John Lovett - Antarctica & Chilean Fjords Cruise Workshop

John lovett - Antarctica & Chilean Fjords Cruise Workshop
29 January – 25 February 2019

Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday 29 January, 2019 Santiago, Chile

Today we board our flight to Santiago, Chile. As we cross the International Date-Line we will arrive in Santiago on the day that we depart. After clearing Customs we will be transferred to our hotel. We will have free time to relax.

Day 2 Wednesday 30 January 2019 - Valparaiso, Chile

This morning we have a sightseeing tour of the city of Santiago and see the Civic Centre, La Moneda Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas which is the main square of the city. We then head towards the Bellavista district, an area that is home to many of Santiago’s artisans, and is lined with galleries, as well open-air cafes and restaurants. We will go to a lookout on San Cristobal Hill, its tallest peak rising 880 m above sea level for a panoramic view of the city. This afternoon we are transferred to the port to board the MS Zaandam.

Day 3 Thursday 31 January, 2019 At sea

This morning we will have our first painting session with John. In the afternoon you may like to explore and enjoy the fantastic facilities and many activities available on the MS Zaandam.

Day 4 Friday 1 February, 2019 - Puerto Montt, Chile

This morning wake as we cruise the Reloncavi Sound, a body of water located immediately south of Puerto Montt, Chile. It is the place where the Intermediate Depression falls into the Pacific Ocean and is an ideal place to catch a glimpse of three of the volcanoes, Mt Osorno, Mt Calbuco and in the distance, Mt Puntiagudo. We then arrive in the port of Puerto Montt, in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District. We have an included sightseeing tour of the Chilean Lakes District, one of the last truly unspoiled regions on earth. We return to the ship in the mid to late-afternoon.

Day 5 Saturday 2 February, 2019 Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

Today we arrive at Castro on the Isla Chiloe. Today John will lead the group to a good painting location, where he will paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members with their individual work. We will paint the famous wooden church in the main town, which has UNESCO World Heritage status, as well as the traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) which dot its shores.

Day 6 Sunday 3 February, 2019 Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Situated along the wild-west fjord land coast of Chile, 402 kilometres south of Puerto Montt, it is here that the northern Patagonian ice sheets fall into the sea in neon blue splendour. One of the last frontiers, there are few such remote, unspoiled and underdeveloped places left on earth as Puerto Chacabuco. On our tour today we travel to the Rio Simpson National Reserve, 37 kilometres west of Coyhaique, which provides an opportunity to enjoy cascading waterfalls, canyon rivers, valleys, beaches, and forests.

Day 7 Monday 4 February, 2019 Chilean Fjords

This morning John will paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually. We continue cruising through the Chilean Fjords, stretching from the Strait of Magellan to Puerto Montt in Chile. These are some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. On the ocean’s surface, the Magellan penguins always put on a good show.

Day 8 Tuesday 5 February, 2019 Amalia Glacier & Canal Samiento

This morning John will paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually. Over the next few days we will cruise past some of the most spectacular glaciers in the world, including the Amalia Glacier, one of the highlights of the cruise. Located in the central part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, the Amalia Glacier descends from the Andes Mountains and sits towering above the sea. Because of the glacier’s immense weight, the oxygen has been pressed out of the ice, giving it an amazingly beautiful crystalline appearance. The Amalia Glacier is one of three spectacular glaciers that are truly once-in-a-lifetime sights to behold.

Day 9 Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Punto Arenas, Chile

Today we sail through the Straits of Magellan. This 580 kilometres strait is named for the ambitious Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who sought a way to circumnavigate the globe. We will retrace his route as we make the only available crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with the exception of the Panama Canal. Early in the morning we arrive at Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in Chile. The city is surrounded by two million sheep in the wilds of Patagonia. On our sightseeing tour today, we explore the town lined by the impressive townhouses of the sheep barons, visit the tree-lined Plaza de Armas Square and the top of La Cruz Hill and see the start of the Antarctic in the far distance.

Day 10 Thursday 7 February, 2019 Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning there will be a painting session with John showing you how to capture the best scenes of Antarctica. We cruise through the Cockburn Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. We then enter The Beagle Channel, about 240 kilometres long and about 5 kilometres wide at its narrowest point. Glacier Alley is embedded in the Darwin Range on the north-west arm of the Beagle Channel. From a lookout at Pia Glacier, we have a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. Listen to the thunderous noises caused by the large masses of ice cracking and dropping into the bay. We will also sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche among others before arriving at Ushuaia, known as the ‘City on the bottom of the World’. Located on the island of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) it is a spectacular region, known for its plains surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We take a sightseeing tour of the city and the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park to see the spectacular scenery of this island.

Day 11 Friday 8 February, 2019 Cape Horn, Argentina

This morning John will paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually with their art work. Today we cruise around the bottom of South America, past the tip of the continent. Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, remains a maritime legend to this day, as sailing around this remote point and then through the Drake Passage was one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet.

Day 12 Saturday 9 February, 2019 At sea

A full day of painting while at sea. This morning John will paint a demonstration and then move amongst the group assisting members individually. In the afternoon you may like to enjoy one of the many on-board activities.

Day 13 Sunday 10 February, 2019 The Palmer Archipelago Antarctica

A morning of painting with John as we hit the first islands in Antarctica today. Enjoy the spectacular scenery! We cruise through the Palmer Archipelago, also known as Antarctic Archipelago, a group of islands off the north-western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. It extends from Tower Island in the north to Anvers Island in the south. It is separated by the Gerlache and Bismarck Straits.

Day 14 Monday 11 February, 2019 The Danco Coast Antarctica

A morning of painting and photographing as we reach a highlight of the trip! The mainland of Antarctica. View the spectacular Antarctic scenery of icebergs and ice covered scenery. The Danco Coast is that portion of the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula between Cape Sterneck and Cape Renard. This coast was explored in January and February 1898 by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Adrien de Gerlache, who named it for Lieutenant Emile Danco who died on the expedition.

Day 15 Tuesday 12 February, 2019 Antarctic Sound

A morning of painting in Antarctica. The Antarctic Sound is a body of water about 50 kms long and from 11 to 19 kms wide, separating the Joinville Island group from the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula. The sound was named by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto Nordenskiöld for the expedition ship Antarctic in 1902.

Day 16 Wednesday 13 February, 2019 Antarctic Sound

A day of painting and photographing and the chance to further enjoy the unique sights of the Antarctic and to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

Day 17 Thursday 14 February, 2019 At sea

This morning John will paint a demonstration and assist tour members individually and an opportunity to further enjoy the facilities of the ship.

Day 18 Friday 15 February, 2019 Stanley, Falkland Islands

Today we arrive in Stanley, the capital of the archipelago of more than 700 islands that make up the Falkland Islands, located off the east coast of South America. This quaint seaside town is dotted with colourfully painted houses, small shops and restaurants and a truly unique scenic landscape. On our sightseeing tour we will see the traditional British charm that is preserved in this overseas territory of the United Kingdom. We will see Pioneer Row and Drury Street, home to the original British colonist’s cottages, while the Jubilee Villas built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee are an excellent representation of traditional British houses. We will see the Stanley House, the only brick house in town, and the Government House, the home of both the islands’ governor and beautiful flower gardens. We also see some sights from the 1982 Falklands War.

Day 19 Saturday 16 February, 2019 At sea

A morning of painting and sketching. In the afternoon you can enjoy the facilities of the ship.

Day 20 Sunday 17 February, 2019 Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Today we stop at the port of Puerto Madryn, in the Patagonian province of Chubut. We will visit the nearby Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species, including rheas, oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets, whales, sea elephants, sea lions and many other species of wildlife. In addition, Puerto Madryn has an interesting history. Long after Spanish explorers landed, this area was also settled by Welsh colonists who left Great Britain seeking autonomy for their culture and language. The original settlers came ashore in July 1865 and named their first settlement Port Madryn in honor of Baron Madryn of Wales.

Day 21 Monday 18 February, 2019 At sea

Our last day of painting at sea. This morning John will paint a demonstration and then move amongst the group assisting members individually. The afternoon will be free to enjoy the many activities the ship has to offer.

Day 22 Tuesday 19 February, 2019 Montevideo, Uruguay

We arrive into Montevideo, the capital of the small country of Uruguay, known as the ‘Switzerland of South America’. We have a morning sightseeing tour of this historic city with its blend of traditional and European architecture. We will visit the Ciudad Vieja or Old Town, which is the heart of the city, and the cultural centre. In the afternoon we will enjoy a painting session with John in the heart of Montevideo.

Day 23 Wednesday 20 February, 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today we arrive at our cruise destination, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, known as the ‘Paris of South America’. On our tour of Buenos Aires, we drive down 9 de Julio Ave, the widest avenue in the world, past the famous Colon Opera House, the Obelisk, commemorating the first founding of the city in 1536, to get to Plaza de Mayo (May Square). We will also see the surrounding buildings; Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral with the Mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s greatest national hero and the Cabildo, the colonial town hall built in 1751. Then we head to La Boca, the typically Italian district where the first Italian immigrants settled and ‘Caminito’ street. The tour continues to the Buenos Aires port area, past San Martin Square towards the residential district of Palermo Chico and Palermo Park with its jacaranda and palo borracho trees which flower in the spring and late summer. The ride continues to Recoleta elegant district to visit the Recoleta Cemetery where we see the famous tomb of Evita (Eva Peron). We return to the ship for our last evening on board the MS Zaadam.

Day 24 Thursday 21 February, 2019 Buenos Aires

Disembarking early this morning, we visit a ranch on the Pampas to experience some of the heritage of this country and for an authentic Argentinean BBQ – a BBQ like no other in the world. We also watch a group of Gauchos (legendary Argentinean cowboys) show their prowess at throwing bolas to catch cattle, lassoing, etc... Gauchos initially roamed all of not only Argentina, but also much of Brazil and Uruguay. There is an entire genre of dances, folktales, songs, and words exclusive to the gaucho culture alone, and the cultural contribution of this group to Argentina is enormous. Later, we arrive at our hotel and the evening is free to explore this fascinating city.

Day 25 Friday 22 February, 2019 Buenos Aires

This morning John will have his final painting session followed by a critique session. This evening we have a celebratory dinner at a restaurant that includes a spectacular Tango show, to celebrate our fabulous art cruise to South America and Antarctica.

Day 26 Saturday 23 February, 2019 Buenos Aires

This morning we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.

Day 27 Sunday 24 February, 2019 In flight

Day 28 Monday 25 February, 2019 Australia Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose one day and arrive in Australia today and the tour package concludes.