SOUTH AMERICA, INCA, PANAMA CANAL DISCOVERY CRUISE, & BUENOS AIRES
Embark on an extended dream voyage, on a South American cruise for 31 nights and taste zesty cuisine like nowhere else in the world! See exotic and vibrant wildlife that will captivate you. South America offers a myriad of activities and landscapes. Begin in Buenos Aires the country’s beautiful capital where the famous Tango dance was born and discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a gaucho party at Estancia Santa Susana ranch. Then embark on a spectacular South America, Inca & Panama Canal cruise onboard Holland America’s MS Zaandam sailing from Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale and calling upon Montevideo, Port Stanley, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt, Santiago, Lima, Manta, Panama Canal, Aruba and the Bahamas! This cruise & tour offers the perfect introduction to South America with a blend of culture, history, indulgence and natural beauty.
Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Port Stanley | Strait of Magellan | Punta Arenas | Ushuaia | Canal Sarmiento | Chilean Fjords | Puerto Montt | San Antonio (Santiago) | Coquinbo (La Serena) | Callao (Lima) | Salaverry (Trujillo) | Manta | Fuerte Amador | Oranjestad | Half Moon Cay | Fort Lauderdale
• *Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass†
• Airport transfers in country
• Buenos Aires: two nights at the Melia Buenos Aires with breakfast
• Three excursions: Tango and dinner show; full-day tour to Gaucho ranch with lunch and wine; and half-day city tour
• Holland America Cruise: 31-night South America sailing onboard MS Zaandam with meals**
• Onboard entertainment includes: America’s Test Kitchen, O The Oprah Magazine and Explorations Central
• All transfers and gratuities^^
• Merit Travel tour host^
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Day 1 Mar. 4, 2020 | TORONTO – BUENOS AIRES
Board overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Air Canada flight AC92 departs Toronto at 10:00 p.m. Arrives Buenos Aires at 2:30 p.m. (following day).
Day 2 Mar. 5, 2020 | BUENOS AIRES (D)
Upon arrival, your local representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
In the evening enjoy a Dinner and Tango Show at Porteño. Travel back in time to the glory days of Buenos Aires’s tango scene at a fantastic Porteño dinner show. Enjoy the superb tango dances and music in a 1940s setting at the Porteño Theater, where Maurice Chevalier made his tango debut. As you watch the stunning show, dine on a sumptuous menu that includes traditional Argentine and international cuisine.
Accommodation: Melia Buenos Aires (two nights)
Day 3 Mar. 6, 2020 | BUENOS AIRES (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel.
Included – full-day Gaucho tour with lunch at Santa Susana Ranch:
Escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires with a full-day fiesta at the Estancia Santa Susana gaucho ranch. Discover the traditional way of life in the Argentine countryside with a horseback ride, ranch tour, and an impressive horseman show by the gallant gauchos. In the late 19th century, Irish descendant Francisco Kelly named this land Santa Susana after his wife Susana Caffrey. In Campana county, near the town of Cardales, this 1200-hectare ranch (including a chapel and a museum) is mostly dedicated to rural activities but has also been open to tourism for the last 25 years. It also hosts the most stunning gaucho skills show, such as the sortija horse racing and your tour includes carriage and horse riding to fully experience the Argentine countryside charm , a homemade meal paired with wine and a folk music and dance show.
Day 4 Mar. 7, 2020 | BUENOS AIRES - EMBARKATION (B, D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Included – half-day city tour of Buenos Aires:
Today enjoy a city tour and visit the outstanding building of the National Congress, the ancient Council, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Capitol (better known as “Pink House”) all these buildings surround the “Mayo Square”. The tour also includes the magnificent areas of Recoleta and Palermo, with their beautiful parks and buildings, the Colon Theatre one of the five most important Opera theatres of the world, and other buildings and palaces of architectural, historical and cultural value. We will visit the San Telmo area, one of the most antique districts of the city, as well as the Boca district, with its “caminito”– a picturesque pedestrian street, where you will find its colourful metal sheet tenements. Your tour will end at the pier where you will board your 31-night South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery cruise.
Enjoy dinner onboard the cruise.
Day 5 Mar. 8, 2020 | BUENOS AIRES (B, L, D)
Day 6 Mar. 9, 2020 | MONTEVIDEO (B, L, D)
Arrives 8:00a.m. Departs 6:00p.m.
Days 7 - 8 Mar. 10 - 11, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Day 9 Mar. 12, 2020 | PORT STANLEY, FALK ISLANDS (B, L, D)
Arrives 8:00 a.m. Departs 6:00 p.m
Day 10 Mar. 13, 2020 | STRAIT OF MAGELLAN (B, L, D)
Day 11 Mar. 14, 2020 | PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE (B, L, D)
Arrives 6:00 a.m. Departs 6:00 p.m.
Cockburn Channel and Beagle Channel (cruising only)
Daylight cruising Glacier Alley
Day 12 Mar. 15, 2020 | USHUAIA, ARGENTINA (B, L, D)
Arrives 12:00 p.m. Departs 8:00 p.m.
Day 13 Mar. 16, 2020 | SCENIC CRUISING CAPE HORN (B, L, D)
Arrives 5:00 a.m. Departs 7:00 p.m.
Day 14 Mar. 17, 2020 | CANAL SARMIENTO (B, L, D)
Day 15 Mar. 18, 2020 | CHILEAN FJORDS (B, L, D)
Day 16 Mar. 19, 2020 | PUERTO MONTT, CHILE (B, L, D)
Arrives 9:00 p.m. Departs 5:00 p.m.
Day 17 Mar. 20, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Day 18 Mar. 21, 2020 | SAN ANTONIO (SANTIAGO), CHILE
(B, L, D)
Departs 7:00 a.m. Departs 5:00 p.m.
Day 19 Mar. 22, 2020 | COQUINBO (LA SERENA), CHILE (B, L, D)
Arrives 7:00 a.m. Departs 4:00 p.m.
Days 20 -21 Mar. 23 – 24, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Days 22 -23 Mar. 25 – 26, 2020 | CALLAO (LIMA), PERU (B, L, D)
Arrives 6:00 a.m. Departs 5:00 p.m.
Day 24 Mar. 27, 2020 | SALAVERRY (TRUJILLO), PERU (B, L, D)
Arrives 10:00 a.m. Departs 6:00 p.m.
Day 25 Mar. 28, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Day 26 Mar. 29, 2020 | MANTA, ECUADOR (B, L, D)
Arrives 8:00 a.m. Departs 5:00 p.m.
Day 27 Mar. 30, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Days 28 -29 Mar. 31 – Apr. 1, 2020 | FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA
(B, L, D)
Arrives 7:00 a.m. Departs 4:00 a.m.
At 5:00 a.m. enter Panama Canal, Balboa
Cruising Panama Canal
Exit Panama Canal, Cristobal at 7:00 p.m.
Day 30 Apr. 2, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Day 31 Apr. 3, 2020 | ORANJESTAD, ARUBA (B, L, D)
Arrives 8:00 a.m. Departs 11:00p.m.
Days 32 -33 Apr. 4 – Apr. 5, 2020 | AT SEA (B, L, D)
Day 34 Apr. 6, 2020 | HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS (B, L, D)
Arrives 8:00 a.m. Departs 4:00 p.m.
Day 35 Apr. 7, 2020 | DEPART FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – TORONTO (B)
Ship arrives at 7:00 a.m. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight home. Air Canada flight AC1627 Departs Fort Lauderdale at 2:55 p.m. Arrives Toronto at 6:04 p.m.
*CDN$ pp. dbl. occ taxes and port fees included. Professional fee of $65 plus HST per booking is not included. Based on an interior stateroom Cat. L or similar. Single Supplement: $3600. Upgrade to outside stateroom Cat. FF or similar: $550. Upgrade to outside stateroom Cat. EE or similar: $645. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom Cat. BB or similar: $5100. Airfare available from most Canadian airports please enquire. *Plaza Premium airport lounge pass offered from Toronto airport only. **Gratuities are all included and prepaid onboard cruise. ***Minimum 15 participants required for a Merit Travel tour host.
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