Classic South America - Luxury Gold

Classic South America (Summer 2018)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Chile, Brazil, Argentina

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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, Luxury Gold has fashioned a harmonious holiday, steeped in opulence, 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
  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Chile.

    On arrival at Santiago International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner and opportunity to mingle over drinks in nearby Lasterria, set in Santiago's trendiest neighbourhood.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    The Sights of Santiago, Valparaiso and Wine Country.

    Meet a Local Expert for a city exploration before a visit to the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso and the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a tasting.

  3. Day 3

    Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Buenos Aires. In the evening, your Highlight Dinner with wine is at Piegari Carnes, known for its Argentine beef.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Beautiful Buenos Aires.

    Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert on an exploration of the city including Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta. Enjoy views of the balcony, made famous by Evita Peron, and walk the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Visit the Belle Époque Teatro Colon. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine, live music, singers and dancers at Rojo Tango.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos.

    San Antonio de Areco remains one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas District. Step into a world of riding boots and leather chaps at an Estancia, where you will be served a delicious asado Highlight Lunch and a taste of the life of an Argentinian gaucho, or cowboy.

  6. Day 6

    The Falls of Iguassu.

    Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Local Expert will take you to meet a tribal representative of the indigenous Guarani people. Venture to the Argentinean side of the falls to see the unfathomable Devil's Throat. Your luxurious resort is the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park. Dine on a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine at your hotel's restaurant.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls.

    Join a Local Expert for a walk on the Brazilian side of the falls, see the panoramic view of San Martin Island and visit incredible Bird Park, which provides shelter for over a thousand birds, butterflies and reptiles from across South America.

  8. Day 8

    Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba.

    Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel on famous Copacabana Beach. The evening is yours to settle into the Rio way of life. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner served at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, followed by a show at the Ginga Tropical.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Rio de Janeiro.

    Join a Local Expert on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. At Confeitaria Colombo, enjoy a Highlight Lunch amid a lavish setting. In the afternoon, visit one of Rio's favelas before a stop at The Maze, an iconic jazz club.

  10. Day 10

    A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro.

    Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, toast your journey over a Farewell Celebration Dinner, at the Michelin starred MEE Restaurant.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Rio de Janeiro.

    A private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, locally known as Galeao International.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Rio de Janeiro: Meet Bob Nadkarni, a local club owner, and hear how he created one of the most famous jazz clubs in all of South America, The Maze.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Buenos Aires: With a Local Expert, your comprehensive city exploration includes a visit to the splendid Belle Époque Teatro Colon.
  • Iguassu Falls: Be welcomed into the community of the indigenous Guarani people, meet the tribal representative and learn about daily life in the jungle.
  • Rio de Janeiro: Experience sightseeing with a Local Expert and a cable car journey to the lofty heights of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Santiago: Meet a Local Expert for a tour of the Chilean capital.

VIP DINING

  • 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: Enjoy elegant bayside surroundings with a Highlight Dinner at the flagship Fogo de Chao, a typical Brazilian Steakhouse where a variety of meats are barbecued in authentic 'churrasco style.'
  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
  • Included Quality Dining: 9 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 1 Continental Breakfast (CB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Michelin Highlight Dinner (MHD), 1 Dinner (D) and 1 Farewell Celebration Dinner (CD).

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires (Heritage) - Argentina

Distinguishable by its architecture and décor, the Alvear Palace Hotel is a hallmark of world class hotels.

Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas Iguassu

Iguassu (Heritage) - Brazil

The luxurious Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.

Belmond Hotel de Cataratas Iguassu

Belmond Hotel de Cataratas, Iguassu.

Belmond Copacabana Palace Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro (Heritage) - Brazil

With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
1031 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 September, 2018

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    Trip: Wouldn't have planned it much different ourselves. So much was included to make the experience worth the money and time.

    Service: Well planned and thoughtful itinerary. The service we received was excellent. Absolutely no complaints.

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: A fine mixture of sights and sounds that helped us relate to each country's character...

    Service: Choice of hotels and amenities was outstanding, as was trip leadership (Roberto Campos) and meal offerings. However, one luxury dinner was changed to a buffet lunch with no explanation.

  • 07 September, 2018

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    Trip: Easy pace and wonderful locationOnly minor problem was finding good vegetarian food.

    Service: Will definitely travel again.

  • 07 September, 2018

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    Trip: Very happy with all aspects of the tour,

    Service: Met all expectations and then some.

  • 03 June, 2018

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    Trip: As before described . Excellent tour

    Service: Excelent hotels , tours and tour Director was amazing, but the Celebration Dinner was a big bad decision , was Asian food in the country more famous for Churrasco ( a kind of red meat) . This is the first bad experience in all trips with Insight Vacación

  • 20 April, 2018

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    Trip: If I'd realised how many steps there were in Valparaiso, I would have stayed in Santiago for the day, as I've no interest in wineries, which was the other stop. The highlights for me were the visit to La Bamba ranch, Iguassu Falls and Rio. The lowlights were the tango and samba shows as I couldn't stand the noise. I sent an email to Alan Cook at destamer.com with my comments, emphasising that they weren't intended as criticism of the company or its employees.

    Service: The travelling concierge, Roberto, was excellent, as were the local experts. When our luggage was left in Santiago after our flight to Buenos Aires, Roberto dealt with the situation very well.

  • 07 January, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent hotels&trip manager

    Service: exellent trip manager.Hotels were 5 stars.overall experience was v. pleasant

  • 23 December, 2017

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    Trip: I chose this tour for the itineray and the desist was going.

    Service: Overall my experience was very good. I liked the international diversity of our tour group. I would like it better if there was a limit on the size of the group. When I called the friday before the tour started, the call center said she didnt know for sure but there might be 35 people in the group that was shocking for the price of the tour. As it turned out there was only half that. Didn't like the visa contractor unbundling all the charges and have disputed some of them through my credit card.

  • 22 December, 2017

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    Trip: Tour guide was excellent. Hotels and hotel locations were the best.

    Service: We have travel with different tour companies for over 30yrs. Insight Gold has been the best.

  • 19 November, 2017

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    Trip: We saw all the places we wanted to see and enjoyed the culture of the various countries. We like the relaxed start to the day.

    Service: Yes, the tour guide (Roberto, from Peru) was absolutely excellent in every way. The hotels were great and getting to see all the venues we wanted to see was perfect with no waiting!!!

  • 17 November, 2017

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    Trip: Great blend of sightseeing, activities, and restaurants, and hotels.

    Service: Wonderful itinerary and hotels. Well planned and contained all important sights.

  • 17 November, 2017

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    Trip: EXCELLENT LOCATIONS GUIDE COULD HAVE PROVIDED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCALS . IN RIO IT WAS THE LOCAL GUIDE THAT INFORMED US THAT THE HOTEL PROVIDED CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS ON THE BEACH . WE ALMOST MISSED THAT ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE.

    Service: THERE WERE TIMES WHEN MEALS WERE NOT INCLUDED THAT WE WERE AT LOCATIONS WHERE FOOD WAS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

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