15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America

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15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America
Atton Las Condes Santiago
Hotel Cabanas Del Lago Puerto Varas
Hotel Alma del Lago Bariloche
Novotel Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Amerian Portal del Iguazu Iguazu
Windsor Copa Hotel Rio de Janeiro

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

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

Zika Virus - Passengers are recommended to visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ for current information. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries visited in this itinerary.

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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. 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 Chile
Depart for Chile

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Santiago
Welcome to Chile! Morning arrival in the energetic capital city of Santiago; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing on the tour that awaits you followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner together
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Santiago City Tour
This morning's city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculpture and intriguing people-watching opportunities. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city with its backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine producing areas. Taste some of Chile's world-famous wines during the tour before returning to Santiago
Optional: Half Day Undurraga Winery Tour & Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and the Lake District
Today, a short flight to the southern port city of Puerto Montt, gateway to the Lake District, a region of beautiful crystal-clear emerald lakes. Continue through the rolling countryside to the charming village of Puerto Varas, on the shore of Lago Llanquihue, known as the “city of roses.” On a clear day, you can see views of the imposing snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. Dinner together tonight. After, perhaps a walk through town with its wood shingled homes and a rose-encircled plaza
Overnight: Puerto Varas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Lake Crossing to Bariloche with Petrohue
A day filled with adventure and magnificent scenery! Your journey through the Andes takes you to Petrohue where you board a catamaran to Peulla, a nature lover’s paradise. After clearing customs at Peulla, time for a lovely lunch. Then, crossing the border into Argentina continue by ship to Puerto Blest and to Puerto Pañuelo where you disembark and drive to Bariloche with its astonishing scenery. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes in Lake Nahuel Huapi National Park, the city is reminiscent of a Swiss alpine village. Circled by forests, stunning lakes and soaring snow-capped mountains, Bariloche is a year-round resort. The rest of the day is at leisure in this stunning setting with picture postcard views in every direction
Overnight: Bariloche
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Saturday - Bariloche Small Circuit Tour
In Bariloche, travel along the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake to several vista points, showing the many natural highlights of this breathtaking region, including Huemul Island. At Cerro Campanario (Belfry Hill) ascend by chair lift to the peak - you'll be astonished by the amazing views from the lookout point of the surrounding lakes, mountains and the Llao Llao Peninsula. Leisure time to indulge in town, known as the chocolate capital of Argentina.
Overnight: Bariloche
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Fly to Buenos Aires
Travel today on a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a very distinct European flavor. Tonight, be sure to treat yourself to a fabulous Argentine 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 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, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. At the Recoleta Cemetery, view the resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 handcrafted mausoleums, including the legendary tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always decorated with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own before the afternoon tango lesson with professional Argentine dancers. Tonight, experience a very impressive Tango Show along with dinner in downtown Buenos Aires
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
Revisit some of your favorite places in the city today, or shop to your heart’s content for custom leatherwear and designer clothes on famous Florida Street. Don’t miss the optional Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at this traditional Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated primarily to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After an interesting tour of the ranch, enjoy a typical Argentine barbecue lunch together, followed by a folklore show with lively music and dancing and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
A free day for personal pursuits and discoveries. Perhaps take a “behind the scenes” tour of the ornate Colon Opera House considered a historical monument, or relax at one of the many outdoor cafes and parks. You may also choose to join the half day optional Tigre & Delta tour that takes you outside the city on a cruise through the canals. Discover how the inhabitants turned it from a swampy area into a developed region with grass paths, canals of fresh water and waterfront homes on stilts. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening’s Dinner with your group at a delightful local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Tigre & Delta Boat Ride (AM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Fly to Iguazu Falls
Depart Buenos Aires by flight to Iguazu on the Argentine side of the Falls. Time to settle in at the hotel before tonight’s dinner
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - The Argentinian Falls, Upper and Lower Circuit, Devil’s Throat
A railway car transports you to the Upper Circuit of the Falls. As you walk to the Lower Circuit, the enormous power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in awe 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 – a unique experience for your senses. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring the treasures of Iguazú National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Iguassu, The Brazilian Falls, Rio de Janeiro
Today visit the Brazilian side of the majestic Falls, walking along the winding pathways of 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. The unforgettable panoramic views will be a memory that lasts forever. Later, depart Iguassu on a flight to Rio, the vivacious “sun and fun” capital of South America. Go “out on the town” tonight and discover the beat of the Samba or the Bossa Nova at one of the local clubs as you sip a Caipirinha, the popular Brazilian cocktail
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Sunday - Rio de Janeiro , Tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains
Awake this morning in remarkable Rio de Janeiro. Start the day with an ascent by a cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the astonishing 125 foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. This statue, that embraces the entire city, is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". At the peak, see wondrous sweeping views of the city and beaches; you’ll understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the afternoon, pass some of the city’s landmarks before ascending in a glass cable car to the peak of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city. A superb panorama unfolds right before your eyes including the bridge, the bay and the majestic mountains. Bid a fond farewell to South America at tonight’s festive dinner with your newfound friends at a typical Brazilian Churrascaria
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Depart Brazil
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This morning depart Santiago towards the Maipo Valley, one of Chile’s most important wine producing areas. Don Francisco Undurraga was one of the pioneers of wine making in Chile, and created the Viña Undurraga in 1885 with plants brought back from France and Germany. Today, with more than 125 years of tradition, Undurraga is present in more than 70 countries. Undurraga produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürstraminer, Carménère, and Chardonnay. There is a tasting of different wines during the tour and the cost includes a souvenir glass. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel; Tour duration is approximately 4 hours.

Day #3 20 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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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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Enjoy a very unique optional excursion to Tigre and cruise through the canals of the delta. Along the coastal area of Buenos Aires you will discover the landscapes of the Parana River. Enjoy the scenery as you travel for an hour to the town of Tigre, a lovely neighborhood situated in the delta of Parana River. Originally a hideout for smugglers using the myriad of small rivers and isles to evade law enforcement, at the end of the 19th century it became a favorite recreation area for the upper class of Buenos Aires. While sailing along the delta, you will be able to admire the old residences, along with yacht and rowing clubs, that occupy the banks. The port of Olivos and the River Plate Football Stadium are amongst a few of the other sights you'll see. You will also pass by the imposing Cathedral of San Isidro which is surrounded by colonial and Italian style homes. Arriving back to Buenos Aires continue to your hotel for drop-off.

Please note that the itinerary may vary due to local conditions and water level may cause some portions of the tour to be inaccessible.

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

Day #10 01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017 $59.00
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