South America

The Best of South America: 10-Day Ultra-Luxury Small Group Tour

Discover the alluring beauty of South America on this ten-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Staying in ultimate luxury at some of the most prestigious accommodation across South America - including Rio de Janeiro’s iconic five-star Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel and the Belmond Cataratas Hotel overlooking the incredible Iguazu Falls, you will travel through Chile, Argentina and Brazil, enjoying fascinating cultural experiences and delicious local cuisines along the way. Includes daily breakfast, a selection of handpicked gourmet experiences, private transportation, expert local guides, a private tango class, visits to both sides of Iguazu Falls, exclusive insider experiences, sightseeing and entrance fees and more.

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TWIN SHARE
Earn 6,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Nine nights in handpicked, five-star accommodation, including two nights at the luxuriously appointed Ritz Carlton in Santiago, three nights at the boutique Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires – a member of Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at iconic Belmond Cataratas overlooking Iguazu Falls and an unforgettable stay the Belmond Copacabana Palace, the #1 hotel in Rio de Janeiro on TripAdvisor
  • Economy class flights from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
  • Return airport transfers on the first and last day of your trip
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10 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 9,299 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Nine nights in handpicked, five-star accommodation, including two nights at the luxuriously appointed Ritz Carlton in Santiago, three nights at the boutique Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires – a member of Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at iconic Belmond Cataratas overlooking Iguazu Falls and an unforgettable stay the Belmond Copacabana Palace, the #1 hotel in Rio de Janeiro on TripAdvisor
  • Economy class flights from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
  • Return airport transfers on the first and last day of your trip
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10 Days
VIP UPGRADE - TWIN SHARE
Earn 8,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Upgraded luxury rooms in some of South America's best hotels
  • Nine nights in handpicked, five-star accommodation, including two nights at the luxuriously appointed Ritz Carlton in Santiago, three nights at the boutique Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires – a member of Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at iconic Belmond Cataratas overlooking Iguazu Falls and an unforgettable stay the Belmond Copacabana Palace, the #1 hotel in Rio de Janeiro on TripAdvisor
  • Economy class flights from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
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10 Days
VIP UPGRADE - SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 11,499 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Upgraded luxury rooms in some of South America's best hotels
  • Nine nights in handpicked, five-star accommodation, including two nights at the luxuriously appointed Ritz Carlton in Santiago, three nights at the boutique Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires – a member of Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at iconic Belmond Cataratas overlooking Iguazu Falls and an unforgettable stay the Belmond Copacabana Palace, the #1 hotel in Rio de Janeiro on TripAdvisor
  • Economy class flights from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Visit the spectacular sights of South America, a continent known for its stunning variety of wildlife, culture, food, wine and natural wonders. From learning the tango with professional dancers to traditional food tastings and laying eyes on the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the new Seven Wonders of the World - you will get a true taste of Chile, Argentina and Brazil on this specially curated tour, all while staying in ultimate luxury at some of the best hotels in South America.

What You'll Love...

The Luxury Accommodation – Luxe boutique properties to prestigious brands, including Belmond

A highlight will no doubt be your stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace, arguably one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious hotels and described by The Telegraph as "easily the most glamorous spot in town". Elegantly decorating Rio’s Copacabana beachfront, you can expect renowned Belmond signature service adorned with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a luxurious in-house spa offering indulgent treatments. Become a part of history amidst the room's English antique furnishings, original artworks and old-world glamourous charm, that was once graced by stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles.

In Chile’s capital, check in to The Ritz-Carlton Santiago, ideally located in the prestigious El Golf district, you will have the city’s top restaurants and attractions right on your doorstep. Oozing sophistication, elegance and five-star amenities that are unique to a hotel of this calibre, you can unwind in the extravagant glass-roofed spa where you can swim in an indoor lap pool that looks out across a striking backdrop of the Andes Mountains and Santiago city from floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

In Buenos Aires, you will be treated to pure glamour at the Faena Hotel—a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group—an urban oasis in the heart of the city. Rub shoulders with the elite – A-listers like Beyonce and Rihanna frequent this hotel, where they are known for staying in the US$12,000 a night 2,690sqft Penthouse Suite. Relax at the pool bar, soak up history in the library where you will find red velvet furnishings and rows of antique books or indulge at the on-site cabaret bar with performances of Argentina’s most celebrated tango show, Rojo Tango.

Step into "a 19th-century Portuguese palace", as described by The Telegraph, and find yourself immersed in lush Argentinian rainforest at the exclusive Belmond Cataratas Hotel, Iguazu Falls - offering high-end luxury in perfect harmony with nature. Surrounded by magnificent trees and wildlife, bedazzled gardens and a tranquil sense of ultimate immersion in nature, a stay at South America’s first and only Forbes Five Star hotel is a truly unforgettable experience of Amazonian indulgence.

VIP Upgrade: Elevate your exploration of South America to a whole new level of luxury. This package will have you staying in upgraded rooms at every hotel. Stay in an Ocean View Room and enjoy large windows that offer full views over the turquoise waters of the renowned Copacabana beachfromt at Belmond Copacabana Palace. You will receive the full VIP treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Santiago where you will be upgraded to a Club Room that gives you access to the exclusive lounge where you can relax with complimentary canapes and refreshments. In Buenos Aires you will stay in a lavish Duplex Suite at Faena Hotel, while your upgraded Deluxe Room at Belmond Cataratas Hotel grants unforgettable views of Iguazu Falls.

The Experiences & Sights – See the history, hear the music, taste the local food and feel the vibrant spirit of South America on this tour for the senses

Discover Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city. Set within a circle of snow-capped Andes mountains, it’s known for its rich culture, fascinating art and gourmet food – which you can experience first hand during a welcome dinner at one of the city’s finest local restaurants.

Walking is one of the best ways to explore a city, and together with your local expert guide you will discover some of Santiago’s most treasured sights on foot. Learn about Santiago’s fascinating history as you visit Plaza de Armas, considered the heart of the city and try an array of Chilean specialties, including local meats, cheeses and artisan bread at The Mercado Central de Santiago.

You will also visit Argentina, the birthplace of tango dancing, that has forever been the symbol of this South American country. In Buenos Aires you will be captivated by this famous dance as professional dancers take you through the steps in a private lesson for your group, focusing on learning the basics, understanding the rhythm and discovering the dance's origin and history. You will learn how to move fluidly through one of the world's most sultry forms of dance.

Visit the iconic Plaza de Mayo, the city square and main foundational site of Buenos Aires, and spend time at a social female empowerment project, dedicated to teaching local women how to make empanadas, a traditional specialty of savoury filled pastries, which you will also get to try here.

Flying to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina you will visit the gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls, with opportunities to explore both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides extensively. Two kilometres in length and made up of 275 waterfalls, it’s a truly spectacular sight, with an exhilarating included zodiac boat ride taking you even closer to the falls.

In beautiful Brazil, experience the intense green of Guanabara Bay and the slopes of the Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains of Rio de Janeiro. From the opulent buildings erected by the Portuguese monarchy to the destitute shantytown favelas, the natural white-sand beaches of Copacabana to the manmade skyscrapers: Rio is a city of contrasts and contradictions. A guided tour here will cover important landmarks, including the incredible statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Your Package Includes:

  • Nine nights in handpicked, five-star accommodation, including two nights at the luxuriously appointed Ritz Carlton in Santiago, three nights at the boutique Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires – a member of Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at iconic Belmond Cataratas overlooking Iguazu Falls and an unforgettable stay the Belmond Copacabana Palace, the #1 hotel in Rio de Janeiro on TripAdvisor
  • Economy class flights from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
  • A selection of gourmet experiences, including daily breakfast, select lunches and dinners, and several local food tastings
  • A private tango dancing class in Buenos Aires
  • Trip to the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the Iguazu Falls with included Grand Aventura boat ride
  • Visit to Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World
  • Expert local English-speaking guides
  • Private transportation throughout including return airport transfers on the first and last day of your trip
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Santiago on your chosen tour start date.

Valid for the following departure dates:

6 January 2020

3 February 2020

2 March 2020

20 April 2020

18 May 2020

15 June 2020

20 July 2020

10 August 2020

14 September 2020

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Solo Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private departures available: If you wish to travel with children under the age of 18 years, on your own private tour, or together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum two travellers – surcharges apply).

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

  • The Ritz Carlton Santiago (Deluxe Room) (Club Room)*
  • Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires (Park View Room) (Duplex Suite)*
  • Belmond Cataratas Hotel, Iguazu Falls (Superior Room) (Deluxe Falls View Room)*
  • Belmond Copacabana Palace. Rio de Janeiro (Superior City View) (Deluxe Beach View Room)*

* Applies to VIP Upgraded itinerary only

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.

Bedding Configuration: Double or twin beds (subject to availability).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

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