The wonders of South America
Discover a trio of remarkable, contrasting cities on included tours; gaze in awe at Iguazu’s plunging waters, savour some of the continent’s finest wines, taste fine food and experience jaw-dropping Andean scenery on this perfect introduction to South America. On a journey that takes in both South Atlantic and Pacific shores, fill each day with astonishing new sights, unforgettable wonders and the verve and vibrancy of some of the world’s most colourful nations.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly overnight to Rio de Janeiro
Fly overnight, via Sao Paulo, to Rio de Janeiro.
Day Two: Rest and relax
Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax, and perhaps enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day Three: Included excursion to Christ the Redeemer
Begin your South American adventure with an excursion to a wonder of the world, the Christ the Redeemer statue set atop Corcovado Mountain. Drive through lush suburbs to the Cosmo Velho cog-railway station and journey up to the giant figure, then take the lift or escalator – or brave the stairs - up to the viewpoint. Return to Rio via the famous beach districts of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
Day Four: Included cable-car ride to Sugar Loaf Mountain
Enjoy another included tour that, as well as introducing downtown Rio, includes a cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views from the care and from atop the mountain are unforgettable. This evening, why not head into town to take in a Samba show?
Day Five: Fly to Iguazu Falls
Transfer early to the airport for the flight to Iguazu Falls, the world famous cascades at the meeting point of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Travel by coach through the lush foliage, and enjoy a night at your resort hotel on the Argentinian side of the Falls.
Day Six: Included tour of Iguazu Waterfalls National Park
Cross to the Argentine side of the Falls to explore the protected wildlife refuge of Iguazu Waterfalls National Park. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk and train ride to the Devil’s Throat falls, before transferring to the airport for the short flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, meet your Argentinian Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel.
Day Seven: Included tour of Buenos Aires
Today you'll enjoy a guided introduction to Buenos Aires. See in Plaza de Mayo’s parliament buildings, the tango district of San Telmo, famously colourful La Boca, the chic Puerto Madero riverside area and La Recoleta – the capital’s most elegant neighbourhood.
Day Eight: Optional Gaucho Culture excursion
Discover more of enthralling Buenos Aires under our own steam, today, or join an exciting optional excursion into the pampas grassland, to a typical estancia ranch, learning about the gaucho culture of the plains ranchers and enjoying a traditional asado barbecue. This evening, crown your Buenos Aires stay by joining our optional excursion to a tango show at La Ventana - one of the city's renowned centres of traditional music and dance.
Day Nine: Fly to Mendoza
Fly to Mendoza, one of South America’s most beautiful cities, at the heart of Argentina’s most celebrated wine-producing region, and transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 10: Included vineyard tour
Get to know Mendoza’s elegant plazas and wide boulevards, and visit two of the region’s most famous wineries on an included tour of the surrounding vineyards. Enjoy tasting – and perhaps buying to bring home – some of the local wine, and enjoy some regional food.
Day 11: Cross the border to Chile
On one of the tour’s most extraordinary and unforgettable days begis with a very early start as you board our coach to travel from Mendoza, across the high Andes and over the border, to Chile. Descend past the famous, natural Inca Bridge to the Chilean capital, Santiago, for a final three-night stay. Settle into your hotel and rest and relax after the amazing journey.
Day 12: Included tour of Santiago
Enjoy a very special introduction to this cosmopolitan city as you see life through the eyes of the locals on today's tour. Take the metro to the Barrio Centro in the company of your guide, then explore theis walkabout grid of shopping streets, grand neo-classical architecture, bars and cafes. Enjoy lunch with locals in a restaurant at the Central Market, and visit the bars and restaurants of the bohemian Barrio Bellavista. End your memorable tour by taking the funicular to Cerro San Cristobal to see the colossal statue of the Madonna and enjoy the spectacular views.
Day 13: Included tour of Casablanca
Your last full day of touring sees you re-board the coach for the short journey to the Pacific coast, stopping on the way for a wine-tasting in pretty Casablanca. Explore picturesque Valparaiso, where colourful houses climb the steep hillsides accessed by a series of funiculars, and take in the garden city of Vina del Mar and its beautiful beaches, before returning to Santiago for a last evening.
Day 14: Begin your journey home
After breakfast, bid farewell to your Chilean hosts and transfer to the airport to begin your journey home, via Sao Paulo.
Day 15: Arrive back in the UK
Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight across the Atlantic at the end of a marvellous Brazilian holiday.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.