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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
South America is a continent of contrasts, with locations of awe- inspiring natural beauty, a fascinating history, magnificent ruin s of ancient civilisations, vibrant cities and a captivating ar ray of cultures that make this a unique travel experience While South America has something to offer every traveller; it can sometimes be overwhelming because of the wealth of attractions and countries to discover, as well as the distances and time required to travel between them. The specialist team from the South America Tourism Office has designed a new tour that will incorporate even more of the sights of this unique continent at a great price. The South American Odyssey is a 35-day fly, tour and cr uise program that combines the 'must see' attractions of Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, the colourful cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro as well as a tr uly special voyage along the southern channels and fjords on board Holland America Line's MS Veendam. Experience the South America that not everybody sees with a trip to the beautiful and remote regions of Patagonia, 'the end of the world.' Start in Valparaiso and cruise along the Chilean coast on a jour ney filled with enchanting landscapes, with mountain peaks, lush valleys and glaciers, navigating as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Hor n. Stops along the way will include the portside cities of Puerto Montt, Ushuaia, Montevideo and even the isolated Falkland Islands as the cruise travels to and finishes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On top of this, the tour will also feature other unique jour neys including the 'Andean Explorer' train from Cuzco to Puno, one of the top ten rail jour neys in the world; as well as a navigation of Lake Titicaca aboard a first-class catamaran. Other highlights include special cultural experiences with an excursion to a local community and a weaving demonstration in Peru, an amazing display of the tango in Buenos Aires and a lively samba show in Rio de Janeiro. The 35-day South American Odyssey tour starts from $12,807 per person twin share and offers the choice of accommodation categories between tourist superior (3.5 star) and first-class (4 star) both with different cabin options on the MS Veendam. Extensions to the Galapagos Islands or the Ama zon can be added. There is also a shorter 22-day tour available. Refurbished in 2009, the ship is a superior mid-sized vessel that accommodates 1350 passengers in absolute style. All cabins feature lower beds plus living area, The South American Odyssey bathtub and shower, flat screen TV and DVD player. The Lanai stateroom offers ocean views and sliding doors leading onto the lower promenade deck. The Deluxe Verandah Suite offers ocean views, dressing room, floor-to-ceiling windows and a private verandah. This program has been prepared by the South America Tourism Office, a tour operator that has been delivering unique travel experiences to South and Central America for the past 10 years. Using a mixture of quality local and inter nationally-operated hotels and knowledgeable bilingual guides, they specialise in designing creative itineraries throughout Latin America. For more information on the South American Odyssey, please contact your local RACT Travelworld office or call us on 1300 368 111. Chilean fjord 65 June /July 2010
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