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23 Day Grand South America Tour 2020 (Tour Code: SAT) BUY NOW
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This is a stunning Grand Tour that last  a month and visits some of the finest destinations in South America. Enjoy the beaches and mountains of Rio de Janeiro. See the Mighty Iguazu and the pristine blue glaciers of Argentina before it disappears. Visit Peru and the heart of the Old Incan Empire as well as Buenes de Aires, home to Latin dancing and the Pink House. You will see amazing landscapes, amazing people and taste the countries inspired a blend of local and Spanish culture.

08/09/2020-$13990
ITINERARY

Day 01: SYDNEY – SANTIAGO DE CHILE – RIO DE JANEIRO (D)

LA806, Sydney – Santiago (SCL) 11:35/11:10

LA771, Santiago (SCL) – Rio De Janeiro (GIG) 13:50/18:05

Depart to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via Santiago, Chile at noon and arrive in the evening on the same day. After arriving to the Rio airport (GIG) at 18:05, you will be welcomed by your guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner will be at hotel.

Accommodation: Rio Othon Palace Hotel (Sup. Room) or similar


Day 02: RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING (B.L.D)

After breakfast, you will go to visit the Sugarloaf Mountain (6 hours). The first stop is the Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area that also offers the possibility to have a snack in the restaurant on top of the mountain. On the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain you will have a beautiful view of Rio, Copacabana beach, the bay, the surrounding mountains, islands in the ocean, bridge Niteroi, and the statue of Christ on Corcovado Mountain. After going down by cable car, the tour continues by car to the central regions of the old town of Rio where you can admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city as well as buildings in colonial style. Our guide will take you to a local restaurant where you can taste the delicious dishes of the local cuisine: “Confeitaria Colombo”. Dinner at Confeitaria Colombo with transfers included.

Accommodation: Rio Othon Palace Hotel (Sup. Room) or similar


Day 03: RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING (B.L.D)

Today you will go on an amazing tour visiting Christ the Redeemer Statue. Arriving at the station, the environmentally friendly train will take us through the jungle to the top of Corcovado. On both sides of the railway you will have spectacular views of Tijuca forest, inhabited by monkeys and other exotic animals and birds. On top of Corcovado, at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, you will stand in front of the symbol of Rio de Janeiro- Statue of Christ the Savior (38m) that was built in 1931. From top of Corcovado, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings like the Niteroi Bridge, Guanabara Bay, the Botanical Garden, Maracana Stadium and Sugarloaf Mountain. Stop for lunch at "Mineira Restaurant". In the afternoon you will obtain an interesting experience by a Tijuca Jeep tour (3 hours).After dinner, you are transferred to see and experience how Cariocas (Rio’s inhabitant) enjoy the nights. You will go to watch an authentic Samba Show at Ginga Tropical (at Leblon Neighbourhood).
Show performances held on Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat (Subject to change without previous notice)

Accommodation: Rio Othon Palace Hotel (Sup. Room) or similar

 

Day 04: RIO DE JANEIRO – FOZ DE IGUACU, BRAZIL (B.D)

LA3188, Rio De Janeiro (GIG) – Iguazu (IGU) 09:50/12:05

After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then you will be visiting the Brazilian falls in a half day tour.Foz de Iguazu Falls are located on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay - and have 275 large water flows, falling from a terrible height. Falls are located in the National Park with its unique flora and fauna, which appeared after a volcanic eruption, and the displacement of the earth formations. The name ‘Iguazu’ comes from the indigenous Tupi language, meaning ‘water.’ There are 275 waterfalls, each of which has its own name, which rush down with a crash into the canyon of "Devil's Throat". There is an amazing contrast between the calm and even lazy river water over Iguassu Falls above and the powerful overthrow boiling water flows from a height of 72 meters into the abyss. You can stand for hours without stopping, watching this show and thinking about the magnificence of the universe and eternity. Then you will visit the bird park you will go and visit the bird park with dozens different species of birds. You are transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy your dinner at Bufalo Branco Steakhouse with transfer.  

Accommodation: Continental Inn Hotel**** or similar

 

Day 05:PUERTO IGUAZU, ARGENTINA (B.L.D)

You will be picked up at the hotel and we will begin our transit into Argentina. The first stop is at the Cataratas Station. The Argentina side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. On this side you are faced with the full view of the river and the magnitude of the gigantic Devils Throat. Lunch is included inside the park (’’El Fortin Restaurant’’). The tour includes the amazing Great Adventure Boat Tour. This safari combines a tour of 5 miles through the rainforest in four-wheel-drive vehicles and a sailing tour along the Iguazú River. The trip starts in the Macuco Port on board of semi rigid rubber dinghies. The navigation along the river includes 1.25 miles of rapids, even entering into the great canyon called Garganta del Diablo, which is the more outstanding fall of the group. We are talking of a unique experience that allows you- if you feel like getting pretty wet and joining intense emotions – reach the base of one of the falls.

After tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner at hotel. 

Accommodation: Continental Inn Hotel**** or similar

 

Day 06: PUERTO IGUAZU, ARGENTINA – BUENOS AIRES (B.L.D)

LA750, Iguazu (IGR) – Buenos Aires (AEP) 11:15/13:07

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be transferred to have lunch. After lunch, enjoy an orientation city tour. When it comes to shopping, Buenos Aires can be one of the most charming cities in the world. From grand boulevards to the winding streets of Arroyo, the city offers an endless variety of boutiques, galleries and antique shops. Shopping malls have become a daily getaway and a convenient shopping location for many Portenos. You will have a chance to do some shopping in Buenos Aires as you will visit the most famous and exclusive stores in Buenos Aires. At night enjoy an amazing night in one of the most traditional tango venues of Buenos Aires! La Ventana. Enjoy traditional dishes of Buenos Aires (3 steps), accompanied by delicious wine (1/2 bottle per pax). The show goes through the history of the tango and life at the beginning of last century, with different dance couples and famous singers of tango. Private transfers are included.  

Accommodation: Dazzler Maipu**** or similar.

 

Day 07: BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING (B.L.D)

Today you will do a half day Buenos Aires City Tour (5hr). With this tour you will understand why it's known the beautiful city of Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America". The tour begins with a tour of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, where you can find the symbol of the city: the Obelisk. You will stop at Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Casa Rosada, name by which it is popularly known the presidential palace, and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, with its incredible neoclassical facade, mausoleum of national hero, General San Martin. You will also visit squares as San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. Important avenues like Corrientes, Av. De Mayo, among others. Important areas of the city like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and the most modern: Puerto Madero. At night dinner at ’’Parolaccia restaurant”. Transfers are included.

Accommodation: Dazzler Maipu**** or similar.

 

Day 08: BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (B.L.D)

LA7762, Buenos Aires (AEP) – Bariloche (BRC) 08:10/10:32

After an early breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Bariloche in Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have your lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will go on a private half day guided tour of the ‘’Small Circle” with ascension to Campanario Hill included. You will have a private excursion of Small Circuit Tour with English speaking guide: It is almost compulsory that the first excursion done in Bariloche be the famous Circuito Chico, not only because it shows such an abundance of the places in the mountain range, but also because visitors see and fall in love with this city in just half a day. The tour begins downtown, more precisely on Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, which borders Lake Nahuel Huapi with a winding layout. This beautiful water body, which is a sight in itself, is the largest lake in the region and, with its 55,700 hectares, is present almost all through the tour.

 

The first stretch, in addition to urban architecture, includes the houses of pioneers, the Nautical Club and the Melipal neighborhood. As buildings are left behind, the scenery near the Nahuel Huapi begins to change. From this point, it shows off cypresses, maitenes, coihues and ñires, among other typical trees. In summer, this road acquires brilliant red and yellow colors from the rose hip bushes, blackberry and raspberry plants which bloom all around. 8 kilometers ahead, opposite Huemul Island, lies a beach called Bonita. Farther ahead, Serena Bay is reached, a small bathing resort with a boat ramp. At the 17th kilometer marker, stands the base of Mount Campanario, which reaches 1,050 meters of height and whose summit may be accessed through a chairlift (INCLUDED). Passing by the San Pedro Peninsula, the itinerary continues towards the Llao Llao Peninsula. At the 24th kilometer marker, the San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the Llao Llao Hotel may be spotted. Totally refurbished and with all its facilities open, the classical hotel is one of the best known postcards in Bariloche, with panoramic sights of the national park and Lakes Perito Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. The Llao Llao Municipal Park protects forests of coihues and cañas colihues, as well as creepers, bushes and other trees, which may be seen when hiking along its trails.

 

After passing by Villa Tacul and Lake Escondido, the joint between Lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno is reached. This is crossed by Bridge Angostura, over the river bearing the same name. This is the ideal spot to have a break and go down to the rocky beaches of both lakes, lying 150 meters from one another. The circuit also shows the mountaineers cemetery, the Swiss hamlet and, finally, the panoramic vantage point over Lake Moreno, at the 40th kilometer marker. The way back begins at El Trébol Lagoon and continues to the joint with Bustillo Avenue, which leads back to the city center. Thus, traveling along just 60 kilometers, visitors may admire lakes, mountains and native forests of singular beauty. Lunch at “Parrilla de Julian restaurant” (Refugio del Montañez). In the afternoon enjoy a short walking tour through Bariloche followed by a visit to the chocolate store. Bariloche is famous for its chocolates. Dinner will be at hotel.

Accommodation: Cacique Inacayal Hotel **** or similar


Day 09: SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES and the SEVEN LAKE DAY TRIP (B.L.D)

After pick-up at your Bariloche hotel, board your comfortable coach for the scenic drive on the Road of the Seven Lakes. While driving along the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the banks of the Limay River, listen to informative commentary from your guide regarding the history, natural resources, flora and fauna of the region. Pass Las Flores and Puerto Manzano on Nahuel Huapi's Huemul arm, then stop at picturesque Villa La Angostura. Enjoy the charming village while you smell the bracing mountain air and take the opportunity to stretch before continuing on your sightseeing journey. Follow the road of the Seven Lakes past Machocinco, Falkner, Correntoso, Escondido, Espejo and Villarino before reaching Lago Lácar (Lácar Lake). Arrive in San Martín de los Andes on Lago Lácar's shores, where can explore at your own pace. Stroll through the quaint streets, visiting small shops featuring local arts and handicrafts. Admire the Swiss-style architecture of the wooden buildings that hold shops renting expedition gear for adventures in the surrounding mountains. Stop to have lunch at the local restaurants. Board your bus for the return trip, relaxing into your seat as you drive through Paso Cordoba (Cordoba Pass) at an elevation of 3,940 feet (1,200 meters.) Pass spectacular scenery such as the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) the Anfiteatro (a natural rock amphitheater) and the meeting of the Limay and Traful rivers. Arrive back in Bariloche for drop-off at your hotel in the early evening. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: Cacique Inacayal Hotel **** or similar

 

Day 10: BARILOCHE – EL CALAFATE (B.L.D)

AR1872, Bariloche – El Calafate 11:40/13:25

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you are met and taken to a local restaurant for your lunch. After lunch, pay a visit to Glaciarium Museum, a modern glacier Interpretation Centre, built to entertain and educate about ice, glaciers and the Patagonian Ice Fields. Time to visit as well the Glaciobar: it is located at Glaciarium’s underground and features ice walls. Everything is made of Ice; the glasses. And the bar, tables and couches are fully made up of glacier ice. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: Alto Calafate**** or similar

 

Day 11: PERITO MORENO GLACIER (B.L.D)

Today you'll start a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier  (one of Patagonia's only growing glaciers and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Once inside Los Glaciares National Park, you'll follow the route around Lago Argentino where 50 miles (80km) from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier lies imposing with its 200 foot (60 meter) high ice walls. Follow the paths that lead you to face the glacier and get different impressive views, all while continuous detachments and constant ice breaking noises echoes in your surrounds! Box lunch will be included during this tour, as times are very tight. Next, hop on a boat (Nautical Safari; regular) for a cruise that will give you closer views of the stunning glacier. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: Alto Calafate**** or similar


Day 12: EL CALAFATE – TORRES DEL PAINE (B.L.D)

After breakfast, you are transferred to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere. Our destination is Lake Sarmiento where we will be setting off on a beautiful walk around the shores of this deep blue lake. This area is normally home to large breeding groups of guanaco which we will spend some time photographing and observing. We will then walk across the Patagonian scrub with its unusual plantlife towards the salty shores of Laguna Amarga (bitter lake). Often frequented by Chilean flamingos, this is another good area for photographing wildlife. Reunited with our transfer vehicle, our next destination is the aptly named Laguna Azul. This is one of the prettiest areas in the park with far reaching views of the Towers across the blue waters of the lake. Inhabited by a variety of geese, ducks and grebes we can relax and enjoy the scenery before driving to our hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano**** or similar


Day 13: TORRES DEL PAINE – PUERTO NATALES (B.L.D)

After breakfast, we will be meeting our driver to start our drive west towards the heart of the Park where we will have a chance to hike to waterfalls and glacier lookouts while photographing the incredible landscape and wildlife in front of us. One of these lookouts 'Mirador Condor' will hopefully give us a glimpse of the huge Andean Condor that nests high up in the rocky outcrops and hills of the area. With a huge wingspan this member of the vulture family is as imposing when seen on the ground as when soaring high in the air. After plenty of time enjoying the landscape we will continue to travel to Puerto Natales for the night.

Accommodation: Costa Australis Hotel**** or similar


Day 14: PUERTO NATALES – PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO DE CHILE (B.D)

LA292, Punta Arenas (PUQ) – Santiago 15:32/19:05

After breakfast, you are transferred to Punta Arenas airport (Approximate travel time is 3 hours to Punta Arenas) to take your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Your dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport**** or similar

 

Day 15: SANTIAGO DE CHILE – LIMA (B.L.D)

LA536, Santiago – Lima 09:05/10:50

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport to fly to Lima, capital of Peru. Upon arrival at the airport, meet by the local guide to start the Lima city tour including simple lunch, visit to the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and its catacombs.  Proceed to modern district of Miraflores.  Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Sol de Oro**** or similar

 

Day 16: LIMA – CUSCO (B.D)

LA2927, Lima – Cusco 09:44/11:11

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Hotel. Afternoon tour not only includes the ancient capital of the Incas, but also the most popular tourist destination in South America. The city tour will take you to Qorikancha; the temple of the sun, which was the most important religious center of the Incas, where ancient temples are located and the history of the Spanish conquest and the Inca society will be found.It will take you to the magnificent cathedral on the main plaza in Cusco, where sacred collections of gold, silver, engraved wooden alters from the colonial time and religious art and paintings are located.The tour also goes to the amazing Inca fortress Sacsayhauman, where the Incas won a battle against the Spanish conquistadors, to Qenqo, a religious Inca site, to Tambomachay, an intelligent irrigation centre.At the end of the tour, you'll return to your hotel in Cusco.

Accommodation:  Hotel Sonesta**** or similar

 

Day 17: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO (B.L.D)

After breakfast, depart to the Sacred Valley to visit Chinchero Market (open only on Thursdays and Sundays), the salt mines of Maras and the amphitheater of Moray. After the tour, return to Cusco. Diner and overnight at hotel in Cusco.

Accommodation:  Hotel Sonesta**** or similar

 

Day 18: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B.L.D)

After breakfast, you are transferred to Poroy station to depart on the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Guided tour of the citadel (please note that if group is more than 16 passengers we would need an extra local guide for guiding Machu Picchu, due to Government regulations). Lunch. Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train.  Dinner with folklore show at Tunupa Restaurant.  Overnight at Hotel

Accommodation:  Hotel Sonesta**** or similar

 

Day 19: CUSCO – LIMA (B.D)

LA2018, Cusco – Lima 09:40/11:12

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will start to uncover the ancient mystery of the Pachacamac Temple on a captivating and comprehensive 3-hour tour from Lima. Explore the remarkable religious compound with a knowledgeable guide to discover its intriguing history and 200 AD origin; gaze at majestic pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon; and admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs of prehistoric Inca civilization. In the evening, round trip transfers to local restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation:  Hotel Sol de Oro**** or similar


Day 20: LIMA – SANTIAGO DE CHILE (B.D)

LA537, Lima (LIM) – Santiago (SCL) 09:25/14:55

After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Santiago on your own. Your dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: Marina Ias Condes**** or similar

 

Day 21: SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING (B.L.D)

On the last day of the tour you will embark on a half day wine tour at Santa Rita Winery with premium wine tasting and lunch. For a long time it was a privilege for a few people, nowadays, they open their doors of their centenary park for all the wine and exclusive moments lovers. This park has the Casa Real Hotel and a beautiful Neo-Gothic Church as the main attractions for visiting. Here you can learn all about the history that it has been connected for 120 years with noble and poet’s families. The tour finishes with an exclusive tasting of icons Santa Rita wines!In the afternoon, you will have a Panoramic City Tour of Santiago de Chile. You will discover the capital city from the history of the colonial neighborhoods to the modernity of the new financial center also known as “Sanhattan.” Be part of this trip through the different sceneries that characterize this Southamerican Metropolis. We will begin by the city's old residential area, passing by beautiful residences that today are part of the Barrio Universitario (university area). Our trip continues to the historical and financial City Centre where the La Moneda Government Palace, the Main Square and its buildings are the main highlights.

Accommodation: Marina Ias Condes**** or similar

 

Day 22: SANTIAGO – SYDNEY (B)

LA807, Santiago (SCL) – Sydney 13:30/16:50

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight homeward to Sydney and fly overnight.

 

Day 23: SYDNEY

Arrive at Sydney in the evening. Your unforgettable South America tour ends.

 

Departure Date: 08 September 2020

Tour Price: $14,990, NOW $13,990 per person, twin or double share

Single Supplement: $2,110

 

This tour price includes:

1. Qantas return economy class air-ticket: Sydney – Santiago – Sydney and airport taxes;

2. All the air-tickets with taxes for all the internal flights within our itinerary in South America including Santiago – Rio de Janeiro – Foz de Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Bariloche//Punta Arenas – Santiago – Lima – Cusco – Lima – Santiago;

3. 21-night accommodation mainly at 4-star hotels with breakfast;

4. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, BL = box lunch and D = dinner), mostly local cuisines in local restaurants or hotels;

5. Transfers and transport all through by deluxe air-conditioned coach;

6. Night entertainments such as Samba Show, Tango Show, folklore show etc.;

7. Sightseeing tours with entry fees and national park fees as mentioned in the itinerary; 

8. Professional English-speaking guide;

9. Government tax for accommodation in Brazil (it varies between USD $1 - $3 per room, per night).

 

This tour price excludes:

1. Travel insurance;

2. Visa fees;

3. Gratiuties to guides and drivers (In South America tips often represent a substantial part of a workers earnings as wages are generally low. We suggest USD $6 per person, per day for the tour guides and USD $3 per person, per day for the drivers);

4. Any meals or services not stated in the itinerary;

5. All items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, drinks, excess baggage;

 

Important Notice:

All the flights are for your reference only and are subject to change. For the domestic flight from Bariloche to El Calafate with Argentina Airlines, the luggage allowance is 15kg, one piece for each passenger.

 


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