Brazil, Argentina & Chile With Patagonia Extension
- Duration: 18 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99761
- Travel Type: Air
17 nights. September 2021 - May 2022. From £5529.00.
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. Then complete your tour with a visit to the rugged vastness of Patagonia at the very south of South America.
What's Included15 nights' bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, plus two nights on the aircraft
Return flights to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo (returning from Santiago via Sao Paulo)
Return flights from Santiago to Patagonia
Internal flights as described in the itinerary
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Holiday HighlightsSpend three nights in gloriously elegant Buenos Aires
Discover the spectacular wildernesses of Patagonia
See the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado in Rio
End a tour of Rio with a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain
Fly to majestic, magnificent Iguazu Falls – see both the Brazilian and Argentine sides
Explore the Argentine capital
Fly to famous wine-producing Mendoza and visit two wineries
Enjoy an unforgettable day as you cross the Andes to Chilean capital Santiago
Experience Santiago as the locals do on a fascinating tour
Spend a day on the Pacific Ocean shores, discovering UNESCO-listed Valparaiso and garden city Vina del Mar
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly overnight, via Sao Paulo, to Rio de Janeiro.
Day 2Meet your tour manager as you arrive in Rio, and transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax, perhaps dining in this evening.
Day 3Begin your South American adventure with an excursion to a wonder of the world – the Christ the Redeemer statue 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 4Enjoy another included tour that, as well as introducing downtown Rio, includes a cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain. The spectacular 360-degree 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 5Transfer to the airport, early this morning, for your 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 6Stay on the Argentine side of the Falls, and explore the protected wildlife refuge of Iguazu Waterfalls National Park. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk and a train ride to the Devil’s Throat Falls, before returning to the airport for the short flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, meet your Argentinian tour manager and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7Today you'll enjoy a guided introduction to Buenos Aires. See Plaza de Mayo’s parliament buildings, the tango district of San Telmo, the famously colourful La Boca district, the chic Puerto Madero riverside area and La Recoleta – the Argentinian capital's most elegant neighbourhood. Return to the hotel at the end of a wonderful day.
Day 8Discover more of enthralling Buenos Aires under your 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 9Stunning Mendoza is one of South America's most beautiful cities, at the heart of Argentina's most celebrated wine-producing region. After a short flight, you'll transfer to the hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 10Get 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 a tasting – and perhaps buy some bottles to bring home – and sample some regional food.
Day 11Get 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 a tasting – and perhaps buy some bottles to bring home – and sample some regional food.
Day 12Enjoy 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 a 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 with a ride on the funicular to Cerro San Cristobal to see the colossal statue of the Madonna and enjoy the spectacular views.
Day 13Your 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, UNESCO-listed Valparaiso, where the colourful houses that climb the steep hillsides are 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 14As some of your fellow adventurers head home, you'll head south to explore the awe-inspiring wilderness of Patagonia.
Days 15-16Spend two days discovering some of Patagonia's highlights. See soaring mountain ranges, unique wildlife, shimmering blue lakes and vast, slow-moving glaciers in UNESCO-listed Torres del Paine National Park, and take a cruise to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers to see their majestic ice and rock formations up close.
Day 17After breakfast, bid farewell to your Patagonian hosts and transfer to the airport to begin your journey home, via Sao Paulo.
Day 18Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight across the Atlantic at the end of a marvellous holiday. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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.
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