Day 1 - Departure from the UK
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago de Chile, arriving the next morning.
Day 2 - Santiago City Tour
On arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to your hotel for 3 nights. In the afternoon we tour the city, visiting the 'Plaza de Armas' main square, the Presidential Palace and taking the funicular railway up to the San Cristóbal mountain, affording extensive views of the city below and the snowcapped Andes stretching into the distance.
Day 3 - Viña del Mar & Valparaiso Tour
A full day visit to the Pacific coast. First we visit Viña del Mar, the most famous and visited seaside resort with nickname 'Garden City', due to its many palms, parks and gardens. Next we visit Chile's main port Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site in a picturesque setting, enhanced by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the Pacific ocean.
Day 4 - Santiago at Leisure
Full day to further explore the city or take an optional excursion to the vineyards around the city.
Day 5 - Transfer to Puerto Varas
Fly to Puerto Montt and transfer to picturesque Puerto Varas on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, framed by the snowcapped Osorno volcano.
Day 6 - Andean Lake Crossing
Stunning full day excursion to cross from Chile to Bariloche in Argentina. By bus and boat we cross the Andean mountains and three lakes, surrounded by beautiful scenery and lush pine forests.
Day 7 - Argentinean Lake District excursion
Full day tour of scenic lakes, mountains and walks along the trails of the Argentinean Lake District 'Seven Lakes Road', visting La Angostura and San Martin Los Andes.
Day 8 - Fly to Buenos Aires
Transfer to Bariloche airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Clients taking the short version of this Cataratas Tour start their trip here in Buenos Aires after taking a flight from the UK the evening before. Either coming from Bariloche or the UK, upon arrival you will be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel for 3 nights. You have the rest of the day free to relax and start exploring the city on your own.
Day 9 - Buenos Aires City Tour
Full day tour of the "Paris of South America". We visit La Boca to see the brightly coloured houses in the famous 'Caminito', the Cathedral and the Presidential Palace with its famous balcony where Eva Perón and numerous presidents have made their public appearances. End the afternoon at Recoleta, famous for its European architecture, trendy shops and street cafes.
Day 10 - Buenos Aires at Leisure
Full day to explore on your own, a dinner and tango show in the evening are a must.
Days 11 - 12 - Iguazu Falls, Argentinian side
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu, staying 2 nights at our hotel set within the Iguazu National park with a spectacular view of the magnificent Iguazu Falls. We have plenty of time to walk the trails by the river and tropical rainforest, admire the panoramic view of the numerous waterfalls, and go birdwatching.
Days 13 - Iguassu Falls, Brazilian side & Rio de Janeiro
Transfer in the morning to explore the Brazilian side of the waterfalls for a panoramic view and relaxing at the falls. Take an afternoon flight to Rio de Janeiro for three nights in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city by the sea, combining colonial heritage with steep rocky peaks, famous beaches and landscapes as well as sophisticated shops and restaurants.
Day 14 - Rio de Janeiro City Tour
Full day tour including Rio's famous landmark, the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain, granting fabulous views of the city and Guanabara Bay. Next we will visit the old quarter of Santa Teresa and the centre of Rio de Janeiro with its historic Cathedral, museums, cafés and bustling business district.
Day 15 - Rio de Janeiro at Leisure
A full day at leisure in Rio to explore the city, enjoy the beaches or take an optional excursion.
Day 16 - Departure
Morning at leisure, before late afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight home arriving on Day 17. Or choose to extend your holiday to unwind on a beach resort near Rio de Janeiro.
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