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What do you get for a luxury £35,000 South American trip? Sir Ranulph Fiennes as a guide, for starters

If you fancy having Sir Ranulph Fiennes as a guide, a customised private plane, a cruise around the Galapagos Islands and a train ride to Machu Picchu, you could have it all for your next holiday. English travel agency Prestige Travel is offering a three-week tour that it calls the ‘Grand Journey of South America,’ dubbing it the pinnacle of luxury travel – but you’d need to dig deep as it costs £35,000.

The private plane guests will travel in as part of Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
The private plane guests will travel in as part of Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

According to the travel agency, many visitors to South America only sample a fraction of the continent. Potential new travellers may feel that a trip there is a daunting exercise to plan and undertake, because the must-see sights are spread over such an enormous geographical and sometimes challenging terrain.

You can visit Rio de Janeiro as part of Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
You can visit Rio de Janeiro as part of Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

This three-week trip is designed to eliminate those concerns and departs on 6 November. Holidaymakers will travel on a private Boeing 767-300 that has been customised to carry just 96 people rather than the standard 300. It means the guests will have the space to walk around and mingle with others during the flights.

Comfort aboard the private plane on Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
Comfort aboard the private plane on Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

They’ll stay in top class hotels and see the natural wonders and ancient curiosities of Brazil, Argentina and Peru. They’ll visit the remote Falkland Islands and mystical Easter Islands (Rapa Nui), cruise for three days around the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, check out the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and finally, get to explore the city of Havana in Cuba.

You can visit Machu Pichu as part of Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
You can visit Machu Picchu as part of Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

During the first five days in Rio de Janeiro, and at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil, the group will be joined and escorted by legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who will be available for ‘informal chats’. The guests will also enjoy the company of BBC broadcast personality, John Stapleton, and will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, including a doctor.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a guide on Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a guide on Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Highlights include visiting the vibrant and colourful city of Rio de Janeiro. The group will get to view the towering Christ the Redeemer statue from the top of Corcovado’s highest peak for stunning views of the city.

You can see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro as part of Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
You can see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro as part of Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

They will also spend three nights on board the M/V Galapagos Legend exploring the rich and unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands.

You can visit the Iguassu Falls as part of Prestige Travel's luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America, which costs £35,000. Image: Prestige Travel
You can visit the Iguazu Falls as part of Prestige Travel’s luxury three-week tour, the Grand Journey of South America. Image: Prestige Travel

If you have the dosh and this sounds like the trip of a lifetime, visit here for further information.

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