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Adventures Afloat: Wonders of South America: Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile

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Program #21373RJ
27 Days | 26 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Jan 4 — Jan 30, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: The Divi Southwinds is approximately 4 miles from the capital city of Bridgetown, and 6 miles from the airport.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
St. Lawrence Main Road
Christ Church, NA Barbados
phone: +011 (246) 428 7181
web: http://www.diviresorts.com/divisouthwinds/index.html

Room amenities: Suite amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, television, air-conditioning, clock radio, and in-room safe. One bedroom suites are a short walk from the beach just behind the St. Lawrence Gap, and offer spacious private balconies or patios with pool or garden views.

Facility amenities: Fresh water pools (3) Two Restaurants 24 hour security In Room Safes Currency Exchange Beach Towels and Chairs Wi-fi

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

Elevator: Yes


Day One: Saturday, January 04 - Departures from the US / Arrive in Bridgetown
Arrive To: Flights arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados. Transfer to the program hotel.

Afternoon: Meet your study leader for the progarm orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, January 05 - Bridgetown / Colonial Connection / Embark MV Mine...
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the bond between Barbados and the United States from an historical perspective. A stop at the Barbados Museum will give an overview of the significance and background of this relationship. Continue to St. Nicholas Abbey – believed to be the oldest building in Barbados. St. Nicholas Abbey was one of the island’s first major sugar plantations. One of the plantation’s first owners, John Yeamans, was knighted by King Charles and given the Governorship of South Carolina. Drive through the countryside and stop for a brief talk about “King Sugar” and it’s role in the development of both Barbados, and the southern US; then taste raw sugar cane cut ripe from the fields.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The final stop highlights another colonial connection between Barbados and the US. In 1751 Lawrence Washington, older brother of George Washington, found that he had tuberculosis and was advised by his doctors to move to Barbados – known for its mild climate. George Washington accompanied him, and they rented the Bush Hill House until the time of Lawrence’s death. Visit the house and the grounds. Transfer to embark the Minerva for 24 nights.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, January 06 - Bridgetown, Barbados / Historic Barbados
Breakfast: Served on board the ship. Breakfast - with a wide range of options - can be enjoyed in the Swan Restaurant, the Veranda or out on the open deck around the pool. Morning coffee and pastries are served in the Veranda and afternoon tea in the Swan Restaurant. Both restaurants offer the same wide choice of menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Morning: Discover some of the island’s historic sites, firstly driving via Eagle Hall Market and Tudor Bridge to Tyrol Cot. Built in 1854, the house was the residence of Sir Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados and the only prime minister of the West Indies Federation, and his son, ‘Tom’ Adams, the second Prime Minister of an independent Barbados. In the landscaped three-acre gardens you can visit the heritage village which contains a replica of an 1820’s slave hut, a Bajan rum shop and the Chattel House Museum, displaying antiques from the 1920s and giving an insight into the home life of many Barbadians at that time. You’ll then drive on to the restored Gun Hill Signal Station, the finest of a series of signal stations built in 1818, from where there are magnificent views of the west coast. The next highlight will be Sunbury Plantation House, built over 300 years ago and a superb example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house. The Georgian lounge, chandeliers, Barbadian antique furnishings and classic dining room with its 300-year-old mahogany table all create an ambiance of bygone years in the Caribbean. In the cellars there is a unique private collection of elegant horse-drawn carriages and other memorabilia illustrating life on a sugar plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch. Lunch is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart at 18:00.

Dinner: On board the ship. Dinner is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, January 07 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, January 08 - La Guaira, Venezuela / Caracas City
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in La Guaira at 8:00 am. Journey inland from La Guaira to Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. Tour the Quinta Anauco Colonial Museum and experience colonial times as you browse through the rooms of this restored manor. Take a short drive from Quinto Anuco to the National Pantheon. Constructed in 1783 as the Holy Trinity Church, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812 and then rebuilt as the final resting place for over 140 eminent Venezuelans, including Simon Bolivar the revolutionary hero. See the residential areas of the city on your way to La Alameda viewpoint where you can enjoy stunning views of the city before returning, via Heroes Boulevard, to the ship.

Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart at 18:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, January 09 - La Vela de Coro, Venezuela / Coro Walking Tour
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in La Vela de Coro at 8:30. Cross the isthmus, seeing the high sand dunes - medanos - of Coro, and explore this lovely city, known for its colonial architecture. Coro was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, boasting 602 historic buildings, some of which have now been restored. On a guided walking tour stroll along Calle Zamora, a beautiful street lined with splendid old mansions, see the center including the Church of San Clemente and the square in front of the church with a crucifix made of local cuji wood, then browse around the Diocesan Museum. Other highlights will include the famous Arcaya House and the House of the Iron Windows, all excellent examples of colonial architecture, and the Jewish Cemetery, the oldest in the Americas.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart La Vela de Coro at 14:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, January 10 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, January 11 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On-board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, January 12 - Colon, Panama / Gamboa Aerial Tram
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Colon at 7:00. Travel to the Gamboa resort for a ride on the Aerial Tram, located in 100 hectares of rain forest. Enjoy a trip from the shadowy rainforest floor through the understory, and into the sundrenched canopy. There you can enjoy a bird's eye view of a thousand hues of green from the flowering trees. The exuberant flora and fauna display is typical of Panama's rainforests. Look out for beautiful birds such as toucans, trogons, parrots and momots. Indigenous animals include coatimundi, peccary, howler monkey, squirrels, capybara, and sloth. You will also enjoy several exhibits, such as orchids, butterflies and the serpetarium that are housed in differetn buildings near each other at the resort.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship will be in port until 4:00am.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, January 13 - Panama Canal Transit
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Full transit through the Panama Canal, with onboard commentary. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 5,900 mi. well under half the 14,000 mi. route around Cape Horn. The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue transiting the Panama Canal.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 14 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, January 15 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Thursday, January 16 - Manta, Ecuador / Manta and Montecristi
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Manta at 6:00. Discover more about Ecuador’s ancient coastal civilisations in the Manta Archaeological Museum and then perhaps treat yourself to a genuine Panama hat in Montecristi, renowned for producing the best straw hats in the world. In Montecristi’s craft market, housed in an old colonial building, you can see demonstrations of how Panama hats are made by hand from paja toquillo, a straw obtained from palms found on the Ecuadorian coast, and have the chance to buy the ideal one for you. You’ll also visit the town’s church and a Tagua nut factory to see how crafts and buttons are made from this natural resource.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship will be in port until 20:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Friday, January 17 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Saturday, January 18 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Sunday, January 19 - Salaverry, Peru / Moon Temple & Trujillo
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Salaverry at 8:00. Discover two stunning Moche temples - the Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) - on a barren desert at the foot of the Cerro Blanco. They were part of the ceremonial and administrative centre that housed 30,000 people at the peak of the Moche civilization between 300 and 600AD. The Huaca del Sol – the largest adobe structure in the Americas - cannot be visited but it’s an impressive sight. You can however visit the smaller Huaca de la Luna, to see vivid colourful bas-reliefs of geometric designs and fearsome deities that have been painstakingly uncovered, and platforms and patios where ceremonies and sacrifices took place. Having explored here a short drive will bring you to Trujillo, an attractive lively city in a fertile valley. Here you’ll visit Casa Iturri, one of many graceful colonial mansions, and have time to wander through Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city and admire some beautiful buildings.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Salaverry at 20:00

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Seventeen: Monday, January 20 - At Sea / Callao, Peru
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 17:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Eighteen: Tuesday, January 21 - Callao, Peru / Lima City Drive
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Discover the historic one-time capital of the New World on a sightseeing drive. You’ll travel through the wealthy coastal suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro to the colonial downtown area and on the way see different stages of the city’s development from pre-Columbian Huacas (pyramids) through colonial times to the present. At Plaza Mayor you’ll visit the cathedral, and view the Archbishop’s Palace with its fine balconies, the Presidential Palace and the Town Hall. You will also stop at Parque Amor overlooking the coast.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Callao at 18:30.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Nineteen: Wednesday, January 22 - General San Martin, Peru / Paracas National Reser...
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in General San Martin at 6:30 am. Discover the Paracas National Reserve, which offers magnificent coastal desert scenery. You will stop at the Catedral (Cathedral) viewpoint overlooking the Pacific Ocean and cliff stacks as well as the small local fishing port at Lagunillas. You can also enjoy a visit to the small Tello museum which contains artifacts from the Paracas people who inhabited this area from 1300BC to 200AD and are famed for their intricate textiles.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to continue to explore the port, or relax on board the ship. The ship is scheduled to depart at 16:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty: Thursday, January 23 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty One: Friday, January 24 - Matarani, Peru / Discover Arequipa
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Matarani at 7:00. Discover Arequipa – known as ‘the white city’ because of its fine colonial buildings built using sillar, a white volcanic rock. The highlight of your tour will be visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, closed to the outside world for 400 years until 1970. Inside the imposing walls a ‘town within a town’ reveals itself and you’ll see the nuns’ quarters and the convent’s striking blue and orange painted walls. You’ll also visit the interesting church and cloisters of La Campania and the imposing 17th century cathedral.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: There will be some free time at the end of the tour around Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, before returning to the ship. Minerva is scheduled to be in port until 19:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Two: Saturday, January 25 - Arica, Chile / Azapa Valley & Museum
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Arica at 9:00. Enjoy a drive into the Azapa Valley to discover the area’s archaeological heritage. You will visit the excellent San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum which charts 10,000 years of history dating back to the hunter-gatherer Chinchorro people, who mummified their dead long before the Egyptians. En route in the Azapa Valley there will be photostops for you to see the distinctive geoglyphs, depicting cameloids and pastoral scenes, that dot the hillsides. The Azapa Valley is irrigated and the agriculture here is in stark contrast with the arid surrounding hills. You will also glimpse a unique golf course which makes use of the area’s natural resources!

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Arica at 21:00.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Three: Sunday, January 26 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Four: Monday, January 27 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Five: Tuesday, January 28 - Valparaiso, Chile / Valparaiso Walk
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning at leisure as you cruise the Pacific Ocean.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Valparaiso at 13:00. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Valparaiso’s upper town on a guided walk. A short drive will bring you to the funicular – one of the city’s many remarkable ascensores - which will take you up to Cerro Allegre. Here you’ll walk along streets lined with charming old houses and gardens from the early 20th century and enjoy good views from Paseo Gervasoni or Paseo Yugoslavo. You can either descend by funicular or walk down steps to rejoin the coaches. A visit to La Sebastiana, former home of the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is another highlight.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included

Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars

Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas

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

Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Six: Wednesday, January 29 - Valparaiso, Chile / Disembark / Departures
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship (with your luggage) and depart from Valparaiso to Isla Negra, where you will visit the home of poet Pablo Neruda. The house, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a magnificent view of the sea, showcases the life of the poet and the fascinating collection of artifacts from his life and travels. We will continue on to have a view of Algarrobo, continuation to Tunquén at about 30 kms and finally will have a visit to see the landscapes of Quintay.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to Santiago International Airport. Group flights depart late this evening.

Dinner: On your own at the airport.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twenty Seven: Thursday, January 30 - Flights arrive in the U.S.
Arrive To: Flights arrive in the U.S. from Santiago.


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