Description

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the acclaimed cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro with insightful guides
  • Stroll along Santiago’s colorful main avenue “Alameda” and its Providencia shopping zone
  • Cross the majestic Andes Mountains and see the “Inca Bridge”
  • Savor a wine tasting experience in Argentina’s Mendoza
  • Cruise along the endless channels of Argentina’s Paraná-Delta brimming with verdant islands
  • Take-in the amazement of Iguazu falls on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Follow the cascade paths and catwalk to Devil’s Throat Observation Point, the fall’s best observation point
  • Board a cog train on Corcovado Mountain to view the Rio’s iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • Get into a Samba state of mind or “CARIOCA” in Rio de Janeiro


Itinerary

Day 1 - 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.

Day 2 - 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.

Day 3 - 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)

Day 5 - 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)

Day 7 - 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)

Day 9 - 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)

Day 11 - 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)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 11 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • All transfers and services are via motorcoach with English speaking guide
  • Half day Santiago city tour
  • Visit of a winery in Mendoza
  • Half day Buenos Aires city tour
  • Half day Tigre Tour
  • Visit the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls
  • Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls
  • Full day city tour to Sugarloaf, Corcovado mountains & cultural attractions
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request. Rates are not valid during certain holidays and blackout periods. Reciprocity fee is required for US citizens to enter Argentina. Visa to Brazil is required for US citizens.
    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class.
    Services and meals not listed in the itinerary, beverages during the meals, hotel extras, personal expenses and tips for guides, drivers, and waitresses, as well as local flights within South America are not included.
    Important information: This is a fixed group departure, seat in motorcoach, with shared services valid for the specific dates shown above. All flights within South America must be booked through Central Holidays.
    This tour can be offered on FIT basis with the exception of Day 3 Santiago/Mendoza transfer & Day 7 half day Tigre Tour. Please inquire.

Departures & Rates


Travel in Comfort

2018

Date Double Single
January 09 $2119 $2909
February 20 $2119 $2909
March 06 $2119 $2909
April 10 $2119 $2909
September 25 $2119 $2909
October 09 $2119 $2909
October 16 $2119 $2909
November 13 $2119 $2909
November 20 $2119 $2909



Travel in Style

2018

Date Double Single
January 09 $2329 $3339
February 20 $2329 $3339
March 06 $2329 $3339
April 10 $2329 $3339
September 25 $2329 $3339
October 09 $2329 $3339
October 16 $2329 $3339
November 13 $2329 $3339
November 20 $2329 $3339


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