Board the Seabourn Quest in Miami for your 24-day cruise through the Caribbean. Enjoy the first two days at sea to settle in to your luxury cabin and sample the onboard entertainment and cuisine. Your first port stop is Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Explore vegetation-covered sugar mill ruins, old trails that crisscross the island, a natural sea-formed Jacuzzi and observe whales and dolphins. Continue to Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy’s tiny, relaxed Caribbean capital with its red topped roofs and lush tropical greenery.
Cruise to Terre-de-Haut, 10km off Guadeloupe and the largest of the eight small islands that make up Les Saintes. Since the island was too hilly and dry for sugar plantations, slavery never took hold here and the older islanders trace their roots to the early seafaring Norman and Breton colonists. Continue to Bridgetown, Barbados for some duty free shopping in the capital’s upscale boutiques before two relaxing days at sea. On to Devils Island, French Guiana, once home to the world’s most feared penal colony and inspiration for the novel Papillon.
Following three days at sea, arrive at Natal in Brazil, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, known for its sun-kissed beaches, natural environment and historical sites. Continue to Recife. one of the Northeast’s most exciting cities with a vibrant cultural, entertainment and restaurant scene, intriguing historic centre (Recife Antigo), impressive coastal setting and a fabulous Carnaval. To its south, popular Boa Viagem Beach is sheltered by reefs and lined by tall apartment blocks, modern hotels and restaurants.
Relax during two days at sea before arriving in the historic city of Vitoria where ancient and modern reside side by side. The 20th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, with stained-glass windows is in stark contrast to the decaying 16th century Santa Luzia Chapel. On to Armacao dos Buzios, a fashionable resort whose beaches include Ferradura, on a calm horseshoe bay with water sports, and Geribá, a popular surfing site. Among its village streets, cobbled Rua das Pedras is a centre of dining and nightlife. The final stop in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, renowned for Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Time at sea before arriving in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital built around the Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. The plaza leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with its art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Continue to Buenos Aires and disembark the Seabourn Quest to continue your journey on land with our eight-day tour of Argentina. Buenos Aires is a dizzying grid of colourful balconied barrios, wide tree lined boulevards, and some seriously noble architecture towering around quaint neighbourhoods chock a block full of romantic restaurants and cafés.
The Porteños have an immutable charm and deservingly contagious love for their city - both glamorously European and headily Latin American. Spend your first day taking it all in at your own pace, perhaps pottering through the sprawling antiques market in San Telmo or the chic designer shops in Recoleta, sampling the city’s huge range of sophisticated to kooky cafés along the way. The next day your expert guide will uncover the true gems of the city, beginning in the Plaza de Mayo where Eva Perón made her iconic balcony appearances and finishing in buzzing La Boca where colourful street art is the backdrop for pavement Tango and cute artisan stalls. Leave the city along sun-dappled roads to get a taste of rural ‘gaucho’ life.
Hide away for two days in your charming estancia and explore the pampas with the gauchos taking the horses down to the picturesque riverbanks to cool off before continuing to Iguazu. Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world it’s thrillingly vast cascades tumbling down the cliff sides will astound. Straddling two countries, composed of over 250 show-off cascades and surrounded by a subtropical rainforest that is home to over 2,000 species of plants it has some serious vital stats.
The Devil’s Throat Gorge - a gaping chasm nearly 500 feet across and 269 feet high - offers a thundering look out point, where it’s possible to see the hundreds of cascades that make up this extravagant complex and the roar of the water below. While the thunderous noise of this awe-inspiring site still serenades your senses, we’ll deliver you to the local airport where you can board a short connecting flight to Sao Paulo and then directly back to the UK.