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Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

Immerse yourself in the music, cuisine and culture of South America

From/To: Private Group Tour

Duration: 16 days

Cities Visited: Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguassu, Puerto Iguazu, Ciudad del Este, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramentos

Individualy priced
Guided Tour
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART HOME

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Day 2

SAO PAOLO

Bemvindo ao São Paulo! Welcome to Sao Paolo, one of the world’s biggest metropolises, the cultural capital of Brazil, with a dizzying array of attractions including first-rate museums, nightly concerts, experimental theater and dance. Where Paulistanos (inhabitants of the city) believe in working hard and playing harder in the nightclubs, bars and restaurants which are among the best on the continent. Your expert local guide will take you on an unforgettable sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Cathedral Metropolitana de São Paulo, reproduction Gothic cathedral that is large enough to inspire the fear of God in mortal sinners. Be wowed by a breathtaking 360º panorama of São Paulo's never ending skyline from the observation deck of Edifício Altino Arantes (Banespão), a 160m (524ft) skyscraper. Inspired by New York’s Empire State Building, it was inaugurated in 1949 and for two decades was the world’s tallest concrete structure. Visit Mosteiro de São Bento - Basílica de Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, a twin-towered church and monastery that was designed in the early 20th-century and features a large organ with over 6,000 pipes. See Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo's answer to New York's Central Park. Visit Mercado Municipal, a vibrant indoor market in baroque-style, a building that was constructed in the early 1930s and is illuminated by some fifty coloured stained-glass windows.

Day 3

SAO PAOLO

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Departure to Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon.

Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO

The city known as the cidade maravilhosa - marvelous city - is nothing if not exhilarating. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world. Today your expert local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour including views of the main attractions in Rio: the square, Praça 15 de Novembro, where the 18th-century Paço Imperial - Imperial Palace and other grand buildings are located, the Museu Histórico Nacional - National History Museum, which dates from 1762, many churches with the most impressive Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelária - Church of Our Lady of the Candles, with its domed roof, marble interior, Portuguese wood carvings and fascinating stained-glass windows, the Mosteiro de São Bento - Monastery of St Benedict - a 17th-century monastery and UNESCO World Heritage site, with an opulent interior of gilded wood carvings and historic paintings, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes - National Museum of Fine Arts, where paintings by Brazil's most prominent 19th- and 20th-century artists are exhibited along with examples of African and folk art.

Day 5

RIO DE JANEIRO

Continue sightseeing the city with your expert local guide, who will take you on a sightseeing tour including historic train journey  through the forest to Corcovado - Hunchback Mountain with stunning views of the city, beaches and the whole bay area below, named because of its distinctive shape, home to the most memorable and identifying image of Rio and probably Brazil, that of the Cristo Redentor - Christ the Redeemer - statue. See the Cristo Redentor - Statue of Christ the Redeemer standing 30m (98ft) tall and overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, one of the tallest statues in the world. See the Estádio Maracanã - Maracanã Stadium, the epicentre of Brazilian football and a mecca for sports fans from around the world, the world's biggest stadium, capable of holding around 200,000 people, built to host the 1950 World Cup Final, now is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup. See Ipanema, sophisticated Rio’s neighbourhood, an enticing blend of beach, bars and boutiques. The area became famous worldwide with the success of the song, The Girl from Ipanema. Written by composer Tom Jobim and lyricist and poet Vinicius de Moraes, who were inspired by a local beauty, who walked past the Velosa Bar each day when returning from school. See Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a lake which is a huge open space in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, offering fantastic views of the Ipanema skyline, Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Just before sunset arrive to Pão de Açúcar - Sugar Loaf Mountain - a conical mountain together with the Corcovado views voted for the visitor's best overall panoramic view. Originally called Pau-nh-Açquá - high, pointed peak - by the Tupi Indians, it was renamed Pão de Açúcar - Sugar Loaf - by the Portuguese, who thought the shape of the 394m (1,293ft) granite rock resembled moulds used to set sugar cane. Admire the most dramatic fine views of the beaches, the city, the mountains of Tijuca National Park and the islands of Guanabara Bay.

Day 6

IGUASSU FALLS

Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to more than 250 spectacular waterfalls surrounded by Atlantic rain forest and to such endangered species as the giant otter and the giant anteater. Explore the Brazilian side of the cascades and take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls.

Day 7

CIUDAD DEL ESTE - PARAGUAY

See the world’s largest dam Itaipu Dam on the Paraná River and border of Paraguay and Brazil.

Day 8

IGUASSU FALLS

Explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Stop at the Visitors Center and take a scenic walk before boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different vantage point on the mighty falls and a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls.

Day 9

BUENOS AIRES

Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires! Embark on an in-depth tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the famous Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada and other government buildings, world-renowned Teatro Colon where legendary stars Maria Callas, Pavarotti and Caruso have performed, the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, San Telmo with its famed outdoor market, lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafes and verdant parks. Visit the workshop of a master leather artisan and learn how Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world, to the elegant Recoleta where you visit the museum dedicated to Eva Peron (Evita) as well as the impressive cemetery where Argentina’s former first lady is buried. Return to your hotel late this afternoon. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be Spoiled Dinner and Entertainment with a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, and experience the passion and power of the traditional tango - the most representative and beloved music in Argentina.

Day 10

BUENOS AIRES - COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO EXCURSION

Cross the wide Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil this morning. On the Uruguayan side, immerse yourself in the irresistible charm of colonial Colonia del Sacramento. Embark on a guided walking tour that takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district, home to sycamore-shaded streets bordered by graceful colonial mansions, a splendid lighthouse and the oldest church in Uruguay. After a guided tour enjoy some time to stroll around on your own, visiting some of the exclusive art galleries and welcoming shops. Perhaps relax with a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe. Later this afternoon, board the hydrofoil and cross the river back to Argentina.

Day 11

BUENOS AIRES

Enjoy a morning at leisure in the "Paris of South America." Stroll the streets around the hotel, grab a tasty empanada and a cold Quilmes. From your hotel’s vantage point in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. It is time to bid farewell to your Tour Director and new found friends as your unforgettable South American holiday comes to an end. Transfer to Buenos Aires airport. Departure in the evening. Overnight flight.

Day 12

ARRIVE HOME

Noon arrive home.

What’s Included

    Insider Experiences
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Tour Director.
  • Local Speciality Experience a Samba Show extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Local Speciality Visit the workshop of a master leather artisan and learn how Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy excellent meal, a captivating tango show and tango lesson at Tango Porteno in Buenos Aires.
    Sightseeing Highlights
  • Sao Paolo, Brazil
    Visit the Cathedral Metropolitana de São Paulo. Be wowed by Edifício Altino Arantes (Banespão) with breathtaking 360º panorama of São Paulo's never ending skyline. Visit Mosteiro de São Bento - Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption. See Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo's answer to New York's Central Park. Visit Mercado Municipal, a vibrant indoor market in baroque-style.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Discover the city’s main sights: Rio Centro (Centre) the square, Praça 15 de Novembro where Imperial Palace and other grand buildings are located; the National History Museum, many churches with the most impressive Church of Our Lady of the Candles and the17th-century Monastery of St Benedict, National Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy a cogwheel train ride up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. See Maracanã Stadium, the world's biggest stadium. See Ipanema, sophisticated Rio’s neighbourhood, an enticing blend of beach, bars and boutiques. Ride a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain for awe-inspiring views.
  • Iguassu Falls, Brazil
    Explore the Brazilian side of the cascades and take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls.
  • Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
    See the world’s largest dam Itaipu Dam on the Paraná River.
  • Iguassu Falls, Argentina
    Explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Take a scenic walk before boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Discover the “Paris of South America’s” main sights: visit the Evita Museum and the Recoleta Cemetery, see the famous Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada and other government buildings, world-renowned Teatro Colon, the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, San Telmo with its famed outdoor market, lovely Palermo. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world.
  • Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
    Cross the wide Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil and stroll in this UNESCO World Heritage city.
    Dining
  • Welcome in South America Reception in Sao Paolo, which includes a Traditional Brazilian meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • Welcome in Argentina Reception with a chance for a
  • Be Spoiled Dinner with Entertainment in Buenos Aires, which includes a traditional, local three-course meal (authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef), tango music and more...
  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 10 three-course dinners which include beer or wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with beer or wine in Buenos Aires.
    Travel Highlights
  • Air travel from any major US or Canadian airport.
  • Intra-Air Flights: Rio to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires
  • First class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom.
  • The services of one of our professional Tour Directors throughout your journey.
  • A qualified Local Guide in Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Colonia del Sacramento.
  • Excursion by hydrofoil across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
  • Capture treasured memories of your trip with a complimentary group photo taken at a landmark location.
  • A T-shirt, stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map.
    Disclaimer
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