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The Spirit of South America Aboard Minerva: Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil

Program Number: 21461RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/19/2014 - 3/15/2014;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Brazil/Argentina/Uruguay
Price starting at: $4,839.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 68; 23 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 23 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on a South American adventure accompanied by eminent experts who illuminate the history and cultures of the places you explore. Begin by experiencing the energetic capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Then discover Brazil in depth, from iconic Rio to African-influenced Salvador da Bahia and an unforgettable voyage into the Amazon rainforest.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night; aboard Minerva, 21 nights.



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


Days 2-3:
Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina) / embark Minerva:

Journey into Argentina’s flatlands to experience life on an estancia (large ranch). Gauchos, Argentina’s cowboys, demonstrate their horsemanship and share a barbecue lunch with you. Lodging: Stylish four-star city hotel.



Day 4:
Montevideo (Uruguay):

Explore this cosmopolitan capital including the Ciudad Vieja, the “old city” of lovely colonial architecture and sprawling plazas.



Days 5-9:
At Sea / Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Sail into Rio de Janeiro harbor, overlooked by the distinctive peaks of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. Enjoy two days to discover this spectacular city.



Days 10-12:
At Sea / Salvador da Bahia:

Continue to Salvador, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. Tap your feet to the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian music and learn about the Carnival tradition.



Days 13-14:
At Sea / Recife:

Sail up the coast to the “Brazilian Venice,” a beautiful city of rivers, small islands and more than 50 bridges. It’s also a center of higher education in Brazil.



Days 15-18:
At Sea / Belém:

Discover metropolitan Belém, the gateway to the Amazon. The city’s lovely architecture blends Portuguese colonial, Neoclassical and even French influences.



Days 19-20:
Amazon River:

Begin your voyage into the heart of the Amazon. Take in the lush surroundings as you navigate the river and leave the ship for nature walks in the rainforest.



Day 21:
Santarém:

Founded in 1661 by a missionary priest, Santarém is one of the oldest cities in the Amazon. Here miles of beaches line the crystal-clear Tapajós River, an Amazon tributary.



Day 22:
Parintins:

Learn about the folklore of the Amazon — stories feature enchanted dolphins, gigantic serpents and more — in Parintins, located on a river island.



Days 23-24:
Manaus / disembark / departure:

Complete your adventure in the “Paris of the Tropics.” The 19th-century rubber boom made Manaus a rich city complete with an opera house and grand villas.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Ayres de Libertad
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
   MV Minerva
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 23 nights
 Ayres de Libertad
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Contact info: Libertad 1070
Buenos Aires C1012AAV,   Argentina
phone: +54 11 4815 7900
  Room amenities: All rooms have telephone, a/c, non-smoking rooms, daily newspaper, mini bar, and data port.
  Facility amenities: Non-Smoking Rooms, Modem / Data Port, Golf Course, Tennis Courts, Hot Tub, Wheelchair Accessible, Business Center
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact program provider for special rates and reservations.
  Check in time: 1:00 PM

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included
  Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas
  Contact info: 1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex,   UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com
  Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars
  Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at 6:00 pm on Day 2 in Buenos Aires. You will be staying at Ayres de Libertad that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the MV Minerva. You will be staying at MV Minerva the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to register online prior to sailing. They will ask you to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you did not receive a booking number or if you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to the site
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train/Bus not recommended
To Start of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Nearest airport:  Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) to the program hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation from site: Transfers from the ship to Eduardo Gomes Manaus International Airport (MAO) will be provided for all participants who purchased their air travel through Road Scholar.
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: Departures from the US
(Wednesday, February 19)

Note: This program has a pre-program extension! Arrive early and extend your stay on 21168: Iguazu Falls, featuring 2 nights of accommodation in Iguazu Falls, Argentina. Discover a true wonder of nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; explore the region and absorb the beauty and power of Iguazu Falls. If you would like to enroll in this extension, please contact our Participant Services department at 1-800-454-5768.



   
 Depart From: Flights depart North America for Buenos Aires

Day 2: Arrivals / Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 1 night.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for introductions and a program orienation followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Ayres de Libertad
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Buenos Aires, Argentina / Embark MV Minerva
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: 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: At the Estancia featuring traditional Argentine BBQ.
 Afternoon: Depart the Estancia, upon arrival back in Buenos Aires, embark on the Minerva for 22 nights. Embarkation begins at 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship. Breakfast - with a wide range of options - can be enjoyed in the Swan Restaurant, the Veranda or out on the open deck around the pool. Morning coffee and pastries are served in the Veranda and afternoon tea in the Swan Restaurant. Both restaurants offer the same wide choice of menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 Morning: Enjoy a sightseeing drive stopping in the attractive Plaza de Mayo with its historic Government House (Casa Rosada) from where Evita spoke to the people. You'll also see the Town Hall (Cabildo) and cathedral before arriving in the colorful La Boca district, where you can enjoy some free time wandering along the Caminito, a pedestrianized street lined with the area's famous brightly painted wooden and corrugated iron buildilngs. Next, drive through the elegant Palermo district, a lovely neighborhood of parks, gardens and mansions. You will also visit the huge walled La Recoleta cemetery to see Eva Peron's grave before returning to the ship.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch. Lunch is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Buenos Aires at 7:00 pm.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Montevideo, Uruguay
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Montevideo at 8:00 am. Discover the city revealing many of Montevideo's monuments, parks and buildings including the cathedral and the colonial town hall - the Cabildo. During your drive you can also admire the eclectic mix of the city's architectural styles - Spanish colonial, French neoclassical and Art Deco - a reflection of the many cultures and peoples that Montevideo has welcomed over the centuries. Passing the old city, there will be a photostop at Independence Square, where the huge monument to the national hero Jose Artigas stands. A photostop will also be made at the immense Congress Building, the impressive La Carreta sculpture in Parque Batlle y Ordonez and at Plaza Virgilio in the Carrasco district where there is a munument to fallen soldiers of the Navy.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart at 6:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On-board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Rio de Janeiro at 8:00 am. Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio's most famous and distinctive landmarks. Enjoy an exciting cable car ride up Urca Hill and from there, by a second stage of the cable car, reach the summit from where there are spectacular views of Guanabara Bay, many of Rio's beaches, the downtown area and the city of Niteroi on the opposite end of Guanabara Bay. You can enjoy some free time at the summit before descending the mountain by cable car and rejoining the coach for the transfer back to the ship.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a scenic drive through downtown Rio, passing the Opera House and National Library, to the older, residential area of Cosme Velho. Then board a cogwheel train for a ride through lush forest up Corcovado Mountain. Complete your journey to the summit by escalator. Once at the summit, which is crowned by the famous 38m high statue of Christ the Redeemer, you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over Rio, the bay and nearby islands. On your way back to the ship, you'll drive past Rodrigo de Freitas lake (one of the city's most picturesque spots), some of Rio's beaches - including Copacabana - and the Flamengo Park.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Rio de Janeiro at 6:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Atlantic Ocean. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Atlantic Ocean. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Salvador, Brazil
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Salvador at 8:00 am. Explore the former capital of Brazil, known for its 365 churches, history, vibrant culture and beautiful beaches. Enjoy a sightseeing drive and then take a walk through the narrow bustling streets that thread through the heart of the old city - Pelourinho - visiting one of the many churches. You can also enjoy some free time in the city's largest artisan market, the Mercado Modelo, housed in a former Customs House which is filled with local craftwork including hammocks, lacework, straw hats and baskets.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Minerva is scheduled to depart Salvador at 11:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Atlantic Ocean. On board presentations from your the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Recife, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Recife at 8:00 am. Discover Olinda, one of the largest and best preserved colonial cities in Brazil. You'll see many beautiful colonial buildings including the Monastery of Sao Bento (founded by Benedictine monks in 1582) and also the cathedral, from where there are superb views over Olinda and Recife. You'll then have free time to browse in the galleries and handicraft shops in the Mercado da Rabeira.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: At leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart Recife at 7:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Atlantic Ocean. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Saturday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Belem, Brazil
(Sunday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Belem at 6:00 am. Discover the highlights of this vibrant city - the gateway to the Amazon. Begin with a visit to Goeldi Park, one of Brazil's most important research centers, which boasts a zoo with many rare species of Amazonian wildlife and a botanic garden within its 5 hectares of woodland. Then visit Forte do Castelo, built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, and the 20th century Basilica of Our Lady of Nazareth, modeled on St. Peter's in Rome. You can also browse through the famous Ver-o-Peso market, possibly the largest market in Brazil, to see a wealth of exotic goods for sale, including handicrafts, pottery, clothing, fish, tropical fruits and vegetables and macumba (Brazilian voodoo charms).
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Belem at 4:00 pm
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Cruising the Amazon River
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you cruise the Amazon River. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Cruising the Amazon River
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you cruise the Amazon River. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Santarem, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Santarem at 7:00 am. From the pier board a local boat for a fascinating cruise, passing the Meeting of the Waters where the Tapajos and Amazon rivers meet just off the coast; the two rivers can be seen running side by side, one black and one yellow. As you approach maica, an area off the main Amazon channel, you'll see buffalo farms, homes - and if you're very lucky - perhaps the rare Amazon pink dolphin. The boat will anchor at Maica where if conditions permit you can try your luck at fishing for the voracious piranha, or maybe just relax on board and admire the lushly exotic surroundings.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Santarem at 2:30 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Parintins, Brazil
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Parintins at 8:00 am. The Boi-Bumba is one of the greatest folk festivals in Brazil, held every year at the end of June. It is a world full of magic, bright colors, music, dance and folklore - a feast for the senses. The luxurious costumes and floats, not unlike those seen in Rio's Carnival, are a spectacle in themselves. At a local stadium enjoy a lively version of the show featuring a hundred dancers and musicians.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Parintins at 2:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Manaus, Brazil
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Continue cruising the Amazon until you reach Manaus. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Discover this thriving modern city, little more than a minor trading post until the advent of the rubber boom in the late 19th century. Join a sightseeing drive and see the Custom House (prefabricated in Liverpool and shipped to Manaus over 100 years ago), the amazing floating harbor, the clock tower known as Little Ben and the cathedral. Then visit the 19th century Palacio Rio Negro, former private residence of a German rubber baron, later the Governor's office and now the Manaus Cultural Centre, and the extraordinary Opera House built entirely with material imported from Europe. Later browse in the Municipal Market and admire its art nouveau roof, reminiscent of Les Halles in Paris.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Manaus, Brazil / Departures
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights departing to North America.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast
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