Wonders of Chile, Argentina & Brazil (2015)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 12 | From: $9,595
Day 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile
Upon arrival at the airport, you are met by an A&K representative who assists you with luggage and customs formalities, after which you are transferred to your hotel with guaranteed early check-in. The Ritz Carlton is strategically located in the capital's most prestigious and refined neighborhood, El Golf.
Remain at leisure or explore the city on your own. Gather in the hotel with your fellow guests for a welcome briefing led by your A&K Resident Tour Director. Afterward, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s elegant Estró Restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: D
Day 2: Santiago | Private Chilean Wine Sampling
Meet your guide this morning and embark on a city tour that offers a complete look at Santiago’s most important areas along with beautiful panoramic views. A short ride brings you to the Mercado Central and a chance to view the colorful local marketplace before taking a short walk to Plaza de Armas, the city’s most famous square. Tour the beautiful surrounding buildings, including the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Nearby visit the Museum of pre-Hispanic Art and afterward continue to the administrative part of the city where you see Palacio de Moneda Presidential Palace. Ride like the local Santiaguinos on their famed metro subway from the Plaza de Armas to the Fine Arts Museum built in the neo-classical style. Depart the city for a visit to the local wine country. Visit the Odfjell Winery winery for a tour of the vineyards and a sampling of the organic and biodynamic wines produced here. Tour the winery where each stage of the winemaking process is explained while learning about organic and biodynamic farm management. Afterward enjoy a Chef’s Table experience with a delicious lunch served by the vineyard’s chef. Return to the hotel where your evening is at leisure.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: B L
Day 3: Frutillar | Legacy of the German Settlers
After an early breakfast this morning, fly to Puerto Montt the starting point for the Chilean Lakes District. Settled by German colonists in the mid-19th century, Puerto Montt is regarded as one of southern Chile's most important, and is easily identified by its middle-European architecture, with shingles, high-pitched roofs and ornate balconies. Transfer, to the town of Puerto Varas, which serves as a link to Argentina’s Patagonia region by means of the Lake Crossing. The town also best illustrates the German influence in this part of Chile with its architecture reminiscent of the Black Forest and traditional German cuisine. Hotel Cumbres is nestled between the foot of Volcano Osorno and the shores of Lake Llanquihue.
Drive to Frutillar, a charming village established by Chile’s first German settlers. Observe how their influence remains in the gardens and architecture here as you walk past handicraft shops and the Teatro del Lago, and enjoy breathtaking views of Osorno Volcano. Tour the German Museum with its exhibition of a settler’s house and possessions dating to the 1850s. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to visit Petrohue Falls, formed by a volcanic eruption. Arrive at your hotel by late afternoon, and enjoy dinner at your leisure in the hotel.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Lake District/Bariloche, Argentina | Cross the Andes
This morning, embark on a full day’s exploration of the Chilean Lake District, with its stunning panoramic views of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and ancient forests. Following a stop in the cozy little town of Villa La Angostura, board a catamaran for a private cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi, with a light lunch served on board. Stop at Victoria Island for a walk in a Patagonian paradise, and watch for the pudu deer — inspiration for Walt Disney’s Bambi. Arrive in picturesque Bariloche in the early evening.
Transfer to the Llao Llao Hotel, a National Historic Monument and one of South America’s best-known and most unique hotels offering postcard views in every direction. Enjoy dinner at leisure in the hotel this evening.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Bariloche | “Little Switzerland”
This morning, hike through the scenic woodlands surrounding Argentina’s “Little Switzerland.” Bariloche is reminiscent of Alpine climes and here nature blends rich greens and gentle blues in a myriad of streams and lakes framed by snow-capped peaks and lightly clouded skies. Mid-day, visit a local brewery where the brewmeister demonstrates how beer is made and what makes beer in this area so special; enjoy a sample draft and judge the flavor for yourself. Lunch is on your own, along with free time to explore this picturesque town at your own pace. Early evening, visit a nearby beach for a Scenic Sundowner as the setting sun gives way to twilight. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B
Day 6: Bariloche/Buenos Aires
After a leisurely morning, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s remarkable capital, and check into your hotel in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood. The Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is situated next to the city's exclusive La Recoleta district, close to business, shopping and cultural pursuits. Here, modern comforts in a contemporary tower combine with the period beauty of an early 20th-century, French-style mansion.
Buenos Aires is decidedly European in character, which is most evident in the city’s architecture. Porteños, as the citizens of the city are called, are proud of their European ancestors and German and Italian surnames are quite common. The city’s diversity and cultural treasures give it a complex energy which you certainly feel as you begin exploring its neighborhoods, each one with a charm of its own. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for a delightful meal at the hotel’s Elena Restaurant.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B D
Day 7: Buenos Aires | Teatro Colon and a Tango Lesson
This morning explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires on a city tour that includes the beautiful parks of Palermo, the old quarters of San Telmo, the colorful La Boca district, as well as the business, government and financial districts of the city. See some of the landmarks connected to the “Peronismo” legacy and this crucial political movement that helped to shape the Argentina we know today. After a light lunch, visit the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery where the elite of Buenos Aires have been laid to rest — including Eva Perón, Argentina’s beloved controversial First Lady who has left behind a legacy of social justice that remains a half century after her death.
Relax this afternoon before joining your fellow guests for an introduction to the basics of the tango at a demonstration led by professional dancers. Then, dine at the elegant Rojo Tango, and stay for a fiery tango floorshow.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Buenos Aires
After a leisurely morning, enjoy a visit to the beautiful Colón Opera house, which recently re-opened after a three-year renovation period. Built in 1908, the theater is Argentina’s cultural gem and the largest music house in South America. The seven-tiered theater features Italian pink marble stairwells and French stained glass, as well as one of its greatest treasures: a gigantic crystal chandelier with 700 lights. Built on the scale of Milan’s La Scala, the acoustics are considered almost perfect. Your afternoon begins with an informative walking tour through the hotel’s historic neighborhood, known for its beautiful mansions (of which the Four Seasons is a prime example). Then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on your own.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B
Day 9: Iguazu Falls | Enjoy the View from Both Sides
Fly to Iguazu Falls, where you are met by an A&K representative and visit the Argentine side of the falls. Bordering Brazil and Argentina, the falls are located in the lush Iguazu National Park. The falls are one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breathtaking 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly two miles. Board a train shuttle to the Cataratas Station, where you disembark to explore and walk through paths that lead along and above the spectacular falls. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants, butterflies and exotic birds add to the exciting experience. Board another train shuttle to “Devil’s Throat,” where you can walk onto a catwalk that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin of Devil’s Gorge.
This afternoon, cross the border and transfer to your hotel located on the Brazilian side of the falls. Only minutes away from the falls, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located within the Brazilian National Park. Enjoy dinner at your leisure in your hotel this evening.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: B D
Day 10: Iguazu Falls/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Get Up Close
Explore the Brazilian side of the falls, which offers spectacular panoramic views. Your guide takes you on a walking tour through the National Park of Iguazu to a catwalk where you experience the incredible power of millions of barrels of falling water as you are guided to within arm’s length of the rumbling cataracts. You may climb a wooden staircase 115 feet to see the falls from the top.
Enjoy lunch at the hotel’s poolside restaurant, and then transfer to the airport to board a flight to Rio de Janeiro this afternoon. Rio de Janeiro is known as the cidade maravilhosa (the marvelous city). Rio is a city of contrasts — contrasts of color, lifestyles and dazzling scenery. It is a city of sea and mountains, samba and Carnaval and a relaxed and unique way of life. After lunch, fly to Rio de Janeiro and check into the luxurious Belmond Copacabana Palace, situated on the famed Copacabana Beach.
Belmond Copacabana Palace | Meals: B L
Day 11: Rio de Janeiro | Rio’s Mountaintop Landmark
This morning, visit magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue, standing 120 feet high atop Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city from the heights of Corcovado Mountain. The statue’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking view, unmatched for its spellbinding magic.
This afternoon is at leisure to explore the local cafés and shops or simply enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Tonight, gather for a festive farewell dinner featuring fine Brazilian food.
Belmond Copacabana Palace | Meals: B D
Day 12: Visit Sugar Loaf and Depart Rio
Savor your last Brazilian buffet breakfast, and then depart for a series of cable car rides up Sugar Loaf. Enjoy the truly spectacular and breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro, and take the pleasant walk for a panoramic view of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana and the surrounding mountains. Celebrate the end of the tour with a delightful lunch at Fogo de Chão — taken from the term for how gaucho cowboys prepared their meals, skewering the beef and slowly cooking it over a wooden fire. The restaurant also offers views of the bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Return to your hotel mid-afternoon with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the neighborhood, or perhaps take advantage of the hotel spa before you are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight.
Meals: B L
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