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Best Of South America

Discover Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires before embarking on a cruise taking in the wild Antarctic Peninsula. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the wonders of the Peruvian Andes before the journey ends in Cusco.

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24 January, 2018 to 20 February, 2018 Make a booking request for Best Of South America, departing on 24 January, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Superior Stateroom £ 17513 GBP pp
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck 3. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
DeLuxe Stateroom £ 18815 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 28 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 £ 19134 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 £ 20120 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 £ 20439 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Deluxe Suite £ 24673 GBP pp
(290 sq.ft. + 54 sq.ft. private balcony) On Deck 6 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 £ 26616 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony) 11 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Privilege Suite £ 27254 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony) 7 Privilege Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower and Bathtube, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Grand Deluxe Suite £ 27892 GBP pp
(484 sq.ft. + 96 sq.ft. private balcony) 1 Grand Deluxe Suite of 484 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower and Bathtube/Jacuzzi, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Owners suite £ 33750 GBP pp
(592 sq.ft + 129 sq.ft. private balcony) The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by French interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub/Jacuzzi and shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table
03 February, 2018 to 02 March, 2018 Make a booking request for Best Of South America, departing on 03 February, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Superior Stateroom £ 17513 GBP pp
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck 3. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
DeLuxe Stateroom £ 18815 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 28 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 £ 19134 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 £ 20120 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 £ 20439 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony) 72 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony of which 22 are convertibles in 11 Prestige Suites. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Deluxe Suite £ 24673 GBP pp
(290 sq.ft. + 54 sq.ft. private balcony) On Deck 6 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 £ 26616 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony) 11 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Privilege Suite £ 27254 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony) 7 Privilege Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower and Bathtube, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Grand Deluxe Suite £ 27892 GBP pp
(484 sq.ft. + 96 sq.ft. private balcony) 1 Grand Deluxe Suite of 484 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower and Bathtube/Jacuzzi, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi
Owners suite £ 33750 GBP pp
(592 sq.ft + 129 sq.ft. private balcony) The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by French interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENITIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub/Jacuzzi and shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, IpodTM players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table

Best Of South America itinerary:

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DAY 1 Arrive Rio De Janeiro (Brazil)
Fly to one of the worlds most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by mountains and drenched with white-sand beaches, the Carnival capital is known to be the beating heart of Brazil. On arrival, youll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach. Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace
DAY 2 Rio De Janeiro
Today is sure to be a highlight as you make your way to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. At sunset, ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping mid-way to enjoy a caipirinha while you admire the sweeping view. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a delicious Brazilian BBQ.
DAY 3 Rio De Janeiro, Freedom Of Choice
This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas - the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, set out on a colonial tour of the city. Or, perhaps enjoy a Jeep tour taking you deep into Tijuca Forest, past waterfalls and fragrant tropical fruit trees. Later, the evening is yours to spend at leisure, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience Rio de Janeiros vibrant nightlife.
DAY 4 Rio De Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil)
Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls which straddle the borders of Argentina and Brazil. This afternoon walk to a viewing platform for a panoramic view of the falls. Get up close to the thundering cascades on a Jet Boat Ride Safari. Tonight dine at Ipe Grill at your hotel. Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas
DAY 5 Iguassu Falls
Today we venture into the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through the forest to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one directly over the 82 metre-deep Devils Throat.
DAY 6 Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Awake near the beautiful Iguassu Falls and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon fly to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. On arrival, youll be met and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
DAY 7 Buenos Aires
Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires today before visiting the citys oldest barrio (district). Explore La Bocas colourful houses and picturesque pedestrian street, the Caminito; drive along one of the widest avenues in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio; pass the parks, gardens and tree-lined streets of Palermo; and visit La Recoleta Cemetery. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner and an exciting tango show at one of the citys most famous and historic dance locations.
DAY 8 Buenos Aires, Freedom Of Choice
This morning, embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Parana Delta. Alternatively, explore the ways in which Buenos Aires has been influenced by Paris during a walking tour, or perhaps head to Teatro Colon to absorb the remarkable ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace.
DAY 9 Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Embark Antarctica Cruise
Transfer to the airport and board your included flight to Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego. On arrival youll be transferred to your luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial Greeted by your knowledgeable Expedition Leader and a team of expert naturalist guides with a contagious passion for the White Continent, the atmosphere aboard is one of excitement and anticipation. Enjoy some time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before heading to the restaurant for the Captains Welcome Dinner where youll get a glimpse into the action-filled days to come. The major attraction of the worlds most untouched continent is its awe-inspiring landscapes and spectacular wildlife, and at dinner, youll get the opportunity to meet your like-minded fellow passengers. Afterwards, head to the deck to admire the mountainous scenery of South Americas most southerly tip on an early evening cruise down the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. Your wildlife spotting begins here as you pass colonies of Magellanic penguin, Rock Cormorants and sea lions.
DAY 10 Drake Passage
Over the course of the next two days, youll cross the Drake Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. During this time, youll learn all about the adventures ahead as you participate in a range of informative, entertaining and interactive presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica.
DAY 11 Drake Passage
Enjoy your second day cruising through the Drake Passage towards Antarctica.
DAYS 12 - 16 Antarctic Peninsula
On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water. Utilising the vast knowledge of your experienced naturalist guides and Expedition Leader, your Captain will charter a course based on the most exciting sightseeing opportunities available and the most favourable ice and weather conditions. For the next five days, youll enjoy morning and afternoon Zodiac rides with your Expedition Team, getting you right up close to the glaciers. Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing in the world as youre taken to visit gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries. Youre also likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater, leopard and Antarctic fur seals. These chilly waters are often frequented by hunting orca and the breaching forms of humpback and minke whales, so be sure to keep an eye out. Although landing sites will vary depending on conditions, the route will feature the most scenic bays and channels, including the stunning Lemeire Channel and Neko Bay, where icebergs loom in a shade of captivating blue. Head to the shores of Deception Island, an active volcano surrounded by distinctive black sand. Once an old whaling station, you will see giant barrels and bleached white whale bones scattered along the deserted beaches. Here youll also see impressive elephant seals as they lounge on the uniquely-coloured sand. During your time around the Peninsula, you may even get the chance to stop at Port Lockroy, an active scientific base currently studying gentoo penguins. Here, you can take the opportunity to send a postcard with a rare Antarctic stamp.
DAYS 17 & 18 Drake Passage
The adventure continues as you return across the Drake Passage back towards Ushuaia. Along the way, be sure to keep a keen eye out for the wildlife that may be encountered en route, with many whales, dolphins, giant petrels, albatross and penguins frequenting these waters.
DAY 19 Disembark Ship, Ushuaia, Fly To Buenos Aires
Bid farewell to Le Lyrial as you disembark in Ushuaia and travel to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, youll be transferred to your hotel. Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
DAY 20 Buenos Aires, Lima (Peru)
Today, fly to Lima, the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Settle into your room, taking in the magnificent ocean views. Stay: Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms
DAY 21 Lima
Enjoy the morning at leisure amid the beautiful surrounds of your hotel. Later, spend a fun afternoon at a private hacienda. Arrive to live music and dance before enjoying lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.
DAY 22 Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco, the historic capital of the Incan Empire. On arrival, travel by coach to Chincheros. During an interesting traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created. Stay: Three Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood
DAY 23 Sacred Valley, Freedom Of Choice
With a free morning, perhaps explore your picturesque surrounds via one of the hotels walking trails. Later, taste a range of handcrafted microbrews at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. Or, visit the workshop of a local ceramics studio where youll meet the owner and watch artisans create beautiful ceramics.
DAY 24 Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray
Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope. Then, travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields which were likely used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. Here, enjoy stunning views out over the deep terraces during lunch at El Parador de Moray.
DAY 25 Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Board PeruRails Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour. This ancient Inca citadel remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel
DAY 26 Machu Picchu, Cusco
Board PeruRails Vistadome to the Sacred Valley. Watch the picturesque scenery pass by before disembarking and transferring by coach to Cusco. Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel
DAY 27 Cusco, Freedom Of Choice
This morning, embark on a walking tour of Cusco before choosing from three restaurant options for lunch. Perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana & Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; enjoy superb Italian cuisine at Incanto; or fine dining from an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Cafe. The rest of the day is then yours to spend at leisure.
DAY 28 Cusco
Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Cusco Airport.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change

Best Of South America reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are subject to change
DAY 28 Cusco *
Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Cusco Airport.
DAY 27 Cusco, Freedom Of Choice *
This morning, embark on a walking tour of Cusco before choosing from three restaurant options for lunch. Perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana & Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; enjoy superb Italian cuisine at Incanto; or fine dining from an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Cafe. The rest of the day is then yours to spend at leisure.
DAY 26 Machu Picchu, Cusco *
Board PeruRails Vistadome to the Sacred Valley. Watch the picturesque scenery pass by before disembarking and transferring by coach to Cusco. Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel
DAY 25 Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu *
Board PeruRails Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour. This ancient Inca citadel remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel
DAY 24 Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray *
Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope. Then, travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields which were likely used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. Here, enjoy stunning views out over the deep terraces during lunch at El Parador de Moray.
DAY 23 Sacred Valley, Freedom Of Choice *
With a free morning, perhaps explore your picturesque surrounds via one of the hotels walking trails. Later, taste a range of handcrafted microbrews at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. Or, visit the workshop of a local ceramics studio where youll meet the owner and watch artisans create beautiful ceramics.
DAY 22 Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley *
Fly to Cusco, the historic capital of the Incan Empire. On arrival, travel by coach to Chincheros. During an interesting traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created. Stay: Three Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood
DAY 21 Lima *
Enjoy the morning at leisure amid the beautiful surrounds of your hotel. Later, spend a fun afternoon at a private hacienda. Arrive to live music and dance before enjoying lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.
DAY 20 Buenos Aires, Lima (Peru) *
Today, fly to Lima, the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Settle into your room, taking in the magnificent ocean views. Stay: Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms
DAY 19 Disembark Ship, Ushuaia, Fly To Buenos Aires *
Bid farewell to Le Lyrial as you disembark in Ushuaia and travel to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, youll be transferred to your hotel. Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
DAYS 17 & 18 Drake Passage *
The adventure continues as you return across the Drake Passage back towards Ushuaia. Along the way, be sure to keep a keen eye out for the wildlife that may be encountered en route, with many whales, dolphins, giant petrels, albatross and penguins frequenting these waters.
DAYS 12 - 16 Antarctic Peninsula *
On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water. Utilising the vast knowledge of your experienced naturalist guides and Expedition Leader, your Captain will charter a course based on the most exciting sightseeing opportunities available and the most favourable ice and weather conditions. For the next five days, youll enjoy morning and afternoon Zodiac rides with your Expedition Team, getting you right up close to the glaciers. Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing in the world as youre taken to visit gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries. Youre also likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater, leopard and Antarctic fur seals. These chilly waters are often frequented by hunting orca and the breaching forms of humpback and minke whales, so be sure to keep an eye out. Although landing sites will vary depending on conditions, the route will feature the most scenic bays and channels, including the stunning Lemeire Channel and Neko Bay, where icebergs loom in a shade of captivating blue. Head to the shores of Deception Island, an active volcano surrounded by distinctive black sand. Once an old whaling station, you will see giant barrels and bleached white whale bones scattered along the deserted beaches. Here youll also see impressive elephant seals as they lounge on the uniquely-coloured sand. During your time around the Peninsula, you may even get the chance to stop at Port Lockroy, an active scientific base currently studying gentoo penguins. Here, you can take the opportunity to send a postcard with a rare Antarctic stamp.
DAY 11 Drake Passage *
Enjoy your second day cruising through the Drake Passage towards Antarctica.
DAY 10 Drake Passage *
Over the course of the next two days, youll cross the Drake Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. During this time, youll learn all about the adventures ahead as you participate in a range of informative, entertaining and interactive presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica.
DAY 9 Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Embark Antarctica Cruise *
Transfer to the airport and board your included flight to Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego. On arrival youll be transferred to your luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial Greeted by your knowledgeable Expedition Leader and a team of expert naturalist guides with a contagious passion for the White Continent, the atmosphere aboard is one of excitement and anticipation. Enjoy some time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before heading to the restaurant for the Captains Welcome Dinner where youll get a glimpse into the action-filled days to come. The major attraction of the worlds most untouched continent is its awe-inspiring landscapes and spectacular wildlife, and at dinner, youll get the opportunity to meet your like-minded fellow passengers. Afterwards, head to the deck to admire the mountainous scenery of South Americas most southerly tip on an early evening cruise down the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. Your wildlife spotting begins here as you pass colonies of Magellanic penguin, Rock Cormorants and sea lions.
DAY 8 Buenos Aires, Freedom Of Choice *
This morning, embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Parana Delta. Alternatively, explore the ways in which Buenos Aires has been influenced by Paris during a walking tour, or perhaps head to Teatro Colon to absorb the remarkable ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace.
DAY 7 Buenos Aires *
Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires today before visiting the citys oldest barrio (district). Explore La Bocas colourful houses and picturesque pedestrian street, the Caminito; drive along one of the widest avenues in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio; pass the parks, gardens and tree-lined streets of Palermo; and visit La Recoleta Cemetery. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner and an exciting tango show at one of the citys most famous and historic dance locations.
DAY 6 Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires (Argentina) *
Awake near the beautiful Iguassu Falls and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon fly to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. On arrival, youll be met and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
DAY 5 Iguassu Falls *
Today we venture into the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through the forest to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one directly over the 82 metre-deep Devils Throat.
DAY 4 Rio De Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil) *
Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls which straddle the borders of Argentina and Brazil. This afternoon walk to a viewing platform for a panoramic view of the falls. Get up close to the thundering cascades on a Jet Boat Ride Safari. Tonight dine at Ipe Grill at your hotel. Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas
DAY 3 Rio De Janeiro, Freedom Of Choice *
This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas - the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, set out on a colonial tour of the city. Or, perhaps enjoy a Jeep tour taking you deep into Tijuca Forest, past waterfalls and fragrant tropical fruit trees. Later, the evening is yours to spend at leisure, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience Rio de Janeiros vibrant nightlife.
DAY 2 Rio De Janeiro *
Today is sure to be a highlight as you make your way to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. At sunset, ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping mid-way to enjoy a caipirinha while you admire the sweeping view. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a delicious Brazilian BBQ.
DAY 1 Arrive Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) *
Fly to one of the worlds most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by mountains and drenched with white-sand beaches, the Carnival capital is known to be the beating heart of Brazil. On arrival, youll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach. Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace
* = Indicative
Map for Best Of South America
Le Lyrial, the ship servicing Best Of South America

Le Lyrial

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 224

Launched: 2015

A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made our sisterships such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises.

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is a subtle variation around a palette of blues, ranging from the  luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in  Mediterranean coves

A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

   

Cabin layout for Le Lyrial
Visit one of the worlds most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro.

Discover Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.

See Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls which straddle the borders of Argentina and Brazil.

Explore the worlds most untouched continent and it's major attraction - awe-inspiring landscapes and spectacular wildlife.

Learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created.

Travel to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins.

Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of salt pools spill over the side of a steep terraced slope.
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