South American Express - 11 days
Departing Santiago visit Argentina's premier wine region before hitting Buenos Aires. Explore spectacular Iguazu Falls and end up in the party capital of the world - Rio de Janeiro!
Upon arrival at Santiago Airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Today you are free to explore Chile's cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago, at your own pace. For the best views of the city, take a funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. Santiago is a very clean, modern city with many fountains and parks, and is well-renowned for its markets such as the famous Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world. In the Plaza Constitucion at the Palacio de la Moneda you can see the changing of the guard on most days.
Santiago - Mendoza. On day 2 we travel by bus across the border into Mendoza, the epicentre of Argentina's wine country. Situated on the foothills of the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. But of course no trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. You can hire bikes and cycle the ‘Ruta de los Vinos' (wine route), visiting both ancient cellars and working wineries – tasting some of the world's best Malbecs en route.
Overnight: Mendoza | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1
Mendoza - Buenos Aires. We fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the "Paris of South America" due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the quirky neighbourhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Whether you are a culture lover, bargain hunter or night owl, Argentina's capital city has plenty to keep you busy.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast x 3
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls. We fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguacu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazu Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometre long U shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides.
Overnight: Iguazu Falls (Brazil) | Breakfast x 1
Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro. Today we fly on to Rio de Janeiro, which has many things to see and do. A highlight for most would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant coloured tiles of the Selaron staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafes and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city centre, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
Local payment - $290 - $310 paid in USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.