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Grand Tour of South America

Peru, Argentina and Brazil

from £4,599 per person
2 passengers 18 nights
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Step into a different world...

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. We’ve taken three of the five largest and created a tour that will show you some of the best and most memorable highlights of Peru, 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 as ‘extraordinarily beautiful’, and is regarded as one of the modern seven wonders of the world.

In Argentina visit pulsing Buenos Aires where the sultry melodies of the tango were born before 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.

Including...

17 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
28 meals: 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners (2020 departures)

16 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
25 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 dinners (2021 departures)

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 (2020 departures only)
  • Boat trip to the floating islands of Uros and Amantani Island (2020 departures only)
  • The religious town of Copacabana and hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island (2020 departures only)
  • City tour of La Paz with cable car ride over the city (2020 departures only)
  • 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
2021 Departures

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Day 1 UK to Lima, Peru

A plane wing at sunrise

After taking our included UK door-to-door travel service, fly overnight from the UK to Lima, Peru.

Lima Peru South America

Day 2 Lima, Peru

Colonial buildings in Lima

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

Lima in 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

Baby Llama, Pisac, Sacred Valley

It’s an early start today, as you fly to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley where you will stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay.

En route look forward to visiting the textile centre of Awanacancha and also the town of Pisaq known for its artisan market.

Look forward to enjoying dinner this evening at your hotel. B, D


Day 5 Sacred Valley

A local woman weaving

Set off today, starting with 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. B, L


Day 6 Macchu Picchu

The UNESCO site of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, one of the great modern wonders of the world awaits you today.

Look forward to travelling through the Scared Valley with its backdrop of mountains and villages as you take the train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. After enjoying lunch here continue to Machu Picchu via shuttle bus. 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.

After your visit transfer to the nearby locally rated 4-star Tierra Viva Hotel where you’ll stay overnight. Facilities at your hotel include a lounge, breakfast room, bar and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 43 bedrooms is equipped with air-conditioning, a television, safe and hairdryer. This evening look forward to enjoying dinner in a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 7 Macchu Picchu-Cusco

Even Llamas enjoy the views of Machu Picchu

This morning enjoy some time at leisure to relax or perhaps return to the site of Macchu Picchu when you can explore independently.

This afternoon return to Cusco where you’ll spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Xima Cusco. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Cusco, perhaps relaxing at your hotel. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, and spa (charges apply). Each of the 167 bedrooms is equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities. B


Day 8 Cusco

The city of Cusco

Look forward to a walking city tour of Cusco this morning, where you will take in some of the city highlights including the Temple of the Sun and the cathedral with its distinctive collection of Cusco school colonial art.

Next drive to the archaeological ruins of the Fortress and Temple of Sacsayhuaman which lie a short distance from the city and date to a period prior to the Incas, before returning to the city for a tour of San Pedro market with its colourful displays and variety of goods. Enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant this evening. B, D


Day 9 Cusco-Lima

Lima, Peru

Travel back to Lima today where you’ll stay overnight at the Jose Antonio Lima Hotel where you stayed on your first night.

This evening look forward to enjoying an included dinner at the restaurant at the Museum of Huaca Pucllana. The museum is centred round an archaeological site which includes the remains of a great pyramid consisting of seven platforms, surrounded by walls and level areas and you’ll dine overlooking this fascinating site. B, D


Day 10 Lima-Buenos Aires

Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires

Leave Peru 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 Novotel Buenos Aires.

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. Facilities at your hotel include a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool (seasonal). Each of the 129 rooms features a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free W-Fi. B


Day 11  Buenos Aires

Recoleta's fascinating cemetery

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 look forward to an included dinner and tango show with live music and dancing at the art deco Tongo Porteno. B, D


Day 12 Buenos Aires

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires

Enjoy today at leisure to explore independently or just relax at your hotel. Look forward to a drinks reception at your hotel this evening. B


Day 13  Buenos Aires-Puerto Iguazu

The Iguazu Falls

It’s time to bid Argentina adiós as you fly to Puerto Iguaçu and then transfer to the locally rated 4-star Recanto Cataratas Resort.

Situated approximately three miles from the city centre facilities at the resort include two restaurants, a bar, cafe, swimming pools, an indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa (charges apply). Each of the 300 air-conditioned bedrooms are equipped with a television, safe, fridge and hairdryer. 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 14 Foz do Iguaçu

Ride the Ecological Train through the jungle

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 towards the Fall’s Observation point known as ‘The Devil’s Throat,’ which can be reached via a trek through the jungle. B


Day 15 Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer statue over Rio de Janeiro

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Upon arrival in Rio, travel to your hotel in Copacabana where you will spend three nights at the locally rated 5-star Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa (charges apply). There are 545 air-conditioned bedrooms, each equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. 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 16 Rio de Janeiro

Colourful murals along Olympic Boulevard

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 17 Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio de Janeiro's beaches

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 bar-b-que dinner at a local restaurant. B, D


Day 18 - 19 Rio de Janeiro-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.


2020 Departures

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Day 1 UK to Lima, Peru

A plane wing at sunrise

After taking our included UK door-to-door travel service, fly overnight from the UK to Lima, Peru.

Lima Peru South America

Day 2 Lima, Peru

Colonial buildings in Lima

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

Lima Peru South America

Day 3 Lima, Peru

Lima in 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

Lima Peru South America

Day 4 Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley

A local woman weaving

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 where you spend the next two nights. 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. B, L

Sacred Valley of the Incas Cuzco Peru South America

Day 5 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

The UNESCO site of 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

Machu Picchu Machupicchu Town Peru South America

Day 6 Sacred Valley to Cusco

The city of 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 overnight at the locally rated 3-star Hotel Xima. B,D


Day 7 Cusco to Puno

The Temple of Wiracocha

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


Day 8 Puno

The floating islands of Uros

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 9 Puno to La Paz

Lake Titicaca

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 10 La Paz

A cable car above 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 11 La Paz-Buenos Aires

Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires

Leave Bolivia 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 12 Buenos Aires

The Metropolitan Cathedral in 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 13 Buenos Aires

Enjoy today at leisure, or explore independently. Alternatively, join an optional half-day Tigre and Delta excursion, a full-day at the Estancia Santa Susana ranch or dinner and Tango show. B


Day 14 Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu

The Iguazu Falls

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

Ride the Ecological Train through the jungle

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,’ which can be reached via a trek through the jungle. B 


Day 16 Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer statue over 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

Colourful murals along Olympic Boulevard

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

One of Rio de Janeiro's beaches

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

The wing of a plane over clouds

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. Arrive in the morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service.


Grand Tour of South America

Peru, Argentina and Brazil

from £4,599 per person
2 passengers
18 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
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