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South America Samba

Operated by: CostSaver

9 Days from $1,405 per person
Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Countries Visited

Brazil, Argentina ...more Brazil, Argentina

Locations Visited

Rio De Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires ...more Rio De Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

    Golden swathes of famous coastline, tropical landscapes and a certain "joie de vivre" will welcome you to one of the world's most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro. Energy pulses through every pore of this passionate and fun loving city, flooding from the favelas to the football fields and cumulating in nightly parties where the caipirinhas are free flowing and the samba rhythm is infectious. Rio may be best known for its annual Carnival, but visiting here you'll realise that every day is cause for celebration. Settle in to your hotel before meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon. Then, if you'd like, hit the sands of Copacabana to watch the sun set whilst you sip your first Cachaça.

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

    The picturesque Cosme Velho district will be your first stop today, where 1920's neocolonial buildings will surround you as you board the Corcovado Rack Railway, an old cogwheel train. Hopping on board you'll wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the very top of Mount Corcovado, standing in awe as you catch a first glimpse of the 30 metre high Christ the Redeemer. The undisputed icon of Rio, this magnificent art deco statue is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and offers the best vantage point of the 'Marvellous City' stretching out below. Take your time exploring here before heading on to visit lively Copacabana and beautiful Ipanema, Rio's best known beaches. Laze under an umbrella, take a dip in the surf, then this evening dive in to Rio's famed culinary scene.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Free Time

    Waking up to your final full day in Rio, today is free to explore your way. Perhaps discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa on a walking tour, learning the history of this bohemian neighbourhood which now boasts many of the city's best studios, galleries, museums and restaurants. Alternatively, opt for a sun drenched sailing excursion around Guanabara Bay, passing by islands and forts with the towering Sugarloaf Mountain ever present in the distance. For those keen to get a closer look, you could also opt for a half day city tour of Rio which includes ascending the mountain by cable car for absolutely stand out views. Tonight, celebrate the diversity and culture of South America at the Carretão Ipanema Churrascaria. Distinctly a South American style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gaúchos of southern Brazil traditionally from the Pampa region, centuries ago.

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

    Leaving the colourful costumes and infectious rhythms of Rio behind, this morning you'll head to the airport to catch your flight to Iguassu Falls. Words can't really describe the magnificence of the world's largest series of waterfalls (275 to be exact), which straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and are surrounded by lush expanses of national park. Settle in to your hotel this afternoon and spend the evening relaxing, no doubt bubbling with excitement for the natural spectacle that tomorrow will bring.

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

    Pack your raincoat and your sense of adventure this morning as you're off to visit the Iguassu National Park, entering on the Brazilian side of the falls. You'll be venturing down to the ominously named and utterly exhilarating Devil's Throat, the tallest and most impressive of Iguassu's waterfalls. Remember that raincoat? Now's the time to use it! This afternoon keep the adrenalin levels high on an Optional Experience^ hike down a canyon to the Macuco Falls, where you'll then board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a high intensity ride to the base of the falls. If keeping things a little more sedate is more your style, opt to visit a bird park where you can spot more than 150 different species of birds.

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

    Country hopping between Brazil and Argentina, today you'll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, otherwise known as Fraternity Bridge, to explore the Argentinian side of the falls. Adding a new stamp to your passport as you cross through customs, you'll drive through the lush and wildlife rich Argentinian Iguassu National Park to reach the falls and cascades which are equally as impressive from this side of the border. Boarding the open sided and near silent Ecological Jungle Train which is every bit as scenic and sensual as it sounds, you'll pay a second visit to Devil's Throat before heading to the airport to catch a flight to passionate, sexy, European influenced Buenos Aires.

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

    Waking up in sultry Buenos Aires this morning is a prospect that should fill you with excitement. This meat loving, tango obsessed capital city is a mix of sultry charm and gritty splendour, where European inspired buildings rub shoulders with rough around the edges barrios, and street art pops from every corner. Dive in to all Buenos Aires has to offer on a sightseeing tour that will visit 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, outstanding Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and San Telmo, the oldest district in the city. Finishing up in colourful and charming La Boca you'll then have time to explore by yourself this afternoon before dressing up in your South American finest for a night of Argentinian steak and classic tango, accompanied by a spectacular live orchestra.

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

    Another free day in the Argentinian capital, you could join an Optional Experience that could see you experiencing a glimpse into the life of a gaucho, the cowboy culture that has existed for over three centuries. Heading out into the glorious pampas (grasslands) surrounding Buenos Aires you'll visit a 3000 acre working ranch to learn more about the gaucho culture, enjoying folk music, traditional dances and carriage rides before rounding off the experience with a juicy BBQ lunch. You've also got the option of visiting the lush countryside region of Tigre Delta, which offers a laid back vibe and a chance to see a different side of Argentine life. Enjoy a picturesque cruise around the delta and spot the delightful summer residences of Buenos Aires elite.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Depart Buenos Aires

    2 countries and 1 New Wonder of the World later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories, a wealth of new knowledge and a wonderful group of new friends you'll make your way to the airport, or if you still feel like the sultry charm of Buenos Aires still has more to give, why not extend your trip for a few more days.

    meals Breakfast
South America Samba
Price Includes

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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request Trip prices are based on double occupancy; single supplement discounts are available on select departures, call us at 1-877-622-9109 for more info
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Start Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2020
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Independent Reviews
Katherine Pecorelli
Friday, April 12, 2019
Flights well coordinated and appreciated aisle seats. Information received in timely manner. Travel specialist very friendly.
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
Friday, March 22, 2019
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
Please see my previous comments.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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
good serviceand very nice company
Sanjivani Diwan
Friday, September 28, 2018
We were not picked up by the representative at Rio airport because our names were not on her list
Outstandimg service by Tess
Tena Lovell
Friday, June 22, 2018
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
We felt that staff tried to assist my family with emergencies such husband needed medication left at home.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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.
Please only one (Trafalgar, GTE or Cost Saver) send paperwork or documentation.
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