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South America & Antarctica

  • Departure DateDec 2024 - Jan 2025
  • Holland America Line Oosterdam
  • 28 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £3,339 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Santiago
  • Santiago
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Chacabuco
  • Magellan Strait
  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Beagle Channel
  • Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Cape Horn, Chile
  • Antarctica
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Puerto Madryn
  • Punta del Este
  • Montevideo
  • Buenos Aires
  • Stay 2 nights in Buenos Aires

South America is such a vast and varied continent, bursting with energy and a real “bucket list” destination. You’ll begin with a 2 night stay in the vivacious city of Santiago. Then set sail to revel in the rich history, culture and spectacular natural beauty of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Enjoy a 4 night Antarctic experience and be encircled in a beautiful landscape of snow and ice as your ship slowly navigates the frozen waters. The surroundings are hauntingly quiet and serene, an aspect of the continent that comes as a surprise to many first-time visitors. You’ll end with a 2 night stay in bustling Buenos Aires where you can experience live jazz sets, a dynamic food scene and impressive art and architecture. 

Highlights

  • Exclusive Savings of up to £2080 per couple^
  • FREE Buenos Aires Stay
  • FREE Argentine Tango Show
  • Enjoy an Antarctic experience
  • Tours include - Valparaiso, Vina del Mar & Reaca 
  • Upgrade for only £60pp per day & get: Signature Beverage Package, Speciality Dining, Shore Excursion Discount, WiFi & Gratuities
  • Winter 2025/26 On Sale Now

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Buenos Aires on bed & breakfast basis
  • FREE Tango Show & Dinner
  • 22 night cruise on board Oosterdam on full board basis
  • 2 night stay in Santiago on bed & breakfast basis
  • FREE Santiago City Tour
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Dec 2024£3,849£3,949£4,499£6,649
Jan 2025£3,339£3,469£3,999£6,679

Price based on 12 Dec 2024 & 03 Jan 2025 flying from London. Itinerary may vary depending on date & also operates in reverse. ^Must book by 31 Mar 2024. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Oosterdam

Oosterdam, a Vista-class ship, recently emerged from dry dock with exciting updates—including completely refreshed suites and new lounge, dining and entertainment venues, such as Music Walk, with Lincoln Center Stage, B.

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Itinerary for South America & Antarctica

Day 1 - Fly UK to Buenos Aires

Day 2 - Enjoy Santiago

Day 3 - Enjoy Santiago

Day 4 - Embark Oosterdam in Santiago

This large, modern port serves Chile’s capital, Santiago, a city with Spanish colonial charm and a vivacious spirit. Encircled by the Andes and the Coastal Range, Santiago is centered around the Plaza de Armas, with several of the city’s landmarks: the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral the Palacio de la Real Audencia from 1808, the City Hall and the National Museum of History. North of San Antonio lie the picturesque old port and university town of Valparaíso and the colorful seaside resort of Viña del Mar. In between the coast and the capital are valleys filled with some of Chile’s most famous wineries, all inviting you to come and taste.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Puerto Montt

Gateway to the scenic Lake District, a series of fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests, icy lakes, Bavarian hamlets and luminous snowcapped volcanoes. Sample shore excursions: Alerce Mountain Lodge & Lake of Reflections; Petrohué Rapids & Frutillar.

Day 7 - Puerto Chacabuco

Here in the heart of the Chilean archipelago, discover stunning scenery: dense rain forests, bright-blue lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks. Sample shore excursions: Sights of Patagonia; Lake Elizalde Adventure.

Day 8 - Cruising Chilean Fjords

Day 9 - Scenic cruising Amalia / Scenic cruising Sarmiento Channel

Day 10 - Magellan Strait / Punta Arenas, Chile / Cockburn Channel / Beagle Channel

If Punta Arenas exudes an "edge of the world" air, it's not without reason. 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. The city has played—and continues to play—an important role in geographic, political and economic affairs in South America's so-called Southern Cone, which is formed by Chile and neighboring Argentina. Too many travelers rush through Punta Arenas, treating it as a pit stop on their way to the stunningly beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park and other attractions in Patagonia, but there's plenty in this city and its environs to experience, too. From penguin spotting on Isla Magdalena and kayaking the Strait of Magellan to visiting area farms and then indulging in surf-and-turf specialties (here meaning fresh seafood and asado, or Chilean barbecue) at local restaurants, Punta Arenas is worth a stopover all its own.

Day 11 - Daylight cruising Glacier Alley / Ushuaia, Argentina

Dramatic, fantastical, otherworldly—this 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 and accessed by the picturesque Beagle Channel (which was named for Darwin’s famed vessel). Ushuaia is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego region, which is best described as a spectacular collection of superlative natural wonders. It’s a veritable kaleidoscope of glittering glaciers, snowcapped mountains, dense forests, sparkling lakes and windswept plains spread across an archipelago of rugged islands. The town itself is a maze of streets lined with low-slung buildings that all seem to meet at its heart, the port. Founded in 1884, the far-flung spot welcomed missionaries, gold prospectors and naval officers before becoming known primarily as a penal colony. After its closure under the infamous Argentine leader Juan Perón, the large jail was reconfigured to house one of the city’s most popular museums. Other current in-town attractions include a maritime museum and a museum dedicated to the region’s natural history, as well as restaurants preparing the marquee offering—local king crab.

Day 12 - Cape Horn, Chile

It may be the most notorious ocean passage in the world, and for centuries it evoked dread in the hearts of sailors. But those who survived a trip around Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and Pacific slosh violently into each other, had bragging rights for life. Along this passage, the Tierra del Fuego, or "land of fire," where Chile and Argentina converge at the bottom of the world, got its name from early sailors who saw the fires of the people who lived here burning on shore. For some 8,000 years, until as recently as the end of the 19th century, this was the home of the Yaghan and other indigenous groups. Magellan and Drake left their mark and names here, as did Darwin, who sailed through here on the HMS Beagle. The great clipper ships of '49er lore later fought their way through fierce waves carrying gold between California and the East Coast in that era before the Panama Canal. Just as Richard Henry Dana, Jr., described in his masterful Two Years Before the Mast, published in 1840, a journey today around the Cape at the very bottom of the Tierra is shaped by capricious weather, as powerful winds and shallow waters can produce waves that reach as high as 30 meters (100 feet).

Day 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - Antarctica

Day 15 - Antarctica

Day 16 - Antarctica

Day 17 - Antarctica

Day 18 - At Sea

Day 19 - Stanley, Falkland Islands

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 colonization, 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 20 - At Sea

Day 21 - Puerto Madryn

Situated in rugged Argentine Patagonia, Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865. Enjoy a famous Welsh "tea" in the village of Gaiman; journey back in time 300 million years at the Paleontology Museum of Egidio Feruglio in Trelew; and see colonies of sea elephants, sea lions and seals in their natural habitat at Punta Norte. Sample shore excursions: Punta Tombo Penguin Adventure; Peninsula Valdes Natural Reserve; Puerto Madryn Private Touring.

Day 22 - At Sea

Day 23 - Punta del Este

Known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay for its miles of beautiful, pristine beaches, sports activities, shopping, and temperate climate, Punta del Este offers something for everyone. Choose a gentle bayside beach or dramatic Atlantic beach with perfect surfing waves; explore the colonial and modern architecture of downtown and shop for local treasures; and visit Casa del Pueblo – a modern art museum that was once the home of celebrated Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro.

Day 24 - Montevideo

Friendly and genteel, Montevideo honors colonial customs: long lunches, siestas, high tea. Nearby: Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest city in Uruguay (ca. 1680) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample shore excursions: Colonia del Sacramento; A Gaucho's Life.

Day 25 - Buenos Aires

In the early 20th century, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 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 sightseeing visitors, both for its chaotic energy and for its sheer urban beauty. Thankfully, the Belle Époque 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. Porteños—as the locals are called—may be of Spanish, Italian, Jewish or Middle Eastern descent; that mix of cultures is reflected in the city's dialect, foods and pastimes. Looking beyond the city's sights, Buenos Aires is known as the birthplace of tango, and while the music and dance never quite went away, today tango is making a resurgence. Fans come here from around the world to take part in or watch the milongas (dance events). Argentines are world leaders in polo as well, and as the sport captures the interest of more and more travelers, hunky players like Nacho are gaining global celebrity.

Day 26 - Buenos Aires, disembark & transfer to hotel / Enjoy Buenos Aires

In the early 20th century, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 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 sightseeing visitors, both for its chaotic energy and for its sheer urban beauty. Thankfully, the Belle Époque 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. Porteños—as the locals are called—may be of Spanish, Italian, Jewish or Middle Eastern descent; that mix of cultures is reflected in the city's dialect, foods and pastimes. Looking beyond the city's sights, Buenos Aires is known as the birthplace of tango, and while the music and dance never quite went away, today tango is making a resurgence. Fans come here from around the world to take part in or watch the milongas (dance events). Argentines are world leaders in polo as well, and as the sport captures the interest of more and more travelers, hunky players like Nacho are gaining global celebrity.

Day 27 - Enjoy Buenos Aires

Day 28 - Transfer to airport and fly UK

Fly Buenos Aires to UK/ Arrive UK

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