Day 1 UK - Santiago
Today you'll depart on your flights to Chile's capital Santiago, via São Paulo.
Day 2 Santiago
You'll arrive in Santiago today, where we'll transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay. The city occupies a lovely setting beneath the Andes, so fantastic views are assured. You'll also see wonderful sights on an afternoon tour, with highlights including the Presidential Palace and the residential districts of Las Condes and Providencia. The views of the foothills of the Andes from San Cristobal Hill aren't bad either!
Day 3 Santiago - at Leisure
The choice is yours today – spend time exploring Santiago, or join your Tour Manager on an optional day of discovery which starts with a scenic drive. Your first stop will be the Casas del Bosque vineyard to taste award-winning wines. Our explorations then take us to Viña del Mar, a beach resort also known as the 'Garden City', and the coastal city of Valparaiso. We'll have lunch here, and sightseeing highlights include Fisherman's Wharf, Plaza Sotomayor, the Naval Academy and La Sebastiana.
Day 4 Santiago - Mendoza
Today we take a great journey by road over the Andes and across the border into Argentina to your new base, Mendoza. Mount Aconcagua, which at 23,000ft is the highest peak in the Americas, is just one sightseeing highlight along the way.Meals included: B
Day 5 Mendoza - at Leisure
This morning has been left free for you to enjoy at your leisure. However, if you'd like to join an optional excursion you can join a vineyard tour by bicycle. We'll head to the wine region of Maipù, where we'll stop at a vineyard and learn about production methods and sample the famed wines of the region including Chardonnay, Syrah and Malbec. You'll enjoy a lovely cycle through stunning backdrops of the Andes. Later this afternoon join us on an included sightseeing tour of Mendoza.
Day 6 Mendoza - Buenos Aires
Argentina's capital Buenos Aires beckons today, and we'll fly there this morning. With a three-night stay, there's plenty of time to explore, and we'll start with a tour this afternoon. First we'll take a walk around the Plaza de Mayo to see the Casa Rosada, or Government House. This is also where we'll find the cathedral, which houses the tomb of Argentina's liberator General San Martin. Next, we head to the colourful La Boca District and visit Recoleta Cemetery, the burial place of political icon Eva Perón, before returning to our hotel.
This evening we offer an optional fun dinner party experience, giving you the chance to eat like the Argentines do. You'll learn how to order your steak just the way you like it, in Spanish, and get to roll the perfect empanada.
Day 7 Buenos Aires - at Leisure
Buenos Aires is yours to explore today. Alternatively, if you'd like to experience life on a typical ranch, or 'estancia', an optional day out will take you into the heart of the Argentinian Pampas. Here you'll see the gauchos displaying their horsemanship skills, and you'll also get to tuck into an Argentine barbecue. Some of the world's best beef comes from Argentina – so meat-lovers are in for a treat.Meals included: B
Day 8 Buenos Aires - at Leisure
You've a free day to spend as you wish. However, you can also join a couple of exciting optional excursions.
Perhaps join a relaxing morning river cruise on the Tigre and Parana Delta. As you sail through this labyrinth of waterways take in lovely views of riverside villas, forested islands, Victorian docks and English-style gardens.
This evening, turn up the heat with an optional excursion to a fiery tango show with dinner.
Day 9 Buenos Aires - Iguaçu Falls
We'll fly to Iguaçu Falls today, where our base for two nights is on the Argentinian side of this natural wonder. You could spend a relaxed afternoon enjoying your hotel's facilities.Meals included: B
Day 10 Iguaçu Falls
Today is the day you are going to explore Iguaçu Falls on a full-day excursion to the Argentinian side of the National Park. Your journey starts by taking the Ecological train through the jungle where you will see a variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies along the way. Iguaçu Falls is located at the meeting point of three countries - Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina - and you will witness spectacular views of the neighbouring countries of Paraguay and Brazil.
The falls are one of the world's largest natural wonders and consist of an astounding 275 separate waterfalls, falling from an average height of 70 metres. Walk along a 1,100 metre long path and you'll arrive at the famous Devil's Gorge Fall. This tour also includes walking along Upper and Lower trails which allow you to observe the waterfalls close-up.
Day 11 Iguaçu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
You might take the chance to relax this morning before we fly to the thrilling city of Rio de Janeiro.
Alternatively, if you want to carry on exploring, you can take an optional trip to the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls. From here you get wonderful panoramic views, and you can walk across a platform virtually into Devil's Throat, the most famous of the falls.
Early this afternoon we'll transfer to the airport for our flight.
Day 12 Rio de Janeiro
You're going to wake up in one of the most unique and dazzling cities in the world today, welcome to Rio!
Beautifully situated beneath Sugarloaf Mountain and blessed with magnificent world-famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, a day here is sure to be filled with excitement.
To get you started, we're going to visit Corcovado, which is home to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. To reach the statue we'll travel on the small cog railway which winds up the mountain. You can just imagine the superb views you're going to get over Rio from here.
You'll be keen to get out in Rio this afternoon, whether that's to see more sights or stretch out on Copacabana Beach, which is just across from your hotel. There's also the option to take a cable-car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. This evening we'll gather as a group for a farewell dinner at a typical Brazilian Churrascaria. A churrascaria is a place where meat is cooked in churrasco style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese word for 'barbecue'. Experience the famous Brazilian barbecue and taste traditional Brazilian food such as seafood, various salads and 25 types of meat.
Day 13 Rio de Janeiro - UK
You've time to see a little more of Rio today, before we transfer you to the airport for your flights to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Today you'll arrive back in the UK.
Join 'the greatest party on earth' and witness the Rio Carnival Winners' Parade. Take your seat in the Sambodromo and prepare to be amazed as the best samba schools parade in front of you. The music, costumes and floats are simply spectacular and the atmosphere is one of fun, frivolity and celebration