South American Odyssey

BUENOS AIRES, RIO DE JANEIRO, IGUASSU FALLS, SANTIAGO, BARILOCHE & LAKE REGION

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  • Duration: 16 days
  • Price: from $3,899
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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to South America. Reserve by November 6, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Santiago
  • 1 night in Puerto Varas
  • 2 nights in Bariloche
  • 4 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights in Iguassu Falls
  • 2 nights in Rio de Janeiro

 

  • San Cristobal Hill (Santiago)
  • Picturesque Bariloche
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Tango Show (Buenos Aires)
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Rio)
  • Copacabana (Rio)
  • Round-trip airfare from Miami via LAN and TAM Airlines (NYC departure add $100)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights & ground transportation
  • Accommodations at Deluxe & Superior First Class hotels
  • 19 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

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(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $975.
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Add $100 if departing from New York (JFK)
Argentina entry fee & Brazil visa fee are not included
Note: Oct 6 and Oct 20 tours may stay at the Sonesta Osorno Hotel in Puerto Varas
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey to glorious South America begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight bound for Chile.
Day 2
Arrive Santiago (Chile).
Morning arrival in Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile, located between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes. On arrival, ride up to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city and the Andean mountain range. Later, learn more about Santiago’s charms and history from a local expert that leads you on a tour of the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square and the nearby Cathedral. You’ll also see the Presidential Palace and the Bohemian section of Bellavista. Your tour concludes upon arrival at your upscale hotel where the balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a briefing followed by a welcome dinner. Atton El Bosque Hotel (D)
Day 3
Full day at leisure to explore independently. We recommend an optional excursion to discover the enchanting towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast as well as Chile’s thriving wine making industry. (B)
Day 4
Santiago/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas.
Today board a short flight to the southern port city of Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District. Upon arrival, drive along the shores of placid Lake Llanquihue to the nearby village of Puerto Varas. Here, stop at the Handicraft Market where you can see and perhaps buy some of the fabulous arts and crafts of Chile. Arrive at your charming hotel, conveniently located within walking distance of the magnificent lake. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. Gran Colonos del Sur Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Lake Region/Bariloche (Argentina).
Today’s unforgettable excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Traverse the Andean Mountains through the Lake District from Chile to Argentina. Enjoy dramatic landscapes, spectacular emerald green lakes, gushing waterfalls, snow-capped volcanoes and dense forests. The breathtaking scenery unfolds as you journey along winding roads overlooking the magical lakes of Chile’s Puyehue National Park into Argentina’s equally amazing Nahuel Huapi National Park. Arrive in quaint Villa Angostura and embark on a boat ride to view the striking Arrayanes Forest with its rare and ancient Myrtle trees. Proceed on your journey along the magical lake towards the picture-perfect town of Bariloche. Edelweiss Hotel (B)
Day 6
Set in idyllic scenery reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, Bariloche is a splendid lake-side town, easily explored from your centrally located hotel. An included walking tour features a visit to the engaging Patagonia Museum. Later, explore on your own, relax or shop for knit woolen sweaters and delicious locally made chocolate. (B)
Day 7
Bariloche/Buenos Aires.
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, often called “Paris of the South”. The city is a great mix of European heritage and Latin spirit, evident in architecture, culture and lifestyle. Drive through the Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue, to your downtown hotel. Americas Towers Hotel. (B)
Day 8
On this morning’s guided tour see the Plaza de Mayor, the famous Opera House and the historic La Boca district. Proceed to the elegant Recoleta district and the cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you are our guest for a delicious dinner and an exhilarating tango show, South America’s passionate dance. (B,D)
Day 9
Travel outside the city on a full day excursion to the Argentine Pampas. Visit an estancia (ranch) and enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch followed by a Gaucho Fiesta, complete with gaucho riding and folklore show. (B,L) 
Day 10
A full day at leisure. Why not take a “behind the scenes” tour of the ornate Colon Opera House, visit the shops lining the renowned Florida Street, or relax in one of the many outdoor cafes and parks. (B)
Day 11
Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls (Argentina/Brazil).
(Argentina/Brazil). After breakfast board a short flight to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls. You’ll soon discover why this is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Set at the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts that send their cascades roaring 250 feet below. Enjoy a ride on the ecological train through the rainforest to Devil’s Throat for a spectacular close-up view of the Argentinean side of the falls. Proceed to your deluxe hotel which is set amidst lush tropical gardens. Mabu Resort (B,D)
Day 12
Today view the dramatic Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls and lush sub-tropical vegetation on an included morning tour. The afternoon is free for independent activities, shopping or relaxing at your hotel’s poolside. (B)
Day 13
Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro.
Today fly to Rio de Janeiro, often described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Sprawling between lush tropical mountains and the exquisite beaches of the Atlantic, Rio’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people will win your heart. This afternoon ascend imposing Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car to the 1300-foot summit for stunning views of the city and surroundings. Later drive along white-sanded beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and arrive at your luxurious hotel, the only hotel in Rio situated directly on the beach! An optional Samba show is available. Sheraton Hotel & Towers (B)
Day 14
On this morning’s tour, a cog railway takes you through the rainforest up Corcovado Mountain, a 2300-foot peak crowned by the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top of the mountain are dazzling! Later, discover Rio’s Portuguese colonial history in the downtown area and visit the largest Cathedral in South America. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, shop for authentic gemstones and souvenirs, head to the beach or relax at your hotel’s pool! Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner. (B,D)
Day 15
Depart Rio.
Morning at leisure for independent pursuits. Later transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight. (B)
Day 16
Arrive USA.
Your exciting sojourn ends as you arrive in the USA this morning in either Miami or New York.

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to South America more complete and memorable, your Tour Director you will offer several optional tours. Rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in US dollars by cash. Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be canceled if this minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment.

Santiago
Full Day Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and Winery Tour ($75 per person)
Enjoy a lovely full-day excursion exploring Chile’s enchanting Pacific Coast and the thriving wine making industry. Travel through lush countryside to Viña del Mar, Chile’s oceanfront sophisticated summer resort. Continue to Valparaiso, Chile’s second largest city where 17 steep hills tower over the port, abuzz with activity. This picturesque city has twisted cobblestone alleys and ancient ascensores, electric cable cars that climb into hillside neighborhoods and afford splendid sea views. Walk through the colorful streets and stop at one of the charming seaside restaurants where you may have lunch at your own expense. This afternoon visit William Cole Vineyard in Chile’s famous wine growing region. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the winery and a wine tasting before departing back to Santiago. (A minimum of 15 participants required)

Bariloche
Afternoon “Small Circuit Tour” ($48 per person)
On this afternoon excursion explore the stunning beauty of the area surrounding Bariloche. Drive along the Nahuel Huapi Lake on a winding road. After crossing the residential district Melipal, arrive at Playa Bonita, located just in front of Huemul Island. After enjoying different kinds of landscape, arrive at the base of Campanario Mountain, where you take a chair lift ride to the 3400 feet summit from where breathtaking views appear: lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, the Trebol pond, St. Peter’s Peninsula, Llao Llao, Victoria Island and Otto, Lopez, Goye and Cathedral Mountains and the whole town of Bariloche. Continue to the Llao Llao peninsula, where the small and delicate St. Edwards Chapel and Llao Lloa Hotel, two architectural jewels are located. Proceed to the Angostura Bridge, crossing the Angostura River, which joins lakes Moreno, Nahuel Huapi and Lopez Bay at the foot of Lopez Mountain. Arriving at Panoramic Point, a natural vantage point to have views towards Moreno Lake and Llao Llao peninsula, after a photo stop continue to El Trebol pond and three miles ahead, Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue will take us back to your hotel in Bariloche. (A minimum of 15 participants required)

Buenos Aires
Tigre Delta Morning Excursion ($68 per person)
The Tigre Delta, located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, with its rivers, streams and numerous green islands is one of the most attractive areas for visitors. The continuous sediment of the Parana River, which gives the river and estuary their particular brownish-red color, forms the Delta Islands. After arrival, enjoy a delightful one-hour ride on a comfortable boat along the water passageways. En route to the Delta, you will cross the Northern suburbs of the city, where you’ll see some of the most exclusive mansions facing the river. (A minimum of 15 participants required)

Rio de Janeiro
Rio by Night: Samba Show ($121 per person)
A fun evening where you enjoy a thrilling samba show featuring Brazilian dances and music where the vitality of Brazil explodes in a carnival-like extravaganza. The performance displays dazzling and colorful costumes and vibrant music. Transfers from and back to your hotel are included. (A minimum of 12 participants required)

Rio de Janeiro
Petropolis Morning Tour ($65 per person)
Enjoy a perfect morning excursion to the picturesque mountain resort of Petropolis, old summer home to the Brazilian Imperial Family. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive from busy Rio through the mountains and the valleys surrounding the city to quaint Petropolis that enjoys a breezy mountain climate and commands magnificent views from its unique position high atop the hills at 2500 feet above sea level. Here, visit the Imperial Museum, once the Summer Palace of Brazil Emperors, whose collections feature jewels and works of art once owned by the Imperial Family as well as the Crown and Scepter of Brazils last Emperor.  You’ll also visit the Old Cathedral and have some time to enjoy the charming village square and elegant mansions. (A minimum of 15 participants required)

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights to Santiago (Chile) are via LAN Chile and return flights from Rio de Janeiro are via TAM Airlines. You are expected to check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that the below flight schedules are always subject to change.

Departure City:                                                                           Miami International                 New York (JFK)

Depart (via LAN Chile):                                                                                   8:30pm                                             7:30pm                                 

Return (via TAM Airlines):                                                                              5:30am                                             6:30am                                 

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

LAN Chile and TAM do not accept advance seat assignment.  Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment.  It is between you and the airline!

 PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens require a visa to enter Brazil.  Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. You can obtain your visa directly from the Brazilian Consulate or contact “CIBT” to facilitate that for you. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any timeYou should check directly with the consulate, or if using CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. To obtain an individual visa for Brazil, please follow one of the following:

  1. If you prefer to apply for your visa directly with the Brazilian Consulate, you will have to apply in person.   Brazilian Consulates do not accept mailed-in visa applications.  Please contact the Brazilian Consulate nearest your area for visa requirements and application forms and fees.
  2. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest that you use a visa service to facilitate the processing of the visa. We recommend using CIBT.  Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002
  3. If you do not have access to a computer, and you are not able to apply for your visa in person, please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you. If you plan to use the services of CIBT and have any questions regarding the application please call them directly at 800-406-1523.
  4. We recommend that you apply for the visa in-person or through CIBT, no more than 90 days before your scheduled departure to South America. If you apply earlier, your visa may expire by the time you are scheduled to take your trip!

Please note: A letter addressed to the Brazil Consulate will be mailed to you approximately 75 – 65 days prior to the departure date.  This letter will have the address and telephone numbers of the hotels and land operator in Brazil. You will need to present this letter when applying for the Brazil visa.  Upon receipt, you should process your visa application without delay.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

FOREIGN ENTRY FEE

U.S. citizens need to pay an Argentina Reciprocity Fee of $160 per person prior to entering Argentina. 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

You should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their recommendations including Yellow Fever.

CLIMATE

Chile, Argentina and Brazil are located in the Southern hemisphere and therefore have reverse seasons to those of the United States. September/October/November is spring with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50’s and 70’s. December through February is summer with daytime temperatures averaging in the 80’s. March is early fall with daytime temperatures averaging in the 70’s.  Daytime temperatures average in the 60’s in April.  You can expect cooler temperatures in the Chilean Lake district and warmer temperatures in Rio. Also, overnight temperatures may lower by 10-20 degrees.

 NON-INCLUDED MEALS

You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.  We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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