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Samba & Sunsets: Brazilian Coastal Cruise - 2023

Buenos Aires • 20-night small ship cruise with Montevideo, Punta del Este, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Armação dos Búzios, Vitória, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza • Belém
  • Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro with Christ Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain
    MARVEL AT THE SCENIC VISTAS AND VIBRANT CULTURE OF RIO DE JANEIRO
  • Cruise on the Ocean Explorer, an agile and state-of-the-art expedition vessel that can navigate to places larger ships can’t
    COME ABOARD THE BRAND NEW, 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, WHILE ALSO ENJOYING STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY, AN ONBOARD SPA, FITNESS CENTER, AND MORE
  • Beautiful aerial image of the city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
    ENJOY SCENIC CRUISING ALONG BRAZIL’S BEAUTIFUL COAST
  • Optional extension to Iguassu Falls National Park
    EXTEND YOUR SOUTH AMERICAN EXPLORATION AND ADD IGUASSU FALLS NATIONAL PARK EXTENSION TO YOUR JOURNEY
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  • 25
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  • 28
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  • 7 Solo Friendly Spaces Available
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Set sail aboard this luxurious 5-star journey of discovery aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s Ocean Explorer. This itinerary will immerse you in the rich cultures and unique charms of Brazil, plus Argentina and Uruguay.

Begin your explorations with two full days in Buenos Aires to savor the sights, sounds, and flavors of this cosmopolitan city. Your journey continues with visits to two of Uruguay’s best ports: Montevideo, an international city that consistently ranks as one of the best destinations in Latin America; and the posh resort town of Punta del Este, also known as the “jewel of Uruguay.” Your journey continues with visits to eight of Brazil’s most engaging and beautiful destinations, including five UNESCO-designated cities: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Olinda, and Belém. Get swept away by the picturesque beauty of this nation’s emerald coast, and experience the conviviality and history of this famed region on a luxury small ship journey.

With 17 included features and Cultural Discoveries – including six UNESCO World Heritage experiences – this South American small ship cruise is sure to enchant and inspire you. Guided by an expert Cruise Director, you’ll enjoy enlightening lectures onboard and immersive excursions ashore. You’ll even be able to customize your journey with a selection of optional Destination Enhancement experiences.

On board, the Ocean Explorer’s amenities will keep guests pampered and relaxed throughout their journey with spa and salon services, a modern gym, gourmet dining, free beer and wine with dinner, and spacious accommodations. Plus, as the leader in solo travel, independent travelers can enjoy FREE Single Supplements, custom-built solo cabins, and Solo Connection activities both on board and ashore. Vantage’s dedicated and professional guides will help travelers encounter a more intimate side of South America, along with comfort and luxury that is unmatched.

Buenos Aires to Belém

Pre-Trip Extension

Iguassu Falls, Brazil (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $1599 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $400 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Depart home and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your journey begins! Today, board an overnight flight from your home city to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Iguassu Falls, Brazil.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! If you purchased your airfare or transfers from Vantage, upon arrival in Buenos Aires, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. This evening, you’ll join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a bit of Argentine tango. Originating in the Rio de la Plata region in the 1880s — and merging influences from African, European, and Indigenous cultures — the tango is so intrinsically woven into the fabric of Argentina’s cultural identity that it was designated as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World by UNESCO in 2009. Tonight, you will enjoy a private professional tango performance, giving you a firsthand demonstration of Argentina’s most passionate dance.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Dinner with UNESCO-designated private tango performance

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the best of Buenos Aires

The richly cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires feels a lot like Europe — graced with splendid architecture and a hint of glamour. But its spirit is distinctly Argentine.

A city tour reveals its most magnificent sites. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, La Boca (a neighborhood full of colorfully painted homes), and the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, the church home of Pope Francis.

Included Feature:

  • Buenos Aires city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4:

Embark the Ocean Explorer today

You’ll embark the elegant Ocean Explorer today and set off to your next destination.

After checking in to your stateroom, head to the lounge and grab a drink with your fellow travelers as you toast to the new experiences that await you on your journey. The Ocean Explorer’s luxury amenities, elegant design, and attentive service ensure an unparalleled experience as you set sail on your South America cruise today.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Visit a polo estancia (ranch), where you’ll dive into the history and culture of polo in Argentina, before diving into a delicious barbecue lunch. Learn More

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Buenos Aires Polo Tour

Buenos Aires Polo Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $229 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • When: TBD

This fun and immersive excursion will introduce you to Argentina’s rich polo culture. The country is known for its champion polo players, and you’ll learn about the sport’s rich history and tradition during a visit to an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas, the vast lowland plains. Here you’ll learn all about the sport and the horses, see the stables, and witness some impressive horsemanship during a live exhibition. While on tour, you’ll also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAY 5:

Uncover the international spirit of Montevideo

Today you’ll arrive in vibrant and sophisticated Montevideo, Uruguay, where you will get acquainted with this cultural capital on a city tour that takes in major monuments and highlights. 

Plaza Independencia is the most important square in the city, located between the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and the modern downtown area. This is where you’ll find many of Montevideo’s notable landmarks, including the Palacio Salvo and Teatro Solís. The Artigas Mausoleum, which houses the remains of political leader and Uruguayan national hero, José Gervasio Artigas, is also found here.

The Legislative Palace of Uruguay is another of the city’s spectacular monument. Constructed in the early 20th century, this structure was built with 52 types of local marble and 12 distinct kinds of wood. You may also visit El Prado, an elegant neighborhood of sprawling botanical gardens and colonial mansions. 

Following your tour, you’ll have leisure time to continue exploring on your own, or return to the ship and indulge in her 5-star amenities. 

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Visit a local winery and learn about Uruguayan viticulture during an informative tour, followed by a tasting of regional vintages. Learn More

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Montevideo city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Montevideo Winery Tour

Montevideo Winery Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • When: TBD

Viticulture in Uruguay has quietly emerged over the past few decades, evolving to become part of the world wine market. This optional visit to a local winery will provide a firsthand look at the process of winemaking in this region. You’ll tour the facilities and learn about the history of Uruguayan wine production, before sampling the vintages for yourself during an included tasting experience.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAY 6:

Lifestyles of the rich and famous in Punta del Este

Known for its resort style and well-heeled visitors, Punta del Este is the jewel of Uruguay at the wide mouth of Rio de la Plata. Today, we’ll anchor off the coast of this posh resort town and you will board a tender inland, before setting out on a scenic panoramic tour through tiny residential neighborhoods and past stunning beaches. Stop to visit Casapueblo, the self-built curvilinear home and studio of the late artist Carlos Paez Vilaro perched on a cliffside overlooking the Atlantic. A picturesque coastal road will lead you back to the pier.

Included Feature:

  • Punta del Este highlights tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 7-8:

Two days at sea along the Brazilian coast

The indulgent amenities of the Ocean Explorer are yours to enjoy as we sail along the beautiful coastline of Brazil, South America’s largest country. Lounge on the sundeck with a cocktail and a bestselling book. Get your heart racing with a cardio workout at the gym or indulge in a soothing treatment at the onboard spa. The days are yours to spend at leisure, whatever you choose to do.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 9:

Explore Paraty’s colonial treasures

Step back in time today when you explore Paraty, a remarkably preserved Portuguese colonial town along Brazil’s lush, green coastal corridor, and a new UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a port for the export of gold to the Old World, Paraty enjoys a stunning setting surrounded by tropical islands and soaring mountains. Your active walking tour will take place along narrow cobbled lanes that lead you into its heart. Admire original 18th-century architectural gems, including the 1722 Santa Rita de Cássia Church and the colonial mansion that hosts the House of Culture, which provides a fascinating chronicle of the town’s role in Brazil’s past. Pause to peruse charming boutiques and art galleries as you explore, perhaps meeting some artists in residence.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Paraty

Please note: Today’s tour comprises strenuous walking over 1.5 miles of cobblestone, with possible inclines.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Uncover Rio de Janeiro’s highlights

See Rio’s iconic sites up close today. Ascend to the spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. This iconic 125-foot soapstone figure has an arm span of 98 feet. Then, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and admire its modernist design inspired by Mayan pyramids. Head from the sacred to the footloose when you next visit Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, celebrated in song and frequented by the city’s carefree partygoers.

The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to spend as you wish. Continue exploring Rio de Janeiro on your own, or return to the ship to relax and indulge in its luxury amenities.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Savor a mouthwatering dinner when you dine at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, followed by an entertaining samba show. Learn More

Included Feature:

  • Rio de Janeiro highlights tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Rio By Night: Steakhouse Dinner & Samba Show

Rio By Night: Steakhouse Dinner & Samba Show

  • Approximate Cost: $269 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • When: TBD

Brazil’s cuisine is as diverse and exciting as the country itself and, this evening, you will enjoy dinner at a local steakhouse, also known as a churrascaria. Servers will come to your table with skewers of perfectly prepared meats and slice them directly from the skewer as you watch. This style of dining is known as rodizio and is a much-loved part of Brazilian dining.

After dinner you’ll attend a samba show featuring professional local performers. The history of samba in Brazil is believed to date back to the 17th century and is considered by many to be the soul of the country. The word “samba” is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term semba, which means “invitation to dance,” and you’re invited to witness this lively, colorful dance for yourself before heading back to the Ocean Explorer.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAY 11:

Enjoy another day in Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s Sugarloaf Mountain is one of Brazil’s most beautiful and instantly recognizable natural attractions. Today, you’ll be able to visit this famous behemoth for yourself during an included tour. Along the way, take in the sights of Rio de Janeiro. This lively and captivating city is a destination few visitors will ever forget.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Go behind-the-scenes and learn all about the history and tradition of Carnival in Brazil, and the cultural significance of the samba. Learn More

Included Feature:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain visit

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Rio de Janeiro Samba Behind the Scenes

Rio de Janeiro Samba Behind the Scenes

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • When: TBD

The tradition of Carnival in Rio dates back to 1723 and today you’ll get an inside look into the history, culture, heritage, and dance of this epic event, considered by many to be the biggest in the world. You’ll partake in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the warehouse where the extravagant parade floats are stored and learn about the ins and outs of the construction process. Your tour includes a private samba lesson, where you’ll learn about the types of costumes worn by the performers, how they are made, and the significance of each. You’ll even have an opportunity to try on a few and have your photo taken while wearing them. Your behind-the-scenes tour concludes with a private samba lesson where you’ll get to show off your fancy footwork!

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAY 12:

Delight in the beauty of Armação dos Búzios

Today, you’ll call on Armação dos Búzios, the buzzing resort town favored by the glamorous jet-setters of the capital. Your ship will anchor offshore here, and you’ll be transported inland with either the use of tenders or zodiac crafts. French actress Brigitte Bardot made Búzios famous when she visited in 1964 and transformed the little fishing village into the St. Tropez of South America. Ever since, it is the place for members of high society to be seen. More than 23 beaches grace this peninsular region. On an included tour by open-air trolley, you’ll see many of them, including the wild and scenic Brava Beach, the pink sands of Forno Beach, and the unique rock formations of Point Lagoinha — known as the Brazilian Himalayas. There’ll be time to linger and to swim if you wish, after which you may browse the posh shops downtown.

Included Features:

  • Trolley tour of Búzios

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Visit Vitória’s highlights today

Today you’ll explore one of the oldest cities in Brazil and one of the nation’s best state capitals to live in. Set on Honey Island in Vitória Bay, Vitória enjoys a picturesque setting at the foot of sloping hills. Your included tour takes you to Vila Velha, where the 16th-century Penha Convent has long stood as a symbol of faith from atop its high mountain perch. A shuttle takes you halfway up, and you can choose to walk the remaining 365 steps, or to enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views from this vantage point. After a photo stop at a few of the city’s urban beaches, pause at the Cooperativa da Paneleiras de Goiabeiras to see firsthand how local artisans bring shape to lovely clay pots. En route back to the ship, admire Vitória’s blend of old and new architecture in its downtown area.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Vitória

Cultural Discovery:

  • Clay pot making demonstration by local artists

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 14:

Relax on board with another day

You’ll have a day of scenic sailing to indulge in your ship’s amenities. Relax on the sun deck, visit the spa for a soothing treatment, or perhaps get a workout in the gym. At mealtimes, savor incredible culinary creations prepared by your skilled onboard chefs. In the evening, head up to the Observation Deck for magnificent stargazing.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Marvel at the treasures of Salvador

Dock this morning in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil’s unparalleled colonial gem and the country’s former capital. Its colorful Renaissance city plan and outstanding new-world monuments earned it a prestigious place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your city tour passes Brazil’s famed lighthouse, the Farol da Barra. In the Pelourinho district (the Old Town), walk along charming cobbled lanes from the Municipal Square to Terreiro de Jesus square and view the splendid baroque cathedral, once the home of the largest Jesuit seminary outside Rome. Gaze upon its ornate interior, then visit Largo do Pelourinho Square and the San Francisco Church.

Included Feature:

  • Coach and walking tour of Salvador de Bahia

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Indulge in your ship’s amenities today

The indulgent amenities of the Ocean Explorer are yours once again as you continue your voyage along Brazil’s coast. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a pampering massage, this is your time! And you’re sure to find the Observation Lounge the ideal spot for reflection as you ply the waters of the Atlantic. Settle in with a bestseller at the well-stocked library, enjoy cocktails on the sundeck, or pop into the gift shop for a few souvenirs.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 17:

Cultural charm in Recife

Spend time getting to know the Brazilian city of Recife, which has a long, rich history, dating back to its founding by the Portuguese in 1537. Today’s excursion will take you on a scenic drive to Praça da Republica (Republic Square) for photos of the Governor's Palace, the Justice Hall, and St Isabel Theatre, and through Old Recife. Continue on to the historic town center of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site populated with dozens of centuries-old churches and colonial homes. Visit local artisans and shop for handcrafted items before heading to your next stop, São Bento Monastery. Before returning to the ship, you’ll enjoy a choir performance at the 17th-century baroque-style Capela Dourada.

Included Feature:

  • Recife city tour and visit to UNESCO-listed Olinda

Cultural Discovery:

  • Capela Dourada choir performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 18-19:

Two days of bliss and relaxation at sea

Treat yourself to more of the Ocean Explorer’s amenities as you cruise around the easternmost coast of Brazil. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our onboard library, enjoy a drink with fellow travelers at the top-deck bar, try your hand at the ancient art of hot-rock cooking in our onboard restaurant, or ask for a tour of the bridge. Practice self-care with a visit to the full-service hair salon or center yourself with a yoga class.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 20:

Discover Fortaleza’s boundless charm

Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará. Despite its size, there’s a light and airy quality to this culture-rich city kissed by soft-sand urban beaches and dotted with stately colonial-era buildings. The neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral is adorned with stunning stained-glass windows, beloved poet José de Alencar is honored with a theater bearing his name, and palm-fringed beaches lead to the sophisticated residences of Aldeota. Tap into the city’s distinctive charms during an included highlights tour; then stop to peruse the countless cultural treasures at the Central Market, a lively emporium of Fortaleza’s handmade lace, embroidery, hammocks, and other crafts.

Included Feature:

  • Fortaleza city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Fortaleza market visit

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 21-23:

Take in the beauty of Brazil’s coast with three days at sea

Treat yourself to more of your ship’s amenities as you cruise around the easternmost coast of Brazil. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our library or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa. The time is yours to do as you wish. During your time at sea, onboard lecturers will captivate you with talks about Brazilian culture and history, and our chefs will continue to amaze you with their culinary expertise.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 24:

Debark the Ocean Explorer and explore Belém

Following breakfast on board this morning, you’ll disembark the Ocean Explorer and head to your hotel in Belém, Brazil. Along the way you’ll enjoy a boat tour of the Amazon River, where you will see canoes, fishing boats, and other river-craft making their way along the tributaries that lead in and out of the rainforest. After crossing Combu Island, you will reach the Boa Vista do Acará jungle area where you can take part in a leisurely 45-minute guided walk through the jungle.

Following your excursion, you will continue on to your hotel in Belém, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure with lunch and dinner on your own.

Included Features:

  • Amazon River boat tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 25:

A day at leisure to enjoy more of Belém on your own

You’ll have a day at leisure to explore Belém on your own today. Often overlooked by visitors who favor the Amazonian wonders found inland, this city is a cultural gem worthy of your time.

Head to the Ver-O-Peso market to chat with local sellers and shop for unique wares and souvenirs. Visit the Theatro da Paz, a 19th-century Neoclassical theater that provides a peek into Brazil’s belle epoque past. Or, make your way to the Complexo Feliz Lusitania, a cluster of significant historical buildings located in Belém’s old town district. The day is yours to enjoy at your pace. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for one final dinner as your enchanting South American journey comes to a close.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Join us today for a full-day guided tour of Belém's best sights and an included Farewell Dinner. Learn More

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Best of Belém Tour

Best of Belém Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Belém, Brazil
  • When: TBD

This optional excursion will introduce you to all the highlights of the delightful city of Belém, beginning with a visit to Brazil’s largest open-air market: Ver-O-Peso Market. Take a guided walk through this sprawling market, one of the city’s most beloved landmarks encompassing four city blocks and filled with stalls offering traditional foods and artisanal goods such as handmade pottery, handicrafts, and clothing. You’ll find wholly original souvenirs and gifts here, including charms inspired by macumba, a form of voodoo practiced in Brazil.

From the market you’ll head to Forte do Castelo, a Portuguese military fortification that dates back to the early 17th century. It was constructed on the highest point of the city to protect the new colony against Dutch and French occupation.

After your fortress visit, you’ll continue on to the Emilio Goeldi Zoo & Botanical Park, 12-acre museum, zoo, and research centers dedicated to the study of indigenous Amazonian species from white-whiskered squirrel monkeys to anaconda and more. Boasting more than 1,500 samples of plant species and over 1,600 types of fruit trees that grow in the region, the facility also houses an aviary and small aquarium.

On the return drive to your hotel, you will make a stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazareth of Exile, a minor basilica constructed during the early 20th-century Amazonian rubber boom. It is a replica of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls located in Rome and renowned for its architecture, stained-glass windows, and beautiful altar.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!


DAY 26:

Fly home today

Today, you will board your return flight to the U.S.


Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Iguassu Falls, Brazil (Post-Trip)

FROM: $1599 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $533 PER DAY

Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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