Sail the Southern Hemisphere from the tropic realm to awe-inspiring Antarctica, exploring a dazzling variety of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Trace the Andes southward, viewing monuments of civilizations past, cities of colonial grandeur, snow-capped volcanoes and towering granite peaks. Cruise glaciers, massive icebergs and fjords rivaling those found anywhere else in the world, scanning the pack ice and land's edge for penguins, and other dazzling wildlife. Thread forests on the world’s largest river and stand on the last wild continent on earth – all are here for you to explore in perfect elegance and ease.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Buenos Aires-Valparaiso: Nov 20 (2013), Jan 4 (2014)
Valparaiso-Buenos Aires: Jan 25 (2014)
Enjoy a private airport (International) transfer with professional driver and English speaking Guide.
Hotel Madero is placed in the wistful and scenic Puerto Madero area, and is a beautiful hotel to stay in while getting to know the fiery city of Buenos Aires. The 197 rooms offer a vast space in which one can relax and unwind, with great views. The culinary skills of the French chef at Madero's Red Resto & Lounge, are showcased via French specialties fused with international. Spend time at the bars, sipping on cocktails, or drop by the pool for a refreshing swim.
The recently discovered ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a private half day city tour including a visit of the ancient passages and get to know Buenos Aires from the ground up. After meeting your private guide (with driver and private vehicle) at the hotel, you’ll visit the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s founding site and genuine starting point of Buenos Aires’ urban development. Next is San Telmo, a former enclave for local aristocracy. This charming colonial district, with its cobbled streets, has many artists' studios and is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. In San Telmo lies a recently unearthed treasure: the ancient subterranean tunnels. The construction of tunnels started in the colonial era, and continued well into the 19th century. From ancient times, many myths have been created around the tunnels: people said they witnessed secret encounters, disappearances, murders or even political conspiracies.Enjoy visiting one of these tunnels, a part of a 3,000 square meter labyrinth below the streets of San Telmo, made up of a long corridor with vaulted ceilings and display cabinets exhibiting many items and utensils recovered during the excavation. Other areas that are included in your tour include La Boca, (which was strongly shaped by the working class Italian immigrants, with its make shift houses made from scrap materials found in local shipyards), Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires’ latest and most sophisticated neighborhood, and La Recoleta, where a short stop is made at the gorgeous Plaza San Martín, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, (the city’s second oldest church), and the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, an imposing labyrinth of ornate graves and mausoleums where some of the most important characters of Argentina’s political and cultural life (including Eva Peron) are buried. The last stop on the tour is at the area known as Palermo Woods. Next to the woods lie the splendid palaces built by the wealthy classes in the early 20th century to rival with Paris. After having gained deep insight in this culturally rich city, you will return to our hotel.
Enjoy a private pier transfer with vehicle, English speaking guide and professional driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail this afternoon.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Seabourn Quest is the third iteration of the vessel design that has been called "a game-changer for the luxury segment." True to her Seabourn bloodlines, wherever she sails around the world, Seabourn Quest carries with her a bevy of award-winning dining venues that are comparable to the finest restaurants to be found anywhere. Seabourn Quest offers a variety of dining options to suit every taste and every mood, with never an extra charge. Menus reflect an insistence on fresh, high-quality ingredients, masterful preparation and appealing presentations. In a signature Seabourn salute to comfort and luxury, the all-suite vessel features accommodations ranging from 295 square feet to a massive 1,352 square feet. Onboard facilities include a spa, casino, club, pool, whirlpools, and more.
Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. The city dates back to its settlement in 1726. Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life", it is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay. The architecture of Montevideo reflects its history, ranging from colonial to Art Deco, and influenced by Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and British immigrants.
Full day at sea.
Port Stanley is the only town on the Falkland Islands, and though it has little more than 1,200 residents, it contains half of the islands' population. On the other hand there are 700,000 sheep, and a wonderful assortment of sea birds and elephant seals. Though subject to the British Queen, Argentinean claims to the "Islas Malvinas" caused war in 1982.
From hundreds of possible landing sites, your experienced expedition team will select those that will provide you with the best experiences available, based on real-time reports of wildlife, weather and ice conditions.
The world's southernmost city, Ushuaia overlooks Beagle Channel, named after the ship that took Charles Darwin to the bottom of the world. Founded just over one hundred years ago, this rustic town is situated amidst incredible snowcapped mountains, dramatic waterfalls, massive glaciers, and a forest known for its red foliage. Tierra del Fuego, the "Land of Fire," twelve miles to the west of Ushuaia, is known for its glacial landscape and its national park, which is a bird-watcher's paradise.
Full day at sea, cruising the Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley.
Puntarenas is the capital and largest city in the province Puntarenas, Costa Rica, at the Pacific coast. The eponymous and oddly shaped province has its largest section in the South, far from the capital. Some 100,000 live in the city and close towns. With beaches on the Pacific Ocean, it also attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It is also a possible stopover point for the touristy Monteverde, further inland. Its port, Caldera, is one of the main ports in the country. Also, regularly scheduled ferries carry vehicles from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula
Full day at sea, with scenic cruising of the Canal Sarmiento, and the Amalia Glacier.
Full day at sea, spent cruising the Chilean Fjords.
Chiloé Island, also known as Greater Island of Chiloé (Isla Grande de Chiloé), is the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located in southern Chile, in the Los Lagos Region. The northwestern of Chiloé Island has a great diversity of marine fauna, including blue whale, sei whale, Chilean dolphins and Peale's dolphins; sea lions, marine otters, and Magellanic penguin and Humboldt penguins.
Puerto Montt is a port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Lakes District. The city's economy is now based upon agriculture, forestry, fishing, and salmon aquaculture in the surrounding islands and fjords. It is the fastest-growing city in southern Chile, mainly because of the explosive growth of salmon culture. Puerto Montt is also the gateway to Chiloé Island and the many other smaller islands in Chile's inland sea. Puerto Montt has one airport, El Tepual, where three airlines have regular flights from Santiago, Punta Arenas, Balmaceda, Concepción, Temuco, and Bariloche (Argentina).
Full day at sea, en route to Valparaiso.
Disembark from the ship this morning, and bid farwell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from your hotel in Valparaiso to Santiago.
Enjoy a private half day panoramic city tour with your own private vehicle, professional driver and English speaking Guide taking in the main avenues of the city’s civic center as well as the main sites of interest. Visit La Moneda Palace, the current seat of the government formerly the home of Chilean presidents until 1958. Then continue along the streets of the downtown area to the Main Square surrounded by the Cathedral Metropolitana of the XVIII century, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Visit the Forestal Park passing in front of the Fine Arts Museum towards Bellavista, the bohemian quarter of Santiago. Continue to San Cristóbal Hill, a beautiful public park dominated by the monumental sculpture of Virgin Mary (36 meter high). From this site, enjoy a panoramic view of the city before continuing toward the modern residential neighborhoods of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Las Condes, and Vitacura. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel allowing you some time for some independent exploring or some relaxation time at your hotel. San Cristobal hill fee included.
The Sheraton Santiago Hotel is situated in proximity to the most famous sights and attractions of Santiago. The 379 guest rooms are designed to showcase views of the beautiful surroundings. Rooms are also equipped with a 32" plasma TV and high speed Internet access. Dine at any of the hotel's restaurants and snack stops. El Cid restaurant serves refined dishes in a sophisticated environment, on a wooden deck with a refreshing view of the pool and gardens. Otherwise, try light meals and Chilean creations at El Jardin Coffee Shop. Spend time at the Neptuno Pool & Fitness center at the hotel, where a range of activities are available, including steam and sauna baths, pool, and beauty parlors.
9:00 - Travel out of Santiago into the Casablanca Valley, the youngest Chilean viticulture area which boasts the perfect trilogy: climate, soil and vines. Drive through the valley, with a stop at Casas del Bosque, a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to produce high quality wines. Here you will have the chance to choose 2 wines “Reserva” and 1 “Grand Reserve wine”. Continue to Matetic Vineyards located in the San Antonio Valley. The visit begins in the winery, where you will be cordially received by a bilingual guide who will brief about the process of organic and biodynamic agriculture, key concepts in the making of wines. While enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards, visitors will be taken through the entire process of winemaking and organic agriculture. The tour will end with a wine tasting in the underground tasting room where wines and accessories can be purchased.
Optional: Lunch at the restaurant Equilibrio of Matetic winery (not included)
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
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