Santiago - 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. You’ll enjoy a one night stay in this exuberant city, the perfect beginning to your South America adventure.
San Antonio (Santiago) - 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.
There are so many opportunities to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate on board ms Zandaam. Hone your video-editing skills, revitalise at the Greenhouse Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind.
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.
This small Patagonian town in the Aysen region of Southern Chile lets you explore some of Patagonia’s beautiful scenery, with deep valleys, waterfalls and lakes that are home to an extraordinary range of bird life. You can also visit the nearby Coihaique or Puerto Aisen, where you can shop for local handicrafts.
Chilean Fjords (scenic cruising)
Decorated with cool blue glaciers and overlooked by grand, snow-dusted mountains, the unspoilt beauty of this incredible region will take your breath away. Due to its remoteness, many think the fjords to be barren and desolate, but the marine wildlife is abundant here. You could spot a dolphin or two in the deep blue waters, whales coming to the surface between meals and seals barking on rocky outcrops.
Canal Sarmiento (scenic cruising)
The spectacular Canal Sarmiento is a 65 mile long waterway with Chile to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi to the west. The jagged coastline is cut with picturesque inlets and set against a backdrop of snow covered mountains. This is another area rich in marine life including penguins, seals and orcas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll enjoy an overnight stay on board the ship in Buenos Aires, 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.
Buenos Aires - Disembark ms Zaandam and Iguazu Falls Hotel Stay
Today you’ll arrive in Buenos Aires and disembark ms Zaandam where you will fly to Iguazu Falls for a two night hotel stay. Enjoy the views of the river from the hotel while you take a swim or a walk around the village with its colourful craft markets and pick up some souvenirs.
Iguazu Falls - Hotel Stay and Tour
Today you’ll explore the Argentinian side of the falls during a walking tour. Starting at The Devil’s Throat waterfall, you’ll stroll along the catwalk which winds around the islands for 1,100 and ends in the large balconies located on the edge of falls. The Higher Path takes you right along the edge of the waterfalls and enjoys breath-taking scenery from a cliff-point outlook. If time allows, The Lower Path is a 1,200-metre-walk that gives a great view of the majority of the rapids and falls from a front and lower point of view.
Rio de Janeiro - Hotel Stay and Tour
Today you’ll tour the Brazilian Falls, declared a Natural World Heritage site in the year 1986 by UNESCO. The tour begins at the Visitors’ Centre, where you’ll take one of the modern panoramic view buses to the catwalk from where it’s possible to get an incredible view of the 275 waterfalls. Later, you’ll fly Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil, for a two night stay.
Rio de Janeiro - Hotel Stay and Tour
A fully escorted tour will take you to the summit of Corcovado and the foot of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue for stunning views across the city. To some, Christ the Redeemer is considered a deeply religious icon, whereas to others it is simply a beautiful piece of architecture – whatever your opinion, the outstretched arms that seem to embrace the skyline are deeply symbolic of this warm and welcoming city.
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