21223
Brazil/Barbados/Puerto Rico/United States/St. Barts/French Guiana
Brazil, Deep Amazon & the Caribbean: Voyage Under the Sun
Program No. 21223RJ
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24 days
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24 days
23 nights
65 meals
22 B 21 L 22 D
DAY
1
Depart from USA. <br> Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive to Rio de Janeiro - <br> Welcome and Program Orientation.
Rio de Janeiro
D
Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel

Lunch: On your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to rest and relax at your hotel 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. During this session 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 program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - <br> City Orientation to Historic Rio/Fort of Copacabana/Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Rio de Janeiro
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: At the 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: At a 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 pier to board the MV Regatta.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure to get a good night's sleep in preparation for a full day of activities tomorrow.

DAY
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - <br> Funicular Ride to Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer/Embark on Cruise.
Rio de Janeiro
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Lecture: Brazil, A Rising Star in the New World Order. 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: At a local restaurant featuring typical Brazilian cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to the ship. Late afternoon sailing. Participate in the ship's Safety Drill.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Welcome Orientation.

DAY
5
At Sea - <br> Cruising the Atlantic Ocean/Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once on board).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Lecture: The Natural and Cultural Highlights of Brazil, the Amazon and the Caribbean. Opportunity for post-lecture discussion with the group. Enjoy a late afternoon welcome party hosted by your group leader.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy onboard entertainment options.

DAY
6
At Sea- <br> Cruising the Atlantic Ocean/Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once on board).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to explore ship entertainment options.

DAY
7
Recife, Brazil - <br> Exploring Recife's Historic Sites.
Recife
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: This morning, disembark at Recife to explore some of its historic sites. Recife (meaning reefs) is the vibrant capital of the state of Pernambuco, in northeastern Brazil. Beachfront high-rises and busy streets belie the city’s colorful history. For that, one must delve a little deeper and explore the colonial architecture and baroque churches of Recife Antigo, Santo Antônio, and nearby Olinda. Recife was founded by the Portuguese in 1537 and became a strategic port during the sugarcane boom. The Dutch invaded the city in 1630 and ruled for the next 24 years in an attempt to stay in control of the word’s supply of sugar. Recife’s Forte do Brum and Forte das Cinco Pontas are testaments to former Dutch rule; twin forts that once protected the port entrances.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue with local explorations before returning to the pier and boarding the ship. Late afternoon sailing.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to explore ship entertainment options.

DAY
8
At Sea – <br> Shipboard Activities/Portuguese Language Workshop.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning workshop -- learn to speak and pronounce some useful words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy onboard entertainment options.

DAY
9
At Sea - <br> Cruising the Atlantic Ocean/Portuguese Language Workshop/Lecture/Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning workshop -- learn to speak and pronounce some useful words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Lecture: Introduction to the Amazon. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and the group. Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy onboard entertainment options.

DAY
10
Cruising the Amazon River - <br> Lecture and Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Lecture: Amazon River--It's People, Issues, and Threats. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and the group.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy onboard entertainment options.

DAY
11
Alter do Chao, Brazil - <br> Shipboard Activities/Tender Ashore/Guided Nature Walk.
Alter do Chao
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Tender to shore. Learn about the local flora and fauna during a guided nature walk in Alter do Chao. Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to enjoy one of the ship's evening entertainment options or get a good night's rest in preparation for tomorrow morning's activities.

DAY
12
Boca de Valeria, Brazil - <br> Tender Ashore/Boca de Valeria Village.
Boca da Valeria
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Tender to shore for a leisurely visit to Boca de Valeria. This charming, rural Amazonian community exists in a difficult to access area. Take a stroll around the village, see local handy crafts, take pictures, and learn about the villagers' way of life. Tender back to the ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to explore entertainment options on board the ship.

DAY
13
Manaus, Brazil - <br> Orientation to Manaus.
Manaus
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark in Manaus. Orientation to historic Manaus including the Customs Building, Municipal Market, the Rio Negro Palace, Sao Sebastiao Square, the Teatro Amazonas, and the Indian Museum. Before stopping for lunch we will drive through the residential and beachfront district of Ponta Negra--site of luxury condominiums and fancy resorts.

Lunch: At a local restaurant featuring typical regional cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Mid-afternoon, return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to enjoy the ship's evening entertainment options.

DAY
14
Parintins, Brazil - <br> Tender Ashore/History of the Boi Bumba Festival.
Parintins
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Tender to the port. After disembarking, transfer to Parintins town. Learn about the famous Boi Bumba festival during visits to the Caprichoso Pavillion, the Bumbodromo, and the Garantido Pavillion. Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy the ship's evening entertainment options.

DAY
15
Santarem, Brazil - <br> Orientation to Santarem/Local Conservation Efforts.
Santarem
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark for an orientation to the city of Santarem. Learn about Santarem's history, dating back to the establishment of a Jesuit mission in the area in 1661. Experience the bustling waterfront to view the various incoming and outgoing boats and all the interesting products that are unloaded to be sold at the local market. Pass by the Municipal Market with its colorful produce stalls and the busy fish market where freshwater fish are sold every morning. Continue onward to the Santarem Cathedral and stop at a lookout point to view the city's own "Meeting of the Waters." The phenomenon takes place when the dark waters of the Tapajos River and the cafe au lait colored waters of the Amazon River meet without appearing to mix; two clearly visible bands of different colored water flowing side by side without blending. Drive to the Artesanato Dica Frazao, a local craft and clothing shop known for its clothing made from natural fibbers and dyes. Meet the owner and learn how the materials are prepared during a short demonstration. Continue with a visit to Zoofit, an animal refuge for sick and/or displaced Amazonian animals collected by official local agencies. Learn about Zoofit's mission and the important work conducted by researchers and local experts during a walk through the refuge and its animal rehabilitation areas. Drive back to the pier and return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to explore entertainment options on board the ship.

DAY
16
Cruising the Amazon River - <br> Shipboard Activities.
Cruising the Amazon River
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Free time to relax and enjoy ship amenities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At your leisure to enjoy the ship's many entertainment options.

DAY
17
Devil's Island, French Guiana - <br> Tender Ashore/Exploring Devil's Island.
Devil's Island
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Lecture: Devil's Island the Three Guianas. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and members of the group.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Disembark on local tenders for an exploration of Devil's Island. Devil's Island is a lush tropical paradise, member of a three island group called Islands of Health (Iles du Salut) situated less than 10 miles off the cost of French Guiana. Despite its idylic appearance, the island is probably best known for its part as a French penal colony starting in the mid-1800s. Ile du Diable was used to house political prisioners. Few of the prisioners exiled to this site ever made it out to tell about their horrific experience. The book "Dry Guillotine" by Rene Belbenoit provides a first-hand account of the goings on inside this infamous penal colony. Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

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.

DAY
18
At Sea - <br> Lecture and Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Lecture: History of the Caribbean. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and members of the group.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure to sample some of the ship's entertainment options.

DAY
19
Bridgetown, Barbados - <br> Harrisons Cave/Scotland District/Cherry Tree Hill/St. Nicholas Abbey.
Bridgetown
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark for an orientation to Bridgetown. Discover the beautiful Harrison's Cave and its limestone formations, visit the scenic Scotland District to view the historic Morgan Lewis Windmill, stop at Cherry Tree Hill to marvel at the spectacular views, and explore the St. Nicholas Abbey-- the 17th century Jacobean mansion and its historic sugar cane plantation are relics of a long lost era.

Lunch: At a local restaurant to sample island cuisine.

Afternoon: Mid-afternoon, return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to enjoy ship entertainment options.

DAY
20
Gustavia, St. Barts - <br> Tender Ashore/Yellow Submarine Underwater Excursion/Orientation to St. Barts.
Gustavia
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Activity note: Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Tender to shore and disembark at pier. Walk to the Yellow Submarine pier and board an air conditioned, semi-submersible vessel for an underwater exploration of the local reef and a nearby shipwreck-- a casualty of Hurricane Luis in 1995. Continue your morning with a visit to the local lighthouse, followed by a stop at La Tourmente (where cars and aircraft share the road!), travel to the salt ponds that were once a primary source of income for the island, enjoy the scenic views at Grand Ford, and then head on to the former home of internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, Rudolph Noureyev. Pay a visit to Marigot, famous for its La Cave wine cellar reputed to store upwards of 300,000 bottles of wine. Before heading back to the ship, learn about the pirates who once conducted business in the area around the town of Coupe-Gorge; take the leeward road past Colombier and Corossol. Return to the ship in the late afternoon.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy ship amenities.

DAY
21
San Juan, Puerto Rico - <br> Historic San Juan/Bacardi Rum Factory and Museum.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark for an orientation to Puerto Rico's historic Old San Juan, founded in 1521 by Spanish colonists. Absorb the old-world charm and learn about the history of this former Spanish colony during explorations of its forts, boulevards, plazas, and churches.

Lunch: Lunch at typical Puerto Rican restaurant in Old San Juan.

Afternoon: Excursion to Bacardi Rum factory and family museum for an interesting look at the history and production of rum. Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to enjoy evening entertainment options.

DAY
22
Day at Sea - <br> Group Leader Presentations/Shipboard Activities.
Day at Sea
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Group leader presentation.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Time at leisure to explore the ship's evening entertainment options.

DAY
23
Nassau, Bahamas - <br> Exploring Historic Nassau/Farewell Dinner.
Nassau
B,L,D
Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, disembark in Nassau in preparation for an afternoon of explorations. Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is located on New Providence Island. Its protected harbor has a long history of attracting pirates including the infamous Blackbeard (Edward Teach). The city developed along the northern coast of the island and has a layout that is easy to explore on foot. British culture and traditions can still be felt at Nassau’s old colonial sites and in the local speech. And when crossing the street, remember that cars drive on the left! Return to the pier and board the ship.

Dinner: Farewell dinner onboard.

Evening: Free time to enjoy your last evening on board the ship with your new Road Scholar friends.

DAY
24
Arrive in Miami/End of Cruise and Disembarkation.
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Arrive in Miami. Although the ship is expected to dock at 7:00 a.m., please keep in mind that the crew has to ready the ship for final disembarkation. These procedures usually take a few hours. Please take this into account if making flight arrangements from Miami. We suggest having departures scheduled after 12:00 pm. If you are taking advantage of Road Scholar air, a transfer to the airport will be provided. This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.