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Hurtigruten Voyage to Antarctica!

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Hop onboard with Hurtigruten this winter for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Antarctica!

The small-ship cruise line is having an incredible 5-Day SALE up to 35% off standard prices. For 5 days only from July 28 to August 1, Antarctica Voyages departing between Nov 2014 and Feb 2015 are on SALE.

Book Exclusively with your Willamette Intl Travel Agent!

Because the ship is an intimate experience, availability is VERY limited and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. As a Hurtigruten partner, our agents have access to pre-booking you on the cruise before it is available to the general public. Contact us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

Choose from one of three itineraries:

13-Day The Land of the Penguins, departures on Nov 19, Jan 4, Jan 16

15-Day Polar Circle Expedition, departures on Jan 28, Feb 11

17-Day Christmas Expedition, departures on Dec 19

Check out the Video: http://vimeo.com/56082361

Inside cabins start at $7,187 per person for a 13-day itinerary. Outside cabins start at $8,177 per person for a 13-day itinerary. Based on double occupancy, restrictions apply, call for further details.

Hurtigruten offers only a few fantastic sailings a year on their beautiful medium-sized ships. Their focus is on expedition travel, combining luxury and adventure. Sail in the wake of historical explorers in the cutting-edge technology of MS Fram. Explore dramatic landscapes, stunning icebergs, and spot the millions of penguins, thousands of seals, and pods of whales that inhabit the waters and shores during the austral summer.

Plus! Extensions with Argentina are possible. Call us to discuss your options on an Antarctica cruise before July 28!

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Welcome to a Month of… Argentina!

For the next few weeks, the Willamette International Blog will be focusing on one of our favorite countries in South America: Argentina. Much more than just a country of gauchos, beef, nostalgic sophistication, and wine country, Argentina is currently enjoying a booming tourist industry while keeping its cultural identity first and foremost. For this reason, many travelers are turning their attention to the nation of tango for a unique and treasured delight.

Today, let’s look at some of the highlights of a trip to Argentina:

Trek Patagonia. There are numerous trips that trek around the gorgeous mountain range of Patagonia. Trek through the Torres del Paine, the French Valley, the W trek, and the stunning, cracking Perito Moreno Glacier. Want to embark on a 2-week camping trip? Or do you prefer to stay in hotels between legs? Our vendors will accommodate you depending on your preferences and style of travel.

Visit Iguassu Falls. As mentioned in a previous post, Iguassu Falls is a stunning experience not to be missed on your trip to Argentina. Behold one of the fantastic natural wonders of the world. Ride on a speedboat across the falls from below and climb up to the hilltops to gaze on them from above.

Watch Live Tango.  Head over to the bohemian district of San Telmo in Buenos Aires to watch some local tango. Enjoy some fine Mendoza wine from a table of a milonga, or tango salon. Events are nightly, professionals and amateurs alike join in a social ritual that frames the Argentinian heritage. The experience is moving, dynamic, and enhanting—and is a great authentic highlight. If you’re brave, there are ample opportunities to join in or take lessons.

Pilgrimage to Gaiman. One of the few surviving Welsh colonies, Gaiman is a bubble of Welsh culture and history along the Chubut River. Drink tea with the descendants, walk around Welsh-style houses, and peek into the Museo Historico Regional and at its bilingual documents (Welsh-Spanish).

Visit the End of the World. Conclude your amazing trip to Argentina in Ushuaia, the tip of the world. Trek through the cold, dramatic beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy the rugged glacier peaks and the colorful port town that once was a missionary outpost and then a prison.

Ride a Funicular in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a charming, picturesque town by the sea. Wander through the labyrinthine streets, enjoy the pastel colors of the houses, and visit Pablo Neruda’s home.

Cruise to Chile. Cruise down the Chilean fjords with one of our tours. You can go for the day or spend more time in the rainforest and mountain beauties of Chile. Pass languidly by fishing settlements and amazing glaciers.

Glimpse Penguins in Punta Tumbo. Witness thousands of penguins on the beaches. Visit during nesting season to see the eggs hatch all over the place into tiny fluffy heads!

Horseback Ride in Salta. Head over to Salta, a bit off the beaten track. Visit the Canoa de Quebrada for the unusual rock formations and try red wine ice cream at Cafayate. This region is also famous for its pink sand, cacti, and a white wine called Torrontes.

Travel the Wine Roads of Mendoza.  Drive through the rustic roads of Mendoza and visit wineries. Nearly 80 wineries offer formal tours and tastings.

Ride a Train through the Clouds. The Tren a las Nubes will take you 434 km (269 mi) through tunnels, turns, bridges, and a viaduct. Cross the multicolored Lerma valley through the deep canyons of the Quebrada del Toro and the desert plateau of La Puna.

Several of our Agents have traveled and loved Argentina. Call us at 800.821.0401 or email info@wittravel.com for more details.

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