Wild Antarctica & the Icons of South America - a cruise and land journey

29 Days
Punta Arenas to Guayaquil
From (CAD)
$ 40,328
Dates & Pricing

2024 Punta Arenas > Guayaquil

Fly over the infamous Drake Passage, landing in Antarctica fresh and ready for exploration. Your expedition to Antarctica starts in Punta Arenas as you board your flight to King George Island. Enjoy a quick two hour flight before you land in Antarctica. Continue your journey of a lifetime as you witness survival of the fittest first hand in the land that inspired the theory of evolution. Interact with the native tribes of the Amazon, and breathe the sacred air of Machu Picchu.
Experience the Antarctic Peninsula and its maze of protected channels with our dedicated Discovery Team. Glide in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, experiencing the peacefulness of the frozen continent. Watch as penguins and seals dive through the glassy seas. Take the time to feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and listen to the snow crunch under your boot. An incredible showcase of evolution, the Galápagos Islands is an untouched utopia bursting with unique flora and fauna. On your four night cruise to the land that served as Darwin’s muse for ‘Origin of the Species’, you will encounter wildlife you won’t see anywhere else, including blue-footed boobies, multi-coloured crustaceans, and the famous Galápagos giant tortoise. On your Amazon cruise, explore the ‘lungs of the planet’ with an expert naturalist and enjoy the rare opportunity of meeting native Amazonian tribes. Visit the 15th-century Incan treasures of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OSE8
Duration:
29 days
Departure City:
Punta Arenas
Return City:
Guayaquil

29 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Located on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a frontier town known for its brightly coloured houses, plazas and mountainous backdrops and is the stepping off point for your Antarctic exploration. Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay. 

    Early in the evening you will meet your fellow Discoverer’s for a briefing and a welcome dinner. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Punta Arenas > King George Island, Antarctica

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island (weather permitting), the largest of the South Shetland Islands, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first step foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans. Antarctica is truly land of peace.  

    Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. If conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.  

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - King George Island, Antarctica > Punta Arenas, Chile

    Disembark Scenic Eclipse after breakfast to fly to Punta Arenas (weather permitting), taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.  On arrival in Punta Arenas, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Punta Arenas, Chile > Lima, Peru

    After breakfast, depart for the airport to fly to Lima, where you start your journey into wonder with a one-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Lima > Sacred Valley

    Fly to Cuzco and then travel through the picturesque Sacred Valley to Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa, for your three-night stay. Your relaxing stay in the  

    Enrich

    Witness a private music performance complemented with a light tapas style dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Sacred Valley

    Join your expert local guide for a walking tour of Ollantaytambo, the site where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will witness a weaving demonstration. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the Urubamba. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sacred Valley

    Freechoice

    Tour the impressive ruins of Pisac and its colourful markets or see the ruins of Moray and the Incan salt pans. This afternoon delight in an unforgettable culinary experience of five different meats cooked in five different ways over an open flame, with ingredients grown in Tambo’s own organic garden.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu

    Travel through picturesque fields on your Vistadome rail journey to Machu Picchu then spend time at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, relax in the charming Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco

    Learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings: ceviche and pisco sours, during a cooking demonstration. Continue by train to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel, in the heart of the historic centre. Your three-night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Cuzco

    The former capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco is a city with incredible architecture. On your walking tour, you will uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site. Your final stop will be the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress. 

    Enrich

    Visit a community school supported by Scenic and meet the teachers and pupils.  

    Freechoice Dining

    Tonight sample elegant à la carte dining at the Inti Raymi restaurant, or dine on a menu showcasing delicious fusion cuisine in the Cicciolina restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Cuzco

    Enjoy a day at leisure

    Enrich

    Join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner this evening. Candlelight, live music, first class service and the magnificent glow of the precious metals displayed in the Gold Room of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cuzco, are brought together to create a memorable experience. Enjoy a cosmopolitan and cutting-edge gastronomic presentation formed from the exquisite flavours, colours, textures and aromas of local ingredients from different parts of Peru. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Cuzco > Lima

    Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel, for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Lima > Amazon

    Fly to Iquitos and settle into your oversized suite on board Delfin III, your luxurious floating hotel for the next four nights. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Amazon Cruise

    Home to over 40,000 plant species and 3,000 freshwater fish species, the Amazon is an abundance of colour, movement and incredible beauty. Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region. You will explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds while walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and schools and meet with native Amazonians. Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Amazon Cruise

    Continue to explore the Amazon. Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Amazon Cruise

    Continue to explore the Amazon. Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Amazon > Lima

    Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel, for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  23. Day 23 - Lima > Guayaquil

    Fly to Guayaquil for an overnight Special Stay. Your haven of luxury in the centre of this busy port city offers the perfect place to relax before your Galápagos adventure begins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  24. Day 24 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands

    Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Settle into your air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows on board the stylish La Pinta, your home for the next four nights. Over the coming days, on a range of included shore excursions, you will see a rich variety of landscapes, marine and land animals, and colourful birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. This afternoon, join naturalist guides for your first excursion to the islands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Galápagos Islands

    Each day a new discovery awaits as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You will take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by expert naturalist guides and enjoy opportunities to snorkel and kayak. Depending on the season, you’ll witness different species of birds including the unusual blue-footed boobies and their tap-dancing mating ritual. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue to explore the Galápagos Islands, take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by expert naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue to explore the Galápagos Islands, take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by expert naturalist guides.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Galápagos Islands > Guayaquil

    Bid farewell to the crew and fly to Guayaquil for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  29. Day 29 - Guayaquil

    Say farewell as you transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the journey will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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