Overview - Until Apr 2020

Lima - 2 nights
Sacred Valley - 2 nights
Cuzco - 2 nights
Lake Titicaca - 2 nights
La Paz - 2 nights
Buenos Aires - 3 nights
Iguassu - 2 nights
Rio de Janeiro - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Overview - From May 2020

Lima - 2 nights
Sacred Valley - 2 nights
Cuzco - 2 nights
La Paz - 2 nights
Buenos Aires - 2 nights
Montevideo 2 nights
Buenos Aires - 1 night

Iguassu - 2 nights
Rio de Janeiro - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AMERICA

Experience South America’s incredible diversity from the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu via Lake Titicaca, dramatic La Paz, elegant Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls to
Christ the Redeemer in Rio

On what we call “a trip of a lifetime”, this tour reveals the cultural and scenic diversity of South America focusing on the highlights of this exciting continent and experiencing it first hand. South America’s diversity goes from Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, ancient ruins, deserts, majestic waterfalls and white-sand beaches, to name a few, setting the stage for incredible adventures. But the continent’s wide variety of wonders goes beyond its geographical location.

During this inspiring adventure, fly high into the Andes to Cuzco, take in the splendour of the Sacred Valley and have time to acclimatise to the altitude, travel by train to the majestic peak of Machu Picchu and now fly direct to La Paz. From La Paz, fly to elegant and sophisticated Buenos Aires, cross the Río de la Plata river to Colonia with its Barrio Histórico and onto vibrant Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, visiting the stupendous Iguassu Falls en route to the breathtakingly beautiful Cidade Maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro.

The architectural legacies of the Incas and Spanish and Portuguese influences are spellbinding as is the scenery encountered in the Andes, on Lake Titicaca, the jungle surrounding Iguassu and amongst the mountains and islands of Rio.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Central Hotels
Group Size: 5 - 25

Special Event

Ollantaytambo House Visit

In Ollantaytambo visit the house of Rosa Calla. You will learn about the history of the ancient house and living in the Andes, the local culture and traditions.

Special Event

Dinner & Tango Show

Enjoy a typical Uruguayan dinner and witness a tango show at the intimate Primuseum in Montevideo.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Lima and transfer to the 4-star Casa Andina Select Miraflores for a two-night stay.

Day 2 Tour of modern and colonial Lima includes the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Monastery and Archaeological Museum. Pisco Sour tasting. (B)

Day 3 Fly to Cuzco (3,400m) and transfer to the Sacred Valley (2,400m) for two nights at the 3-star Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay. (B)

Day 4 Visit Pisac Indian Market, fortress at Ollantaytambo and a local family home. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to Machu Picchu (2,500m) by train (4 hrs). From Aguas Calientes, buses operate to the ruins. Spend the afternoon touring the site before travelling to Cuzco by road and rail. Spend two nights at the 4-star Sonesta Cuzco. (B)

Day 6 Tour of Cuzco visits the centre of the Inca Empire and the cathedral, the colonial buildings and the nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Kenko and Puca Pucara, the ruin of a small fort. (B)

Day 7 Drive over the Andes, reaching 4,300 metres above sea level. Visit the town of Andahuaylillas and the ruins of Racchi before reaching Puno on Lake Titicaca. Two nights at the 3-star Sonesta Posadas del Inca in Puno on Lake Titicaca (3,812m). (B, L)

Day 8 Visit to the floating islands of Uros Indians. Optional visit to the archaeological site of Sillustani (bookable locally). (B)

Day 9 Travel to Copacabana (3 hrs) and take a catamaran cruise over the lake to the Island of the Sun, home to the Sun God. Transfer to La Paz (4,000m) for a two-night stay at the 4-star Atix Hotel. (B, L)

Day 10 Explore the colonial heritage of the city, founded in 1548 and visit the Indian Market. Travel to the dramatic landscape of Moon Valley. Special visit to an artist’s workshop. Cable car ride over La Paz on the highest cable car in the world. (B)

Day 11 Flight from La Paz to Buenos Aires via Santa Cruz. Stay three nights at the 5-star Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta (formerly Brick Hotel). (B)

Day 12 Tour of Buenos Aires taking in the principal sights of the city centre and the outlying districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta and Palermo with its parks, gardens and world famous polo field. (B, L)

Day 13 Day at leisure or join a choice of optional excursions (bookable locally). (B)

Day 14 Fly to Iguassu, the largest waterfall system in the world. Two nights at the 4-star Mercure Iguazu. (B)

Day 15 Visit the superior and inferior circuit, and the Devils Throat on the Argentinian side of the falls. (B)

Day 16 Explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the 4-star Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro for a two-night stay. (B)

Day 17 Morning visit to the 38-metre high statue of Christ the Redeemer on the summit of Corcovado Mountain followed by a tour along Copacabana including a Caipirinha. Afternoon excursion to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car. (B)

Day 18 Final day at leisure. Return overnight direct flight to London. (B)

Day 19 Arrive in the morning at Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

Days 7 & 9 include long transfers with sightseeing en route.

Nov-Mar outbound flight will be via Madrid.

Altitude
Part of your itinerary will be travelling at altitude. We therefore strongly recommend that anyone, regardless of age, should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fully fit and understand the effects of travelling at altitude. This is absolutely essential if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, anaemia or lung problems.

Day 1 Fly to Lima and transfer to the 4-star Innside Lima Miraflores Hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 2 Tour of Lima includes the impressive buildings of the Plaza de Armas, the 17th-century Convent of San Francisco, the largest in South America and part of the Historic Centre of Lima on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the hacienda-housed Larco Museum. Pisco Sour tasting. (B)

Day 3 Fly to Cuzco (3,400m) and transfer to the Sacred Valley (2,400m) for two nights at the 4-star Taypikala Sacred Valley. (B)

Day 4 Visit Pisac Indian Market, hilltop fortress at Ollantaytambo and a local family home. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to Machu Picchu (2,500m) by train and bus (4 hrs). Spend the afternoon touring the site before travelling to Cuzco by road and rail. Spend two nights at the 4-star Costa del Sol Ramada. (B)

Day 6 Tour of Cuzco visits the centre of the Inca Empire and the cathedral, the colonial buildings and the nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Kenko and Puca Pucara, the ruin of a small fort. (B)

Day 7 Fly to La Paz (4,000m) and transfer to 4-star Atix Hotel for two nights. Explore the colonial heritage of the city and visit the Indian Market. Travel to the Moon Valley. Cable car ride over La Paz. (B)

Day 8 Travel to Cocotoni on Lake Titicaca. Catamaran cruise to the Island of the Sun. Visit the Pilcocaina temple and participate in an Aymara ceremony. (B, L)

Day 9 Fly from La Paz to Buenos Aires via Santa Cruz. Stay two nights at the 5-star Sofitel Recoleta. (B)

Day 10 Tour of Buenos Aires taking in the principal sights of the city centre and the outlying districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta and Palermo. (B, L)

Day 11 Cross the Rio de la Plata river by hydrofoil to Colonia del Sacramento. Tour the historical centre including “Calle de los Suspiros” of Uruguay’s oldest city. Continue to Montevideo (3 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Dazzler. (B)

Day 12 Tour of Montevideo including the Old Town with the Mercado del Puerto, Constitution Square and Solis Theatre. Mate Tasting. Dinner at Primuseum. (B, D)

Day 13 Enjoy a wine tasting at a winery close to Montevideo. Travel by hydrofoil across the Rio de la Plata river to Buenos Aires for overnight at the 5-star Sofitel Recoleta. (B)

Day 14 Fly to Iguassu, the largest waterfall system in the world. Stay two nights at the 4-star Mercure Iguazu. (B)

Day 15 Visit the superior and inferior circuit of the Falls and the Devils Throat on the Argentinian side. (B)

Day 16 Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the 4-star Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro for a two-night stay. (B)

Day 17 Visit to the 38-metre high statue of Christ the Redeemer on the summit of the Corcovado Mountain followed by a tour along Copacabana including a Caipirinha cocktail. Afternoon excursion to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car. (B)

Day 18 Return overnight flight. (B)

Day 19 Arrive in the morning at Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

Nov-Mar outbound flight will be via Madrid.

Altitude
Part of your itinerary will be travelling at altitude. We therefore strongly recommend that anyone, regardless of age, should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fully fit and understand the effects of travelling at altitude. This is absolutely essential if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, anaemia or lung problems.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
British Airways to Heathrow

Date Price
November 6 £4475

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
British Airways to Heathrow

Date Price
January 15 £4575
February 26 £4575
April 15 £4595
May 13 £5195
July 1 £5595
August 5 £5595
September 9 £5275
October 7 £5295
November 4 £5375

2021

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
British Airways to Heathrow

Date Price
January 13 £5295
March 3 £5325
April 14 £5345

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1275
(2019; Jan-May 20 £1195)

Flight Options

Iberia via Madrid from Heathrow (Apr-Oct) £75
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £625
British Airways Club World from £2295

Extension Options

Extension - Nazca Lines
3 nights £775
Single supplement £345 

Extension - Amazon
3 nights £895
Single supplement £375

Extension - Arequipa & Colca Canyon 
4 nights £1095
Single supplement £745

Búzios Extension
3 nights £745
(Jan/Feb £845)
Single supplement £395

Extra Nights - Lima
Casa Andina Select Miraflores
(per night) £55
Single supplement £50

Innside Lima Miraflores
(per night) £60
Single supplement £55
Arrival transfer add £25

Extra Nights - Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana
(per night) £110
Single supplement £110
Departure transfer add £70

Privately Guided

Add £1795 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £650 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £70

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 17 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches (4 lunches Jan – Apr 20), 1 dinner (from May 20), itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
Nov-Mar outbound flight will be via Madrid.
For the Arequipa and Colca Canyon Extension the outbound fight will be with Iberia from Heathrow via Madrid.

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