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The Spirit of South America: Buenos Aires, Argentina to Salvador, Brazil

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1504 - February 16 - March 1, 2015

Tango music in Buenos Aires, a freedom fighter in Montevideo* and relaxing bathing in chic Punta del Este play the first bars of your cruise. Art lovers will find Salvador Dali sculptures in the Ralli Museum* and nature lovers can take a boat trip to Sea Lion Island* to marvel at the portly colossi. Half-timbered houses in South America? German immigrants made this possible – for example, in Blumenau*. Ilhabela, Brazil’s largest island, tempts you with a schooner trip to the beach* or on a Jeep tour* through the rainforest. Three days long with the EUROPA 2 in Rio de Janeiro – let yourself be enchanted by this fascinating city! As a contrast, you then experience a safari through the rainforest* along jungle trails and suspended bridges before bidding farewell to the EUROPA 2 in Salvador.

Highlights of this trip:

  • Punta del Este: a chic bathing resort at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata.
  • Rainforest, beaches and more than 300 waterfalls: Ilhabela – the “beautiful island”.
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain* and Corcovado*, Samba and Copacabana: three exciting days in Rio de Janeiro.
  • A pearl of the Brazilian sun-drenched shores: the former fishing village of Armacao dos Buzios.
  • On board: Carnaval do Brasil.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Date Destination
Monday 16-Feb-2015 Buenos Aires/Argentina
Embarkation of the MS Europa 2.
Tuesday 17-Feb-2015 Buenos Aires, departure 20.00 hrs
Montevideo/Uruguay, 7.00 – 13.00 hrs
Punta del Este/Uruguay, arrival 20.00 hrs 
The following day, Uruguay’s capital city Montevideo is your host. A city tour* takes you across the Avenida 18 de Julio and presents famous freedom fighters to you in the monumental Plaza Independencia at the Artigas Mausoleum. From here, you are offered a tour through the old town*. Learn about the viticulture of the country on a visit to a vineyard* – which, of course, includes a tasting.
Thursday 19-Feb-2015 Punta del Este, departure 14.00 hrs
In the evening, the EUROPA 2 moors at chic Punta del Este, one of the most exclusive coastal resorts of South America. Art lovers will have a worthwhile visit to the Ralli Museum*, which exhibits sculptures by Salvador Dali amongst other artists. Nature lovers can take a boat trip to Sea Lion Island*, where one of the largest colonies of these creatures lives on the continent.
Friday 20-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Saturday 21-Feb-2015 Itajai/Brazil, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs 
You encounter the legacy of German immigrants setting off from Itajai to Blumenau*, which surprises with half-timbered houses and beer gardens. The cable railway in Camboriu* is also unique and joins Parque Unipraias in the middle of the rainforest with Laranjeiras beach.
Sunday 22-Feb-2015 Ilhabela/Ilha de Sao Sebastiao/Brazil, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs 
Following this, be enticed by Ilhabela, the largest island in Brazil, on a trip by schooner to the beach* or on a Jeep tour* through the species-rich rainforest at the heart of the island.
Monday 23-Feb-2015 Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, arrival 9.30 hrs 
Pure joie de vivre awaits you the following day: stay with the EUROPA 2 in Rio de Janeiro beneath the Sugar Loaf Mountain for three days. A cable car takes you on a city tour* through the historic centre to the peak of the legendary landmark. Just as breathtaking is the view over the bay to Corcovado*. This is where the world-famous statue of Christ stands, greeting all visitors with open arms. Go even higher on a helicopter flight over the city* – fantastic vistas, also provided by the lush Tijuca rainforest*. And of course, your cruise would not be complete without a trip to a typical churrascaria*.
Tuesday 24-Feb-2015 Rio de Janeiro
Wednesday 25-Feb-2015 Rio de Janeiro, departure 19.00 hrs
Thursday 26-Feb-2015 Armacao dos Buzios/Brazil, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs 
A relaxing programme of contrasts relating to Rio de Janeiro awaits you in Armacao dos Buzios and its surroundings*. The small fishing village with exclusive boutiques and bars invites you to shop and stay awhile. Or explore the many species of the underwater world on a special snorkelling experience*.
Friday 27-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Saturday 28-Feb-2015 Ilheus/Brazil, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs 
The riches of Ilheus were once founded in the trade of cocoa. Following the trail of the cocoa barons* gives you insights in the history of the colonial old town. Natural treasures can be encountered on a safari through the rainforest*: hike along jungle tracks and over suspended bridges through the dense jungle. Alternatively, take a canoe trip on the Rio de Contas* in the interior of the country.
Sunday 01-Mar-2015 Salvador/Brazil arrival 7.00 hrs.  Disembarkation of the MS Europa 2. 

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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