Marine expedition along the Atlantic coast of South America from Barbados to Brazil

BARBADOS + TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO + GUYANA + SURINAME + FRENCH GUIANA + BRAZIL

October 12 - 23, 2025
Tour South America

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South Shetland Islands Drake Passage
From Barbados to Brazil, uncover the wonders of South America's Atlantic coast Experience the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest, encounter colonial history in cities like Georgetown and Paramaribo and marvel at the shifting sands of Lençóis Maranhenses and the mouth of the mighty Amazon River.

Discovering diverse cultures, exotic wildlife and natural splendours, this superlative journey travels the length of northern South America.

Antarctica in elegance of a brand-new luxury polar-class expedition cruise ship South Shetland Islands Drake Passage

SСHEDULE AND COST:


Travel dates: October 12 - 23, 2025

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Cost per person:

The cost of participation in the expedition depends on the category of the selected cabin*:

- Cabin with window, 20 sq. m from $ 5,180
- Cabin with balcony, 25 sq. m from $ 6,380
- Suite, 41 sq. m from $ 8,780
- Premium Suite, 47 sq. m from $ 9,780

* The price is indicated for 1 passenger with accomodationa in the DBL cabin and may change. Availability of cabins please check with the manager.



TRAVEL PROGRAM:
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Day 1. October 12, 2025. BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

Bridgetown, the vibrant capital of Barbados, is a dynamic Caribbean city that merges historical charm with modern energy and a warm island welcome. Its UNESCO-listed historic district showcases colonial-era architecture, including the 1870s’-built Parliament Buildings. The bustling city offers colourful markets, duty-free shopping and Bajan restaurants. Bridgetown also has pristine beaches with crystal clear waters, such as Carlisle Bay.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 2. October 13, 2025. PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD

Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital, is famed for its carnival with a Caribbean vibe and the Royal Botanic Gardens featuring a world of plants. The Magnificent Seven mansions, dating back to 1900, showcase the city's architectural heritage. As the world's greenest destination, Trinidad's Caroni Wetlands comprise mangroves and winding rivers, while the Northern Range mountains harbour birds, reptiles and 620 butterfly types amid ancient rainforests.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 3. October 14, 2025. DAY AT SEA

Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 4. October 15, 2025. GEORGETOWN, GUYANA

Georgetown, the 'Garden City of the Caribbean,' lies on the Atlantic Coast where the Demerara river meets the sea. Stabroek Market, St. George's Cathedral, the National Museum and Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology all make up Georgetown's rich culture. With a diverse population of European, Indian, African, Chinese and Amerindian descent, the city thrives as a multicultural melting pot. Despite its location, Guyana is an English-speaking nation.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 5. October 16, 2025. PARAMARIBO, SURINAME

At the heart of Paramaribo, Suriname's capital, is the UNESCO World Heritage historical centre blending Dutch architecture with local craftsmanship. Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral-Basilica is one of the Western Hemisphere's largest wooden structures. Notable sites include Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century fortress, the Garden of Palms and broad streets. The central square is encircled by impressive buildings including the Presidential Palace (1730).

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 6. October 17, 2025. ILES DU SALUT, FRENCH GUIANA

The Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands) are a tiny archipelago off French Guiana's coast, with three main islands: Royale, St-Joseph and Diable - or Devil's Island, a penal colony. Serious offenders and political prisoners, such as Captain Alfred Dreyfus, were held here and dead prisoners were fed to the sharks. The prison buildings are now overgrown, and the islands are now home to green-winged macaws, capuchin monkeys, iguanas and sea turtles.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 7. October 18, 2025. DAY AT SEA

Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 8. October 19, 2025. MACAPA, BRAZIL

The most remote of Brazil’s 26 state capitals, Macapá, the capital of and the largest city in the Amapá State, sits on the north bank of the Amazon Delta. Founded by the Portuguese as an outpost, this city's foremost attraction is the Marco Zero monument, a 113-centimetre concrete sundial which symbolises the centre of the metropolis. Other sights include the Fortaleza de São José and the Museu Sacaca.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 9. October 20, 2025. AQUIQUI, AMAZON RIVER

Aquiqui is a town along the Iquiqui River's unspoiled banks on a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. Surrounded by rainforest, it provides access to traditional Caboclo communities living in harmony with nature, where visitors can learn ancient wisdom and observe their customs, beliefs and way of life in tune with the ecosystem. The area is home to diverse wildlife like aquatic birds, monkey squirrels and iguanas.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 10. October 21, 2025. GURUPA, AMAZON RIVER

Gurupa is a fishing town on the Amazon River delta in Brazil. Located on Ilha Grande do Gurupá island, it lies near the Amazon's convergence with the Xingu River. Adapted to seasonal floods, Gurupa offers access to the biodiversity of the vast Amazon Basin and an ecosystem which includes várzea forest and savanna. The area provides habitat for endemic birds like the scaled spinetail, fish, monkeys and bats drawn to the várzea's fruiting trees.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 11. October 22, 2025. CRUISING BREVES NARROWS

Navigating Brazil's Breves Narrows, upriver from Belem in the Thousand Islands region, is a mesmerising Amazonian journey. This natural passage, surrounded by towering walls of lush vegetation, creates a secluded green canyon in the heart of the jungle. Enigmatic wildlife such as scarlet macaws, and equatorial flora such as giant Victoria water lilies flourish. The welcoming locals, known as ribeirinhos, offer warm hospitality.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


Day 12. October 23, 2025. BELEM, BRAZIL

Once one of South America's most prosperous cities, known as ‘tropical Paris’, today Belém remains a thriving port and is the gateway to the Amazon. The opulence of Belém’s golden era is showcased at the neoclassical-style 1874 Theatro da Paz on the Praça de República. Pretty green spaces are shaded by mango trees and the historical centre has plenty of wonderful museums. The bustling Ver-o-Peso market is Latin America's largest open-air market.

Meals: "all inclusive" system on board
Accommodation: in cabin on board of SH Vega


* Please do not purchase tickets without prior approval from us.

** Attention! All activities during the cruise depend on weather conditions and are determined by the expedition leader and captain. The actual progress of the expedition may differ from the stated.
Expedition vessel SH Vega
Put into operation in 2022.
The SH Vega was conceived and designed specifically for expeditions. You will be able to visit remote corners of the planet without giving up the usual level of comfort and service.
SH Vega is a modern sophisticated design and elegant interiors in Scandinavian chic style. The ship has well-thought-out infrastructure and spacious common areas.
There are: an equipped observation deck, an expeditionary laboratory and a thematic library, a stage, screens and equipment for lectures.
This vessel is built with the latest environmental standards and requirements in mind.
Available in all cabins:
  • Interactive TV
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning system
  • Pillow Menu
  • Hair dryer Babyliss
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Coffee machine
  • Service 24/7
  • 24-hour self-service laundry on deck
      • Cabin with window
        Area 19 sq.m. Maximum capacity 2 people
        5 cabins with a window are additionally equipped with a sofa and have a max. capacity 4 people.

      • Cabin with balcony
        Area 28 sq.m., including a panoramic balcony of 6 sq.m. Maximum capacity 2 people
      • Suite
        The area is 44 sq.m., including a panoramic balcony of 12 sq.m. Maximum capacity 4 people.
        Up to 5 people are allowed upon request.
        The suite can be combined with a cabin with a balcony, while the total area of the two combined cabins will be 72 m2.
        The bedroom is fitted with a Superking bed.
      Cost includes:

      • Return regional flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (chosen by Swan Hellenic);
      • Group return transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on the day prior to embarkation, on the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation;
      • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Alvear Icon 5* in Buenos Aires;
      • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category;
      • All meals onboard;
      • 24-hour room service;
      • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day;
      • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers;
      • All land excursions, hiking and cruising by Zodiacs;
      • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions;
      • Onboard gratuities and port taxes;
      • Standard WiFi.



      Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):


      • International flight to Buenos Aires and back;
      • Compulsory health insurance;
      • Travel insurance;
      • Private Zodiac Boat Tours & Kayaking During the Cruise
      • Alcoholic beverages of premium brands,
      • Spa and beauty services, laundry services, shopping at retail stores on board




      To take with:
      !The temperature ranges from -2 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius. The Ross Sea can be significantly colder, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius.
      Get ready for temperatures of -5 degrees Celsius, but cold winds will make the weather feel cooler.

      • Shoes and clothing for arrival and departure cities;
      • Waterproof (necessarily!);
      • A wool jumper or fleece jacket;
      • A bodywarmer or sweatshirt;
      • Two sets of thermal underwear;
      • A turtleneck jumper and a shirt;
      • One or two t-shirts;
      • Jeans or other comfortable trousers;
      • Sports clothing for the onboard fitness centre;
      • Swimwear for visiting the spa and pool;
      • Two pairs of mittens, gloves, and glove liners;
      • A warm windproof hat;
      • A warm shawl or scarf;
      • A balaclava;
      • Warm socks (several pairs);
      • Comfortable, moisture-resistant boots with ribbed soles (hiking boots);
      • Trainers or comfortable shoes that make you feel comfortable on board;
      • Waterproof backpack for shore drop-offs;
      • A waterproof, airtight case for your camera and other electronic gear;
      • UV-protective sunglasses;
      • Sunscreen for face and lips, and hand cream;
      • Camera, extra memory cards and flash drives, removable batteries, and lenses;
      • Laptop or tablet for uploading photos;
      • Charges for electronics, adapters, and power banks as required;
      • An extra pair of eyeglasses;
      • Medical supplies prescribed by your doctor, with a few extra days to spare
      • Documents

      For shore excursions and landings on the Zodiacs, you have been provided with:
      • Swan Hellenic Expeditions warm waterpoof and windproof parka (you can take it home as a souvenir)
      • Water bottle
      • Life vest
      • Muck Boot Rainboots
      KEY FEATURES:
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      ANTARCTICA

      The best season: January - February

      The choice of travel dates is not accidental - this period accounts for the most comfortable weather of the Antarctic summer, the whale season, the period of nesting and the appearance of penguin chicks.

      • Experience incredible penguin encounters as you get up close to these polar inhabitants
      • Keep an eye out at sea for fluking whales
      • Pay homage to explorer Ernest Shackleton as we discover the island where he spent his last days
      • Take in this vast frozen wilderness as it changes colour from glassy white to turquoise and green
      • Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our on-board photographers
      Why with MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS?
      • 1
        UNIQUENESS
        We find the most astonishing places on Earth and speed up to reach them. Our motto is to go ahead of road roller, touch the unique and unknown, before it disappears.
      • 2
        ADVENTURISM
        Wherever we go, we look for challenging activities and adventures, filling the journey with absolutely different spirit and emotions. That is why people join us over and over again.
      • 3
        SAFETY
        In our trips we pay special attention to safety. All our travels are based on personal experience, equipped with the best gear, involving proved providers and experienced local guides who perfectly know local features.
      • 4
        EXPERIENCE
        We have a unique experience of the most offbeat expeditions and ascents, deep knowledge of countries and peoples, and are ready to share it with you. All the expeditions and climbings are guided by Mzungu himself, guaranteeing exciting traveling and your comfort.
      • 5
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        All our trips are reach in adventures, with high quality accommodation, transportation and meals included. We do not save on it. Thanks to solid contacts with reliable providers we offer really good prices and high quality.

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