Cruising around South America


It’s been a while since I posted… I’ve been travelling round South America after our cruise in Patagonia and it was a fantastic trip – thoroughly enjoyed Buenos Aires (my third visit) and Machu Picchu (second visit – and even better than the first). You can read all about it on my colleague’s tango blog.

There is so much to explore in South America that we plan to go again soon. We joined a couple of fellow tango dancers in Buenos Aires who had just got off a cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Or you can go the other way if you like …. There are a number of ships that do this trip each year, so there is plenty to choose from.

Holland America’s Veendam 21 Night South America Fly/Cruise/Tour Package starts at $6,399 from Sydney.
Departs 10 November 2010
Price includes flights, accommodation, 2-day tour of Iguassu Falls and 12 night cruise. This cruise departs from Buenos Aires – so tango lovers may prefer us to organize a package for them in Buenos Aires so they can enjoy tango before taking their cruise.
This itinerary takes in Montevideo, the Falkland Islands,two days of scenic cruising in the awesome Romanche and Alemania glaciers, Punta Arenas and the Chilean Fjords. You will call at Puerto Montt, the gateway to Chile’s beautiful Lake District before arriving at Valparaiso (the port for Santiago) , a World Heritage city with unique architecture and famous cable cars.
Fjords, Incas & Andes 21 night package
Includes a post cruise extension to Peru featuring Machu Picchu. This trip begins with a flight from Sydney leaving November 13 and flying to Buenos Aires for 2 days before departing for Iguassu Falls. You then fly back to Buenos Aires to board the Veendam for the cruise round Cape Horn to Santiago.
Festive Tango & Ice 23-night package
includes Christmas and New Year onboard.

Or you might prefer
Silversea’s Silver Whisper Santiago to Buenos Aires 16 day cruise.(The photo is Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbour

Santiago (Valparaiso) Chile to Buenos Aires – 16 days. Departing
3 December 2010 – coming the other way on 19 December.
4 January 2011 – leaving Buenos Aires on 20 January
20 January 2011 sailing back to Buenos Aires – then on 5 February she sails up to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Silver Whisper is a 5-star ship (according to the Berlitz Guide) and is part of the Silversea fleet. Fares are all-inclusive (and I love selling these to clients because they know there are no hidden extras) and passengers are typically discerning, well-travelled people who enjoy excellent food and European-style service.

Silver Whisper’s itinerary boarding in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1 Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 2 Punta del Este, Uruguay
Day 3 Day At Sea
Day 4 Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day 5 Day At Sea
Day 6 Stanley, Falkland Islands (called Las Malvinas by Argentina)
Day 7 Chilean Fjords/Magellan Strait
Day 8 Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 9 Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 10 Cruising The Chilean Fjords
Day 11 Cruising The Chilean Fjords
Day 12 Laguna San Rafael, Chile
Day 13 Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Day 14 Puerto Montt, Chile
Day 15 Day At Sea
Day 16 Santiago (Valparaíso)

If cruising to or around South America appeals to you – we can find the package to suit. Send us an email – martin@travelchoice.com.au and let us know what you would like to do.