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Around the Horn: A South American Voyage

Program Number: 18313RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/17/2013 - 3/8/2013; 10/22/2015 - 11/10/2015; 11/19/2015 - 12/8/2015; 1/27/2016 - 2/16/2016; 2/24/2016 - 3/15/2016;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: Argentina/Uruguay/Chile
Price starting at: $4,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; History & Culture
Meals: 50; 17 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 16 Dinners    

Enjoy wondrously diverse experiences of South America: the haunting landscape of Patagonia and the lively boulevards of Montevideo; the friendly German settlers of a Chilean community and the robust gauchos of Argentina; scenic Chilean fjords and glacier and the seaside sheep pastures of a working Falkland Islands farm.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day and standing for up to 90 minutes; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings. Climbing in and out of and riding in Zodiac boats. Program cost excludes 1 lunch to enjoy on your own.



Due to the nature of this program, assisted-listening devices are not available.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Santiago (Chile), 2 nights; aboard ms Zaandam, 15 nights; Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Santiago (Chile)

Stroll through the bohemian Barrio Bellavista neighborhood of Chile’s capital. Visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 4: Coach to Valparaíso / embark ms Zaandam

Chile is emerging as one of the world’s premiere wine producers; enjoy a tasting at a Valley of Casablanca vineyard.



Days 5-6: At Sea / Puerto Montt

Journey through lush countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns to Frutillar, a charming German-style village on Lake Llanquihue.



Days 7-10: At Sea / Puerto Chacabuco/ Punta Arenas

Take a walk through the Patagonian grassland to Otway Sound and encounter its Magellanic Penguin colony. Enjoy a Chilean asado barbecue lunch.



Day 11: Ushuaia (Argentina)

Discover the “End of the World,” Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, and learn about its natural history and unique geology.



Days 12-14: At Sea / Falkland Islands

Spend a day at the farm of a local family, who use skilled sheep dogs and island-bred horses, make their own bread and butter and use traditional peat fuel.



Days 15-16: At Sea / Montevideo (Uruguay)

In Uruguay’s capital, enjoy an expert-led walk through the Ciudad Vieja (“Old City”) and see its lovely colonial architecture.



Days 17-19: Buenos Aires (Argentina) / disembark / departure

Head to the Pampas, Argentina’s fertile lowlands, to visit an authentic Estancia and enjoy the music, food and horseback riding skills of the gauchos. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



ms Veendam

Designed to carry fewer guests than other ships in its class the ms Veendam is 720 feet long with a beam of 101 feet. The ship can carry 1200 passengers of whom approximately 48 are Road Scholar participants. All cabins have air-conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.


Meals and Lodgings
   Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
   ms Veendam
  ms Veendam, At Sea 13 nights
   Americas Towers Hotel
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 2 nights
 Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 ms Veendam
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: All cabins have private bathrooms. Some cabins have showers only while others will have a bathtub and shower.
  Elevators available: Yes

 Americas Towers Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Please contact RS Coordinator. Please contact Road Scholar for most current prices.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts in Santiago, Chile on Day 2 You will be staying at Intercontinental Hotel Santiago that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Day 19. You will be staying at Americas Towers Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Holland America requires you to do an online registration on their website. This information will be sent to you in your final mailing packet.
  Parking availability:
There is no parking available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxis are available at the Santiago Airport and are approximately $35 US. Shared vans are also available for approximately US $15, but will take longer as they have multiple stops.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Nearest airport:  Santiago Airport (SCL)
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight arrives at or around the same time as the group. Time will be confirmed 5 weeks prior to departure.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Nearest airport:  EZE International Airport, AEP Domestic Airport
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight departs at or around the same time as the group. Time will be confirmed 5 weeks prior to departure.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight flight to Santiago
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Afternoon: Depart the US for your flight to Santiago, Chile.

Day 2: Arrive Santiago
(Monday, February 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wines of Chile
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Fiesta Linda / Embark Ship in Valparaiso
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Puerto Montt: Puerto Varas, Frutillar & Puerto Octay
(Friday, February 22)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Puerto Chacabuco / Coyhaique
(Saturday, February 23)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cruise the Chilean Fjords
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruise the Chilean Fjords
(Monday, February 25)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Punta Arenas: Otway Sound/Penguin Reserve & Founders' Story
(Tuesday, February 26)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ushuaia: National Park
(Wednesday, February 27)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Cruise Cape Horn
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Friday, March 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Puerto Madryn
(Saturday, March 2)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At Sea
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Montevideo, Uruguay
(Monday, March 4)

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.
   
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Buenos Aires, Argentina / Disembark Ship
(Tuesday, March 5)

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.
   
Accommodations: Americas Towers Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Buenos Aires / Tango
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Americas Towers Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Departure
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 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 20: Arrival flight back to the US
(Friday, March 8)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight back to the US
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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