Rio de Janeiro - Hotel Stay
Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil. You’ll have an overnight hotel stay to explore this vivacious city. Dance to samba or bossa nova in the city’s exciting bars, sample some deliciously spicy cuisine or just relax on one of the beaches – you’re on Rio time now!
Rio de Janeiro - Embark ms Zaandam
Today you’ll begin your wonderful cruise holiday on board the elegant, attractive and spacious ms Zaandam; this musically themed ship offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. There are lots of luxurious yet cosy lounges and lovely pool decks, as well as superb restaurants offering fine dining.
Seven kilometres of white-sand beach curl around a single cove in Santos Sao Paulo. The beach is separated from the high rises by lush green gardens, complete with palm trees and exotic flowers, offering shady seating with great ocean views. Here you can also learn about Brazil’s key export at the Coffee Museum, located in the beautiful former Coffee Stock Exchange building.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for entertainment on board ms Zaandam. Spectacular shows will dazzle you in the Mondriaan Show Lounge, the twinkling lights of the casino will tempt you to have a flutter, and you can have a boogie in the Crow’s Nest before calling it a night.
Buenos Aires is a city where traditional European grandeur is blended with Latin fire and tango is practised on the streets. Discover the labyrinthine necropolis, Cementerio de la Recoleta, the resting place of Evita. Try the outstanding Argentinian food and visit Plaza de Mayo and the cathedral, along with traditional cobblestoned neighbourhoods.
The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is a vibrant city, rich in culture. Explore the Plaza Independencia which leads to the charming and atmospheric Old Town, home to the colonial Palacio Salvo; dine on steak at the Mercado del Puerto or simply kick back on Pocitos beach while chowing down on chivito.
During your cruise, you’ll enjoy an enviable choice of delicious dining options — everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
The Falkland Islands are a remote South Atlantic archipelago with rugged, cliff-lined coasts and abundant wildlife. Whether you’re after an encounter with a gentoo penguin or a dolphin-watching expedition, you’ll be ideally placed to get closer to nature. Take a short stroll along the colourful streets of the capital, Stanley, or wander off the beaten track.
Cape Horn - Scenic Cruising
Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America. The culmination of the Andes mountain range, the legendary Cape is known for its hazardous maritime conditions for all that have experienced it. However these troublesome conditions have protected the rocky region from human settlement, so you'll enjoy the same views that the earliest explorers discovered centuries ago.
Overlooked by the snow-capped Martial Mountains you’ll find Ushuaia, replete with opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and kayaking. You could ride the End of the World Train, a scenic heritage train ride through the beautiful scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Perched on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a city known for its museums and colonial artefacts. Explore the beautiful cemetery and wander around the main square, brimming with opulent mansions. Urban legend has it that if you rub the toe of “The Indian” on the Magellan Monument you are sure to return to the city.
Enjoy the musical heritage on board ms Zaandam. The Lincoln Centre Stage showcases outstanding live chamber music performances whereas B.B. King’s All-Stars Band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs nightly in the Queen's Lounge.
Puerto Montt is the gateway to the majestic Andes Mountains and the Patagonian fjords. Cruise through awe-inspiring channels and islands, past snow-capped peaks and blue-tinged glaciers – the scenery here is truly stunning. Nearby is the symmetrical, glacier-covered Osorno Volcano, a favourite walk for hiking enthusiasts.
Make the most of your evenings on board in one of ms Zaandam’s bars. Try the Crow’s nest for incredible sea views or select from a Master Mixologist’s cocktail menu in the Gallery Bar. Share stories of your adventures as the pianist serenades you in the Piano bar or celebrate a fantastic holiday with champagne in the Mix bar.
San Antonio - Disembark ms Zaandam and Hotel Stay
Today, you’ll arrive in San Antonio where you’ll disembark ms Zaandam and transfer to Santiago for a one night hotel stay. Santiago is famed for its grand architecture, the beautiful hilltop garden of Cerro Santa Lucia and the Maipo Valley, one of Chile’s celebrated wine-producing regions.
Today you’ll fly from Santiago to Cusco the capital of the Incan empire, and the gateway to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Here you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the key sights in Cusco and the surrounding area, including the ruins and gardens of the most sacred building of the Incan empire, Korikancha, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay.
Today you’ll tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, exploring the picturesque village of Pisac with its narrow streets and traditional market; and the inhabited city of Ollantaytambo, home to the mystical Sun Temple.
Nestled within the Andean foothills and shrouded by swirling clouds and subtropical forests, the sight of Machu Picchu is incredible to behold and the pinnacle of your Peru stay. Discover this amazing site during a full day tour as you uncover the ruins of temples, palaces and squares surrounded by mountain slopes, peaks and valleys.
Lima is a city of contrasts between its historic centre, with remnants of ancient city walls, baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings, and the modern areas of upmarket Miraflores and bohemian Barranco, with their vibrant restaurant and bar scenes. One thing that unites the Peruvian capital is its extraordinary cuisine, including the legendary dish of lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and chips).
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