Rio de Janeiro to Lima
With so many astounding South American landscapes, it will be difficult to decide which is more amazing: the views from the Train to the End of the World in Tierra del Fuego National Park or the vistas from Oceania Sirena's decks as she sails amidst the magnificent Chilean Fjords. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and rounding Cape Horn are among the many highlights.
Please note: As shore excursions for this cruise are yet to be confirmed, the following itinerary describes excursions previously offered (shore excursions are at additional cost).
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This afernoon board Oceania Sirena and settle into your cabin.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The day is yours to explore Rio! Options include a scenic cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for its renowned view; ride the cog railway through dense forest to Corcovado; visit the lush botanical gardens, see famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches or take in a thrilling samba show.
Day 3: Buzios, Brazil Considered the St. Tropez of Brazil, Buzios boasts a cosmopolitan style reminiscent of the French Riviera. Sunbathe at one of the twenty beaches, including Azeda Beach with its calm and crystal-clear waters. Horseback riding, fishing, diving and catamaran cruises are also popular. Take a walking tour of the Emerencias Reserve, where you'll find exotic plants, bromeliads and even the last golden lion tamarin monkeys in the region. Nature lovers would enjoy a visit to the Taua Reserve - see more than 300 species of butterflies and 60 types of birds.
Day 4: Ilha Grande, Brazil Enjoy exploring this beautiful island, hiking its trails, kayaking, snorkeling, diving to spectacular sites or simply relaxing on its gorgeous beaches. Savor the dense tropical forest with its diversity of birds, flowers, iguanas, monkeys and myriad wildlife found in this protected reserve.
Day 5: Parati, Brazil Savor this gem of a historic town with its beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, charming narrow streets, imposing fort and exquisite churches. Enjoy a leisurely schooner cruise through this group of lush islands past quaint fishing villages and pristine beaches. Stop at a beach to swim, snorkel or just relax.
Day 6: Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil Journey inland to vibrant Sao Paulo and see its modern skyscrapers and monuments and visit the beautiful art museum. Or explore charming Santos and its extraordinary botanical garden, including an orchidarium with over 100 flower species and an aviary alive with macaws, toucans and parrots. Take a scenic drive to Guaruja and visit the resort town's fascinating aquarium.
Day 7: Porto Belo, Brazil Perched on a lovely peninsula in southern Brazil, Porto Belo is revered for its beaches, most especially Bombas and Bombinhas, which share a beautiful emerald-green bay. In fact, the area is called the "Emerald Coast." Diving and snorkeling are spectacular in the nearby Marine Reserve of Arvoredo because warm and cooler waters meet here, attracting an incredible diversity of marine life.
Day 8: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Day 9: Rio Grande, Brazil Explore this lovely old Portuguese city, its gracious squares and beautiful churches. Visit the Museum of Sacred Art and the fascinating oceanographic museum. Or see the vast pampas and feel the gaucho life on a local estancia.
Day 10: Punta Del Este, Uruguay Spend the day enjoying this beautiful, chic beach resort, its marinas and interesting shops. See amazing works by Dali, Chagall and Miro at the Ralli Museum. Or venture into the equally stunning countryside and visit a cattle station.
Day 11: Montevideo, Uruguay Explore this charming, cosmopolitan city of parks and colonial architecture. Visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Or travel to the beautiful Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, first settled in 1680.
Day 12- 14; Buenos Aires, Argentina Discover this elegant city and its beautiful surroundings with a tranquil cruise through the Tigre Delta past islands, mansions and English gardens. Visit the pampas and watch gauchos display their extraordinary horsemanship, or enjoy a fabulous tango show in its birthplace.
Day 15: Montevideo, Uruguay Explore this charming, cosmopolitan city of parks and colonial architecture. Visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Or travel to the beautiful Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, first settled in 1680.
Day 16 - 17: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Day 18: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands Discover this quaint town, its cathedral, authentic English pubs, neat gardens, war memorials and fascinating landscape. Set off for an adventure on this South Atlantic island and visit a penguin colony and watch for albatross and skuas or go to a sprawling sheep farm.
Day 19: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Day 20: Ushuaia, Argentina Witness the spectacular beauty of Tierra del Fuego's lakes, lush forests, soaring mountains and flora and fauna by train, via all-terrain vehicle or on horseback. Enjoy the expansive views from Garibaldi Pass and watch for sea lions and albatross along the Beagle Channel.
Day 21: Punta Arenas, Chile Explore the town and its history and enjoy stunning views over the Strait of Magellan to fabled Tierra del Fuego. Discover the scenic Patagonian countryside and visit a local sheep farm. The highlight is the Magellanic penguin rookery at Otway Sound. Or fly to Chile's magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park.
Day 22- 23: Cruising the Chilean Fjords
Day 24: Laguna San Rafael, Chile Be awed by the huge and incredible San Valentin Glacier, one of four that move in every direction from soaring San Valentin Mountain. As your catamaran enters the lagoon through a narrow opening, you'll pass floating pieces of ice. Before you stands the brilliant and dense glacier. Keep your camera handy and listen for the distinctive crack and resounding crash of the glacier calving.
Day 25: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile Experience a bit of rugged Patagonia with a drive into the Andes Mountains through a stunning valley to the Rio Simpson National Reserve and the town of Coyhaique. Or visit the magnificent private Aiken del Sur Park with its many waterfalls, wetlands, forests and mosses.
Day 26: Puerto Montt, Chile Enjoy the Bavarian ambiance of the Lake District as you visit the edge of the Patagonian wilderness, seeing pristine wood forests, vast lakes, soaring waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and spectacular vistas.
Day 27: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 28: Valparaiso, Chile Enjoy the charming chaos and color of the hillside old quarter, or visit lovely nearby Vina del Mar and its famed floral clock. Or head inland to Chile's scenic Central Valley, the country's breadbasket, and on to the Andes with their world-class vineyards and ski resorts. Many will want to spend the day in metropolitan Santiago, considered the safest city in Latin America.
Day 29: Coquimbo, Chile In 1550 the city's spectacular harbor first attracted the Spanish, who stayed to mine deep reserves of copper and gold. After a tour of the city's scenic attractions, including the lighthouse, the graceful cathedral built in 1844 and the archaeological museum, visit the Enchanted Valley's stone engravings and the Tololo Observatory perched 6,000 feet above the Elqui Valley.
Day 30: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 31: Arica, Chile Known as the "City of Eternal Spring" for its verdant valleys and sublime climate, Arica is a lush city amid the famed Atacama Desert. Take in breathtaking views from atop Morro de Arica, the iconic hill that rises steeply from the sea and was once the main fort during the War of the Pacific in the 19th century. Visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archeological Museum to discover the Inca and Tiawanankus influence on Arica's native culture, and to learn about the local mummies - older than those found in Egypt.
Day 32: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 33: Pisco/Nazca Lines, Peru Wander through this entrancing fishing village at the edge of the desert; it rains only once every 25 years. Marvel at the Nazca Lines, geoglyphs carved into the desert floor by pre-Incan societies, over 300 figural drawings that remain virtually undamaged through the centuries. Enjoy your final evening onboard your ship.
Day 34: Lima/Machu Picchu (Callao), Peru Disembark in Lima early morning. Options today are to explore Lima's wonderful museums and visit the famed Cathedral of Lima and the Archbishop's Palace on the city's majestic main square. Many will opt to take a flight to Machu Picchu, known as the "Lost City of the Incas" and South America's most intriguing archaeological site. Built in the 15th century by the Incas and perched 7,875 feet above sea level, this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site features stone buildings once used as temples, sanctuaries, homes and water fountains. Also enchanting is the colonial city of Cuzco with its majestic Plaza de Armas and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
• Free internet • All onboard meals • Port taxes
Bonus offer: your choice of a complimentary beverage package, 4 shore excursions, or a US$400 shipboard credit.
Pricing (per person) $NZD
2017 October 30
Not included • International flights
• Shore excursions
• International flights • Gratuities • Shore excursions
Gratuity Suggested at US$16 per person per day
Suggested at US$16 per person per day