Classic South America

Classic South America (Summer 2019)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Argentina, Brazil, Chile

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A continent rich in natural wonders, historic cities and imposing monuments, you've made it to South America. With imposing mountain ranges, ethereal waters and an exotic wildness, it is little surprise this enchanting part of the world is also known as the 'land of poets', its sweeping landscapes having influenced the works of Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. From this wondrous palette, we've fashioned a harmonious holiday, steeped in opulence and layered in the Latin way of life. From Sugarloaf cityscapes to the thundering chasm of the Devil's Throat and Incan ruins, you'll experience the best of South America.


  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.

  2. Day 2

    The Sights of Santiago, Valparaiso and Wine Country.

    Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth city exploration before visiting the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Visit the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a local wine tasting. Return to Santiago for the evening.

  3. Day 3

    Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Buenos Aires, where you'll spend the next couple of days. This evening, taste famed Argentinean beef, a local specialty, during a Highlight Dinner with wine at Piegari Carnes.

  4. Day 4

    Beautiful Buenos Aires.

    Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert as you explore the neighborhoods of Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta. View the balcony made famous by Eva Peron, the former First Lady of Argentina, and walk the colourful streets of La Boca. Experience Buenos Aires Your Way with a visit to the regal Belle Époque Teatro Colon theatre or the historical Barolo Palace. Experience an electrifying evening of live music, singers and dancers at Rojo Tango during your Highlight Dinner with wine.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos.

    Experience a Candelaria del Monte, a working farm in the Argentine Pampas. Step into a world of riding boots and leather chaps at the 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. Venture to the Argentinean side of the falls to see the unfathomable Devil's Throat with your Local Expert. Dinner is served at your luxurious resort, the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park, where you'll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls.

    Wake up inside the park and beat the crowds. Join a Local Expert for a walk on the Brazilian side of the falls, where you'll witness panoramic views 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 iconic Copacabana Beach, famous for its three-mile stretch of golden sand and bustling energy. Settle into the local way of life, with a Highlight Dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse followed by a lively samba show at 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, for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Savour a Highlight Lunch at Confieiraria Colombo, a century-old cafe in a lavish setting. Explore a different side of Rio as you visit one its favelas, with a special introduction to Bob Nadkarni, founder of The Maze, an iconic jazz club and community hot spot.

  10. Day 10

    A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro.

    Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern wonder of the world. Toast your journey over a remarkable Celebration Dinner at the exceptional, Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant. Asian and Brazilian flavours come together through innovative dishes served up by executive chef Kazuo Harada.

  11. Day 11

    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

  • Santiago: Meet a Local Expert for an exploration of the Chilean capital.
  • Buenos Aires: With a Local Expert, your comprehensive city exploration includes a visit to the splendid Belle Époque Teatro Colon.
  • 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: Partake in a stunning show of extravagant costumes and enthralling music, songs and dances at Ginga Tropical.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery, a small boutique winery located in Casablanca Valley for an introduction to and tasting of their exquisite wines.
  • 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 Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant, the vision of celebrity Chef Ken Hom and led by Executive Chef Kazuo Harada.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners with wine (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Santiago: The Singular Santiago is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Lastarria section of Chile's capital.
  • Buenos Aires: Distinguishable by its architecture and décor, the Alvear Palace Hotel is a hallmark of world class hotels.
  • Iguassu: The luxurious Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.
  • Rio de Janeiro: With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.

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.
  • Enjoy the comfort of 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.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Mandarin Oriental Santiago.

Santiago (Traditional) - Chile

The Mandarin Oriental Santiago is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Santiago. It is located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Las Condes and offers spectacular rooms and award-winning restaurants.

Alvear Palace Hotel

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 (Heritage) - Brazil

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

Belmond Copacabana Palace

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 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 December, 2018

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    Trip: As stated previous, I was somewhat disappointed with the beginning in Santiago.

    Service: I enjoyed the entire trip. I think a more in depth tour of Santiago and/or Valparaiso would have made that part of the tour more interesting. I got info from hotel staff as to where i could go within walking distance from the hotel since i got in early. I enjoyed the walk to the city overlook at the large park and yet this park was not even mentioned or the group taken to, what a miss. I especially enjoyed Iguassu Falls.

  • 16 November, 2018

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    Trip: Included all the areas of South America that I wished to visit.

    Service: I thought the itinerary, tour director, accommodations and roomy buses were excellent.

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: We felt very well cared for. A relaxing and stress-free time. Activities were well thought out and planned with enough time and flexibliity to enjoy everything. Our host and guides were simply great.

    Service: We felt very well cared for. A relaxing and stress-free time. Activities were well thought out and planned with enough time and flexibliity to enjoy everything. Our host and guides were simply great.

  • 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.

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