Oceania Cruises: Southern Holidays

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Oceania Cruises: Southern Holidays

Date: December 19 - January 5, 2017

Cruise Destination: Buenos Aires to Valparaiso

It’s the season of celebration, and you can enjoy it in true South American style. Begin in Buenos Aires with a fiesta hosted by local gauchos. You will be greatly impressed by their skilled horsemanship, unparalleled talent and traditional music. Meet more “locals” in Port Stanley at the Bluff Cove Lagoon, home to gentoo and Magellanic penguins as well as geese, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife. To find unique handcrafted gifts, shop at the market in Coyhaique near Puerto Chacabuco. For scenic South American landscapes, it will be difficult to decide which is more amazing: the views from the Train to the End of the World as it chugs through Tierra del Fuego National Park or the vistas from Marina’s decks as she sails amidst the magnificent Chilean Fjords.

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Day 1-2: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discover this elegant city and its beautiful surroundings with a tranquil cruise through the Tigre Delta past islands, mansions and English gardens. Visit the pampas and watch gauchos display their extraordinary horsemanship, or enjoy a fabulous tango show in its birthplace.

Day 3: Montevideo, Uruguay

Explore this charming, cosmopolitan city of parks and colonial architecture. Visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Or travel to the beautiful Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, first settled in 1680.

Day 4: Punta Del Este, Uruguay (Anchor Port)

Spend the day enjoying this beautiful, chic beach resort, its marinas and interesting shops. See amazing works by Dali, Chagall and Miro at the Ralli Museum. Or venture into the equally stunning countryside and visit a cattle station.

Day 5: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 6: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Explore this wildlife paradise and its surrounding quaint towns. Visit an exuberant sea lion colony, watch for nesting cormorants and magnificent elephant seals, and observe sheep-shearing on an estancia. Or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds.

Day 7: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 8: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Anchor Port)

Discover this quaint town, its cathedral, authentic English pubs, neat gardens, war memorials and fascinating landscape. Set off for an adventure on this South Atlantic island and visit a penguin colony and watch for albatross and skuas or go to a sprawling sheep farm.

Day 9: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 10: Ushuaia, Argentina

Witness the spectacular beauty of Tierra del Fuego’s lakes, lush forests, soaring mountains and flora and fauna by train, via all-terrain vehicle or on horseback. Enjoy the expansive views from Garibaldi Pass and watch for sea lions and albatross along the Beagle Channel.

Day 11: Punta Arenas, Chile

Explore the town and its history and enjoy stunning views over the Strait of Magellan to fabled Tierra del Fuego. Discover the scenic Patagonian countryside and visit a local sheep farm. The highlight is the Magellanic penguin rookery at Otway Sound. Or fly to Chile’s magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park.

Day 12-13: Cruising the Chilean Fjords

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Day 14: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (Anchor Port)

Experience a bit of rugged Patagonia with a drive into the Andes Mountains through a stunning valley to the Rio Simpson National Reserve and the town of Coyhaique. Or visit the magnificent private Aikén del Sur Park with its many waterfalls, wetlands, forests and mosses.

Day 15: Puerto Montt, Chile (Anchor Port)

Enjoy the Bavarian ambiance of the Lake District as you visit the edge of the Patagonian wilderness, seeing pristine wood forests, vast lakes, soaring waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and spectacular vistas.

Day 16: Cruising the Pacific Ocean

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Day 17-18: Valparaiso, Chile

Enjoy the charming chaos and color of the hillside old quarter, or visit lovely nearby Viña del Mar and its famed floral clock. Or head inland to Chile's scenic Central Valley, the country's breadbasket, and on to the Andes with their world-class vineyards and ski resorts. Many will want to spend the day in metropolitan Santiago, considered the safest city in Latin America.