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Grand Circle South America Voyage from Bristol

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71 days from £11969 £5989
Departing: January 2019
* Price shown: 06 January 2019 from -

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Travel to the edge of the world as Marco Polo crosses the Atlantic to explore South America’s coasts and cities. Savour the sights and sounds of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador, visit elegant Buenos Aires and the Falklands, and relax on blissful beaches in the Caribbean - all while enjoying the comforts and elegance of Marco Polo throughout your adventure.

Discover life on board Marco Polo

There's far more to life on board Marco Polo than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • 70 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.


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Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

  • Day One - Depart Bristol, UK 1500hrs
  • Day Four - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day Six - Funchal, Madeira
  • Day Seven - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Day 10 - Mindelo, Island of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
  • Day 11 - Praia, Island of Santiago, Cape Verde
  • Day 15 - Natal, Brazil
  • Day 16 - Recife, Brazil
  • Days 19-20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Days 24-25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Days 26-27 - Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Day 30 - *Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Day 31 - *Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
  • Day 33 - Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Day 34 - Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 39 - Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Days 41-42 - Valparasio, Chile
  • Day 45 - Arica, Chile
  • Day 47 - Callao, for Lima, Peru
  • Days 50-51 - Guayaquil (and overland option to Quito), Ecuador
  • Day 52 - Manta, Ecuador
  • Day 54 - Panama Canal Passage
  • Day 55 - Cartagena, Colombia
  • Day 58 - St Vincent and the *Grenadines
  • Day 59 - *Mayreau, Grenadines
  • Day 60 - Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Day 67 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • Day 71 - Arrive in Bristol, UK 0330hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Full Itinerary

Day One: Begin your cruise from Bristol

Join Marco Polo in Bristol, settle into your cabin and enjoy your first evening on board.

Days Two to Three: At sea

Two days at sea provide a chance to acquaint yourself with Marco Polo’s many on-board amenities.

Day Four: Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is the our first port of call. See the contrasts between historic architecture and striking modern buildings in this city, from which adventurers set out, in search of the New World, during the great Age of Exploration.

Day Five: At sea

Enjoy another leisurely day at sea.

Day Six: Funchal, Madeira

Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands - a sun-blessed, lush, sub-tropical paradise, home to one of the most vibrant and profound collections of exotic, colourful flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a relaxing and captivating port of call, famous for its beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Day Seven: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Today Marco Polo ties up in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s principal port. Step ashore to explore the bustling metropolis of modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the old town, Vegueta, and perhaps take a shore excursion inland for some superb views.

Days Eight to Nine: At sea

Marco Polo spends two days cruising south, under hopefully sunny skies.

Day 10: Mindelo, Island of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Reaching the beautiful Cape Verde islands, Marco Polo calls at Sao Vicente, with its pretty capital Mindelo. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost, or perhaps take a trip inland.

Day 11: Praia, Island of Santiago, Cape Verde

Our second visit to Cape Verde is to Santiago, the largest of the islands. East African influences are seen everywhere in the capital city, Praia, where ‘best buys’ include carved coconut shells, pottery, lacework and basketry.

Days 12-14: At sea

Relax and enjoy three leisurely days at sea, as Marco Polo cruises towards the coast of South America.

Day 15: Natal, Brazil

The pretty resort city of Natal is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. It’s a charming mix of colonial architecture and colourful craft markets. Outside the city are some truly stunning beaches, while for the energetic and adventurous there’s the attraction of a thrilling buggy-ride over some of the world’s largest sand dunes.

Day 16: Recife, Brazil

Marco Polo’s second Brazilian landfall is the great city of Recife, recognised for its maze of waterways and bridges. Regain your land legs as you explore the old town of Recife Antigo.

Days 17-18: At sea

Two more lazy days at sea.

Days 19-20: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the world’s most captivating ports. Nestled between the ocean and lush tropical mountains, Rio is known as the ’Marvellous City’, and its famous landmarks include the 30-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer and majestic Sugar Loaf Mountain. Take the time to stroll the golden sands of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Days 21-23: At sea

Relax on board as Marco Polo sails south to Argentina.

Days 24-25: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Enjoy two full days in gloriously European Buenos Aires. The ‘Paris of the Americas’ exudes history, elegance and Spanish charm. Walk in the footsteps of Eva Peron, enjoy some of the Americas’ best food, and perhaps ‘shop ‘til you drop’ at bargain prices. Escorted shore excursions will introduce the city and its Peronist connections.

Days 26-27: Montevideo, Uruguay

The picturesque, compact Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, on the eastern bank of the Rio del Plata, welcomes Marco Polo. You'll have two days to explore this friendly, welcoming city, with its colonial old town (or Ciudad Vieja) and its beach-front Rambla.

Days 28-29: At sea

Two more days at sea.

Day 30: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

This morning Marco Polo anchors off Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland Isles. This seaside town of brightly painted metal-clad buildings and traditional pubs boasts a cathedral and a fascinating museum chronicling island life and the infamous 1982 conflict. Explore the peat-covered, mossy green hinterland - known as ‘camp’ - or enjoy an optional excursion.

Day 31: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

In the Falklands’ northwest corner, Carcass Island is home to the endemic Cobbs's Wren, as well as numerous songbirds and penguins. This is a nature-lovers’ paradise, and with every chance of getting a glimpse of emerging penguin chicks or a newborn seal pup, your day here is sure to be fascinating.

Day 32: At sea

Enjoy a leisurely day on board.

Day 33: Punta Arenas, Chile

The remote Chilean settlement of Punta Arenas, at the foot of Southern Patagonia, is a mixture of the rugged and windswept with the modern and opulent. Explore this remarkable township - reliant on the fishing, sheep-farming and, more recently, the petro-chemical industries - and perhaps pay a visit to a local penguin colony.

Day 34: Ushuaia, Argentina

Discover the world’s southernmost settlement, a thriving city, and a must-see for avid travellers from around the globe. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Fuegan Andes, Ushuaia is part tourist town, part gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, and radiates an air of excitement.

Day 35: Alberto de Agostini National Park, Chile

Look forward to a scenic day on board, as Marco Polo sails past the Cape Horn headland, and begins cruising the Alberto de Agostini National Park coastline.

Day 36: At sea

Marco Polo completes her passage through the Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Days 37-38: At sea

Enjoy the scenery as the ship travels along Chile's English Narrows Passage, the Darwin Canal and Moraleda Canal.

Day 39: Puerto Montt, Chile

Spend the day in the port city of Puero Montt, framed by the soaring peaks of the Andes. The city is renowned as one of the world's largest salmon producers and is considered the gateway to the spectacular Chilean Fjords.

Day 40: At sea

A lazy day on board.

Days 41-42: Valparasio, Chile

Marco Polo spends two days in Valparaiso, from where you'll have the chance to visit Chile's capital city, Santiago. See the Plaza de Armas, grand neo-classical architecture, the bars and cafes of the triangular Barrio Centro, the leafy parks, the colourful markets, the Bohemian quarters crammed with galleries and crafts shops and the quieter, residential quarters.

Days 43-44: At sea

Marco Polo spends two days travelling north up Chile's coast.

Day 45: Arica, Chile

This morning Marco Polo arrives in the northern Chilean port of Arica, on the border with Peru. Dominated by the imposing headland of El Morro, Arica is the gateway to the famed Parque Nacional Lauca, an area teeming with wildlife and birdlife, and home to the indigenous Aymara people, as well as the setting for the great twin volcanoes of Parincota and Pomerape.

Day 46: At sea

Marco Polo spends the day at sea, travelling towards Peru.

Day 47: Callao, for Lima (and overland option to Cuzco/Machu Picchu), Peru

Callao, port of the Peruvian capital Lima, greets Marco Polo this morning. Wander the city’s great Spanish-style squares - the Plaza Major and Plaza de Armas - and see the presidential Palace, imposing cathedral and the churches of Santo Domingo and San Francisco.

Return to the ship this evening, or chose to set off on an unforgettable three-night optional shore excursion to the remarkable Inca city of Cuzco and to breathtaking, jungle-bound Machu Picchu. You will return to Marco Polo on Day 50 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Days 48-49: At sea

For those staying on board, Marco Polo cruises north, under hopefully sunny skies.

Days 50-51: Guayaquil (and overland option to Quito), Ecuador

Bustling Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, is our next port of call. A stopping-off point for many visitors to the Galapagos Islands, Guayquil boasts a glittering waterfront promenade, the Malecon 2000, which stretches for over two kilometres along the Rio Guayas.

Relax, or join our optional overnight excursion to explore the exquisitely preserved and UNESCO-listed colonial centre of stunning Quito, the world’s highest capital city, high in an Andean Valley that enjoys a year-round spring-like climate despite being all but on the Equator.

Day 52: Manta, Ecuador

The historic fishing port and welcoming resort city of Manta is our final Pacific coast landfall. Step ashore and take in the atmosphere of a place where wooden fishing boats are still built by hand on the city beach, and where the colourful markets brim with regionally produced crafts - including the inappropriately named Panama hats - which are in fact made mainly in Ecuador!

Day 53: At sea

Relax and enjoy a leisurely day at sea as Marco Polo sails over the Equator.

Day 54: Panama Canal Passage

An unusual highlight is today’s passage through the fascinating Panama Canal, the 82-kilometre ’short cut’ between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Day 55: Cartagena, Colombia

Packed with brightly coloured buildings and magnificent churches, the Old City of the Spanish port of Cartagena is a fascinating place in which to wander. Soak up the atmosphere of a town that radiates Spanish style and custom.

Days 56-57: At sea

Sail through balmy Caribbean waters as you relax and enjoy the lazier pleasures of life on board.

Day 58: St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent - with its still-active volcano La Soufriere and charming capital Kingstown - and idyllic Bequia are two blissful Caribbean ports of call today.

Day 59: Mayreau, Grenadines

Tropical Mayreau, with truly stunning beaches, is the picture of paradise. Spend a relaxing day snorkelling or lazing in the turquoise water, and enjoy a beach barbecue courtesy of the ship’s chefs.

Day 60: Bridgetown, Barbados

Spend a day exploring Barbados, the most British of the Caribbean isles, home to the headquarters of West Indian cricket, bustling, colourful Bridgetown, and some exquisite beaches (with matching exquisite hotels).

Days 61-66: At sea

Spend a week on board as Marco Polo crosses the Atlantic and makes her way home.

Day 67: Ponta Delgada, Azores

A call is made at Ponta Delgada, principal port city of Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azores islands. There’ll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping off point of transatlantic adventurers for centuries.

Days 68-70: At sea

Spend a final two days at sea, reflecting on an unforgettable journey.

Day 71: Arrive in Bristol

Arrive back in Bristol, where your South American odyssey comes to an end.


Date Nights Price From
06 January 2019
06 January 2019 70 £5989

Further Information

Passport requirements

British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

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*This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.


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