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(Tour code: ABJ18)

EXPLORE SOUTH AMERICA ON THIS SPECTACULAR TOUR

Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour from vibrant Rio, through lush rainforests and via sensational waterfalls, to Buenos Aires. Fly to Bariloche, in the heart of Patagonia and take a journey on the 'End of the World' Train.

Highlights
  • Tours of Rio de Janeiro & Buenos Aires
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • The Brazilian and Argentinian sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Cruise across the Beagle Channel
  • The Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Journey on the End of the World Train
What’s Included
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4-5* Accommodation
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

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Days 1-2 Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

To Rio de Janeiro

Meet your group and tour manager at your hotel, the 5-Star Windsor Atlantico. 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 an astonishing 98 feet tall with an arm span of 92 feet. Later we enjoy a seafood dinner, Rio's other great culinary speciality, 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.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
  • In-flight Meal
Day 3 Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Today 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Days 4-5 Iguassu Falls
Iguassu Falls

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 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 return to the hotel for dinner, after which you are free to relax or return and explore independently.

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

On to 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 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Patagonia
Patagonia

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
Day 8 La Trochita Train
La Trochita Train

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 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Days 9-10 Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Tierra Del Fuego
Tierra Del Fuego

Discover Ushuaia

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 End Of The World Train
End Of The World Train

To the End of the World

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.

Days 13-14 Journey home
Journey home

Tango experience and Return Home

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 your tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All internal flights, rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 13 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 24 meals, including 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 10 dinners, including traditional Brazillian Churriscera, Argentinian steak and Patagonian trout and crab

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Rio de Janeiro including a journey up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Tickets to the Rio Carnival Winner's Parade
  • Excursion to Christ the Redeemer
  • The Iguassu Falls with an expert naturalist
  • Buenos Aires including a guided tour and Tango Class
  • Expert Argentinian Wine Tasting
  • Bariloche including time at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and a ride on the Cerro Campanioro Chairlift
  • El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • A journey on the Old Patagonian Express
  • Cruise along the Beagle Channel
  • Excursion to Condor Hill
  • Steam-hauled journey on the End of the World Train
  • Tickets to Rio's Carnival Winners Parade are included in your tour'

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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