Bolette, Atlantic Islands & Brazilian Icons ex Southampton to Buenos Aires

South America

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25 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton to Buenos Aires aboard Bolette.

25 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton to Buenos Aires aboard Bolette.

Sailing to South America, you’ll embark on an epic journey in search of some of Brazil’s most iconic sights and attractions. The world-famous landmarks and cultural highlights of intoxicating cities, as well as lush rainforest and glorious beaches, await your discovery – and that’s all after visiting a trio of beautiful Atlantic islands.

An overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro is the crowning glory of this unforgettable itinerary. You’ll have time to revel in breathtaking views from the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain; shake your hips to samba beats reverberating through the city’s streets; and not only see the mighty Christ the Redeemer, but have a private mass with a local priest at this world-famous wonder. The chance to take time-out from the city bustle and watch the sunset from Copacabana Beach is also simply unmissable. There’s time in enchanting Salvador too, to explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre of the ‘Capital of Happiness’, a living museum of cobbled streets, squares and colonial architecture. Meanwhile, Ilhabela is your gateway to paradise, situated close to golden-sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls and the dense jungle of verdant Atlantic rainforest, which echoes to the sounds of over 300 bird species.
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En route to Brazil, your journey across the Atlantic combines time to relax and experience the magic of sailing the world’s oceans on a smaller ship with opportunities to discover the delights of the Canaries, Madeira and Cape Verde. You could explore the volcanic, mountainous landscapes of Tenerife, and capture the beauty of magnificent Mount Teide; breathe in the sweet scents of Funchal’s fragrant gardens; and sample the rich Cape Verdean culture of Mindelo. At the end of your voyage, South America’s southernmost capital is also yours to explore in Uruguay. Take a leisurely wander into Montevideo’s delightful Ciudad Vieja old town district to uncover historical highlights aplenty, including the 26-storey-high Palacio Salvo, the 19th century Teatro Solis and the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Alternatively, you could choose to taste traditional ranch life on an Estancia on tour.

Highlights of this cruise:

Lisbon, Portugal
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

Salvador, Brazil
The festival city of Salvador has an energy and an austere beauty that rivals any Latin city. Originally the capital of Portugal's New World colony, Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’ is a living museum of 17th and 18th century architecture and gold-laden churches.

Salvador’s Afro-Brazilian culture comes alive in the endless carnivals, parties and celebrations that make any visit a joy to behold. This vibrant atmosphere takes over the city regularly and visitors are encouraged to join in and soak up the immersive sights and sounds. Alternatively, the city's beautiful beaches like Porto de Barra, are the perfect place to relax, soak up the sunshine and get away from it all.

Clinging to the hills above a sparkling island-dotted bay, the city’s Portuguese colonial architecture is on full show in the Pelourinho neighbourhood. This historic heart with cobblestone alleys opening onto large squares and baroque churches, is home to the lavishly-decorated São Francisco Church and Convent.

Divided into an upper and lower section, the city is easy to navigate and the imposing public buildings in the cliff top Cidade Alta (Upper City) – monuments to the wealth generated by sugar-cane and tobacco, demand discovery. Elsewhere in the UNESCO-listed historic centre, the multi-coloured homes with red-tiled roofs, great market, and some 300 churches make this photogenic city irresistible.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breath-taking beaches, Rio de Janeiro – the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) – has many charms at her disposal, and is a rich melting pot of cultures.

Famed for its Carnival and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the samba-fuelled nightlife and raucous football matches of this huge, iconic Brazilian seaside city more than delivers on its romantic promise.

Home to the glorious 38-metre Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and the stunning Sugarloaf Mountain, a remarkable granite peak with cable cars to its summit, truly make Rio a place like no other. Music is the city’s heartbeat; a soundtrack that blends rock, bossa nova, funk and, of course, samba – the African influenced beat that’s synonymous with Rio.

Carnival means parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, and Rio’s festival is considered the world’s largest. Other occasions for partying around town include funk parties in the favelas (shanty towns) and boat parties on the bay. Food is a treasured part of local life, with its dishes roots deep in African and European traditions. Cuisine options vary from meaty churrascarias, tasty feijoadas, vibrant street food and gourmet restaurant selections.

Rio is far more than just a frantic seaside resort, and the area offers access to some outstanding outdoor adventures: hiking in the Tijuca rainforest, cycling alongside the lake and beaches and sailing across Baía de Guanabara.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stretched out along the Rio de la Plata, the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires, is a rich mix of European splendour and Latino passion. Its centre, Plaza de Mayo, is lined with impressive 19th century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. It’s also the location of the Pirámide de Mayo, built to celebrate Argentina's independence in 1810.

French and Italian-style palaces grace the Avenida de Mayo, while other attractions include the Teatro Colón opera house, and the modern MALBA museum, which exhibits Latin American art. The city’s complexity is exemplified by the diverse architecture, unique urban landscape and boulevards lined with cafes, shops and galleries.

The food scene is increasingly dynamic, and satisfying the craving for one of the region's famously-juicy steaks is easy given Parrillas (steakhouses) sit on virtually every corner. A late-night cone of the local caramel ice-cream is a popular favourite, and an evening in this energetic city can be finished off with music and dancing in one of the many jazz clubs and tango bars.

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