South America Passage Cruise

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

Includes airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, many meals, touring and more!

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South America Passage Cruise: Santiago to Buenos Aires tour itinerary
South America Passage Cruise: Santiago to Buenos Aires tour itinerary
Follow in the footsteps of Magellan, Drake, FitzRoy and Shackleton as you round the Southern Cone and discover the dramatic beauty of Patagonia, Cape Horn, and the Falkland Islands on our 17-day South American Passage cruise. This fascinating voyage begins in the bustling Chilean capital city of Santiago, where Spanish colonial buildings and old churches are juxtaposed against the spectacular, snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains. 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 with stops in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, two of South America's most vibrant capital cities.


Itinerary at a Glance

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

Detailed Itinerary

View of Santiago Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to South America begins as you depart from Miami this evening on your overnight flight to Chile.

Day 2: Santiago, Chile.Arrive in Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile, located between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes Mountains. After arrival formalities, transfer to your hotel. The city brims with modern and colonial sites of interest, including the Casa de la Moneda, one of Spanish America's most stunning examples of colonial architecture and the current seat of the Chilean government, and the bustling Plaza de Armas, the heart of Santiago and home to the ornate baroque Cathedral Metropolitana. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure or join an optional tour of the city and surrounding vineyards.

Day 3: Santiago. In the late morning, depart for Valparaiso, a UNESCO World heritage site founded in 1536. The port city brims with charming colorful neighborhoods nestled in hills, with more than a dozen cable cars connecting the port to other parts of the city. See some of Valparaiso's most interesting sites including the Plaza Victoria and the handicraft market. End your tour as you transfer to the port of Valparaiso to board your cruise ship and set out on your South American Passage. Holland America MS Veendam Breakfast & dinner provided.

MS Veendam

Day 4: At sea. Relax on board as your cruise ship makes its way south through the Pacific Ocean en route to Puerto Montt. 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.

Day 5: Puerto Montt, Chile. Arrive this morning in the southern port city of Puerto Montt, gateway to the stunning Chilean Lake District. Here you'll find fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests, icy lakes, Bavarian hamlets and luminous snowcapped volcanoes that reach across the Andes Mountains into Argentina. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 6: Darwin Channel & Chilean Fjords. Today, you'll navigate the 1000 mile maze of virgin-forested islands and glistening glaciers that make up the Darwin's channel. 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.

Magellanic Penguins  Photo by Mc Manus
Magellanic Penguins   Photo by Mc Manus
Day 7: Amalia Glacier & Sarmiento Channel. Sail west along the Sarmiento Canal 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 8: 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 and offers several museums, cultural sites, and penguin colonies. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ushuaia, southernmost city in the world Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina. Arrive 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.

South American Sea Lions near Ushuaia In the afternoon, sail along the course charted by Robert FitzRoy on his exploratory cruise in 1832. Follow in his wake through Cockburn Channel for breathtaking views of Romanche, Alemania, Francia and Italia glaciers. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Monument at Cape Horn, southern tip of South America - Photo by Malte Sieber
Monument at Cape Horn, southern tip of South America   Photo by Malte Sieber

Day 10: Cape Horn. Today's voyage brings you around the legendary Cape Horn, a treacherous milestone on the clipper route for centuries. 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 it was later discovered that it was actually an island. No disembarkation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 11: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Arrive this morning at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. This scenic archipelago abounds with sub-Antarctic wildlife, including a variety of penguins and marine mammals. Its moorlands, red phone booths, pubs, and sheep ranches are reminiscent of Northern Scotland. Shore excursions weather-permitting. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 12 & 13: 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 Atlantic Ocean to Uruguay. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 14: Montevideo, Uruguay. Arrive this morning in Montevideo, the charming capital city of Uruguay. Its pleasant Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and downtown area boast numerous plazas, colonial architecture, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and other attractions. Explore Montevideo on your own, or take an optional shore excursion to Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest city in Uruguay (ca. 1680). This charming riverside town and UNESCO World Heritage Site once served as a fortress and contraband port, but is best known for its unique Portuguese colonial architecture and sycamore-lined streets. Later this evening, set sail for Buenos Aires Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 15: Buenos Aires, Argentina. This morning, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city, often referred to as "the Paris of the South." After completing disembarkation formalities, transfer to your hotel. The day is yours at leisure for independent exploration.

Casa Rosada presidential palace Or join 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.

La Boca District  Photo by Luis Argerich
La Boca District   Photo by Luis Argerich
Continue on to some of the most charming neighborhoods 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. Breakfast provided.

Avenida 9 de Julio & obelisk, Buenos Aires - © Secretary of Tourism
Avenida 9 de Julio & obelisk, Buenos Aires   © Argentina Secretariat of Tourism
Day 16: Depart Buenos Aires. Enjoy your final morning in Argentina at leisure for last-minute sightseeing or souvenir-shopping. Later this afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Breakfast provided.

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


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

Holland America Veendam
Holland America Veendam

See specifications, deck plans & photos of the ship.

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

Dining room 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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