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Essence of South America
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From the eastern coast of Brazil by way of Patagonia and the Andes, through some of South America's most breathtaking scenery to the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences you wouldn't have acce...
 
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Essence of South America
From the eastern coast of Brazil by way of Patagonia and the Andes, through some of South America's most breathtaking scenery to the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences you wouldn't have access to on your own.

From the eastern coast of Brazil to Argentina and the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences that bring you to the best each country has to offer. One of our most comprehensive South American tours inspires with 12 days of in-depth discoveries of natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Spend multiple nights in world-class cities at fine hotels in the heart of each city. View spectacular Iguazu Falls; sample the fine wines of Chile and famous Argentinian beef; get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio's colorful Carnaval; feel the passion and the heat of the tango and the samba; visit once of the most famous silversmiths of Argentina, the Draghi family; and so much more.

From the eastern coast of Brazil to Argentina and the western coast of Chile, explore the essence of each destination with unique travel experiences that bring you to the best each country has to offer. One of our most comprehensive South American tours inspires with 12 days of in-depth discoveries of natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Spend multiple nights in world-class cities at fine hotels in the heart of each city. View spectacular Iguazu Falls; sample the fine wines of Chile and famous Argentinian beef; get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio's colorful Carnaval; feel the passion and the heat of the tango and the samba; visit once of the most famous silversmiths of Argentina, the Draghi family; and so much more.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • A special visit to a silversmith and lunch at an estancia where gauchos and a horse whisperer demonstrate their skills
  • A walk along the base of thundering Iguazu Falls during two nights at a hotel with views of the waterfall
  • On-Tour Air included (3 flights)
  • Three nights in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana beach, featuring dazzling oceanfront views
  • A three-night stay in Buenos Aires featuring a private visit to Teatro Colon Opera House, and dinner and a tango show
  • Private tour of Rio's Samba City for a behind-the-scenes look at Carnaval costumes, floats and sensational samba dancing
  • Private cruise on Guanabara Bay for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro

  • Call (530) 896-1668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17744960
    Tour OperatorTauck Tours
    OfferOffer valid through 3/31/2024
    Duration
    12 Days
    Itinerary
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1Rio de JaneiroArrive Rio de Janeiro

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Belmond Copacabana Palace. A transfer is included from Rio de Janeiro International Airport to Belmond Copacabana Palace, an Art Deco landmark overlooking Copacabana Beach. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner with traditional entertainment.

    Lodging: Belmond Copacabana Palace

    Meals: D
    Day 2Puerto VarasSugarloaf Mountain and a cruise

    Your morning in Rio begins with a private boat cruise on Guanabara Bay. Enjoy seaside glimpses of beautiful beaches, historic forts, a modern museum, outlying islands and the city skyline. Next, dramatic scenic views await at the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain where a two-stage cable car ride takes you up a quarter mile into the air to see what the birds see as they fly over Guanabara Bay and the city. Feast on a typical churrascaria barbecue lunch before returning to Rio. The rest of the day is at your leisure.



    Lodging: Belmond Copacabana Palace

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3Cidade do SambaSummit of Corcovado & Samba City

    Arise in amazing Rio for an unforgettable excursion up Corcovado Hill by train to Tijuca National Park to see the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a walking tour of Rio's historic downtown, including the Cathedral and other Belle Epoque landmarks. Then discover the passionate nature of Rio's beloved Carnaval celebration, which draws visitors from around the world each year, on a visit to Samba City. A local guide leads you on a behind-the-scenes look at the business of Carnaval and the creation of its dazzling costumes and floats, which includes an exclusive samba performance. Have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel to spend the afternoon as you please. Dinner tonight is at a renowned local restaurant.



    Lodging: Belmond Copacabana Palace

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Foz do IguassuFly to Iguazu Falls

    Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazu Falls was named a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. You'll have to visit two countries to get a complete look at the falls – 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape across two miles of the Iguazu River, straddling the borders of Argentina and Brazil. Today experience the Brazilian side, walking on paved trails with a local guide to the catwalks along the falls for amazing views of the thundering water. Your hotel is ideally located inside the national park with nature's wonders as a welcome showpiece.



    Lodging: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Foz do IguassuDiscover the Falls your way

    Immerse in the natural splendors of the park your way today on a choice of excursions. Board a helicopter for a flightseeing ride over the falls; drive into the jungle for a jet boat ride to the base of the falls and shoot the rapids on the way back to the dock; or take a behind-the-scenes backstage tour of the Bird Park, a recovery and conservation center for exotic birds, where you will meet and perhaps feed toucans, flamingos and more. After time at leisure to do as you like, work up an appetite for our private tasting dinner tonight that immerses you in the culinary history of the different regions of Brazil.



    Lodging: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Buenos AiresCross Over Into Argentina

    Drive across the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the border into neighboring Argentina where you will experience the falls from a different perspective. Take a walk along the Superior Circuit to Devil's Throat on metal grated walkways and up steps for stunning views, before lunch and an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Settle in at the elegant Alvear Palace Hotel, a city landmark since 1932 and the grande dame of Buenos Aires hotels.

    Lodging: Alvear Palace Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7Buenos AiresBuenos Aires allure

    No doubt about it, Buenos Aires defines sizzle... and you'll discover why today when a local guide shows you the city. First up is a visit to Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace) where you'll see the balcony made famous by Evita Peron. Explore the colorful La Boca neighborhood, which is both a working class barrio and artist colony, and then enjoy lunch in the San Telmo District, a mix of colonial-style homes, narrow lanes, artist lofts and hip bars. This evening, experience the allure of the infamous tango when a superb show follows dinner in Buenos Aires.

    Lodging: Alvear Palace Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8Buenos AiresVisit a silversmith and a horse ranch

    Experience time-honored Argentine traditions today as you venture out to the countryside to the artist community of San Antonio de Areco for a very special visit with one of the most famous silversmiths in the country. The Draghi family have created priceless pieces in pure silver for celebrities and local gauchos alike and today you will have the opportunity to see the artists at work. Continue on to a traditional estancia (ranch) for lunch and a fascinating gaucho demonstration with a horse whisperer. Your evening is free to enjoy Buenos Aires as you like.

    Lodging: Alvear Palace Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 9Buenos AiresThe Opera House

    Today begins with a privately guided, behind-the-scenes tour of Teatro Colon, the city's seven-tiered opera house that first opened in 1908, and ranks among the best concert venues in the world. Its opulent stained glass, marble staircases and excellent acoustics recently underwent a three-year refurbishment. The remainder of the day is free to explore Buenos Aires as you please.



    Lodging: Alvear Palace Hotel

    Meals: B
    Day 10SantiagoFly to Chile

    A morning flight brings you to Santiago in Chile and the final stop on our tour of South America. Drive south on the Pan-American Highway to the Millahue Valley in the heart of Chile's famous winelands for a two-night stay. Your hotel is acclaimed for its unique architectural design and on-site winery; enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.

    Lodging: Vik Chile

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11SantiagoChilean Wine Country, your way

    Immerse in the beauty of wine country today as you choose how you want to spend the morning. Saddle up for a guided horseback ride through the vineyards or pedal your way on a bicycle through vines meticulously grown and cared for. Or join us for a cooking class or a wine and chocolate pairing at the hotel. Everyone meets up for a wine pairing lunch before a tasting tour at the winery. A farewell reception and dinner features regional specialties and incredible scenic views.



    Lodging: Vik Chile

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12SantiagoTravel home from Santiago

    Tour ends: Santiago. Drive to Santiago this morning for a city tour and lunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, where day rooms have been reserved for you before your flight home. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago to Santiago Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L
    Dates/Pricing
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    January 18, 2025AVAILABLE$11,390.00 (USD)Quote
    January 25, 2025AVAILABLE$12,490.00 (USD)Quote
    February 08, 2025AVAILABLE$12,490.00 (USD)Quote
    February 15, 2025AVAILABLE$11,390.00 (USD)Quote
    March 08, 2025AVAILABLE$12,490.00 (USD)Quote
    March 15, 2025AVAILABLE$11,390.00 (USD)Quote
    September 20, 2025LIMITED$10,990.00 (USD)Quote
    October 04, 2025AVAILABLE$12,490.00 (USD)Quote
    October 13, 2025AVAILABLE$11,390.00 (USD)Quote
    October 18, 2025AVAILABLE$12,490.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.
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