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Around the Horn: Argentina, Chile and the “End of the World”

Program Number: 15589RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/6/2013 - 12/30/2013;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Argentina/Chile/Brazil/Uruguay
Price starting at: $10,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 66; 22 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 22 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Make a voyage around Cape Horn to discover some of the world’s most remote, dramatic environments. Begin by exploring cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and majestic Iguazu Falls. Then board the ship for a journey that brings you to the mountains, fjords and plains of Patagonia. At villages, ranches and in the wild learn about the people, plants and animals that call this amazing land home.




Activity Particulars

Walk unassisted up to one hour. Mobility to embark/disembark smaller boats. Regrettably, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night; Iguazu Falls, 2 nights; aboard Marina, 16 nights; Santiago (Chile), 1 night.



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


Days 2-4: Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina) / flight to Iguazu Falls:

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is reminiscent of some of Europe’s great capitals. Visit the famed Teatro Colón opera house and enjoy a tasting of Argentine wines. Fly north to Iguazu Falls and experience this natural wonder with its 275 falls from several great vantage points. Lodging: Centrally located Buenos Aires hotel; stylish hotel with Iguazu River views.



Days 5-6: Flight to Buenos Aires / embark Marina:

Delve into the legacy of Eva Perón at the Evita Museum and learn about the tango in a presentation and performance.



Days 7-8: Punta del Este (Uruguay) / At Sea:

Take a field trip to the Ralli Museum, boasting one of the world’s most important collections of Latin American art.



Days 9-10: Puerto Madryn (Argentina) / At Sea:

Encounter a large colony of Magellanic penguins on the Punta Tombo peninsula.



Days 11-12: Stanley (Falkland Islands) / At Sea:

Encounter the flora and fauna of these remote islands at a wildlife reserve.



Day 13: Ushuaia (Argentina):

Explore the stunning environment of Tierra del Fuego (“Land of Fire”) on foot and by canoe or Zodiac boat on the Beagle Channel.



Days 14-17: Punta Arenas (Chile) / Chilean Fjords / Laguna San Rafael National Park:

At the Estancia Rio des los Ciervos ranch, meet the owners to learn how a Patagonian ranch works and share an asado (Chilean barbecue) lunch. As the ship navigates through the fjords of Chile, look for wildlife like penguins and cormorants. Get a close-up look at the San Valentin Glacier on a catamaran excursion.



Day 18: Puerto Chacabuco:

At the pristine Simpson River National Reserve admire hillsides blanketed in wildflowers, evergreen forests and cascading waterfalls. Visit the country home of a local family.



Days 19-20: Puerto Montt / At Sea:

Learn the story of German immigration to this area and spot some Bavarian-style architecture. Stop at a horse farm for a rodeo demonstration.



Days 21-23: Valparaiso / disembark / coach to Santiago / departure:

Explore the rich history of the port of Valparaiso. See European influences in culture and architecture in Santiago. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Marina

The elegant 1,250-passenger ocean liner Marina debuted in 2011. Its designer touches include a Lalique grand staircase. Passengers can enjoy multiple dining venues, including six open-seating gourmet restaurants, at no extra charge. Cooking classes are offered at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center while artists-in-residence offer instruction in the Artists Loft.


Meals and Lodgings
   Olinda Rio Hotel
  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1 night
   Marina - Oceania Cruises
  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
Day at Sea, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Day at Sea, Chile
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day at Sea, Chile
Ushuaia, Argentina
Punta Arenas, Chile
Day at Sea, Chile
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Puerto Montt, Chile
Day at Sea, Chile
20 nights
   Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 1 night
 Olinda Rio Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The architecture of the Olinda Rio Hotel is one of the highlights of this beachfront property, located on Copacabana's Atlantic Avenue. Its charming atmosphere takes us back to the Rio de Janeiro of the 1940s while its modern instalations provide all the comforts we have come to expect in the 21st century.
  Contact info: Avenida Atlantica 2230
Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro,   Brazil
phone: +55 -21-21599000
web: www.olindariohotel.com.br/
  Room amenities: All rooms have en suite bathrooms and hair dryer, air conditioning, direct telephone lines, cable TV, private safe, electronic keys, minibar, and wireless/cable internet.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, room service, laundry services, concierge services, Wi-Fi, and beach towels for guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Type of accommodations and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.

 Marina - Oceania Cruises
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Marina is a mid-size cruise ship capable of accommodating up to 1,258 passengers in 625 comfortable cabins.
  Ship Information: Year Built: 2011 Year Entered Present Fleet: 2011 Country of Registry: Marshall Islands Tonnage (GRT): 66,084 Guests: 1,258 Passenger Decks: 11 Number of Crew: 800 Officers' Nationality: European Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
  Contact info: 0000000000000000000
Tucson, AZ 85718 USA
phone: 000-000-0000 x000000
web: oceaniacruisesale.com
  Room amenities: Cabin sizes and layout vary based on ship category. Room amenities include toiletries, hair dryer, minibar/refrigerator, nightly turndown service, private safe, television, and direct dial phone.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, café/coffee bar, card room, casino, classes and workshops, show lounge, beauty salon, business services, butler service, concierge desk, culinary arts center, dry cleaning/laundry, duty-free shops, elevators, infirmary/medical center, fitness center, fitness instruction and/or group fitness classes, full service spa, heated pool, jogging track, massage room, outdoor swiming pool(s), shuffleboard, yoga classes, and 24-hour room service. Wireless internet service is available throughout the ship for an additional cost. All suites include a wireless laptop for guests' convenience. Designated smoking areas are available on Deck 9, the forward starboard corner of the Pool Deck, and Deck 10, in the aft, port corner of Horizons. Smoking is expressly forbidden in all staterooms and suites, on verandas, or in any areas of the ship other than officially designated smoking areas.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Ritz-Carlton is a 5-star property located in Santiago's prestigious El Golf neighborhood. The hotel has 205 guest rooms and suites including 49 Club Level rooms, 3 Club Suites, and 12 Executive Suites.
  Contact info: Calle El Alcalde No. 15
Las Condes
Santiago,   Chile
phone: +56-2-2470 8500
web: www.ritzcarlton.com
  Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms, in-room safe, mini bar, clock radio, Internet access, plasma TV, and phones with voice mail.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, 24-hour room service, health and fitness center overlooking the Andes Mountains and the city, conference rooms, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, spa services, business center, and complimentary newspapers and magazines for guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. Room types and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance with additional hotel nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Olinda Rio Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the international airport in Santiago, Chile. Day room check-out by 6 p.m. on departure day. You will be staying at Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rio de Janeiro
  Transportation to site: Airport taxi counters are available just outside the secured Baggage Claim/Customs area of the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The airport company will give a set price for the transfer based on the hotel location. The fare can be prepaid with either U.S dollars or in reais (cash or credit card). The receipt ticket must be handed to the driver when boarding the taxi.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the hotel. If you wish to make use of this service, please ask for assistance at the hotel front desk.
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: Depart from USA.
Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(Friday, December 6)
   
 Depart From: Depart from the USA.

Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If you are taking advantage of program air offered by Road Scholar, you will be meeting the other participants at the Miami International Airport for the overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro. If you are making your own arrangements to Miami, please make sure not to arrive any later than 5:00 p.m. to connect with the international flight. If you need hotel reservations in Miami, please contact the Road Scholar travel provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on hotel rates and availability.

Participants making their own flight arrangements to Rio de Janeiro should plan to meet the group at the Road Scholar hotel on Day Two for the program orientation.

Day 2: Arrive to Rio de Janeiro - Welcome and Program Orientation.
(Saturday, December 7)
   
 Arrive To: Morning arrival to Rio de Janeiro.

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro's international airport participants will be required to undergo Immigration and Customs procedures. Participants traveling on the Road Scholar group flights will meet the local Road Scholar representative outside the secured international arrivals area after clearing Customs.

Transfer to the hotel.

Due to the early arrival, hotel rooms might not be ready and early check-in will be based on hotel's availability. Participants are welcome to store luggage at the front desk and enjoy hotel amenities or explore hotel environs while rooms are being readied for check-in.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own for a chance to explore local fare
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to rest and relax or explore the city on your own.

Before dinner, join your group leader and fellow participants for a welcome and program orientation session at the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel
   
Accommodations: Olinda Rio Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - City Orientation to Historic Rio/Fort of Copacabana/Sugar Loaf Mountain Mountain/Embark Cruise.
(Sunday, December 8)

Note: Before starting today's activities, we will check out of the hotel and have our luggage with us as we will be transferring to the ship at the end of the day.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning board the Road Scholar bus for an orientation to Rio de Janeiro. We will start with a visit to the oldest section of Rio including the São Bento Monastery, Praça XV, Candelaria Church, Brazilian French House, old Market Street, and the Imperial Palace.

Known worldwide simply as ‘Rio,’ the city is notorious for its idyllic beaches, intense culture and it’s gorgeous location-- with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue looking down upon the city from high in the mountains. Once the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is now the second most populated city in the country with over 6 million people living within the city boundaries. During the excursion, we will visit the Fort of Copacabana where our group leader will talk about the building of the fort in the late 1800s/early 1900s and the historic context of what was going on in the region. Weather cooperating, enjoy beautiful views of Copacabana Beach and the Arpoador Beach on the other side.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board cable cars to Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açucar) for scenic views of the city.

Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer are Rio de Janeiro’s best known landmarks and, together with beach scenes, are the favored images on tourist postcards. The granite and quartz mountain stands at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and is connected to a smaller hill via glass-paned cable cars. Once at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain visitors are rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the bay as well as Copacabana Beach.

Transfer to the port to embark on the ship and settle into your cabins.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -
Funicular Ride to Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer/Start of Cruise.

(Monday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Lecture: Brazil, A Rising Star in the New World Order.

Disembark and transfer to the neighborhood of Cosme Velho to board a funicular railway car up to Corcovado Mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands overlooking the city.

The funicular ride takes approximately 20 minutes as it travels up the 2,400-foot mountain through the verdant Tijuca Forest. Participants will be able to catch glimpses of Rio and Guanabara Bay peeking through the lush forest.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant featuring typical Brazilian cuisine.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer back to the ship.

Late afternoon sailing.

Participate in the ship's Safety Drill.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Welcome Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: São Paulo, Brazil -
Orientation to São Paulo--Brazil's Financial Center.

(Tuesday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark for a full day orientation to Brazil's cosmopolitan financial capital.

Explore the downtown area of the city including São Paulo's oldest building. Also, visit the Ibirapuera Park and the Museo de Arte de São Paulo-- the city's premier art museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue with explorations of the city.

Late afternoon return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Day at Sea -
Lecture and Shipboard Activities.

(Wednesday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Argentina, A Country of Many Contrasts.

Opportunity for discussion with group leader and other participants.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Thursday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Take advantage of your time at sea to read about your up and coming ports of call, make use of the ship's amenities, or just lounge on a deck chair and enjoy the invigorating sea air.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Buenos Aires, Argentina –
The "Paris of South America"/Panoramic Views of the City/Tango Show.

(Friday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark at the pier and transfer to Buenos Aires for an enjoyable morning spent exploring the city's main sites. This panoramic orientation will include the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, the Congress Building, the Teatro Colon, the Boca and Retiro Districts, and the Recoleta Cemetery where Evita is buried.

Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, lies on the banks of the Rio de la Plata River. Sometimes called the "Paris of South America," the bustling city is known for its sophisticated, cosmopolitan inhabitants and its non-Spanish European influences (Parisian architects designed many of the buildings). Stately mansions, broad boulevards, artists' quarters and lively sidewalk cafes bring to mind the grandeur of Europe.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Buenos Aires.

Return to the ship to freshen-up in preparation for this evening's activities.
 Dinner: Disembark at the pier. Transfer to a local restaurant to enjoy an evening Porteño-style. Sit down for a delicious dinner and a tango show.

The tango pulsates with the lifeblood of romantic Buenos Aires. The dance has its origins in the brothels and tenements of late 19th-century Buenos Aires and was a synthesis of Spanish and Italian music, Negro candombe and bawdy Gaucho verse. It was popularized by legendary performers like Carlos Gardel and soon spread from the fringes to the middle class, and then to the elegant salons of Buenos Aires. The tango has enjoyed a modern resurgence, and as the country's most famous cultural export it is a staple of Buenos Aires nightlife.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Buenos Aires, Argentina -
Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires' Famous Opera House/Time at Leisure in Downtown Buenos Aires.

(Saturday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark and transfer to downtown Buenos Aires.

Field trip visit to the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires' famous opera house. Since 1908 the theater has hosted some of the world's best opera singers, ballets, and orchestras including Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, and Enrico Carusso. The Teatro Colon reopened on May 25, 2010 after an extensive restoration project that took 4 years to complete.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, participants will be dropped off downtown for an opportunity to explore Calle Florida and other interesting sites at leisure.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Montevideo, Uruguay -
City Orientation and Winery Excursion.

(Sunday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Morning arrival in Montevideo.
Disembark at the pier and board the group bus for an orientation to the Old City and a site lecture on the history and economy of Uruguay.

Explore the city and its Art Deco and Nouvo style monuments and buildings. Continue through the Prado District for a look at its impressive homes and mansions. Visit the Pittamiglio Castle and Legislative Palace and the Idiarte Borda Castle dating back to the 1800s.
 Lunch: Lunch at local winery
 Afternoon: Visit Carrau Winery for an introduction to the wines of Uruguay and enjoy a folkloric show representing traditional dances of Uruguay.

Drive along Montevideo's scenic waterfront on the way back to the pier. Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Punta del Este, Uruguay -
Orientation to Punta del Este/Playa Mansa and Playa Brava.

(Monday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark by tender.

Transfer to Punta del Este for an orientation to the attractive coastal resort town frequented by Latin America's rich and famous. Follow up with a visit to Playa Mansa and Playa Brava to view its beautiful seaside mansions, including a visit to the Ralli Museum, a private international organization dedicated to modern Latin American art and sculptures including Salvador Dali among others.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit Casa Pueblo, a cultural center founded by famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro, located at Punta Ballena on the cliffs overlooking the sea.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Tuesday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning at your leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Puerto Madryn, Argentina -
Gaiman's Welsh Roots/Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery.

(Wednesday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark at Puerto Madryn and transfer to Gaiman for a morning field trip.

Gaiman is one of the last predominantly Welsh cultural outposts in Argentina. The cut stone buildings in the town are distinct, as are the numerous Welsh tea houses offering traditional tea with delicious cakes and pastries. Welsh immigrants settled here in 1874, followed later by Creoles, Germans, and Englishmen. These first settlers are responsible for the development of agriculture in the Chubut Valley. One of the main attractions is the Regional Historical Museum of Gaiman, with photographs and artifacts of the pioneers.

Enjoy a visit to the Regional Historic Museum and Church. Site Lecture: The Welsh Immigrant Story (at the chapel).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local farm.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Punta Tombo.

Fifty miles south of Trelew, Punta Tombo is the largest rookery for penguins in continental South America. Half a million Magellanic Penguins nest here. In the rookery, one can walk on trails among thousands of penguins, which can be observed whimsically flitting between their nests and the sea or fishing for their food. Many other species of seabirds and shorebirds populate this area, including Rock and King Cormorants, Kelp Gulls, Giant Petrels, Black Oystercatchers and Flightless Steamer Ducks.

Site Lecture: The Magellanic Penguin Within this Unique Ecosystem.

Transfer to Gaiman for Welsh tea.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities/Overview of Patagonia.

(Thursday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Patagonia, A Barren Land at the End of the World.

Opportunity for discussion with group leader and other participants.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Friday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure at enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Take advantage of your free afternoon to read about the flora and fauna of the continent's southernmost region. Learn about the resilient wildlife that exists in Tierra del Fuego's harsh climate including the guanaco, Andean fox, and the elusive southern river otter. Try to familiarize yourself with the close to 100 bird species found in this part of the world. Next time you do some birdwatching from the ship's deck, try to see how many you can identify!
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Ushuaia, Argentina -
Hike and Canoe in Tierra del Fuego.

(Saturday, December 21)

Note: Approximately 3.5 hours of light walking on park paths along the Beagle Channel while looking for local flora and fauna. Canoeing (1.5 hours) in rivers and lagoons to Lapataia Bay. Participants who do not wish to paddle can opt to take part in a Zodiac boat ride.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark and drive for 30 minutes down the Pan American Highway to its very end, at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a full day of hiking and canoeing in the park.

Park trails wind through forests of stunted beech trees along the edge of the Beagle Channel. Across the channel, it is possible to see the mountains on Chile's easternmost islands--Hoste and Navarino.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue with hiking and canoeing activities in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Punta Arenas, Chile -
Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum/Estancia Rio de los Ciervos.

(Sunday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark ship.
Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum for a look at the region's indigenous peoples and the unique flora and fauna or the area.

The Maggiorino Borgatello Selesian Museum was constructed in 1883 by Salesian missionaries. The museum provides an overview of the region's history, its flora and fauna, and its indigenous populations.

After the museum visit, travel to Estancia Rio de los Cievos to learn about the history and tradition of the settlers of Punta Arenas. Site lecture: The Zaldivar family, (owners of the Estancia) and the workings of an estancia.
 Lunch: Traditional Chilean asado lunch at the estancia.
 Afternoon: Return to Punta Arenas to board ship.
Time at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Day at Sea -
Navigating the Chilean Fjords.

(Monday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time opportunities.

Visit one of the ship's outside decks to enjoy passing views of the region's breathtaking fjords. Glaciers calve noisily into the sea, leaving neon-blue sculptures in their wake.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Join in a game of cards, spend an evening chatting with friends in one of the lounges, or perhaps take the opportunity to study the stars before turning in for the night.

If you plan to do a little stargazing from an outside deck, remember to dress warmly.

As the planet's last frontiers become inhabited, it is increasingly hard to find places unaffected by light pollution. Untouched by light glare, the dark Patagonian skies reveal a starscape that is breathtaking.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Day at Sea -
Navigating the Chilean Fjords.

(Tuesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: After breakfast, grab a pair of binoculars and take advantage of the free time to try and spot local birds and marine life from an outside deck.

The diverse range of habitats in this region attract all nature of birds. Keep your eyes open for shorebirds such as oystercatchers, plovers, sandpipers, gulls, cormorants, and yellow legs along the shoreline in channels and fjords. Seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, skuas, and albatross are also known to frequent the region. Magellanic penguins, sometimes called Patagonian penguins, are a local favorite. Their tuxedo-like plumage, comical waddle, and donkey-like braying are a source of endless entertainment.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile -
Exploring Rio Simpson National Reserve/Life in Northern Patagonia.

(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Anchor in Chacabuco Bay. Disembark via tenders to the Puerto Chacabuco pier (the ride takes approximately 15 minutes).

This small port lies in northern Patagonia-- a land of breathtaking fjords and unspoiled, windswept landscapes.

This morning enjoy a scenic drive through the Simpson River Valley on the way to the Simpson River National Reserve. The Simpson courses westward through the reserve and has a repuation for being one of the country's best fly-fishing rivers. Admire hillsides blanketed in wildflowers, lush farmlands, evergreen forests, and cascading waterfalls. Learn about the region, its history, and the people who live here. If we are lucky, we might get to spot an Andean highlight--the majestic condor! Enjoy views of the Cascada Gemelas, Cascada de la Virgen, and Salta de Leon.
 Lunch: Patagonian lunch and local entertainment at Pangal.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to a country home in Pangal. Meet the local family to gain insight into the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of people living in this remote area of South America.

Tender to the ship.

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to review all the incredible photographs you took during today's field trip, make use of the ship's amenities, or perhaps get some rest and freshen-up before rejoining your group for dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Puerto Montt, Chile-
Angelmo Fish and Craft Market/A Look at German Influences in Puerto Varas/Frutillar/Chilean Huasos.

(Thursday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark ship.
Orientation to Puerto Montt followed by a visit to the bustling Angelmo Fish and Craft Market.

Puerto Montt was founded by German settlers in the mid-19th century and still retains a distinct European flavor with Nordic and Alpine architecture. The city is best known as a gateway to the southern lakes of Chile, Chiloé Island, and Chilean Patagonia. Located nearby is the fishing and ferry port of Angelmo.

Head north to Puerto Varas, nestled between the towering peaks of the Andes and the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Visit the German Museum and enjoy a site-based lecture: German Immigration. Follow-up with a short walk through the small German town of Frutillar.
Like other towns in the region, Puerto Varas was settled by German immigrants. It was founded in 1854 and quickly became the lake's most important port during the 19th century.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to Puerto Montt. En route, stop at an equestrian farm for a rodeo demonstration by local huasos (Chilean cowboys). Site lecture: Training a Show Horse, A Labor of Patience and Love.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Friday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
Lecture: Chile: the Sleeping Giant of South America
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Free time. Work off some of your lunch by taking a stroll around the ship's outer decks. After enjoying the mild exercise alfresco, remain on deck to admire the changing landscape along the Chilean coast.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Valparaiso to Santiago -
End of Cruise/Transfer to Santiago/Wine Tasting at Local Chilean Vineyard.

(Saturday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at onboard.
 Morning: Disembark and transfer to Santiago Chile.

Begin with a panoramic orientation to Valparaiso.

Valparaiso is the country’s most important seaport and is said to be the cultural capital of Chile. The port was built along the area's steep hillsides that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich architectural and cultural legacy.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue onward to Santiago, passing through the vineyards, orchards, and olive plantations of Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys along the way.

Visit the Indomita Winery for a wine tasting session.
Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Santiago, Chile.
Depart for USA.

(Sunday, December 29)

Note: A dayroom will be provided until 6:00 p.m.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Orientation to Santiago with visits to the historic Old Town and the Museo Historico National. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from San Cristobal Hill.

Santiago's residents have traditionally looked to Europe as a model for architecture and culture. The influence is apparent in its stately palaces, plazas, parks, and churches. Green avenues and elegant shopping centers mark the residential suburbs, populated by a large middle class, outside the city center.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant located in the central market.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.
Day room accommodations at a Santiago hotel.

If you are taking advantage of Road Scholar group air, transfer to the international airport for overnight flight to Miami.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 25: Arrive to the U.S.
(Monday, December 30)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to the U.S.
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Suggested Reading List


South American Birds: A Photographic Aid to Identification


Author: John Stewart Dunning


Description: This comprehensive South American bird guide has over 1400 color photos and more than 2700 species described with habitat and identification information. A very helpful range map is included for each bird.



Lonely Planet Phrasebooks: Latin American Spanish


Author: Roberto Esposto


Description: This portable phrasebook provides a useful mix of everyday phrases, words and expressions used in different Spanish speaking countries in Latin America. Learn the nuances of the Spanish language as it is spoken in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile.



Chile & Easter Island


Author: Carolyn McCarthy, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Kevin Raub, & Greg Benchwick


Description: One of the best travel guides to Chile. Chile's 2666-mile coastline features a great variety of environments such as the nearly waterless Atacama, the Mediterranean central valley, a mountainous but temperate lakes district, and Patagonia's spectacular alpine glaciers and fjords. So whether you are interested in exploring colonial Santiago, the vineyards of middle Chile or the enigmatic monuments of Easter Island, this guide will enhance your travels.



Insight City Guide Rio de Janeiro


Author: Insight Guides - APA Publications


Description: An in-depth guide to city exploration, with historical timelines, colorful maps and city highlights.



Insight Guide Argentina


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This handsome guide is a profusely illustrated overview of the country, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: In the style of Insight Guides, this book provides a good overview of Chile, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture.



Lonely Planet Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: Written in the great tradition of Lonely Planet guidebooks, this publication provides a good overview of the history and cultures of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. It also has useful travel advice, maps, and suggestions on interesting places to explore.



Moon Handbook Patagonia


Author: Moon Handbooks


Description: This practical guide covers where to go and what to do in southern South America from Puerto Montt and the Lake District to Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. With chapters on Santiago and Buenos Aires.



South American Explorer Chilean Fjords Map


Author: Ocean Explorer Maps


Description: A handsome map of southern South America (1:4,800,000) with a detailed map of the Chilean Fjords (1:2,200,000) on the reverse. Includes Santiago and Buenos Aires.





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