South American Odyssey


  • 16 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

Tour : SG

From

£3,859 pp

Tour only

Based on 22nd Oct 2019

From

£5,062 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Sample the unique cultures of South America on this thrilling holiday to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, including stays in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Bariloche, and Santiago.

On this tour, you’ll see some amazing scenery and natural wonders, including Iguassu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. See the falls from both sides — with their thunderous roar, torrential downpour, and brilliant rainbows. Everywhere you look, there is water pouring down! Words cannot describe the sheer wonder of the falls! But that’s not all…you will stay at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas just steps away from the falls inside Iguassu National Park! Even more beauty awaits you in Bariloche, which boasts some of Argentina’s most glorious scenery. Take a chairlift ride to a lookout point at Cerro Campanario, rated one of the top 10 viewing spots by National Geographic. Experience breathtaking panoramic views and breathe fresh mountain air. Finally, enjoy the spectacular scenery as you cross the Andes Lakes by boat.

In addition to beautiful scenery, you’ll also experience the vibrant cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago — and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour in each city. A highlight of any trip to Rio is the Christ the Redeemer statue, the 98-foot statue of Jesus that was elected a New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll take a scenic cog railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain, where you can admire 360-degree views of the city. In Buenos Aires, stroll the streets of this friendly town and experience a Tango show — a passionate, sizzling dance. You’ll even have the chance to dance the Tango at a lesson! Outside of Buenos Aires, visit an estancia (ranch) to learn about the life of gauchos (cowboys). In Santiago, you will visit one of Chile’s famous vineyards in Chile’s wine country.

From the lakes and mountains to the towns and cities, this holiday through South America is sure to leave you with lots of memories and photos.

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 National Park; Ecological Jungle Train

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

Bariloche Sightseeing with a Local Guide; chairlift to Cerro Campanario;  Andes lake crossing

Puerto Montt Sightseeing tour

Santiago Guided city sightseeing; visit the cathedral; visit Concha y Toro Winery; farewell dinner

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day
1

Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country. 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 with caipirinhas, a favourite Brazilian cocktail, from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain during a COCKTAIL PARTY.

Rio de Janeiro

Day
2

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 and view the Sambodromo and visit the CATHEDRAL. Later today, you may wish to join an optional trip to a local favela, where you can see a different perspective of life in Brazil. 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
3

A day of leisure or you may 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
4

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 explore 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, which is nothing short of hypnotic.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Iguassu Falls

Day
5

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 cataracts. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day
6

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
7

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 dinner of 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
8

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
9

Enjoy a full day at leisure, with an optional excursion to cruise the Tigre Delta. Drive through the northern district and outskirts of the city to get to Tigre, a charming resort where a great number of summer residences and yachting and rowing clubs concentrate the weekend activities of many locals. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the innumerable channels of the Paraná Delta to see some of the hundreds of islands covered with luxuriant vegetation.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Buenos Aires - Bariloche

Day
10

Fly south to Bariloche in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi in the heart of Argentina’s Lake District. Arrive in the early evening, with time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town centre. See the city hall, the clock tower in Municipality Square, and the famous chocolate factories.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bariloche

Day
11

This chic alpine resort boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. Cameras should be ready for today’s guided sightseeing including a chairlift ride to a lookout point at CERRO CAMPANARIO. You’ll want to capture the vistas of surrounding lakes and Andes mountain peaks. The tour continues with a leisurely drive around the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Bariloche - Puerto Varas, Chile

Day
12

Set out today for your ANDES LAKE CROSSING! Board a boat for the CRUISE across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Blest. Proceed by coach and see emerald lakes, thick pine forests, and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains. Look out for soaring Osorno Volcano as you cross Lago Todos los Santos by CATAMARAN. Skirt the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue on the way to Puerto Varas. Drive to your hotel along the rosebush-lined streets of this lakeside resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt-Santiago

Day
13

Your morning tour of the nearby seaport of Puerto Montt in Chilean Patagonia takes you to the harbour brimming with fishing vessels and along a busy waterfront lined with seafood stalls. Transfer to the airport for your flight north to Santiago. Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country’s political, commercial, and cultural capital. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Santiago

Day
14

Today, your Local Guide traces the city’s history and heritage on a guided city tour. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, before heading to the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. Continue into Chile's nearby wine region and visit one of Chile's oldest wineries, CONCHA Y TORO. A guided tour uncovers the vine-to-wine process that produces some of the world's finest wines. This evening, you may opt to join a Chilean folkloric dinner show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santiago

Day
15

The day is free for independent activities. You may want to take advantage of an optional excursion to the beautiful coastal region west of Santiago. Drive through the hills of Chile’s wine country to the historic port of Valparaiso, and continue along the coast to nearby Viña del Mar. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner to celebrate a great touring adventure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Santiago

Day
16

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

+8 days Peru Tour Extension

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Santiago – Lima, Peru

Day
1

Fly to the modern city of Lima today, where the remainder of your day is free to relax.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Day
2

On today’s sightseeing, see the 18th-century San Francisco monastery with its unique cloisters, the Government Palace, and cathedral situated around the vast Plaza de Armas. Then, take a short drive to the Larco Herrera Museum to see some of the best Pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Day
3

Fly to Cusco and spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, a fortress of gigantic stones with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons. Also, see the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater and the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching PISAC, a mountain village with one of the best Indian markets in the world. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day
4

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a home, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Board the Vistadome train through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, ascend by motorcoach to legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures. Later, return to your nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day
5

Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquillity of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue on to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cusco

Day
6

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city tour, with visits to the imposing cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery After visiting a local market, the remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cusco - Lima

Day
7

A short flight returns you to Lima, where the remainder of your day is free to explore.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Day
8

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

£3,859 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

£5,062 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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