- Departure: March 5
- Arrival day: March 16.
Day 1, Saturday, March 5: Depart from home on your South American adventure!
Day 2, Sunday, March 6: Begin your tour in the European-style capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, known as "the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere." Arrive in time to opt for the San Telmo Antique Market before check-in to the Hotel Regal Pacific. Tonight, enjoy a Tango Show and steak dinner (included)!
Day 3, Monday, March 7: Sightseeing in this elegant city includes the Casa Rosada, the well-known stage for Evita Perón's plea "Don't cry for me Argentina", as well as the history-laden Plaza de Mayo. Afternoon is free. Relax in the newly-rebuilt port area Puerto Madera with its restaurants and bars, or opt to visit the Tigre Delta by boat.
Day 4, Tuesday, March 8: Depart today for Iguazu. Upon your approach to the airport, your pilot might tip his wings to give you the first view over the magnificent Iguassu Falls and the surrounding natural park of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Your bilingual tour director or representative escorts you to the fabulous Hotel Mercure Internacional Foz. Feast on a Brazilian dinner tonight after a relaxing swim in the pool.
Day 5, Wednesday, March 9: Today's full day excursion shows you the Iguassu Falls from both sides. First, cross into Argentina for a walk above the falls, wider and more powerful than Niagara. A boat guides you to an island to get a close-up view of the Falls from below. The mist of the Falls engulfs you on the Brazilian side, as you walk out onto a platform and into the garganta do diabo, the 'devil's throat'. Opt to the Great Adventure boat ride under the Falls on the Brazilian side.
Day 6, Thursday, March 10: The rolling landscape on today's journey is interrupted only by mountain chains, rich farmland and patches of original subtropical forest, with the unique Araucária trees. Arrive in Curitiba, named best-organized city in South America, now a model for many Western industrialized nations! The city has grown 10-fold in the past 20 years, using innovative ideas to manage its substantial growth. The capital of the state of Paraná is a melting pot of such diverse cultures as Dutch, Polish, Arabian, German, Ukrainian, Italian and Japanese cultures, amongst many others! Check in to the Hotel Bourbon Curitiba. Tonight's included dinner will give you a taste of the region's mix of cultures.
Day 7, Friday, March 11: Morning sightseeing gives you a view of the capital, including the glass Opera House, before heading down to the coast for a stroll along the historic promenade of the Port of Antonina. After lunch, board the scenic historic railway as it winds its way from sea level up 1200 meters (3/4 of a mile high!) over the Serra do Mar chain back to Curitiba.
Day 8, Saturday, March 12: Fly to Rio de Janeiro, transfer to your hotel and get settled in your hotel in Copacabana - Hotel Astoria Palace. After the late breakfast, enjoy today the beaches nearby or relax at the rooftop pool of your hotel! The gung-ho can opt for a schooner cruise today - also very relaxing! The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today's sightseeing tour. Board a funicular to reach the summit with its 360 grades spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the "world's most beautiful city".
Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil. In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a Rodizio dinner - an all-you-can-eat Brazilian Barbecue (included). Afterwards transfer to the Sambodromo for the Champion's Parade. Witness Rio's 6 best samba schools - the Champions of the year! Each "school" is comprised of approximately 3000 dancers!
Day 9, Sunday, March 13: Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710 meters (2340 feet). Board the tremzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city from the center of the city! Then get a close-up look at Rio's world famous beaches.
Day 10, Monday, March 14 (optional): Enjoy a full day tour to the fisherman's village of Itacuruô, located 1 hour south of Rio de Janeiro. Rio overview, the Saveiro, name given to this typical boat that looks like a schooner, cruises the Sepetiba Bay, an area rich in natural beauty, where it is normal to spot a flora and fauna as dolphins, giant king-fisher, parrots, turtle and sting-rays.
Hop on a schooner for the islands. A stop is made for a swim and then the saveiro continues to the island of Itacuruôa where a delicious lunch self-service buffet will be waiting for the visitors. There will be a time to explore the Island before returning to Itacuruôa and Rio de Janeiro.
Day 11, Tuesday, March 15: Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the International airport for your flight back home.
Day 12, Wednesday, March 16: You are back home laden with memories, we are sure you'll have had an unforgettable vacation, one of a lifetime!
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