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35 Day Best of South America with Galapagos Islands & Antarctica

APT Tour & Cruise starting in Rio de Janeiro and finishing in Guayaquil

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 35 Day Best of South America with Galapagos Islands & Antarctica. Spend 5 nights in Brazil and 4 nights in Argentina, before joining a luxury small ship expedition cruise of The Antarctic. Then continue on with APT to uncover the highlights of Peru including Machu Picchu,...read more


Operator: APT
Type: Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Max Group Size: 28
Duration: 35 Days
From: Rio de Janeiro to Guayaquil
Tour Code: ISAAG35
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica, Peru, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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Day By Day


Arrive Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

On arrival in one of the world's most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro, transfer to your hotel. Stay Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and stand on the platform at its peak for stunning views across the city. At sunset, ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain before heading to a local restaurant for a delicious Brazilian Barbecue. (B/D)

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through the local favelas. Alternatively, experience the stunning beauty of the Botanical Gardens and the Tijuca National Park; or perhaps join a tour of the city's fascinating historical sights, where the legends woven through the narrow streets are brought to life on an enthralling discovery.

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil)

Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls which straddle the borders of Argentina and Brazil. This afternoon walk to a viewing platform for a panoramic view of the falls. Stay Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Get up close to the thundering cascades on a Jet Boat Ride Safari.

Iguassu Falls

Today we venture into the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through the forest to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one directly over the 82 metre-deep Devil's Throat. (B)

Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires

Awake near the beautiful Iguassu Falls and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon fly to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Stay Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel (B)

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires before visiting the city's oldest barrio (district). Explore La Boca's colourful houses 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. Later, enjoy dinner and an exciting tango show. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy a tango lesson, dinner and an exciting tango show.

Buenos Aires

Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • This morning, embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. Alternatively, explore the ways in which Buenos Aires has been influenced by Paris during a walking tour, or perhaps head to Teatro Colón to absorb the remarkable ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world.

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Embark Antarctica Cruise

Transfer to the airport and board your included flight to Ushuaia. njoy a city sights tour before being transferred to your luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial, and greeted by your Expedition Leader and a team of expert naturalist guides. Take some time to settle in before enjoying the Captain's Welcome Dinner. Afterwards, head to the deck to take in the stunning scenery of the Beagle Channel. Stay 10 Nights: Le Lyrial (B/D)

Drake Passage

Sail across the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. During this time, learn more about the adventures ahead as you participate in a range of informative, interactive and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica. These sessions will be delivered by your knowledgeable Expedition Team. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Peninsula

On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water. 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. For the next six days, you'll enjoy morning and afternoon Zodiac rides. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Peninsula

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing in the world as you're taken to visit penguin rookeries and seal colonies. These chilly waters are often frequented by hunting orca and the breaching forms of humpback and minke whales, so be sure to keep an eye out. 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. 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. 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)

Antarctic Peninsula

Learn more about this amazing part of the world during lectures and on board presentations as you continue on your luxury cruise. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Peninsula

Continue to experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing opportunities. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Peninsula

Cruising the Antarctica Peninsula. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Peninsula

Cruising the Antarctica Peninsula. (B/L/D)

Drake Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica and return across the Drake Passage. (B/L/D)

Drake Passage

Travel the Drake Passage towards the bustling Argentinian city of Ushuaia, Along the way, be sure to keep a keen eye out for the wildlife that may be encountered en route. (B/L/D)

Disembark Ship, Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires

Disembark in Ushuaia and travel to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay. Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel (B)

Buenos Aires, Lima (Peru)

Today, travel to the airport for your flight to Lima, the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Settle into your room, taking in the magnificent ocean views. Stay Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms (B)


Enjoy a morning city tour. (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • 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, Chincheros, Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the historic capital of the ancient Incan Empire. On arrival, travel by coach to Chincheros. Stay Three Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • During an interesting traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created.

Sacred Valley

Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Taste a range of handcrafted microbrews at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. Or, visit a local ceramics studio to watch artisans create beautiful ceramics.

Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray

Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope. (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • Travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraces likely used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. Enjoy views stunning during lunch at El Parador de Moray.

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Board PeruRail's Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel or similar (B/D)

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley

This afternoon Board PeruRail's Vistadome to the Sacred Valley. Watch the picturesque scenery pass by before disembarking and transferring by coach to Cusco. Stay Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel (B/D)


This morning, embark on a walking tour of Cusco. Tonight enjoy Farewell Drinks. (B/L)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Choose from three restaurant options for lunch. Perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana & Pisco Bar; enjoy Italian cuisine at Incanto; or the renowned MAP Café. The rest of the day is then yours to spend at leisure.


After a relaxing morning at your leisure fly back to Lima this afternoon. Stay: Costa Del Sol Hotel or similar (B)

Quito (Ecuador)

Fly to Quito and stay in the historical centre of town. Enjoy the afternoon of free time to explore. Stay Two Nights: Casa Gangotena Hotel (B/D)


This morning embark on a city tour of Quito then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. (B/L)

Santa Cruz Island, Finch Bay Eco Lodge

Fly to Baltra Island take a small ferry ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island and transfer to Finch Bay Eco Lodge, your home for the next three nights. Explore the Galápagos Islands National Park on day trips aboard Finch Bay Eco Lodge's private yacht and embark on island tours to see the turtles. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also included. Stay Three Nights: Finch Bay Eco Lodge (B/L/D)

Galápagos Islands

Enjoy a full day exploring the Galápagos Islands by yacht. Be part of a small group of only 20 guests, aboard the Sea Lion Yacht with four crew members, and a delicious buffet lunch. Your yacht offers day trips to different sites within the National Park including the wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartolome, the wild and rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fe. (B/L/D)

Galápagos Islands

Enjoy a relaxed evening at Finch Bay Eco Lodge. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Today take your choice of day exploration tours. Explore the Galápagos Highlands in search of giant tortoises and enjoy lunch and the services of a knowledgeable local guide. Alternatively visit Tortuga Bay and see the Charles Darwin Research Centre which is now interpretation centre with turtle breeding program


This morning make your way to Baltra Island airport for your return flight to Guayaquil. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Guayaquil, Hilton Hotel (B/D)

Depart Guayaquil

This morning your tour concludes with an airport transfer. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy exhilarating Zodiac excursions through deep blue waters filled with spectacular icebergs to get up close to the wildlife.
  • Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras Salt Mines, where thousands of pools have been producing salt since Incan times.
  • Board your private yacht to explore the Galapagos Islands in search of wildlife at North Seymour and Bartolome islands.

Included Experiences

  • Shore landings and Zodiac excursions
  • Travel in a small group with a maximum of just 28 travellers
  • All flights within South America
  • APT Tour Director and Expedition Team including naturalist guides

Fine Dining

  • A total of 71 included meals over the course of your tour
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners

Outstanding Accommodation

  • 10 night Antarctica cruise aboard the Le Lyrial
  • 3 nights staying in the award winning Finch Bay Lodge on Santa Cruz Island, in the middle of the Galapagos

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Weather and water conditions may cause changes to Antarctica cruise itinerary
  • Travel insurance is compulsory
  • Internal flights are based on passengers flying LATAM airlines on the international ticket. Surcharges will apply if flying with another international carrier or using frequent flyer points
  • Airport taxes are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Operator Details

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Budget: Luxury & Premium
Airport Transfers: Included
Types: Tours, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Destinations: Worldwide

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