My husband & I are going on the Amsterdam in March 2005. I would like to book our shore trips with local tour guides as I have heard that u get better value. We will also stay in Santiago and rio for 4 night each, will be looking for good quality accommodation at a good price and location. any help would be apreciated.
We took the Royal Princess from Buenos Aires to Valpraiso Feb/03. www.portcompass.com has a good selection of tours. We used them in BA and some of the other ports. We stayed at the Hotel Castelar in BA - it was okay. In Santiago, we stayed at the Hotel Orly - it was great. Check website. In a good neighborhood. Its more like a large inn - converted private mansion. It has about 30 rooms. Won awards for its preservation of a classic building. Nice people. By the way, Santiago is considered one of the safest cities in the world. Has a good subway too. email me if you need more info.
PS we are going back to see Argentina in November (not cruising). Fell in love with the place.
Hope you are stil looking for private tours during your visit to Rio de Janeiro.
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I am looking forward to be of help to you and anyone wishing for provate tours in Rio de Janeiro.