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The scenic Peruvian Andes

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Talcahuano to Guayaquil - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Discover Iquique and its exceptional historic center inherited from the Gold Rush. Not far, you will find Humberstone, a disused mining town. Next visit Arica, the ‘city of eternal spring’ where the climate is temperate and sunny year-round, is very popular for its beautiful beaches and its sites brimming with history. Later drop anchor in Matarani, discover Arequipa. From the port of Callao near Lima, you will be able to visit the ancient city of Cusco, discovered in 1533 by the conquistadors, as well as the famous site of Machu Picchu. Also stop at Salaverry, an opportunity to discover the ruins of Chan Chan, the largest adobe citadel of Pre-Columbian America and former capital of the Chimu kingdom. The cruise will end in Guayaquil, after an unforgettable journey full of cultural discoveries.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Santiago to Concepción | Transfer to Talcahuano | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Coquimbo
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Iquique
Day 6 : Arica
Day 7 : Matarani
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Pisco
Days 10-11 : Callao
Day 12 : Salaverry
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Guayaquil | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the major pre-Columbian sites and the mysterious geoglyphs
  • View exceptional architectural heritage, testimony to the colonial era
  • Explore Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Convent from Matarani
  • Visit the archeological zone of Chan Chan from Salaverry

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The scenic Peruvian Andes Colorful Peruvian dancers at a parade Callao, Peru Peru Peruvian woman harvesting rye
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Day 1 Flight from Santiago to Concepción | Transfer to Talcahuano | Embark

Talcahuano, Chile’s largest fishing port, neighbors the overflowing energy of Concepción, where music resonates on every street corner. Renowned for its cultural and artistic life, it is nicknamed “the gateway to the south”. With its 215,000 inhabitants, Concepción is a relatively prosperous city in Chile and the country’s largest town south of Santiago. Very beautiful little traditional fishing villages scattered along the coast add to the charm of this part of the Chilean coastline.

*Included: Flight Santiago/Concepción + transfer

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Coquimbo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Chile'sᅠNorte Chico (Little North) is the port of Coquimbo where peace and harmony reign, sheltered in the inlet of the La Herradura Bay. This charming seaside town is mere minutes away from La Serena. Set off to discover this site along the Pacific Ocean and its spectacular sandy beaches. Founded in 1544, this old town has retained its beautiful colonial architecture that bears traces of Spanish and neoclassical influences. Venture deeper inland to the Elqui Valley, one of the country's largest and most spectacular. This valley was the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral, the renowned poet, and is also where Chile's famous pisco is made.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: La Serena City Tour, English Heritage Of Coquimbo.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5 Iquique

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A coastal town in the north of Chile, the capital of the Tarapacà region, Iquique enjoys a unique location between the Pacific and the cliffs of the Cordillera de la Costa. Although the bustle of its harbor makes this a modern city, it also has many admirable relics from Chile’s past. You’ll love to stroll in the old center, which is one of many preserved structures, such as the old aristocratic district of Paseo Baquedano or the neoclassical style municipal theatre.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Iquique City Tour, Santa Laura & Humberstone, Flying In Tandem - Paragliding, Humberstone, Pintados Geoglyphs & Oasis.

Day 6 Arica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the gateway to the Atacama desert, Arica, the Northernmost town in Chile, owes its reputation to the richness and beauty of its landscapes: long white sandy beaches edging the Pacific, millennial geoglyphs, arid valleys of the cordillera foothills, fertile altiplano and dormant volcanoes are just some of the sites that the “City of Eternal Spring” has in store for you. Let yourself be swept back in time and discover the culture, traditions and mummies of the Chinchorro people, this Indian civilization, some 7,000 years old, which was the first in the world to develop mummification techniques.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Flavors Of Arica, City Tour & Geoglyphs, Highlands Ancient Traditions, Chinchorro Culture.

Day 7 Matarani

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the southern coast of Peru, the port of Matarani is the doorway into the Arequipa region, one of the most prosperous in the country. From the city, you can get to the famous city of Arequipa, overlooked by three majestic volcanoes, the Misti, the Chacani and the Pichu Pichu. Apart from the Andean mountains, the Matarini region also houses impressive landscapes of desert, scattered with green oasis. 

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Arequipa & The Santa Catalina Convent.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 9 Pisco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the south of Peru, discover the small port town of Pisco, named about the Quechua word Pisscu, meaning “bird”. The region is indeed renowned for its wide variety of birdlife that you can observe in the Ballestas Islands. In addition to this exceptionally well-preserved nature, the province also boasts major historical treasures such as the archaeological site of Tambo Colorado, vestige of the Inca civilisation, the Nazca Lines, very precise traces representing geometric figures on the arid earth of the Peruvian plain, or the Candelabra, a mysterious hieroglyph sculpted into the rock by the Paracas, a pre-Inca civilisation.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Ballestas Islands, Tambo Colorado.

Day 10-11 Callao

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the country's primary fishing and trading port, Callao is the maritime gateway to Peru. From the town centre, journey on to the capital, Lima, and wander around the Plaza Mayor (formerly Plaza de Armas), crowned with its gorgeous bronze fountain. Embellished with neo-colonial buildings such as the Government Palace or the Cathedral of Lima, the esplanade is a symbol of the city's founding by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Two streets away is the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the city's best-preserved colonial structures. Further south, don't miss the superb cloisters and patios of the Casona San Marcos.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Colonial Lima, Larco Herrera Museum & Indian Market, Lima Through Time, Barranco & Osma Museum, Pachacamac Ruins

Day 12 Salaverry

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When your ship calls at Salaverry, this is the occasion to discover Trujillo, an elegant colonial town with brightly coloured façades, decorated with ornate wooden balconies. With its yesteryear charm, this city is also a cultural symbol of Peru, as it is home to the vestiges of the Chimú and Mochica civilizations. Chan Chan, the former capital of the Chimù kingdom is the largest adobe citadel in pre-Colombian America, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Admire the Moche pyramids, the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna, decorated with colourful mythological frescoes.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Trujillo & Temples Of The Sun & The Moon, Archaeology & Local Culture, El Brujo Archaeological Site.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 14 Guayaquil | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.
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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • Flight Santiago/Concepción + transfer
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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