- Dazzling Rio de Janeiro
Visit Corcovado Mountain and the iconic giant statue of Christ the Redeemer.
- Peru's Sacred Valley
Visit the land of the Inca and see the lost city of Machu Picchu.
- City of the Tango
Tour the city of Buenos Aires where the Tango was born.
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Step into a different world as you explore South America…
Introducing South America – a land of breathtaking scenery, awe-inspiring archaeology, vibrant cities and enchanting wildlife. It’s a colourful and extraordinary continent where adventure and discovery seem to be waiting around every corner of its 13 countries. On this new tour we’ve taken four out of the five largest and created a tour that will show you some of the best and most memorable highlights of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. Come with us as we explore the legacy of the Incas, flying to Peru’s Sacred Valley where the ‘expedition train’ will take you from Cusco to Machu Picchu, home of the ‘lost city of the Incas’. This UNESCO World Heritage Site lies in a setting described by UNESCO as ‘extraordinarily beautiful’ and is regarded as one of the modern seven wonders of the world. You’ll set sail on mystical Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake whose shores touch Peru and Bolivia.
In Bolivia see the extraordinary city of La Paz, while in Argentina where you’ll visit pulsing Buenos Aires where the sultry melodies of the tango were born. Your tour concludes in Brazil at Cidade Maravilhosa (‘the marvellous city’) of Rio de Janeiro and Corcovado Mountain, where you can stand at the feet of the towering and iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
17 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
28 meals: 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- City tour of colonial Lima
- Visit to San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum
- Visit to Chinchero and Maras and Moray Salt Mines
- Tour of a typical house
- Trip to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ruins
- Archaeological park of the Fortress-temple of Sacsayhuaman
- Walking tour of Cusco city
- See the church of Andahuaylillas and visit the Inca ruins of Raqchi
- Boat trip to the floating islands of Uros and Amantani Island
- The religious town of Copacabana and hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island
- City tour of La Paz with cable car ride over the city
- City tour of Buenos Aires
- Tour of the Falls in Iguacu National Park in Brazil
- Trip to the Corcovado Mountain and Statue of Christ the Redeemer
- Tour the Olympic Boulevard and museum visit in Rio De Janeiro
Day 1 UK to Lima, Peru
After taking our included UK door-to-door travel service, fly overnight from the UK to Lima, Peru.
Day 2 Lima, Peru
Arrive in the morning and transfer to the locally rated 3-star plus Hotel Jose Antonio Lima for two nights, with dinner at your hotel this evening. D
Day 3 Lima, Peru
A city tour will take you through the old and modern parts of the city, taking in the colonial buildings of Plaza de Armas, the monastery of San Francisco and the museum of Larco Herrera with its outstanding pre-Columbian collections, including gold ceremonial artefacts. You are free to dine independently and at your own cost this evening. B
Day 4 Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley
It’s an early start today, as you fly to Cusco and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay. Afterwards, set off on a guided tour to see some of the Inca Communities of the Sacred Valley. This famous valley lies at the foot of Machu Picchu and its communities still enjoy a traditional way of life. Visit the Chinchero community, a centre dedicated to the preservation and production of traditional textiles and famed for their weaving.
After taking in the town with its colonial buildings and enjoying a weaving demonstration and typical Chinchero lunch, you’ll continue to the community of Moray. Here you’ll see its extraordinary circular terraces believed to have been used by the Incas as a centre for researching agriculture in this unique landscape. During the day, you’ll also call at Ollantaytambo town and visit a typical house in what is regarded as Peru’s last surviving Inca village. Your day concludes with a visit to the salt mines in Maras where salt is harvested via some 3,000 evaporation wells by allowing water from an underground source to crystallise. Dine independently this evening. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay. B, L
Day 5 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, one of the great modern wonders of the world awaits you today. Next stop, take the train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, travelling through the Scared Valley with its backdrop of mountains and villages.
Then travel to Machu Picchu via shuttle bus, with lunch at a local restaurant. This extraordinary and enigmatic ‘lost city of the Incas’ standing 2,430 metres above sea-level lies within a tropical forest and was the pinnacle of the Inca Empire’s building. Built in the 15th century the site has some 200 buildings which served a variety of purposes, the city split into two parts – one agricultural, one residential. The area embodies multiple facets of the Inca civilisation, many of which are yet to be understood, particularly its importance in terms of the civilisation’s astronomy. The city was abandoned in the 16th century after the Spanish invasion and it wasn’t until the 20th century that the city, by then shrouded in jungle, was uncovered. Return to the hotel and dine independently this evening. B, L
Day 6 Sacred Valley to Cusco
Beyond Cusco lies the Fortress and recently discovered Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Thought to have been created by a pre-Inca culture and later expanded by the Incas, the site was only discovered. Explore these fascinating remains before transferring to Cusco city where a walking tour will show you some of its highlights. See the Temple of the Sun, the Santo Domingo monastery, the cathedral with its distinctive collection of Cusco school colonial art, and the Inca Street of Loreto with its monumental Inca walls. This evening look forward to dinner at a local restaurant. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Hotel Xima. B,D
Day 7 Cusco
Enjoy today at leisure in Cusco, perhaps relaxing at your hotel situated a short walk from the city centre. B
Day 8 Cusco to Puno
As you travel from Cusco to Puno you’ll take in some of the highlights along the way including the Andahuaylillas Church, sometimes referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the Andes by virtue of the art it contains. You’ll also take in the sprawling ruins of Raqchi with its remnants of the impressive Temple of Wiracocha, as well as pausing at Pucara, known for its pottery and archaeological ruins. After enjoying lunch continue to Puno, where you will spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star plus Hotel Jose Antonio Puno. B, L
Please note: departures on the 11 and 25 October, 2019 will stay instead at the locally rated 4-star Sonesta Posada Hotel in Puno.
Day 9 Puno
The city of Puno lies on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake which lies across the border between Peru and Bolivia. Known as the ‘folklore capital’ it’s a city of contrasts where you’ll find busy commercialism alongside traditional dress, early architecture, and buzzing vibrant bars and festivals. But it’s to Lake Titicaca you turn this morning as you set sail for the Uros – floating manmade islands made of reeds where the Uros people, descended from some of America’s earliest peoples, live. Afterwards, you’ll sail to Amantani Island where you can get a taste of the local community who are also known for their ceramics and textiles. After enjoying lunch here, you’ll return to Puno. Dine independently this evening. B, L
Day 10 Puno to La Paz
Bolivia calls as you head for the border and then onto Copacabana onto Copacabana, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the Shrine of the Black Virgin, the patron saint of Bolivia. Next, take a hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island. Visit the Inca ‘Grand Stairs’ and the Sacred Fountain of water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch is at the Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant. Continue to Moon Island to visit the Sun Virgins Temple, then cruise to Cocotini. Drive to Huatajata in La Paz and visit the Andean Roots Eco Village and the Altiplano Museum. Spend the next two nights the locally rated 4-star Hotel Europa. B, L
Day 11 La Paz
The city of La Paz in Bolivia sits some 3,500 metres above sea level within the cradle of a vast canyon, with distant mountain views beyond the urban boundaries. A sightseeing tour opens the city up as you visit the handicraft and witchdoctors’ markets. Other highlights include San Francisco Church and the cathedral, Parliament and the Presidential Palace. You’ll also visit ‘Moon Valley’ beyond the city with its jagged lunar-type landscape, and take a ride on the city’s cable car system, regarded as a ‘subway in the sky’ and offering spectacular city views. This evening look forward to dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a folklore show. B, D
Day 12 La Paz-Buenos Aires
Leave Boliiva behind as you fly south for Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where you’ll spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star plus Hotel Recoleta Grand. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this cosmopolitan city. Buenos Aires has so many claims to fame – birthplace of the tango, the place where Pope Francis was born and worked, home to the Colon theatre regarded as one of the world’s great opera houses. Buzzing, lively, gastronomic – it’s all here. B, D
Day 13 Buenos Aires
A city tour shows you some of the highlights of Buenos Aires including 9 de Julio Avenue – the widest in the world, the Colon Theatre and the Avenida de Mayo that takes you past Government House and the Cathedral, with sight of the Congress building. You’ll go into the Metropolitan Cathedral with its handsome neo-classical facade and stately nave, where Pope Francis conducted services while cardinal of the city. You’ll also see the historic and atmospheric area of San Telmo with its cobbled street and famous market as well as La Boca where the street of Caminito with its colourful houses is a ‘street museum’. After taking in the north of the city with its parks and green areas you’ll conclude at Recoleta with its elegant shops, and Recoleta cemetery, where around 90 tombs are listed as national monuments.
Tonight enjoy a culinary experience with a variety of dishes including a typical Argentinian picada – a mixed hors d’oeuvre – and the steak for which Argentina is so famous, along with wines selected to complement the food. B, D
Day 14 Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu
It’s time to bid Argentina adiós as you fly to Puerto Iguaçu and then transfer to the locally rated 4-star plus Hotel Wish Resort Golf Foz Do Iguaçu. The city of Foz do Iguaçu lies on the border of the Iguaçu Falls, one of the world’s widest spanning both the border of Brazil and Argentina. Look forward to dinner at the hotel this evening. B,D
Day 15 Foz do Iguaçu
Visit the Brazilian Falls today, walking beside the cascades. Next you’ll head for the Argentinian Iguazú National Park where you’ll be able to see more of the falls and take the Ecological Jungle Train to the Fall’s Observation point known as ‘The Devil’s Throat.’ B
Day 16 Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro
Transfer to Iguaçu airport from where you’ll fly to Rio De Janeiro and spend three nights at the locally rated 5-star Hotel Hilton Copacabana. The city of Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most famous. Also known as the Cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city) it faces the Atlantic with a stunning 18-kilometre long coastline. From its famous carnival and wonderful museums to stunning botanical gardens, sprawling favelas and iconic Christ the Redeemer on lofty Corcovado Mountain, it’s a city that awaits discovery. B
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro
Rio has undergone considerable revitalisation and today you’ll be able to see some of that work as you visit the new Port Zone where you can walk along the Olympic Boulevard with its wall of murals representing every country that took part in the 2016 Olympic games here. You’ll also visit the Museum of Art of Rio De Janeiro and the Museum of Tomorrow – a science and experimental museum, regarded as one of the world’s most extraordinary buildings. Dine independently this evening. B
Day 18 Rio de Janeiro
Step aboard the cog-wheel train and travel up Corcovado Mountain, through the Tijuca forest. After taking in the outstanding views of the city and its beaches, continue to the top of the mountain where the Statue of Christ the Redeemer looks out over the city. Afterwards take in some of the city’s beautiful beaches before enjoying time at leisure. Alternatively, discover more of the city on an optional excursion. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B, D
Day 19 - 20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. Arrive in the morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service.
Your excursion starts with a coach tour of the downtown business centre of Rio with its towering skyscrapers, Imperial palace and other notable buildings. Afterwards, you’ll head for Flamengo Park for Sugar Loaf mountain, where you’ll board a cable car to travel 1,200 feet to the top of the mountain. From here a panora unfolds with outstanding views of the area including the Maciço da Tijuca and Corcovado mountains.
Optional on 19 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday extension - Three breakfasts, one dinnerBefore your tour, stay one night in Lima and two in Paracas in Peru as you visit the Paracas National Reserve, the Ballestas Islands, and fly over the famous Nazca Lines.
Rio de Janeiro
Post-holiday extension, half board
After your tour, stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star Hilton Copacabana. Single room supplement per person per night.