19 day South America Grand Tour – November 2017 Edition

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Visiting: 

Rio De Janiero (Brazil), Iguassu Falls both Brazilian and Argentina side, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Lima/Cuzco/Puno (Peru)

* ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

Itinerary is a guide only – please note that the itinerary can alter to accommodate airline scheduling 

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. MELBOURNE/SANTIAGO (CHILE)

All ready and packed for this great journey? Today we board our LAN Airways direct flight for Santiago! Upon arrival into Santiago, our guide will pick us up and take us directly to the hotel for overnight rest. 

Meals –  As per flight  

Overnight Accommodation – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 2. SANTIAGO (MAIPO VALLEY)

This morning, enjoy a morning city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of this city played out. Santiago is the perfect blend between the ol colonial style and modern architecture, characteristics that make the city on of the most interesting in South America.  You travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout. Leaving the city you then head to Santa Rita Vineyard located in Alto Jahuel village in the Maipo Valley, famous for producing some of the oldest traditional Chilean wines such as Terroirs Cabernet Sauvignon. The Vineyard was established in 1880 by its owner Domingo Fernandez Concha. The tour encompasses the history of Chile and its viticulture. The Tour begins at “Casa del Turismo”, where learn of the different vines and their characteristics. You see the complete process of wine-making, storage and bottling before visiting the historic wine cellar made of “Cal y Canto” (made of lime, brick, and eggs), as well as the famous “Winery of the 120 Patriots”.   Afterwards back to city for dinner.  

Meals  – B / L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 3. VINA DE MAR Y VALPARAISO 

This morning depart from Santiago to the Pacific coast, crossing the Coastal Mountain Range and the Casablanca and Curacaví Valleys. Welcome to Valparaíso, the city where the main commercial port and the Congress of Chile are located. During the tour, visitors are greeted by the multicoloured houses on the hills, parks and diverse historic monuments, traditional bars and restaurants. Visit to “La Sebastiana” and then lunch at a restaurant by the coast. Later, the tour follows to Viña del Mar. Other highlights include central market, Plaza Sotomayer and the monument to the naval heroes of Iquique. By the afternoon we return to Santiago.

Meals – B/ L / D 

Overnight Accommodation – Plaza El Bosque Las Condes or similar

 

DAY 4. SANTIAGO/ RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL)

Early morning flight to Rio De Janeiro as we leave our hotel this morning.  Upon arrival into Brazil, your guide will assist with afternoon check in at hotel and then take you out to the neighbourhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: the Sugar Loaf for an afternoon view of the spectacular sunset. This visit is made in two steps by cable car.  Afterwards, a panoramic visit to Ipanema area is included.

Meals – B/ As per flight / D

Overnight Accommodation – Arena Leme hotel or similar

DAY 5. RIO DE JANEIRO 

This tour begins with a city panoramic view through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral (photostop), in pyramid form, with internal diameter of 96 meters and height of 80 meters. Get to know the traditional Cinelândia square with the historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts.  Then we quickly go to Maracana Soccer stadium. Afterwards, we enjoy a half day tour of Corcovado – to visit the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer! 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation –Arena Leme hotel or similar

DAY 6. RIO DE JANEIRO/IGUASSU FALLS BRAZILIAN SIDE 

In the morning depart for your flight towards Iguassu Falls- one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. For today’s excursion, we go to Itaipu Dam, a joint project between Brazil and Paraguay. After the tour of this massive dam, we enjoy dinner and then rest back at the hotel. In the evening you will be amazed by the colour and rhythm of Brazil at a lively Samba show.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Wish Resort Golf Convention Foz de Iguacu or similar

DAY 7. IGUASSU FALLS-BRAZIL SIDE 

Today, spend a whole day in an escorted walking tour to the Brazilian side of the falls through path footbridges and belvederes. 275 cascades from a mile and a half long crescent where torrents of water plunge down to the basin 230 feet high; all strategically placed to give the tourist the best view allowing you to see each and every fall. 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation –Wish Resort Golf Convention Foz de Iguacu or similar

DAY 8. IGUASSU FALLS-ARGENTINA SIDE/BUENOS AIRES

Early this morning, we visit the Argentinean side of the falls which is equally as breathtaking! Your guide will accompany you as you drive across the border from Brazil towards Argentina. Then just before noon we will be transferred for our flight to Buenos Aires. Tonight we say “Hola” to our local Argentina tour guide who will take us to dinner then back to hotel for rest.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Feir’s Park or similar

DAY 9. BUENOS AIRES

For this morning, experience the magic of Argentina’s capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, Colon House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. Then we spend time at the region of La Boca. Afterwards, we tour the famous Gauchos Ranch enjoy their native dance shows. We also get the unique opportunity to experience horseback and carriage rides. For lunch, we try the famous Argentine wine together with their famous barbecued meats – their beef is one of the best in the world! In the evening, enjoy a famous Tango Show and dinner at a typical Argentina restaurant.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Feir’s Park or similar

DAY 10. BUENOS AIRES / LIMA 

This morning before leaving Buenos Aires, we head to Tigre river for sightseeing. Tigre is a summer escapade for the high classes in the city. Here we enjoy an on-board a River Cruise of the Parana for few hours of relaxation. After lunch we make our way to the airport to catch our flight to Lima. Upon arrival into Lima (around midnight), our guide will greet us and take us back for rest.

Meals – B/ L / Own Arrangement

Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina hotel or similar

DAY 11. LIMA / CUZCO (PERU) 

After breakfast, we will spend a few hours in the city of Lima for a tour. You will be driven to the center of the colonial city, the Main Square, Presidential Palace which will also include a visit to San Francisco Church. After lunch, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cuzco. Our friendly local guides will be waiting for us and tonight will be a relaxing dinner at our hotel in preparation for tomorrow’s highlight —Macchu Picchu!

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 12. MACCHU PICCHU 

Today we take a comfortable train to Machu Picchu. It is a city located high in the Andes Mountains in modern Peru. It lies 43 miles northwest of Cuzco at the top of a ridge, hiding it from the Urabamba gorge below. The ridge is between a block of highland and the massive Huaynac Picchu, around which the Urubamba River takes a sharp bend. The surrounding area is covered in dense bush, some of it covering Pre-Colombian cultivation terraces. Enjoy lunch at the mountain. Afternoon return to Cuzco.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 13. CUZCO SIGHTSEEING

Get to know the city of Cuzco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit the art workshop named Inkas expresion, that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. It is an ideal place for the ones that like andean art.

Meals – B/ L / D 

Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 14. CUZCO / PUNO

You will start our trip by bus to Puno, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery on the way. First you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Then we stop at LA RAYA to take some photos – this point is one of the highest in the world. After this you will visit Racchi ruins, known as “The Temple of God Wiracocha”. Lunch on route.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 15. PUNO/ LAKE TITICACA

The trip begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island, about 35 kilometers away and 3950 meters above sea level. The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. Next, while still on the island, you will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their normal artistic, handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a traditional lunch and then sail over to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. At the end of the trip you will be taken back to your hotel.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight Accommodation – Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 16. PUNO/LIMA

After breakfast we bid farewell to our guide and head off to the airport for our flight to Lima. Lunch at your own arrangement whilst waiting at Juliaca airport. Upon arrival, our local guide will greet us once again and then take us to Miraflores and Parque Del Amor (Love Park) for a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. If time permits, we will have time at Mercada Indio, a shopping gallery filled with handmade Peruvian crafts and artworks. 

Meals – B/ Own Arrangment at airport / D

Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Hotel or similar

DAY 17. LIMA / SANTIAGO (CHILE) 

Very early this morning, we will head off to Lima airport for our flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, we visit San Cristobal Hill and enjoy your final dinner together as a group! Tonight we will enjoy a folklore show with many interesting performances. 

Meals  – B (boxed breakfast) /Dinner 

Overnight Accommodation – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 18. SANTIAGO / MELBOURNE (OR SYDNEY)

After breakfast, we will make our way to the airport for our flight back home (Melbourne). For those departing for Sydney, enjoy a bit of extra time (a few hours) before you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Sydney (which leaves just after midnight and will fly via AUCKLAND). Once on board the plane, we invite you to sit back and relax – reflect on the great times you have just experienced. 

Meals – B / As per flight 

DAY 19. ARRIVE MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY

If arriving into Melbourne your flight will arrive in the evening (21 November 2017) . 

If arriving into Sydney your flight will arrive on(22 November 2017)

We hope you enjoyed your tour! 

Meals – As per flight

Package price includes :

– All flights to and from Melbourne/Sydney  (including airport taxes) – depending on your package

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services 

– Entries to places listed on itinerary

-Prepaid gratuities 

 

Tour departs on the  3 November 2017

  • All in price –  $10480* pp (twin share) – Ex. Melbourne 

     Early bird price before 31 July 2017! – Afterwards, $10880* per person

  • All in price –  $10580* pp (twin share) – Ex. Sydney

    For Sydney passengers – You will still need to arrange own ticket from SYD to MEL, however the package will fly you back to SYD at end of the tour

     Early bird price before 31 July 2017! – Afterwards, $10980* per person

Note: For customers who book this particular tour, a further $1500.00 deposit per/passenger will be required as soon as the tour is confirmed to depart.

* ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Additional costs – 

Please note for Australian Passport holders (prices subject to change) – 

Argentina airport entry waiver form – $100 USD and converted at time of full payment
Brazil visa fee – $216 AUD
(Melbourne and Adelaide customers only, Sydney customers need to apply in Brazilian Sydney office individually)

Both are best organised at just after full payment (75 days)

Chile airport entry fee – $117 USD – Australian Passport holders are to pay this fee when arriving into Santiago airport (Chile)

To enter into Brazil you will also need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever and prove this with a certificate upon arrival into the airport. 
For a list of medical centres providing this vaccine, please visit: 

Victoria  – 
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/yellow-fever-vaccinating-centres-metro.htm

New South Wales – 
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/publichealth/immunisation/programs/pdf/yellow_fever_clinics.pdf

Queensland –

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ph/documents/cdb/yf_vacc_centres.xls

Adelaide –

http://www.health.sa.gov.au/pehs/Immunisation/YellowFeverProviders-CDCB-November2011.pdf

Western Australia  –

http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/3266/2/WA%20Yellow%20Fever%20Vaccination%20Centres_Updated%209%20May%202011.pdf

 

DAY 1. MELBOURNE/SANTIAGO (CHILE) – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 2. SANTIAGO (MAIPO VALLEY) – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 3. VINA DE MAR Y VALPARAISO  – Plaza El Bosque Las Condes or similar

DAY 4. SANTIAGO/ RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL) Arena Leme hotel or similar

DAY 5. RIO DE JANEIRO  Arena Leme hotel or similar

DAY 6. RIO DE JANEIRO/IGUASSU FALLS BRAZILIAN SIDE  – Wish Resort Golf Convention Foz de Iguacu or similar

DAY 7. IGUASSU FALLS-BRAZIL SIDE  –Wish Resort Golf Convention Foz de Iguacu or similar

DAY 8. IGUASSU FALLS-ARGENTINA SIDE/BUENOS AIRES – Feir’s Park or similar

DAY 9. BUENOS AIRES – Feir’s Park or similar

DAY 10. BUENOS AIRES / LIMA  Casa Andina hotel or similar

DAY 11. LIMA / CUZCO (PERU)  – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 12. MACCHU PICCHU Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 13. CUZCO SIGHTSEEING Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 14. CUZCO / PUNO  – Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 15. PUNO/ LAKE TITICACA Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 16. PUNO/LIMA – Casa Andina Hotel or similar

DAY 17. LIMA / SANTIAGO (CHILE)  – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 18. SANTIAGO / MELBOURNE (OR SYDNEY) – N/A

DAY 19. ARRIVE MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY – N/A

 

Rio De Janiero – Brazil 

July – Average High – 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 30 degrees Celsius / Average Low 22 degrees Celsius

Iguassu Falls – Brazil/Argentina 

July – Average High – 22 degrees Celsius / Average Low 11 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 29 degrees Celsius / Average Low 18 degrees Celsius

Buenos Aires – Argentina 

July – Average High – 14 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 23 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Lima – Peru 

July  – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 22 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

Cuzco – Peru 

July  – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 2 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

Puno – Peru

July – Average High – 16 degrees Celsius / Average Low -4 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

Santiago – Chile 

July – Average High – 15 degrees Celsius / Average Low 3 degrees Celsius

November – Average High – 24 degrees Celsius / Average Low 9 degrees Celsius

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