Tango, Samba, Waterfalls & Wine Tour
Chile, Buenos Aires, Uruguay to Rio de Janeiro
including the Iguassu Falls
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Experience this tour for a taste of Argentina, and to discover what Brazil is all about. The trip starts in Chile's capital Santiago - Carmenére wine region before your journey over the Andes, the highest mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, full of glacial lakes and European traditions. The Mendoza - Malbec wine region is a heaven for lovers of excellent wines and beef. Then fly to Montevideo, Uruguay, and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site Colonia del Sacramento - Tannat wine region. Enjoy sights, sounds & shopping in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas." We show you both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the majestic Iguassu Falls.
Take an unforgettable railway journey over the jutting Atlantic Rainforest Mountains, and view a mix of landscapes through southern Brazil on this special introduction into a fascinating land! The contrasts of Brazil become evident as you travel from natural wonders through high-tech farmlands to the industrial megalopolis of São Paulo. Finish your trip in marvelous Rio de Janeiro!
- Buenos Aires, Argentina - the Capital of Tango
- Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
- Historic Port of Antonina
- Majestic Train Ride through the Atlantic Rainforest over the Serra do Mar
- Carmenere, Malbec & Tannat Wines
- Santiago de Chile
- The Andes
- Mendoza, Argentina's Wine Region
- Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
- Special Tango evening..
- + Bonus Rio incl. 2 sightseeings
- 19 Days/18 Nights
- Tango Show and Dinner, 6 Dinners + 1 Bonus, 1 Lunch
- 7 American/Brazilian Buffet Breakfasts + 2 Bonus
- All Transfers & 2 Flights & 1 Flight
- English-speaking SouthAmerica.travel guide
Day 1: Santiago de Chile: Arrive Santiago de Chile. Your SouthAmerica.travel Guide greets you to the Chilean capital and escorts you to your international 4**** hotel in the green heart of the city, the Radisson**** or Torremayor****. Dinner tonight is included.
Depart from your hotel for a half day sightseeing of Santiago, the capital of Chile. See the civic center, La Moneda Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, the imposing Cathedral and the Main Post Office. Continue to Ahumada and Huerfanos, the busiest commercial pedestrian streets in the city, and then, on to Santa Lucia Hill, the site of foundation of Santiago in 1541. Proceed to the bohemian district of Bellavista with its active nightlife and craft fairs, the residential districts of Vitacura, Las Condes and Providencia with its modern architecture and exclusive shopping malls.
Day 2: Santiago de Chile: Visit to Concha & Toro (or one of the other world reknown Chilean vineyards.) Located in the Maipo River canyon, planted with grapevines of the most noble French stock such as cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and others. Founded in 1883 showing today a most modern technology in cooling equipment, stainless steel tanks, filters and oak casks which has lead as making of exceptional wines. Take the afternoon at leisure for shopping around.
Day 3: Santiago de Chile/Mendoza: After breakfast, transfer to the intercity coach station for the spectacular ride across the Andean Range to the wine growing region of Mendoza. Transfer to your hotel, the Park Suites**** Mendoza. After a relaxing swim, you might choose to have your first sip of the local wine with your included dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant Azafran.
Day 4: Mendoza: After breakfast meet an oenologist to head a full day wine and gourmet tour. Depart to Mendoza's agricultural oasis and vitis two wineries, there you enjoy a wine tasting session. Enjoy your lunch when you are already familiarized with the local wines and its elaboration process. In the afternoon the oenologist will explain the technic of wine tasting and production, the importance of the cork in the bottle and the correct way to handle a glass in order to taste wine. In the evening visit two other wineries with wine tasting again. Return to your hotel and optional dinner at the well known "1884 Restaurant", owned by the famous chef cook Francis Mallmann.
Day 5: Mendoza: Head for a half day sightseeing of Mendoza. This city founded in 1561 was totally destroyed by an earthquake 3 centuries later. Visit the modern city with its tree lined streets and its typical irrigation trenches. See the Independence Square, the financial district, the civic center, and the ruins of the church of San Francisco, which are the only vestige of the colonial architecture. Drive toward the city outskirts to see San Martin Park, located at the foothills of the Precordillera de los Andes. Enjoy a panoramic view from de la Gloria Hill.
Day 6: Fly today to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, and transfer to it's oldest, most historic city: Colonia del Sacramento. Check in to your charming hotel.
Day 7: Enjoy a sightseeing on foot today of this historic city, Colonia del Sacramento - the oldest city of Uruguay.
Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, Colonia del Sacramento was later disputed by the Spanish settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. Today, Colonia enjoys a special status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head to one of the local wineries for a tour and some tastings.
Day 8: Buenos Aires: Board a ferry from Colonia to the capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires is situated just inland from the docks of the south bank of the Rio de la Plata. Arrive on time to opt for a visit at San Telmo's antique market. Your hotel for tonight is the Abasto Plaza. Enjoy dinner and an impressive Tango Show (included).
Day 9: Buenos Aires: Half day sightseeing of Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Your tour starts at the Congress Palace, the headquarters of the Legislative power. This imposing neo classic style building is located in one of the extremes of Avenida de Mayo. On the other extreme stands the Government House, also known as the Pink House or Casa Rosada and the Plaza de Mayo Square, which can be considered the most important site in Argentine history, stage of major political activities and public demonstrations. Surrounding this square stands the Cabildo (the old town city hall) and the Cathedral.
along 9 de Julio Avenue to see the Teatro Colon (Colon Theater), the opera
house whose perfect acoustic has made it famous all over the world. Then
on to La Boca. This colorful district, settlement of Genovese sailors
in the 19th century, inspired famous Argentine painters. Walk along Caminito
Street, where every weekend a paintings and crafts fair is held. Continue
to Palermo, a residential neighborhood with elegant mansions surrounded
with green spaces. On the way back to downtown Buenos Aires, view another
residential neighborhood called Recoleta, where fashionable restaurants,
coffee shops, nightclubs and boutiques are located. Recoleta Cemetery
is famous for its valuable works of art and Evita's tomb. The afternoon
Day 10: Buenos Aires: Enjoy a free day in the City of Tango. This evening, transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Visit to San Telmo Antique market! Check in to the Hotel Abasto Plaza****. Tonight enjoy the included steak (vegetarian option available) dinner and Tango Show!
Day 11: Sightseeing in this elegant city includes the Casa Rosada, the well-known stage for Evita Perón's plea, "Don't cry for me Argentina", as well as the history-laden Plaza de Mayo. The newly-rebuilt port area Puerto Madera with its restaurants and bars is a nice place to relax. The afternoon is free - opt to visit an Estancia with Lunch and Gaucho Show.
Day 12: Depart today for Iguazu/Iguassu. Upon your approach to Iguazu International Airport, your pilot might tip his wings to give you your first view of the magnificent Iguassu Falls and the surrounding natural park of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Your bilingual SouthAmerica.travel Tour guide or representative escorts you to the fabulous Hotel Mercure Internacional*****. Feast on a Brazilian dinner tonight after a relaxing swim in the pool.
Day 13: Today's full day excursion shows you the Falls from both sides. First, cross into Argentina for a walk above the falls, wider and more powerful than Niagara. A boat guides you to an island to get a close-up view of the Falls from below.
The mist of the Falls engulfs you on the Brazilian side, as you walk out onto a platform and into the garganta do diabo, the 'devil's throat'. Opt for the Macuco Safari - a boat ride under the Falls on the Brazilian side.
Day 14: The rolling landscape on today's journey is interrupted only by mountain chains, rich farmland and patches of original subtropical forest, with the unique Araucária trees. Arrive in Curitiba, named best-organized city in South America, now a model for many Western industrialized nations! The city has grown 10-fold in the past 20 years, using innovative ideas to manage its substantial growth.
The capital of the state of Paraná is a melting pot of such diverse cultures as Dutch, Polish, Arabian, German, Ukrainian, Italian and Japanese cultures, amongst many others! Check in to the Hotel Mercure Curitiba****. Tonight's included dinner will give you a taste of the region's mix of cultures.
Day 15: Morning sightseeing gives you a view of the capital, including the glass Opera House, before heading down to the coast for a stroll along the historic promenade of the Port of Antonina After lunch, board the scenic historic railway as it winds its way from sea level up 1200m (3/4 of a mile high!) over the Serra do Mar chain back to Curitiba.
Day 16: Head for São Paulo, the world's second largest city & South America's industrial powerhouse! 4000 deadly poisonous snakes welcome you on our sightseeing including the Butantã Institute, the world-famous research lab specializing in anti-venom research. Continue downtown to see the Paulistanos as they work and live in this surprisingly well-organized metropolis. Sightseeing includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Basilica and the Teatro Municipal. São Paulo's Hotel Mercure Paulista**** is located in the heart of the city. Tonight's dinner is included.
The city of São Paulo is full of surprises. It is the largest German manufacturing city in the world, and contains great architecture, such as this masterpiece by Oscar Niemeyer, architect of the capital, Brasilia
Day 17: Arrive in the cidade maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro. Welcoming you to the 'marvelous city' is your bilingual Southamerica.travel tour guide or representative who will escort you to your hotel on the Copacabana - Luxor Continental****. (Get a free upgrade to the sea view apartment at the Luxor Continental**** now! See Specials!) The afternoon is free for a stroll, some shopping or relaxing on the beach or at your rooftop pool!
Meet your fellow travelers for a complementary Rodizio, an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue (included).
Day 18: The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today's sightseeing tour. Board a funicular to reach the summit with its 360º spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the world's most beautiful city. Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil.
In the afternoon heat, everything slows down, and the Cariocas (as the people of Rio call themselves) head for the beach!
Day 19: Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Board the tremzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city! This evening, depart for home or your onward journey.
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