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Around the Horn: A South American Voyage

Program Number: 18313RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/24/2014 - 11/12/2014;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: Argentina/Uruguay/Chile
Price starting at: $5,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 49; 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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 Zaandam

Artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ms Zaandam. In a soaring, three-story atrium at the ship's heart is a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of the Netherlands. This ocean liner offers spacious public areas and plush accommodations.


Meals and Lodgings
   Atton Hotel Vitacura
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
   MS Zaandam
  At Sea, At Sea
Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 nights
   Hotel Intersur Recoleta
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
 Atton Hotel Vitacura
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Destined to be one of the city’s most popular “hot spots,” the Hotel Atton Vitacura has taken Santiago by storm since opening its doors in August 2012. Sophisticated and modern, this 20-story masterpiece is a true testament that the finer things in life can come at an affordable rate which is sure to please any traveler. Located walking distance from business distric in Las Condes, and in front of Los Leones Golf Club and with a view of the breathtaking Bicentenario Park, the Atton Vitacura is the only option when it comes to having direct access to all of the wonders of Santiago.
  Contact info: Vitacura 3201
Vitacura
Santiago, NA  Chile
phone: +011 56 2944 7800
web: http://vitacura.atton.com/default-en.html
  Room amenities: Spacious and Quiet Guest Rooms, View of the Los Leones Golf Course, Personal Desk, King or Queen-size Bed, Studio Rooms Available Upon Request, Free Wi-Fi Internet, Cable TV, Minibar, Climate Control, Heater and A/C, Safe Deposit Box, Telephone, Hair Dryer, Smoking and Interconnected Rooms Available Upon Request, Handicapped Facilities Available.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, Citadino Restaurant and Bar, Coffee Bar and Cafeteria, Free Wi-Fi, 24-Hour Business Center, 24-Hour Gym Facility, Laundry Service, Sparkling Outside Swimming Pool, Seven Spacious Meeting Rooms, Free Underground Parking, International Security Standards, Gift Shop, Transfer and airport pick up Available Upon Request (Extra cost will apply)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:15 PM

 MS Zaandam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the ms Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandas. The musically themed ms Zaandam offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world's great music, artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship. You'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones used as art objects throughout the ship. At the heart of the ms Zaandam, in a soaring three-story atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands. Enjoy an onboard IPod self-guided tour of the complete Zaandam art collection.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,432 Crew members: 615 Gross Tonnage: 61,396 grt. Length: 781 feet Beam: 105.8 feet Maximum speed: 23 knots Dedicated: May 2000, by actresses Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
  Contact info: Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Zaandam#
  Room amenities: 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower. Staterooms also have 1 sofa bed. Approximately 182–293 sq. ft. Stateroom amenities include: Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage 100% Egyptian cotton towels Premium massage showerheads 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure Complimentary fresh fruit on request Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages Flat-panel TV and DVD player Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service Accessible rooms available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper. Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening. Mondriaan Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening Club HAL®: our dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate The Loft and The Oasis: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Intersur Recoleta
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: A hotel designed to enjoy the city through its most representative aspects; gastronomy, the expressiveness of its art, its events and lifestyle. A look that represents the union of the past and future of the city, reflected in the furniture and decor of the hotel, in the combination of colors and materials that present the beauty and memory of the place.
  Contact info: Avenida Callao 1764 Recoleta - C1024AAQ
Buenos Aires, NA  Argentina
phone: +51 (11) 5533-4000
web: http://www.intersurrecoleta.com.ar/
  Room amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110 V and 220 V electricity supply, and music.
  Facility amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110V and 220V electricity supply, and music.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A N/A
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program commences in Santiago, Chile on Day 2. You will be staying at Atton Hotel Vitacura that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Day 19. You will be staying at Hotel Intersur Recoleta the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Holland America requires participants to complete an online registration on their website. Information on how to complete the checkin will be provided in your final information packet. Argentina charges an entry fee to US Citizens in the amount of USD160. Argentina charges a departure fee to US Citizens in the amount of USD29. These fees are subject to change, and are not included in your program cost.
  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:  Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
  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: Arrive in Santiago, Chile / City Excursion / Hotel Check-in / Afternoon and Evening at Leisure
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Morning: After completing airport arrival procedures, we meet our local expert for a motorcoach excursion to see some of the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago including La Moneda (the Presidential Palace), and Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. Continuing through the newer residential areas, we reach San Cristobal Hill for a breathtaking view of the city.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant on San Cristobal Hill, enjoy a 3-course meal plus complimentary coffee, tea, water.
 Afternoon: After we transfer to the hotel for check-in, you have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to freshen up, relax, or take a walk on your own. Ask the hotel concierge for suggestions and directions.
 Dinner: At the hotel, begin getting to know your fellow participants as you enjoy a buffet meal with complimentary water and wine.
 Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Atton Hotel Vitacura
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Orientation / Alto Maipo Wine Route
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet breakfast including fresh eggs, Chilean fruits, and a variety of breads.
 Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available for informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs on your own, or may of course explore independently.

Following our Orientation session, we will board a motorcoach and embark on a field trip along the Alto Maipo Wine Route to the famed Santa Rita Winery. This historic winery in the small town of Alto Jahuel was founded in 1880 by one of the pioneering families in the field, who planted Bordeaux varietals that now produce some of Chile’s best wines. Here we will learn about the winery, the family who developed it, the wines, and more recent achievements as well as tasting two different kinds of wine.
 Lunch: Today we have lunch at La Casa de Dona Paula Restaurant, a National Monument honoring the owner of the manor more than 200 years ago: Paula Jaraquemada. The menu includes an aperitif, appetizers, and a 3-course meal plus soft drink and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Afternoon: Aboard our motorcoach, we transfer to the Museum of the Andes (Museum Andino), to admire its stunning private collection of indigenous art and culture of Chile.

Moving on, we arrive at Concha y Toro, Latin America’s major wine exporter. The original vineyard was established in 1883 by Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, who brought back cuttings from vineyards in Bordeaux to establish what has become one of the world’s most important wine brands. Its estates are in a variety of “terroirs” with soils and climates that promote the widest diversity of wine varieties. During our field trip, we will walk through the gardens, the park and the exterior of what was the summer residence of the Concha y Toro family towards the end of the 19th Century. We will also see and learn about where the Grape Variety Garden with 26 varieties and the Old Pirque vineyard. From the vineyard’s terraces, enjoy a panoramic view of the Maipo Valley, then visit the cellars for a wine tasting. The story that the cellar was inhabited by a ghost inspired development of the lengendary Casillero del Diablo brand.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Atton Hotel Vitacura
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Fiesta Linda / Embark Ship in Valparaiso
(Sunday, October 26)

Note: For embarkation, luggage will be collected from the coach, brought on board, and taken to each participant’s stateroom. There will be a standard shipboard safety drill prior to departure.



   
 Breakfast: Early at the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach and take a field trip to gain insights into Chilean culture, customs, traditions and the celebratory side of country life at a "Fiesta Linda." See Chile's national dance, the cueca, and have a chance to try it yourself. Huasos (Chilean cowboys) dressed in traditional costume will also demonstrate their skills on horseback.
 Lunch: Enjoy an assortment of traditional Chilean favorites (such as Empanadas, choripan, sopaipillas with pebre, tortilla de rescoldo with Chancho en Piedra) while listening to Chilean music performed by a folkloric group.
 Afternoon: After the festivities, we hop back on our motorcoach and transfer to Valparaiso where we board the ship.
 Dinner: We gather for dinner together in the main dining room at the early seating, allowing maximum time for you to enjoy evening activities. Menus developed by a master chef offer five-course dinners with vegetarian options, plus complimentary coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure. Settle in and start becoming familiar with the ship.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea / Road Scholar Cocktail Party
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet in the main dining room offers a variety of favorites such as pancakes, fresh fruit, omelettes, and more, plus juice, coffee, water. You are also welcome to try other meal options the ship offers on your own.
 Morning: The day at sea takes us towards Puerto Montt. During the course of the program aboard ship, lectures and discussions with our lecturer will address topics such as European immigration to South America, Chilean history and culture, geography, and current events.
 Lunch: Enjoy the options you prefer, from gourmet sandwiches to an extensive salad bar, pizza, and sushi.
 Afternoon: The ship has abundant resources for activities and entertainment during free time, a great way to continue getting to know your fellow participants and make new Road Scholar friends.

We have a Road Scholar cocktail party before dinner this evening. The Group Leader will let you know when and where.
 Dinner: Enjoy the options you prefer with entrées available in both the Lido and the main dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Puerto Montt: Puerto Varas, Frutillar and Puerto Octay
(Tuesday, October 28)

Note: This is a tender port where a smaller boat ferries passengers from the ship to shore and back. Disembarking and reboarding via steep gangways and steps.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Taking the tender to shore, we board our motorcoach and ride through lush countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns and churches to Frutillar. This charming German-style village is on Lake Llanquihue, South America's third-largest natural lake.

At the Museo Colonial Alemán (German Colonial Museum), a local expert provides insights into the lives of settlers who colonized the area.

Next, we 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), which devolved into "Octay.” See richly diverse architecture with a unique wood style, an historical reflection of the colonization process in the mid-19th century.
 Lunch: At a restaurant in town, enjoy empanadas, soup, a main dish with vegetables, and dessert plus coffee or tea.
 Afternoon: Returning via our motorcoach, we review the next day’s activities en route and expect to be back aboard ship by approximately 4:00 p.m. for scheduled departure from port at 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Puerto Chacabuco / Coyhaique
(Wednesday, October 29)

Note: This is a tender port where a smaller boat ferries passengers from the ship to shore and back; disembarking and reboarding via steep gangways and steps.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: During a shipboard presentation with our lecturer, learn more about the land and people we encounter.
 Lunch: Our boxed lunches include a sandwich, dessert, and water.
 Afternoon: Departing from the pier, we drive to Coyhaique, stopping en route for a photo opportunity at the Cascade of the Virgin, so called because of a tradition that the Virgin Mary was seen here.

We continue to Coyhaique by paved road, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East arriving in Coyhaique, located at about 1,476 feet high (450 meters). The road goes along the Simpson river during all the way by a narrow mountainous valley with varied and abundant birds.

We also make a short stop at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, for a superb sight of Coyhaique.

Upon arrival in Coyhaique, we explore the center of town including the Regional Museum of Patagonia. Although small, this museum features interesting exhibits with photos of early settlers.

Afterwards, we make the return trip to the pier in Puerto Chacabuco and take the tender back to our ship.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea / Chilean Fjords
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Today we cruise through the Chilean Fjords with a backdrop of beautiful blue glaciers, hidden lakes, and waterfalls. These fjords are home to dolphins, whales, seals, and Magellanic penguins. Expert commentary by our lecturer.
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: We continue our passage through Chilean Fjords. Our on-board expert will point out and discuss interesting sites.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea / Chilean Fjords / Sarmiento Channel of Tierra del Fuego
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Today you have the rare opportunity to cruise through Tierra del Fuego and the snow-capped peaks and ethereal blue glaciers of Sarmiento Channel, with expert commentary by our resident lecturer. Cutting through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, this majestic waterway is surrounded by other-worldly beauty. Watch as Amalia Glacier comes into view and witness countless seabirds that make their home in this dramatic landscape.
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: This area has been inhabited for at least 6,000 years with the Sarmiento Channel as a well-traveled waterway of native peoples. The first European explorer was Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa of Spain, who gave his name to the channel.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Punta Arenas / Otway Sound / Penguin Reserve
(Saturday, November 1)

Note: This is a tender port where a smaller boat ferries passengers from the ship to shore and back; disembarking and reboarding via steep gangways and steps. At Otway Sound, hike for about 2 miles (round trip) across grassland with sandy areas to the penguin rookery. Sturdy walking shoes, windbreaker, scarf recommended.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Disembarking the ship and boarding our motorcoach, we journey into the Patagonian countryside to Otway Sound. The characteristic low shrubs offer just enough camouflage for guanacos and rheas (South American ostrich).

Upon arrival at Otway Sound, we hike about a mile across grassland with sandy areas to the penguin rookery where a colony of Magellanic Penguins nest and breed for the mating season here in the place where they were born. With luck, these penguins can live 25 years or more. Mating pairs return every year to lay eggs, either under shubs or buried in sandy burrows, producing one or two chicks the parents take turns watching and feeding. At this time of year, most of the chicks will have hatched. In the area open to visitors, we may see several hundred penguins.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we hike back to the bus and proceed into town.
 Lunch: Outside Punta Arenas, we have lunch at an old warehouse, part of a homestead and farm, refurbished to serve visitors with tasty local fare.
 Afternoon: As we explore the rest of the warehouse, learn from a local expert about the old machinery you will see, used by the first colonists of this part of the world.

As a special highlight, observe a sheep shearing demonstration that shows how people used to make their livelihoods.

Reboarding the bus, we drive into Punta Arenas to see the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and walk to a cemetery that commemorates some of the local leading figures. We return to and reboard the ship.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ushuaia National Park
(Sunday, November 2)

Note: This is a tender port where a smaller boat ferries passengers from the ship to shore and back; disembarking and reboarding via steep gangways and steps. Uneven terrain walking in the National Park.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Our resident lecturer will give a presentation on fascinating aspects of human and natural history. In the region of Patagonia at the southernmost tip of South America lies the archipelago known as Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It got its name after the 1520 expedition of Ferdinand Magellan when he and his sailors saw the distant smoke and fires of native peoples. Today, the territory is shared by Argentina and Chile. The capital, Ushuaia, is the southernmost city in the world, surrounded by mountains, forests, and sea. The southernmost headland of the archipelago is Cape Horn,
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia this afternoon. Upon arrival, we disembark and board a motorcoach to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park. A local expert will discuss the natural history and unique geology of Patagonia at the National Park, where the Andes range ends.
 Dinner: Arriving back at approximately 7:00 p.m., we will have dinner on the Lido Deck.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea / Rounding Cape Horn
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Today we round Cape Horn. Magellan's fleet first circled this massive, treacherous rock at continent's end, and until the Panama Canal was constructed, this was the main shipping route from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: With commentary by our resident lecturer, we continue our transit around Cape Horn. Keep an eye peeled for icebergs in the distance.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: On a field trip to Port Stanley, get a sense of life in the Falklands in different eras — the 1840s, 1940s, and 1970s — distinctively different and each with its own special character.

Among highlights we will encounter during morning and afternoon are the Cathedral with its Whale Bone Arch, the 1982 Battle Memorial, wrecks of old sailing ships, a private whalebone display, Stanley Airport, the hospital, Government House, the Community School, the mizzen mast from the famous SS Great Britain, and minefields. We will also see Nutt Cartmell Cottage, one of the earliest residential buildings in Stanley, and the museum at Britannia House, covering the Falklands' maritime and local history.

At Gypsy Cove, an area of outstanding natural beauty, see some of the many species of birdlife as well as a colony of Magellanic penguins.
 Lunch: Enjoy a “Falkland's Smoko” with tea, coffee, biscuits, and light savory snacks at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Port Stanley. We return to the ship with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Puerto Madryn / Peninsula Valdes Wildlife Preserve
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: As a special highlight, we take a full-day field trip to Peninsula Valdes, one of the best known wildlife reserves in South America. Along the way, we pass by estancias (ranches) known for sheep breeding. You can also 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 varied marine life, with (we hope) sightings of penguins and sea elephants. Its shores have been known for visiting Right Whales between July and December.
 Lunch: Box lunch at Peninsula Valdes.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: As we continue sailing towards Montevideo, meet with our lecturer for more background and insights.
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: The Group Leader will host a wrap-up session to review highlights of the program. Enjoy a farewell cocktail party before dinner tonight.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Montevideo, Uruguay City Excursion / Free Afternoon
(Friday, November 7)

Note: This day involves leaving and returning to the ship via steep gangways and steps. During the city excursion, we will make several stops for pictures but no extensive walking.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: During a motorcoach excursion, see significant aspects of 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. As we ride along the main commercial street, 18 de Julio Avenue, observe the urban landscape of shops, cafes and office buildings. The immense Congress Building is the pride of Uruguay.
 Lunch: Aboard ship.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration in Montevideo to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. We re-group at an appointed time and place and take the motorcoach back to the ship.
 Dinner: Aboard ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina / Estancia Field Trip
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: This morning we arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and discover life on an estancia. Departing the city, we start to experience the famous pampas (grasslands) -- home of the Gauchos -- en route to a traditional estancia (ranch) where we participate in a Gaucho party that includes a folklore show with music, dances, carriage rides, and a horseback riding demonstration.

The Gaucho was the original inhabitant of the Argentine pampas. His life was closely connected to country traditions: feeding the cattle, taking care of the horses, playing melancholy songs on his guitar, and drinking his Yerba Mate.
 Lunch: At the Estancia, enjoy a traditional Argentine asado (barbecue).
 Afternoon: Departing the Estancia, we return to the ship with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: We walk to a local restaurant for dinner, a plated meal plus complimentary coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MS Zaandam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Buenos Aires / Disembark / Tango
(Sunday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy your last tasty breakfast on the ship.
 Morning: This morning we disembark the ship and get acquainted with the city's major neighborhoods and attractions via motorcoach. 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 multicolored tin houses.

Later, we pass through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, we visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks before returning to the hotel.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

We regroup at the hotel late afternoon and board the motorcoach to a tango hall for a dance lesson. Born around 1880, the tango was considered the “vulgar” dance and music of the capital’s “arrabales” or lower class neighborhoods, blending gaucho verse with Spanish and Italian music. Permeated with nostalgia over a disappearing way of life, the tango show expresses the apprehensions and anxieties of individuals, ranging from mundane pastimes and popular diversions to more profound feelings.
 Dinner: At the tango hall, enjoy a plated meal featuring local cuisine with complimentary wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. In keeping with local custom, dinner begins at approximately 8:30 p.m.
 Evening: Having learned what’s involved in the tango, see a show by talented dancers. The show begins at approximately 10:00 p.m. and we return to the hotel at approximately midnight. For anyone who feels the need to return sooner, the motorcoach will make an earlier transfer.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Intersur Recoleta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18: Free Morning in Buenos Aires / Transfer to Airport / Departure
(Monday, November 10)

Note: After hotel check-out, you may leave luggage with the concierge if you would like to go exploring. Restaurants in Buenos Aires generally do not serve dinner early enough before going to the airport, but there will be time after checking in for your flight to get something to eat.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Free Morning. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Rendezvous back at the hotel for transfers to the airport and departures home. This concludes our program.

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Meals Included: Breakfast
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