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Impressions of South America

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $3,256 per person
Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio, Brazil

Countries Visited

Brazil, Argentina ...more Brazil, Argentina

Locations Visited

Rio de Janeiro, Candelaria Church, Sambadromo, City Cathedral, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Iguazu National Park, Devils Throat Falls, Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral ...more Rio de Janeiro, Candelaria Church, Sambadromo, City Cathedral, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Iguazu National Park, Devils Throat Falls, Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

    Launch your leisurely exploration of South America to the sultry beats of the Bossa Nova and Samba. A local host will take you to your hotel where you'll enjoy superb oceanviews of Copacabana beach and its beautiful people, just minutes from downtown Rio. This evening, we enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with our Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Miramar by Windsor, Oceanview Rooms
  2. Day 2 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

    The rhythm of Rio is yours to explore this morning. Join your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil's cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). See the 18th century Carioca Aqueduct, colonial Candelaria Church, and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sambodromo. Journey high above Guanabara Bay and summit Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a "pinch me moment" of inspiring bay and city views. Spend the evening at leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Hands outstretched, the iconic Christ the Redeemer welcomes you to the hunched outcrop of Corcovado, sharing his impressive panoramic view of a city that loves to celebrate. This afternoon, soak in the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema. Kick back and watch tanned sun-worshippers playing volleyball and sip a caipirinha or two, which you'll learn to mix this evening, followed by a sizzling barbecue at a local churrascaria Regional Meal. Bom proveito!

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Day 4 Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

    Spend your lazy moments in Rio soaking up the laid-back carioca life before you 'Dive into Culture' at a local Samba School to see their preparations for Carnival Week. You'll learn how to sway those hips to the tunes of Mais que nada and The Girl from Ipanema during your visit. From the intoxicating beat of Rio to the thundering roar of Iguassu, we fly to the magnificent falls that straddle the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner together, pondering Rio's party vibe and the inspiring force of nature nearby.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu
  5. Day 5 Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

    The tropical jungle and waterfall landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Iguazú National Park provide sanctuary for rare wildlife, bird and plant species, which share their home with us today as we explore the Brazilian side of the falls with a 'Local Specialist'. We'll walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls before indulging in lunch at a local restaurant against the impressive backdrop of the falls. Spend the afternoon at your resort relaxing or join one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride (WAIVER REQUIRED) to the base of the falls, helicopter flightseeing or a visit to a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6 Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

    Crossing the Argentinian border, we join our 'Local Specialist' for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water pouring down Devil's Throat Falls, then board an open-air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the mighty cascades. Our Iguassu adventure at its end, we'll board a flight to Buenos Aires, South America's most stylish city and home to the melancholic Tango.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel InterContinental Buenos Aires
  7. Day 7 Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Our day together is spent on a paseo with a 'Local Specialist'. We'll walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a city whose European and Latin American influences can be seen around every turn. This evening, we linger over a delicious regional Meal of Argentine Asado and 'Dive into Culture' watching the passionate, fiery and precise steps of some of Buenos Aires' most talented Tango dancers.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  8. Day 8 Buenos Aires At Leisure

    'Paris of South America'. Delve into the treasures of artisan markets and the patio shops of rustic colonial buildings in San Telmo or enjoy delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch)-a unique opportunity to share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys) and learn about their lives. Admire their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before sitting down to a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Tonight, we 'Connect with Locals', joining a local family in Palermo Soho for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner of delicious family dishes paired with local wine. Learn the secrets of kneading country bread and see how typical Argentinian crafts are made.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. Day 9 Depart Buenos Aires

    Our South America adventure comes to an end this morning. Say a fond hasta luego to Buenos Aires and newfound friends, transferring to the airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Buenos Aires.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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 and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires
  • See the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • View Devil's Tower Falls
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Walking Tour

Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 6 Guests)
Adult Price: $44

Visit To A Favela

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.
Adult Price: $38

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

This family-owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
Adult Price: $55

Dinner and Show at Churrascaria Rafain

Journey through South America Culture with a folkloric performance of Samba, Tango and Paraguayan Music while enjoying at traditional Brazilian barbecue dinner. Total duration is approximately 5 hours. Gratuity Included (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $120

Buenos Aires

Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000-acre working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)
Adult Price: $170

Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is approximately 4 hours.
Adult Price: $74

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Friday, March 4, 2016
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!
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
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!
Trusted Customer
Friday, March 20, 2015
The tour director and local guides were awesome. Trafalgar partnership good. Wish that all gratuities were paid upfront
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
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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!
Trusted Customer
Friday, November 21, 2014
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!
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
A very worthwhile and informative trip. Our Trafalgar tour guide was wonderful, as were other local guides. We enjoyed the trip very much!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Excellent service and well coordinated
It was fantastic and had great time. Tour director was very knowledgeable and kept every event on time
Trusted Customer
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Would have like to be able to purchase business class sats for the long flights.
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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