South American Getaway
On this South America holiday, discover two of the great cities—Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires—at a more leisurely pace. On this tour, you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions. Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires and sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail in Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. Listen to the samba sounds of Rio and watch people play soccer and volleyball on famous Copacabana Beach. In Buenos Aires, see the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried. Eva Peron was the illegitimate daughter of a poor provincial family. She came to Buenos Aires at age 15 to try her luck as a radio actress, and by the time she died at age 33, she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” You’ll learn more about her life on your sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires.
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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 from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favourite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome Cocktail Party.
Hotel: Sheraton Rio, 3 nights
Day 2: Rio De Janeiro
Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning Corcovado Mountain, a rounded peak rising 701 metre (2,300 feet) from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360 – degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the Cathedral. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community centre and a school. This evening, it’s off to a Churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.
Day 3: Rio De Janeiro
Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort.
Day 4: Rio De Janeiro – Iguassu Falls
A flight from Rio takes you to Iguassu Falls. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to enjoy the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2 – mile – wide torrent. With some cataracts as high as 76 metre (250 feet), Iguassu Falls is nothing short of hypnotic!
Hotel: Wish Resort, 2 nights
Day 5: Iguassu Falls
Today, journey to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls, where you will take the Ecological Jungle Train and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafes.
Hotel: Hilton Buenos Aires, 3 nights
Day 7: Buenos Aires
Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colourful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighbourhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late – colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, 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, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your Empanada Cooking Class. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous Tango Club. Start with a Dance Lesson, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance – the Tango!
Day 8: Buenos Aires – Excursion to The Pampas
Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working Argentine Estancia (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colourful feast, complete with world – renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city.
Day 9: Depart Buenos Aires
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|March: 03, 24||$4,232.00||$5,317.00|
|October: 06, 13, 20||$4,232.00||$5,317.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners|
|Transport:||Deluxe air-conditioned coach|
|Flights:||Air Ticket: Rio De Janeiro - Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires|
|Accommodation:||8 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.