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Luxury

South America Discovery, Galapagos and Antarctica

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Trip Code: ISAAG34
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Trip Highlights

Guided Zodiac Excursions

Enjoy exhilarating Zodiac excursions through deep blue waters filled with spectacular icebergs to get up close to the wildlife

Explore South America in Style

See the best of South America on this comprehensive tour taking in Rio de Janerio, 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 Lyrial
  • 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

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South America Map ISAAG34 2019

Rio De Janeiro to Guayaquil

Reverse Trip

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

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

Travel to Corcovado, and see the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and stand on the platform at its peak for stunning views across the city. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain before enjoying a Brazilian barbecue.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a tour of local favelas, or board a schooner boat for a cruise on Guanabara Bay, the second largest bay on the Brazilian coast. Perhaps join a tour of the Rio’s fascinating historical sights.


This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Get up close to the thundering cascades on an unforgettable Jet Boat Safari.


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 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.

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Awake near the beautiful Iguazú Falls and enjoy breakfast at your hotel before visiting a nearby Bird Park to see amazing toucans. 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

Enjoy a tango lesson, dinner and tango show.


Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires before visiting the city’s oldest barrio (district).

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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.


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This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport and take your included flight to Ushuaia. Here, you will board your luxurious ship, Le Lyrial. This evening, enjoy the 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

Tour 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 of Buenos Aires.

Stay: Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt Hotel

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

Stay: Two Nights, Country Club Lima Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Spend a fun afternoon at a private hacienda. Arrive to live music and dance before enjoying lunch and a captivating Peruvian Paso horse show.


Join a local guide for a morning tour of the fascinating and historic city of Lima.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a weaving demonstration, learn how the colourful woven materials of South America are made.


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

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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 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.


Travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields which were likely used by the Inca for agricultural experiments. Later, enjoy lunch with views of the surrounding Andes mountains and valleys.

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Board a train and admire the mountains 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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Board a train to the Sacred Valley. Watch the picturesque scenery pass by before transferring by coach to Cusco.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Perhaps head to Bario Ceviche, LIMO Pisco Bar for local Peruvian dishes; or choose a fine dining experience as you savour an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café.


This morning, embark on a walking tour of Cusco before choosing from three options for lunch.

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Today you will leave Peru and fly via Lima to Guayaquil in Ecuador.

Stay: The Hilton, Guayaquil

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

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

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Enjoy a full day off exploring the fascinating Galápagos Islands aboard a private yacht. Be part of a small group of only 20 guests, cruising on the hotel’s Sea Lion Yacht with four crew members, and enjoy 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 rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fe.

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Today take your choice of tours. Explore the Galápagos Highlands in search of giant tortoises and visit Tortuga Bay. See the Charles Darwin Research Centre, now an interpretation centre with a turtle breeding program. Perhaps relax at a pristine beach, snorkel at Las Grietas, or explore by kayak, encountering 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 a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton Hotel

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After breakfast this morning your unforgettable tour of South America concludes at Guayaquil airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of South America

Zesty caipirinhas, juicy steaks and fine Peruvian chocolate - you'll be tantalised by the region's favourite dishes

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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Stay Amid a Natural Wonderland

In the heart of the Galápagos Islands, award-winning Finch Bay Lodge is perfectly positioned for discovery

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family