Premium Brazil, Argentina & Patagonia

Resort: Premium Brazil, Argentina & Patagonia
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Argentina
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Overview

Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour that
takes you from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, with its famous
landmarks and beaches, through lush rainforests and via sensational
waterfalls, to Buenos Aires. Fly to Bariloche, in the heart of
Patagonia, see the dramatic Perito Moreno Glacier and take a
memorable journey on the ‘End of the World Train’.

Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro

Days 1-2

London to Rio de Janeiro

We depart London Heathrow on a direct flight to Rio de Janeiro
where, on arrival, we embark on a guided tour taking in the
Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, a modern building based on the
ancient Mayan pyramids, the buzzing downtown area, Carioca Square
and San Antonio Church. We then make the journey by cable-car up
Sugarloaf Mountain, which offers us breathtaking panoramic views
across the city and Guanabara Bay. After checking in to the 5-Star
Windsor Atlantico Hotel for two nights, situated on the edge of the
blue waters of Copacabana Beach, we head to Porco Rio’s, a
restaurant designed by Oscar Niemeyer, for a traditional
Churriscera barbecue dinner overlooking Guanabara Bay.

Includes:

  • Scheduled flights
  • In-flight Meal
  • Excursion
  • Day 2 – Breakfast, Dinner
Christ The Redeemer

Day 3

Christ the Redeemer

After breakfast, we embark on an excursion to the top of Rio’s
most recognisable landmark, Corcovado Mountain, on which perches
the astonishing statue of Christ the Redeemer. We ascend via the
Corcovado Rack & Pinion Mountain Railway, which takes
us the 2.4 miles to the viewing platform 2,329 metres above Rio. On
a clear day, the views of the surrounding area are sensational. The
statue itself is equally remarkable, standing at an astonishing 98
feet tall with an arm span of 92 feet. Later we travel along the
coast to see Ipanema and some of Rio’s beautiful beaches, then this
evening, we enjoy a seafood dinner, Rio’s other great culinary
speciality, at a local restaurant. On our February 2016 departure,
this evening we experience the unparalleled atmosphere of the world
famous Rio Carnival Winner’s Parade, from the Grand Stand in the
Sambadrome.

Includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Excursions
Curitiba

Day 4

Curitiba

After breakfast you have some free time before our flight to
Curitiba. One of the greenest cities in the world, Curitiba is
known as the home of the Oscar Niemeyer visual arts museum, as well
as the vast, flower-filled Jardim Botnico. We spend the next two
nights at the 5-Star Sheraton Four Points Hotel where we dine
together this evening.

Includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Flight to Curitiba
Morretes

Day 5

The Serra Verde Express and Morretes

This morning we join the Serra Verde Express train for
a cinematic journey through the largest preserved area of Brazil’s
Atlantic rainforest. We pass pretty lakes, stunning gorges and
dramatic scenery before arriving at the village of Morretes, where
we sample Barreado; a traditional meal of Southern Brazil cooked in
a special sealed clay pot. The return journey is made by minibus
along the Gracious Road, a route that offers stunning views of the
passing landscape including delightful waterfalls and masses of
beautiful wild flowers.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion
Iguassu Falls

Days 6-7

The Iguassu Falls

We take a flight to the Iguassu Falls this morning, on the
border between Brazil and Argentina. We spend two nights here at
the iconic Belmond Foz de Iguassu Hotel, which enjoys a fabulous
location within the park overlooking the falls. This allows us to
experience the Falls after the park has closed and other visitors
have left. After lunch, we take a tour of the Brazilian side of the
thundering waters, guided by an expert naturalist. We return to the
hotel for dinner, after which you are free to relax or return to
explore independently. On Day 7 we enjoy two walks
to see the falls from the Argentinian side. From this vantage point
you can see a much larger portion of the rapids, all of the San
Martin Island and the massive torrent of Devil’s Throat.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Flight to Iguassu Falls
Buenos Aires

Day 8

Buenos Aires

Today we fly to Buenos Aires where we take a guided tour that
highlights the best of this stylish city such as Casa Rosada, the
stately offices of the President; the imposing Metropolitan
Cathedral with its spectacular dome, and the mausoleum of General
San Martin, ‘the liberator’ of South America. We also visit the
colourful Boca neighbourhood passing the famous Boca football
stadium. Travelling on to La Recoleta, we visit the grave of Eva
Duarte, known to the world as Eva Pern – Evita. After checking
into our 5-Star hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure before an
exclusive Argentinian wine-tasting at La Cava, led by a
professional sommelier and followed by a local steak dinner.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Flight to Buenos Aires
  • Guided City Tour
Patagonia

Day 9

Patagonia

A morning flight takes us to Bariloche, in the heart of the
Andes, for a two-night stay. On arrival, a scenic excursion
showcases this region around the Patagonian mountain range. The
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is one of the jewels of Argentina,
with spectacular lakes and rivers formed by centuries-old glaciers.
The famous Cerro Campanioro Chairlift transports us to the summit
for 360 vistas over the lakes and mountains. We then proceed to
our hotel, the 5-Star Llao Llao which boasts an unparalleled
setting surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks,
and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, for a typical Patagonian
trout dinner.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Flight to Bariloche
  • Excursion
La Trochita Train

Day 10

The Old Patagonian Express

We board a coach this morning for a scenic drive along Route 40
to El Bolson, situated at the foot of Piltriquitron Mountain. We
have tine to wander around El Bolson’s market which is packed with
natural foods including local sweets, jams and honey. We continue
to El Maitin for lunch followed by a journey on the Patagonia
Express
. This steam train is now something of a living museum,
winding its way through the tree-lined valleys and desert-like high
plains of the Patagonian tundra.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion
Perito Moreno Glacier

Days 11-12

El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier

We fly to El Calafate, situated on the shores of Lake Argentino
and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. We visit the
incredible Perito Moreno Glacier today, a vast ice formation
covering 97 square miles. There is a visitor centre on site and a
walking circuit which allows us to view the glacier’s southern
flank. On Day 12 we fly to Ushuaia, the southern
most city in the world, for the night and a crab dinner in a local
restaurant.

Includes:

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Flight to El Calafate
  • Flight to Ushuaia
  • Excursions
Sea Lion Island

Days 13-14

The End of the World

Today we set off on a cruise of the Beagle Channel to Sea Lion
Island where, as well as sea lions, we may see a wide variety of
sea birds and penguins. You then have some free time to perhaps
visit the old prison, now a fascinating museum, ahead of a trip on
the wonderful Tren Fin del Mundo – the ‘End of the World
Train’. This railway was built by prisoners and steam trains still
chug through the magnificent backdrops. This evening we fly back to
the Argentine capital. On Day 14 you are free
until an evening Tango Class, where we learn the basics of this
dramatic national dance before dinner and a special Tango show.

Includes:

  • Cruise to Sea Lion Island
  • ‘End of the World’ train journey
  • Flight to Buenos Aires
  • Tango class and show
Journey home

Days 15-16

The journey home

We transfer to the airport for our flight to London, arriving on
Day 16.

Includes:

  • Scheduled flights

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