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DAY 1 Lima

Arrival and transfer to selected hotel in Lima. Overnight Lima.

DAY 2 Lima - Cusco

After breakfast , transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco transfer to a hotel in the heart of the city. In the afternoon embark upon a delightful tour of this amazing colonial city built on the ruins of Inca palaces. See the Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. Later visit the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Kenko temple and Tambomachay, also known as the “Baths of the Inca” Overnight Cusco. (B)

DAY 3 Cusco

After breakfast and checkout in the hotel, depart for Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the town of Pisac, visit the colourful market. From Pisac continue to Ollantaytambo and climb to the dramatic Inca fortress. Tour includes lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight in Cusco. (B)

DAY 4 Cusco

After breakfast depart by train for the journey to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of this most famous and spectacular of the Inca ruins. Lunch is included. Return to Cusco for overnight. (B)

DAY 5 Cusco - Lima

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima. Upon arrival transfer to Lima hotel, then get to know Lima on a three-hour tour of the city. Overnight Lima. (B)

DAY 6 Lima - Santiago

Breakfast then transfer to the airport for the flight to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival , get to know this vibrant capital on a half day tour of Santiago: first visit the San Francisco church, which was built between 1572 and 1618. Other sites include the Cathedral Church, the Plaza de Armas, and the Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541. Overnight Santiago. (B)

DAY 7 Santiago

After breakfast, embark upon a full day excursion to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. In Valparaiso, Chile’s main commercial port, visit the house of famed Chilean Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda, among many other sights. Continue along the coast to Vina del Mar, “The Garden City”, Chiles world famous beach resort. Lunch is included in Vina. In the afternoon return to Santiago for overnight. (B)

DAY 8 Santiago - Puerto Montt

Breakfast then transfer to airport for flight to Puerto Montt. After arrival in Puerto Montt, transfer to the hotel in town. In the afternoon enjoy a half-day tour of Puerto Montt and the surrounding area including the beach resorts of Pelluco and Chinquihue, as well as the historic towns of Puerto Varas, the “City of Roses” and Puerto Chico with its German influence. Overnight in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas. (B)

DAY 9 Puerto Montt - Puella

After breakfast, check out and depart by bus for Petrohue. En route pass Lake Llanquihue and the Calbuco Volcano. Enter the Rosales National Park to see the Osorno volcano and visit the Petrohue waterfall. From here disembark by catamaran across Lake Todos Santos to Puella. Check in and have dinner at the hotel in Puella. (B)

DAY 10 Puella - Bariloche

After breakfast and check out, depart for the crossing into Argentina to Lake Frias and Puerto Blest, then across Lake Huapi to Puerto Panuelo. Disembark in Puerto Panuelo and continue by bus to Bariloche. Overnight in bariloche. (B)

DAY 11 Bariloche

After breakfast, depart on a half day tour of the area including Playa Bonita. Take the chair lift to the top of Campanario Hill and later tour the Llao-Llao peninsula. Finally visit Puerto Panoramico for an unforgettable sight of Llake Moreno and the Llao-Llao peninsula before returning to Bariloche for a free afternoon. Overnight in Bariloche. (B)

DAY 12 Bariloche - Buenos Aires

Following breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires, enjoy the sights of this cosmopolitan capital on a half day tour of the city. The tour introduces the most beautiful, and interesting parts of Buenos Aires: the famous Casa Rosada, and the spectacular Recoleta cemetery. Overnight Buenos Aires. (B)

DAY 13 Buenos Aires

After breakfast, leave for a full day Guacho experience on the nearby pampas. The Fiesta Gaucha highlights the history and the distinctive lifestyle of the gauchos, the famous cowboys of Argentina. This highly entertaining and educational experience features a traditional gaucho barbeque, an authentic taste of the gaucho life on the pampas. Overnight Buenos Aires. (B)

DAY 14 Buenos Aires

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then take advantage of a free day to search out some of the terrific bargains in the shopping districts. In the evening immerse yourself in that most haunting aspect of all Argentine culture, the Tango. Have dinner and revel in the rhythms and dance of this famous music. Overnight Buenos Aires. (B)

DAY 15 Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival in Iguazu enjoy a half day tour of the Argentine side of this magnificent natural wonder, the falls. Take the jungle train to the point above the falls and walk out on the elevated walkways to look down right into the Devil’s Throat, the most spectacular part of the falls. Overnight Iguazu. (B)

DAY 16 Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast at the hotel, cross into Brasil and explore the other side of Iguazu and a different perspective of the river and the cataracts. In the afternoon check out and transfer to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrive Rio and transfer to hotel in Rio. (B)

DAY 17 Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, get to know “Rio” with a half day tour. Rio de Janeiro is without a doubt the most photogenic city in the world. The tour passes the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, where girls in mini bikinis are very much a part of the scenery, as are the groups of athletes playing volleyball and soccer on the white sands. Visit the "Sambodromo", where the world famous Carnival Parades take place and the amazing Maracana Stadium with its capacity for 200,000 spectators. Overnight Rio. (B)

DAY 18 Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the popular jeep tour to explore more of the city and Corcovado Mountain, with its famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, 710m above sea level. Overnight Rio. (B)

DAY 19 Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a full day free to shop, see the sights and explore more of Rio. In the evening celebrate your last night in Rio with dinner accompanied by the tropical rhythms of an excellent Samba Show. Overnight Rio. (B)

DAY 20 Rio de Janeiro - Departure

Breakfast and check out then transfer to the airport for return or onward flight. (B)

INCLUDES: EXTRA:
  • Return airport/hotel/pier transfers throughout
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels for 19 nights as specified
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide as specified by the itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable to sites specified by the itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges on included meals
  • Airfares and Taxes
  • Meals and excursions not specified in itinerary
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
Notes:
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Some day tours/transfers may be private or pooled with other travelers. If this is not acceptable please advice your booking agent and we will be able to provide private tours.
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