Cruise & Tour South America

21 days


South America, a continent that combines the exotic and the mysterious, the vibrant and the colorful, and – of course, the natural. It’s a fascinating mixture of cultures, beauty and nostalgia. We will go on a captivating journey from seductive Rio de Janeiro and the wonderful Iguazu Falls, through the jungles of Brazil and Argentina. We’ll definitely not give up on mesmerizing Buenos Aires, and also enjoy the amazing architecture of Old Montevideo. Combine all this with a delightful luxury cruise to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations on the continent of South America; Cape Horn with its multiple islands and the world’s most stunning fjords.
This memorable trip is for travelers with an appetite for adventure, wonderful landscapes, natural phenomena and a desire for new discovery – and to top it all – a leisurely cruise.


About the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship MS Zaandam

* 4 restaurants – Rotterdam dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Pinanacle grill * 11 bars/cafes including Mix champagne, Mix martinis, Mix spirits and ales, Ocean bar, Wine tasting room, Terrace grill, Lido bar

Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 Jacuzzis * Gym * Greenhouse Spa * Aerobics studio * Beauty salon * Thermal suite * Basketball court * Practice tennis court * Lower Promenade deck walk

* Van Gogh theater * Casino * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub * Explorations library/internet cafe * Explorer’s lounge * Culinary Arts center * Neptune lounge * Hudson card room * Club HAL kids club * Club HAL games room * The Loft teens club * The Oasis teens deck

Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade * Art gallery * Launderette * Half Moon meeting room * Medical center


Day 1: Thursday November 16, 2017: Arrival to Santiago de Chile
Santiago, Capital of Chile, is one of the most beautiful and modern cities in South America. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Friday November 17, 2017: All Aboard!
This morning we’ll drive to the pier to board our luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship MS Zaandam and settle-in for an unforgettable round-the-continent night. We’ll set sail in the early afternoon from the port of Santiago, in time to prepare for our first Shabbat on board.

Day 3: Shabbat November 18, 2017: At Sea
On Shabbat after the meals and services we‘ll enjoy some interesting lectures. We can also take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 4: Sunday November 19, 2017: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas
Today we will visit Puerto Montt. Pass through the center of Puerto Montt city with its typical square and cathedral. The latter is the town’s oldest building. Your first stop is at an observation point for a beautiful view over the city, Tenglo Island and the Tenglo Channel. After the tour we will visit the world famous Petrohue falls. The waterfall is supported by basaltic lava stemming from the Osorno Volcano that sits in between Todos los Santos and Llanquihue Lake and provides an interesting background for pictures.

Day 5: Monday November 20, 2017: Puerto Chacabuco
Today we’ll anchor at Puerto Chacabuco, close to Carretera Austral, a 1240 km long road that was built in the year 1970s, and is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It crosses the southern tip of Chile from Puerto Montt in the north to Villa O’ Higgins in the south, passing through many quaint, authentic villages, spectacular scenery, fjords, hanging glaciers, and crystal clear lagoons of Chilean Patagonia. We’ll stop in at some of the villages and marvel at the scenery.

Day 6: Tuesday November 21, 2017: At Sea – Sailing the Chilean Fjords
Today we’ll sail through the Chilean Fjords – maze of fjords, canals, islands and lakes. These fjords are considered even more beautiful than those in Norway.

Day 7: Wednesday November 22, 2017: At Sea – Sailing Sarmiento Channel
Some more time today to enjoy the ship’s many outstanding facilities, as we bask in the splendor of the scenic views surrounding us while we sail through the Sarmiento Channel. It is named for Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa of Spain who mapped out this part of the world in 1579-80. We’ll continue to sail close to the Amalia Glacier.

Day 8: Thursday November 23, 2017: The Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas
The Strait of Magellan (also called the Straits of Magellan or the Magellanic Strait) is a navigable sea route immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, but it is considered a difficult route to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents and the narrowness of the passage. Today we will visit the town of Punta Arenas, the southernmost habitation in Latin America. We’ll tour the town, its squares and museum and then return to the ship to continue sailing through the archpelago of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

Day 9: Friday November 24, 2017: Ushuaia, Argentina
Having passed through Tierra del Fuego we’ll arrive at Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost habitat in the world, and the gateway to Antarctica. Ushuaia National Park was created to protect the southern portion of sub-Antarctic forest. Today it provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the Andes and the region’s forests, rivers, lakes and peat bogs. It is also home to a large variety of birds. Ensenada Bay offers great views of Redonda Island, with stunning Chilean islands of Navarino and Hoste as a backdrop. We’ll will travel along a narrow and picturesque route that teems with wildlife, stopping to visit Roca Lake and take a short walk along the coast to learn about the local flora. Finally, we’ll arrive at Lapataia Bay—the southernmost place in the world that can be reached by road. This is indeed the proverbial “end of the road.”

Day 10: Shabbat November 25, 2017: At Sea
On Shabbat after the meals and services we‘ll enjoy some interesting lectures. We can also take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 11: Sunday November 26, 2017: Falkland Islands
Today we’ll learn about the history of Stanley and the Falkland Islands. Driving along Ross Road by motor coach, we’ll see the memorial from the war with Argentina in 1982. Our guide will explain to us why Britain and Argentina went to war in the 20th century to settle, once-and-for-all, a decades-long dispute about ownership of the remote Falkland Islands. We’ll photograph Government House, where building work began in 1845 but it was 1859 before the first Governor took up residence. Outside Stanley, we’ll enjoy a drive by the local airport and Surf Bay to see the beach and minefields from 1982. At Whalebone Cove, see the hull of the Lady Elizabeth—a three-masted iron barque from the turn of the 20th century.

Day 12-13: Monday-Tuesday November 27-28, 2017: At Sea
This is pure relaxation time to enjoy ALL the ship’s many facilities and to pamper ourselves before we see land again.

Day 14: Wednesday November 29, 2017: Montevideo, Uruguay
Our tour of Montevideo begins in the Old Town, where we’ll drive by the Graf Spee Monument, representing the original anchor of Graf Spee. This German ship sank in the Rio de la Plata, but the psychological battle surrounding its eventual demise took place here in Montevideo during World War II. Our guide will tell us the saga. We’ll also see the Legislative Palace, a beautiful, ornate marble structure. Continue on, stopping at Prado Park, noted for its historical monuments, attractive gardens and stunning display of roses. We’ll pass the city’s many beautiful beaches, where we’ll see the well preserved Town Hall, Montevideo Cathedral, and Independence Plaza, ringed by Government House, the historic Solis Theater and the modern Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel. We’ll also visit the Holocaust Memorial and other Jewish sites in the city.

Day 15: Thursday November 30, 2017: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today we disembark from our floating Deluxe Hotel and continue our land tour in this amazing city. Today we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires. Beginning with San Telmo and La Boca—a lively and colorful area. Then, we’ll continue downtown towards the Plaza de Mayo where you will see the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo—Buenos Aires’ first City Hall, built during the colonial era. Driving along Avenida de Mayo, we’ll find the Congress building and the city’s widest boulevard, 9 de Julio, and pass the Colón Theatre—one of the world’s best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the locals. Continue to Palermo with its beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and the National Polo Fields. At the end of the tour, we’ll pass through the Recoleta area—one of the city’s most glamorous spots.

Day 16: Friday December 1, 2017: Buenos Aires
This morning we will continue our visit in “Paris of South America” as we take in more of the city’s charms as well as its numerous Jewish sites. We’ll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat, which we will spend with the local Jewish community.

Day 17: Shabbat December 2, 2017: Buenos Aires
After Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch, we’ll take a walking tour of the area.

Day 18: Sunday December 3, 2017: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls
After breakfast we leave Buenos Aires and fly to Iguaçu National Park on the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls. We will explore the Lower Circuit, Upper Circuit and Devil’s Throat.
The Lower Circuit is composed of a trail approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long that allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls on the Argentinean side. Walk along the trail, which is equipped with both restrooms and snack bars, and get close to the Carlos Bozzetti Waterfall, where you can take some great photos.
The Upper Circuit, which is wheelchair accessible, allows you to see the top of the majestic falls on the Argentina side and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. The view stretches from the Argentinean falls to San Martin Island and parts of the Brazilian falls.

Day 19: Monday December 4, 2017: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro
This morning we’ll complete the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, and the bird sanctuary, and then make our way to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival we’ll check in to our hotel.

Day 20: Tuesday December 5, 2017: Rio de Janeiro
Today ascend by train through Tijoco Jungle (a rain forest by the city) to the famous Corcobado Mountain, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The view from the top is surely one of the most impressive ever encountered. We will have a special favela tour and see how daily life happens in this part of the city.

Day 21: Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Rio de Janeiro – Home Gateway
The book “Wonders of the World” describes the shore, the inlets and the mountains of Rio de Janeiro as the most beautiful anywhere, and names the city as “The Beauty Queen of the World”. We’ll stroll through the Copacabana quarter, Ipanema, Labron and Sambodromo. We’ll continue along the beaches, and pay a visit to the famous gem manufacturing complex of H. Stern and more.
At the end of our excursion, we’ll make our way to Rio’s International Airport for our flights home, filled with amazing experiences from our round-the-continent cruise and tour of Latin America.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
SAM17/1 11/16/2017 12/06/2017 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
SAM17/1 11/16/2017 8380 $ 3250 $

* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.


Need to Know

All the cruises including mashgiach all the way.

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights
  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
  • Full board during the cruise
  • English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for local service providers
  • First class hotels throughout

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Insurance
  • Tips during the cruise ($155 per person)t to be paid on spot
  • Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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