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Adventures Afloat: Around the Horn: A South American Voyage

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Program #18313RJ
20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 17 — Mar 8, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Overnight flight to Santiago
Afternoon: Depart the US for your flight to Santiago, Chile.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: One of the city's most elegant hotels, its located in the financial district. Upscale shops and restaurants share the neighborhood, and top attractions such as San Cristobal Hill, Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Presidential Palace are nearby.

Contact info:
Ave Vitacura 2885
Las Condes
Santiago, 7550024 Chile
phone: +56 2 394 2000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/santiago

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, mini bar, high speed internet access (at an extra charge), phone, bathrobe, hairdryer, in room safe, individually controlled A/C.

Facility amenities: 2 Restaurants, bar, health & fitness center, indoor pool, spa, gift shop, business center staffed between 8:00AM & 10:00PM (e-mail & internet, fax), self laundry facilities, laundry/dry cleaning service, wireless data connection available at an extra cost, concierge,

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - Arrive Santiago
Morning: Upon arrival in the city take a panoramic drive to see the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago, including La Moneda (the Presidential Palace), and Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. Continue through the newer residential areas of the city to San Cristobal Hill for a breathtaking view of the city.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant on San Cristobal Hill.

Afternoon: Check into the hotel and afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: One of the city's most elegant hotels, its located in the financial district. Upscale shops and restaurants share the neighborhood, and top attractions such as San Cristobal Hill, Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Presidential Palace are nearby.

Contact info:
Ave Vitacura 2885
Las Condes
Santiago, 7550024 Chile
phone: +56 2 394 2000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/santiago

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, mini bar, high speed internet access (at an extra charge), phone, bathrobe, hairdryer, in room safe, individually controlled A/C.

Facility amenities: 2 Restaurants, bar, health & fitness center, indoor pool, spa, gift shop, business center staffed between 8:00AM & 10:00PM (e-mail & internet, fax), self laundry facilities, laundry/dry cleaning service, wireless data connection available at an extra cost, concierge,

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - Wines of Chile
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Orientation, followed by an excursion to Chile's wine country. Start at the famed Santa Rita Winery in the Maipo Valley. A visit to the Santa Rita installations in Alto Jahuel constitutes a fascinating trip through Chilean history and viticulture. Santa Rita was founded in 1880, and was owned for many years by one of the country’s most famous poets. They pioneered the planting of Bordeaux varietals and now are considered one of the best wineries of the country. In the May 2007 issue of Wine Spectator their 2002 flagship Cabernet was rated 92 points.

Lunch: Lunch at La Casa de Dona Paula Restaurant, currently a National Monument named after Ms. Paula Jaraquemada, the former manor owner of Santa Rita estate over 200 years ago.

Afternoon: After lunch explore the Museum of the Andes (Museum Andino), which houses a stunning private collection of indigenous art and culture of Chile.Then discover one of the most important and productive wineries in Chile, Concha y Toro Vineyard. Founded in 1883 near the picturesque little town of Pirque, it still maintains all the traditions of Chilean wines. The Wine Advocate awarded their icon Carmenere wine, Carmin de Peumo 2005, 97 points.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Fiesta Linda / Embark Ship in Valparaiso
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Gain insight into Chilean culture, customs, traditions and the celebratory side of Chilean country life as you join a "Fiesta Linda", a beautiful party in the countryside. See Chile's national dance, the cueca, performed and try it out yourself. Huasos (Chilean cowboys) dressed in traditional costume demonstrate their art on horseback. Enjoy an assorted selection of traditional Chilean snacks (Empanadas, choripan, sopaipillas with pebre, tortilla de rescoldo with Chancho en Piedra) while listening to Chilean music performed by a folkloric group.

Lunch: Typical Chilean lunch at Fiesta Linda.

Afternoon: Depart the ranch for Valparaiso where you will embark the ship.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Enjoy an expert led lecture this morning. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert led lecture this morning. Topic to be determined.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, February 22 - Puerto Montt: Puerto Varas, Frutillar & Puerto Oc...
Note: For this excursion, participants are taken ashore on smaller boats Zodiaks. Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Field Trip "Puerto Montt": Head through lush countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns and churches to Frutillar, a charming German-style village on Lake Llanquihue, America's third-largest natural lake. Visit the local museum for insight into the life of the German settlers who colonized the area. Then, drive to Puerto Octay. The name comes from an early colonist, Ochs, who owned a grocery store. When people wanted to buy something they said: "donde Ochs hay" (at Ochs, they have it), deriving into "Octay."

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in town.

Afternoon: Coach back to Puerto Montt and afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, February 23 - Puerto Chacabuco / Coyhaique
Note: This port requires a Zodiak to disembark. Walking is minimal, however steps can be expected.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Join your study leader for a presentation on board the ship.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Field trip "Coyhaique": Departure from pier to Coyhaique. On the way, brief photo stop at the Cascade of the Virgin. Continue to Coyhaique by paved road, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East arriving in Coyhaique, located at about 450 m. high (1,476 feet). The road goes along the Simpson river during all the way by a narrow mountainous valley with varied and abundant birds. Short stop for about 10 minutes at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, where we will have a superb sight of Coyhaique city. Upon arrival in Coyhaique, explore the center of the city, and the Regional Museum of Patagonia. Although small, this museum features interesting exhibits with photos of early settlers. Afterwards, return to the pier.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, February 24 - Cruise the Chilean Fjords
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Join your study leader for a lecture. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to take advantage of the ship's activities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, February 25 - Cruise the Chilean Fjords
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Join your study leader for a morning lectuer. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Breakfast on board the ship.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for a second lecture this afternoon. Topic to be determined.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, February 26 - Punta Arenas: Otway Sound/Penguin Reserve & Found...
Note: Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps. At Otway Sound hike for about 2 miles (round trip) across grassland with sandy areas to the penguin rookery.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Head into the Patagonia countryside, with just enough low shrubs to offer camouflage to guanacos and rheas (South American ostrich). At Otway Sound hike across grassland with sandy areas to the penguin rookery. A colony of Magellanic penguins nests and breeds here -- they return every year to lay eggs and raise their young. They bury their eggs in sandy burrows and under shrubs; at this time of year most of the chicks will have hatched. This is strictly a wildlife reserve without any tourist facilities. A windbreaker, scarf, and sturdy walking shoes are recommended to bring during this excursion.

Lunch: Lunch at the Old Warehouse.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walk through the refurbished Old Warehouse, with an explanation of the old machinery used by the first colonists of this part of the world and take in a sheep shearing demonstration. Continue on to the cemetary and Plaza de Armas; time permitting, also make a stop at the local handicraft market.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, February 27 - Ushuaia: National Park
Note: Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps. The National Park will have uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: A local expert introduces you to the natural history and unique geology of Patagonia at the National Park.

Dinner: Late dinner on the Lido Deck.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, February 28 - Cruise Cape Horn
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Join your study leader for a lecture this morning. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an afternoon lecture. Topic to be determined.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Friday, March 01 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for a lecture this afternoon. Topic to be determined.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, March 02 - Puerto Madryn
Note: Travel to the peninsula by coach on bumpy roads, bathrooms are available but rustic at the visited location. Some walking and standing at various points during the excursion on flat or sandy terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: All day excursion to Peninsula Valdes, one of the best known wildlife reserves in South America. Along the way, pass by estancias (ranches) known for sheep breeding. View the lowest continental depressions in the world- the salt flats of Salina Grande and Salina Chica at 42 meters below sea level during the drive. The peninsula is home to various marine life, with hopeful sightings of penguins and sea elephants, and its shores have been known for visiting Right Whales between July and December each year.

Lunch: Box lunch at Peninsula Valdes

Afternoon: Return from Peninsula Valdes, ship departs at 3 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Sunday, March 03 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Join your study leader for a lecture this morning. Topic to be determined.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for a lecture this afternoon. Topic to be determined.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer, bath amenities, TV and DVD player, bathrobes, premium massage showerheads,

Facility amenities: The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, pool, cafe, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, nightclub, Crow's nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening, Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience, Lido Restaurant:offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties, Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, Canaletto:an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Monday, March 04 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Note: Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Get an overview of Montevideo's monuments, parks and gardens. See the Old City, Constitution Square, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, and Independence Square at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to the national hero, Joservasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Drive along the main commercial street, 18 de Julio Avenue, lined with shops, cafes and office buildings. Stop in front of the Congress Building: This immense building is the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with local marble of 52 colors and 12 types of wood. Visit one of the oldest parks in the city which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (The Stage Coach), Monument to the last Charridians. Then stop at Plaza Virgilio, with a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Montevideo at your own pace.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: ms Veendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Plaza Libertad, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Also nearby are Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Mayo.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
Libertad 1070
Buenos Aires, 1012 Argentina
phone: +8665996674
Room amenities: High-definition televisions include premium cable channels, deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, and complimentary wireless Internet access, telephone, mini-bar, in-room safe, clock radio,

Facility amenities: Fitness center, business center, free high-speed internet access, 24hr room service, swimming pool, restaurant, bar/lounge with wireless internet access, air conditioned, laundry service,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Please contact RS Coordinator.
Please contact Road Scholar for most current prices.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seventeen: Tuesday, March 05 - Buenos Aires, Argentina / Disembark Ship
Note: Disembarking the ship will involve walking down steep gangways and steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive in Buenos Aires and disembark the ship. This morning discover life on an Estancia. Upon leaving the city start to experience the famous Pampas, land of the Gauchos, on the way to a traditional Estancia (Ranch). Join a Gaucho Party, which is a typical argentine BBQ and a show, with music, dances, carriage rides and a horseback riding demonstration. The Gaucho was the original inhabitant of the Argentine pampas (flatlands). His life was closely connected with the country traditions: feeding the cattle, taking care of the horses and playing melancholic songs on his guitar and his drinking his Yerba Mate.

Lunch: Lunch at the Estancia featuring traditional Argentine BBQ.

Afternoon: Depart the Estancia, upon arrival back in Buenos Aires, check into the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Americas Towers Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Plaza Libertad, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Also nearby are Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Mayo.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
Libertad 1070
Buenos Aires, 1012 Argentina
phone: +8665996674
Room amenities: High-definition televisions include premium cable channels, deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, and complimentary wireless Internet access, telephone, mini-bar, in-room safe, clock radio,

Facility amenities: Fitness center, business center, free high-speed internet access, 24hr room service, swimming pool, restaurant, bar/lounge with wireless internet access, air conditioned, laundry service,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Please contact RS Coordinator.
Please contact Road Scholar for most current prices.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eighteen: Wednesday, March 06 - Buenos Aires / Tango
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Get acquainted with Buenos Aires via the city's major neighborhoods and attractions. Points of interest include the Main Square, Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral. Drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses. Later, go through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Recoleta.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at a tango hall.

Evening: Learn to tango at a local tango hall. Born around 1880, the tango was the vulgar dance and music of the capital’s “arrabales” or lower class neighborhoods, blending gaucho verse with Spanish and Italian music. Carlos Gardel, the best representative of Tango music and singers, took it out from the brothels and tenements and into the salons of Buenos Aires. In the late 19th century the “Great Village of Buenos Aires” was becoming an immigrant city, where frustrated and melancholic Europeans displaced gaucho rustics, who retreated gradually to the ever more distant countryside. The children of those immigrants became the first generation of “porteños”, and the tango-song summarized the new urban style. Permeated with nostalgia over a disappearing way of life, the tango-show expressed the apprehensions and anxieties of individuals, ranging from mundane pastimes like horse racing and other popular diversions to more profound feelings towards the changing landscape of neighborhood and community, the figure of the mother, betrayal by women, and friendship or other important personal concerns.

Lodging: Americas Towers Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Thursday, March 07 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the flavors of Buenos Aires.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for departures home.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Twenty: Friday, March 08 - Arrival flight back to the US
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight back to the US


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