio; pass the parks, gardens and tree-lined streets of Palermo; and visit La Recoleta Cemetery. (B/D)
- At your hotel, discover the passion of the national dance as you take a tango lesson, before indulging in a delicious dinner and fiery tango performance.
Today, embark on your chosen activity. (B)
Freedom of Choice:
- Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre and enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. Alternatively, explore the history of the city’s vibrant urban art culture, or take a behind the scenes soccer tour that celebrates ’fútbol’. Perhaps you would prefer to learn more about the game of polo and attend a professional live polo game.
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Embark Antarctica Cruise
Fly to Ushuaia, South America’s most southern city and transfer to your luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial. This evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Dinner and cruise the Beagle Channel. Stay 10 Nights: Le Lyrial (B/D)
Sail across the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. To cross the Drake Passage, making your way ever closer to the White Continent, is to achieve one of the great travel milestones. During this time, you’ll learn all about the adventures ahead as you participate in a range of informative, interactive and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica delivered by your expert Expedition Team. (B/L/D)
On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water. (B/L/D)
Utilising the knowledge of your Expedition Team, your Captain will charter a course based on the most exciting sightseeing opportunities available and the most favourable ice and weather conditions. (B/L/D)
For the next seven days, you’ll enjoy morning and afternoon Zodiac rides. Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing in the world as you’re taken to visit penguin rookeries and seal colonies. (B/L/D)
These chilly waters are often frequented by hunting orcas and the breaching forms of humpback and minke whales, so be sure to keep an eye out. (B/L/D)
Although landing sites will vary depending on conditions, the route will feature the most scenic bays and channels, including the stunning Lemeire Channel and Neko Bay. (B/L/D)
Head to the shores of Deception Island, an active volcano surrounded by distinctive black sand. Once an old whaling station, you will see giant barrels and bleached whale bones here as well as impressive elephant seals lounging along the shore. (B/L/D)
You may even get the chance to stop at Port Lockroy, a scientific base currently studying gentoo penguins. Here, you can send a postcard with a rare Antarctic stamp. (B/L/D)
The adventure, and the wildlife spotting, continues as you bid farewell to the beautiful waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula and return across the Drake Passage back towards the bustling Argentinian city of Ushuaia. Along the way, be sure to keep a keen eye out for the wildlife, including the many whales, dolphins, giant petrels and albatross that frequent these waters. (B/L/D)
Disembark Ship, Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires
Disembark your ship. Later, head to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Tonight stay in the fashionable Recoleta barrio (district) of Buenos Aires. Stay:
Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt (B)
- Take a tour to Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southern national park.
Buenos Aires, Lima
Today, fly to Lima, the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Stay Two Nights: Lima, Hilton Miraflores (B)
Discover the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima. Here you’ll see one of the best preserved monasteries in the city, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and experience an artful combination of lively local culture and colonial monuments. (B/L)
- Spend a fun afternoon at a private hacienda. Arrive to live music and dance before enjoying lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley
Board a flight to Cusco
, the historic capital of the ancient Inca Empire. On arrival, travel by coach to Chincheros, a small Andean village in heart of the Sacred Valley. To the locals of the Andean highlands in Peru, weaving is an important way for preserving ancient traditions. Later, settle in to your hotel overlooking a river in the Sacred Valley. Stay Three Nights:
Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood (B/D)
- During an interesting traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created.
Travel to Ollantaytambo to see the ancient Inca temple and fortress that rises high above this picturesque village. The huge, steep terraces that guard Ollantaytambo’s spectacular Inca ruins mark one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Take time to browse the colourful markets and shops, then finish with lunch at a local hacienda restaurant. (B/L)
Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray
Still to this day these mines are cultivated to produce salt. Travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields, used by the Inca for agricultural experiments. Later, enjoy lunch with views of the surrounding Andes mountains. (B/L)
- Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope.
Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Board a scenic train and admire the mountainous landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour of the ancient Inca citadel. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel (B/D)
Beat the morning rush and return to experience sunrise at Machu Picchu. After breakfast, board a train to the Sacred Valley. Watch the scenery pass by before transferring by coach to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, check in to your hotel and absorb the Spanish colonial charm over dinner. Stay Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel (B/D)
A guided walking tour through the historic city of Cusco this morning will take you to the stunning square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. This evening’s Farewell Drinks offer the chance to swap stories with your fellow travellers and new found friends. (B/L)
Freedom of Choice:
- For lunch choose from three superb restaurants. Perhaps head to Bario Ceviche; LIMO and Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; or choose a fine dining experience as you savour an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café.
After breakfast at your hotel, your South American journey comes to an end this morning with a transfer to Cusco airport. (B)