Exploration of South America & The Antarctic Overland Tours

5th January 2023 | 78 nights | Sails from Southampton | On board Balmoral | L2301

Lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru, South America
Exploration Of South America And The Antarctic
 

It’s not long to go now until we can welcome you on your wonderful journey with us to explore South America and the Antarctic. Being such a special Grand Voyage, we have been working with our destination partners to plan some fascinating, once-in-a-lifetime overnight experiences.

On these special excursions, you will have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the destination or area that you are visiting. You will stay off the ship and rejoin us at a later port – all of your travel arrangements, accommodation and meals will be organised for you to ensure that your journey is seamless. Please find full details of these wonderful experiences below. 

If you would like to book or find out more, you can contact our friendly Destinations Team on 01473 746 163.
They are available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Alternatively, you can email them
at destinationexperiences@fredolsen.co.uk

We can’t wait to welcome you on board!

 

Our Overland tour information

 

Galápagos Islands

26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £3,665pp

 

This once-in-a-lifetime four-day adventure will take you on an exploration of the Galápagos Islands. From Charles Darwin to Sir David Attenborough, many have fallen under the spell of this famous archipelago, one of the most fascinating destinations on Earth and home to an extraordinary variety of endemic species.

Day 1

After arriving in the Galápagos Islands on a flight from Guayaquil, you’ll be met by a Galápagos Naturalist Guide who will escort you on your tour. A short ferry ride will take you to the island of Santa Cruz, where you can savour diverse rural landscapes during a drive into the highlands before going in search of endangered Galápagos land tortoises. You’ll get to watch these fascinating, giant creatures in their natural environment and learn about the efforts taken to protect them.

Tortoise

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Day 2-3

On days two and three, you will embark on a boat trip to one of the following nearby islands (one island per day; islands subject to confirmation):

Bartolomé – After breakfast at sea during sunrise, you’ll head ashore where a walk through the moon-like landscape to the island’s highest point will reward you with views of the neighbouring islands and famous Pinnacle Rock, home to a large number of seabirds. Sullivan Bay follows, perfect for a spot of snorkelling or seeking out the diminutive Galápagos penguin.

North Seymour – North Seymour is known for its large colony of birds, and you’ll have the chance to observe frigates and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies. After indulging in a freshly cooked two-course lunch, you will visit the isolated Bachas Beach. Enjoy a short walk to the flamingo pond before the white sands and turquoise waters beckon.

South Plaza – As you arrive on South Plaza Island, you’ll embark on a hike that will showcase the area’s incredible fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls. Your journey continues with a visit to Punta Carrion, where you’ll enjoy lunch on board your boat before a chance to swim or snorkel among rays, sharks and tropical fish.

Santa Fe – Santa Fe is known for being home to one of the most beautiful coves in the Galápagos Islands, as well as boasting several endemic species. During a hike on the island, you may be lucky enough to spot Galápagos hawks and land iguanas. Enjoy lunch on board your boat before indulging in some beach time and the chance to swim with sea lions.

Day 4

Day four brings a visit to the Charles Darwin Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding programme takes place. It was also the home of Lonesome George, the last known survivor of the Pinta Island tortoise. After a visit to El Trapiche – an artisanal farm where sugar cane and coffee are harvested – some refreshments will be served at a local restaurant before your journey back to Balmoral in Callao begins.

What’s included: Galápagos Naturalist Guide, local guides, transport, three-night stay at the Ikala Galápagos Hotel, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x 3

Walking: Guests must be confident that they are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Additional info: As an effort to preserve the delicate environment of the Galápagos Islands, visitors are required to bring clean footwear (on their feet and in their checked-in luggage). If you have previously been to other destinations where mud or dirt could have stuck to your shoes, you will need to make sure to rinse it off prior to your visit to the islands. Flat, comfortable shoes, a light jacket, hat and sunscreen are recommended.

Booking deadline: 21st October 2022.

Galápagos Islands | 26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £3,665pp

Tortoise

This once-in-a-lifetime four-day adventure will take you on an exploration of the Galápagos Islands. From Charles Darwin to Sir David Attenborough, many have fallen under the spell of this famous archipelago, one of the most fascinating destinations on Earth and home to an extraordinary variety of endemic species.

Day 1

After arriving in the Galápagos Islands on a flight from Guayaquil, you’ll be met by a Galápagos Naturalist Guide who will escort you on your tour. A short ferry ride will take you to the island of Santa Cruz, where you can savour diverse rural landscapes during a drive into the highlands before going in search of endangered Galápagos land tortoises. You’ll get to watch these fascinating, giant creatures in their natural environment and learn about the efforts taken to protect them.

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Day 2-3

On days two and three, you will embark on a boat trip to one of the following nearby islands (one island per day; islands subject to confirmation):

Bartolomé – After breakfast at sea during sunrise, you’ll head ashore where a walk through the moon-like landscape to the island’s highest point will reward you with views of the neighbouring islands and famous Pinnacle Rock, home to a large number of seabirds. Sullivan Bay follows, perfect for a spot of snorkelling or seeking out the diminutive Galápagos penguin.

North Seymour – North Seymour is known for its large colony of birds, and you’ll have the chance to observe frigates and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies. After indulging in a freshly cooked two-course lunch, you will visit the isolated Bachas Beach. Enjoy a short walk to the flamingo pond before the white sands and turquoise waters beckon.

South Plaza – As you arrive on South Plaza Island, you’ll embark on a hike that will showcase the area’s incredible fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls. Your journey continues with a visit to Punta Carrion, where you’ll enjoy lunch on board your boat before a chance to swim or snorkel among rays, sharks and tropical fish.

Santa Fe – Santa Fe is known for being home to one of the most beautiful coves in the Galápagos Islands, as well as boasting several endemic species. During a hike on the island, you may be lucky enough to spot Galápagos hawks and land iguanas. Enjoy lunch on board your boat before indulging in some beach time and the chance to swim with sea lions.

Day 4

Day four brings a visit to the Charles Darwin Station, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding programme takes place. It was also the home of Lonesome George, the last known survivor of the Pinta Island tortoise. After a visit to El Trapiche – an artisanal farm where sugar cane and coffee are harvested – some refreshments will be served at a local restaurant before your journey back to Balmoral in Callao begins.

What’s included: Galápagos Naturalist Guide, local guides, transport, three-night stay at the Ikala Galápagos Hotel, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x 3

Walking: Lots of walking over uneven volcanic terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties

Amenities: Toilet facilities available at various locations

Important info: Flat, comfortable shoes, light jacket, hat and sunscreen are recommended

Amazon Rainforest

26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £3,500pp

On this four-day experience, you will have the chance to marvel at the wonder of the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Stretching across 40% of the South American continent, the Amazon is a fascinating region home to several million species of animals and many indigenous tribes.

Day 1

After flying from Guayaquil to Quito, you will be met by your guide before travelling onwards to Punta Ahuano. On arrival, a motor canoe ride along the river will bring you to Minga Lodge, your base for exploring the Amazon Rainforest for the next few days. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner before ending your day with a nighttime walk, affording the perfect chance to photograph frogs, butterflies and reptiles.

majestic sky over the Amazon Rainforest

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Day 2-3

Days two and three will be filled with a choice of activities for you to enjoy.

Nature activities include a jungle hike with a local guide; birdwatching and uncovering unique flora found in Minga Lodge’s nature reserves; and fishing on the peaceful yet powerful Napo River.

You can immerse yourself in fascinating local culture too. Spend a morning with a farmer and his family to understand their way of life; meet a local Shaman and learn about ancestral medicine and the tools used by native Amazonian tribes; and take a traditional Amazonian cooking class.

Signature activities include making and sampling your very own chocolate bar, produced using the world’s best Cacao Fino de Aroma; visiting the Agricultural Learning Centre to learn about the local farming industry; meeting stingless bees, exclusive to Minga, delighting your taste buds with a sample of honey; and exploring the different varieties of Ecuadorian coffee beans, along with the chance to taste them too.

Each day will conclude with the chance to watch the stunning sunset while indulging in dinner at the lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast and an early morning activity, a canoe transfer will take you back to Punta Ahuano from where you’ll begin your journey back to Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, three-night stay at Minga Lodge, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Important info: Flat, comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, hiking trousers, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

Booking deadline: 21st October 2022.

Amazon Rainforest | 26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £3,500pp

majestic sky over the Amazon Rainforest

On this four-day experience, you will have the chance to marvel at the wonder of the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Stretching across 40% of the South American continent, the Amazon is a fascinating region home to several million species of animals and many indigenous tribes.

Day 1

After flying from Guayaquil to Quito, you will be met by your guide before travelling onwards to Punta Ahuano. On arrival, a motor canoe ride along the river will bring you to Minga Lodge, your base for exploring the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner before ending your day with a nighttime walk, affording the perfect chance to photograph frogs, butterflies and reptiles.

[ReadMore]

Day 2-3

Days two and three will be filled with a choice of activities for you to enjoy.

Signature activities include making and sampling your very own chocolate bar, produced using the world’s best Cacao Fino de Aroma; visiting the Agricultural Learning Centre to learn about the local farming industry; meeting stingless bees, exclusive to Minga, and delighting your taste buds with a sample of honey; and exploring the different varieties of Ecuadorian coffee beans, along with the chance to taste them too.

Nature activities include a jungle hike with a local guide; birdwatching and uncovering unique flora found in Minga Lodge’s nature reserves; and fishing on the peaceful yet powerful Napo River.

You can immerse yourself in fascinating local culture too. Spend a morning with a farmer and his family to understand their way of life; meet a local Shaman and learn about ancestral medicine and the tools used by native Amazonian tribes; and take a traditional Amazonian cooking class.

Each day will conclude with the chance to watch the sunset while indulging in dinner at the lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast and an early morning activity, a canoe transfer will take you back to Punta Ahuano from where you’ll begin your journey back to Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, three-night stay at Minga Lodge, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x 3

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Additional info: Flat, comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, hiking trousers, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

Booking deadline: 21st October 2022.

Machu Picchu

26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £2,655pp

No visit to Peru would be complete without exploring Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This historic site was the seed that blossomed into the great Inca civilisation. Protected by dense jungle and encircled by the steep cliffs of the Urubamba Valley, its position is of absolute seclusion, and its beauty eludes even the best photography.

Day 1

After your flight from Guayaquil to Lima, you will head to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2

A morning flight will take you from Lima to Cusco, where you will get to explore the main square and Baroque-style cathedral before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Machu Picchu

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Your exploration will continue with a visit to the church and convent of Santo Domingo, built on the sacred ruins of the religious complex of Koricancha – once one of the most important sites of the Inca Empire. A visit to the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuamán follows. Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, it’s a great example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.

Afterwards, you will head to the Sacred Valley and the Tambo del Inka Hotel.

Day 3

On day three of your adventure, a panoramic train journey through the stunning Andean countryside will take you to Aguas Calientes, located at the bottom of Machu Picchu. From here you will begin your exploration of the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’.

As well as learning about Machu Picchu’s discovery, the theories surrounding its construction and the mystery of its purpose, you will get to admire architectural highlights such as the Temple of the Sun and the hundreds of terraces that make up this remarkable site.

After your return train journey, you will head back to the hotel for dinner and another overnight stay.

Day 4

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. From here, you will journey to Callao where you will be reunited with your ship, Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport, two-night stay at the Tambo del Inka Hotel, breakfast x 3, lunch x 2, and dinner x 2

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Additional info: A rain jacket, jumper and/or fleece, hat, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen are recommended. Cusco’s altitude is over 11,000 feet, so you will need to ensure your insurance includes high altitude cover. We recommend drinking plenty of water to combat the effects of the altitude.

Booking deadline: 18th November 2022.

Machu Picchu | 26th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Guayaquil | Prices from £2,655pp

Machu Picchu

No visit to Peru would be complete without exploring Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This historic site was the seed that blossomed into the great Inca civilisation. Protected by dense jungle and encircled by the steep cliffs of the Urubamba Valley, its position is of absolute seclusion, and its beauty eludes even the best photography.

Day 1

After your flight from Guayaquil to Lima, you will head to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2

A morning flight will take you from Lima to Cusco, where you will get to explore the main square and Baroque-style cathedral before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

[ReadMore]

Your exploration will continue with a visit to the church and convent of Santo Domingo, built on the sacred ruins of the religious complex of Koricancha – once one of the most important sites of the Inca Empire. A visit to the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuamán follows. Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, it’s a great example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.

Afterwards, you will head to the Sacred Valley and the Tambo del Inka Hotel.

Day 3

On day three of your adventure, a panoramic train journey through the stunning Andean countryside will take you to Aguas Calientes, located at the bottom of Machu Picchu. From here you will begin your exploration of the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’.

As well as learning about Machu Picchu’s discovery, the theories surrounding its construction and the mystery of its purpose, you will get to admire architectural highlights such as the Temple of the Sun and the hundreds of terraces that make up this remarkable site.

After your return train journey, you will head back to the hotel for dinner and another overnight stay.

Day 4

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. From here, you will journey to Callao where you will be reunited with your ship, Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport, two-night stay at the Tambo del Inka Hotel, breakfast x 3, lunch x 2, and dinner x 2

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Additional info: A rain jacket, jumper and/or fleece, hat, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen are recommended. Cusco’s altitude is over 11,000 feet, so you will need to ensure your insurance includes high altitude cover. We recommend drinking plenty of water to combat the effects of the altitude.

Booking deadline: 18th November 2022.

Lake Titicaca

29th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Callao | Prices from £1,855pp

On this four-day discovery, experience Lake Titicaca. Sitting 3,800 metres above sea level in the Andes, it is believed to have been the birthplace of the Incas. Over 40 islands are situated in this body of water, many housing ancient ruins from early civilisations. It’s also home to more than 530 species of aquatic wildlife.

Day 1

After disembarking Balmoral in Callao, you will begin your journey to Juliaca in southern Peru. Upon arrival there will be a visit to Sillustani, a mysterious pre-Inca cemetery overlooking Lake Umayo. Afterwards, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca.

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Day 2

Day two begins with an exploration of Lake Titicaca’s floating Uros Islands, which are made entirely from totora reeds. Enjoy a trek around Amantaní Island before the chance to uncover ancient local customs during lunch with a local family.

In the afternoon there will be time to see the ancient temples of Pachatata and Pachamama, which sit atop the hills of Koanos and Llaquistiti respectively. According to historians, these sacred and spiritual sites were built in dedication to the fertility of the land.

Day 3

Fly from Juliaca to Arequipa, where a delicious lunch awaits. Time to spend at your leisure follows, before dinner and an overnight stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa.

Day 4

Day four brings a guided tour of the Santa Catalina Monastery. One of the most important and impressive religious monuments in Peru, it’s almost a city within the city of Arequipa.

Before heading back to join Balmoral in Matarani, there will be a visit to the fascinating Andean Sanctuaries Museum, which houses the Sarita and Juanita mummies; a walking tour of the UNESCO Historical Centre, including the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral; and the chance to indulge in some delicious local food.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, one-night stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x 3

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet are facilities available

Additional info: A rain jacket, jumper and/or fleece, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Puno’s altitude is over 12,500 feet, so you’ll need to ensure your insurance includes high altitude cover. We recommend drinking plenty of water to combat the effects of the altitude.

Booking deadline: 23rd November 2022.

Lake Titicaca | 29th January 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Callao | Prices from £1,855pp

Lake Titicaca

On this four-day discovery, experience Lake Titicaca. Sitting 3,800 metres above sea level in the Andes, it is believed to have been the birthplace of the Incas. Over 40 islands are situated in this body of water, many housing ancient ruins from early civilisations. It’s also home to more than 530 species of aquatic wildlife.

Day 1

After disembarking Balmoral in Callao, you will begin your journey to Juliaca in southern Peru. Upon arrival there will be a visit to Sillustani, a mysterious pre-Inca cemetery overlooking Lake Umayo. Afterwards, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca.

Day 2

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Day two begins with an exploration of Lake Titicaca’s floating Uros Islands, which are made entirely from totora reeds. Enjoy a trek around Amantaní Island before the chance to uncover ancient local customs during lunch with a local family.

In the afternoon there will be time to see the ancient temples of Pachatata and Pachamama, which sit atop the hills of Koanos and Llaquistiti respectively. According to historians, these sacred and spiritual sites were built in dedication to the fertility of the land.

Day 3

Fly from Juliaca to Arequipa, where a delicious lunch awaits. Time to spend at your leisure follows, before dinner and an overnight stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa.

Day 4

Day four brings a guided tour of the Santa Catalina Monastery. One of the most important and impressive religious monuments in Peru, it’s almost a city within the city of Arequipa.

Before heading back to join Balmoral in Matarani, there will be a visit to the fascinating Andean Sanctuaries Museum, which houses the Sarita and Juanita mummies; a walking tour of the UNESCO Historical Centre, including the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral; and the chance to indulge in some delicious local food.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, one-night stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4 and dinner x 3

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet are facilities available.

Additional info: A rain jacket, jumper and/or fleece, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Puno’s altitude is over 12,500 feet, so you’ll need to ensure your insurance includes high altitude cover. We recommend drinking plenty of water to combat the effects of the altitude.

Booking deadline: 23rd November 2022.

Atacama Desert

2nd February 2023 | 4 nights | Depart from Arica | Prices from £2,015pp

Visit the Atacama Desert on this five-day adventure. Located in northern Chile, it is one of the driest places on Earth, and its vast, barren landscapes leave visitors feeling as though they’ve stepped onto another planet. Thanks to its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover and lack of light pollution, it is also considered one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Day 1

After disembarking Balmoral in Arica, you will head for the town of San Pedro de Atacama. En route, you can observe the imposing geoglyphs of Chiza, enjoy a short tour of the Humberstone Saltpeter, a former saltpeter refinery, and visit the Pintados geoglyphs, the most powerful display of artistic expression panels of our ancestors in Chile.

Atacama Desert

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Later, enjoy a three-course dinner and an overnight at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast will be followed by some time at leisure to relax or explore the town, before lunch is served at a local restaurant. Later, visits to the geological spectacles of Moon Valley and Death Valley during sunset will showcase otherworldly scenery featuring salt statues, rock formations and sand dunes.

Day 3

On day three you’ll visit the stone fortress of Pukará de Quitor and the well-preserved archaeological village of Tulor, before continuing on to the famous Atacama Salt Flats. Here you can marvel at the fascinating scenery, with its saline surface encompassing over 400 square kilometres, before visiting Laguna Chaxa, the best place in Chile to spot flamingos.

Day 4

A visit to Coyo brings the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Andean people during a guided walking tour of the gardens. Later, you’ll be accompanied on your walk by llamas and have the chance to talk with the locals. At the Senderos de Coyo restaurant, a traditional lunch will be served in clay pots.

The afternoon will be yours to enjoy at leisure, before a farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport to join a flight to Santiago, Chile’s sprawling capital. Take in some of the landmarks on a panoramic tour, including La Moneda Palace, before continuing on to Valparaiso to reunite with Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, four-night stay at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama, breakfast x 4, lunch x 5 and dinner x 4

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities are available.

Additional info: Light summer clothes, comfortable walking shoes, hat, swimwear and sunscreen are recommended.

Booking deadline: 22nd November 2022.

Atacama Desert | 2nd February 2023 | 4 nights | Depart from Arica | Prices from £2,015pp

Atacama Desert

Visit the Atacama Desert on this five-day adventure. Located in northern Chile, it is one of the driest places on Earth, and its vast, barren landscapes leave visitors feeling as though they’ve stepped onto another planet. Thanks to its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover and lack of light pollution, it is also considered one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Day 1

After disembarking Balmoral in Arica, you will head for the town of San Pedro de Atacama. En route, you can observe the imposing geoglyphs of Chiza, enjoy a short tour of the Humberstone Saltpeter, a former saltpeter refinery, and visit the Pintados geoglyphs, the most powerful display of artistic expression panels of our ancestors in Chile.

[ReadMore]

Later, enjoy a three-course dinner and an overnight at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast will be followed by some time at leisure to relax or explore the town, before lunch is served at a local restaurant. Later, visits to the geological spectacles of Moon Valley and Death Valley during sunset will showcase otherworldly scenery featuring salt statues, rock formations and sand dunes.

Day 3

On day three you’ll visit the stone fortress of Pukará de Quitor and the well-preserved archaeological village of Tulor, before continuing on to the famous Atacama Salt Flats. Here you can marvel at the fascinating scenery, with its saline surface encompassing over 400 square kilometres, before visiting Laguna Chaxa, the best place in Chile to spot flamingos.

Day 4

A visit to Coyo brings the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Andean people during a guided walking tour of the gardens. Later, you’ll be accompanied on your walk by llamas and have the chance to talk with the locals. At the Senderos de Coyo restaurant, a traditional lunch will be served in clay pots.

The afternoon will be yours to enjoy at leisure, before a farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport to join a flight to Santiago, Chile’s sprawling capital. Take in some of the landmarks on a panoramic tour, including La Moneda Palace, before continuing on to Valparaiso to reunite with Balmoral.

What’s included: Guide, transport, four-night stay at the Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama, breakfast x 4, lunch x 5 and dinner x 4

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Additional info: Light summer clothes, comfortable walking shoes, hat, swimwear and sunscreen are recommended.

Booking deadline: 22nd November 2022.

Iguazu Falls

27th February 2023 | 1 night | Depart from Buenos Aires | Prices from £1,359pp

This two-day tour is your chance to view the colossal Iguazu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina. Sitting on the border between both countries, this awe-inspiring display of nature spans almost 3km and features an impressive 275 separate cascading waterfalls.

Day 1

Your tour begins with a flight from Buenos Aires to the Puerto Iguazú airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken on a guided half-day tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. As you follow the 1.2km trail, you’ll be met with panoramic views of the falls, while learning about the fascinating wildlife that calls the area home, including monkeys, crocodiles, armadillos, jaguars and an array of rare birds.

Iguazu Falls

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After lunch, you’ll head to the Gran Meliá Iguazú hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2

You will get to visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu on day two of your tour. Created in 1934, this side of the park covers some 50,000 hectares and allows you to really get up close to the fall’s thundering cascades. You can observe nature at its finest as you walk along the footbridges and paths, before enjoying a visit to the Nature Interpretation Centre of Iguazu National Park.

Your tour continues with a short train ride to view the most impressive of the falls – the Devil’s Gorge. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and a hike along the Upper Trail for more scenic views, before joining your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Gran Meliá Iguazú, breakfast x 1, lunch x 2 and dinner x 1

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Additional info: Comfortable shoes and clothing, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

Booking deadline: 8th December 2022

Iguazu Falls | 27th February 2023 | 1 night | Depart from Buenos Aires | Prices from £1,359pp

Iguazu Falls

This two-day tour is your chance to view the colossal Iguazu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina. Sitting on the border between both countries, this awe-inspiring display of nature spans almost 3km and features an impressive 275 separate cascading waterfalls.

Day 1

Your tour begins with a flight from Buenos Aires to the Puerto Iguazú airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken on a guided half-day tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. As you follow the 1.2km trail, you’ll be met with panoramic views of the falls, while learning about the fascinating wildlife that calls the area home, including monkeys, crocodiles, armadillos, jaguars and an array of rare birds.

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After lunch, you’ll head to the Gran Meliá Iguazú hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2

You will get to visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu on day two of your tour. Created in 1934, this side of the park covers some 50,000 hectares and allows you to really get up close to the fall’s thundering cascades. You can observe nature at its finest as you walk along the footbridges and paths, before enjoying a visit to the Nature Interpretation Centre of Iguazu National Park.

Your tour continues with a short train ride to view the most impressive of the falls – the Devil’s Gorge. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and a hike along the Upper Trail for more scenic views, before joining your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Gran Meliá Iguazú, breakfast x 1, lunch x 2 and dinner x 1

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Additional info: Comfortable shoes and clothing, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

Booking deadline: 8th December 2022

If you would like any further information on any of these overland tours, or if you would like to make a booking, please contact our friendly Destination Experience Team on 01473 746 163 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Alternatively please email destinationexperiences@fredolsen.co.uk

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