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South America In-Style 2019/20

3 countries
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
3 character accommodation properties & the Andean Explorer train
Take a 5-star journey across South America, discovering the continent's very best. Stay at some of the region's grandest hotels and enjoy the old-world charm of luxury rail journeys. Experience the magic of the Sacred Valley and visit Machu Picchu. Discover thundering Iguazu Falls, 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 EXOTIC SOUTH AMERICAFly 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

Please note: The 25 November 2019 departure is one day longer and features an additional day in Lima.

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 5 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, $270pp pre-paid. Note that tipping is not included for the Andean Explorer train and will need to be paid locally, suggested amounts of approx. $10-15pp US per day

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in deluxe hotels (5 star) including:
    • JW Marriott Hotels in Cusco & Lima
    • Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls
    • Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
    • The Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
  • 2 night journey on board the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer Train
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra nature retreat in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night at La Bamba Argentinian Estancia
  • 23 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

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.
  • Visit the Koricancha, Temple of the Sun, considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
26
Price From
AUD $21,095
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Jul 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $19,610
17 Sep 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $20,110
25 Nov 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $20,210
28 Jan 202022 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $20,610
31 Mar 202025 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $20,610
ItineraryExpand
South America In-Style 2019/20

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

Please note: The 25 November 2019 departure is one day longer and features an additional day in Lima.

Day 1. Arrive Lima

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

Day 2. Lima

Tour Lima this morning, including the Lima Cathedral, the Convento de San Francisco, the Barranco district and the Art Museum. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll tour Lima's oldest colonial mansion, Casa Aliaga, 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 exploring Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B,L]

Day 4. Cusco

This morning we visit the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and explore the buzzing San Pedro Market, selling all things weird and wonderful. Later on a walking tour we'll explore Santa Domingo Cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood on a walking tour. [B]

Day 5. 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 6. Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Enjoy a morning at leisure, giving you a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu if you wish. This afternoon we'll take the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. On the way to our hotel we'll visit a local chicheria to try traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig, a South American delicacy. [B]

Day 7. Sacred Valley

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

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

Day 8. 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. [B]

Day 9. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Cusco at your own pace, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. [B]

Day 10. 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 11. 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 continue to Taquile Island where we'll learn more about the unique traditions of the inhabitants before we have lunch. 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 12. Lake Titicaca - Ca ahuas - Colca

We'll discover the spellbinding scenery of Lake Lagunillas and explore the Sumbay Caves, home to more than 500 cave paintings. Indulge in a final lunch on-board before we disembark and transfer to Colca. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Colca - Arequipa

En route 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 14. Arequipa

This morning we explore Arequipa, including the Convent of Santa Catalina, Church of La Compa a and Carmen Alto viewpoint. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our group dinner this evening to farewell Peru. [B,D]

Day 15. Arequipa - Lima - Iguazu Falls

Today we fly to Iguazu Falls via Lima. [B]

Day 16. 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'll discover the Brazilian side of the falls and take it all in along the beautiful panoramic board walk. [B]

Day 17. 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 18. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 19. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 20. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

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

Day 21. Buenos Aires

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

Day 22. Estancia Stay

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

Day 23. Buenos Aires

Tonight we'll learn to tango before seeing how the professionals do it in an amazing dinner and a show. [B,D]

Day 24. Depart Buenos Aires

We begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. In transit
Day 26. Arrive Australia