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Classic South America (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Brazil, Argentina, Chile

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South America is a vast continent, rich in natural wonders, historic cities, imposing monuments and cultural complexity. Yet, from this wondrous palette, Insight has fashioned a harmonious vacation, steeped in luxury, layered in the Latin way of life. From Sugarloaf cityscapes to the thundering chasm of the Devil's Throat and in between, a string of exquisite cultural encounters enrich your journey. In Rio, dine at the Michelin-starred Mee Restaurant where Executive Chef Kazuo Harada will take you on a journey of the most sophisticated Pan-Asian cuisine. When staying at your luxury hotel next to the thundering Iguassu Falls, you'll be welcomed by the indigenous Guarani people and hear tales of life in the jungle. The Belmond Copacabana Palace, home to stars and celebrities, is your five-star home overlooking its iconic beach.


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  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Chile

    On arrival at Santiago International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel. After checking in, Santiago's impressive blend of colonial and modern architecture is yours to explore. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal at nearby Café Lastarria.

  2. Day 2

    The Sights of Santiago, Valparaiso and Wine Country

    (Relaxed Start) Meet a Local Expert in the morning for a city tour of the Chilean capital; highlights include the bustling Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church and the busy Central Market. Next, head for the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaiso, with its historic hill neighbourhoods and trademark multicoloured houses. In the afternoon, spend time at the boutique Kingston Family Winery located in the Casablanca Valley. Enjoy an introduction to their exquisite cool climate wines topped off with a tasting. This evening is at leisure.

  3. Day 3

    Fly to Buenos Aires

    (Relaxed Start) The morning is yours to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps spend time exploring Santiago further, shopping, or relaxing at your hotel. Fly to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital city of Argentina, and arrive at your hotel—the celebrated Alvear Palace—a landmark hotel in La Recoleta, one of the city's most elegant and distinguished neighbourhoods. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Chef Donato DeSantos' Italian eatery, Cucina Paradiso in Palermo.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Beautiful Buenos Aires

    (Relaxed Start) Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert. Your comprehensive tour includes the city's best neighbourhoods, including Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta, where a visit is made to the famous cemetery. See top attractions such as the Plaza de Mayo, Plaza de la Republica, Casa Rosada, the balcony made famous by Evita Peron, and the colourful Caminito Street in the La Boca neighbourhood. Enjoy a guided visit to the splendid Belle Époque Teatro Colon, with its colossal staircase, mosaic floors and exquisite ironwork. As night falls, a delicious Highlight Dinner with live music, singers and the electrically-charged dance of the Rojo Tango is an experience not to be forgotten.

  5. Day 5

    Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos

    (Relaxed Start) With its narrow colonial streets, churches, bars and museums, San Antonio de Areco remains one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas. Step into a world of riding boots and leather chaps at the stunning La Bamba de Areco Estancia, which has been reserved exclusively for your enjoyment. Enjoy a delicious asado Highlight Lunch and a taste of the life of an Argentinian gaucho, or cowboy. Gaze in awe as gauchos demonstrate their legendary equestrian skills with acrobatic riding, herding, racing and horse dancing. Back in Buenos Aires, the evening is free for you to sample some of the best restaurants in all of South America.

  6. Day 6

    Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls

    Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the great natural wonders of the world, straddling the Argentinian-Brazilian-Paraguayan border. You are in for a unique treat as a Local Expert takes you into a community of indigenous Guarani people. Meet a tribal representative and learn about daily life in the jungle. Head for the Argentinian side of the falls, where the meandering catwalks follow the booming waters to the unfathomable Devil's Throat. Located right alongside the tumbling waters, your luxurious resort is the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park. Enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening, when the park is closed to other visitors. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  7. Day 7

    The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on the Brazilian side of the falls. Explore the base of the falls and see the impressive panoramic view of San Martin Island. At the Bird Park, walk in the company of toucans and macaws through extensive aviaries integrated into the lush subtropical forest. Your Travelling Concierge will be happy to assist you in planning the rest of your day. Perhaps take a helicopter flight over the arc of the cascading majesty or relax by the pool.

  8. Day 8

    Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro

    Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro, city of mountains, sea and samba. Transfer to your legendary hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach. Elegant surroundings, exemplary service, gourmet cuisine and fine wines are the hallmarks of the evening's Michelin-starred Highlight Dinner at Mee – the vision of celebrity Chef Ken Hom and led by Executive Chef Kazuo Harada. Mee is one of the first restaurants in South America to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

  9. Day 9

    Exploring Rio de Janeiro

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for a spectacular day seeing the sights of Rio. A two-stage cable car takes you to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain. The historic downtown boasts many Belle Époque landmarks, but the Confeitaria Colombo literally takes the cake. Enjoy a classic buffet-style Highlight Lunch amid a lavish setting of rosewood furniture, stained glass windows, gilded mirrors and marble countertops. In the afternoon, you are in for a unique experience–a guided visit to one of Rio's many favelas, the countless cascades of shanty towns that coat the city's hillsides. See what daily life is like in a favela, explore the cultural and commercial centres and interact with the residents. Stop at The Maze, an iconic jazz club frequented by a steady stream of celebrities, and meet the owner, Bob Nadkarni, over a drink and fabulous views of Rio and Guanabara Bay.

  10. Day 10

    Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba

    One of the world's most iconic statues keeps a watchful eye over Rio. Join your Local Expert on a narrow-gauge train ride up Corcovado Hill to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is completely free for your own pursuits. In the evening, celebrate the culmination of your South American tour with a Celebration Dinner at a local churrascaria, the traditional Brazilian steakhouse. Servers present quality cuts of meat on knives and skewers-a quintessential Brazillian experience. Finish with an exclusive journey through Brazil's diverse music and culture during a show at the electric Ginga Tropical. Prepare to be amazed as incredible dancers put on a performance of rich colours and Samba music, making a truly memorable experience.

  11. Day 11

    Depart Rio de Janeiro

    (Relaxed Start) A private transfer will take you to the Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique family-owned winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
  • Santiago: Embark on a city tour of the Chilean capital to see some of its most famous highlights.
  • Buenos Aires: With a Local Expert, your comprehensive city tour includes a visit to the splendid Belle Epoque Teatro Colon.
  • Iguassu Falls: Be welcomed into the community of the indigenous Guarani people, meet a tribal representative and learn about daily life in the jungle.
  • Iguassu Falls: Join a Local Expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on both Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls.
  • Rio de Janeiro: See the sights of the city with a Local Expert and experience a cable car journey to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Meet Bob Nadkarhi, founded of 'The Maze' and hear how he created the most famous jazz club in all of South America.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Journey up Corcovado Hill to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer and magnificent views over the legendary bay.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Witness a stunning show of extravagant costumes and enthralling music, songs and dances at Ginga Tropical.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kingston Family Winery: Be immersed in the cool climate wine culture that has made Chile famous.
  • Buenos Aires: Stand on the wide open Pampas of Argentina and along side the gaucho's cowboy lifestyle of the past.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Walk along white sand beaches humming the famous songs they are known for....Copacabana and Ipanema.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Buenos Aires: Dine at Cucina Paradiso, owned by the late Gianni Versace's private chef.
  • Buenos Aires: Savour a delicious meal, fabulous live music, solo singers and a breathtaking display of authentic tango at Rojo Tango.
  • Buenos Aires: At San Antonio de Areco, one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas, enjoy a delicious asado lunch at La Bamba de Areco Estancia and a glimpse into the life of an Argentinian gaucho during an equestrian show.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Your Michelin Star Highlight Dinner is served in the elegant surroundings of the Belmond Copacabana Palace's award-winning restaurant, Mee, the vision of celebrity chef Ken Hom and led by Executive Chef Kazuo Harada.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Indulge in a classic buffet-style lunch amid a lavish setting at the Belle Époque, Confeitaria Colombo.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy elegant bayside surroundings with a Celebration Dinner at the flagship Fogo de Chao, a typical Brazilian Steakhouse where a variety of meats are barbecued in authentic 'churrasco style.'
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 1 Continental Breakfast (CB), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Michelin Highlight Dinner (MHD), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Rio de Janeiro: The iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace is perfectly located on the famous Copacabana Beach.
  • Iguassu: The luxury Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.
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