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Machu Picchu & South American Explorer

  • Departure DateNov 2022 & Feb 2023
  • Holland America Line Oosterdam
  • 24 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £4,849 per person

Itinerary

  • 5 night Machu Picchu Tour
  • Stay 1 night in Santiago
  • Santiago
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Chacabuco
  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ushuaia
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Montevideo
  • Buenos Aires
  • Stay 2 nights in Buenos Aires

Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, should be on every traveller’s bucket list! With this exclusive cruise and stay holiday, you will enjoy a luxury 5 night Machu Picchu tour. Highlights include a full day tour to Sacred Valley where you'll visit Maras' Salt pans, Moray Archaeological Site and Misminay Community, a scenic train journey to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu and a half day Cusco city tour. Then, embark Ooesterdam and experience South America, a land of tropical mystery, soaring mountains and astounding natural wonders as you sail from one fascinating port of call to another. Revel in the rich history, culture and spectacular natural beauty of this awe-inspiring bucket list destination. Bring this incredible trip to a close with a 2 night stay in the vivacious city of Buenos Aires where you can experience live jazz sets, a dynamic food scene and impressive art and architecture.

Highlights

  • 5 night Machu Picchu Tour
  • FREE Buenos Aires Stay
  • Upgrade for £35pp per day & get: Drinks, Speciality Dining, Shore Excursion & WiFi

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • 5 night Machu Picchu Tour 
  • Flight from Lima to Santiago 
  • 1 night stay in Santiago on bed & breakfast basis
  • 14 night cruise on board Oosterdam on full board basis
  • FREE 2 night stay in Buenos Aires on bed & breakfast basis
  • Upgrade for £35pp per day & get: Drinks, Speciality Dining, Shore Excursion & WiFi
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Nov 2022£4,899£5,199£5,699£6,299
Feb 2023£4,849£5,279£5,649£6,139

Price based on 29 Nov 2022 & 17 Feb 2023 flying from London, itinerary may vary depending on date. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Rebecca was helpful and efficiently organised our cruise.

Always use this company and have always had great service. Rebecca was helpful and efficiently booked our cruise.

Mrs Walsh / December 2021

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Oosterdam

Oosterdam, a Vista-class ship, recently emerged from dry dock with exciting updates—including completely refreshed suites and new lounge, dining and entertainment venues, such as Music Walk, with Lincoln Center Stage, B.

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Itinerary for Machu Picchu & South American Explorer

Day 1 - Fly UK to Lima

Day 2 - Arrive in Lima & transfer to hotel

Day 3 - Full day Sacred Valley Tour

Maras' Salt pans and Moray Archaeological Site.

Day 4 - Full day Machu Picchu Tour

Full day visit to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Pivchu departing from the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 - Half day Cusco City Tour

San Pedro Marlet, Cathedral, Qoricancha Inca Temple and Custco Cathedral. 

Day 6 - Fly from Cusco to Lima / Half day Lima City Tour

Cathedral & San Francisco Convent.

Day 7 - Fly Lima to Santiago / Enjoy Santiago

Day 8 - Embark Oosterdam in Santiago

This large, modern port serves Chile’s capital, Santiago, a city with Spanish colonial charm and a vivacious spirit. Encircled by the Andes and the Coastal Range, Santiago is centered around the Plaza de Armas, with several of the city’s landmarks: the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral the Palacio de la Real Audencia from 1808, the City Hall and the National Museum of History. North of San Antonio lie the picturesque old port and university town of Valparaíso and the colorful seaside resort of Viña del Mar. In between the coast and the capital are valleys filled with some of Chile’s most famous wineries, all inviting you to come and taste.

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Puerto Montt

Gateway to the scenic Lake District, a series of fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests, icy lakes, Bavarian hamlets and luminous snowcapped volcanoes. Sample shore excursions: Alerce Mountain Lodge & Lake of Reflections; Petrohué Rapids & Frutillar.

Day 11 - Puerto Chacabuco

Here in the heart of the Chilean archipelago, discover stunning scenery: dense rain forests, bright-blue lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks. Sample shore excursions: Sights of Patagonia; Lake Elizalde Adventure.

Day 12 - Cruising Chilean Fjords

Day 13 - Scenic cruising Sarmiento Channel

Day 14 - Strait of Magellan / Punta Arenas, Chile / Cockburn Channel / Beagle Channel

If Punta Arenas exudes an "edge of the world" air, it's not without reason. This windblown city near Chile's southernmost tip sits on the Strait of Magellan, which itself is positioned squarely between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The city has played—and continues to play—an important role in geographic, political and economic affairs in South America's so-called Southern Cone, which is formed by Chile and neighboring Argentina. Too many travelers rush through Punta Arenas, treating it as a pit stop on their way to the stunningly beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park and other attractions in Patagonia, but there's plenty in this city and its environs to experience, too. From penguin spotting on Isla Magdalena and kayaking the Strait of Magellan to visiting area farms and then indulging in surf-and-turf specialties (here meaning fresh seafood and asado, or Chilean barbecue) at local restaurants, Punta Arenas is worth a stopover all its own.

Day 15 - Daylight cruising Glacier Alley / Ushuaia

Dramatic, fantastical, otherworldly—this is the end of the world, for real. Positioned at the southernmost tip of Argentina, this memorable port town is cradled between the pristine—and towering—Martial Mountains and accessed by the picturesque Beagle Channel (which was named for Darwin’s famed vessel). Ushuaia is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego region, which is best described as a spectacular collection of superlative natural wonders. It’s a veritable kaleidoscope of glittering glaciers, snowcapped mountains, dense forests, sparkling lakes and windswept plains spread across an archipelago of rugged islands. The town itself is a maze of streets lined with low-slung buildings that all seem to meet at its heart, the port. Founded in 1884, the far-flung spot welcomed missionaries, gold prospectors and naval officers before becoming known primarily as a penal colony. After its closure under the infamous Argentine leader Juan Perón, the large jail was reconfigured to house one of the city’s most popular museums. Other current in-town attractions include a maritime museum and a museum dedicated to the region’s natural history, as well as restaurants preparing the marquee offering—local king crab.

Day 16 - Scenic Cruising Cape Horn

Day 17 - Stanley, Falkland Islands

The world's southernmost capital, Stanley is located in the Falklands archipelago, which consists of two main islands, East and West Falkland, along with smaller islands nearby. Stanley is proud of its British heritage, evidenced everywhere from its red telephone boxes to its pubs. The Falklands were first claimed by the English in 1765; over the centuries the Crown has had to abandon, reclaim and defend these far-flung islands from invading nations—including an Argentine foray in 1982. During the early years of their colonization, the Falklands were used as a base for ships hunting sperm whales for oil, followed by those hunting seals for fur. Today in this remote British territory, fishing and tourism are what drive the economy.

Day 18 - At Sea

Day 19 - At Sea

Day 20 - Montevideo

Friendly and genteel, Montevideo honors colonial customs: long lunches, siestas, high tea. Nearby: Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest city in Uruguay (ca. 1680) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample shore excursions: Colonia del Sacramento; A Gaucho's Life.

Day 21 - Buenos Aires

In the early 20th century, Buenos Aires, Argentina, gained immense wealth when it began shipping its pampas-raised beef around the world. It quickly entered the club of great world cities, and a slew of attractions and architectural jewels soon arose. Since that time, the capital has experienced huge swings in economic and political fortune. But Buenos Aires continues to fascinate and entertain sightseeing visitors, both for its chaotic energy and for its sheer urban beauty. Thankfully, the Belle Époque grandeur and enormous tracts of greenery remain. Any list of things to do in Buenos Aires would begin with its many walkable neighborhoods; Palermo especially stands out, thanks to creative residents who have pushed the restaurant scene well beyond beef. Porteños—as the locals are called—may be of Spanish, Italian, Jewish or Middle Eastern descent; that mix of cultures is reflected in the city's dialect, foods and pastimes. Looking beyond the city's sights, Buenos Aires is known as the birthplace of tango, and while the music and dance never quite went away, today tango is making a resurgence. Fans come here from around the world to take part in or watch the milongas (dance events). Argentines are world leaders in polo as well, and as the sport captures the interest of more and more travelers, hunky players like Nacho are gaining global celebrity.

Day 22 - Buenos Aires, disembark & transfer to hotel / Enjoy Buenos Aires

In the early 20th century, Buenos Aires, Argentina, gained immense wealth when it began shipping its pampas-raised beef around the world. It quickly entered the club of great world cities, and a slew of attractions and architectural jewels soon arose. Since that time, the capital has experienced huge swings in economic and political fortune. But Buenos Aires continues to fascinate and entertain sightseeing visitors, both for its chaotic energy and for its sheer urban beauty. Thankfully, the Belle Époque grandeur and enormous tracts of greenery remain. Any list of things to do in Buenos Aires would begin with its many walkable neighborhoods; Palermo especially stands out, thanks to creative residents who have pushed the restaurant scene well beyond beef. Porteños—as the locals are called—may be of Spanish, Italian, Jewish or Middle Eastern descent; that mix of cultures is reflected in the city's dialect, foods and pastimes. Looking beyond the city's sights, Buenos Aires is known as the birthplace of tango, and while the music and dance never quite went away, today tango is making a resurgence. Fans come here from around the world to take part in or watch the milongas (dance events). Argentines are world leaders in polo as well, and as the sport captures the interest of more and more travelers, hunky players like Nacho are gaining global celebrity.

Day 23 - Enjoy Buenos Aires

Day 24 - Fly Buenos Aires to UK

Fly Buenos Aires to UK/Arrive UK

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Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Nothing is too much trouble, not only cruises but also land trips.

Always good service from Scotland Cruise Centre. In all the years we have used them never a problem of their making and are quick to help sort out issues we have had with cruise companies. We have now booked land trip holidays with Wendy Wo with SCC. They always have time to talk to us and we have never had to wait long for them to answer the phone.

Mrs Proffitt / December 2021

Rebecca was helpful and efficiently organised our cruise.

Always use this company and have always had great service. Rebecca was helpful and efficiently booked our cruise.

Mrs Walsh / December 2021

ray watson books all my cruises he gives me confidence in his advice and knowledge and has never let us down

Mrs Rogers / December 2021

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