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All Things SACRED – 30th Sept

Formed by the towns of Pisaq, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, among the most visited, the Sacred Valley is one of the most attractive hikes near Cuzco, with tall mountains enclosing a green mantle of farm lands, picturesque towns and a magnificent river.    The valley, which is thought to have been the center of agricultural production for the Inca Empire, is where the best Peruvian corn is grown. There are also innumerable Inca archaeological sites, and traditions that have survived the encounter with Western culture.

Beautiful towns transformed by the arrival of the Spanish still keep their architectural and artistic heritage and traditional lifestyle: Písac and its handicraft fair; cosmopolitan Urubamba; the imposing fort of Ollantaytambo and Moray, with its dazzling circular roads.  The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Vilcanota or Urubamba River. The valley is located one hour away from Cuzco.

Well, we’re not going to get a cruise to the Sacred Valley, but Travel Masters do operate a fantastic small group escorted tour.  CLICK HERE to read more!

In the meantime, lets find a cruise that goes close.  We have a fantastic cruise from Santiago, up the coast of South America, calling into Peru, and continuing up through the fantastic PANAMA CANAL, and up to Miami….

You will fly to Santiago on the 16th February, and enjoy one night in a first class hotel – I’ll throw in breakfast for you also.

The following morning you are provided with a private transfer from Santiago, through the Chilean countryside and out to the coastal city of San Antonio to embark the Norwegian Sun.

Norwegian Sun

A 16 night cruise will see you journey to the Chilean ports of Coquimbo (the port for the beautiful town of La Serena) and Arica, located in the Atacama Desert.  (Norwegian Cruise Lines do offer the chance to leave the ship in Arica for a few days to take the overland excursion to the amazing MACHU PICCHU).

The mesmerizing Machu Picchu

You then cross the border into Peru and call in at Callao, which will give you the opportunity to tour the Capital city of Lima.  A call into Salaverry opens up opportunities to visit the historic city of Trujillo.

Manta in Ecuador opens up the chance to visit Quito, the nations capital, followed by your first visit and glimpse into the wildlife of Central America with a call in Puerto Caldera and the nearby town of Puntarenas.

A highlight of the cruise is next as you squeeze through the locks of the Panama Canal.  An engineering marvel and one of the most amazing experiences of any cruise voyage.  Be up early to catch a glimpse of Panama City and the Bridge of the Americas!

The Panama Canal

Back into South America you go and into one of our favourite ports, Cartagena in Colombia.  Enjoy strolling down the narrow streets of the old town and pass the beautiful Spanish Colonial buildings.

After a few days at sea you arrive into Miami to finish your cruise.  Your holiday doesnt end there though as you enjoy two nights in the Art Deco area of Miami Beach, before you make your journey back to Australia.

What an amazing adventure, and you can always extend your stay in Santiago (to visit the Lake District and Baraloche), or stay longer in Miami if you wish.

Miami Beach, USA

19 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay package is available for a knock out package price of just $4,499 per person!

And as a bonus, book this cruise before the 6th October, and I’ll upgrade your cabin from an inside to a full ocean view!

Call the crew at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to grab that cabin…