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Luxury

South America Discovery with Antarctica Cruise

Rio de Janeiro to Cusco
28 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISAA28
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Trip Highlights

Impressive Iguassu Falls

Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train and experience impressive views of Iguassu Falls and the 82-metre deep Devil’s Throat

Explore Machu Picchu

Magical and mysterious, enjoy plenty of time to witness one of the planet's most amazing archaeological sites

Cruise True South

Reawaken your inner adventurer on an Antarctica expedition cruise, skimming past icebergs to meet curious wildlife

Your Vacation Includes

  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Expedition Team
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in Brazil, Argentina and Peru
  • APT charter to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Le Lyrial
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • All flights within South America
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and tipping
  • A total of 56 meals

Map & Itinerary

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South America Map ISAA28 2019

Rio de Janeiro to Cusco

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Fly to one of the world’s most spectacular and colourful cities, Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by mountains and drenched with white-sand beaches, the Carnival capital of South America is known to be the beating heart of Brazil. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach where young locals play futevôlei (soccer volleyball) among the beautiful bronzed beach-goers.

Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

Travel to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer who watches over Rio de Janeiro. Visit the statue and stand on the platform at its peak for stunning views across the city, beaches, mountains and lagoons. At sunset, ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain before heading to a local restaurant for a delicious Brazilian barbecue.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may wish to embark on a tour through the colourful local favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Alternatively, experience the stunning beauty of Guanabara Bay on a boat ride; or perhaps join a tour of the city’s fascinating historical sights, where legends woven through the narrow streets are brought to life on an enthralling discovery.


This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Get up close to the thundering cascades on a Jet Boat Safari. Take in this breathtaking spectacle from beneath this powerful waterfall.


Board your flight to Iguazú 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. Tonight dine at Ipê Grill at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazú Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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Today venture to the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride on 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.

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Awake near the beautiful Iguazú Falls and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Walk through the giant aviaries and get up close to a range of colourful native South American birds, including the iconic toucan, at Parque das Aves Bird Park. This afternoon fly to Buenos Aires. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.


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.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.


Today, embark on your chosen activity.

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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

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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.

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On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take a tour to Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southern national park.


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

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Today, fly to Lima, the starting point of your Peruvian discovery.

Stay: Two Nights, Lima, Hilton Miraflores

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

A visit to a private hacienda will showcase regional traditions. Arrive to the upbeat rhythms of live music and dance, before enjoying lunch and see fantastic horsemanship in a Peruvian Paso horse show.


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.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


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

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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.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


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.

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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

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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

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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.


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.

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After breakfast at your hotel, your South American journey comes to an end this morning with a transfer to Cusco airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Full side view of luxury small ship Le Lyrial
Luxury Antarctica Cruise

Enjoy gourmet food, flawless service and easy access to the wonders of Antarctica on the privately chartered Le Lyrial

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Lunch With Sacred Valley Views

Enjoy lunch at El Parador de Moray in the Sacred Valley, with stunning views of mountains and over terraces

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