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South America Landscapes

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $4,835 per person
JAN - DEC 2023
Bariloche Lake District, Argentina

Countries Visited

Chile, Argentina, Brazil ...more Chile, Argentina, Brazil

Locations Visited

Santiago, Puerto Varas, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro ...more Santiago, Puerto Varas, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Santiago

    Connect with the cosmopolitan verve of the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a warm Trafalgar welcome and be transferred to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes. Spend the rest of the day on your terms discovering the unique personalities of each of the city’s diverse barrios. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Intercontinental
  2. Day 2 Journey to Santiago

    This morning’s city tour with a Local Specialist includes a stop at the ornate wrought-iron Central Market where we’ll see the catch of the day and stroll past pop-up restaurants serving local favourites. We journey to wine country, visiting an exclusive winery in Casablanca Valley for a gourmet lunch served alfresco in exquisite surrounds. Connect With Locals and meet the winemakers for a personalised winery experience, followed by an opportunity to taste the fruit of his labours. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Onwards to Puerto Varas

    We fly south to the coastal city of Puerto Montt, then continue to Puerto Varas for a tour of the 'City of Roses' with our Local Specialist against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. Later, we make our way to our hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and an included dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cabana del Lago
  4. Day 4 Cross the Andes and Continue to Bariloche

    Look forward to a day of pinch me moments as you cross the Andes via land and water. Our first stop sees us watch the burbling waters of the Petrohue River cascade over black volcanic rock. We’ll cross Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye out for giant Andean condors as the mighty Osorno Volcano with its white cap looms in the background. Admire the soul-stirring landscapes en route to Peulla where we’ll enjoy lunch. Then, cross the border into Argentina and cruise the glacial waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We’ll arrive in Bariloche this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel NH Edelweiss
  5. Day 5 Admire Bariloche

    Soak up the sights and sounds of the 'Switzerland of South America' this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air. We’ll meet our Local Specialist and travel along the 'Circuito Chico' for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit the beach playground of Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward's Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Dive Into Culture and indulge in the rich flavours of chocolate during a visit to La Chocolaterie Van Wynsberghe, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Venture to Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America

    Leaving spectacular Patagonian landscapes behind, we fly to the passionate Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. This evening, we’ll Connect With Locals, joining our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest experience dinner with a local family in Palermo Soho. Savour traditional flavours and homemade family dishes, then discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Our unforgettable local encounter continues as we watch family members engage in an elegant Tango performance.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Alvear Art
  7. Day 7 Explore Buenos Aires

    Immerse yourself in the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy. We’ll join a Local Specialist to see some of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the Plaza de Mayo and iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the fashionable neighbourhood of La Boca, admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon and drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta cemetery, where Argentina’s most famous sons and daughters have been laid to rest. We pay homage to the beloved former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef, the authentic tastes of world-renowned Argentinian beef. Dive Into Culture later, watching the sensual, stirring moves of a traditional Tango performance.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  8. Day 8 Buenos Aires Your Way

    Get a taste of life as a porteño this morning, embracing the energy of this passionate South American hub on your terms. Perhaps, admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Bellas Artes or stroll around the colourful stalls that line one of the local markets. Take to the countryside and consider spending the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the Fiesta Gaucha (festival of the cowboy), where you’ll be entertained by a lively equestrian show and enjoy a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Or, Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Discover Iguassu Falls

    Journey to the thundering cascade of Iguassu Falls, where we’ll meet our Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Board an open-air ecological jungle train delving deep into its subtropical rainforest. Walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We’ll cross the border into Brazil for an evening at leisure and dinner at our resort.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Bourbon Cataratas Resort
  10. Day 10 Soak in the Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls

    Rediscover the 'Big Waters' and return to Iguassu National Park, where you’ll join a Local Specialist who will guide your discovery of the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls and peer at its majesty through the powerful spray. We enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Off to Rio de Janeiro

    We bid farewell to the falls and fly to sultry Rio de Janeiro. You’ll be transferred to your hotel overlooking the colourful Copacabana Beach.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
  12. Day 12 Enjoy Rio de Janeiro and Sugarloaf Mountain

    Begin your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) with your Local Specialist, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for astounding bay and city views. Then return to the city for a tour with our Local Specialist before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Uncover the Sights and Sounds of Rio de Janeiro

    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. We join our Local Specialist to explore more of the city’s iconic sights. Later this afternoon, we’ll Connect With Locals during a visit to a local Samba school where we’ll gain insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and immerse yourself in the rhythms of Samba as you participate in a dance lesson. This evening, Dive Into Culture and experience the flavours of churrascaria linger at our Farewell Dinner. As our hosts demonstrate how to mix the perfect caipirinha, we toast to an epic South American journey. Saude!

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. Day 14 Farewell Rio de Janeiro

    Enjoy a day at leisure until your transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay.

    meals Breakfast
South America Landscapes
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Santiago to Puerto Montt, Bariloche to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro, including porter service at all airports
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Santiago, Puerto Varas, San Carlos de Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro with a Local Specialist
  • Discover how locals prepare for Rio de Janeiro's Carnival week
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Chile’s wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado
  • View Petrohue River, Devil's Throat Falls
  • Scenic Cruise in Chile's Lake Region and on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
  • Connect with Locals Visit a winery in Chile's Casablanca valley and meet the winemakers for a personalised experience including a tasting.
  • Dive into Culture Learn about Bariloche's chocolate heritage with a visit to La Chocolaterie Van Wynsberghe and sample locally made chocolates.
  • Connect with Locals Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its European-style homes and hip attitude.
  • Dive into Culture Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil.
  • Dive into Culture Enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ restaurant this evening and learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha.

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Benjamin Schmid
Friday, February 14, 2020
Service
This South American Adventure, run by Trafalgar, was excellent. The scenery was breathtaking, especially the crossing of the Andes Mountains by bus and boat. Bariloche was a very scenic city, and the views were spectacular. The tour director, Rodrigo Winterstein, took extra care to make sure that everyone was having the best vacation. The scheduling to get thru the airports was also handled very well, with boarding passes easily obtained.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds as if everything went seamlessly. We are so happy that you enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Vacation
Excellent scenery and guidance by tour director, Rodrigo Winterstein
Trusted Customer
Friday, November 30, 2018
Service
The overall experience is good. The tour guides, the hotel staff are friendly and helpful. We did not particularly like the travel arrangement for the returning trip, most people had to wait a whole day in the hotel lobby for the late night flight home with not much to do because of the safety concern in Rio. The company should have made some kind of activity, for at least for half of the day.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately all flights leaving Rio to the US depart after 9pm. We appreciate your suggestion and will pass it on to the appropriate parties for review.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Vacation
The excursions are overpriced, especially the Fiesta Goucha and Iguassa Falls bird park.
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