13-Night Carnaval in Rio Voyage FAM onboard Azamara Pursuit℠

February 24- March 9, 2019
Round Trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, visiting Montevideo, Uruguay and São Paulo, Brazil

Itinerary 

We have received a fantastic Seminar at Sea aboard the Azamara Pursuit, a beautiful 13 night sailing round trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Before embarking, spend a day in sunny Buenos Aires. Then, explore incredible 19th-century landmarks, historical monuments, and beautiful parks during a late stay Montevideo, Uruguay, one of South America's most intriguing and diverse capitals. Two days of cruising along Brazil’s coast follow on the way to São Paulo, one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas on earth.

On to Ilhabela, or “beautiful island,” to see why this island more than lives up to its name. Over 40 beaches make it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike seeking to sail, surf, scuba dive, or partake in virtually any watersport. Further up Brazil’s beautiful coast is Buzios, the formerly unknown fishing village made famous by a visit from Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend.

This pinnacle moment of this voyage is two energetic nights in Rio de Janeiro for the incredible Carnaval, a tradition stretching back to the 1700s. We visit during the peak of the celebration—including Fat Tuesday—and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more exciting and memorable festival anywhere on earth.

After two days of cruising back down the coast, arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay. This charming resort town offers an artsy vibe, along with white sand beaches. The voyage concludes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the country’s cosmopolitan capital.

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DAY 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: Sun 24-Feb 2019

Activity: Embark

Arrival: - Depart: 6:00 pm

Welcome to elegant, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, with its European colonial architecture and colorful mix of cultures. Each district has its own style: enjoy Palermo with its mansions and parks; shop in the chic boutiques of Soho and Hollywood; and soak up the Italian flavor of La Boca where tango dancers and artists display their talents for passersby.

DAY 2

Montevideo, Uruguay

Date: Mon 25-Feb 2019

Activity: Docked

Arrival: 8:00 am Depart: 10:30 pm

Montevideo exudes European charm and elegance, with broad boulevards, fountains, stately squares, and irresistible sidewalk cafes. Take in the Art Nouveau pedestrian mall, Art Deco Centenary Stadium, and American Embassy designed by I.M. Pei. Most of the nation’s countryside is farm or ranchland, and the life of the cowboy, or gaucho, is part of the local lore.

DAY 3-4

At Sea

Date: Tue 26-Feb to Wed 27-Feb 2019

Activity: Cruising

Relax and reflect on your journey thus far with a few days of fun at sea. Get a behind-the-scenes look at life onboard with an Insider’s View Tour, attend a destination lecture to learn more about your next port-of-call, or try your luck at our onboard casino.

Want to really unwind? Watch the world go by and sip a complimentary drink poolside, or say “ahh” with a visit to Sanctum Spa.

DAY 5

Sao Paulo, (Santos), Brazil

Date: Thu 28-Feb 2019

Activity: Docked

Arrival: 8:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Whatever your heart desires, you’ll have no trouble finding it in São Paulo—Brazil’s largest and most diverse city. From incredible museums to delicious food, cultural landmarks, and relaxing green space, Azamara can help you discover the local flavor of São Paulo. 

DAY 6

Ilhabela, Brazil

Date: Fri 1-Mar 2019

Activity: Tendered

Arrival: 8:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

This “beautiful island” lives up to its name, and today belies its once lurid reputation as a hideout of smugglers and pirates. State park trails provide access to a luscious jungle, with numerous waterfalls where you can stop for a swim along the way. And when you work up an appetite there is nothing better than shrimp right off the boat, accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

DAY 7

Buzios, Brazil

Date: Sat 2-Mar 2019

Activity: Tendered

Arrival: 8:30 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this picturesque fishing village is now decidedly chic. Surrounded by hills draped in luxuriant vegetation, this paradise found is a high-end resort with an international flair. More than twenty beaches beckon sun-worshipers and water sport enthusiasts, and the sophisticated boutiques of Rua das Pedras will delight shoppers. 

DAY 8-10

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Date: Sun 3-Mar to Tue 5-Mar 2019

Activity: Docked

Arrival: 8:00 am (Mar 3) Depart: 1:00 pm (Mar 5)

Samba on down to Rio, easy going except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnaval. No journey to Rio would be complete without a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Christ the Redeemer. At the top of Corcovado Mountain, this 125-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ spreads its arms over Rio and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Guanabara Bay.

DAY 11-12

At Sea

Date: Wed 6-Mar to Thu 7-Mar 2019

Activity: Cruising 

This is the perfect time to experience all that your boutique hotel at sea has to offer—or to simply do nothing at all. From decadent specialty dining, to immersive lectures, to tranquil spa treatments, the choice is yours.

Shop for tasteful gifts at our onboard stores, or retreat to the Drawing Room and explore the world with our digital Inspiration Center. Days at sea are spectacular with us.

DAY 13

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Date: Fri 8-Mar 2019

Activity: Tendered

Arrival: 8:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Punta del Este's white sand beaches are popular with families and the glitterati alike. Fashionable cafes and shops line the streets, and an evening harbor-front stroll will no doubt include a serenade by street musicians and entertainers. The town projects an artsy vibe, with the Brava Beach open air sculpture park, displaying large works in steel, concrete, wood, iron, and marble.

DAY 14

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: Sat 9-Mar 2019

Activity: Debark

Arrival: 6:00 am

Welcome back to elegant, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, with its European colonial architecture and colorful mix of cultures. Each district has its own style: enjoy Palermo with its mansions and parks; shop in the chic boutiques of Soho and Hollywood; and soak up the Italian flavor of La Boca where tango dancers and artists display their talents for passersby.