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Best of South America - 25 Days

25 days from $11,995 per person share twin
In an Inside Cabin
Economy Class flights included
Departs 27 October 2020

Sale Period

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25 days from
$11,995
per person share twin
In an Inside CabinEconomy Class flights included Departs 27 October 2020

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Best of South America - 25 Days

South America offers a boundless variety of experiences to those fortunate enough to explore its shores. The moment you first step foot on the continent, you'll be surrounded by places and people steeped in culture and history. Discover remarkable natural beauty in the fjords of Chile or the electric intensity of Argentina's traditional dance, the tango. From Chile's capital and largest city, Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, at every port, entrancing South America is sure to delight.


Deal Includes
Return economy class flights from Auckland 
 Airline and airport taxes 
 3 night hotel stay Santiago with local guided sightseeing tour 
 14 night cruise San Antonio to Buenos Aires onboard MS Westerdam 
 Cruise port taxes
 4 night stay Buenos Aires including local guided sightseeing tour
 2 night stay Puerto Iguazu including local guided sightseeing
 Accommodation in 4-5 star hotels including porterage 
 Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
 Transfers, sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
 Gratuities on included services 
 An experienced House of Travel Host

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Inside Cabin (Cat K)
From $11,995 per person share twin
From $15,430 per single traveller

Oceanview Cabin (Cat E)
From $12,395 per person share twin
From $16,180 per single traveller

Oceanview Cabin (Cat C)
From $12,595 per person share twin
From $16,540 per single traveller

Verandah Cabin (Cat VD)
From $12,995 per person share twin
From $18,095 per single traveller

Verandah Cabin (Cat VA)
From $13,225 per person share twin
From $18,445 per single traveller


Cruise Itinerary

Date  Location
Tue 27 Oct Depart Auckland
  Meet your host and fellow travellers for the flight to Santiago. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure before meeting up with your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (D)
Wed 28 Oct Santiago
  Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city starting at the Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core and home to two neoclassical landmarks: the 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum and the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral. You’ll see the old and stately neighbourhoods of the moneyed immigrants, mainly Europeans. A highlight will be the magnificent panoramic view from one of the hills surrounding the city. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. (B)
Thu 29 Oct Santiago – Santa Rita Winery 
  This morning we travel toward the Maipo Valley and Santa Rita vineyard. Founded in 1880, the winery is surrounded by a unique environment where wine-making tradition, Chilean history, culture and gastronomy are blended together. Enjoy a tour of the winery, including wine tasting, followed by a lunch in the excellent restaurant Doña Paula, located in the vineyards colonial mansion. (B,L)
Fri 30 Oct Embark MS Westerdam
  Time at leisure before transferring to the port of San Antonio to board Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam. Join fellow travellers for dinner as we set sail on this spectacular cruise. (B,D)
Sat 31 Oct Day at Sea
  Enjoy the enriching activities, world-class entertainment and delicious dining options onboard as we set sail to southern Chile. (B,L,D)
Sun 01 Nov Puerto Montt, Chile 
  Puerto Montt is often called the gateway to the country’s glacial lakes, volcanic landscapes and surrounding national parks. The port is also home to an over 100-year-old German settlement as well as to indigenous communities of Mapuche people. You’ll be treated to a fascinating look into Chile’s diverse cultures and offers a taste of the country’s stunning scenery. (B,L,D)
Mon 02 Nov Puerto Chacabuco, Chile 
  The tiny town of Puerto Chacabuco with just over 1000 residents, sits at the head of the Aisén Fjord. This port is the gateway to some of the most beautiful sights in this part of Chilean Patagonia. You may choose to travel a short distance to the provincial capital, Coihaique or Port Aisén, straddling the Aisén River. In both, you’ll find options to shop for handicrafts or enjoy excellent local restaurants. To experience the natural beauty of the region, head to the Rio Simpson National Reserve for stunning vistas, pristine waterfalls and crystal-clear canyon rivers. (B,L,D)
Tue 03 Nov Cruising Chilean Fjords
  The west coast of Chile is sliced by dramatic inlets or fjords lined with rugged mountains and glacier-covered valleys. This spectacular stretch of coastline starts near the Reloncavi Estuary (roughly half way down the spine of Chile) and extends south to the very end of the continent at Tierra del Fuego, some 1500 kilometres as the crow flies. Travel here however is never in a straight line with ships following meandering paths along the many fjords and channels. You’ll gasp in wonder at the stunning scenery of this windswept and dramatic landscape. (B,L,D)
Wed 04 Nov Scenic cruising Sarmiento Channel
  The Sarmiento Channel is a protected inside passage that begins at the Guia Narrows on the north end and runs south-to-southeast for approximately 100 kilometres and finishing at the southern edge of Victoria Pass where it joins the Smyth Channel. The Chilean mainland lies to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi flank the channel to the west. As elsewhere in the Chilean fjord region, the ragged coastline is cut with inlets set among snow-covered mountain ranges. In many places, massive glaciers run down to the sea. All kinds of marine animals, including Magellanic penguins, southern elephant seals, dolphins and orcas, can be seen along these shores. (B,L,D)
Thu 05 Nov Strait of Magellan – Punta Arenas, Chile
  This windblown city near Chile’s southernmost tip sits on the Strait of Magellan, which itself is positioned squarely between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Whether you choose to explore at tour own pace or participate in a cruise line excursion, be sure to wear warm, layered clothing. We recommend the outer layer be waterproof and windproof. This evening, your cruise enters the navigable Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern end of Chile. (B,L,D)
Fri 06 Nov Daylight cruising Glacier Alley – Ushuaia, Argentina 
  Wake up to the spectacular sight of the beautiful and dramatic shaped mountains of the Chilean fjords, formed many thousands of years ago during periods of glacial movement. The southern Patagonian Ice Field is the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside the Polar region. Later, we arrive at the city at the end of the world, Ushuaia, situated at the southernmost tip of Argentina. (B,L,D)
Sat 07 Nov Scenic Cruising Cape Horn
  Cape Horn is a priceless experience, with landscapes covered in green and sky-blue like no other place on earth. Its craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, with a rugged beauty that creates a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. (B,L,D)
Sun 08 Nov Stanley, Falkland Islands – Islas Malvinas 
  Stanley is the capital and main shopping centre on the islands. Attractions include the Falkland Islands Museum, Government House – built in 1845 and home to the Governor of the Falkland Islands, a golf course, as well as a whale-bone arch by the cathedral, totem pole, several war memorials and the shipwrecks in its harbour. (B,L,D)
Mon 09 Nov Day at Sea
  Enjoy the many facilities on your ship as we travel north. (B,L,D)
Tue 10 Nov Day at Sea
  Your last day at sea as you continue north to the next port of call. (B,L,D)
Wed 11 Nov Montevideo, Uruguay
  Montevideo, the capital and largest city in Uruguay, is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching 20 kilometres from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco near the airport. In the historic downtown business district, art deco and neoclassical buildings jostle for space alongside worn-out skyscrapers, while to the southeast the shopping malls and modern high-rises of beach communities are the norm. Be sure to visit the historic Plaza Matriz, now a pretty mellow place with a daily flea market selling vintage wares like silver décor, gaucho knives, traditional prints, colourful paintings and glittering gemstones. (B,L,D)
Thu 12 Nov Buenos Aires
  Your ship docks in Buenos Aires this morning, reputedly one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. You have the option of one of the many cruise line excursions or explore on your own. Overnight on the ship. (B,L,D)
Fri 13 Nov Buenos Aires
  Following breakfast, disembark MS Westerdam to meet a local guide for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city including lunch in a local restaurant. You’ll see the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s foundation site; the Pink House of the Presidential Palace; the Cabildo, the primitive town hall; and the Neoclassical-styled Metropolitan Cathedral, the final home of Argentina’s founding father. In Retiro and Recoleta, learn about the dream of local aristocrats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when they sought to build a small-scale Paris in the heart of the city. Visit Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s barrios, San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods now home to many artists and artisans and La Boca. (B,L)
Sat 14 Nov Buenos Aires – Gaucho Experience 
  This morning, travel to the historical town of San Antonio de Areca, where you’ll walk around the heart of the township. Later, continue on to the exclusive ranch of El Ombu de Areco where you’ll have a chance to explore the 300-hectare property, either on horseback accompanied by seasoned gauchos or on a horse-drawn carriage. Those interested in learning more about some of the thousand species of Argentinian birds will be provided with binoculars and guide books. Enjoy a typical country style BBQ lunch during which you’ll see a folk music performance, followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills. (B,L)
Sun 15 Nov Buenos Aires – Tigre & Delta tour – Tango Show 
  Morning tour north to the city of Tigre, passing the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world. A stop at Puerto de Frutos where you can visit the magnificent local market with its small jetty bordering the Lujan River. On arrival at Tigre, board a panoramic catamaran to enjoy the Paraná Delta. See a labyrinth of islands and islets criss-crossed by rivers and streams, ideal for discovering about life on the islands, flora and fauna. Later this evening, enjoy a memorable live Tango Show with dinner. (B,D)
Mon 16 Nov Buenos Aires – Iguazu
  Late morning transfer to the domestic airport for the short flight to Puerto Iguazu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)
Tue 17 Nov Iguazu Falls – Argentinian side 
  No trip to Argentina is complete without visiting the Iguazu Falls, made up of 275 waterfalls that reach an altitude of nearly 80 metres. Enjoy a full day exploring the Argentinian side of the waterfalls with a local guide. The Lower Circuit trail approximately 1.3 kilometre long allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls. Walk along the trail to get close to the Carlos Bozzetti waterfall where you can take some great photos. From the Upper Circuit, see the top of the falls for a panoramic view of the area, stretching from the Argentinian Falls to San Martin Island and parts of the Brazilian Falls. (B)
Wed 18 Nov Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side – Buenos Aires 
  After breakfast, travel to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. You’ll get a closeup view of Devil’s Throat with 14 falls dropping 107 metres with such force that a 30 metre tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. This area is famous for its rainbow and more great photo opportunities. You can walk thought the park’s subtropical forest at the base of Salto Floriano, then take the elevator to the top of the falls, or walk out over the falls at Salto Union. Later transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. (B)
Thu 19 Nov Depart Buenos Aires
  Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for return flights. Late check-out from the hotel has been arranged before departing the hotel early evening. (B)
Fri 20 Nov Transit Santiago – Arrive Auckland 
  Transit Santiago to connect with homebound flight. Early morning arrival into Auckland.


Departs: Tuesday 27 October 2020
Returns: Friday 20 November 2020



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Terms and Conditions

Pricing:
Pricing is in New Zealand dollars and is correct as at 30 June 2019 and include return economy class airfares from Auckland as specified on each itinerary. Departures from other domestic NZ airports are an additional cost. All package pricing is based on twin share, inside cabin with additional prices for other cabin types as shown on each package. Single requests are subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices may vary due to exchange rates, are indicative only and subject to change until paid in full. Prices shown are for payment by cash, debit card or cheque only. A service fee may apply for credit card transactions.

Not included:
Visas, travel insurance, shore excursions, beverages, optional activities and items of a personal nature.

Deposits and final payments:
A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person is required within 7 days of booking. Final payments are due 120 days prior to departure. Bookings received within 120 days of departure will only be processed on receipt of full payment. Note a full confirmation will not be available until a copy of your passport and deposit payment has been received.
The full name as shown in the passport must match the details provided for your booking.

Amendments:
Any changes to a confirmed booking must be notified in writing. An amendment fee of $250 per change applies, plus any charges passed on by suppliers. Amendments within 120 days of departure are subject to full cancellation fees.

Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellations must be notified in writing and assessed based on the date received.
Cancelled bookings will be charged as follows:-

- More than 120 days prior to departure, loss of deposit

- From 120-90 days before departure 50%

- Less than 90 days before departure 100%

Cancellation charges may also be applied by the airlines, and if any refunds apply, these will be made to you once received from the airline.

Insurance:
It is mandatory for all travellers to be adequately insured for the full duration on the holiday. We strongly recommend that travel insurance is purchased at the time of booking and payment of deposit.

Passports & Visas:
Passports must be valid for 6 months after your scheduled return to New Zealand. It is your responsibility to have a valid passport, together with any visas, re-entry permits and health checks as required to meet the regulations of the countries visited. Your House of Travel consultant can assist in ensuring you meet all government requirements.

Health and Fitness:
Walking tours are an important part of each package and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on sometimes uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs. To ensure the safety and comfort of all travellers, you must advise in writing at the time of booking if you will require medical or professional treatment during the journey or if you will require special care or assistance.

Changes to itinerary:
Unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, may require changes to a package and we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel an itinerary at our discretion. Travel dates and transit points are based on airline schedules available at the time of printing. If airlines change their schedules altering an itinerary, the necessary changes will be made. All cruise lines reserve the right to change ports of call at any time, either before or during the cruise.

Documentation:
Documents will be dispatched via your House of Travel consultant after full payment has been received and at least two weeks prior to departure. 
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