Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour from vibrant Rio to Buenos Aires. From here, fly to Bariloche, in the heart of Patagonia, take a journey on the 'End of the World' Train, and visit the stunning natural phenomenon that is the Perito Moreno Glacier.
We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Rio de Janeiro, a city which revels in intoxicating Samba rhythms, gorgeous beaches and a care-free culture. On arrival, we check into our hotel, the 5-Star Hilton Copacabana Hotel Rio de Janeiro. On Day 2, 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 98 feet tall with an arm span of 92 feet. Later we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Each February, Rio is gripped by Carnival fever as one of the world's biggest and most colourful festivals erupts into the party of a lifetime, and this evening we are lucky to have tickets to the winner's parade. With seats in the Sambadrome's Grand Stand, we get to see the very best of the festival as all the winners gather together to perform in one place.
After a guided tour of downtown Rio, we make the journey by cable-car up Sugarloaf Mountain, which offers us breathtaking panoramic views across the city and Guanabara Bay. Later we head to Fogo de Chao's for a traditional Churriscera barbecue dinner.
We take a flight to the Iguassu Falls this morning, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. We spend two nights here at the Melia Iguazu Hotel, which enjoys a fabulous location and our rooms overlook this, the largest waterfall system in the world. After time for lunch, we take a tour of the Brazilian side of the thundering waters, guided by an expert naturalist before crossing over into the National Park on the Argentinian side, and seeing the falls from a different angle. We make our way to the Loi Suites hotel in Puerto Iguazu.
On Day 5 we take in a much larger portion of the rapids, all of the San Martin Island and the massive torrent of Devil's Throat. The rest of your day is then at leisure to relax in your jungle surroundings.
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 Perón or 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 an authentic steak dinner. As one of the most famous aspects of Argentina, steak is big business and a real treat of our tour, in fact it's so popular here that the average Argentinian manages to consume an impressive 70kg of beef a year.
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.
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 time 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.
We fly to El Calafate, situated on the shores of Lake Argentino and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Here we stay at the Hotel Alto Calafate, overlooking Lake Argentino, for two nights. On Day 10 we visit the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, 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. We also take a nautical safari, boarding our cruising boat at Bajo Las Sombras Bay which takes around the south side of the glacier, where ice meets land - known as the Glacial Wall.
After a leisurely morning we transfer to the airport for our internal flight to the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia. On arrival we are driven to our hotel, enjoying an orientation tour along the way before an afternoon sailing across Beagle Channel. This strait within the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago is home to some unique and rare wildlife such as sea lions, penguins and even an endemic species of dolphin. Tonight we sit down to a delicious crab dinner at a local restaurant, a speciality of the region.
This morning we enter Tierra del Fuego National Park, a part of the subantarctic forest. Here we follow the path of the Lapataia River on foot, until we reach Condor Hill where it's possible to spot these magnificent creatures soaring on the thermal air currents. One of the highlights of our tour comes next as we board the historic Tren Fin del Mundo, or 'End of the World Train'. Re-opened after 40 years of disuse, it now serves as a heritage attraction.
Travelling through a 4.3 mile (7 kilometre) stretch of the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park, the steam-hauled train offers incredible views of the dense forest landscape through its large carriage windows. Along the way, the train pauses en-route at the Macarena Station Waterfall, for views across the breathtaking Pipo River Valley, before continuing through the unforgettable 'Tree Cemetery', where the tree stumps serve as a reminder of the wood convicts chopped each day over the prison's 50-year lifespan. Our day ends with a flight back to the Argentinian capital.
The last day of our adventure is at leisure until an evening Tango Class, where we learn the basics of this dramatic national dance, before dinner and a special Tango show.
On Day 14 we begin our journey home with a flight to London, landing on Day 15.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
La Trochita, or the 'Old Patagonian Express', runs through Argentina's wild west. This nostalgic line was made famous in Theroux's 1978 book which described it as the railway almost at the end of the world.
The historic Tren Fin del Mundo, or 'End of the World Train', was re-opened after 40 years of disuse, and now serves as a heritage attraction. Travelling through a 4.3 mile (7 kilometre) stretch of the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park, the steam-hauled train offers incredible views of the dense forest landscape through its large carriage windows. Along the way, the train pauses en-route at the Macarena Station Waterfall, for views across the breathtaking Pipo River Valley, before continuing through the unforgettable 'Tree Cemetery', where the tree stumps serve as a reminder of the wood convicts chopped each day over the prison's 50-year lifespan. On our tour, we enjoy an hour aboard the Tren Fin del Mundo, travelling through magnificent scenery on a truly iconic train.
Our hotel in Bariloche is the 5-Star Llao Llao hotel, situated on the shores of Moreno Lake amidst the beauty of the Cerro Lopez Mountains. The hotel boasts spectacular amenities, including an 18 hole golf course, a gym, and a spa, which offers a variety of massage treatments (payable locally). There is also a restaurant, a coffee shop, a club house, and a bar. All of the rooms offer a stunning view of the surroundings, and comes fully equipped with a minibar, an in room safe, a television, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
In Buenos Aires we stay at the 5-Star Alvear Art Hotel is just a short walk away from the General San Martín metro station. With a focus on modern design, each stylish room boasts whirlpool bathtubs, free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines.
The superb 4-Star Hotel Alto Calafate offers modern accommodation in the fantastic city of Calafate in Argentina. Set in the unique glacial landscape, this hotel prides itself on levels of comfort and opportunity to relax in sublime surroundings. Amenities include a gym, a sauna, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms feature a television, a hairdryer and a safety box.
Inspired by the incredible nature that surrounds it, the Loi Suites Iguazú is a delight to stay at and is only a short distance from the magnificent Iguazú waterfalls. Built to fit in with the natural beauty of this part of the world, the Loi Suites are also equipped with modern amenities to make your stay more enjoyable. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant and bar. Rooms include a minibar, a television and complimentary WiFi.
Enjoying a superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the 5-Star Hilton Copacabana Hotel Rio de Janeiro is also ideally situated for exploring the attractions of Rio de Janeiro. Leisure facilities include two indoor swimming pools, including one on the 39th floor, and a choice of restaurants. The spacious rooms are equipped with typical amenities found in a hotel of this standard.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.