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Luxury

South America Discovery, Galapagos and Antarctica

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Trip Code: ISAAG34R
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Trip Highlights

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

Guided Zodiac Excursions

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

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 ISAAG34R 2019

Guayaquil to Rio De Janeiro

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™ - 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 where you will 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 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 Galápagos Hotel

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Enjoy a full day exploring the Galápagos Islands by yacht. Be part of a small group of only 20 guests, aboard the Sea Lion Yacht with four crew members, and 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 wild and rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fe. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your hotel tonight.

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Today take your choice of day exploration tours. Explore the Galápagos Highlands in search of giant tortoises and visit Tortuga Bay. Continue to the Charles Darwin Research Centre which is 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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This morning fly via Lima to Cusco, the historic capital of the ancient Inca Empire and the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Settle into the luxurious JW Marriott El Convento hotel, Cusco.

Stay: Two Nights, Cusco, JW Marriott

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Cusco

For lunch, perhaps head to Bario Ceviche, LIMO and Pisco Bar, or enjoy fine dining at the renowned MAP Café.


A walking tour will take you to the square in Cusco’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, and to the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral.

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Board a train and travel through lush forest to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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Return by train to the Sacred Valley and check into your luxury hotel.

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 look at 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. Still to this day the mines are cultivated to produce salt.


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

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Today, travel to Chincheros, a small Andean village. During a weaving demonstration, learn how the colourful materials of South America are created. Continue to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. Head out for dinner at the Cafe Museo, for an elegant dining experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Country Club Lima Hotel

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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.


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.

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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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Transfer to the airport and take your included flight to Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city and the gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, you will board your luxurious expedition small ship, Le Lyrial for your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. 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

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 centrally located hotel.

Stay: Three Nights, Buenos Aires, Park Hyatt Hotel

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Enjoy a tango lesson, 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

Perhaps 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. Perhaps you would prefer to learn more about the game of polo and attend a professional live polo game.


This morning after breakfast, embark on your chosen activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Stay within the National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


Fly to Iguazú Falls and visit a panoramic viewing platform.

Stay: Two Nights, Iguazú Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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Today 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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Get up close to a range of native South American birds at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Then fly to Rio de Janeiro and head to Copacabana beach where hotel awaits.

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Travel to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy stunning views across the city. 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

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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After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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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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A Taste of South America

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

Stay Amid a Natural Wonderland

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

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