Day 1: Australia – – San Jose, Costa Rica
Board your flight bound for San Jose in Costa Rica. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the hotel.
Please note that some flights may depart 1 day earlier, and those travelling on the Tour Only option must make their own way to the hotel.
Day 2: San Jose (B)
Enjoy your first full day in San Jose with total leisure time. The Costa Rican capital is brimming with things to do, see and explore, such as the National Theatre of Costa Rica, the National Museum, Mercado Central and Central Avenue.
Day 3: San Jose (B)
Spend today seeing any sights or attractions missed yesterday, shopping for souvenirs, or preparing for the departure of your expedition cruise tomorrow.
Day 4: San Jose – Puerto Limon – Cruise Aboard MS Roald Amundsen (B, L, D)
Your expedition cruise and adventure begins today! You will travel towards the Caribbean coast on a boat tour that follows the canals of Tortuguero. It is then onto Puerto Limon, the second-largest city in Costa Rica, where you will embark the MS Roald Amundsen. Get settled into your cabin and begin discovering the world-class facilities you’ll have access to while cruising.
Day 5: Bocas Del Toro (B, L, D)
The first full day of the Hurtigruten expedition cruise sees you journey along the coast of Panama towards Bocas del Toro. This picturesque archipelago is made up of beautiful islands, cays and hidden hamlets. The abundance of beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery lends itself to Bocas del Toro being nicknamed, ‘Galapagos of the Caribbean.’
Day 6: Panama Canal (B, L, D)
The MS Roald Amundsen enters the waters of the iconic Panama Canal near the city of Colón. The transit into the canal is an exciting experience and you’ll have a front-row seat for witnessing the intricacies of the canal’s lock system. Be thrilled as the MS Roald Amundsen is lifted more than 26 metres above sea level, moving from one body of water to another. The ship then officially enters the waters of the Pacific Ocean, near the town of Balboa.
Days 7 and 8: At Sea (B, L, D)
Prepare for an extraordinary experience today: crossing the Equator by water! As these days is spent entirely at sea, make time to sit down for a lecture by one of the Expedition Team or head up to the deck to try your luck at spotting marine life and sea birds. You might also like to retreat to the wellness centre for an indulgent treatment. Be sure to join in the on-board celebrations as the ship crosses the Equator.
Day 9: Guayaquil, Ecuador (B, L, D)
Bienvenido a Ecuador! The ship makes its port in Guayaquil, a city founded in 1538 that was once a favourite target of pirates in the area. Explore Guayaquil historic cityscape, wandering between green parks, colonial mansions and heritage architecture. Keen shoppers or culture-vultures will definitely want to swing past Mercado Artesanal, the largest market of its kind in the city.
Day 10: At Sea (B, L, D)
The on-board lecture programme continues, led by the incredibly insightful Expedition Team. Take this opportunity to find out more and learn about the voyage so far and what is in store for the next few days.
Day 11: Salaverry, Peru (B, L, D)
Make port in Salaverry, Peru, the go point for an optional excursion that takes travellers to the ancient kingdom of Chimu. A highlight of this activity is seeing Chan Chan, a site considered to be the largest mud-brick citadel from pre-Hispanic times in the Americas. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
Day 12: Callao/Lima, Peru (B, L, D)
Your discovery of Peru continues in Callao, a small seaside city that doubles as the gateway to Lima. Learn about the Peruvian capital’s history and founding in 1535, and uncover why it has been dubbed the ‘City of Kings’. Make sure to see Plaza de Armas and the city’s historic centre while here.
Day 13: Paracas, Peru (B, L, D)
Use Paracas as a launching pad for exploring Pisco, a serene colonial town that is flanked by a valley teeming with Nazca lines and geoglyphs. These mysterious lines were scratched into the ground’s surface between 500 BC and 500 AD.
Day 14: At Sea (B, L, D)
Relax on-board the MS Roald Amundsen with a sea day as you leave Peru behind. Attend another of the lectures delivered by the Expedition Team, hang out on deck soaking in the ocean air, rest in your cabin, or make use of the ship’s exemplary facilities such as the library, gym or infinity pool.
Day 15: Arica (B, L, D)
You have a full day to spend in Arica, a charming port city that is particularly known for its surf breaks and sandy beaches. For an unbeatable panorama of the area, be sure to walk up the El Morro cliff. There are also a number of archaeological sites in the area for those travellers with a passion for history.
Days 16 to 17: At Sea (B, L, D)
The voyage to another destination in Chile continues today, and the next two days are spent at sea. You are free to do whatever you choose, be it mingling with other guests, relaxing in your cabin, reading in the library, or picking the brains of the Expedition Team.
Day 18: La Serena, Chile (B, L, D)
Arrive in La Serena, one of the oldest cities in Chile. Explore La Serena’s array of vibrant gardens, striking churches and pretty streetscapes. A pitstop at the Archaeological Museum, where visitors can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture, is a particularly popular activity. Tonight is your final evening of the Hurtigruten experience and board the MS Roald Amundsen.
Day 19: Valparaiso, Chile – Santiago (B)
Your time cruising comes to an end as the ship makes its final port in Valparaiso. Disembark and take the port transfer to Santiago. First, however, there is a tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar where you can expect to take in Fisherman’s Wharf, the main square and panoramic watchtower. You’ll also be shown the steep streets and climbing houses that make up Valparaiso’s unique landscape. It is then onto Vina del Mar, nicknamed ‘Garden City’, where you will see the Fine Arts Museum, Avenida Peru and Palacio Rioja. Final locations of the sightseeing tour are the summer resort destinations of Cochoa and Concon. The group then continues to Santiago.
Day 20: Santiago (B)
Join a guided tour of the historic centre of Santiago this morning. One of the main sights you’ll visit is La Moneda, the presidential palace and former location of the national mint. Other notable sights within the historic centre include Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, old post office, National History Museum, and Casa Colorada, the once home of Spanish governors. End the tour by heading to the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia to marvel at the sweeping views of the city.
Day 21: Santiago – – Australia (B)
An airport transfer will pick you up at the appropriate time for you to begin the return journey to Australia.
Please note that those who purchases the Tour Only option must make their own way to the airport if required.
Day 22: Australia
Arrive back in Australia today.
Please note that some flights may arrive 1 day later.