Impressions of South America

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio, Brazil
10 Days from $3,244 per person

This leisurely South America trip gives you Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue and Iguassu Falls by day, with Samba fun in Rio and Tango in Buenos Aires by night.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to mix the perfect caipirinha–Brazil's citrusy national drink–as you enjoy a barbecue night at a local churrascaria, tasty barbecued meats and freshly made cocktails.

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
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  1. Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival you will be met by a local host and taken to your lovely hotel. Enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach just minutes from downtown Rio.
    hotel:Windsor Atlantica
  2. Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous 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 bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
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  3. Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain to see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, and then indulge in a traditional barbecue Regional Meal at a local churrascaria.
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  4. Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. Perhaps take a sailboat cruise along the coast, a helicopter ride over Copacabana or visit a nearby favela.
  5. Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps a swim in the Atlantic sounds refreshing. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and if you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Then take a flight to magnificent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National Park boasts one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This evening, enjoy dinner with your travel companions at the hotel.
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    hotel:Wish Resort Golf Foz do Iguassu
  6. Enter Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Specialist, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, return to your resort hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Take advantage of your resort's amenities or choose from a variety of optional experiences, including a jetboat ride to the base of the falls, helicopter flightseeing or a visit to a tropical bird reserve that is home to more than 500 species of birds.
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  7. Cross the border into Argentina for a walk along a scenic catwalk to view the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls with a Local Specialist. Ride in an open air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the mighty cascades. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel. Argentina's sizzling capital is renowned for its international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits and modern theaters.
    hotel:InterContinental Buenos Aires
  8. Embark with a Local Specialist on a guided tour of the passionate city where the Tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; the colorful neighborhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafés and verdant parks. 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, do as the locals do and linger over a Regional Meal and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Cap off the evening watching the best Tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, a Cultural Insight, and experience the passion and power of the traditional Tango, the most representative and beloved music in Argentina.
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  9. Relish a morning and afternoon at leisure to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America'. The possibilities are endless. Delve into one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, set in a lovely park in the Recoleta neighborhood. Follow in the footsteps of Argentina's most revered writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as you browse the many bookstores and sip a coffee at the famed Cafe Tortoni. If you'd like to experience a different side of Argentina, choose an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch); share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), learn about their lives and marvel at their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before sitting down to a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an exclusive Be My Guest Farewell Dinner experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family who are long-time residents of this now-trendy neighborhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen and discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this family will be an experience you won't soon forget.
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  10. Say hasta luego to Argentina today and transfer to the airport for your flight home. For your convenience, your rooms are reserved until 5 p.m. Or you may choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Buenos Aires.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Learn about the Tango at a performance in Buenos Aires. Visit a Samba school to see how they prepare for Carnival.

Be My Guest

  • Dine at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.

Local Specialist

  • For sightseeing in Iguassu and Buenos Aires.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
  • View Devil's Tower Falls
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Iguassu Falls and Recoleta Cemetery
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach and the Casa Rosada
Definite Departure
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6 Jan 17 15 Jan 17 $3,822pp
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13 Jan 17 22 Jan 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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27 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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3 Feb 17 12 Feb 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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10 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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17 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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24 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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7 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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14 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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21 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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5 May 17 14 May 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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19 May 17 28 May 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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9 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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21 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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4 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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18 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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8 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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22 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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6 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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20 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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3 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 checkmark $3,567$3,244pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,567 $3,244 pp
17 Nov 17 26 Nov 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,822 $3,474 pp
1 Dec 17 10 Dec 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,822 $3,474 pp
8 Dec 17 17 Dec 17 $3,822$3,474pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,822 $3,474 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestival Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations are arranged for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,450.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $98 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu and Iguassu-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline 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.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil and Argentina must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Brazil will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit to learn more.

  • The currency in Brazil is the real and in Argentina is the peso. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Brazil and Argentina. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Brazilian cuisine varies by region but the country’s most popular dish by far is feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and several cuts of meat that is typically served with rice, sautéed greens and orange slices. Brazil’s national cocktail is the caipirihna, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar cane.

    Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec.  For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out at restaurants on your trip it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Friday, March 4, 2016
Impressions of South America Vacation
Service rating : The hotels were superior; they were always clean, service was excellent; location was perfect; and breakfasts were unbelievable,especially at Windsor Atlantica. At the Intercontinental in B Aires, we were allowed to check out at 5 p.m. instead of 12 noon since our departing flight was not until 9:15 p.m. Outstanding service!
Product : The inclusion of Iguassu Falls in this trip was a wonderful surprise! We were not aware of these impressive falls; they are as impressive as Niagara Falls if not more so. We had a great trip!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Impressions of South America. Iguassu is a beautiful area and one of the highlights of this trip.
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and memories.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Friday, March 20, 2015
Impressions of South America Vacation
Service rating : The tour director and local guides were awesome. Trafalgar partnership good. Wish that all gratuities were paid upfront
Product : Again local guides and director Thelma were great. All went out of their way to make sure our experience was fabulous. Local guides: Paul in Amazon, Nuxa and Maria Julio. Many wonderful memories!
Response from Grand European Travel:
There are so many wonderful things to see in South America. I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it with our amazing travel directors and local guides. We will be sure to share your comments with all of them! Thank you for taking the time to write.

Dee-Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Friday, November 21, 2014
Impressions of South America Vacation
Service rating : All of our relationships with GET have been wonderful. They are so helpful and personable. They let you know that they really care about you!
Product : A very worthwhile and informative trip. Our Trafalgar tour guide was wonderful, as were other local guides. We enjoyed the trip very much!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the kind words. All of us at Grand European Travel strive to take care of each and every one of our travelers. The South American vacation has become a popular destination. We are so happy you enjoyed your trip.

David - Grand European Travel
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Impressions of South America Vacation
Service rating : Excellent service and well coordinated
Product : It was fantastic and had great time. Tour director was very knowledgeable and kept every event on time
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Impressions of South America Vacation
Service rating : Would have like to be able to purchase business class sats for the long flights.
Product : Was a delightful trip. Excellent tour guide. Rio hotel was in a gret location as was thenBuenos aires. The resort at Iguasssa was beautiful and relaxing. Side trips in rio were limited and In Buenos Aires the time at La Boca could have been extended, although we did go back on Sunday as we had a late flight.

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