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At the Other End of the World: Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1503 - February 1 - 16, 2015

Cultural riches and scenic contrasts make South America an eclectic destination. Exciting natural experiences will be unforgettable – such as a boat trip on the deep-blue Lago Todos los Santos* and a kayak tour* on Lake Llanquihue*. It then becomes icy when the EUROPA 2 cruises by the tremendous Pio XI Glacier. The Torres del Paine National Park* is spectacular, the branched waterways of the Strait of Magellan are romantic, and the ice masses of the Garibaldi Glacier are a vibrant blue. Animal lovers can go on a catamaran excursion through the Beagle Channel* to observation posts, and ornithologists will be fascinated by the Valdes Peninsula*. There are also sufficient days at sea planned into this cruise so that you can enjoy THE FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES on board in all its forms.

Highlights of this trip:

  • Catamaran* trip across the All Saints Lake (Lago Todos los Santos).
  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: the Torres del Paine National Park* and Valdes Peninsula*.
  • Seafaring legends: circumnavigation of Cape Horn, South America’s southernmost point.
  • On board: Argentinian literary salon.

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

Date Destination
Sunday 01-Feb-2015 Valparaiso/Chile, departure 18.00 hrs
Monday 02-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Tuesday 03-Feb-2015 Puerto Montt/Chile, 8.30 – 18.00 hrs 
Leave the lights of Valparaiso behind and experience your first day at sea before reaching the natural wonders of Puerto Montt. With rich green meadows, shimmering mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks, “Chile’s Switzerland” unfurls at the entrance to the city. Enjoy the rushing of the Petrohue waterfalls*, as turquoise-coloured water plunges to the rocks. Magnificent panoramic views of tree-covered volcanic slopes are presented on a boat trip on the deep-blue Lago Todos los Santos* and on a kayaking tour* on Lake Llanquihue.
Wednesday 04-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Thursday 05-Feb-2015 Cruising along Pio XI Glacier, 18.00 – 19.00 hrs, (Seno Eyre)/Chile 
Your next destination is no less spectacular. The ice masses of the mighty Pio XI Glacier migrate deeper into the fjord every day.
Friday 06-Feb-2015 Cruising in the Strait of Magellan, approx. 10.00 hrs 
Your cruise continues along branched waterways and past little islands along the Strait of Magellan towards Punta Arenas.
Saturday 07-Feb-2015 Punta Arenas/Chile, 6.00 – 0.00 hrs 
Patagonia’s oldest city looks proudly at its Victorian legacy, which you can explore by yourself on a stroll around the city. From here, you reach the stunning Torres del Paine National Park* where, with a little luck, you will see rheas and guanacos. Or visit the penguin colony in Otway Bay*, whilst for adventurers there await unforgettable impressions at the canopy*: hovering over the treetops reveals a sensational view of the Strait of Magellan.
Sunday 08-Feb-2015 Cruising along by the Garibaldi Glacier/Chile, 15.00 – 18.00 hrs
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 22.00 hrs 
Sharp rocks line the banks of the Beagle Channel, whose magnificent highlight is the Garibaldi Glacier: its ice masses glow a brilliant blue.
Monday 09-Feb-2015 Ushuaia, departure 18.00 hrs 
In the evening, you are welcomed by Ushuaia, capital of the province Tierra del Fuego and self-appointed southernmost city of the world. You will learn more about its history in the former “prison” Museo Presidio. On a catamaran trip through the Beagle Channel*, take a detour to Sea Lion Island which, with a little luck, makes it possible to have interesting encounters with the native animal kingdom, which include Mageallan cormorants. The narrow-gauge railway, Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino*, runs through the centre of the Tierro del Fuego National Park past jagged rocks, tranquil lakes and fairytale forests to the “end of the world”.
Tuesday 10-Feb-2015 Cruising alongside Cape Horn/Chile, 7.00 – 13.00 hrs 
0 The next day, stand by for one of the greatest seafarer experiences: where the waves of the Pacific and the Atlantic merge, EUROPA 2 negotiates the legendary Cape Horn.
Wednesday 11-Feb-2015 - Thursday , 12-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Friday 13-Feb-2015 Puerto Madryn/Argentina, 7.00 – 20.00 hrs 
Two relaxing days at sea lie ahead before arriving at Puerto Madryn, which was founded in the mid 19th century by Welsh settlers. Valdes Peninsula* is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The nature reserve fascinates with its bird kingdom, and at Punta Norte there is a good chance of spotting elephant seals. While visiting an Estancia*, find out about the native way of life in the interior of the country. Enjoy true gaucho romanticism with a barbecue looking out over the grazing herds of cattle. On a walk along the coast*, once again feel the special character of this remote part of the world before two concluding days at sea and making a move homewards from Buenos Aires.
Saturday 14-Feb-2015 - Sunday , 15-Feb-2015 Relaxation at sea
Monday 16-Feb-2015 Buenos Aires/Argentina, arrival 6.00 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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