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Best of South America & the Galapagos 2018/19

A spectacular adventure discovering the treasures of colourful South America. Visit the incredible Lost City of Machu Picchu and iconic Iguazu Falls. Explore the remarkable, unspoilt islands of the Galapagos, and cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires, navigating Cape Horn, the stunning Chilean fjords and majestic Glacier Alley.Incredible WondersExperience the unspoilt Galapagos Islands, one of the world's most remarkable archipelagos. Spend 4 magical nights immersing yourself in nature and getting up close and personal with the amazing wildlife. Discover the archaeological ruins of the Incan empire. Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and spectacular Machu Picchu enjoy the views without the crowds and really soak up the tranquil atmosphere.Cruise the South American CoastlineCruise the diverse South American coastline with Holland America Line or Princess Cruises (depending on departure dates), docking at wonderful port cities across Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Here the days are yours to plan as you please or you can simply relax on board. Take in the stunning scenery, including the Chilean fjords and Glacier Alley, and round famous Cape Horn, the southern-most point of the South American continent before disembarking in beautiful Buenos Aires.Thunderous Waterfalls and Colourful CitiesFly to Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy breathtaking views and thunderous noise of the Devil's Throat, where water pours in from three different sides. Visit colourful Rio de Janeiro, travel to the top of Corcovado Hill and visit the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, take a trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain for its panoramic views of the city and stroll down vibrant Copacabana Beach.Holland America Cruise:The cruise portion of the tour may be subject to change, depending on weather conditions.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 9 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Port taxes of $660pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approx. $14pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3 -4 star)
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4 star)
  • 2 night stay inside Iguazu Falls NP at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel (5 star)
  • 14-night cruise
  • 34 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 18 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 8 passengers) - excluding cruise
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin on the Galapagos Islands

  • Spend four magical nights discovering the wildlife of the incredible Galapagos Islands. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises, visit uninhabited islands and witness the unique animals and birds that call this archipelago home - blue-footed boobys, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions and brilliant coloured crabs!

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts
  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over lunch at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cuzco.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman followed by a visit to the buzzing San Pedro Market, selling all things weird and wonderful.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Visit the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo and take a short walking tour of the village.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.

Dance the night away in grand Buenos Aires

  • Discover the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.

Feel the thunder of Iguazu Falls and experience the excitement of Rio

  • Spend 2 nights at the Belmond Das Cataratas hotel inside Iguazu Falls National Park, with the amazing waterfalls right on your doorstep.
  • Visit the thunderous Iguazu Falls! Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, including the famous Devil's Throat.
  • Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the Parque Das Aves Bird Park.
  • Spend 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro staying in the heart of Copacabana Beach.
  • Tour the iconic sights of Rio including the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Hill.
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazillian churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao.

Not Included:

  • Galapagos National Park Fee - $100pp US
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee - $20pp US

Please Note: On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Holland America Line has specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own meals.

Please Note: Once on the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via the Holland America Line website, or on board.

Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
37
Price From
AUD $20,215
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Feb 201929 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $17,910
ItineraryExpand
Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and its capital city, Lima!

Day 2. Lima - Guayaquil

This morning we discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts. Later this afternoon we'll fly to Guayaquil, gateway to the Galapagos Islands, and enjoy a welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

Special Experience: We fly to the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the world's best destinations for wildlife viewing. We'll enjoy lunch at a heritage property amongst the giant tortoises once we arrive. [B,L]

Day 4. Galapagos Islands

Today we'll visit one of the uninhabited islands to witness more amazing wildlife. Keep an eye out for penguins, dolphins and plenty of exotic fish. [B,L]

Day 5. Galapagos Islands

We visit beautiful Tortuga Bay on a walking tour, with time to snorkel and enjoy the underwater kaleidoscope. This afternoon we board a speedboat bound for the island of San Crist bal, home to many natural wonders. [B]

Day 6. Galapagos Islands

We'll board a yacht for either Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, according to the National Park schedule. Both offer amazing snorkelling opportunities. Later this afternoon, we'll visit the islands' Interpretation Centre which provides a wealth of information and exhibits about the Galapagos. [B,L]

Day 7. Galapagos Islands - Lima

Today we fly to Lima via Guayaquil. [B]

Day 8. Lima - Cusco

This morning we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. After lunch we'll explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire. [B,L]

Day 9. Cusco

Our day begins at the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman, before visiting the colourful San Pedro Market. Later we'll explore Cusco's San Blas neighbourhood on foot and tour the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. [B]

Day 10. Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. We'll also visit the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Incan fortress. [B]

Day 11. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Special Experience: A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the legendary Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. [B,D]

Day 12. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll return to Ollantaytambo this afternoon and stop in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration on our way to Cusco. [B]

Day 13. Cusco - Lima

The morning is at leisure before our flight to Lima. [B]

Day 14. Lima - Santiago

Today we fly to Santiago. [B]

Day 15. Santiago

This morning we explore historic and modern Santiago, stopping at a lookout to take in amazing views of the city. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Days 16-29. Cruising with Holland America Line

We travel from Santiago to the Casablanca Valley, famous as one of Chile's best wine regions. Here we'll visit a winery to learn about the area's unique processing techniques and enjoy a tasting. We'll then make our way to the port of San Antonio to board the Holland America ms Zaandam cruise ship. [B,D]

Tour highlights of this 14-night Holland America cruise include Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Chilean Fjords, Canal Sarmiento, Punta Arenas, Cockburn & Beagle Channels, Glacier Alley, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands (weather permitting), Montevideo & Buenos Aires.

Day 16.

Embark Cruise: San Antonio, Chile [B,D]

Day 17. Cruising at sea
Day 18. Puerto Montt, Chile
Day 19. Chilean fjords
Day 20. Canal Sarmiento
Day 21. Strait Of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Cockburn Channel, Beagle Channel
Day 22. Glacier Alley, Ushuaia
Day 23. Scenic Cruising, Cape Horn
Day 24. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (weather permitting)
Day 25. Cruising at sea
Day 26. Cruising at sea
Day 27. Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 28. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 29.

Disembark Cruise: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion.

After disembarking we discover Buenos Aires on a sightseeing tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery - burial place of Eva Peron, and Caminito Street in the vibrant La Boca district. We'll also visit the opulent Colon Theatre, ranked the third best opera house in the world. [B]

Day 30. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the famous El Ateneo bookstore, housed in the former Teatro Gran Splendid? [B,D]

Special Experience: Don your dancing shs for a traditional tango lesson, then enjoy a lively dinner and show.

Day 31. Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform over the Devil's Throat, we'll sense its incredible power. [B]

Day 32. Iguazu Falls

This morning we visit the Brazilian side of the falls, walking the canyon path. Then get up close and personal with more than 160 species of tropical birds at the Parque Das Aves. [B]

Day 33. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

This afternoon we fly to vibrant Rio. [B]

Day 34. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. We'll enjoy a traditional churrasco grill for our farewell dinner tonight at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 35. Depart Rio de Janeiro

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 36. In Transit

Day 37. Arrive Australia