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31-day Central and South America cruise plus stays in San Francisco, Rio, Dubai – and flights: all from A$8999

March 5, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

To enjoy some of the most memorable sights and attractions in Central and South America – with comfortable accommodation every night – you can’t beat a cruise.

A new, 40-day fly-cruise-and-stay holiday from CruiseAway (www.cruiseaway.com.au) gives the opportunity to explore Central and South America with minimal packing and repacking. As well as a 31-day South America cruise, it throws in a couple of nights staying in San Francisco, another two nights in Rio de Janeiro and three nights in the Arabian shopping paradise of Dubai – with accommodation at four-star hotels in each of those cities. unnamed

‘My Grand Latino Adventure’, as the holiday is named, costs from A$8999 per person twin share, including flights, hotel stays and the cruise. The cruise ship is Golden Princess: 290 metres long and packed with passenger amenities.

Pamper yourself with a calming massage in the Lotus Spa. Watch films under the stars. Dine in the manner that suits your schedule , choosing from Traditional Dining, Anytime Dining, Specialty Dining or Casual Dining. All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) and most entertainment aboard is covered.

‘My Grand Latino Adventure’ starts with a flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to San Francisco on 1 December 2014. You’ll stay two nights at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, including daily breakfast. The hotel is ideally located near the waterfront, two blocks from the nearest Cable Car stop. Maybe explore Pier 39 or take a tour of Alcatraz.

Then jet down to Los Angeles to board Golden Princess. The cruise visits Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil. First to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, then to Nicaragua and the beach port of San Juan Del Sur before Puntarenas, gateway to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Next Callao, the port of Lima, Peru, with an overnight here to take in the great Peruvian capital, one of the most interesting and fashionable cities in South America. A stop at San Martín in northern Peru brings you a region in the upper part of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Chile next, and the port of Coquimbo between the Atacama Desert and Chile’s fertile central valley; then Valparaiso, gateway to Santiago, the Chilean capital, with the Andes Mountains glimmering in the distance. On to Punta Arenas, looking out over the Strait of Magellan.

The southern Argentine port of Ushuaia comes next before rounding Cape Horn at South America’s tip to Port Stanley, capital of the isolated (and fervently British)  Falkland Islands. Next stop: Buenos Aires, a great metropolis of wide boulevards, grand European architecture and the La Boca district, birthplace of the tango.

You’ll also spend a day in Uruguay’s gracious capital, Montevideo.

Two days at sea now, cruising up the east coast of South America to Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa (‘The Marvellous City’). Here a private car will transfer you to a four-star hotel in the fashionable Copacabana district, for a two-day stay. Stroll Copacabana beach, catch the sights, sample a caipirinha cocktail.

In Rio, a day tour takes you to the suburb of Urca and to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in two stages by cable car for fabulous views of Copacabana Beach, Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. In the afternoon, visit Cosme Velho Train cog station at the base of Corcovado Mountain and ride up to the top through Tijuca rainforest to the 38-metre tall Christ the Redeemer Statue.

Now, it’s time to jet over to Dubai for three nights in the Riviera Hotel, an established property offering international four-star facilities in the best location in town: Baniyas Street. It overlooks saltwater Dubai Creek, flowing from the Arabian Gulf, where traditional dhow sailing ships load cargo and set sail for various exotic ports.

After all that exploration, your next stop is home, with a flight back to Australia.

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