South America Cruise

Buenos Aires to Santiago

Base Fare:
$10,499 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

7 private shore excursions
Private tours of Buenos Aires, Valparaiso & Santiago
Most meals included: 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 19 dinners
Pinnacle Grill & Gourmet Dining on board
15 nights aboard the Holland America Line Zaandam
2 nights in outstanding hotels
Round trip airfare from Toronto with United Airlines (Air gateways available across Canada)
Private car home pick up & return service

South America Cruise

One of our most requested journeys takes you on an experience by Sea to, quite literally, the ends of the earth. The mellow sounds of tango follow you along the boulevards of Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the South’. Bask in the profusion of culture in this vibrant Argentinian capital. Immerse yourself in the life of Penguins while exploring the Falkland Islands. Follow the path of one of history's greatest explorers while navigating the Straits of Magellan. Behold, Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and home to one of Earth’s most magnificent parks. Stare in awe as the bewildering landscapes of Patagonia envelope you amidst endless fjords and mountains. Savour the moment when the wines of Santiago traverse your tongue during our private tasting. An experience to ponder resulting in memories shared for a lifetime.

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Base Fare:
$10,499 per guest, double occupancy

Our Signature inclusions

Before your Journey

  • All taxes, ports and service charges
  • Full pre trip information and assistance
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag or backpack

During your Journey

  • Private car home pick up
    • or a credit
    • or an overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton
  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services 
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities 
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed 
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • 3 private tours of Buenos Aires, Valparaiso & Santiago
  • 7 private shore excursions in Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia & Puerto Montt
  • Winery tour in Chile
  • Historic traditional Tango & dinner show
  • Cooking class with Argentinean Family
  • Pinnacle Grill dinner & Gourmet dining on board
  • Winery tour with lunch in the Maipo Valley

Outstanding accommodation

  • 1 night in Buenos Aires & 1 night in Santiago
  • Holland America Line MS Zaandam, 14 nights
    • 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 verandahs. 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

I / INSIDE

  • TWIN: $10,499
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

DD / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $10,999
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

DA / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $11,199
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

D / OCEAN VIEW

  • TWIN: $11,399
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST
C / OCEAN VIEW
  • TWIN: $11,499
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

BB / VISTA SUITE

  • TWIN: $13,699
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

B / VISTA SUITE

  • TWIN: $13,799
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

AA / VISTA SUITE

  • TWIN: $13,999
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

AA / SUITE

  • TWIN: $14,299
  • SINGLE: ON REQUEST

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

 

 

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART FOR BUENOS AIRES

Our driver greets you at your door, helps with your luggage and gets you settled into your private car before driving you to the airport. Guests departing from Toronto airport are assisted with their check in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travelers and board your flight to Buenos Aires. (D in flight)

Day 2

BUENOS AIRES

Our local guide greets us on arrival in Buenos Aires and leads us on an informative city tour. Visit the heart of this vibrant city with the May Square, the Cabildo, and the colourful wood houses of La Boca. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, our guide brings us to our hotel. Rest peacefully this evening in our lovely hotel. (B in flight,L,D)
Overnight Buenos Aires, Hotel Regal Pacific

Day 3

COOKING CLASS WITH A LOCAL FAMILY ON THEIR ESTANCIA

We leave the city and enter the fabulous hinterlands of Argentina. A local couple welcomes us into their home for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to prepare the famous empanadas and cook them local style, over the famous Argentinean BBQ! Join the family for some wine and dine on your creations. We return to the city and board the Zaandam. This evening, our welcome dinner takes us ashore for a traditional Argentinean ‘Asados’ and tango show. Our very intimate setting boasts two centuries of history and culture for a stunning display of emotion and physical prowess.(B,L,D)  
Overnight, Holland America MS Zaandam

Jerry Van Dyke Difference – Pinnacle Grill Dining 
The exclusive Pinnacle Dining Room on board the Zaandam is truly a treasure at sea. Normally an added expense, we have included it for your enjoyment.

Day 4

BUENOS AIRES, 'PARIS OF THE SOUTH'

Buenos Aires is at your fingertips today as your local guide takes you on an entertaining and informative tour of the city’s north end. Experience the Recoleta neighbourhood with its wide avenues, parks and French style homes. Visit the Recoleta Cemetary where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried. In Palermo, we discover the magnificent Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) and admire the luxurious French-styled mansions.(B,L,D) 
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included shore excursion – Discovering Buenos Aires – approx. 3 hours

Day 5

FRIENDLY AND GENTEEL, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

Montevideo is known for its long lunches, siestas and high tea. This modern metropolis has an historical old town dating back to colonial times and is surrounded by an uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beach. Our tour today takes us deep into the history and culture of this region. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included shore excursion - Discovering Montevideo – approx. 3 hours

Day 6

DAY AT SEA


With many optional activities on board, you decide in what you indulge. Treat yourself at the spa, take a yoga class or just relax on deck with a good book. (B,L,D)
Overnight, Holland America MS Zaandam
Day 7

PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA

Puerto Madryn is nestled on the shores of the Golfo Nuevo in northern Patagonia. Founded in 1865 by 150 Welsh immigrants, the natural port was named in honour of Sir Love Jones-Parry, the Baron of Madryn in Wales. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included Shore Excursion – Gaiman & the Welsh Heritage

Day 8

DAY AT SEA


Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising the Atlantic Ocean. (B,L,D)
Overnight, Holland America MS Zaandam
Day 9

PORT STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS

The Falkland Islands were visited by Charles Darwin in the 19th Century and, like the Galapagos, were found to contain examples of flora and fauna not seen elsewhere. These discoveries prompted thoughts in Darwin, which ultimately found shape in his iconoclastic work, ‘Origin of Species.’ Some of these discoveries, like the Warrah, the once common Falkland Islands fox, have now disappeared, but others remain. These include birds such as the Cobbs wren, plants such as the colourful Felton’s flower, Falkland’s false plantain and an inhabitant of the unique geological stone runs, the fascinating snake plant. Common here in the islands, yet approaching extinction throughout the rest of the world, are species such as the striated caracara and the ruddy-headed goose, tame enough to make for some superb photo opportunities. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included Shore Excursion – Bluff Cove Lagoon Penguin Safari 

Day 10

CRUISING THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

The Strait of Magellan is an oceanic passage which generally connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, situated in southern Chile and Argentina. The earliest European voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific was Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and his route, the Strait of Magellan, between the South American mainland and Tierra del Fuego is named for him. The Strait of Magellan is fully navigable and offers a glimpse into a very unique world in this water body classified as a semi-enclosed periantartic ecosystem. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Day 11

PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE

This picturesque town, set on rolling, wind scoured hills, is considered Chilean big sky country. Our local guide tells us of the tall Aonikenk or Tehuelches aboriginal people who were nomad and terrestrial hunters. It is said that their high stature and pronounced plantar footprint gave origin to the name Patagonia. On departing Punta Arenas this evening, the ship will sail the Cockburn Channel, the Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley. Make sure you are on deck as the scenery is quite dramatic! (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included Shore Excursion – Following the Traces of the Seafarers

Day 12

USHUAIA, SOUTHERNMOST TOWN IN THE WORLD

Ushuaia is unlike any place you have ever visited. Surrounded on three sides by majestic mountain peaks, the mysterious Beagle Channel closes in on the fourth. Lying just outside of town, the Tierra del Fuego National Park remains a vast land of discovery and unimaginable beauty.(B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included Shore Excursion – Tierra del Fuego National Park

Day 13

CRUISING THE VERY SCENIC CAPE HORN

Cape Horn Island is named after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. It is widely considered to be the most southerly point of South America and marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage; for centuries, it has been regarded as a major milestone by which sailing ships carrying trade goods around the world marked their passage. Cape Horn was noted as the halfway point from England to Australia during the 19th century clipper route.
The number of ships rounding Cape Horn from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean dropped greatly when the Panama Canal opened in 1914. Sailing around the Horn is widely regarded as one of the major challenges in yachting, and important yacht races, including Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race or OSTAR continue to sail this route, sometimes as part of a circumnavigation of the globe.
The Cape Horn Archipelago hosts the world's southernmost forested ecosystem and protects five percent of the world's bryophyte diversity. It is protected by the 49,000 km Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, which comprises marine areas, islands, fjords, channels, forests, and moorland. 
(B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Day 14

CANAL SARMIENTO

Be on deck today to admire the rugged beauty of this scenic Channel. Sandwiched between snow- capped mountains, this Tierra del Fuego waterway is surrounded by the natural parkland of Torres del Paine. While the steep mountain slopes on either side certainly look forbidding and rough, the geologic record shows that millions of years ago, this area was once lush with forests and reptilian creatures. On land, the Petrified Forest attests to this theory, and the prehistoric art (that occurred much later on a comparative timeline) demonstrates that it was once a hospitable place to live. Today, only the heartiest of hikers climb the crags and creaks of mighty Mount Sarmiento. The west side of the Sarmiento Canal is flanked by Madre de Dios Island, with towering limestone peaks that fall precipitously into the channel. The east side is interspersed with islands and eventually meets the Chilean mainland. Stunning Amalia Glacier is a marvelous splash of blue and white in a country that ancient explorers described as ‘where the soil is swampy, cold, and unfit for cultivation, and whose climate is thoroughly cheerless.’ Oh, if they had only looked around to see that penguins, seabirds and mighty whales find it all quite agreeable. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Day 15

CRUISING THE SCENIC CHILEAN FJORDS AND PACIFIC OCEAN

Beautiful enough to beguile even Darwin, seasoned explorer and theorist, the Chilean Fjords provide a jaw-dropping range of scenery, glaciers, mountains and islands, punctuated by the occasional town languishing on a remote bay. (B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Day 16

PUERTO MONTT, CHILE

This charismatic town, in the style of its Bavarian settlers, features homes with steeply pitched roofs and elaborate balconies. Our adventure takes us to Petrohue Waterfalls and the "City of Roses", Puerto Varas.(B,L,D)  
Overnight Holland America MS Zaandam

Included Shore Excursion – Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas & Petrohue 

Day 17

DAY AT SEA


Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising the Pacific Ocean. (B,L,D)
Overnight, Holland America MS Zaandam
Day 18

VALPARAISO AND SANTIAGO, CHILE WITH LUNCH AND WINE TASTING

On arrival in San Antonio this morning, our local guide greets us and we board our private coach for the beautiful city of Valparaiso. Experience the highlights of this coastal city including the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean as we ride the cable car to the ‘21 de Mayo’ promenade and lookout. We continue to Viña del Mar where the sea blends perfectly with beautiful gardens and shady streets in this jewel of the Pacific.
We continue to a private winery for a tour of the vineyard and a delicious lunch filled with local delicacies and wines. These vines have long hosted some of the world’s finest wines. After lunch enjoy a scenic drive to Santiago where we check in to our hotel. This evening is at your leisure to provide you with the ultimate free time to do as much, or as little as you please. 
(B,L,D)  
Overnight, Renaissance Santiago, Santiago

Day 19

SANTIAGO'S OLD QUARTER, FAREWELL DINNER AND FLIGHTS HOME

Enjoy a morning of leisure before exploring the old quarter of Santiago. This breathtaking city is a focal point of Latin American commerce. It is clean, modern and sits in a basin between the Coast Range to the west and the Andes to the east. Enjoy the many city highlights including a ride on the funicular to San Cristobal hill and time among the local artisans at the Los Dominicos markets. Our farewell dinner toasts a lovely journey before our overnight flights home. (B,D)  
Overnight, Renaissance Santiago, Santiago

Day 20

HOME

You arrive in North America this morning. Our friendly staff are on hand at Toronto Pearson Airport to greet you and assist you to your private car home.

Meals Legend: B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner

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Journey Highlights





Buenos Aires

Visit the heart of this vibrant city with the May Square, the Cabildo, and the colourful wood houses of La Boca. Then experience the Recoleta neighbourhood with its wide avenues, parks and French style homes. Visit the Recoleta Cemetary where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried. In Palermo, we discover the magnificent Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) and admire the luxurious French-styled mansions.

Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas & Petrohue

Passing through the centre of the city with its typical square and the cathedral known as the region's oldest building, we stop at an observation point for a beautiful view of the city, Tenglo Island and the Tenglo Channel. Leaving Puerto Montt, we drive along the edge of the shores of Lago Llanquihue, Chile’s second largest lake head towards Puerto Varas, the City of Roses. Reflections of the eternally snow-covered volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco are mirrored in the clear waters of the lake. The costanera (coastal road) leads to Puerto Varas' main square with its gardens and historical monument. Travel north to Petrohue Waterfalls and the famous vacation retreat area. The impressive coned peak of the Osorno volcano rises out of the landscape to greet you. Enjoy the bewildering volcanic rock waterfall.

Bluff Cove Lagoon Penguin Safari

Stroll through the penguin colony, which features a scenic lagoon and a white, sandy beach that is occasionally patrolled by sea lions. Along the beach you can see over 1,000 pairs of nesting Gentoo Penguins, Magellanic and Jackass penguins and a small breeding colony of King Penguins. Upland geese, ruddy-headed geese, Magellanic oystercatchers, Falkland’s flightless steamer ducks and other birds make their homes close by. Diddle-dee (a local plant) grows in abundance and is favoured by the locals and made into jam for the "cream teas" served at the beachside Sea Cabbage Café. During your visit, pop in for a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate or some home baked treats including scones and the Diddle-dee jam. Enjoy the warmth of the Peat Stove while listening to live music.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is huge at 63,000 hectares and offers glorious mountain chains, rivers, hard wood forests, acid peat bogs and rocky sea coast. The combination of very different landscapes in a relatively small area is quite unique. A paradise for bird watchers, it is the home of Condors, Rayaditos, giant Black Carpenter birds, Southern Parrots, Thrushes, Fishing Martins, Flightless Steamer duck and forest birds. Huge beaver dams cut the small rivers and let the waters rise into lakes which house a large variety of peat bog plants and tender orchids.

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