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Best of South America

12 Days 3 Countries 7 Cities

This all-embracing exploration of South America visits Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

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    • Land and Intra Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu, Iguassu - Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires - Santiago and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2017. For up-to-date information, see Terms and Conditions.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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    • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      • Land and Intra Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu, Iguassu - Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires - Santiago and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2017. For up-to-date information, see Terms and Conditions.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.
      • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Surrender to Latin America's lust for life, behind vibrant street murals, the beat of the marimba and in the shadow of the Andes-an At Leisure spree from the home of the cariocas and porteños to slim Chile, culminating at the edge of thundering Iguassu and the rainforest of Rio.


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      11 Nights

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      17 Meals
      • 11 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago

        • See the Church of San Francisco, Copacabana Beach

        • View Devil's Throat Falls

        • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Recoleta Cemetery, Iguassu Falls, Valparaiso


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 11 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago, including porter service at all airports

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 Nights)

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      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

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      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

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      Rio de Janeiro At Leisure

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      Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

      Iguazu National Park, Argentina

      Day 6

      Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Day 7

      Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

      Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Day 8

      Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Buenos Aires, Argentina

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      Buenos Aires At Leisure

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      Buenos Aires – Santiago (2 Nights)

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      Valparaiso and Winery Excursion

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      Depart Santiago

      Day 1

      Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rio de Janeiro (4 Nights)

      Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel. Relax, get settled and enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach.

      Hotel

      Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

      Meals

      Hotel

      Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

      Meals

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

      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, Sambodromo, and city cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

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      Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn to mix the national cocktail, the caipirinha, and indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at a local churrascaria.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 4

      Rio de Janeiro At Leisure Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro At Leisure

      Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Optional activities include a tour into the nearby favelas, a sailboat cruise and a helicopter flight over Copacabana Beach.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights) Day 5 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

      Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Afterward, head to the airport for the short flight to Iguassu Falls. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel.

      Hotel

      Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 6 - Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Specialist to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort. You may wish to join an optional activity such as a jetboat ride to the base of the falls or a helicopter flightseeing tour.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights) Day 7 - Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

      Cross the border into Argentina and board the open air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the cascades. Walk along a scenic catwalk, with a Local Specialist, to see the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires, a city renowned for its boutiques, fine dining and museums.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Buenos Aires

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      InterContinental Buenos Aires

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 8 - Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Specialist to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings and see the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, get ready for a festive Regional Meal and a chance to savour renowned Argentinian beef followed by a sensual Tango performance and Cultural Insight.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Buenos Aires At Leisure Day 9 - Buenos Aires At Leisure

      Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as they demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this lively family will be a memory you won't soon forget.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Buenos Aires – Santiago (2 Nights) Day 10 - Buenos Aires – Santiago (2 Nights)

      Fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Meet your Local Specialist for a tour of this vibrant city, travelling by Club Hipico-the regal racetrack-and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Drive along Alameda Avenue past the University of Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. Head up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snowcapped Andes. Later, settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.

      Hotel

      InterContinental Santiago

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      InterContinental Santiago

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Valparaiso and Winery Excursion Day 11 - Valparaiso and Winery Excursion

      Today, set out on a tour of Valparaiso city, formerly a major stopover for ships travelling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This afternoon, visit a Chilean winery and sample a variety of wines from this now famous region before returning to Santiago. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Depart Santiago Day 12 - Depart Santiago

      Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. Choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Santiago or add an exciting optional extension.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 12

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its Spanish-style houses and hip attitude

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil and the important role it plays in Rio's incredible Carnival. Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For sightseeing on both sides of Iguassu Falls, in Buenos Aires and Santiago

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago

        • See the Church of San Francisco, Copacabana Beach

        • View Devil's Throat Falls

        • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Recoleta Cemetery, Iguassu Falls, Valparaiso


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      Dining

        • 11 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago, including porter service at all airports

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : Our trip to South America was our 7th Trafalgar trip and we loved it! The guides were very informative, helpful and caring. They provided great service and were very knowledgeable of the countries culture, customs and history.Product : GREAT CHOICE OF SITES TO VISIT AND MANY

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        Service rating : It was absolutely excellent tour. Everything was perfectly organized: the hotels were superior, the transportation was always timely and above any expectations, the most interesting and impressive places where chosen in each of 3 visited countries and therefore, every time

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        Service rating : OUR TRAVEL DIRECTOR MR RODRIGO WINTERSTEIN COULD NOT DO ANY BETTER. IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE TO MEET HIM.WE WILL GO ON ANOTHER TOUR WITH HIM IN THE FUTURE.Product : HOTELS EXCELLENT LOCATIONS, CLEAN AND TIDYAT ALL TIMES.

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        Service rating : Felll on steps on bus and broke several rib so trip not nice for me.Wife complained that Tour Director tried to monitor all her purchases of merchandiseProduct : We each spent weveral thousand. Items we packed in our sutcases came through but we each had a shipment lf amythesyst

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