Icons of South America & Antarctica - cruise & land journey

31 Days
Guayaquil to Buenos Aires
From (EUR)
28,808
Dates & Pricing

2022 Guayaquil > Buenos Aires

An incredible showcase of evolution, the Galápagos Islands is an untouched utopia bursting with unique flora and fauna. On your four day cruise to the land that served as Darwin’s muse for ‘Origin of the Species’, you will encounter wildlife you won’t see anywhere else, including Blue-footed boobies, multi-coloured crustaceans, and the famous Galápagos giant tortoise. On your Amazon cruise, explore the ‘lungs of the planet’ with an expert naturalist and enjoy the rare opportunity of meeting native Amazonian tribes. Visit the 15th-century Incan treasures of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, and in Buenos Aires, live it up with a Gala Tango show and marvel at the city’s belle époque architecture. Wake up to spectacular scenery and ice-filled channels, and spend your days marvelling at the many wonders along the Antarctic Peninsula. Set out exploring and immerse yourself in the grand spectacle. The constantly changing weather, scenery and colours provide opportunities for professional and amateur photographers alike.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OSE1
Duration:
31 days
Departure City:
Guayaquil
Return City:
Buenos Aires

31 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

    A world of wonder awaits as you start your journey with an overnight Special Stay at your elegant hotel. Your haven of luxury in the centre of this busy port city offers the perfect place to relax before your adventure begins.

  2. Day 2 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands

    Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Settle into your air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows on board the stylish La Pinta, your home for the next four nights. Over the coming days, on a range of included shore excursions, you will see a rich variety of landscapes, marine and land animals, and colourful birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. This afternoon, join naturalist guides for your first excursion to the islands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Galápagos Islands

    Each day a new discovery awaits as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You will take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by expert naturalist guides and enjoy opportunities to snorkel and kayak. Depending on the season, you’ll witness different species of birds including the unusual blue-footed boobies and their tap-dancing mating ritual. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue to cruise the Galápagos Islands. Each day a new discovery awaits as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue to cruise the Galápagos Islands. Each day a new discovery awaits as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Galápagos Islands > Lima, Peru

    Bid farewell to the crew and fly to Lima for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Lima > Amazon

    Fly to Iquitos and settle into your oversized suite on board Delfin III, your luxurious floating hotel for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amazon Cruise

    Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region. You will explore remote Amazon River tributaries, spot monkeys and birds while walking along a jungle trail, visit local villages and schools and meet with native Amazonians. Board the skiffs and cruise along the waterways, or go onshore for excursions through the jungle led by knowledgeable naturalist guides. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Amazon Cruise

    Cruise the Amazon. Each day there will be a range of small group excursions to discover the diversity of this region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Amazon > Lima, Peru

    Bid farewell to the crew and fly to Lima for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Lima, Peru

    Discover the highlights and the hidden gems of Lima on this cosmopolitan adventure. The marvellous and well-restored colonial architecture is only the beginning.  Your expert local guide will show you the must-see sights and the hidden gems of this former capital of the Spanish conquistadors. Beyond baroque balconies lie secret treasures from the age-old library and bone patchworks of the city’s famous monastery. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Sacred Valley

    Fly to Cuzco, then travel through the picturesque Sacred Valley to the small village of Urubamba for your three-night stay. The relaxed touring pace allows you to experience the history, unique lifestyle, culture and majestic scenery of this heartland of the former  Inca empire.

    Sundowners

    Share stories with your fellow travellers as you enjoy a private performance by local musicians complemented with a light tapas style dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sacred Valley

    Join your expert local guide for a walking tour of Ollantaytambo, the site where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious Andean feast at Hacienda Huayoccari, where you will learn about the daily life, traditions and work of the locals during a weaving demonstration. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming village of Urubamba.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Sacred Valley

    Freechoice

    Tour the ruins of Pisac and its colourful markets, or see Moray ruins and the Incan salt pans. 

    This afternoon delight in an unforgettable culinary experience of five different meats cooked in five different ways over an open flame, with ingredients grown in Tambo’s own organic garden. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  15. Day 15 - Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu

    Travel through picturesque fields on your Vistadome rail journey to Machu Picchu then spend time at the ancient Inca site. Be amazed as your expert local guides share the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, relax at your charming hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Machu Picchu > Cuzco

    Learn how to make two of the country’s signature offerings: ceviche and pisco sours, during a cooking demonstration. Continue to the charming city of Cuzco and your luxurious hotel, in the heart of the historic centre. Your three-night Special Stay is sure to be a highlight. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Cuzco

    The former capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco is a city with incredible architecture. Uncover the history of this World Heritage-listed site including Korichancha and the ruins of Sacsayhuamán fortress. 

    Enrich

    Visit a community supported by Scenic. Meet the students and teachers at the local school and learn about their lifestyle.   

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose to dine at Inti Raymi or Cicciolina restaurant. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Cuzco

    Freechoice

    Explore the fascinating San Pedro food markets with a local guide followed by a cooking class. Alternatively, discover the picturesque San Blas artisan quarter on a walking tour. 

    Enrich

    Join your Tour Director for a special dinner this evening. A cosmopolitan and cutting-edge gastronomic presentation awaits; formed from the most exquisite flavours, colours, textures and aromas of local ingredients from different parts of Peru at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cusco.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Cuzco > Buenos Aires

    Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic city known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary gifts. Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  20. Day 20 - Buenos Aires > Ushuaia

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team. Set sail and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - At sea

    Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will build up the excitement for what’s to come or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - At sea

    Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options on board, or a butler serves you your meal in-suite. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first step foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans. Antarctica is truly land of peace.  

    Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. If conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.  

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight. 

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - At Sea

    Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - At Sea

    A day at sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Ushuaia, Argentina > Buenos Aires

    Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Sundowners event
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Included night in Buenos Aires
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

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