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Machu Picchu & South America Passage

  • Departure Date12 Feb 2023
  • Princess Cruises Sapphire Princess
  • 24 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £5,299 per person

Itinerary

  • 5 night Machu Picchu Tour
  • Enjoy 1 night in Santiago
  • Santiago
  • Puerto Montt
  • Amalia Glacier
  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ushuaia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Puerto Madryn
  • Montevideo
  • Buenos Aires
  • Stay 2 night 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 Sapphire Princess 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 only £40pp per day & get: Drinks, WiFi & Crew Appreciation

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for 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 Sapphire Princess on full board basis
  • FREE 2 night stay in Buenos Aires on bed & breakfast basis
  • Upgrade for only £40pp per day & get: Drinks, WiFi & Crew Appreciation
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Feb 2023£5,299£5,569£6,199£6,699

Price based on 12 Feb 2023 flying from London. Suite price is based on mini suite price. 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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Itinerary for Machu Picchu & South America Passage

Day 1 - Fly UK to Lima

Day 2 - Arrive in Lima & transfer to hotel

Day 3 - Full day Sacred Valley Tour

Day 4 - Full day Machu Picchu Tour

Day 5 - Half day Cusco City Tour

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

Day 7 - Fly Lima to Santiago / Enjoy Santiago

Day 8 - Embark Sapphire Princess in Santiago

Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile's central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile's internationally renowned wine district.

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt is your gateway to Chile's magnificent Lake District. Here, snow-capped volcanoes gaze down on alpine valleys nestled among low hills. Glaciers carved out this terrain, leaving the jewel-like lakes in their wake. The Lake District was a magnet for German immigrants, and their legacy can be seen today in the manicured rose gardens of Puerto Varas, the "German Villages" like Frutillar, and the gabled homes with elaborate balconies of Puerto Montt. Despite a population of more than 130,000, Puerto Montt retains the feel of a small town. For a simple introduction to the city, walk along the waterfront road to the fishing port of Angelmo and browse the local artisans' stalls, then tuck into a snack in one of the small cafés along the way.

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Amalia Glacier

The Southern Patagonian Ice Field covered the entirety of southern Chile just 10,000 years ago. Today, this region gives way to the awe-inspiring channels and islands that comprise the fjords of southern Chile's Pacific Coast, which extend as far south as Tierra del Fuego and the Strait of Magellan. While cruising through the sparkling waters of Chile's legendary inlets, you'll be graced by the presence of snowcapped mountain peaks, majestic forests and spectacular blue-tinged glaciers that will take your breath away. The unspoiled scenery is filled with dramatic rock formations and abundant wildlife known for making their homes here, including sea lions, Peale's dolphins and a variety of seabirds that soar amid the splendor.

Day 13 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas lies atop rolling hills, looking out over the Strait of Magellan. In the days before the Panama Canal, this was a major port as ships plied the waters of Cape Horn. Punta Arenas remains a prosperous town today, thanks to its rich natural resources. The city is also the gateway to Chilean Patagonia, a maze of fjords, rivers, steppes, and mountains to the north. To the south lies the great frozen mass of Antarctica. Adventure awaits in any direction at this port located near the end of the earth. Across the Strait of Magellan lies Tierra del Fuego, the lonely, windswept island discovered by Magellan in 1520. The region was settled by Yugoslavian and English sheep ranchers in the 19th century.

Day 14 - Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and one of two main cities on the island territory of Tierra del Fuego. Shared by Argentina and Chile, "The Land of Fire" features unforgettable scenery and trails of discovery framed by the sea, forests, lakes and mountains.

Day 15 - Cape Horn, Scenic Cruising

Located on Chile's Isla Hornos in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America. The culmination of the Andes mountain range, the legendary Cape is prone to unpredictably strong winds, choppy waters, icebergs and rogue waves - none of which phase the Princess ships that sail here. Nevertheless, hazardous maritime conditions have protected the rocky region from human settlement, so you'll enjoy the same views as the earliest explorers discovered centuries ago. Unusual rock formations with deep grooves and granite cliffs covered in trees are its signature features. Navigating around the Cape was a near-impossible feat for sailors who braved its intense winds and treacherous waters in the 17th century. However, those fortunate enough to return from a successful trip were entitled to numerous benefits, including dining with one foot on the dinner table and wearing a gold loop earring to boast of their seafaring victory. Though Cape Horn became a significant trade route between the 18th and early 20th centuries, the opening of the Panama Canal rendered this route obsolete - but that hasn't prevented adventurers from recreational journeys to the Cape, or the bragging rights that come along with them!

Day 16 - Falkland Islands

Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands' rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life. Colorful houses occupy the low rolling moorland bordering Stanley Harbor. Stanley's climate resembles London's - cool and rainy though summer visitors are often blessed with clear, sunny skies.

Day 17 - At Sea

Day 18 - Puerto Madryn

Fleeing the economic devastation of England's Industrial Revolution, Welsh settlers immigrated to Argentina in search of cheap land. Led by Viscount Madryn, one group of settlers sailed for Patagonia, founding the small city of Puerto Madryn in 1865. Life in Patagonia, however, was not easy. There were lonely prairies, brutally cold winters, and unrelenting winds. Still the Welsh survived, and today visitors can still see their legacy in Puerto Madryn and its surrounding communities. Puerto Madryn is your gateway to one of South America's largest breeding grounds for birds and mammals - Tombo National Reserve.

Day 19 - At Sea

Day 20 - Montevideo

Nestled between the continent's two giants, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. More than half of the nation's population of three million reside in the capital of Montevideo, located at Uruguay's southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata. Although small in size, Uruguay has proven to be big-hearted - the country is one of the most literate nations in the world while Montevideo is one of South America's most interesting and cosmopolitan capitals. Montevideo is a charming city made up of 19th-century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historical monuments.

Day 21 - Buenos Aires

Founded in the early 16th century, Buenos Aires was transformed from a colonial port into a cosmopolitan metropolis - the "Paris of the South" - by the cattle boom of the 1880s. As in the American West, boom was followed by bust. But that did not stop Buenos Aires from becoming the city it is today. With its air of haunted grandeur, Buenos Aires is a place of icy intellect and smoldering passion. It is a city where the elegant Colon Theater, one of the world's great opera houses, stands in counterpoint to the working class barrios that gave birth to the tango. Perhaps the city's enigmas and contradictions are best embodied by its two most famous citizens - the reclusive librarian and literary genius Jorge Luis Borges and the showgirl turned First Lady, Evita Peron. The "Paris of the South" flaunts its European heritage. One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is simply absorbing its charm and flavor, from Parisian-style confiterias - cafés - to the city's popular tango clubs.

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

Founded in the early 16th century, Buenos Aires was transformed from a colonial port into a cosmopolitan metropolis - the "Paris of the South" - by the cattle boom of the 1880s. As in the American West, boom was followed by bust. But that did not stop Buenos Aires from becoming the city it is today. With its air of haunted grandeur, Buenos Aires is a place of icy intellect and smoldering passion. It is a city where the elegant Colon Theater, one of the world's great opera houses, stands in counterpoint to the working class barrios that gave birth to the tango. Perhaps the city's enigmas and contradictions are best embodied by its two most famous citizens - the reclusive librarian and literary genius Jorge Luis Borges and the showgirl turned First Lady, Evita Peron. The "Paris of the South" flaunts its European heritage. One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is simply absorbing its charm and flavor, from Parisian-style confiterias - cafés - to the city's popular tango clubs.

Day 23 - Enjoy Buenos Aires

Day 24 - Fly Buenos Aires to UK

Fly Buenos Aires to UK/Arrive UK

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