Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $3,695 Dates/Prices
Visiting

Brazil, Argentina

Transportation

Cable Car, Coach, Plane, Train

Experience the diversity of sophisticated Buenos Aires and cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro alongside the incredible natural wonder of Iguazu Falls as we discover Argentina and Brazil. Leave the bustling city behind to enjoy a traditional asado lunch in Argentina, take the time to view both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the thundering Iguazu Falls and relish a once-in-a-lifetime Carnival experience in Brazil.

Tour highlights

With its elegant European feel, Buenos Aires is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with busy streets, wide boulevards and grand avenues. A wonderful city to explore on foot, whether it’s the stylish district of Recoleta or the colorful La Boca district, there is much to see and do.

Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World, comprising of over 240 individual falls, spanning an amazing 1.7 miles and surrounded by lush rainforest.

Capital city of Brazil until 1960, Rio de Janeiro is often called 'Cidade Maravilhosa' or the Marvelous City for its breathtaking location, nestled between lush, green mountains and the ocean. Rio is now known as Brazil's cultural capital and home to some of Brazil's most famous landmarks including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain and the iconic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Itinerary (10 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina and its lively capital, Buenos Aires! Known as the ‘Paris of South America’ Buenos Aires is an intriguing mix of grand boulevards and classic European style architecture combined with an irresistible South American vibe.  Founded in the 16th century on the shores of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires literally translates to ‘fair winds’ and it has grown and flourished since its early beginnings. Now, one of the most visited cities in South America, its most defining characteristic is its many varied neighborhoods, explore these on foot and take a stroll along the city streets to soak up the colorful atmosphere.

Our small group tour of Argentina and Brazil begins this evening with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where we have an opportunity to meet our small group tour leader and fellow travelers.  

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Buenos Aires: City tour and tango show

A bustling city of almost three million people, Buenos Aires is both cosmopolitan and elegant at the same time. Our sightseeing today begins with a city sights tour, including the widest avenue in the world, the 9 de Julio Avenue; a visit to the Colon Opera House; the Obelisk, which commemorates the founding of the city in 1536; Plaza de Mayo and its buildings - Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Town Hall. Next, we head to the Italian district of La Boca and visit Caminito Street, a colorful street museum, then on to the elegant district of Recoleta and the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's famous Eva Peron was laid to rest.

Special Experience

The afternoon is yours to further explore this fascinating city before our evening dinner, tango show and lesson. We learn more about the art of tango, the popular dance form born in Argentina, and its importance to Argentina.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 3
3

Buenos Aires: Estancia and Asado

Today we leave the big city behind as we head out of Buenos Aires to one of Argentina's traditional estancias, Estancia El Ombu, located in the Pampas. When the Spanish first arrived in Argentina, the Pampas was an immense area of rough grassland, extending from Buenos Aires for hundreds of kilometres. The early Spanish explorers soon settled on the land and built grand estancias in the extravagant style of their homeland. A dedicated horse breeding ranch, General Richieri built Estancia El Ombu in the 1880s near the picturesque town of San Antonio de Areco, the birthplace of gaucho traditions.

Special Experience

We enjoy a typical hearty Argentinian asado (barbeque) lunch and in the afternoon, there is the opportunity to do some horseback riding through the charming countryside or take a horse-drawn carriage ride before our return to Buenos Aires.     

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 4
4

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Buenos Aires to explore or take an optional day trip to the cobblestone streets of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in Uruguay. This will be at your own expense and needs to be booked at least a day in advance with your tour guide.

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Iguazu Falls: Argentina and the Devil's Throat

This morning we fly to the incredible Iguazu Falls. Straddling the borders of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the worlds biggest waterfalls with over 240 individual falls. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush rainforest and are over 2.7 kilometres wide. The falls can be visited from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side and the views from each perspective are unique yet equally impressive.

Upon our arrival, we visit the Argentinian side of the falls and take the ecological train to the observatory at the edge of the largest waterfall in the park, the Devils Throat. Here, we experience the spectacular vista of five of the waterfalls as they thunder over and plummet deep into the Iguazu River below.

[Breakfast]

Day 6
6

Iguazu Falls: the Brazilian side and birds

A morning of incredible natural beauty awaits as we take the walking trail that descends deep into the canyon for panoramic views of the 240 falls and enjoy the glass elevator ride up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. Both the Argentinian and Brazilian national parks that encompass the falls protect the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern 'cone' of South America and have been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Special Experience

This afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Parque das Aves. This famous bird park gives visitors the opportunity to experience the native flora and fauna up close. Take a wander through the myriad of trails through the park and marvel at the wonderful native Brazilian bird species, some of which are on the endangered list. 

[Breakfast]

Day 7
7

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the colorful and flamboyant cultural capital, Rio de Janeiro! Not its administrative capital, nor its largest city, yet Rio de Janeiro is possibly Brazil's most well-known city and offers visitors magnificent views, beautiful beaches, a thriving cultural scene, Sugarloaf Mountain, great cuisine and friendly locals.

We have one last opportunity to the see the Iguazu Falls before our flight to Rio de Janeiro. After we check in to our hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. We regroup this evening for dinner at Lorenzo Bistro, a local restaurant offering delicious French-Italian cuisine.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Rio de Janeiro: Exploring Rio

We spend a full day discovering Rio de Janeiro today. Our day begins with a visit to possibly the most iconic sight in Rio, the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. We arrive at the bottom of Corcovado Hill, where we take a small train ride to the top of the mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, located 710 metres above sea level. Here, we enjoy panoramic views of Rio spread out below us. We continue on to Sugar Loaf Mountain, jutting out at the entrance of Guanabara Bay. The journey to the top of Sugar Loaf is made in glass cable cars over two sections, offering unparalleled views of downtown Rio, its beaches, Corcovado Mountain and surrounds. Later, we drive through downtown, stopping at the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral.

[Breakfast]

Day 9
9

Rio de Janeiro: experience the Carnival

Special Experience

This morning is all about experiencing Rio's famous Carnival with a behind the scenes Carnival tour at one of the Samba schools to learn about its history. Here, we also have an opportunity to try on some of the costumes! We learn about the level of artistry and imagination involved in the creation of the Carnival and witness the construction and production process of the 15 floats and more than 6,000 costumes.

After, we pay a visit to the Selaron Stairs or Escadaria Selarón, leading from the Convento de Santa Teresa to Rua Joaquim Silva. Each stair is unique and made from a combination of ceramic, mirrored and other tiles from all over the world.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or further explore this bustling city before our wonderful farewell dinner this evening. Unlike most other restaurants, Fogo de Chão restaurant offers guests the chance to sample everything on the menu, with unlimited servings of 15 different delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats and a sumptuous buffet of fresh salads, vegetables and side dishes.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Depart Rio de Janeiro

Today is at leisure before our return flight. We say farewell to new friends and the incredible countries of Argentina and Brazil before transferring to the airport to begin our journey home.  

Note

You need to be at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled flight departure due to Brazil’s security screenings.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 6 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Internal flights between Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro
  • Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour

Stays

  • 9 nights in superior accommodation
  • Hotel highlight, Iguazu Falls. Spend 2 nights in the historic Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. This 5-star property offers luxurious suites and first-class spa treatments and is the only hotel located inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park

Meals

  • 14 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Food highlight, Buenos Aires. Enjoy a traditional Argentinian asado (barbeque) at El Ombu Estancia
  • Food highlight, Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a decadent Brazilian meat fest at Fogo de Chão

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Dinner and tango dance show in Buenos Aires
  • Visit one of Argentina’s traditional estancias
  • Experience native flora and fauna at Parque das Aves Bird Park
  • Enjoy a behind the scenes Carnival experience

Sightseeing

  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Caminito Street
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Colon Theatre
  • Dinner & Tango show
  • El Ombu Estancia visit
  • Argentinian & Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls
  • Ecological Train
  • Parque das Aves
  • Full day tour of Rio de Janeiro
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Behind the scenes Carnival Tour
  • Selaron Steps

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

Argentina flag Buenos Aires Argentina

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

4-star

Contemporary meets luxury at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta. Nestled in the sophisticated Recoleta neighborhood, the hotel features Argentinian inspiration throughout. The convenient location means iconic sights of Buenos Aires are just steps away. Rooms feature views of the city or the hotel's garden and are equipped with free wifi, a coffee maker and air-conditioning. The hotel features an onsite restaurant and bar, an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Brazil flag Iguazu Falls Brazil

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

5-star

The only hotel inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is a unique accommodation offering just seconds away from one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Iguazu Falls. Featuring colonial style furnishings, each room has a charm of elegance matched with modern day amenities including free wifi, a safe deposit box and air-conditioning. At the heart of the hotel is the large heated swimming pool featuring day beds and a pool bar. The hotel also features a spa, tennis courts and a fitness center.

Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Miramar Hotel by Windsor

4-star

The recently renovated Miramar by Windsor is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, steps away from the iconic Copacabana Beach. The rooftop offers sweeping views of the beach and city below and features an infinity edge pool and poolside bar. The hotel also boasts a restaurant, fitness center and an on-call butler service (for a fee). Each room features modern styling paired with creature comforts including free wifi, a coffee maker and air-conditioning.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

Argentina

The official currency in Argentina is the Peso, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in Argentina you will be able to change your US Dollars into the Peso. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Currency
Argentinian Peso (ARS)

Brazil

The official currency in Brazil is the Real/Reais, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in Brazil you will be able to change your US Dollars into the Real/Reais. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
Brazilian Real (BRL)
02

Fitness Level

South America

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our South America tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with South America’s famous sights, some of which are located at high altitude. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in South America. Please ensure you come prepared to cope with the effects high altitude can bring upon people. We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before travel.

Walking Ability
2-3hrs
03

Arrival Time

Argentina - Arrival Time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 16.00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

Dates and Prices

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*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
08 May 20
17 May 20
$3,695
$3,695
Available
12 Jun 20
21 Jun 20
$3,695
$3,695
Available
07 Aug 20
16 Aug 20
$3,695
$3,695
Available
20 Nov 20
29 Nov 20
$3,695
$3,695
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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