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Ultimate South American Journey Visiting Brazil, Argentina and Chile


 

TRAVELLING DATES: 30 OCT - 10 NOV



VISITING: ESTE URUGUAY, BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA, MONTEVIDEO, STANLEY FALKLAND ISLANDS, CAPE HORN, USHUAIA ARGENTINA, GLACIER ALLEY, BEAGLE CHANNEL, COCKBURN CHANNEL, PUNTA ARENAS, STRAIT OF MAGELLEN, CANAL SARMIENTO, AMALIA/BRUJO GLACIER, CHILEAN FJORDS, PUERTO MONTT, SAN ANTONIO CHILE.

 

DAY 1 - MALTA - RIO DE JANEIRO
Meet your tour manager at Malta International Airport for flight to Rio De Janeiro. 

DAY 2 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the 4* Astoria Palace Hotel for check in. Later after picking you up from the hotel, the vehicle will take you to Botanical Garden to start the tour. The 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees; it also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance and an important botany research center. Following the visit, you will head to Tijuca Atlantic Forest with the opportunity to visit Chinese View, a magnificent gazebo from where you are able to see beaches and tourist attractions. Afterwards, on the way back to the pier you will stop at Pepino Beach along the way to witness the hang gliders.


DAY 3 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Breakfast and proceed far as Cosme Velho Station, where you will board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest, and up the 748 meters high Corcovado Mountain. The train ride takes 20 minutes and is a wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and enjoy scenic landscapes of the city and its beaches. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado, proceed up the steps that lead to the peak´s lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, you will descend by train. The tour proceeds passing by Rio’s world-famous beaches as far as the Urca District to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain at 390 meters high. Then you will descend and proceed along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park as far as downtown. Visit downtown area, passing by the financial and business center and other attractions such as Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theater, National Library, Fine Arts Museum and the Sambodrome (site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade). 

DAY 4 - RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast your tour departs from Rio up the Serra dos Orgãos on a scenic road through the Atlantic Rain Forest which will take you to the "Imperial City of Petrópolis", 810 m (2,660 ft) above sea level. The tour includes a visit the museum at the Summer Palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil, the Cathedral with the tomb of the Emperor and his wife and the highlights of this charming city, such as the "Crystal Palace", mansions and buildings from imperial and modern times.

DAY 5 - 20 – RIO DE JANEIRO – SOUTH AMERICA PASSAGE CRUISE
Breakfast and transfer to Cruise terminal for your 16 night cruise on board Ms Zaandam by Holland America. Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the Ms Zaandam is a prize in the ship category, offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations. The musically themed Ms Zaandam offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world's great music, artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship. You'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones used as art objects throughout the ship. At the heart of the Ms Zaandam, in a soaring threestory atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands. Enjoy an onboard IPod self-guided tour of the complete Zaandam art collection.

PORTS OF CALL

PUNTA DEL ESTE
Blessed with a mild, Mediterranean-like climate and a chic, cosmopolitan energy, Punta del Este and its neighboring beachside towns along Uruguay’s Maldonado coast have been a jetset favorite since the 1950s—Latin America’s answer to Saint-Tropez or the Hamptons. Habitués call the whole area Punta and tout its nightlife, pristine beaches, gaucho-country ranches, and big-sky landscapes of rolling, forested hills. “There’s a low-key vibe, but it’s very sophisticated.

BUENOS AIRES
This city combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sure, it might look like a concrete jungle from certain angles, but stroll through the streets, paying attention to the magnificent architecture around you, and you'll soon be won over. Grand French- and Italianstyle palaces grab the limelight, but you'll see interesting architectural details in the buildings of even low-key, local barrios. These days the beauty of these traditional neighbour hoods is further enhanced by colorful murals painted by artists involved in the city's vibrant street-art scene. For these talented individuals, the city is their canvas.

MONTEVIDEO
The place is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching 20km from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco near the airport. In the historic downtown business district, art deco and neoclassical buildings jostle for space alongside grimy, worn-out skyscrapers that appear airlifted from Havana or Ceau?escu’s Romania, while to the southeast the shopping malls and modern high-rises of beach communities such as Punta Carretas and Pocitos bear more resemblance to Miami or Copacabana.

STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS
Let us inspire you...The Falklands archipelago is teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature; experience personal encounters with penguins and pinnipeds or the beauty of delicate flowers. Discover an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. Whether you are looking for adventure or seeking quieter pleasures, the Falklands are a great place to relax and unwind. Stanley, the capital city of the Falklands, is located on East Falkland and is the only "town" on the islands. The entire population of the Falklands is 2,500, with 1,700 calling Stanley home.

CAPE HORN
Located on Chile's Isla Hornos in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America. The culmination of the Andes mountain range, the rocky region from human settlement, so you'll enjoy the same views as the earliest explorers discovered centuries ago. Unusual rock formations with deep grooves and granite cliffs covered in trees are its signature features. Ushuaia A busy port and adventure hub, Ushuaia is a sliver of steep streets and jumbled buildings below the snowcapped Martial Range. Here the Andes meet the southern ocean in a sharp skid, making way for the city before reaching a sea of lapping currents. It’s a location matched by few, and chest-beating Ushuaia takes full advantage of its end-of-the-world status as an increasing number of Antarctica-bound vessels call in to port. Its endless mercantile hustle knows no irony: the souvenir shop named for Jimmy Button (a native kidnapped for show in England), the ski center named for a destructive invasive species…you get the idea. 

GLACIER ALLEY
The alley is embedded in the Darwin Range on the north-west arm of the Beagle Channel. From a lookout at Pia Glacier, get a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. Listen to the thunderous noises caused by the large masses of ice cracking and dropping into the bay. You will also sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche among others.

BEAGLE CHANNEL
The Channel is a strait separating islands of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago along the southern edges of South America. During his 1831 world voyage, Charles Darwin traveled through this somewhat narrow body of water on his way to the Pacific Ocean. Later named for Darwin's ship, the Beagle, it's one of the most beautiful water passageways on the planet. In modern times, it's the favorite route of cruise ships traveling south to Ushuaia and Antarctica because unlike the often turbulent South Pacific Ocean, it's waters are sheltered and calm. In addition, it's fronted by some of the most impressive glaciers in South America.

COCKBURN CHANNEL
It is the channel that separates Brecknock Peninsula, which is the western most projection of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, from Clarence Island, Capitán Aracena Island and other minor islands in Chile. The channel is part of a major waterway connecting the Strait of Magellan to the Beagle Channel. Two rocks are plainly visible above water in the entrance to Cockburn Channel. One rock lies about 10,5 miles from Mount Skyring and appears to be identical with Leon Rock, the other lies north - east ward of Tussac Rocks, about 7,5 miles from Mount Skyring.

PUNTA ARENAS
Punta Arenas is one of the most southern cities of the world and it is located to approximately 1.864,11 miles from Santiago, Chile. Do not miss Plaza Muñoz Gamero, the Palace Sara Braun and the palace Braun Menéndez, both declared National Monument. The urban appearance of the city of Punta Arenas, conserves the seal imposed by the colons that industrialized the land, the commerce and the transport whose philosophy maintained that “the solitude and distance are bearable if is lived splendidly and in permanent contact with the rest of the world”. There are magnificent old houses, the square, the cemetery and the commercial street of Punta Arenas.

 
STRAIT OF MAGELLEN
The Strait of Magellan is one of the world’s most important natural waterways, linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The strait passes below Chile and above Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. The strait was named after the man that first navigated the waterway, Ferdinand Magellan, on his famous voyage as the first person to circumnavigate the entire globe.

CANAEL SARMIENTO
Be among the lucky few to spend a glorious day scenic cruising through Tierra del Fuego and the snow-capped peaks and ethereal blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento. Cutting through Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, this majestic waterway is surrounded by other-worldly beauty. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on your private verandah and watch as Amalia Glacier comes into view and witness countless seabirds that make their home in this dramatic landscape. Amalia/Brujo Glacier It’s hard for a glacier to stand out in a world of ice fields that enjoy almost celebrity status but the three-kilometer-wide (two-mile-wide) Amalia Glacier on the Peel Fjord manages to, for its sheer beauty and its thick ice floes plunging into the sea. It also happens to be at the convenient point where the vast national parks of Bernardo O’Higgins, Torres del Paine and Argentina’s UNESCO -designated Los Glaciares converge. So many grand fjords crisscross Chile’s southern Pacific coast that guiding a ship through the region is like trying to decide which highway off-ramp to take to your next destination. When weather allows, the two-kilometer-wide (one-mile-plus-wide) Brujo Glacier at the back of the Fjord is a glorious wall of ice waiting to be discovered, with chunks the size of cars tumbling down hundreds of feet into the icy waters below. 

CHILEAN FJORDS
The Southern Patagonian Ice Fields are an amazing place to view towering, crystallized glaciers as well as a myriad of marine birds. The photo opportunities are abundant and their beauty is often compared to Alaska's Inside Passage. All shades of blues, greens and silvery ice are showcased within these amazing glacial fjords. A dissected region of islands, channels, inlets, straits, and bays, the Chilean fjords are very sparsely populated, with only a few towns and cattle ranches to be seen along the shores. The Chilean fjords extend south into Tierra del Fuego, the territory at the southern tip of South America that is divided (often contentiously) between Chile and Argentina.

PUERTO MONTT
Tucked into a V-shaped slit along the side of a mountain, isn't a big city, and when you arrive from the ship you might think you've been plunked down into a corner of Bavaria ... if it weren't for the signs in Spanish. Founded in 1852 and named for Manuel Montt, the president of Chile at the time, Puerto Montt was populated by German immigrants who brought with them their architecture, customs and culture. You'll still experience Germanic influence today: Don't miss munching "kuchen," a Germaninfluenced fruit flan, accompanied by the local German-style beer, Kunstmann. But what Puerto Montt is really all about is recreation -- lots of it. Though the small, mostly industrial city lacks the urban energy of Santiago to the north and the pristine beauty of the Tierra del Fuego region to the south, Puerto Montt -- at the southern most end of Chile's Lake District -- is set among lakes, fjords and rivers, and nestled at the foot of snow-capped mountains. If you've come to Puerto Montt seeking less active pursuits, you can also have a lazy day with a lakeside picnic on a Pacific Ocean beach in the area, shop for local products and crafts at the artisan market, or try on leather boots in the shops.

DAY 21 - SAN ANTONIO, SANTIAGO CHILE
Breakfast and transfer from Cruise Terminal to Airport for your flight to Malta. 

DAY 22 - MALTA
Arrival in Malta.

 


DEPARTURES & PRICES

16 night Cruise on the MS Zaandam by Holland America Cruises on Full Board Basis
Twin sharing 3989
Single 5889
OBLIGATORY GRATUITIES
Cruise per person per night 20
OUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
Return International flights Malta/Rio de Janiero/Chile/Malta
Airline taxes and fuel charges
Port taxes
3 nights accommodation at the 4* Astoria hotel
All transfers as per itinerary
All excursions as per itinerary
51 Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
Comprehensive guided sightseeing
Active itinerary with unique cultural features
Services of an experienced ROCS Travel tour manager

 

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OPTIONAL - CRUISE EXCURSIONS

 
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