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South America Samba

Operated by: CostSaver

9 Days
Rio De Janeiro

Countries Visited

Brazil, Argentina

Locations Visited

Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Buenos Ai… more Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janerio (3 Nights)

    Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

    hotel Rio de Janeiro Mirador
  2. Day 2 Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and Free Time

    Begin the day with a visit to the Cosme Velho district where you will board a cogwheel train. Wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Have a closer look at the tropical forest's lush vegetation and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Disembark at the top of Corcovado Mountain where you will stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders: Christ the Redeemer. From here, you have unparalleled views of the "Marvellous City." After, drive along some of the most famous beaches in the world-Copacabana and Ipanema. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at leisure.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Free Time

    Today, enjoy and explore. Maybe discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century and is home to artists, galleries, museums and eateries, or relax on the beach. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style.

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

    Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls. Located where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, the falls form the world's widest waterfalls and gives rise to the double border of Brazil and Argentina. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Viale Cataratas
  5. Day 5 Iguassu Falls and Free Time

    This morning, enter Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil's Throat, enjoying magnificent views. Your afternoon is at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for an exhilarating ride to the base of the falls or visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests.

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

    Depart from your hotel with a quick customs stop. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic drive up to the Argentinian Iguassu National Park. Visit the Argentinean falls and visitor's center, then proceed to the river cascades and falls aboard the Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point, Devil's Throat. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Cyan Hotel de las Americas
  7. Day 7 Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, see the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Arrive at the main square, Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Government House and the first City Hall. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral before continuing on through San Telmo, a historical neighbourhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colourful area of painted houses. Continue to Recoleta Cemetery, home to the grave of Eva Duarte, "Evita." This evening, enjoy dinner and a Tango show in historic Buenos Aires where the golden age of Tango shines once again. Experience the great Argentinean passion with a live orchestra and classic Tango dancers.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Buenos Aires Free Time

    Set out into the city or join several optional excursions. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos where you'll appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel to the Pampas. Round out your day in the countryside with a barbecue lunch, Argentinean wines, folk music, traditional dances and Gaucho games. Or consider an optional trip to Tigre and Delta Rio de la Plata, the aristocratic northern district of San Isidro. Enjoy a boat excursion around some of the stunning islands of this delta. Your Travel Director will be more than happy to help you plan your day.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Depart Buenos Aires

    Hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo-until we meet again. Say goodbye to your Travel Director and new friends or extend your stay in Buenos Aires.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • All internal air included in trip cost
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Buenos Aires Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colourful city
  • Iguassu Falls Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park
  • Rio de Janeiro Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest on your cogwheel train

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Optional Experiences

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

Guanabara Bay Cruise

Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.
Adult Price: $58 

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 

Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrities the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro through music and dance. Bohemian culture, folklore and mystical rituals are represented by the drummers and beautiful dancers dressed in carnival costumes. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $112 

Half Day City Tour including Sugar Loaf

Begin your tour in the heart of Rio, where colonial Rio meets modern skyscrapers. See the Paço Imperial palace, the first residence of the Royal Family, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the Candelaria Church. Proceed to Presidente Vargas Avenue, built to create access from the suburbs to the commercial center of the Capital in the early nineties, passing through the popular market and Tiradentes Square. See the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Rio's aqueduct, Santo Antonio Church, BNDES and Petrobras buildings reaching Lapa, the most popular nightlife point in Rio. You will have panoramic views of the Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal), the National Library and the City Council building—all of them inspired in the European 18th-century style. Afterward, drive through Flamenco Park, then ascend Sugar Loaf. This famous mountain is reached by cable car 1,200 feet high, an experience you will never forget. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity Included (Minimum of 15 guests to operate)
Adult Price: $69 

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 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 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 

Lima

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful, and the music is lively. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $65 

Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet. This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours
Adult Price: $27

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Katherine Pecorelli
Travel date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Service
Flights well coordinated and appreciated aisle seats. Information received in timely manner. Travel specialist very friendly.
Vacation
Actually, vacation exceeded expectations. Enjoyed cog railway, Tram lift to oversee the city in Brazil and the Samba and Tango performances in Argentina. The falls were magnificent from both sides along with the"safari" which should most definitely be encouraged. Also enjoyed gaucho performance/experience and of course Christ the Redeemer in Rio!
Bernadotte Loomis Ii
Travel date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Service
I would have rated it 5 stars except for four things. 1, In all the emails you sent, I did not receive my airport transfer vouchers. I had to ask for them. 2. We stayed in three hotels. The only good one was in Iguazu. The others were kind of lousy. 3. I did not book my flights you. I had enough American miles for one free trip and I purchased the other for my wife on AA. Apparently your policy is to NOT supply airport transfers unless flights are booked though you. So you advised that the transfer in Rio would be $90/person and $78 in Buenos Aires. I objected strongly to this so you supplied the transfers as part of my package. Had you not done this I would never have booked another vacation with you. YOU SHOULD DISCONTINUE THIS POLICY OF NOT PROVIDING TRANSFERS UNLESS THE FLIGHTS ARE BOOKED THROUGH. IMMEDIATELY. I am thankful that you changed this for me. You should change it for everyone. A taxi in Buenos Aires to the airport is about $25. Your excessive charges would have added $336 to the cost of my trip. 4. The information you sent regarding landing in Rio was that upon exiting customs I would see a person holding up a TRAFALGAR sign. There was no such sign. After speaking with a gentleman holding up another company's sign, he called the number you had given me for these transfers and our guy met us about 5 or 10 minutes later. He was there all the time, but he was holding a COSTSAVER sign.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to let us know about these shortcomings. We are happy though that it seems that despite these minor issues, you were able to enjoy the trip. We will be sure to share your feedback with the CostSaver team and ask they review all areas for possible improvement. Thank you
Friday, March 22, 2019
Vacation
Please see my previous comments.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Service
on the whole it was a good tour
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad to hear you enjoyed your South America Samba tour. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We appreciate your feedback. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
good serviceand very nice company
Sanjivani Diwan
Travel date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Service
We were not picked up by the representative at Rio airport because our names were not on her list
Vacation
Outstandimg service by Tess
Tena Lovell
Travel date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Service
Staff members were helpful land very informative. They were helpful and attentive to any situation that my family had.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your travel experience with us. We're happy to know we could be there for you to help make your trip through South America as excellent as possible. Happy travels!
Friday, June 22, 2018
Vacation
We felt that staff tried to assist my family with emergencies such husband needed medication left at home.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Service
Confusion in Rio airport, couple people who were looking for Cost Saver sign got lost (Fernando had only Trafalgar sign). About 11 people waited an hour in the airport! Rodrigo (Tour Director) was nice and friendly but needs to improve his organizational skill. (Noosha) Tour guid in Iguassu Falls was excellent. She with her energy, helpfulness and caring attitude made the Iguassu Falls a nice memory. Compare to other trips I had with Trafalgar (Ireland, Greece, Moracco) this one looked like lower quality. Still Trafalgar (GTE) is one of my favorites.
Vacation
Please only one (Trafalgar, GTE or Cost Saver) send paperwork or documentation.
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