Travel to South America to discover two of the great cities - Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires! We have many exciting experiences planned for this 11-day tour, from the beauty of Igassu National Park to tango dancing in Buenos Ares to the cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 - FLY TO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Fly to Rio de Janeiro to begin this South American adventure of two of the great cities!
MONDAY, MARCH 2 - RIO DE JANEIRO
The day is yours to explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3 - RIO DE JANEIRO
This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Next, toast the start of a memorable vacation from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome cocktail party.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning Corcovado Mountain, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the cathedral. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community center and a school. This evening, it’s off to a churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style. (B,D)
THURSDAY, MARCH 5 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort. (B)
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 - RIO DE JANEIRO TO IGUASSU FALLS
A flight from Rio takes you to Iguassu Falls. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to enjoy the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour, with some cataracts as high as 250 feet—it’s nothing short of hypnotic! (B, D)
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 - IGUASSU FALLS
Today, journey to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls, where you will take the ecological jungle train and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 - IGUASSU FALLS TO BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. (B)
MONDAY, MARCH 9 - BUENOS AIRES
Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. Next, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your empanada cooking class. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous tango club. Start with a dance lesson, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B, D)
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 - BUENOS AIRES, EXCURSION TO THE PAMPAS
Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working Argentine Estancia (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colorful feast, complete with world-renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city. (B, L)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 - RETURN HOME
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning prior to our return flight home. (B)
Price when booked by November 22, 2019:
Double occupancy: $3680 per person
Single occupancy: $4600 per person
Deposit of $750.00 per person is required to confirm your
Final Payment is due on or before November 22, 2019.
Deposit is nonrefundable.
After November 22, 2019, final payment is nonrefundable.
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited's Lori Nietert
- 10-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Intra Airfare
- Airport transfers
- Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D) as specified
SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:
- Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain & Sugar Loaf cocktail party
- Visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral
- Churrascaria dinner
- Sightseeing with local guide on both the Brazillian and Argentinean sides of Iguassu Falls
- Ecological Jungle Train
- Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery visit
- Empanada cooking class
- Tango lesson and show
- Local estancia (ranch) visit
- Roundtrip USA Airfare
- Airline baggage fees
- Personal items
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Tips and Gratuities
- Travel Insurance
- Passport and Visa Fees
Travelers on this tour should be in reasonably good health. Certain components of this trip may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to guests with walking, dining or other personal needs.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
All passengers are required to have a passport valid through September 18, 2020. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited of your nationality at the time of deposit. Currently visas are required for entry to Brazil and this paperwork and fee will be completed a few months prior to departure.
GROUP PHOTO POLICY
Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited reserves the right to take photos during any part of the tour and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, group members agree to allow their images to be used in such photos. Group members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to advise their group escort at the beginning of the tour.
Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, escorts and hosts, selected air carrier, selected hotel, ground operators and their affiliates, shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage and property, or for personal injuries or delay due to the acts or omissions of any carrier, hotel operator, restaurant, or any other supplier of services or facilities caused by weather, strike, war, quarantine or for any other reason. Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited acts only as an agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, accepting reservations, and booking services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (i.e. air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, etc).
The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible. If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused guests by reason of such change. The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time. It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a tour for any cause whatsoever. Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change. Please read this contract carefully. Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
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