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South America In-Style 2018/19

Take a five-star journey across South America, discovering the continent's very best. Stay at some of the region's grandest hotels, enjoy old-world charm of luxury rail journeys, and cruise the Amazon in style. Experience the magic of Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and thundering Iguazu Falls. Explore vibrant Rio and grand Buenos Aires.THE ROMANCE OF TRAIN TRAVEL
Board the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. Experience the decadence of the 1920's in the Pullman carriage themed d cor, enjoying brunch and a gastronomic dinner in the exquisite dining car, sipping a cocktail and listening to live Peruvian music in the bar car or taking in the breathtaking scenery from the observation car. We also take the luxurious Andean Explorer train and travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno. Unwind in your luxurious cabin, then savour lunch in oneof the elegant dining cars. DISCOVER THE SOUTH AMERICAN RAINFORESTTravel to Nauta in the heart of the Amazon Jungle and board the brand-new MV Zafiro, meaning Sapphire, to cruise the majestic river in style. Enjoy the tranquil observation deck and luxurious suites with floor to ceiling windows as you cruise Pacaya-Simiria Reserve, an unrivalled area for wildlife!Fly to Brazil where your accommodation at the stunning Belmond Das Cataratas is literally metres from the thundering Iguazu Falls. Explore the remarkable Parque das Aves, home to more than 1000 birds from 150 different species. Get up close and personal with a toucan and feel the beat of winds from vibrant macaws.VIBRANT CAPITALSCheck into the fabulous Copacabana Palace Hotel. Open since 1923, it is a truly iconic landmark of Rio de Janeiro. Discover the city and see all the famous sights - Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.Travel to the Argentina's grand capital, Buenos Aires. The historic Alvear Palace hotel is situated in the city's most elegant neighbourhood, La Recoleta. The majestic d cor is reminiscent of Louis XV and XVI styles with crystal chandeliers and elegant gold leafing.Head out of the city to one of Argentina's oldest estancias and stay overnight in rural luxury, taking part in traditions such as asados and tasting the local herb tea, mate.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included.
  • 7 economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid. Tipping is payable locally on board the Zafiro Cruise and the Andean Explorer train.

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in deluxe hotels (5 star) including:
  • JW Marriott Hotels in Cusco & Lima
  • Das Cataratas Hotel, Iguazu Falls
  • Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
  • The Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights on board the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer Train
  • 3 night cruise on board the luxury MV Zafiro
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra nature retreat in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night at La Bamba Argentinean Estancia
  • 1 night at 4 star airport hotel
  • 27 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on min. of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour including the Colonial and Barranco districts, and view the treasures of the Lima Art Museum - MALI.
  • Enjoy a tour and dinner at Casa Aliaga - a historic mansion as old a Lima itself and the oldest house in the Americas. The house has been owned and lived in by the Aliaga family and their descendants since Francisco Pizarro granted the land to Jeronimo de Aliaga in 1535.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire.
  • Sit back, relax and indulge in a decadent brunch, accompanied by Peruvian wines on board the luxury Hiram Bingham train 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 heavenly nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life.
  • Experience a traditional Paso Horse show over lunch 'al fresco' at Ranch Wayra in Urubamba.
  • Visit the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba, contextualising styles and techniques used in Peru's ancient cultures.
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Enjoy a traditional Peruvian weaving demonstration at Awanacancha.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman near Cusco.
  • Wander through the cobblestone streets of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital nestled high in the Andes Mountains.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery from the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer train travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca and then continuing on to Ca ahuas in the Colca Valley.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the unique traditions of the islands' inhabitants.
  • Enjoy the spellbinding, rugged scenery of Lake Lagunillas then visit Sumbay Caves, home to fascinating cave paintings estimated to be almost 8000 years old.
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor, the canyon's deepest point, and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals.
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinohollo and stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and hanging tombs.
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and Carmen Alto viewpoint.
  • Spend 3 nights cruising the backwaters of the majestic Amazon in luxury. Learn about the medicinal qualities of plants on a jungle walk, keep an eye out for parrots, macaws and sloths, and enjoy a cooking class at a local home.

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

  • Watch Iguazu Falls thundering down from a Falls View room at the grand Belmond Das Cataratas hotel.
  • 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, set deep in the rainforest.
  • Look out over Copacabana Beach from an Ocean View room at the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.
  • 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.

An Argentinian Escapade

  • 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.
  • Spend the night in one of Argentina's oldest Estancias. Take part in traditions such as horse riding and asado and yerba tasting and learn about the gaucho heritage.
  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
30
Price From
AUD $27,675
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
10 Apr 201909 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $25,925 
ItineraryExpand
South America In-Style 2018/19

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Lima, Peru's colonial capital! Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 2. Lima

Our city tour this morning includes the Lima Cathedral, the Convento de San Francisco and the Barranco district. We also visit the Art Museum. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we're treated to a tour of Casa Aliaga, Lima's oldest colonial mansion, before a decadent 3-course dinner in the dining room, courtyard or main salon.

Day 3. Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco. We'll enjoy lunch before visiting the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. We also explore Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B,L]

Day 4. Cusco - Machu Picchu

Deluxe Experience: A magical day as we travel on the Hiram Bingham Train through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Sit back, relax and indulge in a decadent brunch, accompanied by a selection of Peruvian wines. [B,D]

Day 5. Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We board the train and return to Ollantaytambo. We'll visit a local chicheria to try traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig, a South American delicacy. [B]

Day 6. Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress. [B,L]

Special Experience: Enjoy the famous Paso horse show over lunch 'al fresco' at a local ranch, then visit the renowned Seminario pottery workshop.

Day 7. Sacred Valley - Cusco

We return to Cusco, stopping to visit the lively Pisac markets and impressive ruins along the way. We'll also enjoy a weaving demonstration and meet the llamas and vicu as in Awanacancha, and visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. [B]

Day 8. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the fascinating city of Cusco. Why not visit the buzzing San Pedro Market or stroll through the streets of the picturesque Barrio de San Blas neighbourhood? [B]

Day 9. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Deluxe Experience: Board the Andean Explorer train in Cusco. Unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno. Savour lunch in one of the elegant dining cars. Enjoy a sensational sunset over the La Raya Mountains as you dine this evening, then retire to the bar as the train continues to Lake Titicaca. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Lake Titicaca

An early start to catch the breathtaking sunrise across Lake Titicaca before returning to the dining car for a decadent breakfast. Today we'll explore the famous Uros Islands and learn about life on the lake. We'll return in time for afternoon tea as the train continues to Arequipa. Enjoy dinner and the deluxe amenities on-board this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Lake Titicaca - Ca ahuas - Colca

After breakfast, we'll discover the spellbinding scenery of Lake Lagunillas and explore the Sumbay Caves. Indulge in a final lunch on-board before we disembark and transfer to Colca. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Colca - Arequipa

On our way to Arequipa, we visit the Cross of the Condor and the terraces of Antahuilque. [B,L]

Special Experience: The Cross of the Condor is the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is where the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals.

Day 13. Arequipa

This morning we explore Arequipa. Highlights include the Convent of Santa Catalina, Church of La Compa a and Carmen Alto viewpoint. [B]

Day 14. Arequipa - Lima

Today we fly back to Lima. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 15. Lima - Cruising: Embark Iquitos

Embark River Cruise: This morning we begin our journey into the Amazon Jungle. After a short flight to Iquitos, we transfer to Nauta. [B,D]

Deluxe Experience: Board the luxury MV Zafiro for a 3-night cruise on the Amazon and its tributaries.

Day 16. Amazon Cruising

We cruise along an amazing blackwater stream, then take a guided jungle walk to learn about the area's medicinal plants. In the early evening we'll board skiffs - be on the lookout for parrots, macaws and sloths. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Amazon Cruising

As we continue exploring the waterways, we'll hopefully see freshwater dolphins, monkeys, and an abundance of native birds. In the afternoon we enjoy a cooking class in a local home, and taste Amazon cuisine! [B,L,D]

Day 18. Disembark Cruise: Iquitos - Lima

Disembark River Cruise: Before our flight to Lima, we'll stop to visit the Manatee Rescue Centre. [B,L]

Day 19. Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 20. Iguazu Falls

We explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, and stand on a platform suspended over the incredible Devil's Throat! This afternoon we return to Brazil and walk the canyon path. [B]

Day 21. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Special Experience: Get up close and personal with stunning, exotic birds at the famous Parque Das Aves Bird Park.

This afternoon we fly to vibrant Rio. [B]

Day 22. Rio de Janeiro

Today we visit the icons of Rio, including Corcovado Hill, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. [B]

Day 23. Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure before a traditional churrasco grill dinner at Fogo de Chao. [B,D]

Day 24. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

We fly to the grand city of Buenos Aires. [B]

Day 25. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes the Recoleta Cemetery, the vibrant La Boca district and the opulent Colon Theatre. [B]

Day 26. Estancia Stay

Deluxe Experience: We travel to one of the country's oldest estancias, where we spend the night and take part in traditions such as horse riding, asados and yerba mat tasting. [B,L,D]

La Bamba 4 min en from Agence 1982 on Vimeo.

Day 27. Buenos Aires

Tonight we'll learn to tango, then watch the professionals in an amazing dinner-show. [B,D]

Day 28. Depart Buenos Aires

We begin our journey home. [B]

Day 29. In Transit
Day 30. Arrive Australia