Best of South America

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Explore the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro.

This journey dives into the heart and soul of Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. Discover Iguazu Falls, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu’s inimitable place on Earth. Then there are cities as diverse as Santiago, Buenos Aires, Rio, Cusco and Lima.

  • See the colossal waterfall from a helicopter flight, or get even closer to the thunderous cascades on a boat safari.
  • Grab a partner and perfect your footwork learning to dance the tango - an experience rewarded with a tapas feast.
  • Magical and mysterious, enjoy plenty of time to witness one of the planet's most amazing archaeological sites.
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Rail Journey
  • Land Journey
  • Rail
  • QANTAS Frequent Flyer
  • Luxury
Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Welcome to Santiago. We’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel, before a guided discovery of Chile’s capital, wedged between the snow-capped Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Tonight, join a welcome reception.
Accommodation: Two Nights, The Singular Santiago

Day 2: Santiago
Travel to the coastal city of Valparaiso, where you’ll find colourful cliffside houses sloping down to the sea. Enjoy a Signature Experience before relaxing over lunch and then returning to Santiago.

Day 3: Santiago, Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant capital. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in the city’s prominent Recoleta district.
Accommodation: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

Day 4: Buenos Aires
Join a guided discovery of the city, which includes the Italian-influenced barrio La Boca, a neighbourhood known for its Latino vibe and brightly painted pedestrian streets. Explore the bohemian district of Palermo, filled with trendy eateries and galleries, before arriving at La Recoleta Cemetery. This is the resting place of Argentine notables such as the nation’s former First Lady Eva Peron.

Day 5: Buenos Aires
Design your day one of three ways with Freedom of Choice Touring.

Day 6: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls
This morning, fly to Iguazu Falls. This natural wonder straddles the Argentina-Brazil border. Arriving on the Argentinian side, set off on the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one to the 80-metre-deep Devil’s Throat. Then continue to your hotel for a Signature Experience.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Iguazu Falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 7: Iguazu Falls
Spanning an area of some 2.7 kilometres, Iguassu Falls is made up of roughly 275 waterfalls waiting to be explored today. Soak up panoramic views of the falls with a leisurely walk between each of the viewing platforms. Later, get up close to the roaring cascades of Iguassu Falls on an included jet boat safari. For a special bird’s-eye-view, soar over the falls on a helicopter flight (additional expense, please enquire for details).

Day 8: Rio de Janeiro
Begin your day with a visit to Parque das Aves bird park, where you’ll see colourful native South American birds. Later, fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s naturally blessed capital, set between lush forested mountains and sandy shores. On arrival, we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel on iconic Copacabana Beach.
Accommodation: Three Nights, Rio de Janeiro, Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro
See Rio from on high with a visit to Corcovado, the mountain famed for its Christ the Redeemer statue, thought to be the world’s largest art deco-style sculpture. From here, enjoy sweeping city views. Towards evening, board a cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain to toast the sunset and incredible views with a drink. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant for Brazil’s famously delicious barbecue.

Day 10: Rio de Janeiro
Today, join a Freedom of Choice Touring activity to experience more of Rio.

Day 11: Rio de Janeiro, Lima
Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight to Lima. On arrival, we’ll meet and transfer you to your hotel.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Country Club Lima Hotel

Day 12: Lima
Discover the Peruvian capital’s World Heritage-listed historic centre with a guide today. Afterwards enjoy a Signature Experience at a private hacienda.

Day 13: Lima, Sacred Valley
After breakfast today, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru. From here travel to Chinchero, a small village in the Sacred Valley, tucked into the Andean highlands. Enjoy a special welcome from the local Misminay community followed by today’s Signature Experience, which demonstrates a craft passed down through generations.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood

Day 14: Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray
Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a guide, including today’s Signature Experience. Then enjoy lunch overlooking the Andes.

Day 15: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Today is set aside for a full immersion in the natural setting and incredible heritage of Machu Picchu. Board PeruRail’s Sacred Valley Train for your Signature Experience. On arrival, set off on a locally guided exploration of the lost city of the Incas, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. An eight-hour hike to Machu Picchu is also available at an additional coast (must be pre-booked).
Accommodation: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

Day 16: Machu Picchu, Cusco
This morning, relax at your hotel and perhaps join a culinary demonstration to learn the secrets of South American cuisine. After a leisurely lunch, board the Vistadome for your return trip to the Sacred Valley. Here, transfer by coach to Cusco and either join a historical tour of Cusco’s Convent of Santo Domingo or enjoy the evening at your hotel.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

Day 17: Cusco
A guided discovery of Cusco takes you to Plaza de Armas, a square at the city’s historic heart. You’ll also visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. This evening, join a farewell dinner at MAP Cafe, at the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Day 18: Depart Cusco
After breakfast, your South America adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Touring with APT

It’s the extra little things APT think of that make your journey totally unforgettable. Whether it’s the inspirational destinations; eye opening experiences; or the fact that so much is included in the price, rest assured APT takes care of everything.

Learn from expert inside knowledge whilst you explore iconic sites – as well as discovering undiscovered gems at lesser known locations. Experience a new perspective on the world as the sights, sounds and flavours of unfamiliar cultures are vividly brought to life by their hand-picked local guides. And enjoy the unparalleled level of care and attention APT has refined over 90 years of family ownership.

APT offer a choice of Luxury or Essential river cruises and tours (Essential holidays are operated by APT Travelmarvel). There’s so much included from excursions, tipping, port charges and flights. Luxury even includes private home-to-airport  transfers and a range of Signature Experiences, giving you once-in-a-lifetime moments. And because everyone is different, the Freedom of Choice concept allows you to tailor your sightseeing in select locations, your way, at no additional cost.

But it’s the attention to detail in their personal service that truly sets APT apart. Their guests think so too. They’ve given them a 5 star TrustPilot rating.

Delight in every detail. That’s the APT Difference.


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This tour is operated by APT

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