This leisurely-paced tour focuses on the iconic sites, cultural highlights and big cities of Argentina and Brazil. Travel from Buenos Aires, home of the sultry Argentine tango, to Rio's Copacabana beach via the rolling winelands of Mendoza and the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls. There'll be plenty of chances to enjoy a taste of the region with foodie experiences like sampling steak in Argentina and dining in one of Brazil's famous churrascarias included.
• Buenos Aires: 2 nights
• Mendoza: 2 nights
• Iguazú: 2 nights
• Rio de Janeiro: 3 nights
Day 1: UK to Buenos Aires Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires On arrival, transfer to your hotel where an early check-in is guaranteed (from 11am). You’ll be able to head straight to your room and relax after your flight. The rest of the day is free so you can head out into the city. This evening, get to know the rest of your group while learning about the local culture and traditions during an interactive Argentinian dining experience. During this three-course gourmet meal, you can create your own empanadas and learn the traditional way to roll the edges of the pastry. Tuck into picadas, hors d’oeuvres and mouthwatering steak, cooked to order and washed down with unlimited Argentinian wines. Be sure to save space for dessert as you’ll get to make your own alfajores, two biscuits sandwiched together with dulce de leche and sprinkled with coconut on the sides. Complete your experience by learning how to make maté, a strong herbal tea that’s Argentina’s national drink. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). D.
Day 3: Buenos Aires With its wide boulevards, upscale shops, boutiques and restaurants, it’s easy to understand why Buenos Aires has been dubbed the ‘Paris of South America’. Explore the city during a morning tour that visits the main attractions including the historical complex of Mayo Square which is surrounded by the Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo – the city’s first town hall. Stroll along the Avenida de Mayo before visiting the colourful La Boca District, famous for its vibrant houses, paintings, sculptures and handicraft market. Continue to San Telmo, a paradise for antique lovers. You’ll also see the famous Obelisk, the symbol of the city, and the Recoleta district, renowned for its French influences. Continue to Palermo – the city’s largest barrio – home to former aristocratic residences, attractive parks and botanical gardens. This evening is one of the highlights of your time in Buenos Aires: a traditional tango show and 3-course dinner. Soak up the drama and passion as 21 dancers tell the story of the tango while you dine on Argentinian specialities. Stay: Emperador Hotel (or similar). B, D.
Day 4 Buenos Aires to Mendoza Fly to Mendoza, the heart of wine country in Argentina at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in and the afternoon will be at leisure before enjoying dinner at your hotel. Stay: Sheraton Mendoza (or similar). B,D.
Day 5: Mendoza Today enjoy a full day cookery class with lunch, winery tour and a wine tasting at the family run Zuccardi Winery. Guided by their chef, you will learn how to use regional products in the cooking of traditional empanadas and sweet pastries, then taste them in a regional lunch accompanied by Familia Zuccardi´s wines. Stay: Sheraton Mendoza (or similar). B,L.
Day 6: Mendoza to Iguazú Falls Fly to the spectacular Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, which features an incredible 275 waterfalls often framed by rainbows. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel where you will spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the hotels facilities before dinner. Stay: Mercure Iguazú Hotel Iru (or similar). B,D.
Day 7: Iguazú Falls Enjoy a full-day tour of the Argentine side of the national park and falls, which includes a ride through the jungle on the ecological train. The park is rich in flora and you’ll see a variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies, as well as native species such as coatis. Follow a series of walkways to the top of the falls and stand just metres from the top of the mighty Devil’s Throat, or ‘Garganta do Diablo’. Stop for lunch at La Selva Restaurant, which is within the park. Transfer to your hotel, nestled in the Iryapú Reserve halfway between Puerto Iguazú city centre and the falls. Stay: Mercure Iguazú Hotel Iru (or similar). B, L.
Day 8: Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro Depart from Argentina this morning and cross over the border into Brazil to enjoy a whole new perspective of the falls. Journey by bus through Iguaçu National Park to reach the falls. Most of them are on the Argentinian side so from this side you can enjoy incredible panoramic views as you follow the forest trail down to the canyon. View the largest fall, the Devil’s Throat, from just 200 metres away – close enough to feel the spray on your face – and watch in awe as thousands of gallons of water roar over the edge every second. Take the lift or stairs to the Upper Balcony for more views. Then transfer to the airport and journey to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro which has a spectacular setting between Guanabara Bay, urban forest and soaring mountains (approx. 2 hours). Transfer to your hotel, which overlooks the world-famous Copacabana Beach, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Windsor California (or similar). B.
Day 9: Rio de Janeiro Discover some of the city’s most iconic attractions on a full-day excursion to Corcovado. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the foot of Corcovado Hill and ride a small train up the mountain to view the city’s world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which stands at over 30 metres tall with arms outstretched overlooking the beautiful bay. On a clear day, there are spectacular panoramic views over the city and beyond. Descend the mountain for a buffet lunch at Fogo de Cháo, a churrascaria – traditional Brazilian steakhouse with incredible views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Order your favourites or sample the entire menu with 15 cuts of fire-roasted meats to choose from. Flip your token to green or red to indicate if you want more or if you’re full up. If you have room left for something sweet try one of Brazil’s most popular desserts, fresh papaya blended with vanilla ice-cream and topped with blackcurrant liqueur. Continue to another of Rio’s most recognisable symbols, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ride two cable cars to the top for sensational 360-degree views over the whole city. Stay: Windsor California (or similar). B, L.
Day 10: Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a free day in this captivating city. Get a taste of Brazilian beach life on the sweeping sands of Copacabana Beach, visit the city’s 200 year-old botanical gardens, cruise around the beautiful islands of the Angra archipelago, or wander cobbled streets lined with pastel-hued colonial mansions in the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa (all sightseeing mentioned is bookable and payable locally). Tonight you will have a farewell dinner with the whole group at Giuseppe Grill. Stay: Windsor California (or similar). B, D.
Day 11: Rio de Janeiro To help you make the most of your time in Rio, we’ve arranged a late check-out (4pm) so you can hit the beach and have plenty of time to shower and pack before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.
Is this for you?
A laid-back tour balancing sightseeing and free time for relaxation and exploring independently.
Good to know
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey where the minimum age is 12)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag
What to expect
• Luggage is not always included on internal flights, it can be paid in advance, online or on the day at the airport
• Meals are meat based – vegetarian and vegan meals have to be requested in advance
• Take a waterproof jacket for Iguazu Falls
• A city tax of $1 USD per person, per night is payable locally in Buenos Aires
• Ensure you have your passport handy when crossing the Argentina/Brazil border
Accommodation on tour
We’ve selected good quality hotels that are ideally located for sightseeing and with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. In Rio, you’ll stay right at the heart of Copacabana Beach at a hotel with a rooftop pool. With early check-in in Buenos Aires and late check-out in Rio, you can maximise your time in the city. In Iguazú, your hotel is located in the Iryapú Reserve, away from the busy tourist town. In Mendoza, you will be staying in the heart of the city with easy access to local restaurants.
Sole-use room from £4315
2021 Feb 12; Mar 05; Sep 17; Oct 01; Nov 05
2022 Feb 11; Mar 4; Sep 16; Sep 30; Nov 4
Included in price
• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights
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Sip wine in Mendoza Spend the day at a family run winery set in beautiful Mendoza at the foot of the Andes, where you will learn how to make traditional empanadas before touring the winery and sampling some of their wines.
Feel the spray from mighty Iguazú Get up close to the water as you follow the walkways over, around and behind the falls as you experience this natural wonder from both Argentina and Brazil.
See Rio from above Ascend Corcovado to see the colossal and iconic Christ the Redeemer and see beautiful Rio at its best – from up above.