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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Brazil. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Welcome to Brazil! Morning arrival in Rio, the vivacious "sun and fun" capital of South America; meeting and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting tour that awaits you in South America, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a typical Brazilian 'Churrascaria'.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
DAY 3, Saturday - Rio de Janeiro, Tour of Corcovado Mountain
Awake this morning in amazing Rio. Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue, that embraces the entire city, is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". See the thrilling 360 degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, we travel along Rio's famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, to the renowned international H. Stern Jewelers; tour their world of exotic gems and witness the fascinating process of jewelry creation.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
DAY 4, Sunday - Rio de Janeiro
Today is at leisure to discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just "people-watch". There is so much to see and do! Join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay. On your last night in Rio at leisure, be sure to sample the cuisine at some of the fabulous restaurants and cafes ringing the beachfront.
Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain (AM)
Optional: Half Day Botanical Gardens & Museum of Arts Jeep Tour
DAY 5, Monday - Fly to Iguassu, Brazilian Falls
Depart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls, for overnight. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentinean dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Tuesday - Iguazu, the Argentinean Falls
Our adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes us to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit, and we will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds us. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in amazement as we gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazú National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna.
DAY 7, Wednesday - Fly to Buenos Aires
Depart Iguazu by flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century "Paris of South America" with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentinean beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants.
Overnight: Buenos Aires
DAY 8, Thursday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon's tango lesson with professional Argentinean Tango Dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentinean Dinner and Tango Show.
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
DAY 9, Friday - Buenos Aires
Re-visit some of your favorite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentinean ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening's "Farewell to Argentina" Dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant.
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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|Day #4||16 Jun 2014 - 31 Dec 2015||$105|
Depart from your hotel for a brief driving tour of Rio de Janeiro on your way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. While passing through the downtown, admire the myriad of city landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Municipal Theatre, and the Sambadrome. Upon arriving at Praia Vermelha, begin the first leg of your journey up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop in a cable car and ascend from street level to the top of Urca Hill. Over the course of that 3 minute ride, a superb panorama unfolds right before your eyes. At Urca, enter a second cable car for the ride to the summit. After a 6 minute ride, you will be welcomed to the top by an unsurpassed view. From this location, the entire area is within your grasp, including Rio, the bridge, the bay, the age-old majestic mountain range, and Niteroi, a city on the other side of the bay.
Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours
|Day #4||01 Aug 2014 - 31 Dec 2015||$89|
Today’s tour takes you in style via convertible Jeep to captivating sights in Rio de Janeiro. Your first stop will be the Botanical Gardens, created in 1817 to serve as a cultivation center of exotic plants. No other parks compare to the huge variety of cultivated plants that you will discover. You will see plants ranging from imperial palm-trees, giant water lilies, famous Victoria-Regia and models of Brazil wood to rainforest trees that are nearly extinct. Then, continue your tour to visit the Art Museum of Rio, one of the cultural anchors of Porto Maravilha, a new area of Rio in the old docks of downtown. This space is dedicated to art and visual culture which was inaugurated in March of 2013 in celebration of 448 years since Rio de Janeiro was founded. Its fifteen thousand square meters of construction and eight large exhibition halls house both historic and cultural fine art not to be missed.
Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #8||16 Jun 2014 - 31 Dec 2015||$105|
Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.
Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
|Day #9||01 Jan 2013 - 10 Jan 2016||$115|
Depart from the hotel towards Cardales to visit a traditional Estancia. An Estancia is the equivalent to a large rural estate such a ranch in the United States and are devoted mainly to agriculture, but are also to cattle and breed horses. Most have a main house and some straw-roofed constructions in which the dining-room and a traditional general store are located. The general store commonly called the 'pulperia' was a social gathering point for gauchos at sunset. Later, you can taste a typical Argentine barbecue (grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages, salads, dessert and coffee) at the dining-room.
As lunch is finished you will enjoy a folklore show with live music, dancing and a tango demonstration, followed by 'cuadreras' and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders. For those willing to participate in the traditional activities there are horses and 'sulkies' to go around the ranch.
Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
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Optional tours and gratuities.
Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.
Some departures may stay at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe and the Rivoli Hotel in Florence instead of the Grand Hotel Adriatico.
Nov 29, Dec 27, Feb 7 and Feb 14 departures will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Carlton in Venice.
Mar 3 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Principe in Venice.
Nov 25 departure will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.
Nov 29, Dec 20, Dec 27 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence.
Dec 2, Dec 27, Feb 21, Mar 10 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio in Rome.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Visas are required for Brazil
Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Argentina requires a prepaid entry fee of $160 per person. El Calafate requires a fee of $11 per person. Ushuaia requires a fee of $4 per person.