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Land of Fire & Ice: South America & Antarctica Explorer
Includes Fully Escorted Tours of Machu Picchu & Iguazu Falls
11 night Antarctica Expedition
Price from
£14,499pp
Promo code:
AME7292
Duration
21 nights
Departing
24 Feb 2021

Your Experience:

  • 1 night hotel stay in Lima
  • 1 night hotel stay in Cusco
  • Fully escorted Cusco city tour
  • 1 night hotel stay in Sacred Valley
  • Fully escorted Sacred Valley tour
  • 1 night hotel stay in Cusco
  • Fully escorted Machu Picchu tour
  • 1 night hotel stay in Santiago
  • 1 night hotel stay in Punta Areas
  • 9 night full-board Antarctic expedition on board The Greg Mortimer
  • 2 night hotel stay in Buenos Aires
  • 2 night hotel stay in Iguazu Falls
  • Fully escorted walking tour of Iguazu Falls including both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls
  • 2 night hotel stay in Rio de Janeiro
  • Fully escorted tour of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
  • All flights (London departure - regional flight departures available)
  • Please note the itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Your Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1 Lima Tour day 1
  • Day 2 Cusco Tour day 2
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley Tour day 3
  • Day 4 Cusco Tour day 4
  • Day 5 Santiago Tour day 5
  • Day 6 Punta Arenas Tour day 6
  • Day 7 King George Island Embark ship
  • Day 8 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Day 9 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Day 10 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Day 11 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Day 12 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Day 13 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
  • Days 14 - 15 At Sea
  • Day 16 Ushuaia Disembark ship
  • Day 17 Buenos Aires Tour day 7
  • Day 18 Buenos Aires to Iguazu Tour day 8
  • Day 19 Iguazu Tour day 9
  • Day 20 Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro Tour day 10
  • Day 21 Rio de Janeiro Tour day 11
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    Day 1
    Lima - Tour Day 1
    Fly to Lima, a city of contrasts between its historic centre, with remnants of ancient city walls, baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings, and the modern areas of upmarket Miraflores and bohemian Barranco, with their vibrant restaurant and bar scenes. One thing that unites the Peruvian capital is its extraordinary cuisine, including the legendary dish of lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and chips).
    Main Square

    Day 1

    Lima - Tour Day 1

    Fly to Lima, a city of contrasts between its historic centre, with remnants of ancient city walls, baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings, and the modern areas of upmarket Miraflores and bohemian Barranco, with their vibrant restaurant and bar scenes. One thing that unites the Peruvian capital is its extraordinary cuisine, including the legendary dish of lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and chips).

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    Day 2
    Cusco - Tour Day 2
    Today you’ll fly from Lima to Cusco the capital of the Incan empire, and the gateway to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Here you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the key sights in Cusco and the surrounding area, including the ruins and gardens of the most sacred building of the Incan empire, the Temple of the Sun or Q'oricancha, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q'enco, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
    Temple of the Sun

    Day 2

    Cusco - Tour Day 2

    Today you’ll fly from Lima to Cusco the capital of the Incan empire, and the gateway to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Here you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the key sights in Cusco and the surrounding area, including the ruins and gardens of the most sacred building of the Incan empire, the Temple of the Sun or Q'oricancha, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q'enco, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.

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    Day 3
    Machu Picchu - Tour Day 3
    Nestled within the Andean foothills and shrouded by swirling clouds and subtropical forests, the sight of Machu Picchu is incredible to behold and the pinnacle of your Peru stay. Discover this amazing site during a full day tour as you uncover the ruins of temples, palaces and squares surrounded by mountain slopes, peaks and valleys.
    Machu Picchu

    Day 3

    Machu Picchu - Tour Day 3

    Nestled within the Andean foothills and shrouded by swirling clouds and subtropical forests, the sight of Machu Picchu is incredible to behold and the pinnacle of your Peru stay. Discover this amazing site during a full day tour as you uncover the ruins of temples, palaces and squares surrounded by mountain slopes, peaks and valleys.

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    Day 4
    Sacred Valley - Tour Day 4
    Today you’ll tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, exploring the picturesque village of Pisac with its narrow streets and traditional market; and the inhabited city of Ollantaytambo, where you can still see the foundations and irrigation channels from when the village was first built. You’ll also explore Ollantaytambo’s terraces, fortresses and the Sun Royal House, a megalithic temple of great mystical value, before returning to Cusco.
    Ollantaytambo

    Day 4

    Sacred Valley - Tour Day 4

    Today you’ll tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, exploring the picturesque village of Pisac with its narrow streets and traditional market; and the inhabited city of Ollantaytambo, where you can still see the foundations and irrigation channels from when the village was first built. You’ll also explore Ollantaytambo’s terraces, fortresses and the Sun Royal House, a megalithic temple of great mystical value, before returning to Cusco.

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    Day 5
    Santiago - Tour Day 5
    From Cusco, you’ll fly to Santiago for an overnight hotel stay. Famed for its grand architecture, this sophisticated city is set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes and surrounded by vineyards that produce some of Chile’s most famous wines. Visitors are drawn to Santiago’s museums and art galleries but you’ll also find an infectious energy and an exploding restaurant scene.
    Cityscape

    Day 5

    Santiago - Tour Day 5

    From Cusco, you’ll fly to Santiago for an overnight hotel stay. Famed for its grand architecture, this sophisticated city is set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes and surrounded by vineyards that produce some of Chile’s most famous wines. Visitors are drawn to Santiago’s museums and art galleries but you’ll also find an infectious energy and an exploding restaurant scene.

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    Day 6
    Punta Arenas - Hotel Stay
    Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, Punta Arenas sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, the city reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. You’ll gather together as a group tonight for an expedition briefing and get a chance to meet your fellow expeditioners.
    Lake Pehoac

    Day 6

    Punta Arenas - Hotel Stay

    Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, Punta Arenas sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, the city reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. You’ll gather together as a group tonight for an expedition briefing and get a chance to meet your fellow expeditioners.

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    Day 7
    King George Island - Embark The Greg Mortimer
    Your adventure begins as you fly to King George Island in Antarctica. On arrival, you’ll be greeted by your expedition team and transfer to The Greg Mortimer, one of the most advanced expedition ships in the world. With its small size together with unique launch platforms and hydraulic viewing decks, Greg Mortimer will get you closer to nature during your voyage. It also features new innovations to make cruising in one of the world’s most remote locations as comfortable and safe as possible.
    The Greg Mortimer

    Day 7

    King George Island - Embark The Greg Mortimer

    Your adventure begins as you fly to King George Island in Antarctica. On arrival, you’ll be greeted by your expedition team and transfer to The Greg Mortimer, one of the most advanced expedition ships in the world. With its small size together with unique launch platforms and hydraulic viewing decks, Greg Mortimer will get you closer to nature during your voyage. It also features new innovations to make cruising in one of the world’s most remote locations as comfortable and safe as possible.

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    Day 8
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    Over the next six days, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your experienced crew will use their knowledge and expertise to design each day of your voyage to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and the opportunities to spot some of the rarest wildlife on the planet. As every trip is different, your experience will be completely unique.
    Antarctic Peninsula

    Day 8

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Over the next six days, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your experienced crew will use their knowledge and expertise to design each day of your voyage to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and the opportunities to spot some of the rarest wildlife on the planet. As every trip is different, your experience will be completely unique.

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    Day 9
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    Sailing so far south means that you’ll have 18-20 hours of daylight to fill your days with as much activity as you wish and really get the most out of your time here. There will be two or three excursions a day on the inflatable Zodiac boats, so you can get up close to spectacular ice cliffs, follow whales that are feeding near the surface or land on the continent and its islands to visit penguin rookeries and seal haul outs.
    Weddell Seals

    Day 9

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Sailing so far south means that you’ll have 18-20 hours of daylight to fill your days with as much activity as you wish and really get the most out of your time here. There will be two or three excursions a day on the inflatable Zodiac boats, so you can get up close to spectacular ice cliffs, follow whales that are feeding near the surface or land on the continent and its islands to visit penguin rookeries and seal haul outs.

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    Day 10
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    While your itinerary will vary depending on weather conditions, one of the places you may visit is the wildlife-rich Half Moon Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins tucked in between basaltic turrets coloured by yellow and orange lichen. During your voyage, there may also be opportunities to camp ashore in the style of Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers, safe in the knowledge that your warm comfortable ship is only a short distance away.
    Half Moon Island

    Day 10

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    While your itinerary will vary depending on weather conditions, one of the places you may visit is the wildlife-rich Half Moon Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins tucked in between basaltic turrets coloured by yellow and orange lichen. During your voyage, there may also be opportunities to camp ashore in the style of Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers, safe in the knowledge that your warm comfortable ship is only a short distance away.

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    Day 11
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    Your itinerary may include Paradise Harbour, surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers. Enjoy nature’s tranquillity as the ship’s engine is switched off and look for humpbacks, orcas and minke whales. As well as your Zodiac excursions, there may be opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime sea kayaking, diving, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding too. Jump in a kayak for a close encounter with a feeding humpback whale or discover the amazing speed of penguins diving through crystal clear waters while snorkelling.
    Whale Watching

    Day 11

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Your itinerary may include Paradise Harbour, surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers. Enjoy nature’s tranquillity as the ship’s engine is switched off and look for humpbacks, orcas and minke whales. As well as your Zodiac excursions, there may be opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime sea kayaking, diving, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding too. Jump in a kayak for a close encounter with a feeding humpback whale or discover the amazing speed of penguins diving through crystal clear waters while snorkelling.

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    Day 12
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    If ice conditions allow, standing on the observation deck of the Greg Mortimer quietly as the ship sails along the narrow Lemaire Channel could certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. Ice cliffs tower 700 metres straight out of the ocean on either side of the ship and giant icebergs can sometimes get in the way. This voyage offers fantastic photography and the ship’s photography guide will give presentations during your voyage to help you capture these memorable moments.
    Lemaire Channel

    Day 12

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    If ice conditions allow, standing on the observation deck of the Greg Mortimer quietly as the ship sails along the narrow Lemaire Channel could certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. Ice cliffs tower 700 metres straight out of the ocean on either side of the ship and giant icebergs can sometimes get in the way. This voyage offers fantastic photography and the ship’s photography guide will give presentations during your voyage to help you capture these memorable moments.

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    Day 13
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
    Another destination you may visit is Neko Harbour with its dramatic landscapes of towering peaks and calving glaciers. The thundering crack of the glaciers as they calve is sure to stop you in your tracks. While in Port Lockroy you’ll find signs of civilisation - this important base for scientific research has a museum and gift shop. You can even send a post card at the Penguin Post Office, the world’s most southern post office!
    Antarctic Peninsula

    Day 13

    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

    Another destination you may visit is Neko Harbour with its dramatic landscapes of towering peaks and calving glaciers. The thundering crack of the glaciers as they calve is sure to stop you in your tracks. While in Port Lockroy you’ll find signs of civilisation - this important base for scientific research has a museum and gift shop. You can even send a post card at the Penguin Post Office, the world’s most southern post office!

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    Days 14 - 15
    At Sea
    You’ll begin your journey back to South America as you cruise through the Drake Passage. These couple of days at sea will give you a chance to reflect on your adventures, enjoying further lectures and videos and discussing what you have seen and experienced. As you approach the tip of South America, the captain may be able to sail close to the legendary Cape Horn, following in the footsteps of the very first explorers.
    Home At Sea

    Day 14

    At Sea

    You’ll begin your journey back to South America as you cruise through the Drake Passage. These couple of days at sea will give you a chance to reflect on your adventures, enjoying further lectures and videos and discussing what you have seen and experienced. As you approach the tip of South America, the captain may be able to sail close to the legendary Cape Horn, following in the footsteps of the very first explorers.

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    Day 16
    Ushuaia - Disembark The Greg Mortimer and Buenos Aires Hotel Stay
    This morning you’ll cruise along the Beagle Channel before disembarking The Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia. After saying your farewells to the crew, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. This colourful city is full of history, culture and natural beauty, with historic museums, acres of parks, street entertainers and fantastic restaurants to enjoy.
    Congress Square

    Day 16

    Ushuaia - Disembark The Greg Mortimer and Buenos Aires Hotel Stay

    This morning you’ll cruise along the Beagle Channel before disembarking The Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia. After saying your farewells to the crew, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. This colourful city is full of history, culture and natural beauty, with historic museums, acres of parks, street entertainers and fantastic restaurants to enjoy.

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    Day 17
    Buenos Aires
    With free time, you could spend the day exploring magnificent architecture, including the stunning Teatro Colon, or galleries with some of the finest art collections in Latin America, before sampling Buenos Aires celebrated nightlife. You could head to one of the city’s parillas to sample some famous Argentinian steak before dancing the famous sultry tango in a milonga until the early hours.
    Street Dancing

    Day 17

    Buenos Aires

    With free time, you could spend the day exploring magnificent architecture, including the stunning Teatro Colon, or galleries with some of the finest art collections in Latin America, before sampling Buenos Aires celebrated nightlife. You could head to one of the city’s parillas to sample some famous Argentinian steak before dancing the famous sultry tango in a milonga until the early hours.

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    Day 18
    Iguazu Falls
    From Buenos Aires, you’ll fly to Iguazu Falls for a night to relax ahead of your tour. Enjoy the views of the river from the hotel while you take a swim or a walk around the village with its colourful craft markets and pick up some souvenirs.
    Iguazu Falls

    Day 18

    Iguazu Falls

    From Buenos Aires, you’ll fly to Iguazu Falls for a night to relax ahead of your tour. Enjoy the views of the river from the hotel while you take a swim or a walk around the village with its colourful craft markets and pick up some souvenirs.

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    Day 19
    Iguazu Falls
    Today you’ll explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls during a walking tour. Starting at The Devil’s Throat, you’ll stroll along the catwalk through rainforest teeming with colourful toucans to the large balconies located on the edge of falls. The Higher Path offers breath-taking scenery from the clifftops while the Lower Path gives a great view of the rapids and falls lower down.
    Iguazu Falls

    Day 19

    Iguazu Falls

    Today you’ll explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls during a walking tour. Starting at The Devil’s Throat, you’ll stroll along the catwalk through rainforest teeming with colourful toucans to the large balconies located on the edge of falls. The Higher Path offers breath-taking scenery from the clifftops while the Lower Path gives a great view of the rapids and falls lower down.

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    Day 20
    Iguazu Falls
    This morning you’ll enjoy a half day tour on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. From here you’ll enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of all 275 waterfalls – perfect for completing your photo collection of this incredible natural wonder. Later you’ll fly to Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil.
    Iguazu Falls

    Day 20

    Iguazu Falls

    This morning you’ll enjoy a half day tour on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. From here you’ll enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of all 275 waterfalls – perfect for completing your photo collection of this incredible natural wonder. Later you’ll fly to Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil.

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    Day 21
    Rio de Janeiro - Tour & Hotel Stay
    Today a fully escorted tour will take you to the summit of Corcovado, travelling on the cog train through lush forests full of exotic flowers, before you take the elevator to the foot of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue. Take in stunning views across the city and Guanabara Bay, dotted with mountains covered in tropical rainforest and semi-circles of golden sands, as you stand underneath the huge outstretched arms that seem to embrace the skyline.
    Sunset View of Corcovado

    Day 21

    Rio de Janeiro - Tour & Hotel Stay

    Today a fully escorted tour will take you to the summit of Corcovado, travelling on the cog train through lush forests full of exotic flowers, before you take the elevator to the foot of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue. Take in stunning views across the city and Guanabara Bay, dotted with mountains covered in tropical rainforest and semi-circles of golden sands, as you stand underneath the huge outstretched arms that seem to embrace the skyline.

The Greg Mortimer

Proudly named after Aurora’s adventurous co-founder, this new purpose-built expedition ship is built to world-class polar standards. With its pioneering bow design, it can contend with a multitude of weather conditions, including sea and pack ice, while still offering some home comforts and remaining true to Aurora’s ethos of travelling in small friendly groups, with flexible itineraries packed with adventure activities. Outdoor platforms, an observation lounge offering 360-degree unobstructed views and state-of-the-art, custom-built hydraulic platforms offer the best views of the stunning scenery while sea-level Zodiac-launching platforms, activity preparation areas, locker and mud rooms allow for daily adventure activities such as landings ashore, Zodiac-cruising, kayaking, diving and snorkelling.

Key Facts

Passenger capacity: 100

Purpose built expedition ship

On-board observation points

Hydraulic viewing platforms

Custom built activity platform

On-board expedition team

Great places to visit on board:

Restaurant & Bar

Make new friends in the informal dining area with communal tables and fully stocked bar allows you to swap stories at the end of an exciting day.

Observation Lounge

Take in sweeping views and spot wildlife with 360 degree unobstructed views from this comfortable lounge with bar facilities.

Lecture Theatre and Lounge

Interact with expedition staff and fellow expeditioners during fascinating, informative talks or relax while watching movies and slide shows.

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