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Featuring Sunrise Tours exclusive enhancements - local guided experiences in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina before and after your cruise
Day 1: Overnight Flight (D, B in flight)
Day 2: Santiago, Chile Arrive in Santiago, the capital and largest city in Chile, for an introduction to this thriving metropolis fortuitously located between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. February is summer in Santiago, with highs in the mid-80s and overnight lows in the mid-50s. Enjoy a local guided tour of historic sites including the Plaza de Armas (main square dating to 1541), Barrio Lastarrio, San Cristóbal Hill, La Moneda Palace and an urban park, Parque Forestal. Check into the Courtyard by Marriot-Las Condes located just outside the city center in an area referred to as “Sanhattan” because of its importance as a hub of Santiago’s business community. D
Day 3: Cajón del Maipo See a different side of Chile on an excursion to Cajón del Maipo, a valley outside Santiago that leads into the heart of the Andes. See the Laguna de la Engorda, a spectacular glacier fed lake, and countless views of the spectacular Andes Mountains. Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wine in the world. Visit a family run winery for a tour and tasting before returning to Santiago. B, L
Day 4: San Antonio Travel to the coastal town of San Antonio to a protected wetland, Santuario de la Naturaleza Río Maipo, for a guided walk on the beach and mini bird watching tour. Embark on Holland America’s MS Westerdam for your South American adventure. B [Notes: Beginning with lunch today, all meals included aboard ship. Some activities described below will require purchase of optional shore excursions]
Day 5: At sea
Day 6: Puerto Montt, Chile From a stroll around Puerto Varas overlooking Lake Llanquihue, one of Chile’s largest lakes, to a meal in the fishing village of Angelmó of the practically still-snapping catch of the day, washed down with a traditional German-style white wine, Puerto Montt is a fascinating introduction to southern Chile and the people who make their home in one of the world's most photogenic landscapes. 8AM-5PM
Day 7: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile Explore this small village at the head of the *Aisén Fjord on your own or don comfortable walking shoes for a walk in the Simpson River Reserve. There are many ways to explore this area known as the gateway to Chilean Patagonia. 11AM-7PM
Day 8: At sea (Chilean Fjords) This spectacular stretch of coastline starts near the Reloncaví Estuary (roughly halfway down the long spine of Chile) and extends south to the very end of the continent, at Tierra del Fuego, about 930 miles.
Day 9: At sea (Sarmiento Channel) Named for the Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa who first navigated it between 1579 and 1580, cruise the inlet with the Chilean mainland to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi to the west.
Day 10: Punta Arenas (and cruising Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel) Before the Panama Canal, there was the Strait of Magellan. This channel linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans cuts between the mainland tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego Island. It was the passage of choice for seafaring transport between these two oceans until the Panama Canal shortened the distance by thousands of miles in 1914. Located in South America's Southern Cone formed by Chile and neighboring Argentina, a visit to Punta Arenas may include a visit to La Cruz Hill for spectacular views of the Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego or an excursion to the Magdalena Penguin Reserve. Running through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Beagle Channel is a scenic and calm passage named after a charting voyage by the HMS Beagle—the ship that later became famous for carrying English naturalist Charles Darwin on his five-year journey of discovery. 6AM-6PM
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina (and daylight cruising Glacier Alley) Besides the spectacular glacial fjords, a visit to Glacier Alley comes with opportunities to see penguin rookeries, humpback whales and seals. Positioned at the southernmost tip of Argentina, this memorable port town is cradled between the towering Martial Mountains. Ushuaia is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego region, which is best described as a spectacular collection of superlative natural wonders. Take a vintage railcar journey to Tierra del Fuego National Park, board a catamaran for a cruise around Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island) or stroll the 1884 town which has beckoned everyone from missionaries to gold prospectors. 12PM-8PM
Day 12: At sea (cruising Cape Horn) It may be the most notorious ocean passage in the world, and for centuries it evoked dread in the hearts of sailors. But those who survived a trip around Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and Pacific slosh violently into each other, had bragging rights for life.
Day 13: Stanley, Falkland Islands Stanley, the southernmost capital in the world, is the seat of The Falklands, first claimed by the English in 1765. Over the centuries the Crown has had to abandon, reclaim and defend these far-flung islands from invading nations—including an Argentine foray in 1982. During the early years of their colonization, the Falklands were used as a base for ships hunting sperm whales for oil, followed by those hunting seals for fur. 8AM-6PM
Days 14 and 15: At sea
Day 16: Montevideo, Uruguay Of all the cities of Latin America, perhaps none are as approachable as the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo. Residents appreciate a good steak from cattle raised on the pampas or a stroll along the malecón with an ice cream cone in hand. Explore the Old Town on your own or take a short drive to Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest city in Uruguay. 8AM-6PM
Day 17: Buenos Aires, Argentina With your fellow Sunrise travel mates and tour manager, board a comfortable motorcoach for a local guided tour of the sights of Buenos Aires. We will visit the Palermo and Barrio Norte districts, with the expensive houses and classic architecture; old time neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo with its flea markets; Recoleta, including the cemetery to see Eva Peron’s mausoleum; the Plaza de Mayo to take a look at the Cabildo, the Casa Rosada (home of the Executive). This square is where Eva and Juan Peron used to address the crowds during their political rallies, and where the Madres e Plaza de Mayo, relatives of the people who disappeared during the last military government, gathered to claim for their missing. Lunch at a local favorite and exciting Tango Dinner Show are included in this Sunrise Tours custom exploration of Buenos Aires.
Day 18: San Antonio de Areco – Fly home (late evening departure) Disembark and join your fellow Sunrise travelers for an exploration of San Antonio de Areco, the prettiest town in the pampas (Argentine grasslands). Located 70 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, day-tripping porteños (residents of Bueonos Aires), visit for the peaceful atmosphere and picturesque colonial streets. The town dates from the early 18th century and preserves many gaucho and criollo traditions, including the fine silverwork and saddlery of its artisans. Visit the Museo y Taller de Platería Draghi, a small museum containing an exceptional collection of 19th-century silver facones (gaucho knives), beautiful horse gear and intricate mate paraphernalia, attached to the silversmith workshop of the locally renowned Draghi family. A guided tour and included lunch at a local favorite are included before heading to the airport. B, L, D (in flight)