South American Getaway


  • 10 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

Tour : SB

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£2,104 pp

Tour only

Based on 8th Oct 2019

From

£3,120 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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On this South America holiday, discover two of the great cities—Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires—at a more leisurely pace. On this tour, you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions. Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires and sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail in Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. Listen to the samba sounds of Rio and watch people play soccer and volleyball on famous Copacabana Beach. In Buenos Aires, see the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried. Eva Peron was the illegitimate daughter of a poor provincial family. She came to Buenos Aires at age 15 to try her luck as a radio actress, and by the time she died at age 33, she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” You’ll learn more about her life on your sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires.

A trip highlight is Iguassu Falls, one of the most spectacular sights on earth. Meaning “Big Water” in the local dialect, there are 275 falls that cover a distance of over a mile and a half. A photograph cannot accurately portray this breathtaking sight—you must experience it for yourself! Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray. And, as a special treat, stay inside Iguassu National Park just steps away from the falls at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas!

From the vibrant cities to the scenic beauty, this holiday to Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, and Buenos Aires will leave you with holiday memories you’ll cherish for life.

Highlights

Rio De Janeiro Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and Sugar Loaf cocktail party; sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; Churrascaria dinner

Iguassu Falls Sightseeing with a Local Guide on both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of Iguassu Falls; Ecological Jungle Train

Buenos Aires Walking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; empanada cooking class; Tango lesson & show; farewell dinner; visit a local estancia

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day
1

Welcome to South America's largest and most populous country.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Rio de Janeiro

Day
2

This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savour spectacular vistas of the city. Next, toast the start of a memorable holiday from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favourite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome COCKTAIL PARTY.

Rio de Janeiro

Day
3

Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community centre and a school. This evening, it’s off to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rio de Janeiro

Day
4

Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls

Day
5

A flight from Rio takes you to IGUASSU FALLS. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to enjoy the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour, with some cataracts as high as 250 feet—it’s nothing short of hypnotic!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Iguassu Falls

Day
6

Today, journey to the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS, where you will take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day
7

Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Buenos Aires

Day
8

Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colourful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Perón. Next, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your EMPANADA COOKING CLASS. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a DANCE LESSON, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialities, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Buenos Aires, Excursion to the Pampas

Day
9

Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working ARGENTINE ESTANCIA (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colourful feast, complete with world-renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Buenos Aires

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days Santiago Tour Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Buenos Aires - Santiago, Chile

Day
1

Fly over the Andes to Santiago, Chile’s capital, where you will be met at the airport by a Globus representative. This country is more than 10 times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Santiago

Day
2

Step back into the 16th century as your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before visiting the Plaza de Armas, the in square, with a visit to the 18th-century Cathedral. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santiago

Day
3

Today is free to explore on your own or to take an optional excursion to the beautiful coastal region west of Santiago. Drive through the hills of Chile’s wine country to the port of Valparaiso, then along the coast to Viña del Mar. This chic seaside resort with palm tree-lined avenues and lovely villas truly deserves the sobriquet “Pearl of the Pacific.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santiago

Day
4

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN RIO JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Day
1

Welcome to South America's largest and most populous country. The day is free to explore on your own.

RIO DE JANEIRO

Day
2

This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Next, toast the start of a memorable vacation from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome COCKTAIL PARTY.

RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
3

Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community center and a school. This evening, it’s off to a CHURRASCARIA for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
4

Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS.

Day
5

A flight from Rio takes you to IGUASSU FALLS. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to enjoy the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent. With some cataracts as high as 250 feet, Iguassu Falls is nothing short of hypnotic!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

IGUASSU FALLS.

Day
6

Today, journey to the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS, where you will take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

IGUASSU FALLS–BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.

Day
7

Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BUENOS AIRES.

Day
8

Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Teatro Colón opera house before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Perón. Next, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your EMPANADA COOKING CLASS. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB. Start with a DANCE LESSON, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BUENOS AIRES. EXCURSION TO THE PAMPAS.

Day
9

Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working ARGENTINE ESTANCIA (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colorful feast, complete with world-renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

BUENOS AIRES.

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+4 days Amazon Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL.

Day
1

Welcome to Brazil where you will be met by a Monograms representative.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE.

Day
2

Today your “Meeting of the Waters” tour passes the impressive British-built Customs House and the floating port. CRUISE on the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the different bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch, explore a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with native flora and fauna. Arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazonian rainforest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMAZON JUNGLE.

Day
3

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a GUIDED WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to learn about their traditions and culture. Also, try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys and reintroduce them into the jungle. This evening, venture back out on a canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other nocturnal creatures).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMAZON JUNGLE–RIO DE JANEIRO.

Day
4

This morning, depart the Ecopark for a guided sightseeing of Manaus that explores vestiges of its glory days during the rubber boom. See the famed OPERA HOUSE, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe, and visit a LOCAL MARKET, abundant with local foods and wares. Continue to the airport for your flight to Rio and an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+8 days Santiago Extension

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

BUENOS AIRES–SANTIAGO, CHILE.

Days
1-2

Fly over the Andes to Santiago, Chile’s capital, where you will be met at the airport by a Globus representative. This country is more than 10 times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SANTIAGO.

Day
2

Step back into the 16th century as your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before visiting the Plaza de Armas, the in square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SANTIAGO–EASTER ISLAND.

Day
3

Fly from Santiago to Easter Island, considered the world’s largest open-air museum, boasting over 400 moai, ruins, and temples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EASTER ISLAND.

Day
4

Spend the day exploring Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with a Local Guide. Your first stop on your private tour will be AHU VAIHU, where eight large moai lie in ruins. Continue on to AHU AKAHANGA. According to legend, this is the burial site of the first king of Easter Island (Hotu Matu’a). Next, at the RANO RARAKU quarry, you find 394 statues in various stages of completion. It appears that the moai production was abruptly abandoned, leaving us a frozen snapshot that reveals how the moai were carved out of volcanic rocks. At AHU TONGARIKI, see 15 beautifully restored moai, and at AHU TE PITO KURA, see the largest moai ever transported and erected. Last stop is the beach of Anakena, where King Hotu Matu’a first landed on Rapa Nui.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

EASTER ISLAND.

Day
5

Another full day to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Guide. This morning, your private tour visits the Rano Kau volcano, with a caldera that contains one of the island’s freshwater lakes. At the nearby ceremonial village of ORONGO, see the restored houses and remains of an ancient ahu. Head to Ana Kai Tagata, an ancient cave with wall paintings on the rock. This afternoon, visit AHU AKIVI, with seven restored moais in the middle of the island. According to legend, the statues represent the seven scouts sent to Easter Island by King Hotu Matu’a. Finally, visit the PUNA PAU topknot quarry with its red scoria stone, where the pukaos on top of the moai were made.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EASTER ISLAND–SANTIAGO.

Day
6

Return to Santiago for a final night in Chile.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SANTIAGO.

Day
7

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+8 days Santiago & Easter Island Extension

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

BUENOS AIRES–SANTIAGO, CHILE.

Days
1-2

Fly over the Andes to Santiago, Chile’s capital, where you will be met at the airport by a Globus representative. This country is more than 10 times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SANTIAGO.

Day
2

Step back into the 16th century as your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before visiting the Plaza de Armas, the in square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. This evening, consider the optional Chilean Folkloric Dinner Show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SANTIAGO–EASTER ISLAND.

Day
3

Fly from Santiago to Easter Island, considered the world’s largest open-air museum, boasting over 400 moai, ruins, and temples.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EASTER ISLAND.

Day
4

Spend the day exploring Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with a Local Guide. Your first stop on your private tour will be AHU VAIHU, where eight large moai lie in ruins. Continue on to AHU AKAHANGA. According to legend, this is the burial site of the first king of Easter Island (Hotu Matu’a). Next, at the RANO RARAKU quarry, you find 394 statues in various stages of completion. It appears that the moai production was abruptly abandoned, leaving us a frozen snapshot that reveals how the moai were carved out of volcanic rocks. At AHU TONGARIKI, see 15 beautifully restored moai, and at AHU TE PITO KURA, see the largest moai ever transported and erected. Last stop is the beach of Anakena, where King Hotu Matu’a first landed on Rapa Nui.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

EASTER ISLAND.

Day
5

Another full day to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Guide. This morning, your private tour visits the Rano Kau volcano, with a caldera that contains one of the island’s freshwater lakes. At the nearby ceremonial village of ORONGO, see the restored houses and remains of an ancient ahu. Head to Ana Kai Tagata, an ancient cave with wall paintings on the rock. This afternoon, visit AHU AKIVI, with seven restored moais in the middle of the island. According to legend, the statues represent the seven scouts sent to Easter Island by King Hotu Matu’a. Finally, visit the PUNA PAU topknot quarry with its red scoria stone, where the pukaos on top of the moai were made.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EASTER ISLAND–SANTIAGO.

Day
6

Return to Santiago for a final night in Chile.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SANTIAGO.

Day
7

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£2,104 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£3,120 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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