Expedition cruise holidays in South America
It's fair to say that South America and expedition cruising make for a happy marriage. After all, the continent's coastlines, and indeed its outlying islands, are packed full of out-of-the-way gems, tailor-made for the adventure-minded traveller.
But, although there are spectacular sailings that round the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to take in the wild remotes of the Falkland Islands, and epic voyages that head out to far-flung Easter Island, over 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, the ultimate expedition cruise in South America has to be the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.
The world-class wildlife and unique scenery of this island chain can be enjoyed from a variety of vessels, from luxury catamarans to full-on expedition ships, 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.
Our top itineraries for South America Expedition Cruises
Explore Brazil, a country with a continent's 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.
This adventure-packed holiday takes in two of Ecuador's wildlife hotspots - the Amazon Rainforest and the islands of the Galápagos. Take it all expert-led tours and a pair of luxury cruises.
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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Book by: 30 April 2019
Pair an ultra-luxury Antarctic sailing with Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the world's largest waterfalls – Iguazú Falls.
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Book by: 30 April 2019
Enjoy Caribbean gems and paradises on the Pacific coast – an expedition dream comes true when you discover exotic treasures on both sides of the Panama Canal.
Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Book by: 31 December 2019
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.