Treasures of Argentina

Discover a wonderful world of contrasts in Argentina. From laidback estancias in the rural heartland to the sensuous vibe of Buenos Aires; the roaring spectacle of Iguazú Falls to the winemaking prowess of Mendoza and the rainbow lunar landscape of northwest Argentina. Sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines that make each region unique, and even learn how to create your own delicacies. Wild, raw and always surprising: this is the true Argentina.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”. Meet your A&K representative who will accompany you on your private journey to your superb boutique accommodation situated in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho. Step out on your own, wander the narrow streets for your first taste of the capital, explore the restaurants, cafés and boutiques in one of the city’s best neighbourhoods.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Buenos Aires, 2 nights

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Spend your morning discovering the many sides to this passion-filled city during a privately guided excursion. Start in the high-class hustle of Recoleta where mansions take you back in time to a grander Argentina. Wander the vast, surprisingly romantic Recoleta Cemetery and find the tomb of Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron. Then, step inside the dazzling opulence of the Teatro Colon opera house to discover a seven-storey labyrinth of stages, chandelier-lit hallways and dressing rooms.

Later uncover vibrant street graffiti which makes Buenos Aires one of the best cities in the world for its urban art. From its fiery political origins to the more modern context appreciate an in-depth view into this intriguing art form dotted throughout the city. Enjoy an evening in the seductive embrace of Argentina’s most sensuous dance at Phillippe Starck designed hotel where Rojo Tango’s live band and sensuous performers will leave you breathless, while the gastronomic offering teams’ aromas and textures with Argentinean wines.

Day 3: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls

Heading east today, fly to Puerto Iguazú, a tiny town on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Privately transfer to your hotel on the Argentine side. Later, discover why the mighty Iguazú Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Appreciate the views of the falls from your accommodation, the only hotel located in the heart of the Iguazú National Park in Argentina.
Hotel: Gran Meliá Iguazú, 3 nights

Day 4: Iguazú Falls

Explore the Argentine side of the falls, surrounded by lush tropical forest that’s home to more than 2,000 species of flora and over 500 bird species. Wander along the network of pathways and gaze at the endless sheath of water – some 275 thundering cascades covering a three-kilometre stretch. Venture by train for a close-up tour of Devil’s Gorge, the most dramatic of the falls, before embarking on a jeep ride through riverside jungle following the Yacaratiá trail to Port Macuco. Here, a motorboat awaits to take you up the Lower Iguazú River, through rapids into the roaring Garganta del Diablo canyon in the heart of the falls.

Later, your dinner at The Argentine Experience promises more than exquisitely cooked steak paired with free-flowing malbec. Try your hand at making empanadas and dulce de leche filled biscuits while feasting on a wonderful meal.

Day 5: Iguazú Falls

Spend time on the Brazil side of the falls. Descend into the canyon and soak up the vista of some 275 falls, before taking a glass elevator back to the top. Take a helicopter flight (additional charge) over the Iguazú National Park for an unrivalled view of the waterfalls, Três Fronteiras (the meeting point of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay) and the Itaipú Dam and reservoir. Return to the Argentine side, your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Iguazu – Cordoba

Fly to Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city. Here, you will be met by your private guide for a tour of Cordoba’s gems. Wander amongst colonial and Jesuit buildings the historical centre where the Plaza San Martin, Cabildo and Cathedral await. Roam the student district to arrive at the oldest university of Argentina, then cross to the Manzana Jesuitica de Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Later, transfer to a 6,000-acre working cattle farm perched atop the Sierras Chicas, 1,000 metres above sea level. Here, nestled between the pampas and the Andes, you’ll discover a whole other side to Argentina. In the hands of one Anglo-Argentine family for four generations, the estancia is steeped in family history, surrounded by pioneering work of the Jesuits who set up farming in the area. Settle into your accommodation ready for an unforgettable experience of Argentina’s rural traditions.

Hotel: Estancia los Potreros, 2 nights

Day 7: Cordoba – Estancia Los Potreros

Immerse yourself in life at the estancia today with your choice of included activity. Learn how to ride “gaucho style” as you canter along grassy hilltops and visit local villages. Explore solo or take a guided hike along cattle and horse trails through colourful wildflowers to hidden waterfalls. Work alongside the gauchos to help round-up the young horses to protect them from the elusive puma, learn how to lasso, or have a go at the sport of kings: Polo. At the end of your action-packed day, enjoy the best of Argentine food and wine surrounded by the serene landscape.

Day 8: Cordoba – Mendoza

Begin with a flight across the country to Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s wine country which is dotted with over 1,500 wineries, and journey to your luxury boutique accommodation set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and acres of vines. Apart from the verdant vineyards and wineries, Mendoza is also receiving acclaim for its olive oil production as you will discover with a private tasting. Later, join the house sommelier for an exclusive tasting of some of the best wines of the region. Try out varietals, blends or something ageing in a barrel, followed by a traditional Argentine Asado (barbecue).

Hotel: Casa de Uco Vineyard & Eco Resort, 3 nights

Day 9: Mendoza

Try your hand at creating your own signature wine blend. Step into the wine cellar to learn the art of wine blending alongside an acclaimed winemaker. Taste different styles and components to develop your “Wine Plan”. Then, put your new knowledge to work to create your one-of-a-kind blend, which you can take home to enjoy. Spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking in the extraordinary views of the incredible landscape.

Day 10: Mendoza

Step into the winery kitchen to learn how to create local delicacies in a private cooking class with the resort chef. Master the art of Argentine cuisine using seasonal produce from the organic vegetable garden, before feasting on your creations among the vines. Following lunch you may like to connect with the environment and walk around the entire estate along winding paths and discover hidden nooks and experience life on a vineyard.

Day 11: Mendoza – Salta

Leave the wine country behind for your northbound flight to Salta. Spend your day discovering why Salta is a world apart from the rest of the country. Meander through narrow streets and plazas steeped in Andean tradition. Marvel at the mountains that stand guard protectively over the city. Look for the ornate cathedral in dazzling pink and cream and the stop off at the MAAM, Museum of High Altitude Archaeology. Right on the main plaza, this beautiful historic building houses the world-famous Llullaillaco Children, three immaculately preserved Inca mummies who were sacrificed on top of a nearby volcano some 500 years ago. Later, you may choose to dine at one of the many parrillas, with plenty of local wine and dancing.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta

Day 12: Salta – Purmamarca

Take to the high road through rugged mountain scapes and startling red rock formations into the province of Jujuy and the winding Lipan Slope road to the extraordinary salt flats. Continue the road trip to the sleepy little village of Purmamarca, which sits famously at the base of the Hill of Seven Colours whose mineral pigments swirl in colourful layers across the slope. Arrive at your charming locally inspired hotel in the late afternoon. This evening, visit Tilcara, the archaeological capital of the region, and explore the rich history of this town with its low adobe houses, narrow streets and fascinating museum.

Hotel: La Comarca, 2 nights

Day 13: Purmamarca

Venture to the Salinas Grandes salt desert, the third largest in the world. Drive through the high-altitude salt plains soaking in the magnificent vista of Mt Chani soaring to 6,200 metres. As you head west from Humahuaca Gorge, you are suddenly surrounded by white stretching as far as the eye can see. Stop awhile to dine on a picnic lunch in this otherworldly expanse of crystalline flatlands and witness how the salt is extracted for local artisans to create figures in white stone. Return to your hotel late afternoon where you may choose to enjoy sundowners in the shade of your hotel courtyard.

Day 14: Purmamarca – Salta

Step back in time as you hike alongside a pack of llamas through valleys and along mountain trails with the backdrop of some of Argentina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Used to convey goods throughout the Andean countries since time immemorial, llamas are still bred by the people of the Andes for their meat, wool and as beasts of burden. Today, you can recreate that ancestral activity as you walk along the different paths to old ruins, salt deposits, valleys, ravines and volcanoes. This afternoon return overland to Salta where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta

Day 15: Depart Salta

Spend your morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Buenos Aires:$13,995.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Air Ticket: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls - Cordoba - Mendoza - Salta
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Argentina

From the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the glacier-carved landscapes of Patagonia, Argentina will be sure to seduce you with its captivating vistas and cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the dance of romance with a tango lesson, learn how to make authentic Argentine cuisine on our exclusive cooking experience and cruise in style among blue and white icebergs for views of impressive glaciers.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires 

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Buenos Aires 

Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences on an excursion that portrays the many faces of Buenos Aires. This evening learn the dance of romance with a tango lesson from the dancers of tonight´s tango show followed by dinner. Enjoy delicious international cuisine with Argentinian specialties. The tango show traces the history of the dance from its birth in the red light districts

Day 3: Buenos Aires 

The day is free at leisure for you to explore Buenos Aires before joining an exclusive Argentine culinary experience this evening. The Argentine Experience is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience. The team of guides are on hand to take you through every step of this culinary journey. Choose your gourmet fillings and create your own empanada, learning the traditional ‘replunge’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo and homemade chimichurri. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order. There will be wines from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement your meal. For dessert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet. Finally, learn about the history and etiquette of drinking mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch

Day 4: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls 

Fly to Iguazu Falls where you will spend the next two nights

Day 5: Iguazu Falls 

Visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, located within Iguazu National Park. In this section of the rainforest a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies can be seen while walking. Head to Estacion Central, where you will board the train to Devil’s Throat station. Walk along the 1,200m trail, to the most spectacular fall, Devil’s Throat. Spend the rest of the day exploring the numerous hiking trails

Day 6: Iguazu Falls – Bariloche 

Fly to Bariloche via Buenos Aires

Day 7: Bariloche  

Today you will traverse the Andes by boat across crystalline lakes and breathtaking mountain scenery. Your excursion starts in Bariloche and, after a scenic ride along Ezequiel Bustillo Ave, you arrive at Panuelo Port where you will board the catamaran and sail to Puerto Blest, on the western coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The deep blue waters of the lake are dotted with islands and are great for watersports including kayaking and rafting. The soaring peaks provide picture-postcard views and the shimmering turquoise blues of the lake of the Argentinian Patagonia make this one of the most beautiful and visited regions in Argentina

Day 8: Bariloche

Spend the day at leisure exploring Bariloche

Day 9: Bariloche – El Calafate 

Fly to El Calafate where you will spend the next three nights

Day 10: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier – El Calafate 

Travel from El Calafate, across the Patagonia steppe, to the entrance of the National Park. Visit the World Heritage Site of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive glaciers in the world. This ice field is breathtaking with the thunderous noise of ice chunks breaking off and tumbling into the water

Day 11: El Calafate – Gourmet Glacier Cruise – El Calafate 

Today cruise among white and blue icebergs for views of the spectacular Upsala Glacier. Cross the narrowest passage in the lake and after two hours of cruising stop in front of the barrier of ice floes. If the weather conditions are good, you will observe the Upsala Glacier at a distance. A gourmet lunch, offering the best of the Argentine cuisine, is served amidst this stunning landscape.

Day 12: Depart El Calafate 

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Buenos Aires:$3,639.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Flight Ticket: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires Bariloche - El Calafate
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World

Explore the thrilling and unspoiled vastness of the Patagonia region on this journey to the end of the world. Starting in the lively capital city of Santiago, jump right into the fun of this tour by heading to Santa Rita Winery, where you’ll learn about the wine – making process and taste, blend, and bottle your own wine to take home with you! On your tour of Santiago you’ll be surprised at how a city of so many people can be so well kept and vibrant—a city packed with local parks, artwork at every turn, and European – style squares. On to Puerto Natales for a night before staying inside scenic Torres Del Paine National Park for two nights. Jagged peaks, glistening green waters, glaciers, and powerful falls set the stage. You’re sure to glimpse some of the wildlife here, like guanacos, foxes, birds, and if you’re lucky, the elusive puma. Cruise on Lago Grey to see famous glaciers and floating icebergs; visit the famous sites of Chile’s largest natural reserve; and even trek through a rugged and unspoiled rainforest to see cascading waterfalls on these two days of unspeakable scenic beauty.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile, South America’s longest and narrowest country, with more than 4264 kilometres (2,650 miles) of beautiful Pacific coastline. Depart at 2 pm and enjoy a tour of Santa Rita Winery, founded in 1880 with the finest of French vine stocks. See the beautiful vineyards and learn about the wine – making process. You will get the chance to taste, design, blend, bottle, cork, and label your own wine during your visit. Wrap it up with a wine tasting and bring home the bottle that you created.

Hotel: Hyatt Centric Las Condes, 2 nights

Day 2: Santiago

After breakfast, embark on a City Tour with a Local Guide who will show you the highlights of this great city of colonial and contemporary contrasts. See the the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colourful main avenue, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit La Vega Central Market to learn about typical food in Chile, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales! Top off your sightseeing with a terremoto drink at a local pub and a visit to Cerro San Cristobal for a stunning view of Santiago and the Andes.

Day 3: Santiago – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Straight of Magellan, gateway to Chile’s Patagonia. Head to Puerto Natales on a scenic drive through the Patagonian steppe passing rivers, forests, mountains, and ranches. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Remota

Day 4: Puerto Natales – Torres Del Paine National Park

Visit the legendary Milodon Cave, where prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years ago, including those of a saber – toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton, have been found. Venture into Torres Del Paine, one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in the world. Spanning a massive area, it was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes, and jagged mountains are just a part of what Paine offers. During your visits to see the famous sites, including Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, and Salto Grande, you are guaranteed to get a glimpse of some of the park’s fauna, such as herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and birds. Also stop at Lago Grey to see the imposing Grey Glacier, floating icebergs, and the beautiful views and rugged landscapes! Arrive at your hotel where you will be treated to an organic Cocktail Demonstration which includes a walk through the garden to pick the ingredients followed by a lesson to learn how to make popular drinks from the region. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Las Torres, 2 nights

Day 5: Torres Del Paine National Park

Today, enjoy a full day exploring the park. See Los Cuernos, or “the horns,” the iconic jagged granite peaks that loom over the windswept plains. Next, view the spectacular waterfall, Salto Grande in the park’s lake district. After lunch at the hotel, head to the Laguna Azul where you have a good chance of seeing some of the park’s wildlife, including guanacos and condors. End the day at Cascada Paine, a beautiful waterfall surrounded by rugged vistas.

Day 6: Torres Del Paine National Park – El Calafate, Argentina

After breakfast, take an easy guided hike to Laguna Inges in search of an array of birds and other wildlife that can be found here. Next, depart for El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. Originally a simple sheltering destination for wool traders, today El Calafate serves as the entry point for the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park.

Hotel: Kosten Aike, 3 nights

Day 7: El Calafate – Glacier Cruise & Estancia Visit

Today, a Cruise on Lago Argentino takes you up close for views of icebergs and Upsala Glacier, one of the longest in South America at over 56 kilometres (35 miles) long. Disembark at a historic ranch, Estancia Cristina, on the shores of Lago Argentino. Whether you prefer a quiet day of touring and history or more adventurous activities, like trekking or exploring by 4 – wheel – drive vehicle – the choice is yours during your ranch visit.

Day 8: El Calafate – Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Forming part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes, this glacier is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. During your walking tour along the catwalks, marvel at the breathtaking glacier views and with some luck, see the ice calve into the waters below.

Day 9: El Calafate – Ushuaia

After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia, Argentina – the end of the world! You’ll have the opportunity to see the Andes Mountains from a Cruise along Beagle Channel. Bask in the feeling of being in the southernmost city in the world, and watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other interesting Patagonian fauna. Arrive at Martillo Island, where you have the chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins!

Hotel: Cilene del Faro, 2 nights

Day 10: Ushuaia – Tierra Del Fuego National Park Excursion

Today, discover Tierra Del Fuego National Park, the southernmost national park in the world. Hike around the park, escorted by an expert Naturalist. With stops at Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems here.

Day 11: Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires today, the “Paris of South America” and capital of Argentina. Fabulous food, shopping, and architecture all converge here to create a distinctly Latin vibe. Tonight, enjoy a Wine Tasting led by a local sommelier at an exclusive Cava, where you will try some famous Argentine wines, followed by dinner in this intimate setting.

Hotel: Hilton Buenos Aires, 2 nights

Day 12: Buenos Aires

Your guided sightseeing starts at Plaza de Mayo to see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Teatro Colon opera house before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Peron. Next, in La Boca, a colourful district and site of the city’s first port, take a short walking tour of this unique neighbourhood, then continue to San Telmo, famous for its late – colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. Top off the evening at a famous Tango Club, where instructors are ready to lead a Tango Lesson, followed by a farewell dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties. End the night with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance – the Tango!

Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 04, 25$8.648.00$10,678.00
March: 10$8.648.00$10,678.00
November: 03$8.648.00$10,678.00
December: 01$8.648.00$10,678.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Santiago - Punta Arenas / El Calafate - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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South America Landscapes

Visit South America’s most influential and intoxicating countries, including Brazil and Chile. Journey past snowcapped volcanoes, chardonnay vineyards and the pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio-crossing the glacial waters of Los Santos Lake and visiting “Little Switzerland” along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Connect with the cosmopolitan verve of the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a warm Trafalgar welcome and be transferred to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes. Spend the rest of the day on your terms discovering the unique personalities of each of the city’s diverse barrios. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel:  InterContinental Santiago, 2 nights

Day 2: Santiago Sightseeing

This morning’s city tour with a Local Specialist includes a stop at the ornate wrought-iron Central Market where we’ll see the catch of the day and stroll past pop-up restaurants serving local favourites. We journey to wine country, visiting an exclusive winery in Casablanca Valley for a gourmet lunch served alfresco in exquisite surrounds. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet the winemakers for a personalised winery experience, followed by an opportunity to taste the fruit of his labours. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

We fly south to the coastal city of Puerto Montt, then continue to Puerto Varas for a tour of the “City of Roses” against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. Later, we make our way to our hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and an included dinner.

Hotel: Cabana del Lago

Day 4: Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche

Look forward to a day of pinch me moments as you cross the Andes via land and water. Our first stop sees us watch the burbling waters of the Petrohue River cascade over black volcanic rock. We’ll cross Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye out for giant Andean condors as the mighty Osorno Volcano with its white cap looms in the background. Admire the soul-stirring landscapes en route to Peulla where we’ll enjoy lunch. Then, cross the border into Argentina and cruise the glacial waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We’ll arrive in Bariloche this evening.

Hotel: NH Edelweiss Bariloche, 2 nights

Day 5: Bariloche Sightseeing

Soak up the sights and sounds of the “Switzerland of South America” this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air. We’ll meet our Local Specialist and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit the beach playground of Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. ‘Dive into Culture’ and indulge in the rich flavours of chocolate during a visit to Bariloche’s Chocolate Museum, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Bariloche – Buenos Aires

Leaving spectacular Patagonian landscapes behind, we fly to the passionate Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner with a local family in Palermo Soho. Savour traditional flavours and homemade family dishes, then discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Our unforgettable local encounter continues as we watch family members engage in an elegant Tango performance.

Hotel: InterContinental Buenos Aires, 2 nights

Day 7: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy. We’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ to see some of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the Plaza de Mayo and iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the fashionable neighbourhood of La Boca, admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon and drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta cemetery, where Argentina’s most famous sons and daughters have been laid to rest. We pay homage to the beloved former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef, the authentic tastes of world-renowned Argentinian beef. ‘Dive into Culture’ later, watching the sensual, stirring moves of a traditional Tango performance.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Get a taste of life as a porteño this morning, embracing the energy of this passionate South American hub on your terms. Perhaps, admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Bellas Artes or stroll around the colourful stalls that line one of the local markets. Take to the countryside and consider spending the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the the Fiesta Gaucha (festival of the cowboy), where you’ll be entertained by a lively equestrian show and enjoy a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

Journey to the thundering cascade of Iguassu Falls, where we’ll meet our Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Board an open-air ecological jungle train delving deep into its subtropical rainforest. Walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We’ll cross the border into Brazil for an evening at leisure and dinner at our resort.

Hotel: Wish Resort Foz de Iguassu

Day 10: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

Rediscover the ‘Big Waters’ and return to Iguassu National Park, where you’ll join a Local Specialist who will guide your discovery of the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls and peer at its majesty through the powerful spray. We enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 11: Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro

We bid farewell to the falls and fly to sultry Rio de Janeiro. You’ll be transferred to your hotel overlooking the colourful Copacabana Beach.

Hotel: Miramar by Windsor Oceanview Rooms, 3 nights

Day 12: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Begin your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) with your Local Specialist, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for astounding bay and city views. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an optional cruise on Guanabara Bay viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Day 13: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We join our Local Specialist to explore more of the city’s iconic sights. Later this afternoon, we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ during a visit to a local Samba school where we’ll gain insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and immerse yourself in the rhythms of Samba as you participate in a dance lesson. This evening, the flavours of churrascaria linger at our Farewell Dinner. As our hosts demonstrate how to mix the perfect caipirinha, we toast to an epic South American journey. Saude!

Day 14: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure until your transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay at the Miramar by Windsor.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 25$6.675.00$8,950.00
February: 15$6.850.00$9,125.00
March: 14, 28$6.850.00$9,125.00
April: 18$6.850.00$9,125.00
September: 12, 26$6.850.00$9,125.00
October: 10, 24$6.850.00$9,125.00
November: 07, 21$6.795.00$9,070.00
December: 12$6.675.00$8,950.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Santiago - Puerto Montt / Bariloche - Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of Patagonia

Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

It’s time to Tango your way through beautiful Buenos Aires-your launch pad to the other-worldly southern frontier of Patagonia. On arrival, your local host will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Relax or explore the grand boulevards and colorful barrios of Argentina’s vibrant capital on your own. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: InterContinental Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Walk in the footsteps of the porteños on your exploration of the exquisite sights of the “Paris of South America”. Wind your way through the city, past the grand pink Casa Rosada, and bold, bright La Boca. View the ornate Teatro Colon and pay homage to Eva (Evita) Peron in the final resting place of Buenos Aires’ most noteworthy residents, Recoleta Cemetery. Embrace Argentinian culture at a Be My Guest experience this evening as you ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a local family in Palermo Soho who’ll share their homemade family recipes, the secrets of kneading bread and the art of the passionate Tango.

Day 3: Buenos Aires – Tierra del Fuego National Park – Ushuaia

An expedition through the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia begins today as you fly to the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. On arrival, explore the dramatic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentinian’s southern-most national park on the border of Chile. Join a Local Specialist to delve deep into its natural splendor. Admire its beautiful waterfalls, forests and snow-capped mountains in which the wildlife of this area find sanctuary. Keep a keen eye out for red foxes, condors, eagles and beavers. Come face to face with the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its incredible scenic beauty, enjoying views over the Beagle Channel at Ensenada Bay, the glacial waters of Roca Lake and the deep Bay of Lapataia Bay. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel on the Beagle Channel, so named for the famous HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin once sailed the southern seas and saw glaciers for the first time.

Hotel: Los Yamanas, 2 nights

Day 4: Ushuaia

This morning, join a Local Specialist and your fellow travellers for a tour of Ushuaia including a visit to the Museo Maritimo y Del Presidio, where you’ll explore the history of the Prison at the End of the World and learn about the famous prisoners who were incarcerated there. Later, delve into its history as a former penal colony and missionary base on your own, or consider joining an optional cruise excursion on the Beagle Channel focusing on the scenic archipelago, wildlife and history. Learn about the great shipwrecks of the region, as well as the dogged determination of the first European explorers, who in the 19th century navigated this inhospitable region which has since had a turbulent history. Consider taking a longer excursion that includes views of lazy colonies of sea lions and Magellanic penguins, which Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first saw in the early 16th century.

Day 5: Ushuaia – El Calafate

Leave the “end of the world” and fly to El Calafate on the shores of Lake Argentino, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park with its spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll have a rare opportunity to explore the otherworldly landscape of massive glaciers, interconnected fjords and mountainside glacial lakes over the next few days, but not before perhaps tucking into the Calafate berry after which the town is named to secure your return to this mystical region.

Hotel: Kosten Aike, 2 nights

Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

The day is dedicated to a deep exploration of the striking UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park. Touring with a Local Specialist, you’ll come face-to-face with its arctic blue and white glaciers that are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field, milky colored glacial lakes and towering snowcapped peaks. Discover the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, which towers above the icy waters of Lake Argentino. You could perhaps witness massive igloo icebergs plunging into the lake with thunderous force. Experience the rugged solitude of the windswept steppe and the quiet southern beach forests, before heading back to El Calafate for an evening spent at leisure. Consider indulging all your senses savouring the town’s famous Patagonian lamb paired with a delectable glass of Argentina’s Malbec, or pop into the glaciarium for a chilly encounter that will warm your polar heart.

Day 7: El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park

The Patagonian Steppes give way to the granite spires of Paine, otherwise known as Cleopatra’s Needles, the main features of the UNESCO-listed Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll join a Local Specialist to delve behind the scenes of this extraordinary frontier land that few have explored. Connect with the inspiring natural landscape, celebrating one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. Wander past cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. Your afternoon in the park will feature the Torres towers seen from the eastern region. Observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites formations at the Laguna Amarga caldera before stopping at Blue Lagoon with its distinct cerulean blue waters. Dinner with wine awaits at your hotel.

Hotel: Hosteria Las Torres, 2 nights

Day 8: Torres Del Paine National Park Sightseeing

Continue your in-depth exploration of Torres Del Paine, venturing deep into the heart of the park with a Local Specialist. Embark on a short hike to see natural landmarks up close and view stunning landscapes from scenic outlooks especially chosen to showcase the surrounding beauty of the area. See Puente Negro (Black Bridge) crossing the Paine River, Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall. After enjoying an alfresco gourmet box lunch, join a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field. This evening is yours to relax and enjoy dinner with wine served at the hotel.

Day 9: Torres Del Paine – Puerto Natales

Follow your Local Specialist on the famous “W” Trail that stretches from the northern shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, named after a Scandinavian explorer who probed much of the region in the early 20th century. Head to the snowcapped Monte Almirante Nieto, which anchors the southeastern extreme of the Paine Massif. Wander past pebbled beaches, rugged steppe landscapes and Andes shrublands on your journey. After lunch, visit the Milodon Cave, where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth was found by German Explorer Hermann Eberhard. There is also evidence of prehistoric human habitation within Cueva del Milodón, dating back as early as 6000 BC. Your base is the colourful fishing town of Pueto Natales on the Seno Ùltima Esperanza where one of Trafalgar’s Stays with Stories is your home-away-from-home for the next two nights. This warm, ecologically sound building, set against the backdrop of Patagonian steppes that lead up to the mountainscape beyond, lets the rugged outdoors Patagonian landscape inside.

Hotel: Remota Patagonia Lodge

Day 10: Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Today’s exploration takes you by boat up the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the icy turquoise sheets of the Serrano Glacier. Take some time with a Local Specialist to explore the impressive glacier with a hike through unspoiled, cool rainforest landscapes to Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Fjord of the Last Hope”) where you will see the rest of the Southern Patagonian Icefield. Continue through the fjord by boat with views of the Balmaceda Glacier and Serrano Glaciers in the background. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner and toast to an unforgettable expedition to the ends of the earth.

Day 11: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Depart Santiago

Depart this morning for the peninsula town of Punta Arenas to board your flight to Santiago International Airport, where your Patagonia adventure ends or extend your holiday with an extension to Easter Island.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 04$6.895.00$8,890.00
February: 01, 08, 29$6.895.00$8,890.00
March: 21, 28$6.895.00$8,890.00
April: 04$6.795.00$8,790.00
September: 26$6.795.00$8,790.00
October: 10, 24$6.895.00$8,890.00
November: 07, 21$6.895.00$8,890.00
December: 26$6.895.00$8,890.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia - El Calafate / Punta Arenas - Santiago
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Spirit of South America

Explore the beauty of South America during this exhilarating holiday to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. Visit its cosmopolitan and lively cities as well as its ancient treasures and scenic highlights. Start in Rio de Janeiro, a vibrant, bustling city known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. The birthplace of Samba, Rio’s vitality comes alive as you experience its sights, sounds, and flavors. In Lima, your sightseeing focuses on its rich colonial history and includes a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, which has a large collection of pre – Columbian Peruvian art. Buenos Aires is regarded as the “Paris of South America” with its chic shopping, French architecture, outdoor cafés, legendary nightlife, and cosmopolitan cuisine. It is famous for its sensuous Tango dance, and you’ll see a Tango show—you’ll even get a Tango dance lesson on your Globus tour!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 396 metre (1,300 foot) high Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savour spectacular vistas of the city. Next, toast the start of a memorable holiday with caipirinhas, a favourite Brazilian cocktail, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain during a Cocktail Party.

Hotel: Hilton Copacabana, 3 nights

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro

The city’s landmark, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, crowns Corcovado Mountain, a rounded peak rising 701 metre (2,300 feet) from the bay below. A scenic ride by cog railway leads to the top, where a breathtaking 360 – degree panorama affords sweeping views. From here, proceed to bustling downtown Rio, where modern office towers stand next to relics of the Portuguese colonial past. View the Sambodromo and visit the Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure for you to experience this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, it’s a fun outing to a Churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro

A full day at leisure to savour Rio. Relax on one of the world – famous beaches or take advantage of the world – class shopping or fine dining. Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional trip to historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II.

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fly to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafes. Spend an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Hilton Buenos Aires, 3 nights

Day 5: Buenos Aires

Your included sightseeing this morning starts in La Boca, a colourful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking Tour of this unique neighbourhood at the mouth of the river and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late – colonial buildings and as a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Teatro Colon opera house before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Peron. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous Tango Club. Start with a Dance Lesson, followed by dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance – the Tango!

Day 6: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to the pampas (grasslands). Experience the atmosphere of Argentine country life as you visit an estancia (ranch). Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the gauchos and enjoy a barbecue lunch and the warm hospitality of your hosts before returning to the city.

Day 7: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

This morning, fly to Iguassu Falls. The spectacle of this 2 – milewide torrent – with some cataracts as high as 76 metres (250 feet) is nothing short of hypnotic. The clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Upon arrival, journey to the Argentinean side of the falls and take the Ecological Jungle Train for a bird’s – eye view from the catwalks perched over part of the Devil’s Throat, where 14 waterfalls drop more than 92 metres (300 feet) into the Devil’s Gorge below. Continue into Brazil’s side of Iguassu Falls, your home for the night.

Hotel: Wish Resort

Day 8: Iguassu Falls – Lima, Peru

Today is dedicated to exploring the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls from a completely different vantage point than in Argentina. A walk along the pathway at the base of the falls takes you into the Devil’s Throat Canyon, with spectacular panoramic views of many of the 275 cataracts that make up Iguassu Falls. Have a late lunch or early dinner before flying to Lima, Peru.

Hotel: Atton Pullman Miraflores, 2 nights

Day 9: Lima

Your city sightseeing Tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. See the 18th – century San Francisco Monastery with its unique cloisters, Government Palace, and the cathedral situated around the vast Plaza de Armas. Tonight, visit the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the largest private collection of Pre – Columbian Peruvian art in the world. Enjoy dinner at the museum’s restaurant.

Day 10: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the semi – circular Kenko Amphitheatre with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara. Also, in the Sacred Valley, experience an El Pago a la Tierra, or Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Continue to Pisac, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewellery, or handpainted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, with dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Day 11: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a Local Home, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life in the Sacred Valley. Then, board the Vistadome Train for a scenic journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Upon arrival, ascend the mountainside to legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Your Local Guide will introduce this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile – long aqueduct, and will bring you closer to the mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures. Tonight, learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour at a Peruvian cooking demonstration before your included dinner.

Hotel: Sumaq Hotel

Day 12: Machu Picchu – Cusco

A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by Train Ride and continue to Cusco.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Cusco, 2 nights

Day 13: Cusco

On your guided sightseeing tour of Cusco today, learn more about the Inca and Spanish influence. Begin at the heart of Cusco in the Plaza de Armas (main square), with a visit to the imposing Cathedral, where construction began in 1550 and was finally completed 100 years later. Continue to Koricancha and the Santo Domingo Monastery, and see how the two sites have become one. The Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was once the most important Inca site, dedicated to the worship of the Sun. The walls, altars, and decorations were all said to be covered in gold – until the Spaniards looted the temple and then built the contrasting Baroque Santo Domingo Monastery on top of the temple’s foundations. Also, visit the Temple Of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones – with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons – was built. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14: Cusco – Lima

A short morning flight returns you to Lima. For a special treat, make a stop at a Local Peruvian Food Market to get a real taste of the life of the local people. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.

Hotel: Atton Pullman Miraflores

Day 15: Depart Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 28$7.703.00$9,565.00
February: 11$7.703.00$9,565.00
March: 10, 24$7.703.00$9,565.00
April: 21$7.703.00$9,565.00
May: 19$7.703.00$9,565.00
July: 14$7.703.00$9,565.00
September: 08, 22$7.703.00$9,565.00
October: 06, 20$7.703.00$9,565.00
November: 17$7.703.00$9,565.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls - Lima - Cusco - Lima
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Peru

On this South America tour, experience some of South America’s most exciting cities, gorgeous natural wonders, and famous historic sites. You’ll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to whitesand beaches and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free – time exploration.

Hotel: Windsor Plaza Copacabana, 3 nights

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro

Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches. Take the cog railway 701 metres (2,300 feet) up to the summit of Corcovado to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360 – degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 20% of the people call home. Tonight, perhaps opt for a dinner at a local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish.

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the famous beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II.

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu Falls

A morning flight takes you to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Upon arrival, journey to the Brazilian side of the falls to see the mammoth series of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 84 metres (250 feet) deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thundering roar, and 180 – degree rainbows surround you –  an unforgettable experience!

Hotel: Recanto Park, 2 nights

Day 5: Iguassu Falls

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Begin with a short ride on the open – air Ecological Jungle Train through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down into the Devil’s Throat. Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of endemic birds, as well as flora from the area.

Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafes, and charming shops.

Hotel: Kenton Palace, 3 nights

Day 7: Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s landmarks, including the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhoods, and Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous Tango Show.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch.

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Santiago, Chile

Fly over the majestic Andes to Santiago, Chile’s scenic capital between the Pacific and the Andes. With a coastline more than 4264 kilometres (2,650 miles) long, Chile is more than 10 times longer than it is wide. With a distinctly European flavour accented with Latin flair, Santiago is one of South America’s most sophisticated and modern cities.

Hotel: Marina Las Condes, 3 nights

Day 10: Santiago

Your guided city tour introduces you to Santiago – the country’s political, commercial, and cultural capital. View La Moneda Government Palace and San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Also, see Club Hipico, one of the most renowned horseracing tracks in South America. Your tour ends at the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas, with a visit to the relicfilled Cathedral. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.

Day 11: Santiago

Today, enjoy a day at leisure. A trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar is highly recommended. A leisurely drive through the countryside and vineyards delivers you to Valparaiso, a city of 42 hills and the inspiration of many artists and poets. On to the chic seaside resort of Vina del Mar, full of unusual architecture and beautiful gardens. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your exciting Latin American holiday.

Day 12: Santiago – Lima, Peru

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima retains vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world – class museums.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima, 2 nights

Day 13: Lima

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Visit the 11th – century San Francisco Monastery, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and the cathedral where the founder of Lima, Francisco Pizarro’s, remains are buried.

Day 14: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuna, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with an famous Indian Market – a great place to buy souvenirs! Later, arrive at your hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley.

Hotel: La Casona Yucay, 2 nights

Day 15: Sacred Valley

Visit the village of Ollantaytambo and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest. Next, visit a Local Inca Home to see life in a traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Also, visit the Seminario Ceramics Workshop to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha.

Day 16: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Board the Vistadome Train that cuts a path through the Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside to the sacred refuge of Machu Picchu. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the ruins dating back to the 15th century.

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 17: Machu Picchu – Cusco

This morning, enjoy some free time to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Cusco, 2 nights

Day 18: Cusco

A guided sightseeing tour of Cusco focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. Visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, which houses a magnificent collection of artwork. Continue to the hillside overlooking Cusco for a visit to the Temple Of Sacsayhuaman. Also, see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco.

Day 19: Cusco – Lima

A short flight brings you back to Lima. Transfer to your hotel, and enjoy time to explore the city.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima

Day 20: Depart Lima

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12$6,027.00$7,658.00
February: 09$6,027.00$7,658.00
March: 08, 22$6,027.00$7,658.00
May: 17$6,027.00$7,658.00
July: 12$6,027.00$7,658.00
September: 13$6,027.00$7,658.00
October: 04, 11$6,027.00$7,658.00
November: 01$6,027.00$7,658.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires - Santiago - Lima - Cusco - Lima
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Ultimate South America

Discover some of South America’s greatest cities—Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Lima—and some of its most spectacular sites on this South America tour to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. You’ll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to whitesand beaches and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.

Hotel: Windsor Plaza Copacabana, 3 nights

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro

Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches. Take the cog railway 701 metres (2,300 feet) up to the summit of Corcovado to view the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360 – degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore – perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 20% of the people call home.

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro

A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the famous beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II.

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu Falls

A morning flight takes you to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Upon arrival, journey to the Brazilian side of the falls to see the mammoth series of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 84 metres (250 feet) deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thundering roar, and 180 – degree rainbows surround you –  an unforgettable experience!

Hotel: Recanto Park, 2 nights

Day 5: Iguassu Falls

Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Begin with a short ride on the open – air Ecological Jungle Train through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down into the Devil’s Throat. Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of endemic birds, as well as flora from the area.

Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarises you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafes, and charming shops.

Hotel: Kenton Palace, 3 nights

Day 7: Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s landmarks, including the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also, visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhoods, and Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous Tango Show highlighting the alluring dance that is so popular here.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch.

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Lima, Peru

Board a flight for Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima still carries vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world – class museums.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima, 2 nights

Day 10: Lima

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Visit the 11th – century San Francisco Monastery, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and the cathedral where the founder of Lima, Francisco Pizarro’s, remains are buried.

Day 11: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and, upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuna, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into colourful weaving fibres that are then used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous Indian Market, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colourful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel, nestled in the peaceful Sacred Valley.

Hotel: La Casona Yucay, 2 nights

Day 12: Sacred Valley

Start the day with a visit to Ollantaytambo and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest – the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. You will see how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold. Next, visit a Local Home to experience life in this traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Then, visit the Seminario Ceramics Workshop to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a typical Inca drink in Peru called chicha.

Day 13: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Board the Vistadome Train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of Machu Picchu. Your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandonded when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. For this reason, many of the mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day.

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 14: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Cusco, 2 nights

Day 15: Cusco

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicentre of the Incas. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the Santo Domingo Monastery, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas before a visit to the Temple Of Sacsayhuaman. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here on your tour. Also, see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco.

Day 16: Cusco – Juliaca – Puno

Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire.

Hotel: Xima Puno Hotel, 2 nights

Day 17: Puno – Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Experience fascinating Lake Titicaca today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On Taquile Island, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. Continue to the Uros Floating Islands, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries – old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening.

Day 18: Puno – Juliaca – Lima

En route to Juliaca, stop at the pre – Incan burial grounds of Sillustani. See the above – ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into a Local Home for an inside look at life here. Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Jose Antonio Lima

Day 19: Depart Lima

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 24$5,885.00$7,264.00
February: 07$5,885.00$7,264.00
March: 06, 20$5,885.00$7,264.00
April: 17$5,885.00$7,264.00
May: 01$5,885.00$7,264.00
June: 12$5,885.00$7,264.00
July: 10$5,885.00$7,264.00
August: 07$5,885.00$7,264.00
September: 04, 18$5,885.00$7,264.00
October: 02, 16$5,885.00$7,264.00
November: 13, 27$5,885.00$7,264.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires - Lima - Cusco - Juliaca - Lima
Accommodation: 18 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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South America Revealed

Immerse yourself in the music, cuisine and culture on offer while exploring the sites of Rio de Janeiro. Tall and tan, and young and lovely-expect nothing else on Rio’s gorgeous beaches, your launch pad to a South American adventure through vibrant capitals and the Inca heart of Peru.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Immerse yourself in the tropical allure of Rio de Janeiro – your launch pad to a South American exploration of capital cities and ancient cultures. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel offering superb views of Copacabana Beach. This evening, we’ll join our travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Miramar by Windsor, 3 nights

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Ease into your morning Rio-style before joining your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil’s cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). See the 18th century Carioca Aqueduct, the colonial Candelaria church and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sanbodromo. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a “pinch me moment” of inspiring bay and city views. Enjoy a free evening.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

The iconic Christ the Redeemer beckons this morning as we journey by cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado for impressive panoramic views. Returning to the city, we visit the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, spending the rest of the day at leisure to watch Rio’s beautiful people living life to the fullest. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, then indulge in a sizzling Regional Dinner barbecue at a local churrascaria.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls

Spend the morning at leisure, then visit a Samba school where you’ll ‘Dive into Culture’, gaining insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and sway your hips Rio-style as you learn how to Samba. We leave the city behind and fly to Iguassu Falls. This evening, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

Hotel: Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu, 2 nights

Day 5: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

Explore the Brazil side of Iguassu Falls, joining a Local Specialist in the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park for a walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. Indulge in lunch at a local restaurant against the backdrop of the falls before returning to your resort for an afternoon at leisure. Consider joining one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride* to the base of the falls or visit a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.

Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires

Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Meet your Local Specialist, then board an open-air ecological jungle train through the rainforest and walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We leave this force of nature behind for the sophisticated Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.

Hotel: InterContinental Buenos Aires, 3 nights

Day 7: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Connect with the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy, joining your ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided tour of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the iconic Casa Rosada and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon, then visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Argentina’s beloved former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef during a Regional Dinner. Later, we’ll Dive into Culture, ending the evening with a stirring, sensual Tango performance.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America”. Admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or sample delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to visit a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a family at their home in Palermo Soho for a Be My Guest dinner.

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Lima

We leave one capital behind for another, travelling to Peru’s capital, Lima. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in San Isidro.

Hotel: Novotel Lima, 2 nights

Day 10: Lima Sightseeing

Francisco Pizarro’s “City of Kings” is ours to explore this morning as we discover the colonial heritage of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Admire the ornate baroque façades of the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America next, and meet Ignacio Barrios who has worked alongside many of Peru’s most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then continue to his cooking school where you’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ and enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru’s most popular dishes. You’ll have an opportunity to sample some of these at a Be My Guest lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley. Later this afternoon, we arrive at a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the heart of the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. ‘Make a Difference’ as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Day 12: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley reveals its mysteries today as we encounter the remains of the mighty Inca empire. Our first stop this morning is the famous Inca hilltop fortress, Ollantaytambo, built from massive blocks of stone. We board the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, where a Local Specialist will lead us through the ruins of this once-great fortress. Explore the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. Tonight, we’ll dine at our hotel.

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 13: Machu Picchu – Cusco

We return to Machu Picchu this morning with an opportunity to explore this mythical fortress on our own terms. If you’re feeling energetic, consider hiking up to the Gate of the Sun for thrilling views over the fortress and valley below. Then it’s off to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. ‘Dive into Culture’ and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.

Hotel: Novotel Cusco, 2 nights

Day 14: Cusco Sightseeing

Explore the Incan and Spanish roots of the “Imperial City”, unlocking its best kept secrets, including the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun. Later, we’ll venture beyond the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman overlooking the city. This evening, we’ll gather at a local restaurant for a Regional Dinner of Cusquenian flavours against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.

Day 15: Cusco – Lima

A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima late this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then join your Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum for an evening exploration of its collection of pre-Columbian art. We’ll indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden.

Hotel: Novotel Lima

Day 16: Depart Lima

Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lima.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 17, 24, 31$7.595.00$9,770.00
February: 14, 28$7.925.00$10,100.00
March: 13, 20, 27$7.925.00$10,100.00
April: 03, 10, 24$7.925.00$10,100.00
May: 08, 22$7.925.00$10,100.00
June: 05, 12$7.995.00$10,170.00
July: 10,$7.995.00$10,170.00
July: 17, 24$7.925.00$10,100.00
August: 07, 21$7.925.00$10,100.00
September: 18, 25$7.995.00$10,170.00
October: 02, 16$7.995.00$10,170.00
November: 06$7.675.00$9,850.00
December: 04$7.675.00$9,850.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu - Buenos Aires - Lima - Cusco - Lima
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Icons of South America

Experience the inspiring culture and natural beauty of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru on this Discoveries trip. Bear witness to South America’s iconic cities and landscapes as you journey to World Heritage Sites and unlock a diverse continent steeped in dynamic cultures and ancient Inca history.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Welcome to the “City of Kings”. On arrival in the Peruvian capital of Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of San Isidro. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception where you will meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Novotel Lima, 2 nights

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing

Embark on a full day exploring Francisco Pizarro’s Capital of the New World. Immerse yourself in Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the Plaza de Armas with its iconic cathedral and government palace. Visit the Church of San Francisco, descending into the catacombs where Lima’s residents were buried for centuries. Later this morning, we’ll meet local chef Ignacio Barrios, joining him for a walk through a local market while he explains how the local produce is used in traditional Peruvian cooking. Visit his cooking school for a Be My Guest lunch where you’ll gain insights into preparing some of the most popular local dishes, then ‘Connect with Locals’ over lunch, sampling some of the dishes that were prepared. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your terms.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

We’ll visit the Pisac market and admire the exquisitely crafted Quechuan wares. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. ‘Make a Difference’ as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Our first stop on our journey back to the time of the Incas is Ollantaytambo, a former stronghold built using colossal stone blocks. We journey to the Lost City in the Clouds next, boarding the Vistadome train to the great citadel of Machu Picchu. Join your Local Specialist to explore the UNESCO-listed hilltop fortress including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and intricately carved Intihuatana. We’ll dine at our hotel this evening.

Hotel: El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Reconnect with Machu Picchu this morning. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun to witness first-hand the beauty of the misty peak and valley below. Take a moment to admire the stonework and ancient engineering feats that went into building this mystical city on top of an isolated mountain. This afternoon, we board a train to Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha. ‘Dive into Culture’ and learn how this traditional Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women of the nearby village.

Hotel: Novotel Cusco, 2 nights

Day 6: Cusco Sightseeing

Gear up for a full-day of Cusco sightseeing. Explore the Inca and Spanish roots of the “Imperial City”, unlocking its best kept secrets with a Local Specialist. See the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas, then delve deeper into the history of the Church of Santo Domingo, built atop Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun. Venture beyond the city to visit the intriguing megalith ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before gathering for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant,. Savour Cusquenian gastronomy against the backdrop of a traditional dance performance.

Day 7: Cusco – Lima

We return to Lima where we’ll have an afternoon at leisure to explore the city or simply relax. Later, meet your Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, home to the largest private collection of 7th century pre-Columbian art in the world. Gain insights into the evolution and culture of ancient Peruvian societies as you explore this 18th century vice-royal mansion. Tonight, we enjoy a Regional Dinner alfresco in the museum’s garden restaurant with all the essentials taken care of.

Hotel: Novotel Lima

Day 8: Lima – Santiago

Bid farewell to Peru and fly to Chile’s fashionable capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll be taken to your luxury hotel in Las Condes.

Hotel: InterContinental Santiago, 2 nights

Day 9: Santiago Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning for an in-depth orientation of the city. The flavours of crisp Chardonnay beckon after a visit to the city’s Central market. We journey to Casablanca Valley, Chile’s wine region, stopping at a popular winery for a gourmet lunch served out on the exquisite surrounds. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet a local winemaker for a personalised winery experience with exclusive tasting.

Day 10: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

We fly to the coastal port of Puerto Montt this morning. From there it’s on to Puerto Varas for a tour of the “City of Roses”. On arrival at your lakeside hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure before joining your travel companions for dinner.

Hotel: Cabana del Lago

Day 11: Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche

This morning’s first stop will see you admire the waters of Petrohue River cascading dramatically over volcanic rocks. We’ll cruise over Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye for Andean condors against the backdrop of the Osorno Volcano. Journey through unforgettable landscapes of snow-capped mountains, lush forests and alpine lakes. Enjoy a lunch stop in Peulla before crossing the border into Argentina. We’ll cruise Lake Nahuel Huapi en route to Swiss-inspired Bariloche.

Hotel: NH Edelweiss Bariloche, 2 nights

Day 12: Bariloche Sightseeing

Meet a Local Specialist this morning, making your way along the “Circuito Chico” for epic mountain views and shimmering lake waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. We visit Playa Bonita and admire the beautiful natural setting below from the hilltop of St. Edward’s Chapel. Take a ride on the chairlift up to Cerro Campanario for a bird’s eye view of the peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Today’s “sweet spot” lies in Bariloche’s centuries-old chocolate heritage. We ‘Dive into Culture’, exploring the production area and sampling a tantalising variety of melt-in-your-mouth selections.

Day 13: Bariloche – Buenos Aires

Fly from the edge of Patagonia to the lively city of Buenos Aires where you will join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for an exclusive ‘Connect with Locals’ dinner in Palermo Soho. A local family and long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood welcome us into their home sharing the fruits of homemade family recipes for a Be My Guest experience. Discover the secrets of kneading fresh country bread and learn about the art of the Tango.

Hotel: InterContinental Buenos Aires, 3 nights

Day 14: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Connect with Argentina’s capital this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the iconic Casa Rosada and barrios of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Spend some time admiring the ornate façades of Teatro Colon, then head to Recoleta cemetery to pay tribute to Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita). Spend the afternoon at leisure, before meeting your travel companions for a Regional Dinner this evening to savour the authentic taste of Argentina Asado. ‘Dive into Culture’ as you witness the fire and passion of a traditional Tango performance by some of the best dancers in Buenos Aires.

Day 15: Buenos Aires Free Time

Relish a morning and afternoon to explore the “Paris of South America” on your terms. Perhaps visit the country’s finest museum, admiring the art on display at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or consider a visit into the country at a traditional estancia where you’ll enjoy an authentic parrillada lunch.

Day 16: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

Fly to Iguassu Falls in Argentina and meet a Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Take a front-row seat on board an open-air ecological jungle train, keeping your camera close at hand as you stroll along the walkways to get an up-close view of the fury of Devil’s Throat Falls. We cross the border into Brazil and enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner at our resort.

Hotel: Wish Resort Golf Foz de Iguassu, 2 nights

Day 17: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

Wake up in paradise and return to Iguassu National Park – this time to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Your Local Specialist will be close at hand to take you on an immersive walk through the evergreen rainforest fed by the spray of the falls.

Day 18: Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a soul-stirring encounter with Iguassu National Park this morning, meeting your Local Specialist to gain further insights into this extraordinary natural wonderland. We’ll fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro this afternoon and transfer to our hotel with magnificent oceanviews over the playground of Copacabana Beach.

Hotel: Miramar by Windsor Oceanview Rooms, 3 nights

Day 19: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Your Rio adventure begins today as you join a Local Specialist to ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for spectacular city views. Make the most of your afternoon by exploring this vibrant city at your leisure.

Day 20: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Hop aboard a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, the site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. As the day unfolds, visit the iconic and unexpected sites with a Local Specialist including an 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church. Later this afternoon, we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ at a Samba school for in-depth insights into how the school operates and prepares for the annual Rio Carnival. Admire the original costumes used in the celebrations. Then, sway those hips Samba-style as you take part in a private dance lesson accompanied by a musical Samba Trio. This evening, we’ll visit a churrascaria for a Farewell Dinner complete with a splash of festive caipirinha mixing.

Day 21: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Today marks the last day of this Icons of South America adventure. Fit in some last-minute exploring and souvenir shopping until your transfer to the airport or consider extending your stay in Rio at the Miramar by Windsor.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 18$9,975.00$12,970.00
February: 08$10,225.00$13,220.00
March: 07, 21$10,225.00$13,220.00
April: 11$10,225.00$13,220.00
September: 05, 19$10,325.00$13,320.00
October: 03, 17, 31$10,325.00$13,320.00
November: 14$10,150.00$13,145.00
December: 05$10,150.00$13,145.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Santiago - Puerto Montt / Bariloche - Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Accommodation: 20 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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