South America Passage Cruise

Buenos Aires to Santiago including Montevideo, Falklands, Patagonia & Cape Horn aboard the Holland America Veendam

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'Fin del Mundo': lighthouse at Ushuaia, Argentina, southernmost city in the world Board your luxurious Holland America cruise ship and follow in the footsteps of Magellan, Drake, FitzRoy and Shackleton as you round the Southern tip of South America and discover the dramatic beauty of Patagonia, Cape Horn, and the Falkland Islands on our 17-day South American Passage cruise.

King Penguins, Falkland Islands This fascinating voyage begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina and continues to Montevideo, Uruguay, two of South America's most vibrant capital cities. You'll then set sail for Patagonia, a magnificent "off-the-beaten-path" region spanning portions of Chile and Argentina, where you'll find soaring mountains, windy plains that stretch endlessly toward the distant horizon, lush forests filled with ancient flora and fauna, and pristine glaciers. Your journey ends in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, where Spanish colonial buildings and old churches are juxtaposed against the spectacular, snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains.

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Itinerary at a Glance

South America Passage Cruise: Buenos Aires to Santiago
Day Destination/Port of Call Arrive Depart
1 Depart USA    
2 Buenos Aires    
3 Buenos Aires   10:00 pm
4 Montevideo 8:00 am 6:00 pm
5 At sea    
6 At sea    
7 Falkland Islands 8:00 am 4:00 pm
8 Cape Horn    
9 Ushuaia 7:00 am 3:00 pm
  Beagle & Cockburn Channels    
10 Punta Arenas 7:00 am 8:00 pm
  Strait of Magellan    
11 Amalia Glacier & Sarmiento Channel    
12 Darwin Channel & Chilean Fjords    
13 Puerto Montt 8:00 am 5:00 pm
14 At sea    
15 Valparaiso 7:00 am  
16 Depart Santiago    
17 Arrive USA    

Detailed Itinerary

South America Passage Cruise: Buenos Aires to Santiago tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your journey begins as you depart from Miami this evening on your overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Buenos Aires. Arrive today in Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city. After arrival formalities, transfer to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure for independent exploration and discover why Buenos Aires is so often referred to as "the Paris of the South."

Day 3: Buenos Aires. Today is yours at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on your own.

Casa Rosada presidential palace Or choose an optional tour of the city. Your exploration begins at the Plaza del Mayo, historic and political center of the city and country. Here at the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada, Juan and Eva Perón spoke to throngs of adoring Argentinians. Continue to the Obelisk landmark on the Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. You'll also pass by Avenia Correintes, Avenida de Mayo, and bustling Florida Street, a shopper's paradise.

Dancing tango in the colorful La Boca District Continue on to some of the most charming districts in Buenos Aires. The cobblestone lanes of San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city, are lined with cafés, tango parlors and antique shops. Colorful La Boca is famous for its strong European flavor and the colorful and energetic pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform.

Recoleta Cemetary, Buenos Aires Admire the French architecture in the exquisite Recoleta neighborhood, including the beautiful Cemetery of La Recoleta, where Evita Perón is buried. It is one of many ironies of this complex city that Evita, heroine of the poor, is buried in the city's most expensive section.

Later this afternoon, transfer to the port to board your ship. After dinner, set sail for Montevideo, Uruguay. Holland America Veendam Breakfast & dinner provided.

Plaza Independencia, Montevideo  Photo by Roxana Brongo
Montevideo   Photo by Roxana Brongo
Day 4: Montevideo. Arrive this morning in Montevideo, the charming capital city of Uruguay. Its pleasant Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and downtown area boast numerous plazas and beautiful colonial architecture, as well as restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and other attractions which you'll have time to explore.

Calle San Pedro, Colonia del Sacramento  Photo by Herbert Brant
Colonia del Sacramento   Photo by Herbert Brant
Or take an optional excursion to Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest city in Uruguay (ca. 1680) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This riverside town once served as a fortress and contraband port. Today is a charming getaway known for its unique colonial architecture, and you'll enjoy walking the sycamore-lined cobblestone streets in the barrio histórico and seeing vestiges of its past, including the city gate, wooden drawbridge, lighthouse, and old convents and churches. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Veendam swimming pool Days 5 & 6: At sea. Relax on board as your cruise ship makes its way south through the Atlantic Ocean. Take advantage of all of the fantastic facilities that your ship has to offer. Work out in the fitness room, take a yoga class, pamper yourself with massage and spa treatments, play a game of tennis, or treat yourself to fabulous meals and entertainment. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Kidney Island, the Falklands Day 7: Falkland Islands. Arrive this morning at Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. This scenic archipelago of 778 islands, a few hundred miles off the coast of Argentina, is inhabited mostly by descendants of Scottish and Welsh immigrants and maintains a distinctly British feel, and its moorlands, sheep ranches, red phone booths and pubs are reminiscent of Northern Scotland. The islands abound with sub-Antarctic wildlife, including Magellanic, King, Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, seals, and other marine mammals. Shore excursions subject to weather conditions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Monument at Cape Horn, southern tip of South America  Photo by Malte Sieber
Monument at Cape Horn   Photo by Malte Sieber
Day 8: Cape Horn. Today's voyage brings you around the legendary Cape Horn, a treacherous milestone on the shipping route from the Atlantic to the Pacific for centuries until the Panama Canal was constructed. The Horn, a sheer 1400 foot promontory, marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean merge, only 400 miles from Antarctica. The Horn was discovered in 1616 by a Dutch commercial expedition and owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, the expedition's departure point. The Horn was originally believed to be part of Tierra del Fuego, but was later discovered to actually be an island. No disembarkation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ushuaia, southernmost city in the world Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina, Beagle & Cockburn Channels, and Alemania & Romanche Glaciers. Arrive and disembark early this morning in Ushuaia, the most important city in the Tierra del Fuego province and the southernmost city in the world. The landscapes in this fascinating region range from barren, wind-burned plains to quiet pine and beech forests, pristine blue lakes, and snowcapped mountains.

Romanche Glacier In the afternoon, sail along the course charted by Robert FitzRoy on his exploratory cruise in 1832 aboard the Beagle, accompanied by the young naturalist Charles Darwin. Follow in his wake through Cockburn & Beagle Channels for breathtaking views of the Romanche, Alemania, Francia and Italia glaciers. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Magellan Memorial, Punta Arenas Day 10: Punta Arenas, Chile. This morning, arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile's remote southern outpost settled by immigrant sheep ranchers. The town sits on rolling hills overlooking the Strait of Magellan, named for the famous Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated the earth for Spain, and who passed close to the present site of Punta Arenas in 1520. The city offers several museums, cultural sites, and penguin colonies for you to explore. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

South American Sea Lions near Ushuaia Day 11: Amalia Glacier & Sarmiento Channel. Sail west along the Canal Sarmiento to view Madre de Dios Island, known for its towering limestone peaks and abundant natural caves. Next, marvel at the dramatic natural landscape of the Amalia Glacier, which partially surrounds the Reclus Volcano and is home to many penguins and other seabirds. No disembarkation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 12: Darwin Channel & Chilean Fjords. Today, you'll sail up Darwin’s Channel through the Chonos Archipelago and see the 1000 mile maze of virgin-forested islands and glistening glaciers that surround it. Have your camera ready as you take in views of the spectacular fjords of the southern coastline of Chile, which rival those of Norway and Alaska. Nature lovers will delight in this stunning natural setting and its incredible diversity of marine mammals, wildlife, and some of the world's largest birds. No disembarkation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Puerto Montt  Photo by Hellen Fordham
Puerto Montt   Photo by Hellen Fordham
Day 13: Puerto Montt, Chile. Arrive this morning in the southern port city of Puerto Montt. This is the gateway to the Chilean Lake District, a stunning area of fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests, icy lakes, Bavarian hamlets and luminous snowcapped volcanoes that reach across the Andes into Argentina. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Valparaiso Historic Quarter on Cerro Alegre Hill Day 14: At sea. Catch up on writing postcards, curl up with a good book, or treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment as you sail north through the Pacific Ocean to Valparaiso. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Calfulafquen Bar Restaurant & hillside tram, Valparaiso Day 15: Valparaiso & Santiago. This morning, arrive in the port city of Valparaiso. After customs and disembarkation formalities, enjoy a short tour of the city, founded in 1536 and today a UNESCO World heritage site. Valparaiso brims with charming colorful neighborhoods nestled in the hills, with more than a dozen cable cars connecting the port to the higher parts of the city. You'll see some of Valparaiso's most interesting sites, including the Plaza Victoria and the handicraft market.

Plaza de Armas, Santiago  Photo by Peanno
Plaza de Armas, Santiago   Photo by Peanno
Later, transfer to your hotel in Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes Mountains. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city. We suggest a visit to the bustling Plaza de Armas, the heart of Santiago and home to the ornate baroque Cathedral Metropolitana, the magnificent Post Office building, the Natural History Museum, and the best place to view the dozens of lively street artists and mimes and busy "Santiaguinos" on their way to and from work. Breakfast provided.

View of Santiago Day 16: Depart Santiago. Enjoy your final day in South America with some last minute shopping or independent exploration. Or choose an optional tour to a local winery. Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Breakfast provided.

Day 17: Arrive USA. Your exciting South American adventure ends this morning as you arrive in the USA.

Shore Excursions

There's much more to your cruise than just the itinerary above. You can select from a wide variety of optional shore excursions in each port of call (conditions permitting) to enhance and customize your vacation.

About Your Cruise Ship, the Veendam

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Holland America Veendam Relax into a world of comfort and elegance aboard the Veendam, where you'll experience excellent accommodations, five-star dining, award-winning service, and entertaining on-board activities. Holland America Line ships are known as graceful mid-sized vessels with a generous amount of personal space.

Stateroom Sample delicious and innovative menus created by the exceptional culinary staff in a broad range of dining venues, from poolside bars to a formal five-course affair in the classic main Dining Room. Stretch your legs in the fitness room, take a yoga class, or play a game of tennis. Pamper yourself with massage and spa treatments, or take a refreshing dip in the pool.

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