China Tours

SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA
FEATURES 21 NIGHT HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE FROM SANTIAGO TO BUENOS AIRES VIA CHILEAN FJORDS AND GLACIERS, BEAGLE CHANNEL, ANTARCTICA, FALKLAND ISLANDS AND URUGUAY


Optional extension to Iguassu Falls, Rio De Janeiro, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu, Galapagos, and Easter Island.


Includes Christmas Day at sea

Depart Auckland 13 December, 2017.
Superdeal fares as at 1st February, 2017 from just $10,990 per person share twin ex Auckland with inside cabin on cruise. These fares will not last!!!
Please note: Holland America cruise does not include landings in Antarctica. For the full experience of Antarctica including landings join our Quark Expeditions option.



SOUTH AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS.
Buenos Aires, Iguaccu Falls, Rio De Janiero, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu, Lima. Just $8,600 per person share twin.




Day 1. Wednesday 13 December, 2017.
Depart Auckland late this afternoon with Lan Airlines. Cross the dateline.

Day 2. Wednesday again. SANTIAGO (D)
Arrive Santiago. Transfer to our hotel on arrival.

Day 3. Thursday 14 December. SANTIAGO. (BD)
Full day sighsteeing in Santiago includes central city and suburbs.

Day 4. Friday 15 December. SANTIAGO- VALPARAISO - DEPART (BD)
Free time this morning before transferring to Valparaiso for a city tour of this historic port before boarding our Holland America ship "Zaandam, (61,396 tons. 1,432 guests). Sail at 5pm.

Day 5. Saturday 16 December. AT SEA. (BLD
Full day at sea to settle in and enjoy all the features and service of your floating resort.

Day 6. Sunday 17 December. PUERTO MONTT, Chile (BLD).
Arrive 8am - sail 5pm. Optional tours available.

Day 7. Monday 18 December. CASTRO. ISLA CHILOE. (BLD).
Arrive 8am - Sail 5pm. Optional tours available.

Day 8. Tuesday 19 December. Puerto Chacabuco, Chile. (BLD)
Arrive 8am - Sail 5pm. Optional tours available.

Day 9. Wednesday 20 December. CRUISING (BLD)
Cruising Chilean Fjords. (BLD)

Day 10. Thursday 21 December. CRUISING (BLD)
Cruising Amalie Glacier and Canal Samiento

Day 11. Friday 22 December. CRUISING (BLD)
Arrive 6am - sail 6pm. Cruise Cockburn and Beagle channels

Day 12. Saturday 23 December. USHUAIA (BLD)
Cruise Glacier Alley. Arrive Ushuaia 2pm. Sail 8pm.

Day 13. Sunday 24 December. CRUISING. (BLD).
Cruising Cape Horn, and Drake Passage.

Day 14. Monday 25 December. CHRISTMAS DAY! CRUISING. (BLD)
Full day at sea crossing Drake Passage.

Day 15. Tuesday 26 December. CRUISING - ANTARCTICA PENINSULA
Cruising the Palmer Archipelago

Day 16. Wednesday 27 December. CRUISING. (BLD)
Cruising the Danco Coast.

Day 17. Thursday 28 December. CRUISING. (BLD)
Cruising the Antarctic Sound 8am to 8pm

Day 18. Friday 29 December. CRUISING. (BLD)
Full day at sea.

Day 19 Saturday 30 December. FALKLAND ISLANDS (BLD)
Arrive Stanley 8am - sail 4pm

Day 20. Sunday 31 December. CRUISING. (BLD)
Full day at sea.

Day 21. Monday 01 January, 2018. PUERTO MADRYN (BLD)
Arrive Puerto Madryn 8am - sail 4pm. Optional tours available.

Day 22. Tuesday 02 January. CRUISING (BLD)
Full day at sea.

Day 23. WEdnesday 03 January. MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY. (BLD)
Arrive Montevideo 9am - sail 6pm.

Day 24. Thursday 04 January. BUENOS AIRES. (BLD).
Arrive Buenos Aires 8am. Full day sighsteeing and enjoy an evening show to complete our cruise. Remain on board overnight.

Day 25. Friday 05 January. BUENOS AIRES DEPART (B)
Disembark after breakfast.
Passengers continuing on our tour transfer to the airport and fly to Iguaccu Falls, Argentina side and transfer to our hotel.
Passengers returning to Auckland depart arriving Sunday 07 January.

uperdeal cost per person. 27 days returning from Buenos Aires. 2 per room/cabin
Oceanview cabin...... $10,900
Balcony cabin........ $15,700

PLEASE NOTE: Oceanview costs are based on special discounted cruise fares available at 1st February, 2017. We do not expect them to last long. Book now and save!! All costs are subject to confirmation at the time you reserve.

Day 26. Saturday 06 January. IGUACCU. (BD)
To truly appreciate the splendour of Iguaccu we explore the Argentinean side then cross to the Brazilian side. Overnight at the Das Cateras Hotel in Brazil.

Day 27. Sunday 07January. IGUACCU - RIO DE JANEIRO (BD)
Fly to Rio de Janiero and transfer to our hotel near Copacabana Beach.

em>Day 28. Monday 08 January. RIO DE JANEIRO (BD)
Our morning tour includes famed Copacabana Beach, a cog train ride up Corcovado mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, and a harbour cruise on Guanabara Bay. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach or shops.

Day 29. Tuesday 09 January. RIO DE JANEIRO (BD)
We drive through downtown Rio and take the cable car to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain and visit a famous gem factory. This evening more South American excitement at Samba show and dinner.

Day 30. Wednesday 10 January. RIO DE JANIERO - LIMA. (BD)
Fly to Lima, capital of Peru today.

Day 31. Thursday 11 January. LIMA - CUZCO. (BD)
Morning tour of Lima includes the main square and Government Palace, Town Hall, Bishop Palace, cathedral, and the garden districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. This afternoon fly to Cuzco and transfer to our hotel to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

Day 4. Friday 12 January. CUZCO (BD)
Today we tour the Imperial city of Cuzco including the main square, the Cathedral built between 1560 and 1664, Santo Domingo convent, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and imposing example of Inca military architecture. Also see Kenko, a ritual site with underground galleries and a semi circular ampitheatre, the red fortress, and the Inca Baths. This evening enjoy dinner and a folklore show at a local restaurant.

Day 5. Saturday 13 January. MACHU PICCHU (BLD)
We take the train through spectacular countryside down into the Urubamba valley to the amazing mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. This afternoon we explore the amazing ruins and return to Cuzco.

Day 6. Sunday 14 January. PISAC (BLD)

Day 7. Monday 15 January. CUZCO SANTIAGO - HOME. (B)
Fly back to Lima and transfer to our flight home via Santiago arriving thursday 5th March

AN OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS WILL BE OFFERED SUBJECT TO DEMAND.

EASTER ISLAND OPTION

Day 1. SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND. (D)
Depart Santiago with Lan Airlines for Easter Island. Transfer to our hotel on arrival and this afternoon enjoy our first sightseeing on the island.

Day 2. EASTER ISLAND. (BD)
Day 3. EASTER ISLAND. (BD)
Two full days sightseeing of the statues, quarry, temples, and island.

Day 4. EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO DEPART. (B)
Transfer back to the airport for our flight home to Auckland

CHILE AND ARGENTINEAN LAKES CROSSING


Day 1. SANTIAGO - PUERTO MONTT (BD)
Our morning tour of Santiago includes the Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, Pre Colombian Art Museum,San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view over the city, Cathedral and Santa Lucia. This afternoon we fly south to Puerto Montt and transfer to the hotel Cabanas Del Lago in Puerto Varas (City of Roses) with beautiful coastal views along the way. Visit Frutillar including the German Colonial Museum.

Day 2. PUERTO MONTT - PEULLA (BD)
We commence our lakes crossing today driving past Lake Llanquihue and the Petrohue river to Petrohue where we board a ferry for the 2 hour cruise across Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla. Accommodation at Hotel Natura or similar.

Day 3. PEULLA - BARILOCHE (BD)
Drive over the Perez Rosales pass into Argentina and cruise across Lake Frias and back aboard the coach for the short drive to Puerto Blest for our final cruise, across Lake Nahuel Huapi to Bariloche. Accommodation at Hotel Edelweiss or similar.

Day 4. BARILOCHE - BUENOS AIRES (BD)
This morning our tour of this beautiful area includes the lakes, mountains, and forests, including a chairlift ride to the summit of Campanan Mountain for a panoramic view over the area.. Also visit the Llao Llao Peninsular and visit St Edwards chapel and Llao Llao Hotel. This afternoon we fly north to Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina. Accommodation at hotel NH Florida or similar.

Day 5. BUENOS AIRES DEPART (BD)
Transfer to the airport for departure.

ECUADOR EXTENSION INCLUDING GALAPAGOS CRUISE

Day 1. SANTIAGO - QUITO. (BD)
Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador,and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2. QUITO (BD)
our morning tour includes Amazona's Way, colonial centre of Quito to see the Legislative Palace, Sala Capitula at San Agustins convent,Independance Plaza, Government Palace, and finally drive up Cruz loma on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano to take a cable car 2800 metres further up the mountain for a fabulous view over the area. Free time this afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Day 3. QUITO - COTOPAXI - RIOBAMBA (BLD)
Drive through the majestic Avenue of the volcanoes and visit Ecuador's first National Park to see Mount Cotopaxi (5907 metres) - the highest active volcano on earth. Lunch is included at a local hacienda before continuing to Riobamba.

Day 4. RIOBAMBA - CHIVA OF THE ANDES - GUAYAQUIL (BLD)
Transfer to the Riobamba train station and board the "Chiva Express" for a spectacular train ride down through the "Devil's Nose"to Alausi to reboard our coach to Huigra. lunch at a country inn and this afternoon its back on the tracks with the "Chiva Express"to Bucay and continue by coach to Guayaquil for a city tour including the Simon Bolivar Park,and Civic centre.

Day 5. GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS (BLD)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos island transferring to our cruise ship "M.V "Santa Cruz" on San Cristobal Island.This afternoon begin our explorations of the natural features and inhabitants of the islands that so intrigued Charles Darwin.We cruise past Kicker Rock rising 144 metres from the sea and an importasnt nesting place for Tropic Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and frigate birds. We will also land by dinghy at Cerro Brujo's white coralline beach among the prolific bird life. Sea Lions and fur seals abound and we should also see the Chatham Lava Lizard. captains welcome cocktail drink and dinner on board.

Day 6. GALAPAGOS CRUISING (BLD)
Morning landing at Punta Suarez for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit unique sea bird colonies including waved albatrosses, Nazca and blue footed Boobies, swallow tail gulls, and the famous blowhole. Among the land birds here are the Hood Island Mockingbird,and three species of Darwin's finches. Also look for red-green-black Iguana, and a rookery of sea lions is right at the landing site. After lunch visit Punta Cormorant for an easy walk to a brackish lagoon to see flamingos, ducks, stilts, herons, etc. We also visit a white sand beach where turtles come to nest. Snorkelling is available here or else take the glass bottom boat cruise.

Day 7. GALAPAGOS CRUISING (BLD)
This morning brings us to the youngest island, Fernandina. First a dinghy ride to observe Galapagos Penguins as well as flightless Cormorants. We take a one mile walk. This island has the highest density of marine iguanas sharing their environment with sea lions, sally light foot crabs, and hawks. Back aboard for lunch as we sail along the Bolivar Channel with amazing views of the of the Galapagos youngest volcanoes. Usually dolphins, and possibly whales, are to be seen as we cruise. This afternoon disembark for a walk to Urbina Bay. This area went through a volcanic uplifting event in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which makes the walk extremely interesting. This area is home to the very colourful Galapagos Island iguanas and we may find some giant tortoises. Farewell dinner on board tonight.

Day 8. GALAPAGOS - SANTIAGO DEPART (B)>
We arrive at the Itabaca Channel between the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz and disembark for a 30 minute drive along the highlands road to Puerto Ayera. On arrival visit the Charles Darwin reasearch station to see the rearing in captivity of the famous giant tortoises. Stroll through the impressive giant priCKly pear cactus forest where endemic land birds can be seen. Continue to Baltra for our flight to Guayaquil then on to Santiago connecting to our overnight flight to Auckland. Cross the dateline on the way.

Reservations: (Discounts only apply to the tour cost)
A non refundable deposit of 10% is required on making the reservation with the balance being due 3 months prior to departure.
$200 per person early booking discount is available for tours reserved by 31 December


FRIENDLY FOUR
A 3% discount is available to 4 adults reserving and travelling together.