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Coasts & Cultures: Peru to Panama - 2024

Lima • 12-night expedition cruise with Salaverry, Isla de la Plata, Utría National Park, Coiba Island, Panama Canal crossing, San Blas Island, Colón • Panama City
  • Panama Canal
    CROSS THE ENTIRETY OF THE PANAMA CANAL AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY ACROSS CENTRAL AMERICA
  • Aerial view of Chan Chan ruins
    VISIT ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BREATHTAKING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: CHAN CHAN, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Iguana on a rock in National park
    JOIN THE EXPEDITION TEAM ON A WALK THROUGH THE BIODIVERSE JUNGLE OF UTRÍA NATIONAL PARK
  • ocean explorer exterior flowers
    CRUISE ABOARD THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL ABLE TO NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • CAP OFF YOUR ADVENTURE WITH A DEEP DIVE INTO PERU’S SACRED VALLEY, AND DISCOVER SOUTH AMERICA’S RICHEST HERITAGE AT MACHU PICCHU
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Join Vantage Deluxe World Travel for an incredible small ship expedition cruise unlike any other. Sail from Lima, Peru, to some of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled destinations in Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll also have the opportunity to cross the full length of the Panama Canal, one of the modern wonders of the world. 

Throughout your small ship expedition journey, you’ll be led by a knowledgeable Expedition Team comprised of experts in the fields of geology, marine biology, ornithology, and more. Board Zodiac boats and head ashore to explore remote islands teeming with indigenous wildlife in Ecuador and Panama, and hike through a lush jungle in Colombia. Then there’s the jewel in the crown of this small ship cruise: crossing the Panama Canal. You’ll traverse the entire length of the canal, crossing the famed Gatun Locks as you make your way to the Caribbean coast of Panama. In all, you’ll enjoy 8 included features and Cultural Discoveries on this one-of-a-kind journey.

Along with days exploring ashore, you’ll enjoy sailing aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer, a luxury vessel built for expedition travel with ULSTEIN X-BOW® technology. This elegant small ship ensures you’ll feel pampered aboard with sumptuous accommodations, gourmet dining, and first-class personalized service. Treat yourself to a soothing massage at the onboard spa, soak in the top-level hot tubs as you take in the passing scenery, or head to the fitness center for a workout. You’ll find everything you need on board to ensure this small ship expedition ticks all the boxes on your travel wishlist.

Please note that the nature of these journeys requires a certain level of physical fitness, and guests should be able to walk three miles unassisted over potentially-uneven terrain, be prepared to anchor offshore, and possess the physical agility to embark and disembark small Zodiac crafts in unpredictable waters. 

Lima to Panama City

Pre-Trip Extension

Sacred Valley, Peru (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $400 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Lima, Peru

Depart the U.S. and fly to Peru. Or, depart earlier for an exhilarating pre-trip extension to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Lima today

Welcome to Peru! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport to assist with transfers to your hotel. Check in and relax as you prepare for the adventure that awaits on your small ship expedition cruise.

DAY 3:

Lima at your leisure

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have a day at leisure to explore Lima on your own today. Known as the City of Kings, Lima has plenty to offer keen travelers. 

The colonial-style architecture sets the stage for delightful discoveries, from the Plaza de Armas — the city’s main square where trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash at the daily changing of the guard outside the presidential palace — to the Palacio de Gobierno, a grandiose Baroque-style building that serves as Peru’s presidential residence, the ornate buildings found throughout will make for some unique photographic opportunities. The Malecón de Miraflores, the city’s waterfront boardwalk runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean and rewards visitors with miles of stunning views. Make the most of your day by renting a bicycle and pedal along this scenic esplanade. When hunger strikes, you’re in luck. Boasting world-renowned chefs and some of the world’s best restaurants, Lima has become the unofficial capital of gastronomy in Peru. Savor fresh ceviche, a Peruvian specialty, or pay a visit to Barrio Chino (Chinatown) for a taste of traditional chifa cuisine, a unique fusion of Chinese and Peruvian flavors.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Enjoy a tour of Lima and embark the Ocean Explorer

You’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before checking out and making your way to Callao, where you will board the Ocean Explorer. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a tour of Lima’s engaging highlights and history. Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, the city’s historic center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival at the pier, you’ll board your elegant small ship to begin the cruise portion of your journey. There will be time to settle in and perhaps have a drink on deck as you set off on your adventure. Tonight, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included Feature:

  • Lima city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Indulge in the splendid amenities of the Ocean Explorer today. Lounge on the sundeck with a cocktail and a bestselling book. Get your heart racing with a cardio workout at the gym or pamper yourself with a soothing treatment at the onboard spa. The day is at your leisure to do as you please.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Onboard Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional onboard experience. Enhance your time on board with one of our Vantage-exclusive activities, including wine and whiskey tastings, a multicourse Chef’s Table Dinner, or an exclusive wine-pairing dinner. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Explore the pre-Columbian city of Chan Chan

Located in the La Libertad region of Peru, Salaverry is home to an array of important historical sites. Today, you’ll visit one of the most breathtaking of these sites: Chan Chan. 

The pre-Columbian city of Chan Chan, located on the Pacific coast, dates back to AD 850. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the capital of the Chimú civilization, is the largest adobe city on earth, containing some 10,000 structures and walls reaching almost 30-feet-high. Among the maze of passageways and streets were palaces and temples decorated with elaborate friezes. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this extraordinary archaeological site and learn about its history and the conservation efforts in place to protect this endangered site.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Chan Chan archaeological site

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Visit Trujillo, nicknamed “The City of Eternal Spring,” on this optional excursion where you’ll explore a local market and enjoy lunch. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Trujillo: The City of Eternal Spring

Trujillo: The City of Eternal Spring

  • Approximate Cost: TBD
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Salaverry, Peru
  • When: TBD

Trujillo nicknamed “The City of Eternal Spring,” is Peru’s third largest city and the most important on the country’s northern coast. With its polychrome buildings and plentiful colonial-era churches, this charismatic city has barely changed in several centuries. Located on the banks of the Moche River, this area was once home to the Moche and Chimú civilizations. Its close proximity to two major pre-Columbian archaeological sites — UNESCO-listed Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon — make this a top Peruvian destination for visitors. Get to know this fascinating city and its long history on this optional tour that includes a visit to a local marketplace and lunch.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAYS 7-8:

Enjoy two days of scenic sailing

You’ll have two day of scenic sailing to indulge in your ship’s 5-star amenities. Relax on the sundeck, visit the spa for a soothing treatment, and shop for souvenirs at the onboard gift shop. At mealtimes, savor culinary creations prepared by your skilled onboard chefs. In the evening, head up to the Observation Deck for magnificent stargazing.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lectures

Onboard Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional onboard experience. Enhance your time on board with one of our Vantage-exclusive activities, including wine and whiskey tastings, a multicourse Chef’s Table Dinner, or an exclusive wine-pairing dinner. Learn more

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 9:

A taste of the Galápagos in Isla de la Plata

Sitting an hour off the coast of Ecuador and just south of the equator, you’ll find Isla de la Plata. This uninhabited island, part of the Machalilla National Park that covers part of country’s southern mainland, is home to a variety of incredible wildlife, including sea lions, rare lizards, and varied bird species. In fact, some of the animals found here include the blue-footed booby, Nazca booby, iguanas, and a large population of green sea turtles. The waters off the coast of the island also serve as a breeding ground for humpback whales and a critical migration path for oceanic manta rays, sharks, and other marine life. Today, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to board a Zodiac boat and head inland to explore this remote island, led by your knowledgeable Expedition Team.

Included Feature:

  • Zodiac excursion and island hike with the Expedition Team

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Cross the Equator

Enjoy another day at sea aboard your elegant small ship. Visit the spa, relax in the well-stocked library, sip a cocktail as you take in the panoramic views from the sundeck, or perhaps get a workout in the gym. At mealtime, savor incredible culinary creations thoughtfully prepared by your onboard chefs.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Onboard Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional onboard experience. Enhance your time on board with one of our Vantage-exclusive activities, including wine and whiskey tastings, a multicourse Chef’s Table Dinner, or an exclusive wine-pairing dinner. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Explore the biodiversity of Utría National Park

Few places on earth can compare to the natural beauty of the Utría Inlet located in Colombia’s Chocó Forest, belonging to the Baudo Mountains. Today, join the Expedition Team on a walk through this biodiverse jungle, learning about the indigenous flora and fauna in this area. Set out to explore this protected area, home to a variety of mangrove trees and rocky cliffs soaring over 4,500 feet above sea level, and hear how the contrast of lush rainforest and offshore reefs contribute to the differing and unique ecosystem. You’ll also hear about the Indigenous communities that reside in this region and enjoy a folkloric performance.

Included Feature:

  • Jungle walk with the Expedition Team

Cultural Discovery:

  • Folkloric show in Utría National Park

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Another enjoyable day at sea awaits you

The Ocean Explorer’s world-class amenities are yours once again as you continue your small ship expedition journey. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a pampering massage, this is your time! And you’re sure to find the Observation Lounge the ideal spot for reflection. Settle in with a bestseller at the well-stocked library, enjoy cocktails on the sundeck, or pop into the gift shop for a few souvenirs.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Onboard Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional onboard experience. Enhance your time on board with one of our Vantage-exclusive activities, including wine and whiskey tastings, a multicourse Chef’s Table Dinner, or an exclusive wine-pairing dinner. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Uncover the marine wonders of Coiba Island

Situated 30 miles off the Pacific Coast of Panama, in the Gulf of Chiriquí, you’ll find UNESCO-listed Coiba Island. Once used as a Panamanian penal colony, today the island serves as a protected marine reserve. Its use as a penal colony meant that access to the island was extremely restricted. As a result, minimal human interaction has allowed the island’s natural resources to thrive. Today, you’ll board a Zodiac craft and head ashore with your Expedition Team for a guided excursion. You’ll return to the ship for lunch and enjoy the remainder of the day onboard at your leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Zodiac excursion and island exploration with the Expedition Team

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Cross the Panama Canal

Crossing the Panama Canal is a maritime experience unlike any other. Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world and a marvel of engineering. Today you’ll traverse the entire length of the canal, crossing its massive locks. Head to the top-level sundeck, or to the panoramic Observation Lounge, and view the full scope of this engineering wonder as you make your way to the Atlantic.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Panama Canal crossing
  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Discover the pristine beauty of San Blas Island

Today you’ll visit San Blas Island, part of a group of islands located in the archipelago northwest of Panama. Many of the 378 islands found here are uninhabited, and today you’ll head ashore to explore the pristine beauty found here. The powder-white sand and crystal-clear waters surrounding San Blas make this a picture-perfect destination on which to spend your day.

Included Feature:

  • San Blas Island excursion

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer and check into your Panama City hotel

The cruise portion of your journey comes to a close today in Colón, Panama. You’ll disembark your elegant small ship and head out on a tour of Colón’s highlights as you make your way to your Panama City hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure with dinner on your own tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Colón city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 17:

Delve into the pleasures of Panama City today

Panama City is Central America’s most cosmopolitan capital, and you’ll have a full day at leisure to explore it for yourself. Head to Casco Viejo, the historic side of Panama City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a step back in time. Bask in sweeping vistas of the city's skyscrapers, explore ancient churches, and savor fresh seafood at El Mercado de Mariscos.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

Return home

Today, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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