Shore Excursions in South America

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

67 excursions in South America.

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

Tigre Delta & River Cruise

Escape from the big city and step back in time to a retreat favoured by the locals on this river cruise.

  • Tigre Delta & River Cruise
  • Tigre Delta & River Cruise
  • Tigre Delta & River Cruise

Drive past Avenue del Libertador, passing by the residential suburban neighbourhoods of Vicente Lopez, Martinez and Olivos. Upon reaching San Isidro y Acassusso, enjoy a little free time to visit the square and Cathedral.

As you drive through the peaceful narrow roads, you will pass by the yacht clubs, mansions and tree-lined roads before reaching Tigre. For more than 100 years, the maze of rivers and channels of the Tigre Delta have been a favourite weekend getaway for porteños, the term for locals and Buenos Aires inhabitants.

Step aboard an island launch style river boat and enter a world that has barely changed since the 1920’s. Glide through the green labyrinth of channels and streams that open its doors to let you explore the nature of its islands. Enjoy a coffee and a local pastry as you take in the sights of beautiful riverside villas, Victorian docks, English-style gardens, and traditional rowing and boating clubs.

This excursion will operate by coach and motor boat. There is minimal walking on this tour; however there are approximately 15 steps to embark/disembark the motor boat. The order of highlights may vary and the tour duration may change slightly due to traffic conditions. Visits to the Cathedral are subject to opening times and not permitted during services. Shorts or mini-skirts are not permitted to be worn inside the Cathedral.

Tigre Delta & River Cruise

Imperial Petropolis

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city of Rio with a visit to the historic summer getaway of Petropolis.

  • Imperial Petropolis
  • Imperial Petropolis
  • Imperial Petropolis
  • Imperial Petropolis
  • Imperial Petropolis

Petropolis is a beautiful mountain town, located in the north eastern region of Brazil. The town’s name ‘City of Peter’ honours the first emperor of the nation.

A spectacular scenic drive takes you through the often unseen mountains outside of Rio to the popular summer resort of Petropolis. Also known as ‘The Imperial City of Brazil’, this quaint European-like town was once the summer residence of Dom Pedro II, Brazil’s last emperor.

Spend time at the beautiful Cathedral before visiting the Imperial Museum, home of the crown jewels as well as an impressive collection of fine china, furniture, paintings and tapestries from the imperial court.

Luncheon is served in a typical churrascaria (traditional steakhouse) in Petropolis.

After luncheon, you will have an opportunity to visit Santos Dumont House, former home of the aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos Dumont, also known as Casa Encantada (enchanted house).

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour over mostly flat terrain. The order of highlights may be reversed.

Imperial Petropolis

Steam Train & Highlights

Step back in time with a memorable trip on a steam train to Peñarol, before taking in the highlights of the city by coach.

  • Steam Train & Highlights
  • Steam Train & Highlights
  • Steam Train & Highlights
  • Steam Train & Highlights

Sit back, relax and enjoy your 30 minute ride to Peñarol station by steam train, whilst your guide explains about the history of train transportation in Uruguay to the sounds of Tango music. After your delightful steam train ride, your awaiting coach will take you on a highlights tour of the city of Montevideo.

Drive past the Prado neighbourhood, home to one of the oldest parks in the city which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (the stage coach). You will have the opportunity to stop and admire this celebrated piece before continuing on past the monuments to the last Charruas Indians. Enjoy a photograph stop at the Congress building before continuing to the Batlle & Ordoñez Park, view the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument and the Football Stadium.

Explore the residential area of Carrasco stopping at Plaza Virgilio to view the monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy and enjoy excellent views of the city. Driving onwards take in the views of the striking coastline and its beaches.

Your scenic return drive will take you into the Old City, where you will have time at Independence Square at the centre of which stands a monument dedicated to Uruguay’s national hero, José Gervasio Artigas, also known as ‘the father of Uruguayan independence.’

This excursion will operate by coach, steam train and on foot. Please note the coach portion of this tour covers the same city highlights as MVD002 Montevideo City Tour. Guests are required to negotiate high steps to embark the steam train.

Steam Train & Highlights
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