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Ultimate South America

Experience the ultimate 41 day journey over 7 countries travelling between Lima and Santiago. Explore the beauty, culture and history of South America.

41 Day
From (AUD)
$ 38,495
  • 2018 Lima > Santiago

    Epic vistas

    There’s no better way to completely immerse yourself in the vibrance, culture, history and beauty of South America than on this 41 day journey. A continent of great myth and legend awaits.

    Experience the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, step back in time in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba. Discover the jewel of Colombia, Cartagena, then cruise around the wonder that is the Galápagos Islands. Arrive in Peru, where you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of standing atop Machu Picchu. Explore the astonishing Iguazú Falls for three days and soak up the passion of Rio before discovering Tango in Argentina. Encounter the wonder that is Patagonia including Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park before your journey concludes in Santiago. You’ll never want to leave.

    Tour Code:

    SAMP

    Duration:

    41 Days

    Departure City:

    Lima

    Return City:

    Santiago

  • 41 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Lima
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey in colourful Peru with an overnight stay in Lima.

    • Day 2 - Lima > Havana
      Highlights:
      Step back in time

      Fly to the intriguing capital of Cuba, Havana where you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time in this vibrant city with its faded façade and architecture influenced by a communist and Spanish colonial past. Your hotel is located in the heart of the historic centre providing the perfect location for your three night stay.

      Sundowners

      Raise a glass this evening to toast your welcome to Cuba.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Havana
      Highlights:
      Revolution Square

      Step aboard a 1950s vintage car and cruise the streets. Discover this colourful city on your walking tour through historic Habana Vieja. Then see Revolution Square and explore the Museum of the Revolution. Tonight at Castile Morro witness the age old tradition of the firing of the cannon with the backdrop of the floodlit city.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Havana
      Highlights:
      Freechoice: Enrich; Paladar
      Freechoice

      Follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and discover his favourite haunts or enter the house of the Cuban artist Fuster for an insight into his fascinating life. Alternatively take a horse and carriage ride around the historic centre and visit a cigar factory or visit the grand El Capitolio and the elegant Gran Teatro de la Habana.

      Enrich

      Experience dining in a delightfully appointed paladar restaurant and sample delicious Cuban specialities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Havana > Trinidad
      Highlights:
      Charming Trinidad

      As you drive through the countryside observe the interesting Cuban lifestyle before arriving at Cienfuegos and enjoy a walking tour. Continue to Trinidad for a two night stay .

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Trinidad
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      The elegant historic centre with its well-preserved colonial architecture is showcased on your walking tour including Plaza Mayor and the Church of the Holy Trinity.

      Freechoice

      Relax on the pristine beaches of nearby Playa Ancon or explore the historic Valle de los Ingenios. Alternatively choose a salsa lesson.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Trinidad > Panama City
      Highlights:
      Fly to Panama City

      A relaxing morning before flying to Panama City. Dating back to 1519, this modern day capital provides a contrast between the glittering skyscrapers and the World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo historic centre. Your two night stay is located in the heart of the city will be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Panama City
      Highlights:
      Discover the Panama Canal

      The Panama Canal is one of the most strategic artifical waterways in the world. Today you will marvel at this feat of engineering as you descend 27 metres through a series of three locks to the Pacific Ocean. Explore historic Casco Viejo before tasting Panamanian specialities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Panama City > Cartagena
      Highlights:
      Fly to Cartagena

      Fly to World Heritage-listed Cartagena, Colombia and visit Convento de la Popa set atop the city’s highest point for a panoramic view. At Castillo de San Felip discover its intriguing history as the guardian of the city. Your elegant hotel is located in the heart of the historic district providing the perfect location for your three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 10 - Cartagena
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Horse & Carriage ride

      Discover Cartagena’s rich history and colonial architecture on your walking tour. Enter the haunting Palace of the Inquisition and the Santo Domingo Church. Walk through Las Bovedas housing 23 vaults, former Spanish storerooms for munitions and provisions and now the local craft markets.

      Enrich

      Marvel at the city by night on your horse and carriage ride and sample delicious Colombian specialities in a delightfully appointed restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Cartagena
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Spend a relaxing day on one of the islands of Islas del Rosario or discover the Mercado Bazurto followed by a cooking class in a private colonial house. Alternatively enjoy a rum and chocolate tasting experience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Cartagena > Guayaquil
      Highlights:
      Fly to Guayaquil

      Fly to Guayaquil, the main port city of Ecuador for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Embark on Galápagos adventure

      Today you are embarking on an adventure as you fly to the Galápagos Islands. Over the next five days you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals and birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. Your home for the next four nights is the Santa Cruz II in an air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows. This afternoon take your first of many shore excursions onto the islands, escorted by an expert naturalist guide.

      Sundowners

      Toast the end of your first day as the sun sets over the ocean.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Each day brings a new discovery as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You’ll take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide. There will be the opportunity to snorkel and even kayak. Depending on the season you’ll witness different species of birds including the magnificent frigate bird with its distinctive red-chested plumage. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Cruise the Galápagos Islands. Take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Galápagos Islands
      Highlights:
      Cruising the Galápagos

      Cruise the Galápagos Islands. Take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guide.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Galápagos Islands > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Bid a fond farewell to the yacht’s crew as you disembark and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Lima > Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Delicious Andean feast

      Fly to Cuzco then travel to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas where your three night Special Stay will be a highlight.

      Enrich

      Marvel at a display of the ‘dancing’ Paso horses before a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Culture and history

      With more than 20 small group activities on offer you can choose one that best suits your style. From colourful Pisac to the ruins of Ollantaytambo you will encounter the culture and history of the valley, your way.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Sacred Valley
      Highlights:
      Sundowners

      Enjoy a second day in the Sacred Valley that will awaken your senses.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate with drinks and canapés accompanied by the soothing sounds of local musicians.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu
      Highlights:
      Ancient Inca site

      Take a picturesque rail journey to World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu then spend a full day at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Relax overnight at your Machu Picchu hotel.

      Inca Trail Trek - Choose to take an optional full day walking trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Enquire for details (additional cost).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Experience the Vistadome train

      Marvel at the spectacular views from the glass dome carriages on your rail journey. Continue to Cuzco for your two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 23 - Cuzco
      Highlights:
      Discover Cuzco; Freechoice dining

      The former capital of the Incan Empire, on your walking tour you will uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed Site including the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress.

      Enrich

      Visit a community school supported by Scenic and learn about their traditional way of life.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at the elegant El Tupay restaurant or try the intimate Cicciolina restaurant. Alternatively, dine at MAP Café and sample a range of cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Cuzco > Lima
      Highlights:
      Fly to Lima

      Fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 25 - Lima > Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Discover Rio de Janeiro

      Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your three night Special Stay. Set in the heart of the beach strip, this elegant hotel provides the perfect place to spend a few nights on this colourful continent.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 26 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Christ the Redeemer statue

      Discover the beating heart of this exotic city as you ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. At Sugarloaf Mountain the cable car takes you to the top of the peak for sweeping panoramic views.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 27 - Rio de Janeiro
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover the hidden secrets of Rio on your walking tour of Santa Teresa or take a small group tour into the favelas (shanty towns) to see the day-to-day lifestyle. Alternatively enjoy a historical tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro

      This evening enjoy a delicious three course gourmet meal at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Rio de Janeiro > Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Marvel at the natural wonder

      Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay inside the national park gates. As a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the general public.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      Explore the Brazilian Falls

      Take a walking tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Your day continues with an exciting jet boat adventure.

      Helicopter flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight. Enquire for details. Additional expense, please book on tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Iguazú Falls
      Highlights:
      ‘Devil’s Throat’

      Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinean side where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’. Then at Parque das Aves be amazed by the colourful array of rare birds flying freely in the huge aviaries.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Iguazú Falls > Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Discover Buenos Aires

      Fly to Buenos Aires for a three night stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight enjoy the Gala Tango show and dinner or enjoy fine dining in the hotel restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 32 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Tango dancers

      An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, today you’ll discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’. See the dusky pink Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada, visit soulful San Telmo and in colourful La Boca enjoy a walk down famous Caminito Street.

      Enrich

      Learn about the culture of Tango as you witness the elegance of some local dancers as they perform a
      private dance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 33 - Buenos Aires
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Explore the city and discover the famous faces of Pope Francis, Carlos Gardel – the father of Tango – and Eva Peron, with the finale a tour of the elegant Teatro Colon. Alternatively take a tour with a local artist to discover the vibrant urban art scene and view some of the open-air street art murals or take a walking tour with a local guide to discover some of the secrets of Argentinean cuisine at small local restaurants and cafés.

      The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy this vibrant city at your own pace.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 34 - Buenos Aires > El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Los Glaciers National Park

      Fly to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park for your three night stay. Dine tonight on a delicious menu showcasing Patagonian specialties.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 35 - El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Perito Moreno Glacier; Sundowners

      Established in 1937 as a national park and extending over 4,459 square kilometres, this World Heritage-listed park is sure to be a highlight. Cruise close to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, whose face rises an average of 74 metres above the surface of the water. Then take a guided walk along the boardwalk for views across to the top of the impressive 250 square kilometre glacier.

      Sundowners

      Toast your day with a whisky or Baileys on glacial ice.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 36 - El Calafate
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinian countryside or enjoy stunning scenery on an off road adventure (4x4) through Calafate Mountain park.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 37 - El Calafate > Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Majestic National Park

      Cross the border today into Chile and take a spectacular drive through the Torres del Paine National Park. Your luxurious nature retreat rests in the heart of the park on the shores of Lake Pehoe and provides the perfect place for a three night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with views across to the Paine Massif and enjoy complimentary beverages and a range of excursions each day, all escorted by the naturalist guides.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 38 - Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Daily excursions and activities

      Your exciting exploration of one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. Boasting glaciers, waterways, the peaks of the Paine Massif and a range of wildlife including the elusive puma, your days exploring will be a memory to treasure. Over the next two days there are more than 40 small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace, all escorted by the expert  expedition guides. Each evening relax in the lounge, savour the Patagonian specialties and magnificent views over the lake and to the mountains.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 39 - Torres del Paine National Park
      Highlights:
      Daily excursions and activities

      Explore this spectacular national park enjoying small group activities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 40 - Torres del Paine National Park > Santiago
      Highlights:
      Fly to Santiago

      Drive through the lovely Patagonian countryside to Punta Arenas. Then fly to the quirky Chilean capital of Santiago and your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 41 - Santiago
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Your journey of wonder comes to an end as you say farewell and transfer to Santiago airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 5 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 20 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 4 Sundowner events
    • 6 memorable Special Stays
    • Galápagos expedition cruise
    • 86 meals – 40 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 24 dinners