14 day Argentina with Horse Riding, incl. Rio and Iguazu Falls from $6599

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $6599 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides This tour sells out fast, start in the famous Rio de Janeiro, Ascend to the summit of Corcovado Mountain to see the spectacular views of Rio, next travel to the majestic and awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls which truly cannot be described until you actually see them.
Next visit Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”, visit Recoleta Cemetery, see the final resting place of Eva “Evita” Peron and have a Tango lesson with professional Argentine tango dancers. Then head into true Gaucho country for 4 days on a real Estancia, at Los Potreros.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 18 MAY 2018 

Departs SYD 12 NOV ’18
flying  
 Final Book By:18 MAY 2018  Deposit: $2449pp
Final Balance: 12 AUG 2018

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Prices correct as at 2018-04-29 03:24:27 Booking Terms and Conditions

Travel Dates

 

Departure Date Land Only Flights included
$5,043 $7,099
Mon, May 28 $5,043 $7,349
Thu, May 31 $5,043 $7,099
Mon, Jun 04 $5,043 $7,349
Thu, Jun 07 $5,043 $7,349
Mon, Jun 11 $5,043 $10,349
Mon, Jun 18 $5,043 $11,449
Mon, Jun 25 $5,043 $7,399
Thu, Jul 05 $5,043 $6,999
Mon, Jul 09 $5,043 $6,949
Mon, Jul 16 $5,043 $7,349
Thu, Jul 19 $5,043 $6,999
Mon, Jul 23 $5,043 $7,399
Mon, Jul 30 $5,043 $7,699
Thu, Aug 02 $5,043 $7,849
Mon, Aug 06 $5,043 $7,149
Mon, Aug 13 $5,043 $6,649
Thu, Aug 16 $5,043 $6,799
Mon, Aug 20 $5,043 $7,149
Thu, Aug 23 $5,043 $6,949
Thu, Aug 30 $5,043 $7,399
Mon, Sep 03 $5,043 $6,649
Mon, Sep 17 $5,043 $7,199
Thu, Sep 20 $5,043 $7,449
Mon, Sep 24 $5,043 $7,099
Sat, Sep 29 $5,043 $7,649
Mon, Oct 01 $5,043 $7,699
Sat, Oct 06 $5,043 $6,949
Mon, Oct 08 $5,043 $7,449
Sat, Oct 13 $5,043 $6,849
Mon, Oct 15 $5,043 $7,449
Sat, Oct 20 $5,043 $7,099
Mon, Oct 22 $5,043 $6,849
Thu, Oct 25 $5,043 $6,799
Sat, Oct 27 $5,043 $6,799
Thu, Nov 01 $5,043 $7,099
Sat, Nov 03 $5,043 $7,099
Mon, Nov 05 $5,043 $6,949
Thu, Nov 08 $5,043 $6,799
Sat, Nov 10 $5,043 $7,149
Mon, Nov 12 $5,043 $6,599
Thu, Nov 15 $5,043 $7,099
Mon, Nov 26 $5,043 $7,249
Thu, Nov 29 $5,043 $7,299
Sat, Dec 01 $5,043 $7,849
Mon, Dec 03 $5,043 $7,399
Thu, Dec 06 $5,043 $8,199
Mon, Dec 10 $5,043 $7,299
Thu, Dec 13 $5,043 $8,399
Mon, Dec 17 $5,043 $7,499
Mon, Dec 24 $5,043 $8,099

*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these tours sells out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. There are many more dates I can use, but Airfares and prices cannot be prepriced for many dates

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Rio de Janeiro, Cordoba-Sydney
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguazu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Cordoba
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Rio de Janeiro
    • 2 nights Iguazu, Argentina
    • 3 nights Buenos Aires
    • 4 nights Estancia Los Potreros
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 4 Lunches
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

To make it easier for our culture, Gratuities for drivers and guides have been included for days 1-9.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday – Depart for Brazil

Depart for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; arrival and transfer to your hotel

Flight Number Date Time From To Lands
LA 800 12NOV 1110 Sydney Santiago Chile 1325
LA 775 12NOV 2130 Santiago Chile Rio de Janeiro 0239

Overnight: Rio de Janeiro

DAY 2, Tuesday – Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy today at leisure to explore Rio de Janeiro on your own. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting tour that awaits you in South America, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a typical Brazilian ‘Churrascaria’
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday – Rio de Janeiro, Tour of Corcovado Mountain
Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue that embraces the entire city is designated as one of the seven “New Wonders of the World”. See the thrilling 360 degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, continue along Rio’s famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday – Full Day in Rio de Janeiro
Today is at leisure to discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just “people-watch”. Join the optional not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain,* symbol of the city, where you’ll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay. In the afternoon participate in the optional Carnival and Samba Experience. Visit one of the top Samba schools in the city and learn what made the Samba & Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity. On your last night in Rio at leisure, be sure to sample the cuisine at some of the fabulous restaurants and cafes ringing the beachfront
*Sugar Loaf Mountain and Urca Hill will be inaccessible from Apr 6 – 11, May 21 – 25, and Oct 3 – 4. Ascent by cable car to Urca Hill will be available for May 7 – 11 and Sep 19 – 20
Optional: Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain (AM)
Optional: Half Day Carnival and Samba Experience (PM)
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday – Fly to Iguassu, Brazilian Falls
Depart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls, for overnight. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentine dinner
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday – Iguazu, the Argentinean Falls
Your adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes you to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit,* and you will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil’s Gorge – stand in amazement as you gaze at spectacular “Devil’s Throat” the most magnificent of all of cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature’s most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna
*Please be advised that in order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, followed by a series of narrow boardwalk paths. The paths feature many sets of stairs and can be slippery due to the mist
Overnight: Iguazu
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday – Fly to Buenos Aires
This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday – Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city’s highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists’ lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva “Evita” Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and a fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon’s tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday – Full Day in Buenos Aires
Revisit some of your favorite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening’s “Farewell to Argentina” Dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday – Fly to Cordoba
This morning say goodbye to your travelling companions from the last wee and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cordoba

Flight Number Date Time From To Lands
LA7602 21NOV 0635 Buenos Aires Cordoba 0805

You will be met at the Airport and driven to Estancia Los Potreros. ( an early flight will allow you to do a morning ride, ask about a late morning flight to get in for Lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday – Estancia Los Potreros
Riding with us is an experience not to be missed, whatever your ability. Our horses are ridden ‘gaucho style’, in a relaxed manner with loose reins, which is very intuitive and easy to pick up. Each with their own charming personality, our horses take on the task of ensuring each guest has a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday – Experience Beautiful Trail Riding
Trail riding is tailored to suit ability and the hills provide a surprising variety of landscapes and terrain. Rocky outcrops give way to open hillsides. Hidden valleys lead to tumbling waterfalls and wooded paths. Trails take you to swimming holes and spectacular viewpoints, or further afield to neighbouring lands that offer a glimpse of rural life, past homesteads, churches and remote schools.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday – Work Alongside the Gauchos
As a working cattle estancia, there is often the chance for our guests to ride out alongside the gauchos and help them with their daily tasks. Bringing in the young horses to protect them from the elusive puma, rounding up stray cattle, moving the herd into the corrals for counting or vaccinating, or taking salt out to the herd are just some of the day-to-day estancia activities in which guests can be involved. No-one has ever been left unimpressed by the horsemanship and skills of the gaucho in their native environment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday – Fly home
Today head for home, with a short flight over the mountains and on towards home.
Ask about extending your visit at the Estancia

Flight Number Date Time From To Lands
LA 487 25NOV 1950 Cordoba Santiago Chile 2130
LA 801 26NOV 0035 Santiago Chile Sydney 0915

Meals: Breakfast

Other information
Visa Info

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Entry to Brazil requires a visa in advance, however most Australians will be able to complete an electronic version. Check for updated information on the Smarttraveller Website

Argentina has dropped the requirement of reciprocity fees to visit as a tourist.

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will not require a visa for this itinerary.

Accomodation

 

Estancia Los Potreros, near Cordoba

This boutique accomodation is on a working Estancia where you will partake in daily life, ride horses and share meals with your hosts.

 
Optional Tours
Day #4

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Half Day Carnival & Samba Experience

This afternoon, depart your hotel for Downtown Rio de Janeiro. Arrive at Academicos da Grande Rio, one of the top samba schools in the city. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the warehouse, where you see grandiose parade floats and flamboyant costumes*. There will be an opportunity to try on authentic Carnival costumes. Toast your Carnival experience with a caipirinha Brazil’s national cocktail, while you learn about the history of the Samba dance and the Carnival parades from an expert guide. Then, learn the basic Samba steps from a professional dancer, while you encounter diverse Afro-Brazilian rhythms like Ijexa, Coco, Iongo, and Samba de roda. Return to your hotel.
*Please note that floats and carriages for Carnival are being constructed between September and December and therefore will not be fully completed and decorated during that time.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

AUD$77.00
Day #4

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Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain

Depart from your hotel for a brief driving tour of Rio de Janeiro on your way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. While passing through the downtown, admire the myriad of city landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Municipal Theatre, and the Sambadrome. Upon arriving at Praia Vermelha, begin the first leg of your journey up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop in a cable car and ascend from street level to the top of Urca Hill. Over the course of that 3 minute ride, a superb panorama unfolds right before your eyes. At Urca, enter a second cable car for the ride to the summit. After a 6 minute ride, you will be welcomed to the top by an unsurpassed view. From this location, the entire area is within your grasp, including Rio, the bridge, the bay, the age-old majestic mountain range, and Niteroi, a city on the other side of the bay.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

AUD$64.00
Day #8

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Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show

Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

AUD$103.00
Day #9

Full Day Traditional Gaucho Party

Depart from the hotel towards Cardales to visit a traditional Estancia. An Estancia is the equivalent to a large rural estate similar to a ranch in the United States, mainly devoted to agriculture, cattle and breeding horses. Most have a main house and some straw-roofed constructions in which the dining-room and a traditional general store are located. The general store commonly called the ‘pulperia’ was a social gathering point for gauchos at sunset. Later, you can taste a typical Argentine barbecue (grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages, salads, dessert and coffee) in the dining-room.

As lunch is finished you will enjoy a folklore show with live music, dancing and a tango demonstration, followed by ‘cuadreras’ and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders. For those willing to participate in the traditional activities there are horses and ‘sulkies’ to go around the ranch.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

AUD$142.00