Journey past snowcapped volcanoes, chardonnay vineyards and the pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio-crossing the glacial waters of Los Santos Lake and visiting “Little Switzerland” along the way.

Package Includes
  • Round trip international airfare to Santiago and return from Rio de Janeiro
  • 13 night guided vacation First Class coach tour
  • 13 nights hand picked hotel accommodations
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners (including 1 Be My Guest)
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
  • Internal air flights, train and lake crossing as per itinerary
  • Hand-picked insider experiences
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Cruise in Chile’s Lake Region, on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • View Devil’s Throat Falls
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Chile’s wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado

Travel Highlights

  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
    Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style homes and hip attitude. (Day 6)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
    Visit a winery in Chile’s Casablanca valley and meet the winemaker for a personalised winery experience including a tasting. Learn about Bariloche’s chocolate heritage with a visit to the Chocolate Museum and sample a delicious array of locally made chocolates. Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions. Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil and the important role it plays in Rio’s incredible Carnival. (Days 2, 5, 7, 13)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST
    For sightseeing in Santiago, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, on both sides of Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. (Days 2, 5, 7, 9, 10)
2020 inclusions subject to change – finalized September 2019

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Based on Double February 14, 2020
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2019 Itinerary (2020 subject to change)

DAY 1 ARRIVE SANTIAGO (2 NIGHTS)
Connect with the cosmopolitan verve of the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a warm Trafalgar welcome and be transferred to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes. Spend the rest of the day on your terms discovering the
unique personalities of each of the city’s diverse barrios. This evening, join your  Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.
MEAL(S) – Welcome Reception
HOTEL – InterContinental Santiago

DAY 2 SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING
This morning’s city tour with a Local Specialist includes a stop at the ornate wroughtiron Central Market where we’ll see the catch of the day and stroll past popup restaurants serving local favourites. We journey to wine country, visiting an exclusive winery in Casablanca Valley for a gourmet Regional Meal lunch served alfresco in exquisite surrounds. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet the winemaker for a personalised winery experience, followed by an opportunity to taste the fruit of his labours. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

DAY 3 SANTIAGO – PUERTO MONTT – PUERTO VARAS
We fly south to the coastal city of Puerto Montt, then continue to Puerto Varas for a tour of the “City of Roses” against the backdrop of snowcapped volcanoes. Later, we make our way to our hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and an included dinner.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL – Cabana del Lago

DAY 4 PUERTO VARAS – LAKE CROSSING – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS)
Look forward to a day of pinch me moments as you cross the Andes via land and water. Our first stop sees us watch the burbling waters of the Petrohue River cascade over black volcanic rock. We’ll cross Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye out for giant Andean condors as the mighty Osorno Volcano with its white cap looms in the background. Admire the soulstirring landscapes en route to Peulla where we’ll enjoy lunch. Then, cross the border into Argentina and cruise the glacial waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We’ll arrive in Bariloche this evening.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
HOTEL – NH Edelweiss Bariloche

DAY 5 BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING
Soak up the sights and sounds of the “Switzerland of South America” this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air. We’ll meet our Local Specialist and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit the beach playground of Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. ‘Dive into Culture’ and indulge in the rich flavours of chocolate during a visit to Bariloche’s Chocolate Museum, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6 BARILOCHE – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS)
Leaving spectacular Patagonian landscapes behind, we fly to the passionate Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner with a local family in Palermo Soho. Savour traditional flavours and homemade family dishes, then discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Our unforgettable local encounter continues as we watch family members engage in an elegant Tango performance.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
HOTEL – InterContinental Buenos Aires

DAY 7 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING
Immerse yourself in the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy. We’ll join a Local Specialist to see some of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the Plaza de Mayo and iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo, admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon and drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta, where Argentina’s most famous sons and daughters have been laid to rest. We pay homage to the beloved former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine Asado, the authentic tastes of worldrenowned Argentinian beef. ‘Dive into Culture’ later, watching the sensual, stirring moves of a traditional Tango performance.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

DAY 8 BUENOS AIRES
Get a taste of life as a porteño this morning, embracing the energy of this passionate South American hub on your terms. Perhaps, admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Belles Artes or stroll around the colourful stalls that line one of the local markets. Take to the country and consider spending the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the the Fiesta del Gaucho (festival of the cowboy), where you’ll be entertained by a lively equestrian show and enjoy a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS)
Journey to the thundering cascade of Iguassu Falls, where we’ll meet our Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCOlisted Iguassu National Park. Board an openair
ecological jungle train delving deep into its subtropical rainforest. Walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We’ll cross the border into Brazil for an evening at leisure and dinner at our resort.
MEAL(S) – Continental Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL – Wish Resort Foz de Iguassu

DAY 10 IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING
Rediscover the ‘Big Waters’ and return to Iguassu National Park, where you’ll join a Local Specialist who will guide your discovery of the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls and peer at its majesty through the powerful spray. We enjoy an evening at leisure.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11 IGUASSU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (3 NIGHTS)
We bid farewell to the falls and fly to sultry Rio de Janeiro. You’ll be transferred to your hotel overlooking the colourful Copacabana Beach.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
HOTEL – Miramar by Windsor, Oceanview Rooms

DAY 12 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING
Begin your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) with your Local Specialist, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for astounding bay and city views. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an optional cruise on
Guanabara Bay viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING
Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We join our Local Specialist to explore more of the city’s iconic sights. Later this afternoon, we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ during a visit to a local Samba school where we’ll gain insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and immerse yourself in the rhythms of Samba as you participate in a dance lesson. This evening, the flavours of churrascaria linger at our Farewell Dinner. As our hosts demonstrate how to mix the perfect caipirinha, we toast to an epic South American journey. Saude!
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 14 DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO
Transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay at the Miramar by Windsor.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

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