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Grand Circle South America Voyage From Bristol

South America
  • Duration: 71 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99958

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

70 nights. January 2019. From £3999.00.

Join elegant Marco Polo as she leaves behind the grey and gloom of the British winter to head, via some sun-kissed isles, to the blue seas and bluer skies of South America. Discover the colour and excitement of some of the world's most sparkling cities, including pulsating Rio and elegant Buenos Aires, and head south to the remote outposts of the Falkland Isles. A breathtaking four-day passage 'round the Horn', through the continent's southernmost waters and Patagonia's scenic wonders leads back to warmer waters and opportunities to step ashore - or to journey overland - to discover Chilean Santiago, Peru's elegant capital Lima, the Inca treasures of Cuzco and fabled Machu Picchu, and Andean capital Quito. Return from the Pacific into the Caribbean Sea and a quartet of balmy isles, before an eastward transatlantic passage via the Azores completes the memorable odyssey.

Ship Information

In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.


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Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

Day One - Depart Bristol, UK 1500hrs
Day Four - Lisbon, Portugal
Day Six - Funchal, Madeira
Day Seven - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Day 10 - Mindelo, Island of Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
Day 11 - Praia, Island of Santiago, Cape Verde
Day 15 - Natal, Brazil
Day 16 - Recife, Brazil
Days 19-20 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Days 24-25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Days 26-27 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 30 - *Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 31 - *Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
Day 33 - Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 34 - Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 39 - Puerto Montt, Chile
Days 41-42 - Valparasio, Chile
Day 45 - Arica, Chile
Day 47 - Callao, for Lima, Peru
Days 50-51 - Guayaquil (and overland option to Quito), Ecuador
Day 52 - Manta, Ecuador
Day 54 - Panama Canal Passage
Day 55 - Cartagena, Colombia
Day 58 - St Vincent and the *Grenadines
Day 59 - *Mayreau, Grenadines
Day 60 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 67 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
Day 71 - Arrive in Bristol, UK 0330hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

70 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single cabins are available for a supplement
PRICE FROM ? £3999 per person
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Day One

Join Marco Polo in Bristol, settle in and set off on your South American adventure.

Days Two to Three

Spend your first two days getting acquainted with life on board Marco Polo.

Day Four

A call is made at the Portuguese capital Lisbon, from where - as you are about to do - adventurers set out from the River Tagus in search of the New World, during the great Age of Discovery.

Day Five

Enjoy another leisurely day at sea.

Day Six

Wander the wonderful Botanical Gardens or take an exhilarating wickerwork 'toboggan' ride (from Monte to Livramento) as Marco Polo visits Funchal, capital of sun-blessed, sub-tropical Madeira, today.

Day Seven

The great trading port of Las Palmas is gateway to Gran Canaria. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz or head to the old town's palm-fringed squares. An optional excursion inland will take in some superb views.

Days Eight to Nine

Relax on board as Marco Polo continues crossing the Atlantic.

Day 10

The pretty town of Mindelo, capital of the island of Sao Vicente, is the first of Marco Polo's duo of calls in Cape Verde. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost, or perhaps take a trip inland or to an outlying island.

Day 11

Praia, on the island of Santiago, welcomes Marco Polo today. Some excellent beaches, a rugged, volcanic inland, and some wonderful excursion possibilities, including the old capital of Ribeira Grande, make this a fascinating port of call.

Days 12-14

Relax as Marco Polo cruises towards Brazil.

Day 15

Arriving in South American waters, Marco Polo anchors in the Brazilian resort city of Natal. Discover the colonial architecture and craft markets, or explore the stunning beaches along the coast.

Day 16

Your second Brazilian stop is the great city of Recife, once known as the 'Venice of Brazil' due to the network of waterways. Step ashore to explore the pretty old town.

Days 17-18

Enjoy two lazy days at sea.

Days 19-20

Spend two days immersing yourself in the incomparable atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro, one of the world's greatest cities. Stroll the golden sands of famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, where all the girls are as ''tall and tan, and young and lovely'' as the lady in the song.

Days 21-23

Relax on board for three days as Marco Polo cruises to Argentina.

Days 24-25

Enjoy two days in Buenos Aires, the colourful capital of Argentina. Discover the city's classy cafe-culture, wide boulevards and outstanding shopping, and see famous sights such as Plaza de Mayo's Parliament buildings, the famously colourful La Boca district and the chic Puerto Madero area.

Days 26-27

A two-day stay in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, offers the chance to explore this welcoming city, home to a pretty colonial old town and the Rambla, a picturesque, beach-front avenue.

Days 28-29

Enjoy two more days at sea.

Day 30

Today you'll visit Port Stanley, in the historic Falkland Islands. Explore the cathedral and the fascinating museums, and perhaps stop for a drink in one of the traditional pubs.

Day 31

Marco Polo's second Falklands call is Carcass Island, famous for its array of birdlife, which includes the endemic Cobbs's Wren, and a variety of songbirds and penguin species.

Day 32

Relax on board as Marco Polo cruises towards the bottom of South America.

Day 33

Today's port of call is remote Punta Arenas, situated in southern Patagonia. Marvel at the dramatic, rugged landscapes, explore the small town, and perhaps pay a visit to a local penguin colony. Later Marco Polo will cruise out into the Magellan Strait.

Day 34

Soak up the magic of the extreme south as the ship calls in Ushuaia. Perhaps take the time to visit the 'jail at the end of the world', which held nearly 400 prisoners from 1920 until its closure in 1947.

Day 35

Spend today at the very edge of South America, sailing beneath the shadow of fabled Cape Horn and onwards to Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Days 36-38

Enjoy the scenery as Marco Polo completes the passage along Alberto de Agostini National Park Coastline and sails through the English Narrows, the Darwin Canal and the Moraleda Canal.

Day 39

The port city of Puerto Montt welcomes you today. The city is one of the world's leading salmon producers and offers access to the Chilean Fjords.

Day 40

Enjoy another leisurely day at sea.

Days 41-42

Spend two days in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso. From here you'll also have the chance to visit the Chilean capital, Santiago, set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.

Days 43-44

Spend two more days on board as Marco Polo skirts the Chilean coast.

Day 45

Today you'll arrive in Arica, a Chilean port city situated on the border with Peru. Join an optional shore excursion to nearby Parque Nacional Lauca, home to an array of wildlife and birdlife, as well as the indigenous Aymara people.

Day 46

Enjoy a peaceful day on board.

Day 47

Marco Polo's arrival at the port of Callao offers the chance to explore the Peruvian capital, Lima. See the cathedral, the Spanish-style squares and the Presidential Palace. From Lima you'll also have the chance to set off on a three-night shore excursion to the Incan city of Cuzco and remarkable Machu Picchu, returning to Marco Polo on Day 50 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Days 48-49

Those not opting to take the Cuzco and Machu Picchu excursion will remain on board to spend two days at sea.

Days 50-51

Marco Polo anchors in Guayaquil, Ecuador's primary seaport. See the historic neighbourhoods, the pretty parks and the city's waterfront Malecon 2000, which has been turned into an outdoor architectural showpiece that stretches for over 2.5 kilometres. From Guayaquil you'll also have the chance to set off on an overland excursion to stunning Quito, the world's highest capital city, home to a beautiful UNESCO-listed centre.

Day 52

Our final Pacific coast stop is the Ecuadorian city of Manta, a historic fishing port where traditional wooden fishing boats are handmade on the city's beach. Spend the day exploring the colourful markets and shopping for locally produced crafts.

Day 53

Relax on board as Magellan spends the day at sea.

Day 54

Marco Polo leaves the Pacific Ocean behind, sailing along the Panama Canal towards the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Day 55

Cartagena is a Spanish colonial treasure on the Colombian coast. Visit Downtown to discover streets and squares lined by brightly coloured buildings and bougainvillea-covered mansions, elegant balconies and magnificent churches.

Days 56-57

Spend another leisurely two days on board.

Day 58

Mountainous St Vincent is the principal island of the Grenadines archipelago. Discover charming Kingstown, the island's bustling capital, where life is lived at an unusually hectic pace for this beautiful part of the world. After a morning's exploration, we'll cross to idyllic Bequia, where enchanting Port Elizabeth attracts sailors from across the globe.

Day 59

Enjoy a day in the island paradise of Mayreau. Relax on the white sands, snorkel in the shallow turquoise seas and enjoy a beach barbecue courtesy of Marco Polo's chefs.

Day 60

Today is spent in colourful Bridgetown, Barbados. Step ashore to explore this sun-kissed, cricket-loving holiday haven, famous for its plush restaurants and resorts.

Days 61-66

Spend seven days on board the ship as she makes her way back across the Atlantic.

Day 67

The volcanic Azores provide a welcome final landfall for Marco Polo. The largest of the archipelago is Sao Miguel, with its principal port city of Ponta Delgada. Magnificent architecture, 16th- and 17th-century artwork, and an array of fine churches are among the highlights of this pretty island.

Days 68-70

As Marco Polo completes her return crossing of the Atlantic you'll have the chance to reflect on the memories of an unforgettable voyage.

Day 71

Arrive back in Bristol at the end of an epic South American adventure. Back to top


Marco Polo

In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.

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Further Information

Passport requirements

British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

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