Uruguay & Brazilian Adventure

15-Days | Montevideo • Punta del Este • Porto Alegre • Italjaí • Paranaguá • Santos • Ilha Grande • Paraty • Rio de Janeiro

Fares From £4,195

Single Supplement 20%

Uruguay & Brazilian Adventure – Cruise Summary

Cruise the east coast of South America on this fabulous adventure to the largest country on the continent and its equally enthralling neighbour, Brazil and Uruguay, two of the most exciting nations on the planet.

Spend the night in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the city, or take a tour of the Bouza winery for an insight into local winemaking tradition. Then cruise to the playground of the nation’s rich and famous, the chic seaside city of Punta del Este, renowned for its stylish boutiques and glamourous lifestyle.

Brazil’s ‘Green Metropolis’ of Porto Alegre is one of the wealthiest cities on the continent and is famed for its Gaúcho culture. Explore its many museums, parks and gardens, before continuing onwards to Itajaí, for the chance to experience a taste of Germany in Blumenau, one of the most impressive cities in Brazil, or the equally historic Joinville.

Enjoy slow cruising at its best with an evening ashore in the ‘gold rush’ city of Paranaguá, where the historic quarter was built by fortune-hunting immigrants during the 17th and 18th-centuries. Relax on the white sandy beaches of Ilha do Mel, the “Island of Honey,” or stroll to the historic Lighthouse of Conchas and the Fortress of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres.

In Santos, visit the oldest aquarium in Brazil and take a funicular railway to the summit of Monte Serrat, for spectacular views over the city. Journey back in time to the era of the buccaneers as you explore one of the most complete microcosms of Atlantic rainforest in existence, on the UNESCO World Heritage Ilha Grande. Enjoy some hiking and snorkelling, or simply sit back on the tropical beach with a cool caipirinha in the homeland of cachaça.

The historic town of Paraty delivers a perfect combination of World Heritage colonial architecture and picturesque scenery. Take a fabulous schooner trip for some swimming and snorkelling, or go hiking along the cobblestoned trail of Caminho do Ouro, laid during the 17th and 18th-centuries to transport gold from the jungle to the sea.

Disembark in Rio for the chance to dive headfirst into the ‘carnival city’ and everything that goes with it, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and the lively nightlife of the Copacabana district.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overnight stays in Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and historic Paranaguáy

  • The jet set city of Punta del Este and cultural Porto Alegre

  • Ilha Grande, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world

  • A schooner trip to the beaches and islands of the Bay of Paraty

  • Swimming, sailing or snorkelling in clear blue tropical waters

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Montevideo, Uruguay

 
The fact that Uruguay is also called the “Switzerland of South America” has less to do with its geography and more to do with its density of millionaires. Stroll through the old town, admire the monuments and mausoleums in the Plaza Independencia, buy fruit and vegetables in the Mercado Agricola or buy fresh seafood in the Mercado del Puerto – Montevideo makes it easy to feel good.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Departure time: 18:00
The fact that Uruguay is also called the “Switzerland of South America” has less to do with its geography and more to do with its density of millionaires. Stroll through the old town, admire the monuments and mausoleums in the Plaza Independencia, buy fruit and vegetables in the Mercado Agricola or buy fresh seafood in the Mercado del Puerto – Montevideo makes it easy to feel good.
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 3 – Punta del Este, Uruguay – Tender Port

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 14:00
The South American Riviera is as beautiful as the name suggests. Punta del Este enchants with white sandy beaches, azure waters and beautiful resorts. Just behind it grow pine forests, mimosa and eucalyptus trees. But the city itself is also worth seeing with its Ralli Museum of Contemporary Art, the Temple of San Antonio and the Faro de Punta del Este lighthouse.
 
 
 

Day 4 – Porto Alegre, Brazil

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Also known as “the green metropolis” because of its many parks and gardens, Porto Alegre is also attractive with its neoclassical buildings and numerous museums. The city is also known for the Gaúcho culture. You should not miss a visit to one of the numerous Centros de Tradicao Gaúcha, where traditional music and dances are presented.
 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Itajai, Brazil

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 22:00
One of the oldest and therefore most impressive cities in Brazil. In Blumenau and Joinville you follow in the footsteps of German immigrants who tried (and found) their fortune here many decades ago.

 

 

Day 7 – Paranagua, Brazil

Berthing time: 08:00
Paranaguá was founded back in the 17th century when rumours of gold began to emerge in the region. The well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries in the historic centre of the city still bear witness to the many fortune seekers who then emigrated to Paranaguá. Visit the bustling market hall and the former Jesuit school opposite, which now houses the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.
 
 
 
 
 

Day 8 – Paranagua, Brazil

Departure time: 18:00
Paranaguá was founded back in the 17th century when rumours of gold began to emerge in the region. The well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries in the historic centre of the city still bear witness to the many fortune seekers who then emigrated to Paranaguá. Visit the bustling market hall and the former Jesuit school opposite, which now houses the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 9 – Santos, Brazil

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
You can enjoy the best panorama over Santos on the Monte Serrat mountain, which you have previously climbed either via 415 steps or with the help of the funicular. In addition to the great view, the city will also delight you with the city aquarium, which is famous throughout Brazil.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 10 – Abraao, Ilha Grande, Brazil

Berthing time: 08:00
We plunge headfirst into an unforgettable adventure on Ilha Grande. The former pirate and prison island has had an eventful past. In the meantime, however, it attracts less feared pirates and more welcome seafarers. 22 official and almost 100 unofficial dream beaches are 122 good reasons for this. The Praia de Lopes Mendes is particularly beautiful, where you should definitely not only lie on the beach, but also explore the surrounding nature of the jungle, which is difficult to access, on a hike.
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 11 – Abraao, Ilha Grande, Brazil

Departure time: 20:00
We plunge headfirst into an unforgettable adventure on Ilha Grande. The former pirate and prison island has had an eventful past. In the meantime, however, it attracts less feared pirates and more welcome seafarers. 22 official and almost 100 unofficial dream beaches are 122 good reasons for this. The Praia de Lopes Mendes is particularly beautiful, where you should definitely not only lie on the beach, but also explore the surrounding nature of the jungle, which is difficult to access, on a hike.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 12 – Parati, Brazil – Tender Port 

Berthing time: 08:00
The colonial Centro Histórico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth a visit. Beautiful schooner trips invite you to swim and snorkel – if you prefer to go on foot, you can alternatively discover the rainforest on a hike on the Golden Trail. The Gold Trail once connected Paraty with Diamantina and would not be called that if everything here didn’t revolve around the valuable rock.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 13 – Parati, Brazil – Tender Port

Departure time: 20:00
The colonial Centro Histórico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth a visit. Beautiful schooner trips invite you to swim and snorkel – if you prefer to go on foot, you can alternatively discover the rainforest on a hike on the Golden Trail. The Gold Trail once connected Paraty with Diamantina and would not be called that if everything here didn’t revolve around the valuable rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 14 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Berthing time: 08:00
In addition to the carnival, Rio de Janeiro has a lot in store for you. Whether Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ Statue or Copacabana, everyone is guaranteed to get their money’s worth here!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 15 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Disembarkation until 09:00

 

 

 

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £4,195

Single Supplement 20%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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01223 568907

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