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Impressions of South America 2014

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Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and BrazilChrist the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCopacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBuenos Aires, ArgentinaLa Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: South America 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: See the best of South America with its unique cultures and traditions on this exhilarating At Leisure itinerary. Enjoy learning about the traditions of the Brazilian people such as how to mix the perfect Caipirinha and their passion for wine. Embark on guided tours of the massive Iguassu Falls and explore the energetic streets of Buenos Aires, experiencing all the sights and sounds of this lively city on this leisurely paced itinerary. You can customise this trip with an extension to the Brazilian Amazon.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio.

    Hotel: Windsor Atlantica Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3


    Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 4


    Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. This evening, learn to mix a Local Speciality, the national cocktail - Caipirinha - and indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria, followed by a Rio Carnival extravaganza of Samba entertainment.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 5


    This morning, experience a Local Speciality as you watch and learn the process of transforming precious metals and rough Brazilian gemstones into works of art before flying to magnificent Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Expert to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After a lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon. Maybe enjoy the hotel's thermal pools or visit the Parque das Aves, home to more than 500 species of tropical birds.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 7


    Cross the border into Argentina and take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk. Board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the falls and see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires where your hotel is in the centre of all the action: boutiques, fine dining, museums and the famous Teatro Colon.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Expert to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won't soon forget.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 9


    A full day at leisure - explore on your own or perhaps take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, or to a traditional estancia (ranch) to learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbeque lunch and equestrian show. This evening, get ready for a festive Farewell Dinner and a chance to savour renowned Argentinean beef followed by a sensual tango dance performance.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Say hasta luego to Argentina today and transfer to the airport for your flight home. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 5 p.m. Or you may chose to extend your stay in Buenos Aires.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
  • Local Speciality Watch Brazilian gemstones transformed into beautiful jewellery.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Iguassu and Buenos Aires.
  • Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rio de JaneiroDiscover the city's main sights; enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Iguassu FallsEmbark on guided tours of the massive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side; ride the Ecological Jungle Train.
  • Buenos AiresImmerse yourself in the culture and passion of the “Paris of South America;” explore the city's main sights; stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show.


  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Rio de Janeiro
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires
    • 1 dinner
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Buenos Aires

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports
  • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 5 p.m. in Buenos Aires on Day 10

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