South America Tour

  • Day 1

    Buenos Aires

    South America Tour

    For most travelers, Buenos Aires is the entry point to Argentina and what an entrance it is: this vibrant city on the shore of the Rio de la Plata, feels almost European! Its cosmopolitan population of Italian, Spanish, French and many other nationalities, combined with amazing architecture, cultural activities and international restaurants, makes the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming. A welcome dinner awaits you at the Savoy at 7 pm – An opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and for a briefing from the tour leader!

    Accommodation: Hotel Savoy

  • Day 2

    The City Streets and Tango!

    South America Tour

    During this half day city tour, you’ll set off on a 3-hour trip to explore Buenos Aires with your own private guide. You’ll visit the most famous districts of the city, delving into its history, architecture and modern way of life, along with some of its best-kept secrets. Buenos Aires is a truly exceptional city - dynamic, sophisticated and, at times, overwhelming. You’ll begin the tour in the famous Plaza de Mayo. La Casa Rosada, also known as the Pink House, is the presidential palace. It was from this balcony that “Evita” – Eva Peron addressed hordes of Peron supporters. The atmospheric old tango districts of Montserrat, San Telmo and La Boca, the hustle and bustle of Puerto Madero, Retiro and Plaza San Martin, will be part of the morning tour.

    The Recoleta Cemetery: Eva Peron’s untimely death to cancer at the age of 33 left Argentina speechless! Eva’s body did not stay at rest; her coffin travelled across Argentina, Spain and Italy. However,in 1976 her body finally came home to Buenos Aires where it belonged. Within Recoleta Cemetery, Eva’s body lies at the Duarte Family Tomb. She has been immortalized around the world in the 1978 musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    Rest in the afternoon because the evening comes full of excitement. A transfer will pick you up and take you to one of our traditional Tango Houses. La Ventana takes you back to older times. The interior architectural style has been preserved and creates an ideal setting for an unique experience: 32 performing artists, two tango orchestras, a folklore ensemble, dancers and singers, a menu of traditional and international cuisine and an exquisite list of Argentinean wines! A 30 minute tango lesson will also be provided for those who wish!

    The Tango will begin soon…

    Accommodation: Hotel Savoy

  • Day 3

    Life of a Guacho

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    A whole day in the countryside at the beautiful Estancia “El Ombu de Areco” (estate with a ranch) here you will enjoy the food and the rituals that made these “Pampas” (plains) so fascinating. You will learn how a mouthwatering “asado” (barbecue) is cooked, and then get to eat it for lunch, remembering that the beef here is considered the world´s best.

    You will be able to ride a horse and learn about the architectural features of a typical casco (main house). You are welcome to observe and take part in the various stock-rearing activities as they happen on the ranch: milking, driving cattle to harness, vaccination, ear-tagging, de-horning, branding, etc. You can explore the 300-hectare (ca 750 acre) estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Horse drawn carriages are also available. Those that want to learn some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds are provided binoculars and guide books.

  • Day 4

    The Mighty Falls

    South America Tour

    Transfer to Aeroparque Domestic airport to board your flight to Iguazu. On arrival, you will begin to explore the Argentinian side!

    Climbing aboard a small train, your first stop will be the Devil’s Throat (Gargantadel Diablo) which standing at over 262ft. is the biggest waterfall of Iguazu. Having soaked up the enormity of the Devil’s Throat, your guide will take you along the wooden walkways and trails of both the upper and lower circuit. With over 270 separate waterfalls and surrounded by the verdant jungle of Iguazu, exploring the Natural World Wonder of Iguazu is one of the most unforgettable moments. You’ll notice that the various trails that take you through the jungle, above and around waterfalls, are built a few feet above the jungle floor and waterways. These raised platforms not only protect the natural habitat of the jungle wildlife but they will also take you to secluded viewpoints offering unimaginable views across the whole National Park.

    Accommodation: Recanto CataratasThermas Resort & Convention

  • Day 5

    Brazilian Side of the Falls

    This morning you’ll be picked up from your accommodation to explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Bordering Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the Brazilian side of Iguazu offers a panoramic view of the Falls, looking straight over at the Argentinean side. If you were impressed by the view of Devil’s Throat yesterday, just wait until you see what’s in store for you on the Brazilian side as you’ll have an up-close and more direct view of this towering Falls.

  • Day 6

    Manaus

    This morning you’ll be picked up from your accommodation to go to the airport and take your flight into Manaus. At your arrival, you will be transferred directly to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Go Inn

  • Day 7

    Iberostar Amazon Cruise

    South America Tour

    After a transfer to the port, we embark the Grand Amazon in the Port of Manaus in the late afternoon and then, after settling into our luxurious cabins, we can watch the sunset from the Top Deck as the boat begins sailing on the Amazon.

    Tonight, the crew welcomes you aboard with a cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner. This is your first opportunity to take advantage of the ship’s open bar policy!

  • Day 8

    Iberostar Amazon Cruise

    South America Tour

    Rio Manacapuru & Lake Jacare: As the sun rises, the Grand Amazon enters the Manacapuru River. If you are up early, there is a Sunrise Lovers’ breakfast on the Upper Deck, where you can enjoy the early morning atmosphere. Otherwise, you can enjoy the buffet spread in the Kuarup Restaurant.

    After breakfast, we board the expedition skiffs for a photo safari through the narrow waterways of the region, where the vegetation overhangs the water.

    After lunch and a rest, we head to Lake Jacare, where we have the chance to fish for piranha, or some of the other (smaller) species of Amazon fish. We wait until dusk before returning to the cruise boat as it is a great time to spot numerous species - especially birds - in large numbers.

    We are welcomed back on board with live music on the upper deck. And then, after dinner, we can go caiman spotting along the river banks, using spotlights.

  • Day 9

    Iberostar Amazon Cruise

    South America Tour

    Early risers will get a chance to go birding in the skiffs,( small boats) as the sun rises over the beautiful jungle. After breakfast, we make an exploration by skiff and along marked trails of the rainforest, keeping our eyes open for jungle birds and Pink River Dolphins - countless photo opportunities.

    We also stop at the home of a local inhabitant, to gain insight into human life in the Amazon, and perhaps purchase some of the traditional handicrafts.

    In the afternoon, we continue to Rei Creek, for an excursion by skiff through the closed-in streams. It is another chance for bird-watching and caiman-spotting.

    This evening there is a farewell dinner, in the Kuarup Restaurant, as we celebrate the sights we have seen and friends we have made over the course of the last few days.

  • Day 10

    Iberostar Amazon Cruise

    We wake up early in order to see the fascinating phenomenon known as the Meeting of the Waters at sunrise. This is the point where the black water of the Rio Negro and brown water of the Solimoes meet - but don’t mix. After breakfast, we continue to the port of Manaus, for disembarkation, before transferring to the airport for the flight to Rio. On arrival to Rio, transfer to your hotel to get some well earned sleep!

    Accommodation: Royal Rio Palace

  • Day 11

    Corcovado Christ Statue and Tijuca Forest

    South America Tour

    This half day private tour will take you to the Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban forest. Arriving at the top of Corcovado Mountain, you’ll visit the world famous statue of the Christ the Redeemer. The view from Corcovado and at the base of the 124 ft. tall Statue is simply stunning. Enjoy eye-catching views of the forest below and where Rio de Janeiro’s mountains dive into the clear blue water. After visiting the statue and the Tijuca National Park, you’ll head back to your hotel passing by the golden beaches of Ipanema and Leblon.

  • Day 12

    Sugar Loaf and Rio City Tour

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    To understand the history of Brazil, there is nothing better than taking a tour of the the old city center of Rio. You’ll visit the impressive Cinelandia Square which was built in honor of the second president of Brazil - Floriano Peixoto - and features important buildings such as the Rio Opera House, the National Library and the Fine Arts Museum.

    Continuing your tour through the historic center, you’ll also visit Rio’s Chamber of Deputies, the former Imperial Palace, and the ornate Candelaria Church. Having explored the city from the street level, you will head towards Sugar Loaf Mountain where you’ll take the cable car to its summit. Ascending the famous natural landmark of Sugar Loaf Mountain, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning 360-degree views across the sprawling city below Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach and up to Christ the Redeemer Statue.

  • Day 13

    Goodbye...

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home with beautiful memories of sights and sounds of Argentina, Brazil and the Amazon!

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