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    1. Archaeological Museum & Indian market

      • Port of call : Callao
      • Length : 4h30

      Depart from the pier by coach for a one-hour drive to the Archaeological museum.

      The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru is the oldest state museum in the country. Its importance is rooted in the vast, varied cultural patrimony housed in its exhibition rooms and storerooms. Ceramics, textiles, metals, organic and lithic materials related to invaluable human remains preserved with techniques that still surprise specialists, make up the legacy of Peru's pre-Hispanic past. This space is a meeting place with the history of Peru.

      After the museum visit, reboard your coach and enjoy a panoramic drive through Pueblo Libre and Miraflores, where the Indian market is located. A stop will be made in this giant handicraft market with dozens of stalls. There, handicrafts from all over Peru, from the jungles of Iquitos to the Andean city of Cuzco, can be found.

      After some free time, reboard your coach for the one-hour drive to the pier and your ship.

       

      • This tour includes 2 hours of driving. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes and to protect yourself from the sun. Only US dollars and Soles are accepted at the market.

      Included
    2. Canopy tour

      • Port of call : Puerto Caldera
      • Length : 4h30

      Originally developed by scientists to study the biodiversity found in the canopy of trees, the method involved rigging large trees with climbing gear, cables, ladders, etc. By means of this gear, biologists were able to swing from one tree to another, over chasms and water, to study larger areas of the forest. They also discovered it was a lot of fun!

      Nowadays, several canopy tours have been developed around the world, with Costa Rica being the leading country in abundance and safety of this activity. This program allows anybody to rise to the top of the trees and switch on the adrenaline, as you swish through the air from one gigantic tree to another, and unlike Tarzan… in complete safety.

      A 50-minute drive along the scenic coast will bring you to the Canopy Centre. Here a knowledgeable guide will assist you in dawning the harnesses and safety equipment and will give you a thorough explanation of how to behave, what to expect and how to make the most of your experience.

      Accompanied by your guide, travel by cable from tree-to-tree and platform-to-platform on a series of eight thrilling lines with double cables, the shortest being 55m (181 feet) and the longest being 530m (1,739 feet). As you proceed through and above the forest floor and special eco-trails, take in spectacular views of the tropical forest, Barranca River, and the Gulf of Nicoya.

      Your zip-line experience concludes with fruits, bottled water and some time for shopping, before returning to the pier.

      • This tour is only recommended for active guests in good physical condition. It is not recommended for pregnant women neither for persons suffering from back or neck problems or vertigo. The minimum age required is 12 years old, and children must be accompanied by a parent. Helmets, gloves and harness are included and will be provided at the beginning of the tour. A fresh fruit snack will be served after the tour. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes (no loose sandals), cotton clothes, to bring an insect repellent and to protect yourself from the sun. A signed waiver is required to participate. This tour is only conducted in English and is limited to 45 participants.

      90.00 €
    3. Hiking in Carara National Park

      • Port of call : Puerto Caldera
      • Length : 4h30

      Major provider of the air we breathe, the source of most elements used to create modern day medicine and a legacy to our children, the tropical rainforest must be explored and understood by all in an effort to give our planet a better chance. The Carara National Park offers the casual explorer tremendous insight to the complex world of the tropical rain forests. It is the ideal place for those who wish to become acquainted with the exotic flora and fauna that thrives in the region.

      Over ten thousand species of plants, three hundred species of birds and some two hundred species of butterflies are present in this transitional zone, where the less dense undergrowth makes spotting easier than in the deeper forest. Scarlet Macaws, howler monkeys, white collared monkeys, coatimundis, peccaries, crocodiles and toucans are a few of the animals who live in this area and may be spotted, although not guaranteed.

      • This tour includes approximately 1.8 km (1 mile) of walking in the forest and will last approximately 2 hours, under mostly shady areas. Paths used in the forest are over broken terrain and may be muddy, thus footwear may be dirtied. We recommend you to bring binoculars, insect repellent and to wear cotton clothes, comfortable walking shoes and to protect yourself from the sun. Although abundant in its flora and fauna, Carara is a genuine biological reserve where animals are free to roam. The large extension of the park allows for animals to choose their habitat and spotting of these animals cannot not be guaranteed. This tour is conducted in English only. Participants will be split into groups of 36 persons. During the visit, participants are required to stay with their guide at all times, and to not touch animals or plants.

      Included
    4. The artists of Guayaquil

      • Port of call : Guayaquil
      • Length : 3h15

      Depart the quayside and head to the refurbished historic areas of Las Peñas and Cerro Santa Ana, which present the idealised version of a South American hillside village with their brightly painted homes and cobblestone alleyways.

      This area is currently also undergoing an urban regeneration process to benefit the area's approximately 4,000 residents. Many well-known local artists live and work in this area to take advantage of the quaint atmosphere, beautiful views, and many cafés and restaurants.

      The route takes you on a short stroll through the neighbourhood, visiting a studio of one of the artists of Guayaquil, and then to the Casa de Artista association.

      The next and last stop is at the colourful and vibrant arts and crafts market called Mercado Artesanal Guayaquil, where you will have time to see and shop for handicrafts.

      After the visit, return to the pier and your ship.

      • This tour involves some steps and approximately 1 ½ hour of walking on mostly flat ground, but also on some short uneven sections and cobblestone streets. We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes and to protect yourself from the sun. Only US dollars are accepted at the market, no credit cards.

      55.00 €
    5. Scenic Guayaquil & historic park

      • Port of call : Guayaquil
      • Length : 5h15

      Depart the pier for a panoramic drive through Guayaquil on the way to the Historical Park. Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principle port and largest city. Guayaquil's strong culture and traditions stand in amazing contrast to the modernity of its new constructions.

      The first stop will be the Seminario Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar. The latter is also called “the park of the iguanas”, as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves. Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral.

      Pass by the Centennial Plaza that honours the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then to the heart of the business district of the city, with the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings.

      Then drive to the southern to Malecon 2000, where you will find the Latin America Integration Square, and Plaza Olmedo, located together at the beginning of a 1.5-mile (2.5 km) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas. You will also see the famous Moorish Clock Tower.

      Then, take the road to Samborondón, a very modern and residential area, to visit the Historical Park or Parque Histórico, which is a project of cultural, recreational, environmental, educational, and tourist program created by the Central Bank of Ecuador to preserve the culture and customs of the Ecuadorian coast in an area of 20 acres (8 ha). The park is divided in three sections, each one dedicated to the preservation of an important part of our history: wildlife, urban architecture, and traditions.

      After the visit, return to the pier and your ship.

       

      • This tour involves 2 hours of walking on mostly flat ground. We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes and to protect yourself from the sun.

      Included
    6. City tour & Panama Hat

      • Port of call : Guayaquil
      • Length : 5h45

      Depart from the pier by coach along the main avenue of Guayaquil and continue on to a favourite destination of the locals - Centennial Park - a green area that honours the heroes of Guayaquil's Independence. A stop at the unusual Bolívar Park, also called “park of the iguanas” comes next. Here, you will have an opportunity to enjoy seeing and photographing the colourful iguanas roaming around the park undisturbed and perching on the tree tops! You will continue to the South Market in Malecon 2000, to visit the Integration Plaza and artisans market, the Union Club and the first fort of Guayaquil where a statue of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo, first major of Guayaquil, stands in front of the Guayas River. Continue the visit through the Malecon Simón Bolívar to your next stop: The Civic Plaza. See the Moorish Tower, the City hall, and the Rotonda Monument.

      Continue to the Toquilla Hat Workshop to see the weaving process of the famous hats. Since 1630, Panama Hats are hand-woven in Ecuador. They have been made of the fibres from the Toquilla palm, called Palmata Carludovica. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt wore one of those hats while visiting the constructions of the Panamá Canal. That picture has travelled around the world and since then the Ecuadorian hats have been called Panama Hats. Toquilla's hat have covered many famous heads, for example those of Ernest Hemmingway, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman or Paul Newman.

      A super fine hat takes at least three months to make and when rolled up will fit through a typical wedding ring! Once the weaving is completed, the hats are shaped, ironed and fitted with a traditional black band. Finally, you will learn how the hats are rolled so that customers can take them home in a little balsa wood box. Take advantage of some free time to take pictures and, if you wish, you can purchase a super fine hat directly from the producers.

      At the end of the visit, return to the pier and your ship.

       

      • This tour has no particular difficulties. It involves some walking on mostly flat ground. We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes.

      Included
    7. Trujillo & temples of the Sun & the Moon

      • Length : 4h00

      Depart from the port of Salaverry port for the 30-minute drive to the Sun & Moon huacas.

      These amazing huacas (pronounced “wa-cas”) or temples, were built during the Mochica era (1-650 AD), on the left side of the Moche River in Southern Trujillo. Traditionally, huacas were built against a sacred hill. The Huaca de la Luna required more than fifty million adobe bricks to be constructed. In front of it stands the Huaca del Sol, probably the largest mud-brick structure in the Americas with its 370 m (372-yard) length, 170 m (175-yard) width and its original 40 m (130-foot) height. Like the Huaca de la Luna, it has a series of terraces and slopes leading to its summit. You will also visit the Huaca de la Luna, built as an extension to the hill, which uncovers the secrets of the Mochica civilisation through walls with vibrantly painted reliefs carved from the adobe structure.

      Next, you will drive to Trujillo downtown, for a panoramic visit of the different streets, surrounded by colonial mansions now recovered to their full magnificence by local institutions. Visit La Casa de la Identidad and view La Casa de Risco housing the Museum of Archaeology, which are very good samples of 17th century mansions with iron balconies.

      Before the return drive to your ship, enjoy some free time to take pictures around the main square.

       

      • This tour includes some steps on site. Comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses are recommended.

       

       

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    8. Jesuit heritage of Lima

      • Length : 4h30

      This tour offers the best of colonial and modern Lima and gives you an overview of the city. Explore the Main Square, designated as the center of the city by Lima’s founder, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, in 1535. Although city planning was uncommon then, he laid out 117 blocks in neat rectangles on the south bank of the Rimac River, a plan that still exists today. As you stroll around this attractive square with your guide, you will see the Government Palace, the City Hall and visit the Cathedral with its ornate choir stalls, the chapel, the main altar and a Christ made of carved ivory, as well as the crypt with Pizarro’s remains.

      Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, the oldest church and convent in Lima. The foundation of Santo Domingo was conceived by a friar named Tomas de San Martin, who later served as the Preceptor Prior of the Dominican Order. As in all convents located between the jirones of Lima and Camana, Santo Domingo is sort of a city within a city, and is comprised of a succession of cloisters and yards surrounded by service areas and communal rooms. Both Saint Rose and Saint Martin de Porres are buried in Lima, as is the Spanish Saint San Juan Masias. Construction of the Santo Domingo Convent began in 1540, but it was later modernised into its present neo-classical style in the 18th century. In 1730, the greater, or general, hall was built - a work of art that later became a part of the city's more unified ornamental groups.

      Reboard your coach and drive to the church of San Pedro, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. For the beauty of its architectural and its valuable iconography, this convent has become one of the pillars of Peruvian cultural heritage. Her intricate altars and colonial paintings are some of the most impressive in the city.

      After the visit, return to the pier and your ship.

      • This tour involves approximately 1 ½ hour of walking on flat and even ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.

      Included
    9. Aukena, pearl farm visit

      • Port of call : Aukena, Gambier Islands
      • Length : 0h30

      Aukena is the 4th largest of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. The village counts 30 inhabitants!

      Robert Wan, whose father, Wan Fong, left China in 1904 to settle on the Island of Tahiti, is today a highly respected and successful entrepreneur, having entered the world of commerce at the age of 19. Robert Wan buys Tahiti Perles Ltd from William Reed, and started operation on his first pearl farm on the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Archipelago in 1974. His relentless passion for innovation, quality and excellence has led to him being widely regarded as “The Pearl Emperor of Tahiti”. With this tour, out of the usual touristic road, you will have the privilege to visit one of his farms for a very authentic experience.

      Embark your Zodiac® and sail to a north-west side beach of Aukena. After a 700 m walk from the beach, you will reach the farm and start your tour. Your local guide will explain the process of pearl farming and show you around the different stages of cultivation. Learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, how oysters are selected, grown and then grafted for production. Grafting is the key element, as this requires a skilled craftsman to perform precise surgery on each oyster.

      Unfortunately, the remote location does not provide a boutique.

       

      • Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of the island's charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. This farm is not a tourist attraction, so the visit will be very authentic.

      20.00 €
    10. Santiago de Compostela

      • Port of call : Vigo – Santiago de Compostela
      • Length : 8h00

      From the pier, you will board your coach and drive to Santiago de Compostela (a 1 ¼ hour drive), one of the most important cities in Europe and the third most important place in the world for Christian pilgrimage.

      Your tour will start by the Obradoiro Square where your guide will present you all the details of this square during a walking tour. You can admire the Cathedral, the Town hall, the Pazo (Palace of Saint Jerome) and the Hostal dos Reis Católicos. This former hospital was built in 1501 by orders of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile to welcome unwell pilgrims and replace the old hospital which was then on the current Plaza de la Azabachería. Today it continues to fulfil its function of hosting service to the traveller, although it has a luxurious character. Every day, a dozen pilgrims carrying their compostela (pilgrim certificate) are allowed in the kitchen to graciously receive a meal.

      Your guide will give you a complete description of the outside of the Cathedral and will show you the Jubilee Door which is only opened for the pardons of each Jubilee Year.

      Then, you will have some time at leisure to walk along the historical streets before meeting your guide at the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, for the lunch served in one of the splendid dining rooms of the hotel.

      Before boarding your coach to Vigo, you will enjoy an inside visit of the Cathedral with the tomb of Saint James, maybe the most important piece of the Cathedral, the “Portico da Gloria” whose lintels were laid in place in 1188, one of the capital works of mediaeval sculpture. You will also visit the museum of the Cathedral.

       

      • This tour involves 2 km (1 ½ mile) of walking on cobblestone streets with many steps during the Cathedral visit. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees covered). The lunch is included in your tour.

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