Central & South America (Chile, Brazil, Argentina)
Chile's rippling vines, the cascading Iguaçú Falls spilling into Argentina and Brazil, the imposing statue of Christ in Rio and Buenos Aires' tango beats are just some of the iconic sights and sounds that make a tour of these three countries so desirable.
Today you'll fly to Santiago, via Sao Paulo.Day 2 Santiago
The capital of Chile, Santiago lies in a lovely setting beneath the majestic Andes and is a city of wide boulevards and delightful parks and gardens. The Presidential Palace and the residential districts of Las Condes and Providencia, famous for their beautiful homes, are must-see sights and we will take them all in on our tour today. At San Cristobal Hill, we'll round off our day with the spectacular views of the foothills of the snow-capped Andes.
Get to know your travelling companions better over a drink this evening.
Wine production is an important industry in Chile and a drive through dramatic mountain ranges and the colourful orchards and citrus groves of the region will lead us to the Casas del Bosque vineyard. Here we can taste award-winning wines on an optional excursion. Viña del Mar, known as the 'Garden City', is bursting with colourful blooms as its nickname suggests. You will have the chance to admire the unique Flower Clock, palm-fringed avenues, Fine Arts Museum, Municipal Casino and the beautiful Rioja Palace. We then move on to the coastal city of Valparaíso. Alemania Avenue is the only road that traverses the famous hills on which the city is built. As we drive along it we will enjoy panoramic views of the impressive port. We will also visit La Sebastiana, one of the former homes of the laureate Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, plus Fisherman's Wharf, Plaza Sotomayor and the Naval Academy.Day 4 Mendoza
Driving over the Andes offers views of Mount Aconcagua, which at 23,000ft is the highest peak in the Americas. On our journey we'll retrace the steps of Native Indians, Incas and the first Spanish settlers on our way to Mendoza, where today more than 60% of the country's wine is produced. The grapes from this region are used for white wines including chenin blanc and reds such as cabernet sauvignon.Day 5 Mendoza
This morning has been left free for you to enjoy at leisure. However, if you'd like to join an optional excursion, you can join a vineyard tour by bicycle. We'll head to the wine region of Maipù, where we'll stop at a vineyard and learn about production methods and sample the famed wines of the region including Chardonnay, Syrah and Malbec. You'll enjoy a lovely cycle through stunning backdrops of the Andes. Later this afternoon join us on an included sightseeing tour of Mendoza.
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is dubbed the 'Paris of the Americas' and is our destination today. Highlights include Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosada (Government House) is the focal point. La Boca District is renowned for its brightly painted houses, and is now an artists' colony, while Recoleta cemetery is famous as the burial place of Eva Peron.
This evening, why not join The Argentine Experience. This optional fun night out is perfect if you want to learn more about the Argentinian culture and its cuisine. You'll enjoy some delicious food, learn how to order your steak just how you like it, in Spanish, and prepare the perfect empanada. You'll also get to make your very own 'mate', a traditional caffeine-rich drink.
Tigre and Parana Delta is a labyrinth of magnificent waterways fed by the Parana River. You can explore this maze of riverside villas, Victorian docks and English-style gardens from a traditional riverboat on an optional excursion today. For a taste of the city's culture, join us for an optional dinner and tango show this evening.
Today take the option to travel to the heart of Argentina's Pampas to experience a typical 'estancia' (ranch). Alternatively, enjoy a couple of days getting to know the city at your own pace.
We'll fly to Iguaçú Falls today, where our base for two nights is on the Argentinian side of this natural wonder. You could spend a relaxed afternoon enjoying your hotel's facilities.
We'll journey into Iguaçú National Park, taking the small train that leads through the jungle to the Argentinian side of the Iguaçú Falls. Situated at the meeting point of three countries - Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina - the Falls are one of the world's largest natural wonders.Day 11 Rio de Janeiro
Today you could take the option to view the Falls from the Brazilian side. This afternoon we'll fly to Rio de Janeiro.Day 12 Rio de Janeiro
Rio is beautifully situated beneath Sugarloaf Mountain and blessed with the magnificent beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Corcovado, home to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, is the perfect introduction to the city and we include a visit here today. To reach the statue we’ll ascend via cog railway, enjoying superb views as we go. To view the
city from the top of the mountain, join our optional excursion via cable car. Alternatively, explore Rio at your own pace this afternoon. This evening we’ll gather as a group for a farewell dinner.
There's time to explore Rio before your return flight today.
Arrive back on the UK today
The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a gym is also available. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with en suite facilities. Hotel restaurants included La Vendimia Restaurant, which include in and outdoor eating areas. The hotel is located within walking-distance from some of the best restaurants in the city. The beautiful Bicentenario Park is just a short walk away.
This 5-star resort is situated in the centre of Mendoza, surrounded by great restaurants, wine bars and shops. Rooms feature luxury French furniture, dark wood floors and marble bathrooms.
Sheraton Libertador Hotel, located in the centre of Buenos Aires, welcomes its guests to one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in Latin America and provides easy access to its varied commercial, financial, cultural and entertainment options.
This luxurious 5–star hotel is just in the centre of all the action. It is located in close proximity to The Obelisco, the most famous iconic and historical monument of Buenos Aires, and Plaza Mayo, the main square of central Buenos Aires, which has always been the focal point of its political life with several major landmarks, located around the Plaza. However, guests who are more interested in shopping rather than sightseeing will not feel lonely here, as famous Florida Pedestrian Street, full of lovely shops, is just 2 blocks away.
However, Sheraton Libertador Hotel undoubtedly is a jewel itself and a pleasure to stay in. Rooms are styled in tan hues with sweet sleeper king or 2 single beds and further benefit from air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TVs, mini bar, safe and dressing room. Stunning views of the city towers add intimate and inviting atmosphere to the rooms, which is further enhanced by marble baths, where guests can sit back and relax from the fast pace of the city.
For those seeking additional relaxation this fabulous hotel offer numerous services, including sun deck, sauna, spa facilities and massage treatments. Although for those who still have energy there is an indoor heated pool and fitness centre with sliding-glass-pane ceiling providing magnificent views of Buenos Aires. Yet, no experience can be complete without a visit to La Pergola Restaurant or Maximilian Lobby Bar and Restaurant. While La Pergola Restaurant with its variety of buffet dishes is an ultimate choice for breakfast or lunch, superb cocktails and a la carte menu, available for lunch and dinner, can be found in Maximilian Lobby Bar and Restaurant.
The Panoramic Grand is located on a hill which overlooks the Three Frontier Landmark, a site that marks the meeting of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The hotel boasts 5 restaurants and a panoramic spa.
The 4-star Rio Othon Palace is ideally located on Copacabana Beach, a short distance from the centre of Rio. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe, air-conditioning and a TV.