18313
Argentina/Uruguay/Chile
Around the Horn: A South American Voyage
Discover pristine wilderness and vibrant culture as you sail Cape Horn. See the Patagonia Mountains, learn about wine tasting in Chile and visit an authentic Estancia in Argentina.
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Program No. 18313RJ
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19 days
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19 days
18 nights
46 meals
16 B 14 L 16 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Buenos Aires, Check In, City Field Trip, Dinner
Buenos Aires
D
Hotel Intersur Recoleta

Activity note: Hotel check-in in the afternoon. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Morning: After completing arrival procedures, a program representative will be waiting outside the secure arrivals area to escort those on Road Scholar group flights to the transfer vehicle. Checking in at the hotel, meet your Group Leader and take some time to freshen up and relax.

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.

Afternoon: With our Study Leader — who will also serve as Group Leader throughout the program — we will board a motorcoach for an introductory field trip to get acquainted with the city's major neighborhoods and attractions. Among the highlights we’ll see are the main square — Plaza de Mayo — surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall), and the Cathedral. We’ll drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multi-colored tin houses. We’ll also pass through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to Recoleta, an amazing above-ground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, we’ll visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: In our hotel meeting room, we’ll have a buffet dinner with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Study Leader/Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Study Leader who will lecture and lead field trips and who will also serve as Group Leader dealing with logistics. We will also be joined by local experts at different ports of call. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. You will see a number of places in the daily schedule when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorable as possible. The Study Leader/Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check out and transfer tomorrow afternoon.

DAY
3
Free Time, Transfer To & Embark MS Zaandam
Buenos Aires
B,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. For embarkation, luggage will be collected from the coach, brought on board, and taken to each participant’s stateroom. The standard shipboard safety drill will be prior to sailing.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free Time. Hotel check-out is 11AM. Luggage will be held at the hotel until we board our coach for the transfer to the ship this afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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: We’ll re-group at the hotel late afternoon and transfer to the MS Zaandam for boarding. Upon completion of check-in you will receive a ship identification card. It will serve as your identification for security procedures when embarking and disembarking the ship, and for making purchases on board. It is also your access card to your cabin. Take some time to freshen up and relax or begin becoming familiar with the ship. Along with everyone else on board, we will participate in the mandatory ship’s safety drill when announced.

Dinner: Each evening aboard ship, Road Scholar participants are invited to have dinner together with the Study Leader at the early seating in the main dining room, where we will have reserved tables. There are tasty choices for each of the five (5) a la carte courses to order from the menu. Included beverages are coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. There will three "Gala Nights" aboard the ship. Holland America will share more details for which nights these will be after embarkation. See the "Clothing and Packing Suggestions" section of this packet for more information. For other meals, you can choose the Lido Restaurant or one of the several specialty restaurants. The Lido is cafeteria style for breakfast and lunch with an extensive buffet at dinner. Breakfasts offer dishes such as cooked-to-order omelettes, pancakes, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea, water. Lunches feature cuisine from around the world including Asian stir-fry, gourmet sandwiches, pasta, pizza, sushi, and an extensive salad bar. The specialty restaurants include an upscale option at extra cost. Free round-the-clock room service is available. There are bars in several different locations.

Evening: Enjoy a performance during and after dinner. Details of performance may not be available before embarkation. A copy of the next day’s shipboard schedule — listing activities and events outside the Road Scholar program — will be placed in cabins each evening of the voyage.

DAY
4
Estancia Field Trip, Asado
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Deboarding/reboarding the ship via steep gangways and steps; getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: In the cafeteria style Lido Restaurant, breakfast offers dishes such as cooked-to-order omelettes, pancakes, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea, water, and more.

Morning: We’ll get off the ship and climb aboard a motorcoach for a field trip led by a local expert to get a glimpse of life on an estancia. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors brought cattle that thrived on the vast, fertile grasslands of the pampas (plains). It’s been estimated that by the 18th century, there were 40 million! Escaped horses became massive herds. Gauchos (cowboys) caught and tamed horses and used them to capture cattle. By the 19th century, landowners had developed estancias similar to ranches of the Old West. Today, gauchos still tend to herds on the pampas, their lives closely connected to country traditions, feeding the cattle, taking care of the horses, playing the guitar, and drinking yerba mate. We’ll ride to a traditional estancia for a gaucho party that includes a folklore show with music, dances, carriage rides, and a horseback riding demonstration.

Lunch: At the estancia, we’ll have a traditional Argentine asado — literally “roasted” — though the beef is cooked very slowly. More than a meal, the asado is a social occasion.

Afternoon: Returning to the ship, we’ll have time to freshen up and relax. You might like to take part in some of the many activities available and spend time making new Road Scholar friends.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Montevideo-Uruguay, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Deboarding/reboarding the ship via steep gangways and steps. Getting on/off a motorcoach; no extensive walking.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip by motorcoach with expert commentary by a local expert and see significant aspects of the Old City, Constitution Square, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, and Independence Square. At the center of the square stands a monument dedicated to the national hero, Joservasio Artigas, and his mausoleum. Riding along the main commercial street, 18 de Julio Avenue, we’ll observe the urban landscape of shops, cafés, and office buildings. The immense Congress Building is the pride of Uruguay. We’ll return to the ship at the end of our field trip.

Lunch: Aboard ship, enjoy cuisine from around the world such as Asian stir-fry, gourmet sandwiches, pasta, pizza, sushi, and an extensive salad bar. You may also choose to stay ashore and lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense.

Afternoon: Free Time. See and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to go out for personal independent exploration in Montevideo or take advantage of the ship’s activities and amenities.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
At Sea, Road Scholar Exclusive Lectures
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Days at sea will often be a mix of Road Scholar group activities and independent options. In addition to lectures by our Group Leader exclusively for Road Scholar, you are welcome to enjoy the activities, amenities, and entertainments aboard ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll join our Study Leader for a lecture about the history and culture of the places we will explore.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free Time. This time aboard ship is an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve seen and learned so far, to engage in conversations with our Study Leader and fellow Road Scholars, to take part in shipboard activities that enhance the voyage and make it more meaningful, as well as to free our thoughts and minds amid the vastness of the ocean. We’ll gather for a Road Scholar cocktail party before dinner this evening. The Group Leader will let you know when and where.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
At Sea, Road Scholar Exclusive Lecture, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll meet with our Study Leader for another presentation on the history and culture, people and places we’ll encounter on our voyage.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll meet again with our Study Leader for more background and insights into our South American voyage.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Port Stanley-Falkland Islands
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Landing at Port Stanley is highly dependent on weather conditions at the time of arrival. Ships anchor off shore and tender passengers in. High winds and rough seas could prevent landings. Getting on/off tender, getting on/off motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: During our full day Port Stanley field trip with a local expert, we’ll get a sense of life in the Falklands in different eras — the 1840s, 1940s, and 1970s — that were distinctively different, each with its own special character. Among highlights we’ll encounter 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’ll also see Nutt Cartmell Cottage, one of the earliest residential buildings in Stanley, and the museum at Britannia House preserving and presenting the Falklands' maritime and local history. At Gypsy Cove, an area of outstanding natural beauty, we’ll see some of the many species of birdlife as well as a colony of Magellanic penguins.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a Falklands “smoko.” In Australia and New Zealand, a smoko is a break for having a smoke, while in the Falklands, it’s a tea/coffee break with tasty treats such as biscuits (cookies) and light savory snacks.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of Port Stanley, returning to the ship with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
At Sea, Strait of Magellan, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: As we cruise through the Strait of Magellan, we’ll have expert commentary by our Study Leader. The Strait of Magellan is named for the intrepid Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, the first to circumnavigate the globe in 1520. Although a challenge to navigation due to winds and currents, it was the safest and fastest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans until completion of the Panama Canal. This natural channel runs between the mainland of South America and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago to the south.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free Time. As you will have learned by now, there are often shipboard classes and workshops that may attract your interest.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Punta Arenas, Nao Victoria Museum
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, some standing in the museum

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Disembarking the ship and boarding our motor coach, we'll visit the Nao Victoria Museum to learn from local experts about the great navigators and explorers of the region, like Magellan and Shackleton. View reconstructed ships and examples of clothing and weapons of their time.

Lunch: We'll visit a local farm for a typical meal, including a tasting of Pisco Sour.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the farm's facilities, including a museum and mud hut for typical lamb barbecues. Our drive to return to the ship will allow views of the Strait of Magellan and the Patagonian countryside.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego National Park
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: Walking in the national park, up to 1 mile; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free Time. Consult the shipboard schedule for activities and events outside the Road Scholar program that may be of interest to you.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Ushuaia, we’ll disembark and board a motorcoach for a field trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park. A local expert will discuss the natural history and unique geology of Patagonia — the region at the southernmost tip of South America — where the Andes range ends. The landscape of the national park is characterized by mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and forests. 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. The southernmost headland of the archipelago is Cape Horn.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
At Sea, Rounding Cape Horn
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll join our Study Leader who will provide expert commentary as we round Cape Horn from our comfortable vantage point. This was once one of the greatest nautical challenges on earth, resulting from frequent violent weather between South America and Antarctica where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans collide. Today, it is part of Chile’s territorial waters.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll meet with our Study Leader for more background and insights.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
At Sea, Chilean Fjords
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we’ll 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. Our Study Leader will provide commentary.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our passage through Chilean Fjords as our Study Leader points out and discusses interesting sites.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Puerto Octay
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity 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. Getting on/off tender, getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll disembark, board a 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 will provide insights into the lives of settlers who colonized the area. Next, we’ll 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.” We’ll see diverse architecture with a unique wood style, a historical reflection of the colonization process in the mid-19th century.

Lunch: At a restaurant in town, we’ll have empanadas (stuffed and baked or fried pastry), soup, a main dish with vegetables, dessert, and coffee or tea.

Afternoon: We’ll review the next day’s activities en route back to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Zaandam

Activity note: N/A

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: As our voyage comes to a close, we’ll join our Study Leader for another insightful lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship. Enjoy our last dinner as a group aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation and transfer in the morning.

DAY
17
Valparaiso-Chile, Fiesta Linda
Santiago
B,L,D
Atton Hotel Vitacura

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After docking in Valparaiso and disembarking from the ship, we’ll board a motorcoach with a local expert. We’ll encounter the celebratory side of country life at a Fiesta Linda. We’ll see Chile's national dance, the cueca, and have a dance lesson to try it ourselves. Huasos (Chilean cowboys) dressed in traditional costume will also demonstrate their skills on horseback.

Lunch: At the Fiesta Linda, choose from 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: We'll continue on to our hotel in Santiago. The afternoon is free time to explore Santiago independently. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Santiago, Departure Flights
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 Noon. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Arrival and Departure instructions.” After hotel check-out, you may leave luggage with the concierge if you would like to go exploring. Restaurants in Santiago 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: In the hotel.

Morning: We'll board a motorcoach with a local expert for a trip to explore the vibrant city of Santiago and learn about Chilean culture, customs, and traditions.

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.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for evening flights departing from Santiago.

DAY
19
Flights return to the US
In Flight