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All Things BUENOS AIRES – 25th August

“The Paris of the South”, “The Queen of the Plata” and “The City of Fury” are just some of the many nicknames given to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  From its first foundations as a Spanish settlement up to its modern cosmopolitan city, it is one of the most important cities in the Americas., and a must see destination on any adventure to Argentina and South America.

And lets give you the perfect opportunity to visit Buenos Aires with this weeks Cruise Deal…

On the 6th March you will fly from Australia to Buenos Aires and enjoy two nights in this vibrant city.  Transfers are included, as is daily breakfast.

You then have a very special side trip before your cruise, as you take a short flight north and enjoy two nights at the spectacular Iguazu Falls – the worlds most spectacular waterfalls.  You’ll enjoy the views from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls

Another short flight back to Buenos Aires, and you are transferred to the port, up the gangway and on board the 5* Celebrity Eclipse.  Since Celebrity Eclipsejoined the fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for – easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and you may never want to set foot on land again.

After a night docked in Buenos Aires, Celebrity Eclipse sails out of the city, bound for Uruguay.  Founded by the Spanish in 1720, the heart of Uruguay’s capital is home to some fine colonial architecture with beautiful 19th century houses and squares. Along the Rambla, the waterfront drive that stretches for 12 miles, you’ll discover sun-kissed beaches and sculpture-filled parks. Let yourself be tempted by several casinos, or stylish boutiques where suedes and amethysts are hard to resist.

Montevideo

Punta del Este is known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay, thanks to its beautiful beaches, upscale resorts and swanky nightclubs. The Vegas-style Conrad Casino adds to the lively entertainment scene. For a break from surf and sand, saddle up with a local gaucho and ride horseback through the wild plains surrounding the city.

This remarkable port nestled in the Golfo Nuevo is a wonderland of wildlife. See colonies of penguin, herds of sea lions and magnificent elephant seals. Look for Orcas in the nearby waters. Shop, visit the seaside villages or head inland to the vast plains of Patagonia.  Another must see is the local Welsh villages at Trelew, and enjoy tea and a slice of cake.

A bucket list destination to be ticked off as the Celebrity Eclipse rounds the Cape Horn, the most southern point on the American continent.

Cape Horn

Known as the world’s southernmost city and once home to a penal colony, Ushuaia is also our gateway to the magnificent Tierra del Fuego National Park. Named after the Yahgan Indians who lit fires in the region, this unspoilt wilderness of forests, lakes, rivers and glaciers is bristling with wildlife.

You will follow Charles Darwin’s historical adventure as you then sail down the Beagle Channel, looking for wildlife and glaciers.

Punta Arenas is an administrative commune and the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena, and that is your first Chilean port of call.  This is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, and the local penguin colonies.

Two days of amazing scenic cruising follows as you sail north through the Chilean Fjords and the Strait of Magellan follows before you arrive in Puerto Montt.  Chalet-style houses with ornate balconies will make you double-take this morning. Founded by German settlers in the mid 19th Century, Chile’s gateway to its spectacular lake district has a distinctly Alpine feel about it. From here, you’ve the chance to take in the best views of the region’s waterfalls, rivers and lakes, as well as Mt. Osorno with its snowcapped peak. Other highlights include the emerald green waters of Lake Todos Los Santos, more commonly known as Lake Esmeralda and described by Theodore Roosevelt as the most beautiful lake he had ever seen.

One last day at sea lets you exchange stories of your experiences with fellow passengers before you wave farewell to the Celebrity Eclipse in the port of San Antonio, Chile.  Your holiday does not end there, as you relax in the nearby coastal city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage City.  Stroll the colourful streets that have inspired so many artists and poets, enjoy amazing Chilean Seafood in the port, or take a short taxi ride to the nearby town of Vina de Mar.

Valparaiso, Chile

Finally it is time to say Adios to South America as you make the journey back to Australia.

This is a comprehensive, 20 night fly, cruise and stay programme that ticks off so many amazing sites and attractions.  And at an amazing low package price of $8,669 per person it is a fantastic opportunity to make the journey.

If you would like more information on this spectacular itinerary, or would like to make a reservation, give Travel Masters a call on 1800 672 988 or click on the link below:

TRAVEL MASTERS ARE PRESENTING OUR SOUTH AMERICA FULLY ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR (THAT INCLUDES BUENOS AIRES) DURING A FASCINATING INFORMATION SESSION ON THE GOLD COAST ON THE 6TH SEPTEMBER.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT CLICK HERE!