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Antarctica/South America Cruise with George Negus

26
Nights
2018
Jan 4
From
$11,925
Holland America
MS Zaandam
Including flights, accommodation,
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment
Definite
Departure

Join us on board the stately MS Zaandam to cruise the spectacular southern South American coastline and Antarctica with George Negus.

Visiting Santiago, Puerto Montt, Castro Isla Chiloe, Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing Tour of Buenos Aires including Colon Opera House, the mausoleum of General Jose de San Martin, Palermo Chico, the tomb of Evita
  • Visit to a ranch on the Pampas, South America’s fertile grassland plains – to experience some of the heritage of this country, including an authentic Argentinean BBQ
  • See a group of Gauchos - legendary Argentinean cowboys
  • A sightseeing tour of Montevideo, Uruguay
  • A free-ranging discussion with George Negus about his colourful life in the media
  • The south of the world - Patagonia - with immense natural beauty, vast plains, forests, lakes, snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys, ocean shores and glaciers
  • Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species
  • Join George for a discussion about the Falkland Islands
  • Sightseeing tour of Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Antarctic Sound
  • View the spectacular Antarctic scenery of icebergs and ice-covered mountains rising out of the ocean
  • Cruise through the Palmer Archipelago
  • Join George for a discussion about the Antarctic section of our cruise
  • Journey through Drake Passage
  • City on the bottom of the World - Ushuaia, Argentina
  • A spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue - Pia Glacier
  • Sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche, among others
  • Amalia Glacier, Chilean Fjords & Canal Samiento - Amalia is hailed as one of three spectacular glaciers that are genuine once-ina- lifetime sights
  • Rio Simpson National Reserve - Puerto Chacabuco
  • Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile - visit some of its cluster of wooden churches with UNESCO World Heritage status
  • Glimpse three volcanoes, Mounts Osorno, Calbuco and in the distance, Puntiagudo
  • A tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MS Zandaam
Antarctica & South America Cruise with George Negus Map

Includes

  • Tour leadership by George Negus
  • Economy-class return air travel from Sydney to Buenos Aires
  • Economy-class return air travel from Santiago to Sydney
  • Travel on MS Zaandam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, drinks & entertainment and gratuities MS Zaandam
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Buenos Aires including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing with admissions and meals as shown in the itinerary
  • The services of a private English-speaking guide and private coaches in Buenos Aires
  • All port taxes, air taxes, fees and current fuel supplements
  • Transfers to and from MS Zaandam
  • Cruise gratuities

Don't worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won't be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you. There will be group activities almost every day.

Optional pre-cruise tour

Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

December 30th 2017 - January 4th, 2018

Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, the rate of flow of water going over the Iguazu Falls may reach 12,750 cubic metres per second. These matter of fact details do nothing to describe the awe inspiring grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water thundering down 82 metres, the tropical location and the sheer beauty of the Iguazu Falls. Take a helicopter ride out over the falls from Foz do Iguaçu or a boat rides out to the falls. See the spectacular Devil’s Throat, garganta del diablo, where fourteen falls drop 107 metres with such force that there is always a 30 metres cloud of spray overhead. For a close up view, walk through the subtropical forest of National Iguaçu Park to the base of Salto Floriano and take the elevator to the top of the falls.

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Optional Post-cruise tour

Cusco and Machu Picchu Lost City of the Incas

Cusco and Machu Picchu Lost City of the Incas

Janury 28th - February 4th, 2018

Peru has a history that traces back to a time before the Egyptians were building pyramids at Giza, and Machu Picchu is one of the most visited attractions in South America. Situated between the crest of two mountains along the Peruvian Andes at more than 2,400 metres above sea level, the almost intact remains of an ancient culture consisting of alcoves, terraces, plazas, and temples make this ancient city the premiere archaeological site of South America. Marvel at the Lost City of the Incas, the Sacsaywaman fortress, the Temple of the Sun, & the Temple of Wiracocha. A visit to Macho Picchu is not complete without also visiting Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and often referred to as ‘The Archaeological Capital of America’. The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture that exists today. Walking through the narrow streets you can’t help but feel the history that surrounds you.

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MS Zaandam Deck plans

MS ZAANDAM

Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, MS Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs.

The musically themed Zaandam offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world’s great music, artefacts 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 Zaandam, in a soaring three-story atrium a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands.

A voyage on the MS Zaandam is a unique experience to be savoured and remembered.

George Negus

George Negus

George Negus AM is one of Australia’s best known media professionals with a passion for international affairs which has given him a perspective typical of someone with his enormous global experience as a journalist and traveller. He grew up in Queensland and was a teacher before he was a journalist. Football (the round ball) is his game.

Home is the Bellinger Valley in northern NSW. George wrote, directed and presented Australian commercial and public television current affairs from 1975 through 2012. He has worked independently since the early 1990s whilst presenter/interviewer & reporter for ABCs Foreign Correspondent, Australia Talks and George Negus Tonight and Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes and Today Show; Channel Seven’s coverage of both Gulf Wars; SBS TV’s flagship international affairs program Dateline and TEN Network’s 2011 news analysis program at 6/630pm and its innovative Rove Productions edgy and contemporary take on news, The Project, working closely with ABC The Weekly’s Charlie Pickering, Dave Hughes and Carrie Bickmore.

Between 2005 and 2010 travelled with Dateline to countries including Bangladesh, Libya, Ireland, the UK, Canada and the United States for Dateline, and interviewed Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Colonel Gaddafi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama... many more interviews are included in The World From Down Under, a book published at the end of his SBS stint. George continues as occasional international/ national affairs commentator on Australian TV/radio, consulting and facilitating for government and industry.

He also now travels without a camera – hosting intrepid international journeys. He has journeyed with small groups of Australian travellers to destinations like Iran and Central Asia, The Kimberley, Africa, Russia, Cuba, South America and China, where he and his family lived for 15 months in 2000 and this year and next, he will host trips to Iran, India and Northern Europe.

Books include bestsellers The World From DownUnder; The World From Italy and The World from Islam produced with Negus Media and publisher Harper Collins and Trev the Truck, a childrens series with Penguin books and illustrator Craig Smith. He looks forward to meeting you.

DAY 1
Thursday January 4, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today we board our flight to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. As we cross the International Date-Line in the Pacific Ocean getting there, we will actually arrive on the same date that we depart Australia. After clearing Customs we will be transferred to our hotel, with free time to relax and enjoy getting used to being somewhere different!

DAY 2
Friday January 5, 2018

Buenos Aires

Interestingly, Buenos Aires has been dubbed the “Paris of South America.” One writer described it as having “seductive charm.” On our tour of this fascinating, South American city, we travel down 9 de Julio Avenue – said to be the widest avenue in the world, passing some of the city’s important buildings – the famous Colon Opera House, the Obelisk, commemorating the founding of the city in 1536 to get to Plaza de Mayo, Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, with the mausoleum of General Jose de San Martin – one of Argentina’s greatest independence heroes and political leaders. From there, we head into La Boca, intriguingly, a “typically Italian” quarter where Argentina’s first Italian immigrants settled. These days it’s known for its colourful houses, tango-dancing and its soccer team. We continue our tour to the city’s port area and onto Palermo Chico a “cool” residential district, a favourite haunt with plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants galleries, shops and artisan markets. Nearby Palermo is another trendy barrio, “almost devoid of history.” Our tour ends in the elegant Recoleta district and a visit to the tomb of “Evita” – the infamous late Eva Peron. Suggest the relatively unusual experience of a genuine Italian trattoria meal somewhere in the Palermo area. Palermo, by the way, is also the name of the island province of Sicily!

DAY 3
Saturday January 6, 2018

Buenos Aires

Today George will take us on a visit to a ranch on the Pampas, South America’s fertile grassland plains – to experience some of the heritage of this country, including an authentic Argentinean BBQ – arguably a BBQ like no other in the world. We also see a group of Gauchos (legendary Argentinean cowboys) show their prowess at throwing bolas (balls connected by strong cord used to catch cattle)and, lassoing. Originally, gauchos roamed most of Argentina and also much of Brazil and Uruguay. There’s an entire genre of dances, folktales, songs and even words exclusive to the gaucho culture. Late, we will be transferred to the port to board the MS Zaandam. We don’t depart until the following evening, making it possible to go ashore to explore the exuberant night life of enthralling Buenos Aires.

DAY 4
Sunday January 7, 2018

Buenos Aires

A free day to enjoy, relax and shop in the city. This evening, join George at our welcome drinks to celebrate the start of our fabulous adventure to Antarctica.

DAY 5
Monday January 8, 2018

Montevideo, Uruguay

Today, we arrive in Montevideo the capital of Uruguay often referred to as the “Switzerland of South America.” Geographically, Lonely Planet cleverly described this small country as “wedged like a grape between Brazil’s gargantuan thumb and Argentina’s long forefinger.” We have a sightseeing tour of the city with its blend of traditional and European architecture. We will visit the Old Town of Ciudad Vieja, the city’s cultural heart.

DAY 6
Tuesday January 9, 2018

At sea

This morning enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the afternoon, join George for a free-ranging discussion about his colourful life in the media.

DAY 7
Wednesday January 10, 2018

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Today we tie up at Puerto Madryn in mind-boggling region of Patagonia, the province of Chubut to be precise. Taking in both Argentina and Chile, at ‘the south of the world’, Patagonia is one of those places that has the lot – immense natural beauty, vast plains, forests, lakes, snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys, ocean shores and glaciers! We will visit nearby Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species, including rheas, oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets, whales, sea elephants, sea lions and many other species of wildlife. In addition, Puerto Madryn itself has an interesting history. Long after Spanish explorers landed, this area, surprisingly, was settled by Welsh colonists.

DAY 8
Thursday January 11, 2018

At sea

A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the afternoon, we join George for a discussion about the Falkland Islands – or the Malvinas as the Argentinians still prefer to call them. George tells us he actually covered the Falklands War from the Argentinian view of that curious geo-political crisis that involved a military-naval skirmish with Margaret Thatcher’s forces.

DAY 9
Friday January 12, 2018

Stanley, Falkland Islands

Today, we arrive in Stanley, the capital of an archipelago of more than 700 islands that make up the Falklands, located off the east coast of South America. This quaint seaside town is dotted with colourfully painted houses, small shops and restaurants and a truly unique scenic landscape. On our sightseeing tour we will see the traditional British charm that is preserved in this overseas territory of the United Kingdom. We will see Stanley House, the only brick house in town and Government House, the home of the islands’ governor and beautiful flower gardens. We also take in some sights from the nasty 10-week Falklands conflict in 1982.

DAY 10
Saturday January 13, 2018

At sea

Today we have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

DAY 11
Sunday January 14, 2018

Antarctic Sound

After 10 absorbing days of travel and on-board relaxing, we’re in the Antarctic, starting with Antarctic Sound, a body of water about 50kms long and anything from 11 to 19kms wide. Cruise ships have been visiting this part of Antarctica for more than 10 years, The Sound separates the Joinville Island group from the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula. Any idea why these amazing Antarctic bodies of water happen to be called “sounds”?

DAY 12
Monday January 15, 2018

Antarctic Sound

Waking again to snow on the railings, we begin to pass one iceberg then another. Onboard, over these few days viewing the Antarctic region, expert lectures are on offer for those who prefer staying indoors. Or, despite the potentially icy winds, you may find it hard to resist the lure of remaining outdoors all day to absorb the beauty of this area.

DAY 13
Tuesday January 16, 2018

The Danco Coast, Antarctica

A highlight of the trip! The mainland of Antarctica. View the spectacular Antarctic scenery of icebergs and ice-covered mountains rising out of the ocean. The Danco Coast is the portion of the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula between Cape Sterneck and Cape Renard. This coast was first explored in 1898 by a Belgian expedition who named it after Emile Danco, who died during the expedition. History is easier to comprehend as we witness this rugged geography.

DAY 14
Wednesday January 17, 2018

The Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica

Today, we see the first islands in Antarctica. The scenery is spectacular! We cruise through the Palmer Archipelago, also known as Antarctic Archipelago, a group of islands off the north-western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. It extends from Tower Island in the north to Anvers Island in the south and is separated by the Gerlache and Bismarck Straits.

DAY 15
Thursday January 18, 2018

At sea

This afternoon join George for a discussion about the Antarctic section of our cruise – how it met with your expectations? What thoughts did it stir? What will be your lasting recollections of this unique part of our excursion to the bottom of planet Earth? Disappointments? Photographs? Penquins? experiences still ahead of us!

DAY 16
Friday January 19, 2018

Cape Horn, Argentina

We continue our journey through Drake Passage, then around the bottom of South America, past the tip of the continent. This deep waterway connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and traversing the full 600kms is regarded as “what it’s like to cross the world’s roughest seas”! But, don’t worry, we won’t be making that bit of the journey! That said, Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America – remains a maritime legend. Sailing around this remote point has always been regarded as one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet with big seas and unpredictable conditions.

DAY 17
Saturday January 20, 2018

Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning we arrive in Ushuaia, for all the obvious reasons known as the “City on the bottom of the World”. Located on the island of Tierra del Fuego (“Land of Fire”) it’s a breathtaking landscape, known for its plains surrounded by snow-capped mountains. After disembarking, we take a sightseeing tour of the city and the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park to marvel at its endless nature and ever-changing geography. George, pretty much a peripatetic professional traveller for 40 years, tells us that since he was kid he’s had a bucket-list that includes this amazing place nick-named “The End of the World”! We cruise through Cockburn Channel – not named after Kirsty, George’s partner – a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America, partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. We then enter Beagle Channel (with its tell-tale Charles Darwin connections) about 240 kilometres long and at its narrowest point only about 5 kilometres wide. It extends east to Darwin Sound and Cook Bay in the west. Glacier Alley is literally embedded in the Darwin Range on the north-west arm of the Beagle Channel. From a lookout at Pia Glacier, we have a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. Prepare to hear thunderous noises caused by large masses of ice cracking and dropping into the bay. Weather permitting, we will sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche, among others.

DAY 18
Sunday January 21, 2018

Punta Arenas, Chile

Early next morning, we arrive back in Chile at Punta Arenas, its most southerly city with a deep sheep farming history, as it is surrounded by Patagonian grazing plains. On our tour we explore the town lined by the impressive townhouses of the sheep barons and the tree-lined Plaza de Armas Square and La Cruz Hill. Back on board, we cruise through the Straits of Magellan, a 580km strait named for the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who famously discovered a way to circumnavigate the globe. We’ll retrace Magellan’s route as we make the only natural crossing available between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – with the notable alternative, of course, being the mechanised Panama Canal, far to the north of South America, indeed, in Central America!

DAY 19
Monday January 22, 20

Chilean Fjords & Canal Samiento

The goal of these 2 days of cruising is to sight the Amalia Glacier, which we’re assured is a highlight of a memorable few days of natural beauty all around us. In the central Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, the Amalia descends from the Andes Mountains and sits towering above the sea (and us). Here’s a bit of fascinating natural science – the glacier’s immense weight causes the oxygen to be pressed out of the ice, giving it a startlingly beautiful crystalline appearance. Amalia is hailed as one of three spectacular glaciers that are genuine once-ina- lifetime sights. Cruising through the Tierra del Fuego gives us a chance to witness what some observers have poetically described as these “ethereal blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento.

DAY 20
Tuesday January 23, 2018

Chilean Fjords

Today, we continue cruising through the Chilean Fjords stretching from the Strait of Magellan to Puerto Montt, some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may also be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. As you’re probably aware, the condor is the largest flying bird in the world! On the ocean’s surface, the Magellan penguins always put on a good show.

DAY 21
Wednesday January 24, 2018

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Along the wild western coast of Chile’s fjord land, 400kms south of Puerto Montt, Patagonian ice-sheets fall into the sea in neon blue splendour. One of the last frontiers, there are few such remote and underdeveloped places left on a battling planet than Puerto Chacabuco. On our tour, we’ll also enjoy the Rio Simpson National Reserve 37kms west of the town Coyhaique, providing us with yet another opportunity to enjoy Chile’s remote natural beauty – canyon rivers, valleys, beaches, waterfalls and forests. Getting close to the end of our South American journey, Coyhaique also has a craft market selling handmade items.

DAY 22
Thursday 25 January, 2018

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

Today we arrive at Castro on the Isla Chiloe. Although it’s only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – is the largest in the Chiloe archipelago and we will visit some of its cluster of wooden churches with UNESCO World Heritage status. Traditional local houses on stilts are called palafitos and they dot the island’s shores. Nearby Chiloe National Park is a natural biosphere sheltering foxes, sea lions and otters.

DAY 23
Friday January 26, 2018

Puerto Montt, Chile

This morning we wake cruising Reloncavi Sound, a body of water located immediately south of Puerto Montt, Chile, the place where geologists tell us the “Intermediate Depression” falls into the Pacific Ocean. It’s also an ideal place to catch a glimpse of three volcanoes, Mounts Osorno, Calbuco and in the distance, Puntiagudo. Arriving in Puerto Montt, the heart of the Chilean Lakes District, we’ll tour the surrounding lake region – another unspoiled Chilean national park.

DAY 24
Saturday January 27, 2018

At sea

This is our last day at sea, one to relax and enjoy the facilities of our “temporary floating South American home”!

DAY 25
Sunday January 28, 2018

Santiago, Chile

After disembarking, we will take a tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, including the Civic Centre, La Moneda Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, the main square. We’ll head towards the Bellavista district, home to many of Santiago’s artisans, lined with galleries, open-air cafés and restaurants. The lookout on San Cristobal Hill, its tallest peak, has a wonderfully panoramic view of the city. Later, we will be transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.

DAY 26
Monday January 29, 2018

In flight

DAY 27
Tuesday January 30, 2018

Arrival Australia

Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose a day and arrive in Australia today. “What an unforgettable geographic and cultural journey!

 

OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE TOUR

IGUAZU FALLS & RIO DE JANEIRO

DAY 1
Saturday December 30, 2017

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Today we board for flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As we cross the International Date-Line we will arrive in Rio de Janeiro on the same day that we depart. After clearing Customs we will be transferred to our hotel. We will have free time to relax. Rio has one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world. This tropical cocktail in paradise can leave you punch-drunk. It is a little cheeky, but according to Brazilians, God made the world in 6 days and devoted the 7th to Rio!

DAY 2
Sunday December 31, 2017

Rio de Janeiro

Today will be stunningly spectacular – definitely check your camera before you leave! Visits to the world famous Impanema and Copacabana beaches will be followed by a visit to Rio’s modern Cathedral, the 17th century Saint Benedict Monastery’s Church, Sambadrome, home to the famous carnival parade and 250 year old artistic bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Tereza. Our guide will take us on a memorable visit to the thrilling Corcovado, a mountain 710 metres above sea level, with a sheer granite face topped with the prodigious Cristo Redenator statue, rising more than 130 feet and weighing more than 635 tonnes. A rack-and-pinion train will take us to the statue which in 2007 was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and will provide magnificent 360 degree views. We then take the two-stage cable car, spanning 1,400 metres, to Sugar Loaf Mountain, a massive granite boulder 396 metres above the harbour for another amazing view. Tonight is New Year’s Eve and promises to be an unforgettable evening.

DAY 3
Monday January 1, 2018

Rio de Janeiro

Today will be a free day for some sightseeing and shopping

DAY 4
Tuesday January 2, 2018

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

This morning we arrive at the Iguazu National Park, (Brazil side) on the border of Argentina and Brazil and coach across to the Argentina side where we will spend the next two days exploring one of nature’s great wonders of the world. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel. Be prepared to get wet as our guide takes us on a tour of the falls. We will probably see some of the 2,000 species of butterflies that inhabit the park as we take the new Eco electric train around the top of the falls to see the Devil’s Throat, a u-shaped cliff, 150 metres wide and 700 metres long, where the fall of water is impressive for its staggering strength and power. We experience the Gran Aventura consisting of a fantastic open wagon trip through the jungle that finishes with an exciting boat ride up to the falls. Today will be a wonderful opportunity to view the extensive range of wild flowers, orchids and bromeliads within the park. Legend has it that a god intended to marry a beautiful aborigine called Naipu, who then fled in a canoe with her mortal lover. The angry god then sliced the river in two, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

DAY 5
Wednesday January 3, 2018

Iguazu Falls

We travel by coach across the border to Brazil today. Our guide takes us on an exhilarating walking tour on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, where many observation decks provide breathtaking panoramic views. Our tour will conclude on a platform literally within a hands reach of the falls, whilst an adjacent elevator can take us up to a viewing tower, undoubtedly one of the greatest natural phenomena on our planet. Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly said that they make Niagara Falls look like a “leaky faucet”. The pounding of nearly 300 waterfalls with heights averaging 70 meters is deafening – remember to bring the ear-plugs! Remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 6
Thursday January 4, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today we have free time to walk around the Falls area or relax in the hotel when we depart Iguazu for Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of South America” to join the main tour group. Before arriving at the airport we drive through the town of Iguazu to visit the point where we get a wonderful view across the Iguazu River and see three countries Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

 

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE TOUR

CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU - lost city of the Incas

DAY 1
Sunday January 28, 2018

Cusco, Peru

This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flights to Cusco, Peru. On arrival into Cusco, often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ the group will be transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day will be free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude.

DAY 2
Monday January 29, 2018

Sacred Valley, Peru

Today we take a tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas outside Cusco. We visit the ancient town of Pisac and see its colourful Indian market and the great Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an elegant and intricate granite complex of temples, baths and impressive military installations before we return to Cusco.

DAY 3
Tuesday January 30, 2018

Cusco, Peru

Today we have a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. You will see the enormous monolith blocks of stone out of which the city has been constructed. We will visit the centre of the city, the Plaza de Armas, known in Inca times as Huancaypata, once the centre of the Empire. We see the cathedral that was built on the Palace of Inca Viracocha. We see the Santo Domingo Church that was once the Temple of the Sun, the most important and magnificent religious complex under the Incas. The walls, which mainly still exist, were covered with gold. We will also see the ancient monolithic fortress of Sacasayhuaman, where one of the last battles between the Incas and Spanish took place.

DAY 4
Wednesday January 31, 2018

Machu Picchu, Peru

Today we visit the famed UNESCO World Heritage lost city of Machu Picchu. Discovered by the archeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, this spectacular ancient city is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will be in the presence of one of the most powerful and mysterious places on earth. We have a guided tour of the site and see the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza and the Astronomical Observatory. The highlight of the trip! Later in the afternoon we return to Cusco by train.

DAY 5
Thursday February 1, 2018

Lima, Peru

We have a free morning before transferring to the airport for our flight to Lima. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.

DAY 6
Friday February 2, 2018

Departure

The morning is free for some independent sightseeing before we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.

DAY 7
Saturday February 3, 2018

In flight

DAY 8
Sunday February 4, 2018

Arrival Australia

Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose one day and we arrive into Australia today and the tour package concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
K Inside 2,6,7 $11,925 $16,860
J Inside 1,2 $12,200 $16,995
I Inside 3,6,7 $12,270 $17,110
FF Oceanview 1 $12,430 $17,685
E Oceanview 1,2,3 $12,740 $18,225
C Large Oceanview 2 $13,080 $18,820
BB Balcony 7 $18,910 $32,235
B Balcony 6,7 $19,050 $32,520
AA Balcony 6,7 $19,190 $32,800
A Balcony 6,7 $19,450 $33,250
SB Deluxe Balcony Suite 7 $27,250 $49,000
SA Deluxe Balcony Suite 7 $27,750 $49,995
Included port & handling charges $1,330 $1,330
Included on-board gratuities $379 $379
Included air taxes $570 $570

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

INCLUDED IN CRUISE

  • Tour leadership by George Negus
  • Economy-class return air travel from Sydney to Buenos Aires
  • Economy-class return air travel from Santiago to Sydney
  • Travel on MS Zaandam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, drinks & entertainment and gratuities MS Zaandam
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Buenos Aires including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing with admissions and meals as shown in the itinerary
  • The services of a private English-speaking guide and private coaches in Buenos Aires
  • All port taxes, air taxes, fees and current fuel supplements
  • Transfers to and from MS Zaandam
  • Cruise gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary, including sightseeing tours, while on the ship.

Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro Pre-tour Price

Price twin-share including taxes as at 1/12/16 $2200
Single supplement $895

Included in the Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro Pre-tour price

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Iguazu Falls and 3 nights’ accommodation in Rio de Janeiro on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Economy flights from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls and to Buenos Aires
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary

Not included in the post-tour price

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and dinners unless listed in the itinerary

Cusco & Machu Picchu Post-tour Price:

Price twin-share including taxes as at 1/12/16 $2550 Single supplement $930

Included in the Cusco & Machu Picchu Post-tour Price

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Cusco and one night in Lima on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Economy flights from Buenos Aires to Cusco and to Lima
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary

Not included in the post-tour price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and dinners unless listed in the itinerary

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The MS Zaandam is operated by Holland America and the fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America website www.hollandamerica.com.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The passenger must also complete Holland America cruise personaliser. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Cancellation Charges

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 120 days Loss of deposit
120 -91 days 25% of full fare
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

Refunds

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. A visa will be required for Brazil. Argentina and Chile require a Reciprocity fee to be paid. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

Passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS No. A10538) is the tour organiser. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/ cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. If the tour leader is unable to lead the tour due to unforeseen circumstances, for example illness, Travelrite International reserves the right to replace the tour leader. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Holland America fly/cruise passage contract with Holland America, detailed on the back of the Holland America reservation form. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Travelrite International and we will send one to you.

How to Book

Bookings can be made online or by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1000 per person to:

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 20 years and operating in Victoria for more than 30 years. It has two fully ATAS (No A10538) and IATA offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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