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Luxury

South American Discovery, Galapagos and Antarctica

Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro
33 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISAAG33
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Trip Highlights

Guided Zodiac Excursions

Enjoy exhilarating Zodiac excursions in deep blue waters near spectacular icebergs and up close to penguins and seals.

Explore South America In Style

See the best of South America on this comprehensive tour, taking in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the Sacred Valley.

The Ultimate Wildlife Wonder

Home to thousands of animal and marine species, the Galapagos Islands is a definite must-see destination.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Expedition Team
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 10 destinations
  • APT charter to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Le Boréal
  • Stay in the Galápagos Islands at the Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • All flights within South America
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and tipping
  • A total of 71 meals

Map & Itinerary

South America Map ISAAG33 2020

Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro

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™ - Dining

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton

Fly to Baltra Island and take a small ferry ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island. From here, transfer to Finch Bay Hotel, your home for the next four nights. Explore the Galápagos Islands National Park aboard the hotel’s private yacht and embark on excursions to discover the hidden coves and see the giant turtles. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also included.

Stay: Four Nights, Santa Cruz Island, Finch Bay Hotel

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As part of a small group of only 20 guests, explore the Galápagos Islands aboard the Sea Lion Yacht with four crew members, and a delicious buffet lunch. Your yacht offers day trips to some of the various islands within the national park including the wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartolomé, the wild and rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fé. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your hotel tonight.

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Today, take your choice of day exploration tours. Explore the Galápagos Highlands and see giant tortoises and visit Tortuga Bay. Continue to the Charles Darwin Research Centre, now an interpretation centre with a turtle breeding program. You may also like to relax on the pristine beaches at your resort, or explore by kayak and encounter the playful seals that frequent these waters.

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Enjoy another day exploring the islands by yacht, getting up close to the wonderful wildlife that call this region home.

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This morning make your way to Baltra Island airport for your return flight to Guayaquil. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton

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Transfer to Guayaquil airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival, discover the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima. Known as the ‘City of Kings’, 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.

Stay: Two Nights, Lima, Country Club

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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 seeing the fantastic horsemanship in a Peruvian Paso horse show.


Today, enjoy your Signature Experience.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a 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 Chinchero, a small Andean village in heart of the Sacred Valley. Arrive in Sacred Valley and check into your luxury hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood

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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.


Travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of terraced fields. Later, enjoy lunch with views of the surrounding Andes mountains and valleys.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board the Inca rail and travel to Machu Picchu, with lunch on board the train.


Set off on a guided tour of the ancient Inca citadel.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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Board the Mapi train for your return trip to Sacred Valley. Continue by coach to Cusco. On arrival, check in to your hotel, absorbing its Spanish colonial charm.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Head to Barrio Ceviche for a taste of local Peruvian dishes. Alternatively, choose from an eclectic menu at the MAP Café.


A guided walking tour through Cusco takes you to the stunning square in the city’s heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral.

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Today fly to Buenos Aires in preparation for your cruise to Antarctica. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt

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Board your included flight to Ushuaia for your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Le Boréal.

Stay: 10 Nights, Le Boréal

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Transfer to your luxury expedition ship, Le Boréal to be 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.

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

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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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Each day on your cruise, 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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Keep an eye out for the orcas, as well as humpback and minke whales, that frequent these waters.

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Continue to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Take advantage of a flexible itinerary as you continue to explore this enchanting world of water and ice.

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Learn about the history, geology and wildlife of the remarkable White Continent courtesy of your Expedition Team and enjoy Zodiac rides, keeping an eye out for the astonishing wildlife of the region.

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On board your ship, share stories with fellow passengers and new-found friends.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Disembark your ship in Ushuaia. Later, travel to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires. Settle into your hotel, located in the Recoleta district.

Stay: Three Nights, Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy dinner and an exciting tango show.


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.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Head to the island town of Tigre and enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. Alternatively, explore the extraordinary history of the city’s vibrant urban art culture, or take a behind the scenes soccer tour that celebrates ‘fútbol’, the national sport of Argentina.


Today, enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusions.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Stay within Brazil’s Iguazú National Park for two nights, enjoying your hotel’s unrivalled location.


Fly to the Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls. Upon arrival, you will ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one that takes you right to the thunderous Devil’s Throat. Continue to the Brazilian side of the falls to the Hotel das Cataratas.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazú Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Get up close to the roaring cascades on a Jet Boat Ride Safari.


Spend some time enjoying the panoramic view of the falls with a leisurely walk between each of the viewing platforms. Spanning an area 2.7 kilometres wide, Iguazú Falls is made up of roughly 275 incredible waterfalls waiting to be explored.

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See colourful native South American birds at Parque das Aves Bird Park, then fly to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach.

Stay: Three Nights, Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Witness the beauty of Guanabara Bay from on board a schooner boat. Alternatively, take a colonial walking tour, where the legends woven through the narrow streets are brought to life on an enthralling discovery.


Today, enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusions.

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Today you will travel to Corcovado mountain to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. As you visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, look out to simply stunning views across the city. Later as the sun sets, set off on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of this spectacular city. Afterwards, you will head to a local restaurant for Brazil’s famously delicious barbecue.

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After breakfast this morning your unforgettable tour of South America concludes with a transfer to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Finch Bay Hotel

Savour the seclusion and natural setting of the award-winning Finch Bay Hotel, on the shore of Santa Cruz island.

Luxury small ship Le Boreal cruising antarctica
Luxury Antarctica Cruise

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

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Distinctive and Stylish Hotels

Stay in South America's finest hotels, from Tambo del Inka to Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel and the Country Club Lima Hotel.

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