Days One and Two - Santiago, Chile
You will be met at the airport and transferred to The Ritz-Carlton at 6.00 this evening, where your South American experience will begin. Join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. On day two, tour Santiago both from up-close and from a scenic hilltop perch. Your city tour will include the historic and lively Plaza de Armas, at the heart of civic and government activity and resplendent with fountains and sculptures, and a special gourmet lunch outside the city at the De Martino Winery for an introduction to Chilean wine. The rest of the day is spent at leisure in Santiago.
Day Three - Patagonia's Lake District
Today you will discover Patagonia, said to be one of the most beautiful areas on Earth, flying to the Patagonian port city of Puerto Montt, founded by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, before continuing on through scenic Patagonia to Puerto Varas, the lakeside 'city of roses', which still retains echoes of early German settlers in its gardens and architecture. There's time to explore the interesting sights of this charming city or relax along the spectacular lake, before having dinner at your leisure in your hotel, the Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas.
Days Four and Five - Crossing the Andes and Bariloche
As you travel from Chile to Argentina's Villa de Angosutra, you'll cross the magnificent Andes Mountains. In the morning, drive from Puerto Varas to the Argentine border where you will then board a private boat and cruise to Bariloche, the 'Switzerland of South America' on Nahuel Huapi Lake. Tonight enjoy an a la carte dinner at your leisure at Llao Llao Resort, your base for the next two nights, where you'll enjoy a Lake Suite in the Moreno Wing. Enjoy a day at leisure in Bariloche on day five, the hotel has plenty of activities on offer (some incur an additional fee) ranging from tennis, swimming, sailing and archery to spa treatments and Pilates - and a private tango lesson (included), or perhaps you may wish to explore Nahuel Haupi National Park at your own pace or the ski-resort town of Bariloche, famous for its locally-made chocolates.
Days Six to Eight - Buenos Aires
Before leaving Bariloche for Buenos Aires, in the morning ascend up Cerro Campanario on a chairlift where you will then enjoy sensational 360° views of the soaring Andean peaks and clear lake waters below. In the afternoon, take a flight to Buenos Aires, arriving at the Alvear Palace Hotel in the heart of La Recoleta, one of Buenos Aires' most elegant districts. This will be your base for three nights, and this evening you're free to dine a la Carte at the hotel whenever you wish. On day 7, a local guide will show you the city's highlights, first visiting the elegant Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada, where you'll see the balcony made famous by Evita Perón, before exploring the colourful working class barrio and artist colony in the La Boca neighbourhood. Tuck into lunch in the San Telmo District, admiring its mix of colonial-style homes, hip bars and artist lofts along narrow lanes. In the evening dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel is followed by a dramatic tango show. Enjoy a morning at leisure on day eight, before taking a look at the city's life and culture with a fascinating behind-the-scenes visit to the seven-tiered opera house, Teatro Colón, which first open in 1908. The remainder of the day and evening are to be spent at leisure, exploring this fantastic city at your own pace.
Day Nine - Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
This morning you will see the stately avenue modeled after Paris' famous Champs Elysées in the 1930s, the immense Avenida 9 de Julio, along with the elegant Embassy District and the Rose Garden, an oasis of green. You then go, on foot, to explore La Recoleta Cemetery, the famous last resting place of Evita Perón, and many of Argentina's most famous and well-known families. Next, fly from Buenos Aires to the Argentinian side of the mighty Iguazu Falls, one of South America's greatest natural wonders. You will stay here for two nights at the Sheraton Iguazu Resort and Spa. Be astounded by the sheer size of the falls and the spectacular surrounding natural beauty as you explore Iguazu National Park. This National Park is a designated World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel's restaurant, feasting your eyes on the wonderful views of the thundering falls!
Day Ten - The Argentinian Side of the Iguazu Falls
Straddling both the Argentinian and Brazilian borders, the Iguazu Falls shows two very different faces, depending on the country you're viewing it from. Today, discover the Argentinian side, walking along grated walkways of metal. Guided hikes take you to the Superior and Inferior Circuit and the outstanding Devil's Throat, through which the falls' largest volume of water passes. The afternoon is spent at leisure, perhaps you may wish to choose the optional boat rides, helicopter excursions and hikes available (at additional charge).
Day Eleven - The Brazilian Side of the Iguazu Falls, and Rio
First, explore the Brazilian side of the Falls, crossing the Tancredo Neves Bridge to reach the other side of the border, experiencing a different perspective of the Falls, and enjoying a memorable walk along the base of the falls on the Brazilian side as 275 cascades form a 1 and a half mile-long waterfall. Later you fly to Rio de Janeiro and your oceanfront hotel, the 5* Miranmar Hotel by Windsor on the famous Copacabana Beach.
Days Twelve to Thirteen - Rio de Janeiro
It's a busy couple of days of discovering the vibrant and lively city of Rio de Janeiro, starting with an unforgettable excursion up Corcovado Hill by train to Tijuca National Park to see the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Then visit Samba City, where a local guide leads you on a behind-the-scenes look at the business of Carnaval and the creation of its dazzling costumes and floats, and includes an exclusive samba performance. Lunch at the famous Colombo Tea Room is then followed by a walking tour of historic downtown Rio, featuring the Cathedral and other Belle Époque landmarks. Tonight the evening is spent at leisure. Day thirteen, the final full day of your memorable South American tour, begins with a private boat cruise on Guanabara Bay where you can admire the city's beautiful beaches, fortresses and its skyline from the waters, before continuing with a tour of the historic downtown. After lunch at a traditional churrascaria, take a two-stage cable car ride up to the 1,390-foot summit of Sugarloaf Mountain where you will be dazzled by stunning views. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, and in the evening enjoy a farewell cocktail party and dinner at a local Rio restaurant.
Day Fourteen - Tour ends
Spend your last day on this fabulous South American tour as you wish, perhaps in Rio's museums or shops, or relaxing on its beaches. Check-out time from the hotel is 12.00 noon, and if you are on a later flight, feel free to make use of the reserved hospitality room to refresh and relax before your flight. You will be transferred from the hotel to Rio de Janeiro International Airport for your onwards journey.
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Puerto Varas, Chile
Lake Nuhuel Huapi, Argentina
Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil