14 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country

$2999
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$3979*
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14 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country
Windsor Leme Rio de Janeiro
Amerian Portal del Iguazu Iguazu
Panamericano Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Huentala Hotel Boutique Mendoza
Crowne Plaza Santiago

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Sep 04  (Sold Out) $3909* $2949
Oct 02  (Sold Out) $3809* $2949
$3989* $3109
$3979* $3109
$4159* $2999

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu Falls, Iguazu-Buenos Aires & Buenos Aires-Mendoza.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day as well as one long 10-hour drive to Santiago. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Brazil
Depart for Brazil

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Welcome to Brazil! Morning arrival in Rio, the vivacious "sun and fun" capital of South America; meeting and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in South America, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a typical Brazilian 'Churrascaria'
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Rio de Janeiro, Tour of Corcovado Mountain
Awake this morning in amazing Rio. Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue, that embraces the entire city, is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". See the thrilling 360 degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, continue along Rio's famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Rio de Janeiro
Today is at leisure to discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just "people-watch". There is so much to see and do! Join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay. In the afternoon join the optional Carnival and Samba Experience. Visit one of the top Samba schools in the city and learn what made the Samba & Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity. On your last night in Rio at leisure, be sure to sample the cuisine at some of the fabulous restaurants and cafes ringing the beachfront
Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain (AM)
Optional: Half Day Carnival and Samba Experience (PM)
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Fly to Iguassu, Brazilian Falls
Depart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls, for overnight. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentinean dinner
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Iguazu, the Argentinean Falls
Your adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes you to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit, and you will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in amazement as you gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazú National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Fly to Buenos Aires
This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentinean beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Buenos Aires
Revisit some of your favorite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening's dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Today, depart Buenos Aires by flight to Mendoza, the center of Argentina's renowned wine industry. Upon arrival, you'll see the beautiful mountains and trees, harmoniously mixed with the vintage scents that invade the city. The city's wine, art and culture magically merge in every corner of this province, founded in the 16th century by Spanish settlers. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Traditional Argentine Dinner that combines flavors from every region of Argentina
Optional: Traditional Argentinean Style Dinner
Overnight: Mendoza
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Mendoza Wineries
Morning visit to the Bodega Achaval-Ferrer Winery, one of the award-winning boutique vineyards in Mendoza. Here, tour the vineyard and learn about the harvesting, winemaking process and the viticulture history of Mendoza. An expert details the importance of wine tasting to understand the properties of the wine, and shares tastes of some of the fine wines in the cellar. Then continue on to Norton Vineyards where you will have the opportunity to be an oenologist for a day and create your own wine. This recreational activity allows you to blend wine combining varieties and discovering aromas, textures and complexity. The afternoon is yours to explore Mendoza independently. Perhaps, visit Independence Square, the civic center and the San Francisco ruins which are the only vestige of the colonial architecture. Visit San Martin Park and the "cerro de la Gloria" from where you can see a panoramic view of the land of sun and excellent wine. Tonight, wander along the wide avenues of this bustling city or linger at a cosmopolitan café, wine bar or gourmet restaurant in this city that has much to discover
Overnight: Mendoza
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Mendoza to Santiago
Depart today for a long drive on the dazzling scenic route from Mendoza to Santiago in Chile. Stop en route for views of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America lying within the Aconcagua Provincial Park in the province of Mendoza. Unlike other Andean peaks, this mountain does not sit on the international border and lies completely within Argentina. Enjoy a box lunch en route. After crossing the border, arrive in energetic Santiago for leisure time this evening
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Saturday - City Tour of Santiago
Leisure time this morning to get acquainted with the city on your own or perhaps join the optional Architectural Tour of Santiago and learn how the city was planned, designed and constructed. This afternoon embark on the city tour of Santiago. Ascend to a lookout point on San Cristóbal Hill for a magnificent panoramic views of the city. Learn about Santiago's fascinating past from a local historian on the tour of Plaza de Armas, symbolic heart and soul of the city since its founding in 1541. Walk to the central fountain that memorializes liberator Simón Bolívar and to the stately Cathedral of Santiago, soaring over the plaza. Pass La Moneda, the elaborate Presidential Palace, on the way to the Bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista, a favorite spot for intellectuals and artists, where art galleries and cafes line the winding streets. Tonight, it's an evening to share wonderful memories of your journey in South America over a traditional Chilean dinner at a local restaurant and bid farewell to your new-found friends
Optional: Half Day Architectural Tour of Santiago (AM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Chile
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This afternoon, depart your hotel for Downtown Rio de Janeiro. Arrive at Academicos da Grande Rio, one of the top samba schools in the city. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the warehouse, where you see grandiose parade floats and flamboyant costumes. There will be an opportunity to try on authentic Carnival costumes. Toast your Carnival experience with a caipirinha Brazil’s national cocktail, while you learn about the history of the Samba dance and the Carnival parades from an expert guide. Then, learn the basic Samba steps from a professional dancer, while you encounter diverse Afro-Brazilian rhythms like Ijexa, Coco, Iongo, and Samba de roda. Return to your hotel.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #4 04 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $89.00
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Depart from your hotel for a brief driving tour of Rio de Janeiro on your way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. While passing through the downtown, admire the myriad of city landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Municipal Theatre, and the Sambadrome. Upon arriving at Praia Vermelha, begin the first leg of your journey up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop in a cable car and ascend from street level to the top of Urca Hill. Over the course of that 3 minute ride, a superb panorama unfolds right before your eyes. At Urca, enter a second cable car for the ride to the summit. After a 6 minute ride, you will be welcomed to the top by an unsurpassed view. From this location, the entire area is within your grasp, including Rio, the bridge, the bay, the age-old majestic mountain range, and Niteroi, a city on the other side of the bay.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #8 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $79.00
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Depart from the hotel towards Cardales to visit a traditional Estancia. An Estancia is the equivalent to a large rural estate similar to a ranch in the United States, mainly devoted to agriculture, cattle and breeding horses. Most have a main house and some straw-roofed constructions in which the dining-room and a traditional general store are located. The general store commonly called the 'pulperia' was a social gathering point for gauchos at sunset. Later, you can taste a typical Argentine barbecue (grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages, salads, dessert and coffee) in the dining-room.

As lunch is finished you will enjoy a folklore show with live music, dancing and a tango demonstration, followed by 'cuadreras' and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders. For those willing to participate in the traditional activities there are horses and 'sulkies' to go around the ranch.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #9 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $99.00
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Tonight you can taste the finest Argentine food at a gourmet restaurant within a beautiful neighborhood in the center of Mendoza. The chef's tasting menu is prepared from high quality local ingredients and combines the best flavors from all over Argentina. Enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic experience accompanied by excellent local wines from one of the world’s premier wine regions.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #10 01 Jul 2016 - 05 Jan 2019 $115.00
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This tour is designed to provide an overview of the urban history of the city of Santiago, as well as some of its most important architectural landmarks, both historical buildings (Museo de Bellas Artes, Cerro Santa Lucia, Central Market, Mapocho) as well as spectacular contemporary constructions (Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, MAVI). Walk around heritage neighborhoods and the most recent architecture, which account for a perfect union between tradition and modernity in a city that is in full swing. You stop by the former National Congress, continue to the foundation heart of Santiago represented by its Main Square, and the significant historic buildings that make up the edges. The tour ends at the Civic Center of the city, with the history of Palacio de la Moneda.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #13 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $39.00
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