MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
11 days

Peru and Chile – Machu Picchu and Inca Highlights

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£ 3942
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
11 days

Peru and Chile – Machu Picchu and Inca Highlights

Price from
£ 3942
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Inca Highlights
Departures 13 October 2021 with MS Roald Amundsen
23 October 2021 with MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Visit Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham train and stay at a resort in the Sacred Valley
  • Combine a land adventure with a cruise to unique cities along the Pacific Coast
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Learn more about the fascinating histories and ancient cultures of Peru and Chile
Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary

Explore spectacular Machu Picchu and highlights of the Incan Empire before embarking on an unforgettable expedition cruise along the scenic western coast of South America from Lima, Peru, down to Valparaíso in Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historic ancient civilisations, and enjoy days at sea at your leisure.
Day 1
Lima
Colonial and Ancient History
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Lima's history predates the Spanish colonial presence in Peru. Present-day Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1542 and the ruling Vice Royalty of Peru proceeded to build significant churches, monasteries, and mansions. Today, Lima´s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city on your own before spending the night in a hotel.

Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore the UNESCO site of Plaza Mayor.
Explore the UNESCO site of Plaza Mayor.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Visit the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress.
Visit the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress.
Photo: Shutterstock
The Incan past lives in modern Cusco.
The Incan past lives in modern Cusco.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 2
Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
UNESCO Site and Ancient History
Visit the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress.
Visit the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress.
Photo: Shutterstock

In the morning, we will transfer you to your flight from Lima to Cusco. Enjoy lunch before visiting one of the most amazing Incan constructions in the area, the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress. Sacsayhuamán means 'satisfied falcon', referring to the mythical creature that guarded the capital of the empire. The name also makes sense as it was possible to overlook all of Cusco from the hill where the fortress was built. Construction of the site took more than seven decades and required the labour of 20,000 men to set the foundations, hew the stone, transport materials, and carve and set the stonework. Like many Incan structures, the fortress was built entirely without mortar, yet the enormous stones fit so perfectly that a single blade of grass will not pass between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction and architectural skills. In the afternoon, we continue to Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and an overnight stay.

Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Day 3
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Scared Valley
Highlights of the Incan Empire
Day 3
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Scared Valley
Highlights of the Incan Empire
Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Photo: shutterstock

After breakfast, you’re in for some unforgettable highlights. First, we visit to Ollantaytambo, an Incan town that shares its name with the formidable stone fortress that clings to a massive cliff above the community. This fortification was the valley’s main defence against the rival Antis people and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-coloured granite, this huge structure was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. Next, head to the nearby train station to board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. A savoury brunch is served as we enjoy spectacular views on the way to Machu Picchu.

At last, we arrive at spectacular Machu Picchu. This hidden city overlooks the raging Urubamba River and was shielded from discovery for centuries by thick tangles of vines and trees. Now one of the great destinations in world travel, the city of Machu Picchu still hides the secret of its rise and fall, as the Incas left behind no written records. Explore the city's ruins, feel its pulse and visualise the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing. Inspect the famous precision of Incan stonework on display here. After spending an unforgettable day exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we head back by train to Tambo del Inka Resort for another relaxing evening and overnight stay.

Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Photo: shutterstock
History comes alive in the ancient Incan city.
History comes alive in the ancient Incan city.
Photo: shutterstock
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Photo: Shutterstock
Explore the lovely Convent of Santo Domingo.
Explore the lovely Convent of Santo Domingo.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 4
Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima/Callao
Centre of the Incan Empire
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Photo: Shutterstock

After breakfast, we head to Cusco, once the centre of the Inca Empire. Visit the splendid baroque Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuamán fortress. We continue to Koricancha, to admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, built atop the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is one of the greatest existing examples of Incan stonework.

After a half day of exploring, we take you to the airport for your flight to Lima and transfer to Callao, where MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen is ready to continue the expedition at sea.

Day 5
Paracas, Peru
The Ballestas by Boat
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Photo: Shutterstock

From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Explore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
  • Nazca Lines Overflight
    An unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
  • Tambo Colorado
    Journey to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
  • Pisco Route
    During this half-day excursion, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Photo: Shutterstock
Listen for the call of sea lions in the Ballestas.
Listen for the call of sea lions in 05-Sea_lions_Islas.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Photo: AgurtxaneConcellon
Day 6
At Sea
Fresh Salt Air
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture programme, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the expedtion ship has to offer.

Discover local colour in Arequipa.
Day 7
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Day 7
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
Photo: Shutterstock

Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Today you will enjoy a wonderful show on board. Perú has many different cultural traditions and one of the most important and representative is dance.
  • Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia
    During this excursion, we will visit the resort community of Mollendo for a panoramic town tour. Afterwards, we head to the Mejia Lagoon, a national sanctuary and home to 141 species of birds.
  • Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent
    This tour takes us to Arequipa's historic centre, which captures the beauty and glory of the colonial era. We start by visiting Santa Catalina monastery which is the most important and impressive religious monument in Perú.
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Photo: Shutterstock
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.
Photo: Shutterstock
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
Photo: Shutterstock
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
Photo: Camille Seaman
The ancient and the modern combine in Arica.
The ancient and the modern combine in Arica.
Photo: Andrea021 / Wikimedia
Day 8
Arica, Chile
Where the Rain Never Falls
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    We will depart from the pier to head towards El Laucho and La Lisera famous beach resorts.
  • Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs
    See the geoglyphs and the highlight of Arica city
  • Arica - Man and Desert
    Join us on an excursion that visits the main plaza in the port city of Arica and archaeological museum in nearby Azapa, before journeying out to amazing experiences and sights in the desert.
  • Arica -Putre & The Andean Highlands
    Journey to Lluta Valley and stop en route to observe the geoglyphs carved onto the hills by the region’s ancient inhabitants, and visit a rustic inn to sample coca leaf tea.
  • Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica
    This excursion takes you through Arica, which lies at the entrance to the Azapa Valley, a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert that produces all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables, including olives famous for their size and flavour.
Day 9-10
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.

Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.

Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 11
Valparaíso, Chile
UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Machu Picchu/Peru before the cruise

  • One night in Lima and two nights at Hotel Tambo del Inka, including breakfast
  • 3-course set lunch and dinner on Days 2 and 3, and a packed lunch on Day 4
  • Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee as listed in programme

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
  • The land programme in Peru takes place at high altitudes (the city of Cuzco’s altitude is around 3350 metres) and may require a certain level of physical fitness.

Ships

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Ship yard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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MS Roald Amundsen

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
A seal on a rock A seal on a rock

Paracas - Ballestas Island

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-GSM1

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Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru

Paracas - Nazca Lines Overflight

South America

Duration

4h

Price per person

From £ 463

Booking code

A-GSM5

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A large brick building A large brick building

Paracas - Tambo Colorado

South America

Duration

4h20

Price per person

From £ 134

Booking code

A-GSM7

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A person holding a wine glass A person holding a wine glass

Paracas - Pisco Route

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-GSM1

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Included
A group of people posing for the camera A group of people posing for the camera

Matarani - Peruvian Dance show

Duration

30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-MRI1

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A castle with a mountain in the background A castle with a mountain in the background

Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia

Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

Price per person

From £ 195

Booking code

A-MRI1

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A sign in front of a brick building A sign in front of a brick building

Matarani - Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From £ 206

Booking code

A-MRI2

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Included
A palm tree in front of a building A palm tree in front of a building

Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk

Duration

3 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-ARI1

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A bird standing in front of a body of water A bird standing in front of a body of water

Arica - Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs

South America

Duration

4 hours 15 mins

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-ARI2

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A tree in front of a church A tree in front of a church

Arica - Man and Desert

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From £ 97

Booking code

A-ARI4

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The desert is on the side of a mountain The desert is on the side of a mountain

Arica - Putre & The Andean Highlands

Duration

7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 164

Booking code

A-ARI5

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A view of the side of a mountain A view of the side of a mountain

Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica

Duration

4 hours 15 minutes

Price per person

From £ 87

Booking code

A-ARI6

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