Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Deluxe Discovery Yachting
Scenic Eclipse
27.12.2022
08.01.2023
12
Latin America, Antarctica, Antarctica in Depth
Fare from € 12.200
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Travelroute
Day 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasures. Arrive at your hotel for your one night stay.

Day 2

Buenos Aires > Ushuaia

Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team. Set sail and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

Day 3

At Sea

Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will excite you for what’s to come, or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV.
Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options, or a butler will serve you as you dine in-suite. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 4

At Sea

A day at sea.

Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula

Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are now open and, depending on the ice and weather conditions, the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.
Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. In late February and March, if conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.

Day 6

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 7

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 8

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 9

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 10

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 11

At Sea

Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends.

Day 12

At Sea

A day at sea.

Day 13

Ushuaia > Buenos Aires

Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

Overview

Antarctica in Depth

Great white wonder
Quite simply, Antarctica defies the imagination. Pristine and strikingly beautiful, this awe-inspiring region of untouched icescapes, mountains rising from the sea, and incredible, diverse wildlife will literally take your breath away.
Wake up to spectacular scenery and ice-filled channels, and spend your days marvelling at the many wonders along the Antarctic Peninsula. Set out exploring and immerse yourself in the grand spectacle. The constantly changing weather, scenery and colours provide opportunities for professional and amateur photographers alike.

Please Note: More Scenic Eclipse Discovery Voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Scenic Eclipse

Vessel Type: Luxurious Discovery Yacht

Length: 168 meters

Passenger Capacity: 228

Crew Capacity: 176 (192 in Polar regions)

Year Built: 2019

Scenic Eclipse is the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Sail in 6-star luxury through The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.

Scenic Eclipse comes with a unique design concept that incorporates the personalised luxury and attention to detail of a yacht with the stunning facilities and impressive blend of indoor and outdoor spaces found on a regular cruise ship. With a chic design employing soft, sweeping edges and rich wood coupled with every amenity you could possibly wish for, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with guests in mind. Intimate and luxurious, the World’s First Discovery Yacht is built to dock in isolated ports that larger ships can’t reach, including the white expanse of the Arctic. Scenic Eclipse comes with the highest Polar Class rating (Polar Class 6), ensuring safe navigation in polar waters and allowing the ship to reach even more remote ports.

On board inclusions:
Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio •
Butler service for every guest • All-inclusive dining and beverages • Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and pilates studio
Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools • Expert Discovery Leaders & education program on selected cruises • Daily entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Return airport transfers
Onshore inclusions:
Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions • Active discovery excursions
Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences • Scenic Freechoice activities • Expert Discovery Team and local guides •
All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore

Luxury Suites

Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah, a separate lounge area and Butler Service. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, staying in a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxury experiences you’ll ever have.

Indulgent Spaces

Designed with an abundance of public spaces, there is plenty of room for you to roam. From the ultimate Spa Sanctuary, to the gym, yoga studio, eight spacious lounges and bars, four outdoor terraces and multiple pool areas, you will never want to leave.

Dining

With up to ten all-inclusive dining experiences, the variety of cuisine and diversity of venues will astound you. From fine dining to relaxed café-style plus in-suite dining, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.

Beverages

Savour your favourite cocktail or mocktail, choose from an extensive range of fine wine and beers and top-shelf spirits such as a rich Macallan 12-year-old scotch, a glass of France’s finest Champagne or a selection of sake – the choice is yours, all day every day.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
01.01.2023
08.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
08.01.2023
15.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
L´Austral
09.01.2023
20.01.2023
11
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 11.190
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Day 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 4-8

Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10

Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 11

Ushuaia

Disembarkation.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights

New: explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure. Led by experienced, State-Certified kayak guides, you will skim the water’s surface amid the ice. Full professional equipment is provided, including tamdem kayak, carbon paddle, full-body drysuit, lifejacket, AIS beacon. For more information about your kayak tour, please go to the section “PONANT activities” and to book your kayak tour, contact your cruise advisor • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection… • Hiking opportunity • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds • Educational discovery in the respect of environment • New: for your comfort, your cruise package includes an overnight in Buenos Aires the day before embarkation and the flights to/from Ushuaia

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Ship information

L´Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Crew Capacity: 140
Built: 2011

Innovative design, sleek shape and profile, refined interior decoration, friendly, intimate atmosphere: French designers and decorators have managed to give this ship a unique style and veritable signature of its own. Combinations of fine materials, colours and tones harmoniously livened up with touches of bright colour, elegant lines, discreet and subtle refinement… everything has been designed to create a unique atmosphere onboard, a veritable personality: the chic style and naturally relaxing ambiance of a veritable private yacht.

Cuisine
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gastronomic restaurant serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. In the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy themed dinners.
Life On Board
Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L´Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.
Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Fitted with the latest equipment (Fitness studio) the Beauty Centre on L´Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering -a spa in partnership with SOTHYS™ (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy). Comfortable Staterooms & Suites, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.
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Booking
Luxury Amazon River Cruise
Aqua Nera
14.01.2023
21.01.2023
7
Latin America, Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 8.550
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nauta / Embarkation / Marañon River

Arriving on a morning flight, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew. Board our private transfer to our exclusive Nauta Lounge for a welcome lunch before embarkation.
Settle into your generously-sized suite aboard the Aqua Nera as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro
Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Amaz, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Day 2

Yanayacu Pucate River / Lisboa River

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River. Later, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River and look out for Amazon’s legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit an Amazonian village, where you can interact with native riberenos (people of the river) and visit local schoolchildren.

Day 3

Samiria River / Nauta Caño

Awake to a lush jungle sunrise and birdwatching along the Samiria River, enjoying breakfast in the middle of the lush jungle. Swimming and kayaking are some of the recommended activities at this part of the Reserve. In the evening, embark on a wildlife excursion on the black waters of Nauta Caño, and end the night with extraordinary stargazing.

Day 4

Nauta Town / Village Visit / Birthplace of the amazon

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.

Day 5

Ucayali River / Yanallpa River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Boarding our skiffs, we start the day like Amazon River dwellers, cruising along the Ucayali and Yanallpa River. As farmers and fishermen go about their business, we search for pink river dolphins in these pristine waters.

In the afternoon, explore a fascinating black water stream aboard skiffs, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will regale you with tales and insights about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest” because of dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, keep your eyes peeled for parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys.

Day 6

Puinahua River – Pacaya Samiria National River

This morning we will embark on a full-day excursion along the Pacaya tributary within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, observing and exploring the flooded forest of this vast region of the Peruvian Amazon. Sail among a wide variety of wildlife, birds including large parrots, macaws, herons and storks, and many species of primates like the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys.

After a picnic lunch, visit some of the most beautiful lakes in Pacaya Samiria and meet local guardians of the Reserve’s natural resources. On our return, behold the famous Ceiba tree, the tallest of its kind in the Amazon.

Day 7

Ucayali River / Village Visit / Clavero Lake

Choose among jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming excursions on the black waters Yarapa or Clavero River. In the evening, before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working behind the scenes to ensure a memorable experience aboard the Aqua Nera.

Day 8

San Jose Paranapura Town / Arrive In Nauta

Visit the quaint riverside town of San Jose de Paranapura en route to Nauta. Before saying goodbye, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a sanctuary for orphaned Amazonian manatees to rehabilitate before their release back into the wild.

Note: Our itineraries may be subject to changes according to local weather and water conditions.

Overview

Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise

Our acclaimed 7-night Amazon Expedition Cruise lets guests experience the most luxurious and complete of Amazon journeys among the two tributaries, Marañon and Ucayali, that give the Amazon river its life. This all-encompassing itinerary lets explorers discover the best that Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve has to offer, including its hidden lakes and lagoons, as well as amazing jungle trails.
Kayak, canoe and swim in the most pristine Amazon upriver waters, with several opportunities to spot the Amazon’s famous pink river dolphins. Learn about life in an Amazon village, and then fish for piranhas like a local. Become a bona fide naturalist by the end of your 7-night trip, absorbing the in-depth knowledge our experienced guides impart on every excursion and jungle walk.
No two days of adventure is ever the same, except for the luxurious yet understated presence of the Aqua Nera. Return to your five-star home on the Amazon every day to the inspiring Peruvian Amazon cuisine of chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and the luxurious comforts of your suite and many amenities. You won’t want this trip to be over.
• Low Water Season (June through October) vs. High Water Season (November through May)
If seeing glorious Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then December to May might be your best choice.
If jungle hikes and spotting exotic migratory birds perched on trees between flights across Amazonia appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season.
River cruises on the Amazon and Mekong with Aqua Expeditions can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.
Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days.
Highlights
Experience the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystem in the most intriguing and rewarding way alongside top naturalist guides. An intimate experience with wildlife, nature and culture is made possible by our small-group excursions of no larger than 8, which limit our footprint on the environment and transforms an Amazon cruise adventure into a deeply personal experience • Led by our naturalist guides, venture into the world’s richest land ecosystem with a wealth of knowledge • Closest to its source, the mighty Andes mountains, the Amazon river is as pristine as Amazon’s waters get. This makes it perfect for a wide range of water activities and excursions • The Peruvian Amazon is home to about 200 communities, each offering a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in harmony with the river and rainforest
Please Note: More Aqua Nera Amazon Expedition Cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information
Aqua Nera
Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition
Length: 62.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 40
Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2020
Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for.
Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.
Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.
On Board Living and Social Areas
Sun Decks • Indoor and outdoor bars • Indoor dining room and outdoor private dining • Screening room with theater-style seating • Outdoor cinema under the stars • Games room with pool table • Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds • Antique and artisanal boutique • Lobby lounge • Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds • Top deck gym overlooking the river • Infirmary with onboard medical staff • Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas • Two spa treatment rooms, one single and one double
Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
15.01.2023
22.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Deluxe Discovery Yachting
Scenic Eclipse
18.01.2023
06.02.2023
19
Latin America, Antarctica, Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
Fare from € 20.250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasure. Arrive at your hotel for your one night stay.

Day 2

Buenos Aires > Ushuaia

Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse.

Day 3

At sea

Make yourself at home on board Scenic Eclipse, where luxury is almost limitless. As you sail south, wildlife spotting opportunities abound; your Discovery Team will be out on deck looking for albatross, prions, and petrels that follow the ship. They will present lectures on the history and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean.

Day 4

Falkland Islands

Remote and sparsely populated, the Falkland Islands are a wildlife lovers paradise. You will visit a number of the outer islands, where large colonies of penguins and albatross thrive. Fur seals and elephant seals roam sandy beaches; while the surrounding waters are home to whales and dolphins. Visit the very British capital, Stanley and its small but thriving community.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 5

Falkland Islands

Continue to explore the Falkland Islands.

Day 6

At sea

Sailing towards South Georgia gives you time to slow to the rhythm of the sea. There will be plenty of time to simply relax and be entranced by the many seabirds you’ll encounter on your way. You may decide to join the avid whale watchers hoping to get a glimpse of one of these leviathans, or simply contemplate the vastness of the sea.

Day 7

South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The island is a tiny speck in the vastness of the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most remote parts of our planet. A 3,000-metre mountain range forms the spine of the long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Despite being such a small outpost in the vastness of the south
Atlantic, the sea around South Georgia is one of the most lively areas on earth. The abundant marine life supports millions of seals, whales, penguins and seabirds. Shackleton and five of his crew sailed from Elephant Island in the James Caird for 16 days and 1,300 kilometres and finally found safety in the tiny entrance of Cave Cove. This epic story of survival began with the sinking of his ship, the Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, six months earlier. As you explore South Georgia, you will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey.

Day 8

South Georgia

Explore South Georgia.

Day 9

South Georgia

Explore South Georgia.

Day 10

South Georgia

Explore South Georgia.

Day 11

South Georgia

Explore South Georgia.

Day 12

At sea

Time spent at sea is yours to do with as you please. Our world-class amenities are certain to keep you busy, from the on board theatre and Senses Spa, to wonderful dining experiences. Spot icebergs and marine life from the comfort of your private verandah.

Day 13

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife. A network of channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in snow and enormous glaciers abound. There is no place on the planet like Antarctica.

Day 14

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 15

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 16

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 17

Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 18

At sea

As you head north to Ushuaia, you have time to reflect on your experience of a lifetime, knowledge garnered from your Discovery Team and the unsurpassed luxury of Scenic Eclipse.

Day 19

At sea

A day at sea.

Day 20

Ushuaia, Argentina > Buenos Aires

Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

Overview

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Extraordinary landscapes
Little islands with big tales to tell. The South Georgia Islands are teeming with wildlife and exploration history, while the intriguing Falkland Islands are unique, as is the great white wonder of Antarctica.
Summer comes to Antarctica and South Georgia like a revelation. Arrive as the breeding cycle reaches its peak. Chicks become juveniles and seal pups thrill with mock charges. In March, there are staggering numbers of whales, seals, birds and penguins on display as they prepare for the cooler months.

Please Note: More Scenic Eclipse Discovery Voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Scenic Eclipse

Vessel Type: Luxurious Discovery Yacht

Length: 168 meters

Passenger Capacity: 228

Crew Capacity: 176 (192 in Polar regions)

Year Built: 2019

Scenic Eclipse is the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Sail in 6-star luxury through The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.

Scenic Eclipse comes with a unique design concept that incorporates the personalised luxury and attention to detail of a yacht with the stunning facilities and impressive blend of indoor and outdoor spaces found on a regular cruise ship. With a chic design employing soft, sweeping edges and rich wood coupled with every amenity you could possibly wish for, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with guests in mind. Intimate and luxurious, the World’s First Discovery Yacht is built to dock in isolated ports that larger ships can’t reach, including the white expanse of the Arctic. Scenic Eclipse comes with the highest Polar Class rating (Polar Class 6), ensuring safe navigation in polar waters and allowing the ship to reach even more remote ports.

On board inclusions:
Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio •
Butler service for every guest • All-inclusive dining and beverages • Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and pilates studio
Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools • Expert Discovery Leaders & education program on selected cruises • Daily entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Return airport transfers
Onshore inclusions:
Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions • Active discovery excursions
Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences • Scenic Freechoice activities • Expert Discovery Team and local guides •
All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore

Luxury Suites

Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah, a separate lounge area and Butler Service. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, staying in a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxury experiences you’ll ever have.

Indulgent Spaces

Designed with an abundance of public spaces, there is plenty of room for you to roam. From the ultimate Spa Sanctuary, to the gym, yoga studio, eight spacious lounges and bars, four outdoor terraces and multiple pool areas, you will never want to leave.

Dining

With up to ten all-inclusive dining experiences, the variety of cuisine and diversity of venues will astound you. From fine dining to relaxed café-style plus in-suite dining, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.

Beverages

Savour your favourite cocktail or mocktail, choose from an extensive range of fine wine and beers and top-shelf spirits such as a rich Macallan 12-year-old scotch, a glass of France’s finest Champagne or a selection of sake – the choice is yours, all day every day.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
22.01.2023
29.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
29.01.2023
05.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
L´Austral
31.01.2023
11.02.2023
11
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 8.400
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Day 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 4-8

Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10

Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 11

Ushuaia

Disembarkation.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights

New: explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure. Led by experienced, State-Certified kayak guides, you will skim the water’s surface amid the ice. Full professional equipment is provided, including tamdem kayak, carbon paddle, full-body drysuit, lifejacket, AIS beacon. For more information about your kayak tour, please go to the section “PONANT activities” and to book your kayak tour, contact your cruise advisor • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection… • Hiking opportunity • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds • Educational discovery in the respect of environment • New: for your comfort, your cruise package includes an overnight in Buenos Aires the day before embarkation and the flights to/from Ushuaia

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Ship information

L´Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Crew Capacity: 140
Built: 2011

Innovative design, sleek shape and profile, refined interior decoration, friendly, intimate atmosphere: French designers and decorators have managed to give this ship a unique style and veritable signature of its own. Combinations of fine materials, colours and tones harmoniously livened up with touches of bright colour, elegant lines, discreet and subtle refinement… everything has been designed to create a unique atmosphere onboard, a veritable personality: the chic style and naturally relaxing ambiance of a veritable private yacht.

Cuisine
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gastronomic restaurant serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. In the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy themed dinners.
Life On Board
Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L´Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.
Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Fitted with the latest equipment (Fitness studio) the Beauty Centre on L´Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering -a spa in partnership with SOTHYS™ (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy). Comfortable Staterooms & Suites, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.
Contact
Booking
Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Aqua Mekong
03.02.2023
10.02.2023
7
Asia, Mekong River - Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 8.300
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap

Gather at our Siem Reap meeting point then board our air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace or daybed.

Day 2

Prek Toal - Moat Khla

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Day 3

Chhnok Tru - Kampong Chhnang

Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. We continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Day 4

Koh Chen - Koh Oknha Tey

This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

Day 5

Phnom Penh

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6

Ka ́om Samnor-vinh Xuong Border Crossing – Chau Doc - My An Hung

Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while we cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where we take the local rickshaw called xe loi for a trip around town or pedal 18 kilometers on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, we visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local's home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers, followed by a unique Unicorn dance. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.

Day 7

Binh Thanh/sa Dec - Cai Be

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. We continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in our sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, our skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invite us to glimpse their property.

Day 8

My Tho - Ho Chi Minh

Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh, we stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

Overview

Mekong River – Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise

Joining our full 7-night Mekong Expedition Cruise allows us to share with you all the mysteries and wonders we have discovered between the Mekong River, Tonle Sap Lake and among the diverse cultures thriving in our midst.

During the period from December to August, our program includes much more time on the Cambodia stretch of the Mekong and along the Tonle Sap River, a more rural and scenic area of Cambodia, untouched by tourists. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore, from daily biking options (10 – 15km), kayaking, to relaxing excursions on shaded tuk-tuk and experience the authentic life of people around the river.

Passengers who travel with us from August to November experience the full history of Mekong life, meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and our entrepreneurial friends in Vietnam’s wet markets along the way. Travel leisurely back in time across this legendary landscape and visit the Tonle Sap Lake, a spectacular freshwater lake that that is inhabited by more than three million people living around its bank.

River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon with Aqua Expeditions can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days. Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days.

Highlights

Start the day with a guided meditation on a sundeck overlooking the emerald greenery around the river • Travel in luxury amidst captivating landscapes along the Mekong river, from the Silver Pagoda and Art Deco of the Cambodian capital to the fascinating, modern Vietnam • Sail into the agrarian heartlands of the Khmer and Vietnamese people, little touched by the modern world, making indelible memories as you cycle and kayak far, far off the beaten path

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Ship information

Aqua Mekong

Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition

Length: 62.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 40

Crew Capacity: 40

Year Built: 2014

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and dining areas and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests plus crew. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.
The Aqua Mekong has 20 air conditioned Design Suites, each one a generous 30 square meters, eight with balconies and all created entirely of local materials with the relaxed sophistication and contemporary comforts of a five star resort. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows allow guests to gaze upon the Mekong from the pillow top California king size bed that can be converted upon request into two full twin beds. More captivating views await on the plush, roomy daybed placed by the window wall or for our eight balcony accommodations, outside along with a romantic table for two. Those who wish to keep up on the world beyond these enthralling riverbanks will appreciate the flat screen television and complementary high speed wireless internet.
Sunlit indoors and out, the top level Observation Deck aboard the Aqua Mekong has been designed to seamlessly connect guests with the constantly shifting landscape of floating Vietnamese villages, French colonial church spires and gilded Buddhist stupas along this mighty river, always in the utmost comfort. Whether one chooses to relax in the air conditioned Indoor Lounge, go horizontal under the sun outside at the ship’s Outdoor Lounge area or cool off with a plunge in the shimmering pool at the bow side, the Observation Deck ensures that the river always remains in full view.
Guests gravitate to the Indoor Lounge in the mornings for cà phê đá, Vietnamese coffee poured over ice with sweet condensed milk, between excursions to swap travellers’ tales and for daily lectures from the expert local guides.

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Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
05.02.2023
12.02.2023
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Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

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