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Explore South America on this spectacular tour

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20202021
15 days From £8,295 per person
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2021 Tour code: ABJ21

About the tour

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.

The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Rio de Janeiro

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 Day 2, we embark on an excursion to the top of Rio's most recognisable landmark, Corcovado Mountain, upon which perches the astonishing statue of Christ the Redeemer. We ascend via the Corcovado Rack & Pinion Mountain Railway, which takes us 2.4 miles to a viewing platform that sits 7,641 feet above Rio. On a clear day, the views are sensational. Each February, Rio is gripped by Carnival fever, as one of the world's biggest festivals erupts into the party of a lifetime. This evening, we have tickets to attend the winner's parade, with seats in the Sambadrome's Grand Stand.

Rio carnival - Day 2

Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest festival in the world, the vibrant and exuberant Rio Carnival encapsulates the infinite colour and extravagant personality of Brazil during a week of parties, floats, and parades. We enjoy grandstand seats at the winner's parade, held at the remarkable Sambadrome in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro
Day 3 - Sugarloaf Mountain

After a guided tour of downtown Rio, we journey by cable-car up Sugarloaf Mountain, which delivers panoramic views across Guanabara Bay. Later, we head to Fogo de Chao's for a traditional Churriscera barbecue dinner.

Sugarloaf Mountain
Days 4-5 - The Iguassu Falls

We take a flight to Iguassu Falls this morning, which lies on the border between Brazil and Argentina. We spend 2 nights here on the Argentine side and on arrival, we take a guided tour of the Brazilian side of the thundering waters, before crossing over into the national park on the Argentinian side. 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 travelling by gas-propelled train..

Iguassu Falls - Day 4

Part of the border between Brazil and Argentina, the thundering Iguassu Falls are a sight to behold. One of, if not the largest waterfall system in the world, this magnificent feat of nature is found at the heart of the Atlantic rainforest. We walk the trails here with a nature expert, who is ready to point out the fascinating wildlife and flora which call this place home.

Iguassu Falls
Days 6-7 - Buenos Aires and Patagonia

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 imposing Metropolitan Cathedral, with its spectacular dome, and the mausoleum of General San Martin. Travelling on to La Recoleta, we visit the grave of Eva Duarte, known to the world as Eva Perón or Evita. This evening we enjoy an exclusive Argentinian wine pairing and steak dinner at La Cava, led by a professional sommelier.

A morning flight on Day 7 takes us to Bariloche, in the Andes, for a 2-night stay. On arrival, a scenic excursion showcases the region around the Patagonian mountain range. The Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is one of the jewels of Patagonia, with spectacular lakes formed by centuries-old glaciers, and a chairlift transports us to the summit of Cerro Campanioro.

Argentine Steak Dinner and Wine Pairing - Day 6

Argentine wines are some of the best in the Americas, and local steaks are second to none. We sample both during a steak dinner, coupled with wine pairings at a restaurant in the beautiful Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. We are joined by a professional sommelier who tells us the story, flavours, and best pairings for each wine we try.

Patagonia
Day 8 - The Old Patagonian Express

We embark on a scenic drive with our guide along Route 40 to El Bolson, at the foot of Piltriquitron Mountain. We continue to El Maitin for lunch, followed by a journey on the Old Patagonia Express. This steam train is something of a living museum, and winds its way through the high plains of the Patagonian tundra.

La Trochita Train
Days 9-10 - El Calafate

We fly to El Calafate today, situated on the shores of Lake Argentino and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. On Day 10 we take a guided tour of the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, a vast ice formation covering 97 square miles. We also take a nautical safari boat ride at Bajo Las Sombras Bay, taking us closer to the glacier.

Perito Moreno Glacier
Days 11-12 - Discover Ushuaia and the End of the World

After a leisurely morning, we transfer to the airport for our internal flight to the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia. On arrival drive to our hotel, enjoying an orientation tour along the way before an afternoon sailing across the Beagle Channel. This strait within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is home to some unique wildlife, such as sea lions, penguins, and dolphins.

On the morning of Day 12 we enter Tierra del Fuego National Park, following the Lapataia River until we reach Condor Hill. Next, we board the historic Tren Fin del Mundo, or 'End of the World Train'. Travelling through a 4.3-mile stretch of the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park, our steam-hauled train offers incredible views of the surrounding dense forest landscapes. The train pauses en route at the Macarena Station Waterfall for us to admire views across the breathtaking Pipo River Valley, before continuing through the unforgettable 'Tree Cemetery'. Our day ends with a flight back to the Argentinian capital.

End Of The World Train
Days 13-15 - Tango experience and London

Today is at leisure in Buenos Aires until an evening tango class and show, followed by dinner.

On Day 14 we board our flight to London Heathrow, landing on Day 15.

Journey home

Additional information

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.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Llao Llao

Llao Llao, Bariloche

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Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta, Buenos Aires

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Hotel Alto Calafate

Hotel Alto Calafate, El Calafate

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Loi Suites

Loi Suites, Puerto Iguazu

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Hilton Copacabana Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Hilton Copacabana Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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Los Cauquenes Resort, Ushuaia

Los Cauquenes Resort, Ushuaia

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Trains

La Trochita
Tren Fin Del Mundo

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