The blog for you to GETAWAY FROM YOUR EVERYDAY!!!!!

We’ll feature up to 3 destinations every two weeks. If you don’t want to do a package deal then have no fear because we can do most independently for you or what used to be call an ON YOUR OWN package.

 

 

SPECIAL LIMITED PROMOTION FROM ROYAL CARIBBEAN


30% Off Every Guest + Kids Sail Free(#6274732)

 

Date(s): 11/1/2019 - 5/31/2021

30% Off Every Guest + Kids Sail Free.


30% Off Every Guest + Kids Sail Free

 

 

 

 

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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE ESCORTED TOURS

 

 

Tournament Of Roses


Starting At: $ 1949.00

5 Days, featuring: Los Angeles

 

Tournament Of Roses With San Diego


Starting At: $ 2469.00

8 Days, featuring: Los Angeles

 

California New Year's Getaway featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade

 

Starting At: $ 1999.00

Ring in the New Year with an exciting trip to southern California. Find Pasadena abuzz with preparations for the famous Tournament of Roses Parade and get a sneak-peek as final touches are put on the massive floats. Listen as select Parade Bands perform at a special Bandfest presentation. Celebrate the season with a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance, with live entertainment and a champagne toast to the New Year. Enjoy prime viewing with reserved seating at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Para...

 

LOGO Viking Cruises

 

HERO Viking Cruises

 

 


 

 

It’s a great time to secure lower fares on 2020 cruises, with roundtrip international airfare for only $799. Our fares include everything your clients need to travel in comfort: a complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge, 24-hour room service and more. This is Viking Inclusive Value.

 


 

6 itineraries to choose from:
 

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South America &
the Chilean Fjords

18 Days | Buenos Aires to Santiago

 

Jan-Feb; Nov-Dec 2020 Departures
Cruise from $6,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

This journey sails to the end of the world and back. Guests will visit Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, see the penguins of the Falkland Islands, marvel at scenic Ushuaia, and witness spectacular landscapes as they cruise the Strait of Magellan en route to Santiago.


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South Pacific &
the Land Down Under

38 Days | Los Angeles to Sydney

 

Jan 4, 2020 Departure
Cruise from $10,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

Your clients will cruise the South Pacific to French Polynesia, Tonga and Fiji. They’ll see the beautiful turquoise waters of Tahiti, lushly forested Bora Bora, Māori culture on the Cook Islands and the scenic coast of New Zealand, calling on Auckland, Christchurch and more.


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Australia, Indonesia & Asia

28 Days | Sydney to Hong Kong

 

Feb 11, 2020 Departure
Cruise from $6,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

This enriching itinerary highlights natural and manmade marvels in some of the world’s most fascinating ports. Guests can discover Sydney’s historic charm and take in the stunning Great Barrier Reef before continuing on to the islands of Komodo, Bali and Java, where cultural treasures await.


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Jewels of Southeast Asia

26 Days | Hong Kong to Mumbai

 

Mar 9, 2020 Departure
Cruise from $6,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

Guests will discover ancient history and modern cityscapes in this exotic region. They will visit French-influenced Ho Chi Minh City, witness Kuala Lumpur’s striking architecture, see Bangkok’s temples and experience India’s unique culture in Chennai, Cochin and Goa.


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Southeast Asia &
Hong Kong

15 Days | Bangkok to Hong Kong

 

Apr 17 & Sep 30, 2020 Departures
Cruise from $4,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

Your clients can experience the culture of this exotic region. Overnight stays in five ports let them pull back the veil of Indochina and mingle with merchants at intimate floating markets, meet monks at revered temples, and witness life on Ha Long Bay as they explore by way of an authentic, regional ship.


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Komodo & the
Australian Coast

17 Days | Bali to Sydney

 

Mar 20 & Oct 26, 2020 Departures
Cruise from $4,999 per person,
plus Air for 
$799*
Ask for Offer OCT

 

This journey highlights the beauty of the Indonesian archipelago and Australia’s northern coast. Guests can witness colorful traditions on Lombok Island, explore Komodo National Park with an experienced naturalist, see the charms of Darwin with a local and discover the cosmopolitan culture of Brisbane.


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Cultural Enrichment

Experience your destination right on board. Our cultural enrichment program features acclaimed guest speakers, engaging entertainment and more. WATCH VIDEO

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The Kitchen Table

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind interactive culinary journey where you will learn to prepare regional cuisine with our world-class chefs, plate and present your dishes, and enjoy a private meal. WATCH VIDEO

 


 

 


 

 


 

 



*Offer OCT: Offer valid on bookings made from Oct 6 to Oct 31, 2019. Cruise from $6,999 per person based on Jan-Feb 2020 departures of South America & the Chilean Fjords in category V2; cruise from $10,999 per person based on Jan 4, 2020 departure of South Pacific & the Land Down Under in category V2; cruise from $6,999 per person based on Feb 11, 2020 departure of Australia, Indonesia & Asia; Mar 9, 2020 departure of Jewels of Southeast Asia in category V2; cruise from $4,999 per person based on Apr 17, 2020 departure of Southeast Asia & Hong Kong; Mar 20, 2020 departure of Komodo & the Australian Coast in category V2; other categories may be higher, please call for details. Prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Viking all-inclusive air with transfers available. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. All fares reflect cruise taxes, port taxes and fees. Additional restrictions may apply. Book by Oct 31, 2019; pay in full by 6 months prior to departure or within 24 hours if within 180 days of departure. Offer expires Oct 31, 2019.

Air Promo: $799 Economy air based on Jan-Feb; Nov-Dec 2020 departures of South America & the Chilean Fjords; Jan 4, 2020 departure of South Pacific & the Land Down Under; Feb 11, 2020 departure of Australia, Indonesia & Asia; Mar 9, 2020 departure of Jewels of Southeast Asia; Apr 17 & Sep 30, 2020 departures of Southeast Asia & Hong Kong; Mar 20 & Oct 26, 2020 departures of Komodo & the Australian Coast. Call for details. Air prices are per person based on cruise or cruise tour check-in date and include transfers. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change until full payment of air is received. Click here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees. Airfares vary on other gateways and departures. Air offers not valid on Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City; call for details. Ask for Offer OCT. Offer expires Oct 31, 2019.

 

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HERO Viking Cruises

 


 

3 itineraries to choose from:
 

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Paris & the Heart of Normandy

8 Days | Paris to Paris

 

MAR-DEC 2020 & 2021 Departures
Cruise from $1,999 per person,
plus Air from 
$399*
Ask for Offer EBD

 

Guests will celebrate French history, art and culture on this enriching Seine River cruise. They can experience World War II history on the beaches of Normandy, admire the Gothic architecture of Rouen, stroll Monet’s gardens at Giverny and tour Château Gaillard in Les Andelys.


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Châteaux, Rivers & Wine

8 Days | Bordeaux to Bordeaux

 

MAR-NOV 2020 & 2021 Departures
Cruise from $2,399 per person,
plus Air from 
$499*
Ask for Offer EBD

 

Your clients will journey through a region famous for its fine wine and cuisine. They can admire Bordeaux’s historic monuments, grand architecture and enriching museums before cruising through esteemed wine country. This journey is bookended by enriching overnight stays, allowing ample time to explore.


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Cities of Light

12 Days | Paris to Prague

 

APR-NOV 2020; MAR-NOV 2021 Departures
Cruise from $2,999 per person,
plus Air from 
$399*
Ask for Offer EBD

 

Bookended by two nights in Paris and Prague, this itinerary cruises the enchanting Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers through Germany, where your clients will visit Reichsburg Castle, well-preserved Marksburg Castle and the sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Then, they can explore the Franconian wine town of Würzburg.


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The Impressionists

Learn the story of how impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Degas forever changed the face of the art world and became a symbol of modern French life. WATCH VIDEO

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Truffle Hunting

Join Karine in Bordeaux, France as she learns how dogs are trained to sniff out and unearth a treasured French delicacy, the rare and delicious truffle. WATCH VIDEO

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

*Offer EBD: Offer valid on bookings made from Oct 3 to Oct 31, 2019. Cruise from $1,999 per person based on Dec 2021 departures of Paris & the Heart of Normandy in category F; cruise from $2,399 per person based on Nov 2020 & 2021 departures of Chateaux, Rivers & Wine in category F; cruise from $2,999 per person based on Mar 10, 2020 departures of Cities of Light in category F; other categories may be higher, please call for details. Prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Viking all-inclusive air with transfers available. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. All fares reflect cruise taxes, port taxes and fees. Additional restrictions may apply. Book by Oct 31, 2019; pay in full by 6 months prior to departure or within 24 hours if within 180 days of departure. Offer expires Oct 31, 2019.

Air Promo: $399 Economy air based on Mar, Nov & Dec 2020 & 2021 departures of Paris & the Heart of Normandy; Nov 2020; Mar & Nov 2021 departures of Cities of Light. $499 Economy air based on Mar, Apr & Nov 2020 & 2021 departures of Chateaux, Rivers & Wine. Call for details. Air prices are per person based on cruise or cruise tour check-in date and include transfers. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change until full payment of air is received. Click Here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees. Airfares vary on other gateways and departures. Air offers not valid on Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City; call for details. Ask for Offer EBD. Offer expires Oct 31, 2019.

 

 

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THE GLOBUS BRANDS WITH SPECIAL OFFERS FOR EUROPE IN 2020

 

 

Save 10% per person on 2020 Europe, South and North America early booking vacations


An ordinary vacation is passive. An extraordinary vacation is called a tour. More precisely, a Globus tour. Because on a Globus tour you do. you make; you create; you experience. very best of the destinations we know so well. Save up to 10%

 

Save 5% on select 2020 Globus Asia, Africa and South Pacific early bookings


There will never be a better time to see and experience the world. Globus invites you to enjoy every moment of your journey. What are you waiting for?

 

Save $200 Per Couple On Air-inclusive January Thru August 2020 Globus Europe Vacations


From the ancient ruins in Italy and Greece to the spectacular architecture in France, Globus shows you Europe like no one else.

 

Save 10% per person on 2020 Europe, South and North America early booking vacations


An ordinary vacation is passive. An extraordinary vacation is called a tour. More precisely, a Globus tour. Because on a Globus tour you do. you make; you create; you experience. very best of the destinations we know so well.

 

Book early and save $50 per person on 2020 Cosmos vacations worldwide


Book a 2020 Cosmos vacation (excluding Cosmos Lite and 2020 Oberammergau) to receive a $50 per person discount on the land price.

 

 

 

QUICKIE GETAWAY FROM YOUR EVERYDAY IN JANUARY


West Coast Getaway with San Diego(#5375286)

 

Prices Starting At: $ 649.00
+ 175.00 taxes/fees
Date(s): 1/22/2020 - 1/27/2020
Ship: Grand Princess

With an atmosphere of comfortable elegance, tantalizing dining options and dazzling entertainment, your stay on board Grand Princess® will be anything but ordinary. Relax at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, enjoy Movies Under the Stars® poolside or experience something new with our Discovery at SEAT enrichment programs.

 

 

 

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The Original Rail Cruise and (Castle) Manor House Tour

Departs Sunday, 20th September 2020
Price: €5999 (Approx. US$6839) per person sharing

Railtours Ireland First Class offers an exclusive rail cruise and manor house tour through Ireland on your own exclusive, private heritage train. Overnight in luxury five-star Irish manor houses, as well as city and country hotels. This all-inclusive tour is limited to 50 guests! We don't sleep on the train! We sleep in Manor Houses, Country Estates, and Luxury City Hotels!

Experience Dublin's Fair City before travelling by rail along the stunning East Coast to Waterford, Cork, Cobh and the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy an Irish night in Killarney before continuing on through the savagely beautiful countryside of Connemara in Co. Galway.

A unique Ireland vacation not to be missed!

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2. The All Ireland Tour
Price: From €1179 (Approx. US$1349) per person sharing

Travel South, Southwest and North by train on a 6-day rail tour covering all the highlights - with two nights in Killarney, two nights in Galway, and two nights in Dublin. This tour explores a significant part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coast. We head south to visit Cork, Blarney Castle & the Ring of Kerry, west to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, the Aran Islands in Galway Bay and North to the Giants Causeway. 3 FREE UPGRADES for your clients.


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Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny City & the Suir Valley
Price: €119 (Approx. US$136) per person

Enjoy a full day tour of Ireland's Ancient East - in Ireland's sunny south east. This rail tour visits the ancient city of Kilkenny or as it is known "The Marble City". After which, it continues on to explore the historic Viking City of Waterford where we visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. The tour returns to Dublin via the lovely Suir Valley. A day filled with the best of Ireland's Ancient East.


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We return to the eastside of the southern Americas... Brazil and Argentina!  See if any of these deals can inspire an jungle adventure in you where you can getaway from your everyday!

 

 

Brazil is the Place to Be

Sprawling across half of South America, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. White-sand beaches, tropical islands, music-filled metropolises and charming colonial towns are dotting its 7,500 km (4,600 mi) long coastline. Inland, Brazil tourist attractions consist of imposing waterfalls, wetlands filled with wildlife, and the untouched wilderness of the Amazon rainforest where several isolated tribes still live without any contact with the rest of the world.

 

One of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial towns, Ouro Preto, meaning “black gold”, was founded at the end of the 17th century. It quickly became the epicenter of a new gold rush in the state of Minas Gerais. The city contains well preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, while modern buildings must adhere to historical standards maintained by the city. 18th- and 19th-century churches decorated with gold and the sculptured works of Aleijadinho make Ouro Preto one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil.

 

Teatro Amazonas or Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. It was built during the heyday of rubber trade using materials from all over the world, with furniture from Paris, marble from Italy, and steel from England. On the outside of the building, the dome was covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian national flag.

 

Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful archipelago with pristine beaches, landscapes and wildlife, situated 354 km (220 miles) off the northeastern coast in Brazil. The archipelago was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci in 1503 and temporarily occupied by the Dutch and French before Portugal established dominion in 1737. Today only the largest of the 21 islands is inhabited with a population of about 3,500. The islands are a Mecca for divers and snorkelers with warm waters year-round and very good visibility even at depths of 50 meters.

 

Another well preserved colonial city, Olinda is located on the Brazil’s northeastern coast, just north of Recife. Olinda features a number of major touristic attractions, such as a historic downtown area, churches, and the famous Carnival of Olinda. Many bars, restaurants, artist and craftspeople studios add charm to the old-town setting.

 

Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, with an attractive colonial town, a vibrant musical scene and loads of exceptional beaches all around. The beaches range from calm inlets, ideal for swimming, diving and sailing, as well as open sea inlets with strong waves, popular with surfers. There are also beaches surrounded by reefs, forming natural pools of stone, ideal for children.

 

The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland, lying mostly in Western Brazil but extending into Bolivia and Paraguay as well. Famous for its wildlife, it is one of Brazil’s major tourist attractions. Unlike the Amazon rainforest, in the Pantanal you are virtually guaranteed to actually see the wildlife. Capybara and the Yacare Caiman are present in the millions. The Pantanal is also home to one of the largest Jaguar populations in the Americas.

 

There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day on the streets and almost half a million foreigners during its 4 day celebration. The Carnival is all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues in Rio, concluding in the spectacular Rio Samba Parade at the Sambadrome.

 

At approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, just slightly shorter than the Nile, and the largest river by volume. The Amazon has over 3,000 recognized species of fish and new species are still being discovered. The Amazon Basin is covered by half of the planet’s remaining rainforests. Although a tenth of the world’s estimated 10 million living species live in the Amazon rainforest, jungle tours are more about the boating upriver into the damp, buzzing, oppressive ambience than actually spotting

 

One of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguaçu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped with a height of 82 meter (269 ft). The falls can be reached from the cities Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, as well as from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. On the Brazilian side there is a long walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat.

 

Christ the Redeemer is the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. Located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain, it provides a sweeping panorama from the interior of Guanabara bay to the north, to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to the south. The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 39.6 meters (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 meters (31 ft) pedestal and has become an icon of Rio and Brazil.

 

Cruising by Brazil and Argentina....

Cruising by Brazil

 

 

South Georgia with Taste of Argentina & Brazil


Starting At: $ 32095.00
Ship: Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse is the the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Launching in the Mediterranean on August 31, 2018, her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level in terms of luxury and elegance. Your time on board will be one of world-class indulgence and absolute discovery.

 

Cape Horn & Brazilian Grand Adventure


Starting At: $ 4788.00
+ 750.00 taxes/fees
Ship: Island Princess

Island Princess® is your own private retreat on the sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you'll find the soothing Lotus Spa®, live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, casino gaming and more. And for a special treat, try the Bayou Café and SteakhouseSM, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine.

 

Brazilian Adventure


Starting At: $ 935.00
+ 270.00 taxes/fees
Ship: Coral Princess

Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars® by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café.

 

Iguazu Falls Adventure - Tour 1B

 

Starting At: $ 6388.00
+ 431.84 taxes/fees
Ship: Coral Princess

 

21 Night Miami To Rio De Janeiro Edens & The Amazon Cruise


Starting At: $ 6249.00
Ship: Marina

Intimate and luxurious, Marina retains the same warmth and charm of her acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, Marina offers even more choice and some enticing new amenities. Designed for epicureans and travel connoisseurs, Marina offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge.

 

12 Night Rio De Janeiro To Buenos Aires Radiant Rhythms Cruise


Starting At: $ 2099.00
Ship: Marina

Intimate and luxurious, Marina retains the same warmth and charm of her acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, Marina offers even more choice and some enticing new amenities. Designed for epicureans and travel connoisseurs, Marina offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge.

 

33 Night Miami To Buenos Aires Fauna To Fair Winds Cruise


Starting At: $ 9599.00
Ship: Marina

Intimate and luxurious, Marina retains the same warmth and charm of her acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, Marina offers even more choice and some enticing new amenities. Designed for epicureans and travel connoisseurs, Marina offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge.

 

36-Day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage


Starting At: $ 5299.00
+ 1115.00 taxes/fees
Ship: Volendam

Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her décor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America's Test Kitchen. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.

 

Rio De Janeiro To San Antonio, 19 Nights


Starting At: $ 1999.00
+ 405.72 taxes/fees
Ship: Queen Victoria

From Rio, Montevideo and two days in Buenos Aires lead you south. Majestic scenery dominates around Cape Horn, before you cruise close to mighty glaciers on the way to San Antonio near Santiago.

 

Argentina, Rio And Uruguay


Starting At: $ 2019.00
+ 328.58 taxes/fees
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

 

12-Night Carnival In Rio Voyage


Starting At: $ 2199.00
+ 417.61 taxes/fees
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Spend the day in sunny Buenos Aires, perusing the city's colorful murals and European architecture before making sail for Montevideo, Uruguay. One of South America's most intriguing and diverse capitals, take time in port to explore Montevideo's incredible 19th-century landmarks, historical monuments, and beautiful parks.

 

8-Night Rio To Buenos Aires Voyage


Starting At: $ 1499.00
+ 338.31 taxes/fees
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Spend eight nights immersing yourself in the most exciting destinations and iconic experiences South America has to offer! Your voyage begins in spirited Rio De Janeiro, where you'll have two nights in port to discover this vibrant city. Located 842 meters above sea level, Pedra da Gavea is an ambitious climb, but the breathtaking views are worth it! Or head to Mirante Dona Marta in Tijuca National Park for the best sunset views of the city.

 

13-Night Tango, Salsa & Samba Voyage


Starting At: $ 1199.00
+ 449.30 taxes/fees
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Dust off your dancing shoes for this 13-night sailing to some of South America's most exciting cities. Ready to try the tango? Arrive early in our embarkation port of Buenos Aires and get a lesson with locals. Next, it's on to Montevideo, where you can ramble along the world's longest sidewalk, La Rambla, to soak in the city's elegant European flair. We then spend two days at sea, so you can put your newfound tango skills to the test at the Cabaret Lounge or the Living Room.

 

15-Night New Year's Eve In Rio Voyage


Starting At: $ 1999.00
+ 460.61 taxes/fees
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Welcome the new decade in style with a spectacular South American voyage. Beginning in beautiful Buenos Aires, we set sail for Montevideo, an elegant, ornate city with eclectic modern touches, for an overnight stay. Stroll along sprawling La Rambla, or sample meat and seafood grilled to perfection at the 19th century Harbour Market. Celebrate Christmas at sea with a holiday feast and plenty of festive fun.

 

 

Cool Places to Visit in Argentina

With jaw-dropping scenery, abundance of exotic wildlife, colonial towns and cities rife with superb cuisine and vibrant culture, it is no wonder that Argentina is a popular travel destination. Located in the southern region of South America in a large, elongated shape, Argentina was sparsely inhabited by a few indigenous tribes before Spain’s colonized it in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, the country is an independent republic featuring varied landscapes from rich plains to thick jungle, majestic mountains, pastoral steppes and impressive glaciers.

 

Once a retreat for Argentina’s aristocracy, Mar del Plata today is the country’s top beach resort city. Located on the Atlantic Coast in the Buenos Aires Province, Mar del Plata attracts millions of tourists every year to its sandy beaches and lively culture. During the summer weekends it can get very crowded here but outside the summer months, the city takes on a much more relaxed feel.

 

At the geographical center of Argentina is Cordoba, the country’s second largest city. Surrounded by picturesque valleys and mountains, Cordoba is best known for its concentration of Spanish colonial buildings. Most of these historic palaces, churches and monuments are found in the city center within an area known as the Jesuit Block. Cordoba is also home to more than 200,000 students, producing the city with a youthful and lively atmosphere.

 

Located on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, the city of Puerto Madryn is best known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes. It is also a popular summer destination because of its beautiful beaches although the water can be very cold. With the explosion of tourism in recent years, Madryn has undergone rapid growth, and the town’s small permanent population swells exponentially during the summer months. Whale Watching tours are also popular as the Southern Right Whale uses the waters of Gulfo Nuevo for breeding and giving birth. From July to September the whales are so close they can be viewed from the mainland.

 

With its chocolate shops, Swiss-style architecture and picturesque setting of pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains, San Carlos de Bariloche appears more like a village in Switzerland. Instead, it is an enchanting city in the Río Negro Province of Argentina. Commonly referred to as simply Bariloche, San Carlos also serves as a gateway to spectacular landscapes and outdoor adventures. The nearby mountains are a hot spot for snow skiing, containing one of South America’s largest ski stations at Cerro Catedral.

 

Formerly used as a penal colony because of its isolated location, Ushuaia’s remote beauty is now what makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Argentina. Regarded as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia is located on the Beagle Channel, serving as a popular base for Antarctica cruises, winter sports and wildlife viewing. The nearby mountains of Glacier Martial and Cerro Castor provide hiking in the summer and snow sports in the winter.

 

Located in Latin America’s largest wine producing region, Mendoza is a popular tourist destination not only for its wine but also for its proximity to Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. Furthermore, Mendoza offers access to beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures such as hiking, horse riding, river rafting and more. At the heart of Mendoza is its main square, Independence Plaza, which is surrounded by restaurants, shops, museums and beautiful buildings that are illuminated at night.

 

Formerly a sleepy town in a remote region of Patagonia, El Calafate is now a booming tourist town thanks to the establishment of the nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Located in Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province, El Calafate serves as a starting point for many tourist excursions of which the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most popular due to its spectacular display of cracking and thundering ice breaks. El Calafate itself is a charming town where tourists can stroll down the main street and visit souvenir shops and museums like the Glaciarium to learn about all about the region’s glaciers. In addition to hotel lodging, there are also several nice restaurants.

 

Los Glaciares or Glaciers National Park is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. Located in the Santa Cruz Province of the vast Patagonia region, the national park features the largest ice cap outside of Greenland and Antarctica. The repeated advancing and retreating cycle of the glaciers presents a never ending show of cracking ice and thunderous booms as giant blocks break away and crash into the lakes with enormous splashes. While the glaciers are located in the southern section of the park, the northern section features majestic mountains such as Mount Fitz Roy, offering hiking and mountain climbing.

 

Pulsating with vitality and seductive charm from colorful European architecture to animated neighborhoods, sensational shopping, gourmet cuisine and sizzling nightlife, it is no wonder that Buenos Aires gave birth to the captivating tango dance. Located off the southeastern coast of South America, Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and one of Latin America’s largest cities. This vibrant cosmopolitan city is composed of several districts called barrios. Some of the most visited of these barrios include the Microcentro where The Obelisco is located. San Telmo is popular for its flea markets while La Boca’s multicolored architecture and tango street dancing make it a world famous district.

 

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Buenos Aires

Downtown Buenos Aires is as sophisticated as any European city, with its wide avenues, fine colonial architecture and rows of pavement cafés. The city was built by French, Italian and Spanish immigrants and the Porteños (locals) still regard themselves as more European than South American. Travellers walking through the leafy parks and boulevards could be forgiven for thinking they were in Madrid, Paris or Milan. Buenos Aires was founded on the shores of the Rio de la Plata in 1570 and was named after the patron saint of sailors for the good wind or buen aire. The city remained a colonial backwater for 200 years while the Spanish concentrated their attentions on wealthier Peru. During this time Buenos Aires became a thriving centre for smuggling between South America and Europe. Dissatisfaction with Spanish economic and political dominance escalated to boiling point and culminated in the revolution of May 1810 and finally to independence in 1816. Its history since then has been dogged by military coups and political mismanagement; the consequences of which are growing disaffection with the government and widespread poverty, as is evident in the sprawling shantytowns on the city's outskirts. This turbulent history has not managed to stifle the indomitable spirit of the Porteños whose passion, charm and vibrancy have forged this great city, a place in which the fire of Evita's soul and the allure of the tango endure. A holiday in Buenos Aires is a journey of discovering the fire that pervades Argentine culture, in everything from food and conversation to music, art and dance.

 

Key Facts

Language: Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English is generally understood in the tourist areas.

Passport/Visa: Valid passports are required for travel to Argentina. Visas are not generally required for stays of less than three months, with the possibility of an extension of stay. Visas are valid for several entries within the period of validity stated in the visa. It is recommended that all visitors have sufficient funds, as well as onward or return tickets and documents required for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Currency: The unit of currency is the Argentinean Peso (ARS). Currency can be exchanged at banks and cambios (bureau de change) but it is easier to use ATMs, available in most towns, which reflect the current exchange rate. Major credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars can be used in many tourist establishments.

Electricity: Electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels and offices use the three-pin flat plug, however most older buildings use the two-pin round plug.

 

Travel to Buenos Aires

 

Climate

Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate with average temperatures ranging from 84°F (29°C) highs in summer (December to February) to less than 50°F (10°C) lows in winter (July to August). The heaviest rain falls during summer, early autumn and late spring, though rain can be expected at any time of the year. Many locals leave Buenos Aires during the hot summer months (December, January and February) and head for the coastal resorts.

 

Health Notes

There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces, so it is wise to seek your doctor's advice when travelling to these areas. However, it is recommended that all visitors to regions bordering Brazil and Paraguay, including Iguazu Falls, be inoculated against yellow fever. Outbreaks of dengue fever are on the increase, and visitors are advised to avoid getting mosquito bites as there is no effective treatment for it. A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel to Argentina as well as a typhoid vaccination for those who might eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. Medical facilities are good in the major cities. Treatment is expensive, however, and medical insurance is advised. Asthma, sinus and bronchial ailments can be aggravated by pollution in Buenos Aires. Those with specific conditions should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medication for the trip.

 

 

Attractions in Buenos Aires

 

Buenos Aires (meaning 'fair winds' in Spanish) has several enthralling attractions. Most sightseeing is best done by day, for aesthetic and precautionary purposes, and walking is the best (but by no means only) mode of transport in this intriguing city. Visit the Cementerio de la Recoleta, home to the tomb of Eva Perón, the actress married to Argentina's President Juan Perón and subject of the musical Evita, or wander under the magnificent facades of the downtown area, favorable for its marvelous old European buildings. Enthusiastic sightseers can take a paddleboat from the promenade in Palermo and stroll through the beautiful flower garden. An absolute must for culture vultures is a trip to the Palermo Viejo district, with its charming cobblestone streets, bookstores, bars and boutiques, or an afternoon exploring the Caminito pedestrian street's arts and crafts in La Boca. Enjoy watching tango dancers in the cobblestone streets and take a tour of the La Bombonera Stadium. Experience El Puerto de Buenos Aires during the day or, for a taste of history, visit the National Immigration Museum. Visitors wanting to catch a show can do so at the Recoleta Cultural Center. Built in 1732, it was originally a convent connected to the Basílica del Pilar. Today it is a cultural centre hosting concerts, live performances and screenings. The historical building also houses sculptures, paintings and photographs in different exhibitions, providing a fantastic sightseeing experience for any visitor to this exciting city.

 

Casa Rosada

One of the world's most famous balconies juts out of Argentina's Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada. The pink building has been the scene of many a political rally, particularly during the regime of the notorious and tragic Juan and Eva Peron. The building began as a fort in 1594, and was turned into a castle-like centre for colonial government in 1713. Additions and changes were made to the building until 1857, when it was demolished and the Casa Rosada we know today was built. The Italian style building, fronted with palm trees and fountains, was painted pink when it was converted from a Customs and Post Office building into the presidential palace. President Sarmiento decided to appease opposing political parties by merging red and white into a pink color scheme for the palace. The building has since been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina. Today the building houses a small basement museum displaying some presidential artifacts. Each evening, a small platoon of mounted grenadiers emerge from the guardhouse to lower the flag on the Plaza, adding a touch of pomp and ceremony to the pretty building.

 

Cathedral Metropolitana

Situated in the Plaza de Mayo, the Neoclassical Cathedral Metropolitana houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the Spanish. The General was originally buried in Franche, but his body was exhumed in 1880, transported to Beunos Aires and buried again, this time in a mausoleum designed by a French sculptor. The mausoleum is guarded by three sculptures, each a life-size female figure representing Argentina, Chile and Peru. The mausoleum also houses the remains of General Juan Gregorio de las Heras, General Tomas Guido, and the Unknown Soldier of the Independence. The cathedral has been periodically rebuilt and renovated since the foundation stone was laid in the 16th century. The current structure was finally completed in the mid-19th century. The interior has recently been renovated and the gilded columns, Venetian mosaic floors, and silver-plated altar are in pristine condition. Some interesting things to see in the cathedral are the two pulpits, made by the sculptor Juan Antonio Gaspar Hernandez, the director of Buenos Aires' first art school, a wide variety of colonial sculptures, a collection of very good colonial oil paintings, and the 1871 Walcker Organ containing more than 3,500 tubes, one of the finest examples of its kind.

 

Plaza Dorrego

Plaza Dorrego lies in San Telmo, the bohemian artists' quarter of Buenos Aires and the birthplace of tango. The tiny square is surrounded by elegant houses, now mostly converted into antique shops and bars whose tables overflow onto the street. There are numerous museums nearby the Plaza Dorrego worth visiting, including the Museo Histórico Nacional and the Museo de Arte Moderno. On Sundays, the plaza is the setting for the ancient flea market, the Feria de San Pedro Telmo. Though you are unlikely to discover too many bargains, you may find an interesting souvenir or two. Once the stallholders pack up their wares at 5pm, the square becomes a stage for informal tango dancing. This is as popular with the locals as it is with tourists, and even the inexperienced may be tempted to try it out. Aside from the museums, flea markets and dancers, another of the square's main attractions is simply the people watching. Visitors to Buenos Aires will not regret an afternoon spent whiling away the hours at a sidewalk cafe, soaking in the atmosphere and admiring the passers-by until the dancers arrive for the evening's festivities.

 

La Boca

La Boca (The Mouth), situated in the south-east of Buenos Aires at the mouth of the Riachuelo river, is the most colourful neighbourhood or barrio in Buenos Aires, original home of both football legend Diego Maradona and the tango. An assortment of brightly-painted houses made of wood and metal line the streets, including the famed main street Caminito, in this poor but happy area full of artisans, painters, street performers, cantinas and open-air tango shows. The neighborhood was originally settled by Italian immigrants from Genoa, most of whom came to work at the docks. Residents today are still mostly of European descent, from Italian, Spanish and French to German, Arab and Basque. Today it is frequented by crowds of tourists who come to soak up the lively atmosphere, watch tango dancers on the streets and squares, and sit in picturesque cafes sipping coffee and beer.

 

Nueve de Julio Avenue

At 416 feet (127m) wide, spanning the width of an entire city block, Avenida 9 de Julio is claimed to be the widest avenue in the world. Named for Argentina's Independence Day, which falls on 9th July, the avenue was originally planned in 1888, but actual construction only began in 1935 after many disputes with landowners. While the initial phase opened for public use in 1937, the avenue was only fully completed in the 1960s, with the southern connections only completed after 1980. The avenue runs from the Retiro district in the north to Constitucion station in the south, roughly one kilometer to the west of the Rio de la Plata waterfront, and consists of 18 lanes of traffic, nine on each side. In the middle of the street stands a 67-metre-tall obelisk marking the heart of Buenos Aires. The obelisk is a popular photo spot, and visitors can climb to the top where they can look out over the Avenida 9 de Julio through its four observation windows. Lines B, C, and D of the Buenos Aires Metro converge at a station located on the pedestrian underpass below the obelisk, and the underpass also serves as a retail concourse. It can take quite a while to cross the avenue on street level as opposed to using the underpass, since there are traffic lights at each intersection, which can slow a pedestrian's crossing.