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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 start to your South America adventure.
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.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for entertainment on board the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buenos Aires is a city where traditional European grandeur blends 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.
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.
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.
Rio de Janeiro - Disembark ms Zaandam and Hotel Stay
Your cruise ends in Rio de Janeiro where you’ll disembark for a hotel stay. Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil. Dance the samba 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 - Hotel Stay
During your hotel stay you could take the Cog Train to the summit of Corcovado and the foot of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue to enjoy 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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