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Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

Uncover the lost world of the Incas at Machu Picchu, transit the iconic Panama Canal and visit Ecuador's beautiful beaches on this superb expedition voyage. Includes hotel stays in San Jose, Lima and the Sacred Valley and return flights between Lima and Cusco

Expedition Holiday
Machu Picchu
Panama Canal
Chan Chan ruins
Ollantaytambo Fortress

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Uncover the secrets of the mysterious Inca civilisation, transit the Panama Canal and explore the rainforests, sandy beaches and archaeological sites of Costa Rica and Peru on this expedition cruise holiday.

Sail from San Jose to the tropical rainforests of Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and Panama's 'Galapagos of the Caribbean' at Bocas del Toro. Transit the Panama Canal then look for a wide range of marine life at Puerto Pina including sharks, dolphins, rays and humpback whales, and see the blue-footed boobies and frigate birds at Isla de la Plata.

Visit the Peruvian town of Salaverry, gateway to the fascinating pre-Incan archaeological sites of Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon. Disembark Fram and fly to Cusco from where you can visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a stunning example of the Inca's sophisticated construction skills. Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in the Sacred Valley and explore the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo with its rose-coloured fortress. Take a train ride to awe-inspiring Machu Picchu for an unforgettable day exploring the breathtaking ruins of this legendary hidden city. Take the opportunity to visit the magnificent Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo in Koricancha, before flying to Lima, Peru's intriguing capital, for an overnight hotel stay.

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Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose (Costa Rica)

Embark Fram in San Jose.

Day 2 - Puerto Limon

Head towards the Caribbean coast for a boat ride along the Tortuguero Canals before embarking Fram in Puerto Limon.

Day 3 - Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Bocas del Toro is one of Panama's most popular eco-tourism destinations. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Panama's first National Marine Park, Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

Day 4 - Panama Canal

Enjoy a fascinating transit of the famous Panama Canal, almost 50 miles long and one of the world’s greatest engineering feats.

Day 5 - Puerto Pina

Puerto Piña lies beside the Bahía Piña, a narrow bay which is home to a diversity of marine species including sharks, dolphins, rays and humpback whales. Perhaps go hiking along trails in the jungle, try kayaking or relax on the beach.

Day 6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Isla de la Plata (Ecuador)

Isla de la Plata is part of Machalilla National Park, Ecuador’s only coastal national park, and is known as Ecuador’s other Galápagos because of its abundant marine birdlife including blue-footed boobies, nesting waved albatrosses and frigate birds. The island offers fantastic opportunities for hiking, bird watching, swimming and snorkelling.

Day 8 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 9 - Salaverry (Peru)

Salaverry is the gateway to the ancient Chimu kingdom which built its capital on the banks of the Moche River. The UNESCO-listed city of Chan Chan ("Sun Sun") was built with clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane.

Day 10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 11 - Callao - Cusco

Disembark ship and transfer to Lima airport for the flight to Cusco, once the centre of the Inca Empire. After lunch visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a stunning example of the Inca's sophisticated construction skills, then transfer to the hotel for dinner and a 2-night stay.

Day 12 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

After breakfast, travel to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo with its impressive fortress clinging to the cliff. The fortress was the valley's main defence and the site of a victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. This rose-coloured structure once housed temples and baths as well as a military barracks. Later, board the Hiram Bingham train and enjoy lunch as you travel to spectacular Machu Picchu, overlooking the Urubamba River. Discover the city's ruins and immerse yourself in history, before having tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, return to the hotel for another overnight stay.

Day 13 - Cusco - Lima - Callao

After breakfast travel to Cusco which was the once the centre of the Inca Empire and is home to a magnificent Baroque-style Cathedral which was built in the 1500s. Head to Koricancha and see the beautiful Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of one of the most important Inca temples, the Temple of the Sun. Spend the day exploring before transferring to the airport for your flight to Lima, then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 14 - Lima

After breakfast check out of the hotel. Perhaps spend time exploring Lima's UNESCO-listed historic centre before your onward journey home.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Return flights between Lima and Cusco, and specified transfers including train ride to Machu Picchu
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Jose with breakfast
  • 2-night post-cruise half board hotel stay at Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley
  • 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Lima with breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirckel boats and activities aboard and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team giving lectures onboard and accompanying landings ashore
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities

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