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RIO DE JANEIRO TO BUENOS AIRES
11 Days aboard Marina | Fares from $3,799 per guest
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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - ULTIMATE RIO

PRE - ULTIMATE RIO

Experience vibrant Rio de Janeiro at landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue, and also through free time, which allows you to venture into parts of the city that interest you the most.

Day 1

Upon flying into the Rio International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Rio Hotel, located right across the street from the famed Copacabana Beach.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you time to settle in. Meals are on your own, and you'll have plenty of choices regarding cuisine because restaurants are plentiful in the beach area.

Day 2

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel before driving along Rio's picturesque beaches to the laid-back Urca district, which exudes a genuine neighborhood feel. Here, you'll board a cable car for a ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The 600-million-year-old granite and quartz mountain was named for its tall cone, supposedly because it resembles sugar that was shaped into a loaf for transport in the 19th century.

The cable-car ride is in two stages. The first takes you to Urca Hill, where there are lush, fragrant gardens and several scenic lookouts. If you wish to venture even higher, the second segment of the cable car ride will take you to the very top of Sugarloaf, which rises 1300 feet above sea level. From here, you will enjoy mesmerizing views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the ocean and smaller, densely vegetated mountains.

After descending Sugarloaf, you will drive through a number of pleasant residential areas, around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and past the Botanical Gardens, which boasts 5,000 species of tropical plants.

You will return to the hotel by early afternoon and have the remainder of the day to do whatever you please. You might sunbathe on Copacabana Beach and then stroll the black-and-white wave-shaped mosaic boardwalk. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 3

Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to lovely Cosme Velho, a neighborhood known for its brightly colored neo-colonial homes and cobbled streets. Before long, you will board the funicular railway for a 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban forest.

As the train climbs Corcovado (meaning "Hunchback" in Portuguese) Mountain, you will enjoy spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro peeking through the dense vegetation. A majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer crowns the mountain, which is nearly twice as high as Sugarloaf. Inaugurated in 1931, the 700-ton statue stands 100 feet tall.

Following the descent on the train, you will drive back to the hotel via Rio's most scenic beaches. The remainder of the day is free, so you can explore wherever you wish. If shopping is on your list, you might look for beachwear, gemstone jewelry and leather goods, all of which are signature items in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 4

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port to embark the ship.

Land Program Step by Step

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

Additional Nights: Optional extra nights can be purchased for guests wishing to arrive earlier than the program start date. Transfers are included when purchased through the cruise line. Please contact our Reservations Department for details.

Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

DAY 1

Fly into Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the Sofitel Rio hotel (or similar), where you will spend three evenings. The remainder of today is at your leisure with meals on your own.

DAY 2

AM Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Tour Sugarloaf Mountain

1:00pm Return to the hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch and dinner

on your own

Overnight at the Rio Sofitel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Tour Rio de Janeiro, including Corcovado

1:00pm Return to the hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch and dinner

on your own

Overnight at the Rio Sofitel or similar hotel

DAY 4

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. After check out at 12pm (noon), you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Expected Weather

Summer is from the end of November until March. During these months, the daily high averages 29° Celsius (84° Fahrenheit, although it can frequently climb as high as 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit) in parts of the city. At night, the temperatures remain in the mid-20s Celsius (high 70s Fahrenheit). Rainfall peaks in the summer with more than 100mm (about four inches) of rain per month. December is typically the wettest month of the year, although rainfall is unpredictable. It can easily be sunny one day and rain torrentially the next.

What to Bring

Casual, comfortable attire, good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, camera, and umbrella

Currency

The Brazilian Real (BRL) is the currency. You will need Reals, as the U.S. Dollar is not legal tender in Brazil. However, dollars can still be used for small tips or to buy items at some tourist locations.

Electricity

127V-60H

Documents and Visa Requirements

A valid passport is needed. International guests are required to check with their travel agents with regards to Visa requirements.

Accommodation

Sofitel Rio

Avenida Atlantica 4240, Copacabana

Rio De Janeiro 22070002

Phone: (+55) 21 2525 1235

If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes

3 Nights in a deluxe ocean front room in the Sofitel Rio or similar

Breakfast buffets

Two half-day tours, including Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer

Air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide

Luggage handling and porterage at the airport and hotel

Service charges, handling fees, and local taxes

Program excludes

Any meals not listed above

All beverages

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Other hotel incidentals and personal expenses

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$1,299 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - IGUAZU FALLS EXPERIENCE

POST - IGUAZU FALLS EXPERIENCE

Experience the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of South America during this memorable journey to Iguazú Falls ~ one of the great natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Iguazú River Delta is located in the center of a sub-tropical forest spanning 457,000 acres, and possesses unique characteristics that have made it an important economic and ecological reserve for its neighboring countries. On this post cruise adventure you will visit the northeastern section of Argentina - an area that is inhabited by over 400 different varieties of birds and marks one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world.

80m high and 3km wide, the Iguazú Falls span the border between Argentina and Brazil and is made up of many cascades that generate vast sprays of water producing one of the most spectacular waterfalls known to mankind.

DAY 1

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Domestic Airport to board your flight to Iguazú.

*We recommend you pack one light overnight bag per person. Allowance: one checked bag per person maximum 15 kg/33lbs and one carry on per person maximum 5kg/11lbs. Any excess luggage will be stored at the hotel in Buenos Aires where you will receive it upon your return.

Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and then transferred to Iguazú Falls National Park. A buffet lunch will be served at La Selva Restaurant shortly after your arrival.

Following lunch, enjoy a motorized boat cruise (zodiacs) which allows you to view the falls from water level and get close enough to feel the spray and energy created by this great mass of falling water. Please note that you will get wet on the zodiacs. Along the way, your guide will explain all about the trees, birds, falls and more. Note: the zodiac loading area is not accessible to wheelchairs. There are approximately 100 steps down / up to reach the boats with no ramps. The zodiac tour is optional and any guests wishing to remain ashore can do so. There are shaded areas and benches to sit on throughout the park.

The name Iguazú means Great Waters in Guarani. This natural wonder is taller and twice as wide than Niagara Falls and combines 275 falls in a massive, magnificent cascade stretching for nearly 1.7 miles. Situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, its waters pass over lush, sub-tropical greenery. One of the most breathtaking sights you may see during your tour is the fluttering of more than 700 species of butterflies that make this area their home.

After the zodiac tour, check-in at your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax before dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Loi Suites Hotel or similar

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, check out & transfer by bus to Iguazú National Park to visit the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the Iguazú River crashes down almost 80 metres forming many rainbows. You will reach this fantastic sight via a unique train ride - the Eco-Train - which travels on a 1000-meter footbridge from the train station to the Garganta del Diablo. You will end your visit with a moderate walk through one of the circuits of the National Park on the Argentine Side. Along the way traverse over catwalks and view the observatories. A box lunch will be provided before your transfer to the Iguazú Airport. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel where the evening is at leisure.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight at the Emperador Buenos Aires or similar

DAY 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check out is at 12:00nn. You will be transferred to the airport based on your flight schedule. Luggage storage is available at the hotel for guests with late flights.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated below are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

8:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to the Domestic Airport

8:15am Check-in for your flight

9:45am Fly (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Iguazú

11:30am Arrival in Iguazú and transfer to Iguazú Falls National Park

1:00pm Enjoy lunch at La Selva Restaurant (1 soft drink included)

2:00pm Zodiac Tour on the Argentinean side of the falls and time to explore the lower trails of the park. Zodiac ride is 15 minutes in duration.

6:30pm Transfer to your hotel

7:00pm Time at leisure at the hotel

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel (1 soft drink and ½ bottle of wine included)

Overnight at Loi Suites Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast at your hotel and check-out

7:30am Transfer to Iguazú National Park

8:00am Visit the Devil’s Throat

12:00nn Depending on flight schedule, enjoy some time at leisure until your airport transfer. Box lunch provided (sandwich, salad, fruit, water – subject to change)

12:30pm Transfer to the airport

1:00pm Arrive at the airport and check-in

2:05pm Fly (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Buenos Aires

3:55pm Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel

5:15pm Approximate arrival to the hotel

Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Emperador Buenos Aires or similar hotel

DAY 3

7:30am Buffet breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out and transfer to the Buenos Aires Airport based on your flight details. For guests with late flights, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather:

Seasons in South America are exactly opposite of those in North America. Rain can fall at any time of the year. A hot and humid climate should be expected during the summer (December-March)

What to Bring: Light, loose clothing, comfortable, rubber-soled shoes and a light rain jacket as well as mosquito repellant are recommended. Guests can also wear a swimsuit for the zodiac boat ride if they wish but must be worn under your clothes as there are no changing facilities.

Note: The pathways can be uneven in places and there are approximately 100 steps up / down to access the zodiac boat. You are very likely to get wet from the spray of the falls.

Currency: The official Argentine currency is the Peso. USD are accepted in most places. The exchange rate is approximately 1 USD = 8.0 Argentine pesos.

Electricity: 220 volts A.C. (50 Hz)

Luggage: As you will be flying on a domestic flight, the luggage restrictions are as follows:

5kg/11lbs of carry-on luggage

15kg / 33lbs of checked-in luggage

Documents and Visa Requirements: Passport is required

Accommodations: If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Loi Suites Hotel

Selva Iryapú sin Número

Casilla de Correo nº11 – 3370, Puerto Iguazú - Misiones - Argentina

Phone: +54 3757 49 8300

Emperador Buenos Aires Hotel

Av. Libertador 420, Buenos Aires, Argentina C1001ABR

Phone: 54 11 4131 4000

Program includes:

•All transfers

•English speaking guide

•1 night at Loi Suites Hotel (Standard Junior Studio) or similar – breakfast and taxes included

•1 night at the Emperador Buenos Aires or similar (standard room)– breakfast and taxes included

•Excursion to Argentine Falls with Devils Throat + Zodiac Tour

•1 Lunch at La Selva Restaurant (1 soft drink included)

•1 Dinner at Loi Suites Hotel (1 soft drink and ½ bottle of wine included)

•1 box lunch

•Gratuities for luggage handling

•Economy class flight tickets from Buenos Aires to Iguazú and back to Buenos Aires

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes:

•Any meals and beverages not specified above

•Gratuities to guides and drivers

•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,799 Per Guest



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