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Journeys : Apr May 2012
South America is a continent of contrasts, w ith locations of awe-inspiring natural beauty, a fascinating histor y and magnificent ruins of ancient civilizations. Vibrant cities and a captivating array of cultures make the continent a unique travel experience. While South America has something to offer every kind of traveller, it can sometimes be over whelming because of the wealth of attractions and countries to discover, the distances and time required to travel between them, and the expense. 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 an excellent price. The South Amer ican Odyssey is the ultimate journey – this 36-day extravaganza is a fly, tour and cruise 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 truly 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 journey filled with enchanting landscapes filled with mountain peaks, lush valleys and glaciers, navigating as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. 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 journeys including the Andean Explorer train from Cuzco to Puno, a first-class service and considered one of the top ten rail journeys in the world, as well as a navigation of Lake Titicaca onboard a luxury catamaran. Other highlights include special cultural experiences with a unique excursion visiting a local community and a weaving demonstration in Per u, an amazing display of the tango in Buenos Aires and a lively samba show in Rio de Janeiro. Extensions to the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon can be added. The 36 day South American Odyssey tour star ts from $11,170 per person (twin share) and offers the choice of accommodation categories between tourist (3.5), first class (4 star) and deluxe class (5 star), all with different cabin options on the MS Veendam. Refurbished in 2009, the MS Veendam is a superior mid-sized vessel that accommodates 1350 passengers in absolute style. All cabins feature lower beds plus living area, bathtub and shower, flat screen TV and DVD player. This program has been prepared by the South America Tourism Office (SATO), a tour operator that has been delivering unique travel experiences to South and Central America for the past 12 years. Using a mixture of quality local and internationally-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 office on 1300 368 111 or call In to your local branch. A South American odyssey Clockwise from above left: Santiago; La Boca; Iguazu Falls; Santiago Terms and Conditions: 1. Price includes all flights (international from Australia ex MEL/SYD/BNE and internal flights within South America. Please enquire for add-ons. 2. *Price of $11,170pp is basedon twin share for the 23 October 2012 departure of the 36 day tour with tourist superior hotels.The cost for a single passenger for this date will be $15,297. Price for First Class hotels will be $13,610 pp twin share and $19,067 single. Price for Deluxe Hotels will be $16,461 pp twin share and $25,712pp for single. 3.Tourist category based on 3.5 star hotel throughout and Inside Cabin on board the M/S Veendam. First class category is equivalent to 4 star hotels and feature Lanai Stateroom on board cruise. Deluxe categegory is equivalent to 5 star hotels andVerandah Stateroom on board the M/S Veendam. 4. Price does not include air ticket taxes, port taxes, gratuities, fuel surcharges and airport departure taxes. Air ticket taxes are variable and will be invoiced as tickets are issued. (Approx. $750-$800pp.) Passengers will need to pay extra for fuel surcharges and gratuities and this will be advised later (approx. $300). Airport taxes may be payable locally within South America and a list of these will be provided with final documentation. 5. A non-refundable deposit of $850 per person is required to hold a place on the tour. Air tickets and taxes subject to change until ticketed. Overall tour price may be subject to change due to currency fluctuations until paid in full. ^ You must be an RACT Member to receive discount. RACT Travel ABN: 45 144 538 803. Lic No:Tas025. Come aboard for the ultimate South American extravaganza, the ‘South American Odyssey’. Discover the many wonderful sights, sounds and sensations of this marvellous continent with a unique program that combines luxury cruising, personalised touring and quality hotels. See the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu, the magical Lake Titicaca, breathtaking Iguazu Falls and immerse yourself in the colourful cities of Rio de Janiero and Buenos Aires. On top of all this, you will cruise through the scenic southern fjords onboard Holland America Line’s prestigious MS Veendam on what is sure to be the holiday experience of a lifetime. Departures from Australia for 36* day tour: 23 Oct. 2012 and 03 March. 2013 (Reverse itinerary departs 13 Nov. 2012, 23 Jan 2013) Member Benefit $500 Discount^ per couple April / May 2012 61
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