Exploration cruises in South America
Although there are exceptional river cruises to be had on the Amazon, with sailings from both Brazil and Peru, as well as spectacular trips that round the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina or travel to Easter Island off Chile, the ultimate exploration cruise in South America is to explore the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador on an expedition-style ship.
The world-class wildlife and unique scenery of these islands can be enjoyed from a variety of vessels, all equipped to the highest standards to ensure your discoveries are made in comfort and style. With onboard lectures and naturalists available to help you get the most from your sailing, these are the best ways to see one of the world's iconic destinations.
You can also tailor-make your adventure cruise in South America by adding a city stay, wildlife holiday or other excursion to your itinerary before or after you set sail; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
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Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, hides a continents worth of highlights within its borders. Teeming rainforests, sparkling beaches and iconic megacities can all be found here, along with a people and culture with a deserved reputation as one of the most welcoming on earth.
Ecuador is renowned for its wildlife, with two of the world's most important and best-known ecosystems falling within its borders - the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.
Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.
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Fully all-inclusive fares
While this exploratory cruise takes in the wildlife and wilderness of the Antarctic on included excursions that range from iceberg kayaking to penguin snowshoeing, you’ll also travel in ultra luxury. Your butler-served Veranda Suite is paired with all-inclusive drinks and dining.
Take in the Antarctic’s dramatic glaciers, cragged icebergs and myriad wildlife in the utmost luxury with this all-inclusive cruise. After included Zodiac landings led by the expedition team, you’ll return to fine-dining luxuries, open-bar indulgences and a spread of superb facilities.
Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Combining two unique experiences – a mountain rail journey through the Andes and an island-hopping, luxury cruise through the Galápagos – this is your chance to see the natural wonders of Ecuador in style. Spot marine iguanas on snorkel trips before returning to all-inclusive fine dining.