Peru & Atacama Delights - cruise & land journey

16 Days
Santiago to Lima
From (USD)
$ 13,106
Dates & Pricing

2023 Santiago > Lima

Journey to the driest place on Earth

Explore the delightful paradoxes of vibrant Chile, from its bustling, cosmopolitan capital city, to the driest non-polar place on the planet.
As you journey along, take a moment to relish Chile’s irresistible laidback vibe, delicious cuisine, and famous hospitality. At Atacama Desert, be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of wildlife that thrives on these arid lands, from scaly lizards to resilient shrubs. Enjoy a range of daily excursions to explore its Mars like landscape that has served as the backdrop of many a Hollywood sci-fi movie, and be amazed at the diversity of landscape the region offers. Then journey along the spine of South America and be amazed by this marvellous land. From blue crashing waves and waddling penguins, to the world’s driest desert and a town right out of a western movie, there is no telling what lies around the corner. Give in to the mesmerising Latin American culture as you sway to Peruvian music, savour pisco sours and gape in awe at the mysterious Andean geoglyphs.
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16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Santiago

    Welcome to the quirky Chilean capital of Santiago. Enjoy a two-night, located in the cultural and historical hub of Santiago.

  2. Day 2 - Santiago

    A land of surprises, worldly sophistication and excitement, uncover the cosmopolitan city of Santiago on a guided tour. Every neighbourhood is unique and there is plenty to discover. Experience the spectacular sights and colourful culture of Chile’s capital city on your tour this morning and see the city’s legendary landmarks as you stroll through Santiago’s streets, visiting the picturesque Moneda Palace and the neoclassical Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. Board the funicular to San Cristobal Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Santiago > Atacama

    Welcome to the Atacama region, the perfect base from which to explore the many wonders of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on Earth. Reach your luxurious retreat, set in the heart of the desert, the perfect base for a four night Special Stay. Explore the facilities of this boutique lodge and take a dip in the hot spring pools. Tonight sample delicious Chilean food and wine and discuss the activities available for the following days with the expedition team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Atacama

    Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace. You will discover the ancient culture of Atacama, its wildlife, and the amazing natural landscapes of this vast terrain, from the brown of the Andean mountains and volcanoes, to the white of the salt flats and the green of the oases. Each evening the expedition team will share with you the excursions available for the following day during pre-dinner drinks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Atacama

    Continue to explore Atacama. Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Atacama

    Continue to explore Atacama. Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Atacama > Santiago

    Savour the last excursions before flying to the Chilean capital of Santiago for an overnight stay. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Santiago > Valparaíso

    Transfer to The World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso. This vibrant city is rich in theatre, music, performance and street art and exquisite Victorian architecture. You’ll find every colour from the rainbow in this vibrant city’s streets, staircases, alleyways and buildings. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Coquimbo

    Coquimbo is the gateway to La Serena, once known for its fine jewellery and ceramics and home to the pre-Columbian Diaguita and El Molle cultures. Today you can explore unique wineries at Elqui Valley, archaeological museums and sun kissed beaches. Some of the region's most beautiful architecture from both the colonial and neo-colonial can be found at central Plaza de Armas and La Recova.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At Sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Join a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the many therapy lounges in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate at one of the outstanding dining venues on board or delight in the excellent selection of fine wines created by a Master of Wine. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Iquique

    Iquique is a coastal city in northern Chile, to the west of the Atacama Desert and home to UNESCO World Heritage landmarks such as Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, once used for creating fertilisers and fireworks. Take a stroll through Baquedano Street towards the centre of town and soak in its Texas-esque vibe. The street’s faded wooden buildings with window shutters and grand doors will have you expecting to see a cowboy pushing through a saloon door at any moment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Arica

    Chile’s northernmost city is home to the world’s driest desert, the Atacama. The Atacama is stark, barren, and filled with rocky outcrops. A visit to the dramatic landscape of the desert is a spellbinding experience. This doesn't distract from Arica’s world-famous surfing beaches, delicious seafood and national parks located close to port.  Morro de Arica is the perfect location to take in great views of the city and Pacific Ocean, and learn about the War of the Pacific that took place on Morro de Arica in 1880.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Matarani

    Located on the southern coast of Peru, Matarani provides access to some of Peru's best  attractions such as the historical centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover why Arequipa is often called 'Ciudad Blanca' (White City) as this charming town showcases the finest of Mestizo Baroque architecture. Matarani is situated close to attractions such as Lake Titicaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu for those willing to explore more. Delve into the regions natural beauty as kayaking and mountainous terrain provide plenty of exploration opportunities for the adventurous.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - At Sea

    Continue to relax on board today. Tempt your palate at one of the many included dining experiences or take in the sea views from your luxurious suite’s verandah.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Paracas

    Paracas is a town on Peru’s west coast. It’s known for its idyllic beaches, rich heritage and an abundance of wildlife, so much so that Paracas Peninsula has been declared a national reserve spanning desert, ocean and islands. This town is a launch point for the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the gateway to the Nazca lines, geoglyphs dating between 500 BCE and 500 CE,  whose  origins have been a mystery for over 80 years. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Callao (Lima)

    Your cruise ends this morning in Callao as you farewell your crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Lima Airport for your flight homeward

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 228 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 15 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

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