This South American adventure is big on sights vineyards cascading down Chile’s dramatic mountain slopes, drenching mists at Argentina’s Igua Falls and twinkling coral sand beaches in Brazil. The finale of this unforgettable holiday comes in the form of the ‘greatest party on earth’ the spectacular Rio Carnival Winner’s Parade.
- Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM via Sao Paulo and internal flights
- 12nights in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- Prime hotel location in Rio in the centre of Copacabana beach
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Day 1 UK/Santiago
- Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Santiago, via Sao Paulo.
- Day 2 Santiago
- After arriving in Santiago, the capital of Chile, you'll transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. The city of Santiago lies in a lovely setting beneath the majestic Andes and is a city of wide boulevards and delightful parks and gardens. This afternoon we've included a city tour, allowing you to see the Presidential Palace and the residential districts of Las Condes and Providencia, famous for their beautiful homes. You'll finish on San Cristobal Hill, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the foothills of the snow-capped Andes.
- Day 3 Santiago
- Today you'll be free to explore the city further, or you can join our pre-bookable optional excursion. You'll journey through dramatic mountain ranges and the colourful citrus groves of the region to a wine-tasting at the Indomita vineyard, where award-winning wines including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc are produced. You'll travel on to Via del Mar, the 'Garden City', for a tour which will introduce you to sights such as the unique Flower Clock, palm-fringed avenues, the grand faade of the Fine Arts Museum, the Municipal Casino and the beautiful Rioja Palace. The tour continues to the coastal city of Valparaso, where you'll enjoy lunch before seeing more of the city. You'll follow the only road, Alemania Avenue, to traverse the famous hills on which the city is built, and enjoy panoramic views of the impressive port. You will visit La Sebastian, one of the former homes of the laureate Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, and see Fisherman's Wharf, Plaza Sotomayor, and the Naval Academy.
- Day 4 Mendoza
- Depart Santiago by coach for the drive to the border with Argentina, a journey over the Andes offering views of Mount Aconcagua. At 23,000ft, this is the highest peak in the Americas. You'll retrace the steps of Native Indians, Incas and the first Spanish settlers. After crossing the border into Argentina you'll continue to Mendoza, where we have arranged a two-night stay.
- Day 5 Mendoza
- Mendoza lies at the foot of the Andes, and is Argentina's wine capital, producing more than 60% of the country's wines. Enjoy an included tour this morning. In the afternoon you'll have the option to visit one of the area's many vineyards, where you can enjoy a tasting. You'll discover the wines produced in Argentina are very different to those you may have tried in Chile, meaning you will get to taste the very best of South America.
- Day 6 Buenos Aires
- After transferring to the airport, you'll fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay. This afternoon we include a city tour of Buenos Aires, dubbed the 'Paris of the Americas.' Highlights include visits to Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada (Government House) is situated. Also in the square is the Cathedral of Buenos Aires where the tomb of General San Martin, the hero and liberator of Argentina, is located. You will also visit the La Boca District, renowned for its brightly painted houses, and now an artists' colony. A visit will be made to the Recoleta cemetery, famous for its beautiful family tombs and as the burial place of Eva Peron.
- Day 7 Buenos Aires
- Today you can take an optional full-day tour to the heart of Argentina's Pampas, to experience a typical 'estancia' (ranch). You will see the gauchos displaying their superb horsemanship skills, and enjoy a typical Argentine barbecue.
- Day 8 Buenos Aires
- Today is free for you to spend as you wish. Alternatively, why not join our optional morning excursion on the Tigre and Parana Delta a labyrinth of magnificent waterways fed by the Parana River. Explore this maze of riverside villas, islands, Victorian docks and pretty, English-style gardens from the comfort of a traditional riverboat. This evening you can enjoy an optional dinner and tango show.
- Day 9 Igua
- You'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Igua Falls. On arrival, transfer to your hotel on the Argentinian side for a two-night stay. This afternoon, there will be time to relax by the pool at your hotel.
- Day 10 Igua
- Today, we include a full-day excursion into the Igua National Park, taking the small train that leads through the jungle to the Argentinian falls. Situated at the meeting point of three countries (Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina), the falls are one of the world's largest natural wonders. Higher than Niagara, wider than Victoria, Igua consists of 275 separate falls.
- Day 11 Rio de Janeiro
- Enjoy a free morning before your flight to Rio. Alternatively, join an optional pre-bookable excursion to the Brazilian side of the Falls. From this side, it is possible to see the full panorama of the falls and also to walk across the famous platform virtually into the Devils Throat, the most famous of the individual falls. Early this afternoon, you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll stay for two nights.
- Day 12 Rio de Janeiro
- Brazil, the world's fifth largest country, is a land of warm sun, bright colours, irresistible rhythms, unsurpassed natural beauty and captivating contrasts, and the city of Rio de Janeiro is unique simply bursting with energy, excitement and entertainment. It is beautifully situated beneath Sugar Loaf Mountain, and blessed with magnificent, world-famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema. To introduce you to Rio, you'll take an included visit to Corcovado, home to the famous statue of Christ. To reach the statue it is necessary to ascend in a small cog railway which winds up the mountain for superb views over Rio and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The afternoon is free for you to explore Rio further, or you can join our pre-bookable optional excursion to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car.
- Day 13 Rio de Janeiro (Carnival)
- This evening you will enjoy the 'greatest party on earth'. The Winner's Parade is the last event of the annual Rio Carnival. Take your reserved seats in the Sambadromo and prepare to be amazed as the five best samba schools parade in front of you. The music, costumes and floats are simply spectacular and the atmosphere is one of fun, frivolity and celebration.
- Day 14 Rio de Janeiro/UK
- There is time to explore Rio further before you transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, via Sao Paulo.
- Day 15 UK
- Arrive in the UK.