20 day South America Grand Tour

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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 – May 2019 Itinerary

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

DAY 1. MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY/SANTIAGO (VIA AUCKLAND)
All ready and packed for this great journey? Melbourne passengers will fly to Auckland with Qantas to meet up with the Sydney passengers (who will be on the LAN airways flight to Santiago).  Upon arrival into Santiago, we will head up San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of the city. Overnight rest and dinner at hotel.
Meals – As per flight / D
Overnight Accommodation – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 2. SANTIAGO
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. The tour starts with a visit to Forestal Park, which runs along Mapocho River and then it is onto Santa Lucia Hill where from the top you will have a nice panoramic view of the city. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout. We will also visit the Cathedral, City Council and Central Post Office and the National Historial Museum. Other visits today include the Presidential Palace, Dieciocho Street and Bernardo O’Higgins avenue. Once the tour finishes up we check back into our hotel for a bit of rest in the afternoon. Tonight, we head out for our first dinner show.
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 – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 4.SANTIAGO/RIO DE JANEIRIO (BRAZIL)
Early morning flight to Rio De Janeiro as we leave our hotel this morning. This evening enjoy a beautiful sunset view of Rio from Sugarloaf mountain. On the way back if time permits enjoy a panoramic drive through Ipanema beach.
Meals – B/ as per flight / D
Overnight Accommodation – Arena Leme or similar

DAY 5 . RIO DE JANEIRO
Today’s highlight is a visit to see Christ the Redeemer! Afterwards, we continue the tour 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.
Meals – B/ L / D
Overnight Accommodation – Arena Leme 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.
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. 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 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 – Argenta Hotel or similar

DAY 9. BUENOS AIRES
Today, we tour one of 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 – Argenta Hotel or similar

DAY 10. BUENOS AIRES / LIMA
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. We will also visit the neighbourhood of La Boca. In the afternoon we make our way to the airport for our flight to Lima. Upon arrival into Lima (very late), 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
Spend a bit of time this morning to relax and recuperate. Just before noon we will head out together for lunch and afterwards, enjoy a city tour of Lima. 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.
Meals – B/ L / D
Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Selector similar

DAY 12. LIMA / CUZCO (PERU)
This morning we fly to Cuzco airport and upon arrival we make our journey to our hotel in the Sacred Valley (about 2 hour drive) which is closer to Macchu Picchu for our next day. Upon arrival, we rest up and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals – B/ L / D
Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 13. MACCHU PICCHU
Today we take a comfortable train to Machu Picchu- (Please note: due to changes to the visits to Macchu Picchu, it will either be a morning or afternoon visit and will be confirmed closer to arrival) 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 Sacred Valley and dinner back at the hotel
Meals – B/ L / D
Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 14. CUZCO SIGHTSEEING
This morning depart Sacred Valley for our tour of Cuzco. 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. Dinner show tonight.
Meals – B/ L / D
Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 15. 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 16. 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 17. 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 which is about 2 hours away from Puno. Upon arrival check into hotel for rest and free time tonight.
Meals – B/ Own Arrangment at airport / D
Overnight Accommodation – Casa Andina Hotel or similar

DAY 18. LIMA / SANTIAGO (CHILE)
This morning, we check out for our flight to Santiago. Please note that due to the long connection, you will have about 5 hours transit time in Santiago airport.
Meals – B / Own Arrangements

DAY 19. SANTIAGO/AUCKLAND
Your flight to Auckland departs shortly after midnight via LAN airways flight LA801, we invite you to sit back and relax – reflect on the great times you have just experienced.
Meals – As per flight

DAY 20. AUCKLAND/MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY 
Early in the morning we will arrive into Auckland airport for a short transit and not long after you will reboard on a Qantas flight bound for Melbourne or continue on LA801 to Sydney. We hope you enjoyed your visit to South America!
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
– Daily bottle of water provided

Tour departs on 15 April 2019:

  • All in price –  $10,180* pp (twin share) – Ex. Melbourne – Before 31 October 2018

    • Afterwards, $10,580/person.
  • All in price –  $10,080* pp (twin share) – Ex. Sydney – Before 31 October 2018

    • Afterward, $10,480/person.

Early Payment Discount – Save a further $200/person if you pay in full before 30 September 2018

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)
Brazil visa fee – $216 AUD – Collected after full payment (Melbourne and Adelaide customers only, Sydney customers need to apply in Brazilian Sydney office individually)
Chile airport entry fee – $117 USD – Australian Passport holders are to pay this fee when arriving into Santiago airport (Chile)
Argentina and Peru are exempt for Australian passport holders.

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 OR SYDNEY/SANTIAGO (CHILE) – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 2. SANTIAGO  – Atton El Bosque Hotel or similar

DAY 3. SANTIAGO – VINA DE MAR Y VALPARAISO  -Atton El Bosque Hotel 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 – Argenta Hotel or similar

DAY 9. BUENOS AIRES – Argenta Hotel or similar

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

DAY 11. LIMA – Casa Andina hotel or similar

DAY 12. LIMA / CUZCO (PERU)  – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 13. MACCHU PICCHU – Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel or similar

DAY 14. CUZCO SIGHTSEEING Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar

DAY 15. CUZCO / PUNO  – Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 16. PUNO/ LAKE TITICACA Sonesta Posadas Del Inca or similar

DAY 17. PUNO/LIMA – Casa Andina Hotel or similar

DAY 18. LIMA / SANTIAGO (CHILE)  – N/A

DAY 19. SANTIAGO / MELBOURNE (OR SYDNEY) – N/A

DAY 20. ARRIVE MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY – N/A

Rio De Janiero – Brazil 
April – Average High – 28 degrees Celsius / Average Low 23 degrees Celsius
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 
April – Average High – 27 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius
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
April – Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 15 degrees Celsius
July – Average High – 14 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius
November – Average High – 23 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Lima – Peru 
April – Average High – 24 degrees Celsius / Average Low 18 degrees Celsius
July  – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius
November – Average High – 22 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

Cuzco – Peru
April – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 4 degrees Celsius
July  – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 2 degrees Celsius
November – Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

Puno – Peru
April – Average High – 16 degrees Celsius / Average Low 3 degrees Celsius
July – Average High – 16 degrees Celsius / Average Low -4 degrees Celsius
November – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

Santiago – Chile 
April – Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 7 degrees Celsius
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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