South American Getaway Package
DAY 01: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Arrive Antonio Carlos Jobim International Rio de Janeiro - On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach. Overnight in Rio DE Janierro.
DAY 02: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time
Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive. Overnight in Rio DE Janiero.
DAY 03: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time
Have breakfast in your hotel. After that make your Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain; see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn from a Local Specialist how to mix the perfect caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbecue. Overnight in Rio De Janiero.
DAY 04: Rio de Janeiro Free Time
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep into the lush Tijuca National Park—the world's largest urban rainforest. Perhaps tour one of Rio's favelas or take a sailboat cruise. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. Overnight in Rio DE Janierro.
DAY 05: Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls
Breakfast at hotel. Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon visit a Samba school, where a Local Specialist will show how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.
DAY 06: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning after a delicious breakfast enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the cascades. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride, helicopter flight or a visit to a tropical bird reserve
DAY 07: Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires
Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the geography of the area. Then board the open-air ecological jungle train to view the mighty cascades and take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Afterward, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina's exciting capital, renowned for its designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums and theatres.
DAY 08: Buenos Aires Sightseeing
With a Local Specialist, embark on a guided tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; colourful La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo. See the world-renowned Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Cultural Insight. Take a tour of the opera house, including the main function rooms and main stage. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. This evening, linger over a Regional Meal and a chance for a taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Cap off the evening by watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform and experience the passion and power of Argentina's traditional tango music. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
DAY 9: Buenos Aires Free Time
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or take an optional trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you'd like to experience a different side of Argentina, take an optional trip out into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of making typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will create a long-lasting memory.
DAY 10: Buenos Aires – LimaLima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
After breakfast in the hotel Bid "Adios" to Buenos Aires and "Hola" to Lima as you fly to Peru. On arrival late th