Day 1 Tuesday 29 January, 2019
Today we board our flight to Santiago, Chile. As we cross the International Date-Line we will arrive in Santiago on the day that we depart. After clearing Customs we will be transferred to our hotel where we will have free time to relax.
Day 2 Wednesday 30 January, 2019
This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of the city of Santiago and see the Civic Centre, La Moneda Presidential Palace and the Plaza de Armas which is the main square of the city. We then head towards the Bellavista district, an area that is home to many of Santiago’s artisans, and is lined with galleries as well as open-air cafes and restaurants. We will also go to San Cristobal Hill, the tallest peak rising 880 metres above sea level, for a panoramic view of the city. This afternoon we are transferred to the port to board the MS Zaandam.
Day 3 Thursday 31 January, 2019
Today we have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This evening join us for welcome drinks to celebrate the beginning of this incredible cruise holiday.
Day 4 Friday 1 February, 2019
Puerto Montt, Chile
This morning wake as we cruise the Reloncavi Sound, a body of water located immediately south of Puerto Montt, Chile. It is the place where the Intermediate Depression falls into the Pacific Ocean and is an ideal place to catch a glimpse of three of the volcanoes, Mt Osorno, Mt Calbuco and in the distance, Mt Puntiagudo. We then arrive into the port of Puerto Montt, in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District. We have an included sightseeing tour of the Chilean Lakes District one of the last truly unspoiled regions on earth. We return to the ship in the mid to late afternoon.
Day 5 Saturday 2 February, 2019
Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Today we arrive at Catro on the Isla Chiloe. Although it’s only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – the largest in the Chiloe archipelago – is another world. On our sightseeing tour we will visit some of the 16 wooden churches clustered around Castro on the island’s east coast which have UNESCO World Heritage status. We will see the traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) which dot its shores. We also visit the Chiloe National Park which is a spectacular natural biosphere and shelters foxes, sea lions and otters.
Day 6 Sunday 3 February, 2019
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Situated along the wild-west fjord land coast of Chile, 250 miles south of Puerto Montt, it is here that the northern Patagonian ice sheets fall into the sea in neon blue splendour. One of the last frontiers, there are few such remote, unspoiled and underdeveloped places left on earth as Puerto Chacabuco. On our tour today we travel to the Rio Simpson National Reserve, 37 kms west of Coyhaique, which provides an opportunity to enjoy cascading waterfalls, canyon rivers, valleys, beaches and forests.
Day 7 Monday 4 February, 2018
Today we continue cruising through the Chilean Fjords stretching from the Strait of Magellan to Puerto Montt in Chile. These are some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. On the ocean’s surface, the Magellan penguins always put on a good show.
Day 8 Tuesday 5 February, 2019
Amalia Glacier & Canal Sarmiento
Over the next few days we will cruise past some of the most spectacular glaciers in the world, including the Amalia Glacier, one of the highlights of the cruise. Located in the central part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, the Amalia Glacier descends from the Andes Mountains and sits towering above the sea. Because of the glacier’s immense weight, the oxygen has been pressed out of the ice, giving it an amazingly beautiful crystalline appearance. The Amalia Glacier is one of three spectacular glaciers that are truly one-in-a-lifetime sights to behold. Cruising through Tierra del Fuego and the snow-capped peaks, we see the ethereal blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento. Cutting through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, this majestic waterway is surrounded by other-worldly beauty.
Day 9 Wednesday 6 February, 2019
Punta Arenas, Chile
Today we sail through the Straits of Magellan. This 580 km strait is named for the ambitious Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who sought a way to circumnavigate the globe. We will retrace his route as we make the only available crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with the exception of the Panama Canal. Early in the morning we arrive at Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in Chile. The city is surrounded by two million sheep in the wilds of Patagonia. On our sightseeing tour today we explore the town lined by the impressive townhouses of the sheep barons. We will also visit the tree-lined Plaza de Armas Square and the top of La Cruz Hill where we can see the start of the Antarctic in the far distance.
Day 10 Thursday 7 February, 2019
The day starts with us cruising through the Cockburn Channel, 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 The Beagle Channel, about 240 kilometres long and about 5 kilometres wide at its narrowest point. It extends from Nueva Island in the east to Darwin Sound and Cook Bay in the west. Glacier Alley is 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. Listen to the thunderous noises caused by the large masses of ice cracking and dropping into the bay. We will also sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche among others before arriving at Ushuaia, known as the “City on the bottom of the World”. Located on the island of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) it is a spectacular region, known for its plains surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We take a sightseeing tour of the city and the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park to see the spectacular scenery of this island.
Day 11 Friday 8 February, 2019
Cape Horn, Argentina
Today we cruise around southern South America, past the tip of the continent. Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, remains a maritime legend to this day, as sailing around this remote point and then through the Drake Passage was one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet.
Day 12 Saturday 9 February, 2019
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon we have a game of Bingo with prizes for the winners.
Day 13 Sunday 10 February, 2019
The Palmer Archipelago Antarctica
We arrive at the first islands in Antarctica today. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as 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. It is separated by the Gerlache and Bismarck Straits.
Day 14 Monday 11 February, 2019
The Danco Coast Antarctica
A highlight of the trip: the mainland of Antarctica. View the spectacular Antarctic landscape of icebergs and ice covered scenery. The Danco Coast is that portion of the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula between Cape Sterneck and Cape Renard. This coast was explored in January and February 1898 by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Adrien de Gerlache, who named it for Lieutenant Emile Danco who died on the expedition.
Day 15 Tuesday 12 February, 2019
The Antarctic Sound is a body of water about 50 km long and from 11 to 19 km wide, separating the Joinville Island group from the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula. The sound was named by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto Nordenskiöld for the expedition ship Antarctic in 1902.
Day 16 Wednesday 13 February, 2019
A day to further enjoy the unique sights of the Antarctic and to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 17 Thursday 14 February, 2019
A day to further enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun game of Scattegories with prizes for the winners.
Day 18 Friday 15 February, 2019
Stanley, Falkland Islands
Today we arrive in Stanley, the capital of the archipelago of more than 700 islands that make up the Falkland Islands, 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 Pioneer Row and Drury Street, home to the original British colonist’s cottages, while the Jubilee Villas built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee are an excellent representation of traditional British houses. We will see the Stanley House, the only brick house in town, and the Government House, the home of both the islands’ governor and beautiful flower gardens. We also see some sights from the 1982 Falklands War.
Day 19 Saturday 16 February, 2019
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 20 Sunday 17 February, 2019
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Today we call in at the port of Puerto Madryn, in the Patagonian province of Chubut. We will visit the 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 has an interesting history. Long after Spanish explorers landed, this area was also settled by Welsh colonists who left Great Britain seeking autonomy for their culture and language. The original settlers came ashore in July 1865 and named their first settlement Port Madryn in honor of Baron Madryn of Wales.
Day 21 Monday 18 February, 2019
Our last day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 22 Tuesday 19 February, 2019
We arrive in Montevideo, capital of the small country of Uruguay, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” We have a sightseeing tour of this historic city with its blend of traditional and European architecture. We will visit the Ciudad Vieja or Old Town, which is the heart of the city and the cultural centre.
Day 23 Wednesday 20 February, 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today we arrive at our cruise destination, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, known as the “Paris of South America”. On our tour of Buenos Aires, we drive down 9 de Julio Ave, the widest avenue in the world, past the famous Colon Opera House, the Obelisk – commemorating the first founding of the city in 1536 - to get to Plaza de Mayo (May Square). We will also see the surrounding buildings; Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral with the Mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s greatest national hero and the Cabildo, the colonial town hall built in 1751. Then we head to La Boca, the typically Italian district where the first Italian immigrants settled and ‘Caminito’ street. The tour continues to the Buenos Aires port area, past San Martin Square towards the residential district of Palermo Chico and Palermo Park with its jacaranda and palo borracho trees which flower in the spring and late summer. The ride continues to Recoleta elegant district to visit the Recoleta Cemetery where we see the famous tomb of Evita (Eva Peron). We return to the ship for our last evening on board the MS Zaandam.
Day 24 Thursday 21 February, 2019
Disembarking early this morning we visit a ranch on the Pampas to experience some of the heritage of this country and for an authentic Argentinean BBQ – a BBQ like no other in the world. We also watch a group of Gauchos.
Day 25 Friday 22 February, 2019
A free day to enjoy, relax and shop in the city of Buenos Aires. This evening we have a celebratory dinner at a restaurant that includes a spectacular Tango show to celebrate our fabulous cruise to South America and Antarctica.
Day 26 Saturday 23 February, 2019
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.
Day 27 Sunday 24 February, 2019 In flight
Day 28 Monday 25 February, 2019
Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose one day and we arrive in Australia. The tour concludes.
Optional Pre-cruise Tour Cusco and Machu Picchu Lost City of the Incas
Day 1 Thursday 24 January, 2019 Lima, Peru
This morning we board our flights to Lima, Peru. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel.
Day 2 Friday 25 January, 2019 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 3 Saturday 26 January, 2019 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 4 Sunday 27 January, 2019 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 and 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 5 Monday 28 January, 2019 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 6 Tuesday 29 January, 2019 Santiago, Chile
We have a free morning before transferring to the airport for our flight to Santiago. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.
Optional Post-cruise Tour Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro
Day 1 Saturday 23 February, 2019 Iguazu Falls
This morning we are transferred to the airport for the short flight to the Iguazu National Park, on the border of Argentina and Brazil where we will spend the next two nights exploring one of nature’s great wonders of the world. Be prepared to get wet as our guide takes us to the Argentinean side 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. This afternoon 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 2 Sunday 24 February, 2019 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 Iguazu makes Niagara Falls look like a “leaky faucet”. The pounding of nearly 300 waterfalls with heights averaging 70 metres is deafening – remember to bring the ear-plugs! Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Monday 25 February, 2019 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Today we have free time to walk around the Falls area or relax in the hotel until late afternoon, when we depart Iguazu for exhilarating Rio de Janeiro, known as cidade maravilhosa or marvellous city. 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. Rio has one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world. This tropical cocktail 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 4 Tuesday 26 February, 2019 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.
Day 5 Wednesday 27 February, 2019 Rio De Janeiro
Today will be a free day for some sightseeing and shopping.
Day 6 Thursday 28 February, 2019 Rio De Janeiro
This morning will be free for some last minute shopping before we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.
Day 7 Friday 1 March, 2019 In flight
Day 8 Saturday 2 March, 2019 Arrive Australia
Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose one day and we arrive in Australia today and the tour package concludes.