SCENIC SOUTH AMERICA

Day1 - TUE I SANTIAGO
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. On our city tour, see San Francisco church, European-inspired Barrio Paris & Londres and Barrio Concha y Toro, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, the National History museum, Santiago’s main avenue “Alameda,” and “Palacio de la Moneda.” Enjoy vistas of Santiago and the Andes Mountains from San Cristóbal Hill, then go to the Providencia shopping zone.
Day2 - TUE I SANTIAGO
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. On our city tour, see San Francisco church, European-inspired Barrio Paris & Londres and Barrio Concha y Toro, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, the National History museum, Santiago’s main avenue “Alameda,” and “Palacio de la Moneda.” Enjoy vistas of Santiago and the Andes Mountains from San Cristóbal Hill, then go to the Providencia shopping zone.
Day3 - THU I SANTIAGO I MENDOZA
After breakfast, transfer for your full day panoramic bus journey crossing the majestic Andes. Pass the city of Los Andes, and Portillo, Chile’s most important center of winter sports situated at the foot of South America’s highest mountain, the Aconcagua. Cross into Argentina and see the “Puente del Inca” or “Inca Bridge.” Pass Penitentes, Argentina’s best-known ski resort, before reaching Mendoza. (B)
Day 4 - FRI I MENDOZA
Today we will head out to Mendoza's agricultural oasis, home to 70% of Argentina’s vineyards. Learn about the wine making process and enjoy a wine tasting experience in the oenological center of South America. This afternoon is yours at leisure to explore or choose to participate in an optional half day city tour showcasing the culture and history and its foundation by the Spanish colonizers four centuries ago. (B)
Day5 - SAT I MENDOZA I BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, then embark on an afternoon city tour. See The Pyramid de Mayo, the Presidential palace, the Cabinet, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. View “The Obelisque.” Enjoy history and modern day musings at every turn as you discover its various neighborhoods, from San Telmo with its signature tango parlors; to European-inspired La Boca, trendy Puerto Madero, and La Recoleta Cultural Center. (B)
Day 6 - SUN I BUENOS AIRES
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then get to know the city at your own pace. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a cosmopolitan place that showcases European cultural influences. During the day, many attractions beckon: museums, art galleries, shops, parks, tree-lined boulevards, and much more. At night opt for visit to a “tango” bar or acclaimed local restaurant. Optional excursions are available to a typical Estancia or to San Telmo Market. (B)
Day7 - MON I BUENOS AIRES
Get ready for outdoor adventuring in Tigre, a charming area near Buenos Aires known for its splendor of summer residences, yacht clubs, and rowing clubs. Drive along the Northern residential districts of the city and arrive at San Isidro, a colonial and aristocratic area. Cruise along the near-endless channels of the Paraná-Delta and view the many area islands brimming with lush vegetation. Drive back to the city via the Panamericana highway. (B)
Day 8 - TUE I BUENOS AIRES I IGUASSU FALLS
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu, one of the greatest wonders of nature in South America located amid a sub-tropical forest in the triangle of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. Visiting the Argentine side of the falls, make a short stop at the Visitor’s Center and proceed from there along the Inferior Circuit (the down-river falls) to the Superior Circuit (the up-river cascades). You can also take the Ecological Train to The Devil’s Throat observation point. (B)
Day9 - WED I IGUASSU FALLS
Excitement rings in the day starting with a visit of the Brazilian side of the falls. Step along the paths following cascades, then walk along the catwalk that leads very close to the bottom of Devil’s Throat for the most magnificent of views. An elevator takes you up to the road level to board the coach back to the hotel and an evening at leisure to enjoy the area. (B)
Day 10 - THU I IGUASSU FALLS I RIO DE JANEIRO
Transfer for your flight to Rio de Janeiro and on to your hotel upon arrival. Rio is situated in a 15-mile-strip of land, wedged between mountains and sea. There are some thirty miles separating downtown Flamengo, from far-flung Recreio, bordered on one side by the blue sea, on the other by verdant hills. Between them lies a colorful state of mind called CARIOCA, with almost 8 million locals who samba their way through life, relaxed and high-spirited! (B)
Day11 - FRI I RIO DE JANEIRO
A full day city tour is on today’s exhilarating agenda. Head to Cosme Velho Station and board a cogtrain for the scenic ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain to view the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. Descend by train and head past Rio’s world-famous beaches, then board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Next it’s on to Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park towards downtown for a panoramic tour of famed attractions. (B)
Day 12 - SAT I RIO DE JANEIRO TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
Share breakfast at your hotel in Rio and get ready to take some of the samba life home! Transfer to the airport in Rio for your return flight. (B)