16 Days : $7,874 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, all meals, personal guides and private car and driver. Airfare is additional and we can assist you. Business Class airfare at special rates is available and highly recommended Start your odyssey on Chile’s Pacific coast and end it on Copacabana on Brazil's Atlantic Coast. In between enjoy vineyards, stunning Alpine-like scenery, sophisticated cities and the view from Sugarloaf. A two week introduction to the best of South America.
Day 1 Depart USA
Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Santiago, dinner and breakfast on board.
Day 2 Santiago Exploration
Upon arrival and after passing though arrival formalities your driver will meet you and escort you to your deluxe hotel located in magnificent gardens in one of Santiago's best residential areas. After an opportunity to freshen up, your guide will pick you up for a personalized tour of the city including Moneda Palace and Plaza de Armas. You will drive down Parque Forestal which is modeled on the Champs d'elysees and continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista where you climb San Cristobal Hill for a panoramic view of the city with the Andes Mountains creating a breathtaking back drop. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Day 3 Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and Maipo Valley
After breakfast our driver will meet us and head for the central coast of Chile traveling through the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys. The Casablanca valley has recently received notice as an up and coming wine area. Arriving at the coast we visit the beach area of Renaca and the town of Vina del Mar, known as the garden city for its attractive parks and flower lined streets. We will visit the gaming casino and take a drive along the coastal road After an enjoyable seafood lunch at Restaurant Delicias del Mar, we continue to the picturesque port of Valparaiso built in the 16th century on 43 hills and reached by narrow windy streets, staircases and a series of funicular elevators. After exploring this UNESCO designated city we begin our vineyard exploration with a visit to the Maipo Valley, the oldest wine-producing valley in Chile and home to such well known labels as Concha y Toro, Santa Rita and Almaviva, a join venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha y Toro. We arrive at Vinery Vina Tarapaca where we will be spending the night in its 19 bedroom estate house. Here we will meet our personal wine expert who will conduct a wine tasting at the vineyard followed by a dinner at the estate house.
Day 4 Tarapaca, San Fernando and Santa Cruz
This morning, your personal wine expert will guide you as you head to the Colchagua Valley, commonly referred to as "Chile's Napa Valley" because it produces some of the country's most exciting wines. You will stop at Vina Casa Silva, the oldest and most traditional winery in the Colchagua Valley. You enjoy a personal wine tasting and lunch at the vineyards renowned restaurant before heading to the small town of Santa Cruz where you will overnight.
Day 5 From the Vineyards to the Lakes
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Bariloche located in the Lake district of Patagonia. Upon your arrival you are met and driven to your hotel. The Llao Llao Hotel is situated in one of the most scenic spots in Patagonia. Located between the lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno it is also surrounded by mountains, This afternoon you have a chance to enjoy the scenery and the resort's many activities.
Day 6 Exploring the natural wonders of Bariloche
This morning you embark on a walking tour that allows you to take a broad look at Bariloche, its surroundings, lakes and history. The aim is to enjoy the woodlands first hand, one of the main attractions of the region. With your guide you hear the sounds of the forest such as the trill of the chucao or the regular pecking of some woodpecker. You even have the chance to taste some of the herbs that grow in the wild. This afternoon you can take a swim in the pool or the lake, try some mountain biking or just relax at the spa. Did we mention that the resort also has a magnificent golf course?
Day 7 Sailing in tranquil lake waters
After a leisurely breakfast you depart for the dock where you board your sailing boat for a cruise on the lake. As you cruise on the tranquil waters you are surrounded by mountains and woods. You disembark at Victoria Island where the chef will prepare a gourmet lunch for you. Later you will walk off lunch by exploring the Arrayanes forest with our guide and learning about the properties of trees and roots. Fishing and swimming in the lake are also good options before sailing back to the resort.
Day 8 Bariloche to Buenos Aires
Your driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Argentina's Capital city. You arrive in Buenos Aires where your driver is waiting to take you to the Alvear Palace which opened its doors in 1932 in the heart of the Recoleta the most refined quarter in Buenos Aires with elegant parks, wide avenues and classical and elegant architecture. After lunch, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the neighborhood. This evening you will go to one of the city's better steak houses and that means one of the best anywhere since Argentineans take their beef seriously.
Day 9 A City of Contrasts and… the Tango
Buenos Aires is, undoubtedly, the Latin American city that best resembles the cosmopolitan and aristocratic atmosphere of the big European capitals both Paris and Madrid come to mind. But beyond this Buenos Aires there lies another one, holding the small colored houses of La Boca and the popular tango that lives in San Telmo streets. This is the mixture that makes the city an original and irresistible metropolis. With your private guide you view the city's highlights and delve into its history and culture. In the evening you dine at El Viejo Almacen the location, where, it is said, the Tango was born. It has also been said that only in Buenos Aires could the Tango be born. Only in this haunting city of immigrants could music of such emotional depth spring forth and take hold of a population Tonight you enjoy a musical ode to feelings of longing, passion and love as the sights and sounds of the Tango fill our senses.
Day 10 A Day on the Pampas
Today your driver will take you to the "gaucho" town of San Antonio de Areco which is located on the Argentinean Pampas about 70 miles from Buenos Aires. A Gaucho is the name given to Argentinean cowboys and as you will have learned by now, Argentineans love their beef whether it be steaks, sausages or any other part of the cow. You have the chance to enjoy the countryside and the gaucho way of life as you visit Estancia La Bamba where we have the option of horse back riding or riding in a sulky. You enjoy a typical Argentinean barbecue cooked over hot embers and served with fine Argentinean wines.
Day 11 A flight to Iguazu Falls
After breakfast your driver is waiting to take you to the airport for the flight to Iguazu Falls which sits at the convergence of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Your five-star hotel is situated in Argentina and, in addition to being about ten minutes from the falls is also a world class resort in its own right with a cabaret theatre and a casino. Upon arrival you have a chance to relax and enjoy the resort's amenities including its art collection. After dinner you may want to attend the cabaret or try your luck at Roulette?
Day 12 The Iguazu Falls Experience
The falls can be approached, viewed, felt and experiences from countless angles. First you will visit the upper circuit for a first immersion into the exuberant rain forest home to more the 2,000 identified plant species, mammals and reptiles. Animals in the area include the howler monkey, capybara, jaguar and the puma. As you take the walking paths, you are likely to see coatis, charming raccoon-like animals, monkeys jumping from branch to branch and many parrots. You will then take the lower circuit, a thousand yard walk noted for its natural beauty, showing close detail of the individual falls plunging before you, broken midway by ledges of rock, and of the forest with its wildlife and butterflies. Viewed from below the tumbling water is only enhanced by surroundings of begonias, orchids, ferns and palms. Toucans, flocks of parrots, cacique birds and over 500 different species of butterflies add to the magic. After your magical walk you will board a Zodiac boat to experience the falls close up (be prepared to get drenched) and continue downstream over the rapids of the Parana River. After passing the rapids you will stop at the river bank and board an army style "unimog" open truck which will allow you to enter the jungle along the Yacaritia Trail where your guide will describe the various layer within the rain forest. Finally you board the park train to experience the one-in-a lifetime view of 275 falls plunging into a deep gorge called the Devil's Throat. After this day of adventure you return to your resort for an evening of relaxation.
Day 13 Rio and the beach at Copacabana
In the morning you are transferred for the flight to Rio de Janeiro which is neither the biggest city (Sao Paulo is) nor the Capital (Brasilia is) but it is the heart of Brazil and perhaps even its soul. Upon arrival your driver will pick you up for a brief orientation tour before you check into our hotel, the Copacabana Palace. The afternoon is free to stroll along Copacabana which is outside the door of the hotel.
Day 14 Highlights of Rio
Today you visit the most famous sights in Rio. You start with the cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf mountain for dramatic views of the city. You then enter a rain forest within a city and take the funicular train to the top of Corcovado where the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline. You end your day with a typical churrascaria meal where the food, particularly beef, keeps coming and coming until you say stop.
Day 15 Depart for USA
You have the day at leisure until it is time to be driven to the airport for the return flight to the US.
Day 16 Arrival in the USA
You arrive back in the US at breakfast time.
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Santiago, Maipo Valley, Santa Cruz, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Rio de Janiero
• Transfers and sightseeing by private helicopter or aircraft as indicated on the itinerary
• Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
• Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
• All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
•Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
• Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
• Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
• All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
• International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
• Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
• Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
• Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
• Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
• Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)