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ANTARCTICA: 24 Day South America & Antarctica Cruise Including Flights for Two - (Ocean View Cabin)

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ANTARCTICA: 24 Day South America & Antarctica Cruise Including Flights for Two - (Ocean View Cabin)

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the planet’s final frontier.

$22,998

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Ocean View Cabin$22,998
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From South America’s diverse and dramatic coastlines to Antarctica’s ethereal landscape featuring phenomenal wildlife, this once-in-a-lifetime cruise will leave you breathless.

  • Return International Flights for Two
  • 22 Day Luxury Cruise Aboard the MS Zaandam Including All Onboard Meals and Entertainment, With Three Excellent Cabin Options to Choose From
  • Fantastic Experiences from Wildlife-Spotting in Antarctica to the Cosmopolitan Cities of Argentina and Uruguay

INCLUSIONS

  • Return International Flights for Two
  • 22 Day South America & Antarctica Cruise aboard the MS Zaandam for Two
  • Your Choice of an Inside, Ocean View, or Balcony Cabin
  • All Onboard Meals and Entertainment
  • Cruise Taxes, Fees and Port Charges
  • 1 Night of 4 Star Accommodation in Buenos Aires Including Breakfast
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Return Airport Transfers

ACCOMMODATION

  • Buenos Aires – Sileo Hotel Buenos Aires or similar

MS ZAANDAM

Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the MS Zaandam is a prized mid-size ship in Holland America’s fleet.

Onboard activities abound, including exclusive BBC Earth Experiences where you can learn about the ocean and natural world through amazing concerts, films, shows, and children’s activities. Keeping up with the MS Zaandam’s musical theme, you’ll find instruments such as Bill Clinton’s saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones on display throughout the ship.

Inside Cabin:

Modern and comfortable, these cabins include flat screen TVs, 100% pure Egyptian cotton linens, luxury robes and toiletries and complimentary fresh fruit on request. These cabins also feature a spacious sitting area, where you can enjoy some down time between onboard activities.

Ocean View Cabin:

As well as all of the benefits of the Inside Cabins, the Ocean View cabins also offer windows overlooking the water, and you’ll love laying in bed and looking out over the calm waves.

Balcony Cabin:

Enjoy a private balcony with a seating area overlooking the ocean. Step outside to enjoy your morning coffee, or order room service and enjoy dinner outside overlooking the breathtaking sunset. The spacious living area and large windows make this cabin airy and luxurious, the perfect home-away-from-home for those seeking an extra special cruise experience.

TRAVEL DATES

  • Available for departure on one of the following dates:
  • 2017:
  • 15 December*
  • 2018:
  • 5^, 28 January*
  • 17 December
  • 2019:
  • 7^, 30 January
  • *Travel during these dates incurs a surcharge of $1000 per person
  • ^For these departures, the itinerary operates in reverse, starting in Buenos Aires and finishing in Santiago
  • Book early – spots sell out fast!

HOW TO BOOK

  1. Select your preferred package option, click on Add to Cart and follow the payment prompts
  2. Once you have completed your purchase, you will be emailed a confirmation and online booking form
  3. Complete your booking form as soon as possible to lock in your holiday!

For any other assistance or enquiries please contact support@kogantravel.com or call us on 1300 517 210.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Board the MS Zaandam for an epic luxury voyage through South America’s diverse and dramatic coastline, on to the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica’s pristine landscape teeming with wildlife. You’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery that the world has to offer, and maybe even a humpback whale or two!
  • While on board, you’ll be treated to sumptuous feasts, epic entertainment and cultural delights including full access to the art gallery, BBC Earth experiences and live onboard cooking shows from America’s Test Kitchen.
  • Enjoy a port stop in Montevideo, Uruguay. The city is famed for its artistic traditions, with a lively, cosmopolitan arts and theatre scene, as well as beautiful hilly scenery and pastoral lands.
  • Sail around Cape Horn, Chile, where intrepid explorers have sailed for centuries and the windswept coastlines are a beauty to behold.
  • Dock in Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands and home to quaint coastal boutiques and colonies of penguins.
  • Finish your adventure with a night of 4 Star bliss in Buenos Aires. This lively city serves up some of the best steaks, finest wines and most exciting nightlife in South America.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Australia – Santiago, Chile (I/F, D)

Board your international flight to Santiago, the capital of sunny Chile! On arrival, you will be transferred to the cruise port to check in.

Day 2: At Sea (B, L, D)

Take this time to explore some of the amazing amenities and activities onboard. Start your journey with a blissful pampering session at the Greenhouse Spa, chill out in the ship’s movie theatre with complimentary popcorn, or learn about the ocean and natural world in one of the fascinating BBC Earth Experiences offered onboard.

Day 3: Puerto Montt, Chile (B, L, D)

Puerto Montt, the capital of the Los Lagos region of Chile, is often called the gateway to the country’s glacial lakes, volcanic landscapes and surrounding national parks. The port is also home to indigenous communities of Mapuche people, as well as a German settlement over 100 years old. From a stroll around Puerto Varas, to a meal in the fishing village of Angelmo 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.

Day 4: Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile (B, L, D)

Founded in 1567 by the Spanish, Castro is Chile’s third-oldest city and home to roughly 29,000 people. It is the transportation hub and tourism center of Chiloe, an archipelago consisting of 41 islands. Traces of the area’s past can be found in the historic churches that dot the isle, 16 of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Another form of arresting architecture exists in the palafitos, the region’s unique waterfront wooden homes that sit atop stilts. The city of Castro itself is a walker’s paradise. A stroll south from the main square (the Plaza de Armas, where the Iglesia de San Francisco is located) to the Museo Regional, and onto the Mercado Artesanal de Castro along the coast provides a delightful itinerary. Just outside the town centre is the Museo de Arte Moderno on a hilltop in a municipal park, where you will find stunning views of the city and the bay.

Day 5: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (B, L, D)

The tiny town of Puerto Chacabuco, with just over 1,000 residents, sits at the head of the Aisen Fjord. Though it doesn’t take much more than a quick stroll to explore the entire town, it is the gateway to some of the most beautiful sights in this part of Chilean Patagonia. Many visitors choose to drive to the provincial capital, Coihaique, or Puerto Aisen, a city that straddles the Aisen River and is less than 20 minutes away from the town. In both you can find handicrafts and 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, which are especially famous for their fantastic fly fishing and enormous brown and rainbow trout. It doesn’t take long to get from Puerto Chacabuco to these nearby sights, so avoid the temptation to stay on board your ship and instead put on your walking shoes and go witness some of the wonders of this part of Chile.

Day 6: Chilean Fjords (B, L, D)

Much like the Norwegian coastline, the west coast of Chile is sliced by dramatic inlets lined with rugged mountains and glacier-covered valleys. This spectacular stretch of coastline starts near the Reloncavi Estuary and extends south to the very end of the continent, at Tierra del Fuego. The area is known for its desolate beauty, and not surprisingly it’s home to many of Chile’s national parks, including Alerce Andino, Hornopiren and Vicente Perez Rosales, as well as the Llanquihue National Reserve and the Cochamo Valley. Early Spanish explorers came here in search of the mythical City of the Caesars, whose people were believed to be rich in gold and diamonds. Though the city was never found, the explorers added much to the world’s navigational knowledge and at the same time established shipping routes that have been used ever since. Similarly, the riches that travelers to the region today discover are measured not in ounces or carats but in gasps of wonder at the stunning scenery of this windswept, dramatic land and its unusual animal residents.

Day 7: Scenic Cruising in Amalia or Brujo Glacier – Canal Sarmiento (B, L, D)

Along the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, ice buildup and quixotic weather conditions heavily dictate which routes ships can take. Weather can shift in a flash, as glassy waters erupt into choppy waves, or shrouded peaks become flooded with sunlight sparkling off the ice fields, letting you relish a momentary peaceful stillness in the air. Marvel at the backdrop of glaciers and snowcapped peaks, while you observe small Peale’s dolphins and sea lions from the comfort of your ship deck.

Sail on to Canal Sarmiento at the southern edge of Victoria Pass, where the Kawesqar people have lived for over 6,000 years. As elsewhere in the Chilean fjord region, the ragged coastline is cut with inlets set among snow-covered mountain ranges. All kinds of marine animals, including Magellanic penguins, southern elephant seals, dolphins and orcas, can be seen along these shores.

Day 8: Strait of Magellan – Punta Arenas, Chile – Cockburn Channel – Beagle Channel (B, L, D)

Before the Panama Canal, there was the Strait of Magellan. This cinematic channel linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans cuts between the mainland tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego. As you near the southern tip of South America, you’ll know that you’re approaching the Cockburn Channel by the twin rocks that guard its entrance. Along both sides of the waterway is one of the crown jewels of Chile’s network of parks: Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Running through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Beagle Channel is a scenic and wonderfully calm strait. Named in 1830 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) the channel is one of a trio of navigable passages around the tip of South America. By far the largest sight along the channel is the town of Ushuaia in Argentina, and other highlights include views of snow-covered glaciers to wildlife spotting at Isla de los Lobos and Isla de los Pajaros.

Day 9: Glacier Alley – Ushuaia, Argentina (B, L, D)

As alleys go, this one is mighty long. Glacier Alley stretches along a good portion of the celebrated 240-kilometer-long Beagle Channel in the vast territory of Tierra del Fuego. You will be treated to views of one stunning glacier after another, each flowing down from massive mountain ranges and snow capped peaks. The cracking sound of the blue ice as it tumbles into the channel or the rush of ice-melt waterfalls is an experience you won’t forget. Along with all these natural wonders, a visit to Glacier Alley comes with opportunities to see penguin rookeries, humpback whales and seals.

Dramatic, fantastical, otherworldly – Ushuaia is the end of the world, for real. Positioned at the southernmost tip of Argentina, this memorable port town is cradled between the pristine and towering Martial Mountains. Ushuaia is a veritable kaleidoscope of glittering glaciers, snow capped mountains, dense forests, sparkling lakes and windswept plains spread across an archipelago of rugged islands.

Day 10: Cape Horn and Drake Passage (B, L, D)

Cape Horn marks the entrance to the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. Until the Panama Canal opened in 1914, this was one of the planet’s major shipping routes. Hornos, the island where Cape Horn is located, may look desolate and treeless, but it’s home to a vast number of gulls and other seabirds.

Day 11: At Sea (B, L, D)

With everything from a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED theatre to the serene Greenhouse Spa & Salon, the MS Zaandam has something for you; whether you’re into entertainment or rejuvenation. Spend the day being as relaxed or active as you please, as the ship travels South bound for Antarctica.

Days 12- 15: Antarctic Experience (B, L, D)

Enter the ethereal world of Antarctica – a frozen ice-world teeming with life. Four days of cruising through the Antarctic Sound offers amazing views of the Joinville Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, hundreds of icebergs and native animal life such as gentoo penguins and Weddell seals.

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water that separates the Antarctic Peninsula from the Joinville Island group. First navigated in 1902 by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition, it was named after the first vessel to sail successfully through, the Antarctic.

Day 16: At Sea (B, L, D)

With your camera packed with unforgettable images of Antarctica, you may wish to spend the day honing your video-editing, movie-making, and scrapbooking skills in a complementary Digital Workshop onboard.

Day 17: Stanley, Falkland Islands (B, L, D)

The world’s southernmost capital, Stanley is located in the Falklands archipelago, which consists of two main islands, East and West Falkland, along with smaller islands nearby. Stanley is proud of its British heritage, evidenced everywhere from its red telephone boxes to its pubs. The Falklands were 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 colonisation, the Falklands were used as a base for ships hunting sperm whales for oil, followed by those hunting seals for fur. Today in this remote British territory, fishing and tourism are what drive the economy.

Day 18: At Sea (B, L, D)

For those who wish to stay active while onboard, take a class in the ship’s professionally staffed Fitness Centre equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. Or for a more relaxed approach, head to the deck to make use of the ship’s basketball and volleyball courts, or take a refreshing dip in one of the ship’s two pools.

Day 19: Puerto Madryn, Argentina (B, L, D)

Puerto Madryn is best known as the gateway to the Peninsula Valdes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to significant populations of seals, sea lions and whales just offshore. While the natural wonders and the region’s fauna are the main draws, it’s worth spending some time exploring the restaurant-lined promenades and beaches that have made the city an increasingly popular resort destination.

Day 20: At Sea (B, L, D)

Spend the day as you please onboard today. Take a self-guided walking tour through your ship’s eclectic art collection, or treat yourself to dinner at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants (additional charges apply).

Day 21: Montevideo, Uruguay (B, L, D)

Montevideo is a large metropolis bordered by stretches and stretches of pristine beach. The city is famed for its artistic traditions, with a lively and cosmopolitan arts and theatre scene. Montevideo and the surrounds are also famed the world over for producing some of the best cattle in the world, and pretty much any restaurant in the region can offer you a steak of such quality that you’ll be asking for seconds.

Day 22: Buenos Aires, Argentina (B, L, D)

In the early 20th Century, Buenos Aires gained immense wealth when it began shipping its pampas-raised beef around the world. It quickly entered the club of great world cities, and a slew of attractions and architectural jewels soon arose. Since that time, the capital has experienced huge swings in economic and political fortune, but Buenos Aires continues to fascinate and entertain visitors, both for its chaotic energy and for its sheer urban beauty. Thankfully, the Belle Epoque grandeur and enormous tracts of greenery remain. Any list of things to do in Buenos Aires would begin with its many walkable neighborhoods; Palermo especially stands out, thanks to creative residents who have pushed the restaurant scene well beyond beef.

Day 23: Disembark in Buenos Aires, Argentina (B)

Disembark the ship this morning, and head to your hotel to check in. Spend the rest of the day exploring Buenos Aires with a guided tour of the city’s main attractions such as such as Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta, and the iconic Obelisk. Explore colorful La Boca, bohemian San Telmo, and more. The evening is yours to relax and reflect on an unforgettable adventure.

Day 24: Buenos Aires – Australia (B, I/F)

This morning, say adios to Buenos Aires, and head to the airport for your journey back to Australia.

B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner, I/F=In Flight

REVIEWS

“The scenic cruising was simply off the chart excellent. Pictures of the glaciers and other scenic natural wonders don’t do it justice… These sights fulfilled my every expectation about Antarctica and the related sights. I’ve got thousands of pictures of glaciers, shipwrecks, icebergs, penguins, seals, sea lions, birds. Additionally there was an Antarctica expedition team on board composed of men and women who had worked and lived in Antarctica for years. Their experience and tips were invaluable…”
CruiseCritic

“The antarctic experience is quite unlike any other area of the planet, and is unspoiled due to a highly co-operative global treaty. While there are options on smaller vessels to make zodiac landings, we surprisingly didn’t really miss this at all in part due to the dramatic scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island and Shetlands. We saw more penguins, whales, seals etc. than we could ever dream of….”
CruiseCritic

FINE PRINT

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General:

  • Valid for two people, twin share
  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Subject to availability

Flight Information:

  • Flight are economy class with LAN South America Airlines or Qantas, subject to availability
  • Flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. Other departure cities are available for an additional charge as below:
  • Adelaide departure: $300 p/p surcharge
  • Perth departure: $500 p/p surcharge
  • Flights are subject to specific promotional economy fare availability
  • A flight amendment surcharge of $150 per person applies for early arrivals or late departures
  • Flights may not be direct or operate daily
  • Stopovers available upon request

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance – strongly recommended
  • Onboard beverages
  • Shore excursions
  • Tipping ($19 per person per day charged to onboard account)
  • Anything else not included in the itinerary

Travel Advice:

  • For the latest travel advice for your holiday please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip overseas
  • A visa may be required for your destination or any countries you are transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain a valid visa. Please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ to assist you with any requirements.
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