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From the eastern coast of Brazil to Argentina and the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences that bring you to the best each country has to offer. One of our most comprehensive South American tours inspires with 12 days of in-depth discoveries of natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Spend multiple nights in world-class cities at fine hotels in the heart of each city. View spectacular Iguazú Falls; sample the fine wines of Chile and famous Argentinian beef; get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio's colorful Carnaval; feel the passion and the heat of the tango and the samba; meet a silversmith, and much more.

Countries Visited

Argentina , Brazil , Chile

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Rio de Janeiro
    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Belmond Copacabana Palace. A transfer is included from Rio de Janeiro International Airport to Belmond Copacabana Palace, an Art Deco landmark overlooking Copacabana Beach. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner with traditional entertainment.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Sugarloaf Mountain and a cruise

    Your morning in Rio begins with a private boat cruise on Guanabara Bay. Enjoy seaside glimpses of beautiful beaches, historic forts, a modern museum, outlying islands and the city skyline. Next, dramatic scenic views await at the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain where a two-stage cable car ride takes you up a quarter mile into the air to see what the birds see as they fly over Guanabara Bay and the city. Feast on a typical churrascaria barbecue lunch before returning to Rio. The rest of the day is at your leisure.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Summit of Corcovado & Samba City
    Arise in amazing Rio for an unforgettable excursion up Corcovado Hill by train to Tijuca National Park to see the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a walking tour of Rio's historic downtown, including the Cathedral and other Belle Époque landmarks. Then discover the passionate nature of Rio's beloved Carnaval celebration, which draws visitors from around the world each year, on a visit to 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, which includes an exclusive samba performance. Dinner tonight is at a renowned local restaurant.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Fly to IguaƧu Falls

    Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazú Falls was named a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and one of the "New Seven Wonders of Nature." You'll have to visit two countries to get a complete look at the falls – 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape across two miles of the Iguazú River, straddling the borders of Argentina and Brazil. Today experience the Brazilian side, walking on paved trails with a local guide to the catwalks along the falls for amazing views of the thundering water. Your hotel is ideally located inside the national park with nature's wonders as a welcome showpiece.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Discover the Falls your way

    Immerse in the natural splendors of the park your way today on a choice of excursions. Board a helicopter for a flightseeing ride over the falls; drive into the jungle for a jet boat ride to the base of the falls and "shoot the rapids" on the way back to the dock; or take a behind-the-scenes backstage tour of the Bird Park, a recovery and conservation center for exotic birds, where you will meet and perhaps feed toucans, flamingos and more. After time at leisure to do as you like, work up an appetite for our private tasting dinner tonight that immerses you in the culinary history of the different regions of Brazil.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Cross Over Into Argentina
    Drive across the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the border into neighboring Argentina where you will experience the falls from a different perspective. Take a walk along the "Superior Circuit" to "Devil's Throat" on metal grated walkways and up steps for stunning views, before lunch and an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Settle in at the elegant Alvear Palace Hotel, a city landmark since 1932 and the "grande dame" of Buenos Aires hotels.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Buenos Aires allure
    No doubt about it, Buenos Aires defines "sizzle"... and you'll discover why today when a local guide shows you the city. First up is a visit to Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace) where you'll see the balcony made famous by Evita Perón. Explore the colorful La Boca neighborhood, which is both a working class barrio and artist colony, and then enjoy lunch in the San Telmo District, a mix of colonial-style homes, narrow lanes, artist lofts and hip bars. This evening, experience the allure of the infamous tango when a superb show follows dinner in Buenos Aires.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Visit a silversmith and a horse ranch
    Experience time-honored Argentine traditions today as you venture out to the countryside to the artist community of San Antonio de Areco for a very special visit with one of the most famous silversmiths in the country. The Draghi family have created priceless pieces in pure silver for celebrities and local gauchos alike and today you will have the opportunity to see the artists at work. Continue on to a traditional estancia (ranch) for lunch and a fascinating gaucho demonstration with a horse whisperer. Your evening is free to enjoy Buenos Aires as you like.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  9. Day 9
    The Opera House

    Today begins with a privately guided, behind-the-scenes tour of Teatro Colón, the city's seven-tiered opera house that first opened in 1908, and ranks among the best concert venues in the world. Its opulent stained glass, marble staircases and excellent acoustics recently underwent a three-year refurbishment. The remainder of the day is free to explore Buenos Aires as you please.


    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Fly to Chile
    A morning flight brings you to Santiago in Chile and the final stop on our tour of South America. Drive south on the Pan-American Highway to the Millahue Valley in the heart of Chile's famous winelands for a two-night stay. Your hotel is acclaimed for its unique architectural design and on-site winery; enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Chilean Wine Country, your way

    Immerse in the beauty of wine country today as you choose how you want to spend the morning. Saddle up for a guided horseback ride through the vineyards or pedal your way on a bicycle through vines meticulously grown and cared for. Or join us for a cooking class or a wine and chocolate pairing at the hotel. Everyone meets up for a wine pairing lunch before a tasting tour at the winery. A farewell reception and dinner features regional specialties and incredible scenic views.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Travel home from Santiago
    Tour ends: Santiago. Drive to Santiago this morning for a city tour and lunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, where day rooms have been reserved for you before your flight home. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago to Santiago Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch

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Inclusions

From the eastern coast of Brazil to Argentina and the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences that bring you to the best each country has to offer. One of our most comprehensive South American tours inspires with 12 days of in-depth discoveries of natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Spend multiple nights in world-class cities at fine hotels in the heart of each city. View spectacular Iguazú Falls; sample the fine wines of Chile and famous Argentinian beef; get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio's colorful Carnaval; feel the passion and the heat of the tango and the samba; meet a silversmith, and much more.

  • A special visit to a silversmith and lunch at an estancia where gauchos and a horse whisperer demonstrate their skills
  • A walk along the base of thundering Iguazú Falls during two nights at a hotel with views of the waterfall
  • On-Tour Air included (3 flights)
  • Three nights in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana beach, featuring dazzling oceanfront views
  • A three-night stay in Buenos Aires featuring a private visit to Teatro Colón Opera House, and dinner and a tango show
  • Private tour of Rio's Samba City for a behind-the-scenes look at Carnaval costumes, floats and sensational samba dancing
  • Private cruise on Guanabara Bay for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro

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Accommodations


Alvear Palace Hotel
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Vik Chile
Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

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Questions & Answers

Question: How strenuous is the South America cruise?

This itinerary is moderately paced. You will be walking through national parks that have uneven surfaces in addition to the more casually paced city center visits.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 20 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

The tour was great - guide very professional. Only criticisms - didn't like hotels in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. I think Tauck could have done better. Also would have preferred more time in Buenos Aires and less time in Rio de Janeiro.

some of the hotels were below Tauck standards...Chile wine tasting day waist of time. Four days of internal air travel to much. Trip should have been longer or cut Brazil out and spend more time in Chile and Argentina. It seemed that all we were doing was eating and flying to our next stop. This was our third Tauck trip the most expensive and the least enjoyable.

Fabulous trip with Tauck Tours!! Everything was pretty much first class, excellent food, marvelous hotels, wonderful group of 25 individuals who all got along, terrific itenerary to experience, and great tour director.

The Tauck revised itinerary was not well thought out. The all day trip on Lake Todos Los Santos to zip line, horseback ride, etc. was not time well spent. Also, two days in Mendoza was too long. Instead of the aforementioned, Tauck should have added more time in Rio and/or Buenos Aires. The group was also too large. Not as happy with Tauck on this trip as I was with their trips to Australia/New Zealand and Tanzania/Kenya.

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