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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

See the sights of Santiago, enjoy wine tasting in Casablanca Valley and get up close with Eva Peron’s famous balcony in Buenos Aires—all on this immersive tour of South America. Step out with a Local Expert in Brazil for a stunning walk past the misty rainbows and thundering gravity of Iguassu Falls—with panoramic views of San Martin Island. In Rio de Janeiro, Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse and quintessential Brazilian experience. Across the border in Argentina, Buenos Aires beckons with a once in a lifetime choice to join South America’s Gaucho cowboys for a horseback ride through the rugged wilderness or a guided sojourn around the Estancia, to learn about cattle-raising and life on the ranch.The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

Countries Visited

Argentina , Brazil , Chile

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Chile Arrival Flight
    Your South America luxury tour starts with your private transfer to The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel followed by a decadent dinner.Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    The Sights of Santiago
    Discover the sites of Santiago from San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill to the bustling Plaza de Armas, Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and San Cristóbal Hill to indulge in 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy a local Chilean seafood lunchAccommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Valparaiso and Wine Country
    Savor the best of Chilean wine country at the coastal towns of Viña del Mar, “Garden City,” and UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Relish seaside breezes over lunchand treat your palate to Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and one of the best-rated Pinot Noirs in Chile paired with a traditional empanadas at Kingston Family Vineyard.Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Fly to Buenos Aires
    After your morning flight to Buenos Aires an six-course dining experience at El Fogon Asado awaits before a luxurious stay at Alvear Palace Hotel in the stylish neighborhood of La Recoleta.Accommodation: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Beautiful Buenos Aires
    Your Local Expert guides you through Buenos Aires’ Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods and shows off the iconic balcony made famous by Eva Peron. Take in the grand architecture of the Belle Époque Teatro Colón opera house before an evening of captivating music and dance at Rojo Tango.Accommodation: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos
    Delve into the world of “gauchos,” South American cowboys, visiting a traditional “estancia” ranch enjoying a guided horseback ride, gaining insight into the traditions or joining a guided tour for a window into life on a working ranch. Conclude the day entertained by a show of horsemanship skills and folk music paired with a succulent asado lunch and traditional mate tea.Accommodation: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires (Palace Premier Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    The Falls of Iguassu
    Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venture to the Argentinean side of the falls to see the unfathomable Devil's Throat with your Local Expert. Dinner with wine is served at the Ipe Grill within your luxurious resort, the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park, where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.Accommodation: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu (Superior Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls
    Wake up inside the park and beat the crowds. Meet a Local Expert for a walk on the Brazilian side of the falls, where you'll witness incredible panoramic views of San Martin Island.  Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit the incredible Bird Park, which provides shelter for over a thousand birds, butterflies and reptiles from across South America.Accommodation: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu (Superior Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba
    Jet off to Rio de Janeiro, the 'Marvelous city,' where your ocean view room in one of South America’s most iconic hotels awaits. The golden sands of iconic Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach are just steps away.Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro (Deluxe Ocean View Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Exploring Rio de Janeiro
    Reach the great heights Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for unparalleled views of the city’s peaks, bays and beaches. Dine like the locals at a classic Brazilian steakhouse before visiting the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading.Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro (Deluxe Ocean View Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  11. Day 11
    A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro
    Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern wonder of the world. Meet Cecelo and join him on a walking tour of Ipanema, where Bossa Nova originated. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the place that inspired this new genre of music. Toast your journey over a remarkable Celebration Dinner at the exceptional L'Etoile Restaurant, a French-Brazilian restaurant with breathtaking views of the Ipanema coastline from the 26th floor.Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro (Deluxe Ocean View Room).
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Depart Rio de Janeiro Departure Flight
    After one last decadent breakfast of your Lima to Rio de Janeiro luxury tours, your private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Santiago: Enjoy a Chilean seafood lunch with Wine. Mestizo Restaurante has incorporated aspects of international gastronomy to Chilean cuisine to create delicious ceviches, main dishes and desserts.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Buenos Aires: Meet the local gauchos and learn about the traditions of these South American Cowboys on a horseback ride.
  • Buenos Aires: Explore the beautiful ranch on a leisurely walk, learning all about the gaucho lifestyle.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • : In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • : Included at all hotels.
  • : Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • : Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • : On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
  • : Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
  • : Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Ipanema: Meet Local Expert Cecelo, a local guitarist, music aficionado, and studio owner from Ipanema. Join him on a walking tour of Ipanema, the birthplace of Bossa Nova in the 1950s. Enjoy the sounds and sights of the place that inspired this new genre of samba music. After your tour, head back to your hotel where Cecelo will play you some Bossa Nova classics over a caipirinha cocktail.

Exceptional Dining

  • Santiago: At 18:00, join your Travel Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
  • Santiago: Enjoy a Chilean seafood lunch with Wine. Mestizo Restaurante has incorporated aspects of international gastronomy to Chilean cuisine to create delicious ceviches, main dishes and desserts.
  • : Head to Fogón Asado, opening exclusively for Luxury Gold this evening. Indulge at a restaurant that presents a new way of living the traditional Argentine 'asado'. During this experience, see, feel and taste the unique grilling techniques. Sip on a welcome cocktail and meet the chef. Start an exquisite 6-course tasting menu that includes the best cuts of meat, fire-roasted seasonal vegetables, traditional recipes, and much more that brings 'asado' to new heights.
  • Buenos Aires: Savor a delicious meal, and enjoy fabulous live music, solo singers and a breathtaking display of authentic tango at Rojo Tango.
  • : Get a taste of gaucho life with a delicious asado Highlight Lunch.
  • Iguassu Falls: Enjoy dinner with wine surrounded by a subtropical forest at Ipe Grill where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse. Here, servers come to your table with knives and skewers of delectable cuts of meat. A quintessential Brazilian experience.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Your Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the French-Brazilian E'toile Restaurant. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from the 26th floor as you toast to your journey.

Magnificent Stays

  • Iguassu Falls: Step through the doors into a world of understated luxury. The luxurious Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls. Soak up the jungle chorus while you float in the pool, stroll gardens bejewelled with orchids and sip caipirinhas as the sun goes down. Embark on the ultimate adventure at South America's first and only Forbes Five Star hotel, and you’ll never want to leave.

Passport Moments

  • Santiago: Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth city exploration. Start out at the heart of the city, seeing the Chilean University, San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill. Then visit the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. Cross the Mapocho river to the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to San Cristobal Hill, where you will have the best views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains.
  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
  • Valparaiso: From Santiago, head west towards Valparaíso. Pass by the main square where you can see the monument honoring the 1879 Naval Battle of Iquique. Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, Valparaíso offers unique ocean landscapes with colorful neighborhoods, picturesque cobblestone streets, and old cable cars.
  • Buenos Aires: Take a tour of this historical and prestigious opera house and explore the Main Hall, Foyer, Bustos Gallery and the Golden Hall.
  • Iguassu Falls: Head to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls and view the unfathomable Devil's Throat.
  • Iguassu Falls: Join a local expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on the Brazilian side of the falls. Explore the base of the falls and see the impressive panoramic view of San Martin Island.
  • Iguassu Falls: See several native birds in their natural habitat. One of the largest bird parks in Latin America, The Bird Park is an integrated conservation center for birds of the Atlantic Forest and his home to 120 species of birds.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Experience sightseeing with a Local Expert and a cable car journey to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Visit this beautiful library that was built in the heart of Rio by the Portuguese monarchy.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Visit the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, one of the most important cultural centers in the country. Admire the Art Deco design by Francisco Joaquim Bethencourt da Silva.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Take a train ride up Corcovado Hill through the Tijuca National Forest to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer and magnificent views over the legendary bay.

Personalise your day

  • Buenos Aires: Meet the local gauchos and learn about the traditions of these South American Cowboys on a horseback ride.
  • Buenos Aires: Explore the beautiful ranch on a leisurely walk, learning all about the gaucho lifestyle.

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

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.6
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
3
Repeat with Operator
2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Operator has no clout at hotels. Hotels wanted to charge room taxes when the operator already paid. One local guide was a disaster. Operators material was in conflict with concierges instructions.

Hotels are beautiful, food very good and services, excellent, for the most part. Our overall concierge was a gem (Alejandro,) as were our local guides, (especially Marissa and Roberto) except for one who was not good at all. We would have enjoyed Santiago and Valparaiso even more than we did, if the guide had shared more information with us and paid more attention to details. Issues were minor, but when they add up, they become more bothersome. For example, not telling us to prepare for cool weather, switching the itinerary, and rushing through sights led to frustration for most of us. However, in beautiful Buenos Aires, magnificent Iguassu Falls and vibrant Rio, the guides and sights exceeded expectations. In the most regal of opera houses and in a low income favela, we saw and learned so much. Loved the center of the cities, as well as the surrounding areas - a winery in Chile, La Boca and a ranch in Argentina etc. etc. Felt that we were sometimes rushed, but, overall, a very good tour.

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