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South American Wonders

Discover the wonders of South America on this cross-continental journey from Peru to Chile. Explore the buzzing cities of Lima, La Paz, Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago. Visit breathtaking Machu Picchu and spectacular Iguazu Falls, cruise Glacier Alley and round Cape Horn, South America's southernmost point.Feel the magic of the Sacred ValleyNo tour of South America would be complete without seeing the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu. It's an extremely spiritual place and will take your breath away. We then journey to Lake Titicaca, with majestic views of the Andes, before visiting the incredible floating Uros Islands - made entirely of reeds!Live it up in Rio and Buenos AiresOur tour continues to the thunderous Iguazu Falls. These spectacular falls are a sight to behold and are set deep in lush jungle along the border of Brazil and Argentina. From Iguazu Falls, we head to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Here we'll visit some of Rio's best known landmarks - the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. We continue on to Buenos Aires, perhaps the most European of all of South America's cities. It is famous for its wide boulevards and wealth of museums and galleries.Cruising the South American continentCruise the diverse South American coastline with Holland America Line, docking at wonderful port cities across Uruguay, Argentina & Chile. 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.Holland America Cruises: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
  • 5 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 $685pp (subject to change)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $255pp pre-paid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $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 Holland America Line cruise on board ms Zaandam
  • 34 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 19 dinners, including a group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Explore the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life.
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • 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.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake.

Be amazed by the landscapes and cities of Bolivia

  • Cross the lake to Copacabana on the Bolivian side and visit the churches of Pomata, Juli and the Copacabana Cathedral.
  • Travel by hydrofoil on Lake Titicaca to visit Moon and Sun Island and enjoy lunch and magical alpine views of the Andes.
  • Discover beautiful La Paz on a city tour including San Francisco Church, Plaza Murillo, the famous Witches Market, and a ride on the Teleferico Cable Car for panoramic views.
  • Venture out to the incredible Valle de la Luna and marvel at the amazing moon-like landscape.

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 3 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.

Glaciers and grand cities in Argentina

  • 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.
  • Cruise spectacular Glacier Alley in luxury and round Cape Horn.

Colours of Chile

  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.
  • Explore the beautiful Maipo Valley, Chile's premier wine region, and visit a historic winery for a tour and tasting.

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.

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.

Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
36
Price From
AUD $18,725
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Rail
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
14 Nov 201819 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $15,805 
02 Mar 201906 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $16,505
17 Feb 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $15,775
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

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the Larco Museum, home to priceless Incan artefacts. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. Lima - Cusco

Today we fly to Cusco, the former Incan capital. After lunch our walking tour begins with the Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo. We'll also explore Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), considered the most spectacular temple of the Incan empire. [B,L]

Day 4. Cusco - Sacred Valley

This morning we visit the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman, before we travel into the incredible Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. [B]

Day 5. Sacred Valley

We explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress, before a stop at a chicheria to enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig - the local delicacy! This afternoon we'll visit the salt ponds at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray. [B]

Day 6. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

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

Day 7. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning before the crowds appear? This afternoon we'll return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 8. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco. Why not visit the buzzing San Pedro Market? [B]

Day 9. Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Today we travel through the majestic High Andes Mountains to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here we'll visit the incredible floating Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. [B]

Day 10. Lake Titicaca - La Paz

This morning we visit the colonial churches of Copacabana on the Bolivian side of the lake.

Special Experience: Cruise across the highest freshwater lake in the world by hydrofoil, visiting Moon Island and enjoying lunch at an archaeological restaurant on Sun Island.

This afternoon we travel to La Paz, Bolivia's scenic capital, surrounded by mountains. [B,L]

Day 11. La Paz

We discover the city on a sightseeing tour, including a visit to the San Francisco Colonial Church, Plaza Murillo, a typical Indian street market and the famous Witches' Markets. We'll also see the natural wonder of Moon Valley, with its incredible lunar-like landscape. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 12. La Paz - Lima - Iguazu Falls

We fly to thundering Iguazu Falls. [B]

Day 13. Iguazu Falls

Special Experience: Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Standing on a platform suspended over the thunderous Devil's Throat, we'll sense the incredible power of the falls.

This afternoon we'll return to Brazil and walk the canyon path. [B]

Day 14. Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Get up close and personal with stunning, colourful birds this morning at the Parque Das Aves. Set deep in the rainforest, it is home to more than 160 species of tropical birds, including toucans and macaws. This afternoon we fly to Rio de Janeiro. [B]

Day 15. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 16. Rio de Janeiro

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

Day 17. Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires

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

Day 18. Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and Caminito Street in vibrant La Boca. [B]

Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.

Day 19. Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight don your dancing shs for a tango lesson, followed by dinner and a show. [B,D]

Days 20-34. Cruising with Holland America Line

We travel to the port of Buenos Aires to board the Holland America Line ms Zaandam. [B,D]

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

Day 20.

Embark Cruise: Buenos Aires, Argentina [B,D]

Day 21. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 22. Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 23. Cruising at sea
Day 24. Cruising at sea
Day 25. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (weather permitting)
Day 26. Strait of Magellan
Day 27. Punta Arenas, Cockburn Channel, Beagle Channel & Glacier Alley
Day 28. Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 29. Cape Horn, Chile
Day 30. Canal Sarmiento, Chile
Day 31. Chilean fjords, Chile
Day 32. Puerto Montt, Chile
Day 33. Cruising at sea

Day 34.

Disembark Cruise: Santiago, Chile

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 in San Antonio, we make our way to Santiago. Highlights of our city tour include La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Casa Colorada which was once the Spanish governor's residence. This afternoon we'll explore the beautiful Maipo Valley and visit a historic winery. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 35. Depart Santiago

Today we bid farewell to Chile and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 36. Arrive in Australia