Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days
Start Date: Feb 19, 2025
(Sailing Feb 25, 2025)
Embark on an epic Journey from the southern tip of South America all the way up to the States. You’ll explore the breathtaking glacial landscapes of Patagonia, witness the colorful spectacle of Rio Carnival, cruise through the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, and relax on the pristine beaches of the Caribbean! Begin your Journey in Patagonia, where majestic glaciers glisten against the backdrop of rugged mountains. Admire the cute guanacos (cousin to alpacas and llamas) grazing in the mountain valleys and stand in awe as you visit mammoth glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will then fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy an excursion to the wine region and historical town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay before boarding the Azamara Journey. Your cruise begins with three festive days in Rio de Janeiro during the world-renowned Carnival celebration. Here, the city’s vibrant culture and historic significance come alive through its samba rhythms, extravagant costumes and delicious street food. Continue to the coastal gems of Salvador de Bahia and Recife, where Afro-Brazilian heritage and colonial architecture intertwine seamlessly. The Azamara Journey will then cruise up the Amazon River, where you’ll delve into the lush Amazon rainforest. Home to approximately 10% of the known species on earth, you will spend your days learning about the diverse flora and fauna, all the while trying to spot capybara, monkeys, pink river dolphins, wild orchids and Brazil nut trees. Your voyage culminates in the Caribbean islands, where a string of paradise destinations—Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, Saint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico—beckon with their azure waters and diverse cultures, all united by their rich histories as former colonial outposts. This expedition promises a symphony of natural wonders and cultural treasures, creating memories to last a lifetime. This is truly one of our most comprehensive Journeys yet!
Visits: Azamara Journey, 37163 and Punta Del Este, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Recife, Macapa, Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Boca de Valeria, Manaus, Parintins, Santarem, Mazapa, Bridgetown, Castries, Roseau, Antigua, Philipsburg, Virgin Gorda, San Juan
Start Date: February 19, 2025
(Sailing February 25, 2025)
|1||Arrive Buenos Aires – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Buenos Aires to El Calafate – Transfer to Airport for Flight to El Calafate|
|3||El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier Tour|
|4||El Calafate – All Glaciers Navigation|
|5||El Calafate to Buenos Aires – Transfer to Airport for Flight to Buenos Aires|
|6||Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay – Tour to Colonia and Winery|
|7||Buenos Aires, Argentina – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||4:00 PM||—|
|8||Buenos Aires, Argentina||6:00 PM|
|9||Punta del Este, Uruguay||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|12||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||9:00 AM||—|
|13||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||—||—|
|14||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||—||1:00 PM|
|16||Salvador de Bahia, Brazil||1:00 PM||10:00 PM|
|18||Recife, Brazil||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|21||Macapa, Brazil||3:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|22||Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil||1:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|23||Boca da Valeria, Brazil||7:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|24||Manaus, Brazil||9:00 AM||—|
|25||Manaus, Brazil||—||4:00 PM|
|26||Parintins, Brazil||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|27||Santarem, Brazil||7:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|28||Macapa, Brazil||12:00 PM||1:00 PM|
|32||Bridgetown, Barbados||7:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|33||Castries, Saint Lucia||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|34||Roseau, Dominica||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|35||Antigua||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|36||Philipsburg, Saint Maarten||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|37||Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|38||San Juan, Puerto Rico||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|41||Miami, United States||7:00 AM|
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|Day 1 – Arrive Buenos Aires
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Buenos Aires, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add two nights to your Buenos Aires hotel stay including a half day city tour.
|Day 2 – Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Meet our representative upon arrival for your transfer to the hotel. After getting settled in, rejoin the group for dinner this evening. (B, D)
|Day 3 – El Calafate
Begin your morning with breakfast at the hotel before starting a day of touring Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the stunning centerpiece of the southern sector of Los Glaciares National Park. Locally referred to as Glaciar Moreno, it measures over 18 miles long, over 3 miles wide, and almost 200 feet high. This is one of the largest glaciers in the world. What makes it exceptional, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, is its constant advance—up to 6.5 feet per day, causing building-sized icebergs to calve from its face and create a great thunder as they crash into the deep waters of the Argentino Lake. You will start by entering the Patagonic Andean Forest with the first breathtaking stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Curve of Sighs), where you will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. When you reach the glacier, you will walk down the catwalks to approach the Glacier and admire from different panoramic points this wonderful creation of Mother Nature. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
|Day 4 – El Calafate
After breakfast at the hotel, we begin the day by transferring to the boat and boarding your glacier-viewing cruise. Set sail through the north arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala Channel, where you will encounter a spectacular iceberg barrier. We continue our boat ride until we reach a viewpoint to admire three hanging glaciers: Peineta, Seco and Heim, before heading to Spegazzini, the highest glacier in the National Park. Enjoy lunch at Spegazzini base, with spectacular views. After lunch you will have some time to relax or take a short walk in the forested area. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
|Day 5 – El Calafate to Buenos Aires
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and enjoy some free time. (B)
|Day 6 – Buenos Aires
This morning we will depart early and take a ferry across the river to Uruguay, where we will visit the charming town of Colonia del Sacramento, commonly referred to as Colonia, and its nearby wine region. Situated on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata, Colonia is renowned for its well-preserved historic quarter, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, it was a significant outpost for both the Portuguese and the Spanish during the colonial era, which resulted in a unique blend of architectural styles. Its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and relaxed atmosphere make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. We will enjoy a walking tour of the historic neighborhood, then head to a local winery for a tasting and lunch.
The winery is located on a 120-hectare property, with native fauna and flora throughout. Our visit begins with a tour of the vineyards and olive groves. We will then continue with our expert guide to the area of the high-tech mill for an informative tour and tasting of wine and olive oils, accompanied by regional cheeses, olives and toast. Lunch will then be served in the farmhouse, where a spread of regional barbecue meats, seasonal salads and roasted vegetables will be presented. We will then indulge in a homemade dessert before heading back to Buenos Aires. (B, L)
|Day 7 – Buenos Aires Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Journey for a 34-night cruise to Brazil and the Amazon River. (B)
|Day 8-40 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Journey (see below for cruise highlights)
|Day 41 – Miami Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Punta del Este, Uruguay: Uruguay’s fashionable Punta del Este is one of the most world’s most appealing seaside resorts, its white sand beaches, harborfront, cafes and shops popular with both families and glitterati alike.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Samba on down to Rio, famous for its dramatic landscape, beach culture, magnificent bay, mountain backdrop, fabulous food and easy-going vibe—except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnival.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Discover the African rhythms of Brazil’s first colonial capital, Salvador de Bahia, and be sure to explore the historic center of Pelourinho, an architectural jewel featuring an array of opulent churches.
Recife, Brazil: An exciting seaport known as the “Venice of Brazil”—thanks to its many waterways, bridges and small islands—Recife is a mix of new high-rises and old colonial structures, with plenty to see and even more to do.
Macapa, Brazil: Stand with a foot in both the northern and southern hemispheres in Macapa, the remote equatorial capital of the northern Brazilian state of Amapá, where the mouth of the Amazon River meets the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil: Home to Ilha do Amor, one of the most photographed white sand islands in the entire world, Alter do Chão is a charming riverside village. Explore Lago Verde, a grand lagoon that can be viewed from rented canoes, or take a boat tour along the Rio Tapajós or the Amazon. You’ll see a number of bird species and might even spot a crocodile or a sloth. Try Serra Pelada if you seek the perfect place for a short but breathtaking hike.
Boca da Valeria, Brazil: Cruise past the humble fishing village of Boca de Valeria with Azamara, where the narrow Valeria River and Amazon flow in tandem. Catch a glimpse of secluded riverside life and surrounding botanical wonders as you continue your South American voyage.
Manaus, Brazil: Watch as the dark- and light-hued waters of two mighty rivers meet in an incredible spectacle as you cruise by the largest city in the Amazon. View elaborate European-inspired architecture and sandy beaches along the shore from the deck of your Azamara ship.
Parintins, Brazil: Discover the lush scenery and storytelling culture of Parintins as you cruise the Amazon with Azamara.
Santarem, Brazil: Two awe-inspiring rivers, one city deep in the heart of Brazil. Santarém is a riverside city, nestled in the Amazon rainforest, full of natural wonder and surprise. Discover one of the oldest cities in the Brazilian Amazon.
Bridgetown, Barbados: Nicknamed “Little England” by some, Barbados is home to many museums that chronicle the island’s rich past and over 100 shipwrecks along its reefs that are a playground for divers from around the world.
Castries, Saint Lucia: Famed for its twin peaks shaped by a now extinct volcano, St. Lucia is one of the truly unspoiled islands in all the Caribbean, with a variety of landscapes and eco-systems not found anywhere else in the region.
Roseau, Dominica: The fascinating history of the West Indies tends to be overshadowed by the region’s breathtaking natural beauty—but it’s quite a story, and the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica is the place to hear it.
St. Johns, Antigua: Have you ever dreamed of visiting a different beach every day of the year? With 365 different beaches, St. Johns can make your dream come true! But St. Johns is more than just pristine beaches, it’s also home to the stunning St. Johns Cathedral, fantastic duty-free shopping, and quaint cafes. After the beach, be sure to hike Mount Obama for incredible panoramic views of the entire island!
Philipsburg, Saint Maarten: It’s hard to get lost in Philipsburg—one mile of colorful Creole houses long and four streets deep—but it’s also a place where you may find yourself on the brink of an adventure you have long imagined.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands: A great place to explore in a jeep, swim with dolphins, or hike the rugged trails throughout the island, Virgin Gorda is most famous for The Baths, where giant granite boulders are strewn across the beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ponce de Leon never did find the Fountain of Youth, but he did stumble upon San Juan, which had to be a close second, featuring an appealing array of golf courses, rainforests and beaches galore.
5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days
The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking.
Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
South American culture is passionate and diverse. Glaciers and forests blend with modern appeal in the beautiful and contrasting country of Argentina. Your sailing in Brazil will take you to a new world of rhythms, history, culture and biodiversity before sailing up to the Caribbean with its stunning beaches and diverse population.
You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches, and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
We recommend you bring comfortable clothes and shoes to wear during your tours.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
While on tour:
Buenos Aires to El Calafate: 3-hour flight
Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento: 1-hour ferry
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.
Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Although everyone on this Enrichment Journey will stay for 3 nights in Buenos Aires, the itinerary does not include a tour of the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Buenos Aires before your Enrichment Journeys starts, including a half-day city tour. Price of $379 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
|1/30/2025||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Club Veranda (V3)||$18,132||$13,599||$4,533||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Club Veranda (V2)||$18,399||$13,799||$4,600||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Club Veranda (V1)||$18,532||$13,899||$4,633||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Club Veranda Plus (P3)||$18,932||$14,199||$4,733||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Club Veranda Plus (P1)||$19,065||$14,299||$4,766||CALL FOR DETAILS|
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
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|Boston||$300||John F. Kennedy||$300||Phoenix||$450|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||$300||Orlando||$250||San Francisco||$450|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
Rene Favaloro 3500, El Calafate, Santa Cruz – Patagonia
Tel: +54 2902 496201 / 496202 / 496203
Serene and majestic, Lake Argentino gives Xelena Hotel & Suites a unique view of beauty and elegance that conveys the Patagonian spirit. A proposal designed in its rooms to enjoy the best landscapes of Argentine Patagonia at any time of the year.
809 Moreno St, C1091 AAQ, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4340-7100
This Buenos Aires Hotel represents the sophisticated and classic style of this historical city. Enjoy your holidays with the beautifully designed suites, indoor pool and onsite spa. Conveniently located near major cultural attractions such as museums, theatres, traditional coffee shops and famous neighborhoods such as San Telmo and Florida Avenue, this luxurious hotel will let you experience the authentic Argentina.
Cruise Line: Azamara
Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.
Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, casinos and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the high percentage of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Argentina uses the Argentine Peso ($), currency code ARS
Uruguay uses the Uruguayan Peso ($ or $U), currency code UYU
Brazil uses the Brazilian Real (R$), currency code BRL
Barbados uses the Barbados Dollar (BD$), currency code BBD
Saint Lucia, Dominica and Antigua use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), currency code XCD
St Maarten uses the Antillean Guilder or Florin (ƒ), currency code ANG
British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico use the U.S. Dollar ($), currency code (USD)
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Azamara Cruises.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
|Rio de Janeiro||90/75||92/75||90/74||87/72||82/67||81/64||80/63||82/64||82/66||84/69||86/71||89/73|
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some key words and phrases:
Argentina, Uruguay and Puerto Rico: Spanish
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/south-american-spanish/ for more phrases and sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/brazilian-portuguese/ for more phrases and sound.
Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands: English is widely spoken in these countries.
St Maarten: English, French and Dutch
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/dutch/ for more phrases with sound.
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
British Virgin Islands
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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