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South America Spring Tour and Cruise

Tour departs: 08 October 2017
Tour length: 24 Days

Overview

Tour Departs: 08 October 2017.

Tour Length: 24 Days.

This is a spectacular tour in every respect and the itinerary has been proven over so many years. A number of our regular travellers have rated this as “the best”. South America is a fascinating continent to visit – awe-inspiring scenery, different cultures and an absorbing history. The itinerary is leisurely and comfortable, with an excellent standard of accommodation.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana Beach, Corcovado and the Statue of “Christ the Redeemer”, “Sugar Loaf”, Carnival Show
  • Iguassu Falls – surely the most beautiful in the world, in a magical setting
  • Buenos Aires – the “Paris” of South America
  • Santiago – in the shadow of the Andes
  • Bariloche – in a magnificent setting of lakes and mountains.

 

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

3 NIGHT SKORPIOS CRUISE

This 3-night cruise sails the Southern Ice Fields, which cover most of the glaciers in the area, namely Amalia, El Brujo, Bernal and Herman, and those located in the area of Fiordo Calvo. The cruise includes around 15 glaciers, some of which we will contemplate and admire directly, walking up to their front and moraines, and sailing through multi-coloured ice-floes on smaller expedition vessels like the Capitán Konstantino; from where we will have the chance to observe the varied Patagonian flora and fauna in all its natural glory.

 

TORRES DEL PAINE

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. Some of its most iconic sites are the 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine.

 

EASTER ISLAND OPTIONAL TOUR

At the conclusion of this tour we have made arrangements to fly to Easter Island for 3 nights.  If you would like to join us for this highlight, please do let us know as soon as you can.

 

Itinerary

Sunday 08 October

Home – Santiago

Today we fly to Santiago, crossing the International Dateline en route, arriving early afternoon of the same day. We are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2-night stay.



Monday 09 October

Santiago (B.D)

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, beginning at the Civic Centre, the focal point of which is the neoclassical La Moneda Palace. We continue through the narrow streets of the downtown area to the Pre-Columbian Museum displaying remnants of ancient cultures. We proceed to the Plaza de Armas, a picturesque square and the 18th century Cathedral Metropolitana. Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought-iron building is the Central Markets where a colourful conglomeration of seafood, fruits, vegetables and flowers are on sale. We stroll along Parque Forestal, past the Fine Arts Museum to Santa Lucia Hill where the city was founded in 1541 and which is now a sanctuary of gardens and fountains.  Tonight we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.


Tuesday 10 October

Santiago – Rio de Janeiro  (B)

This morning we fly to Rio de Janeiro, where we are met and transferred to our Copacabana Beach hotel for a 4-night stay.


Wednesday 11 October

Rio de Janeiro (B.D)

This morning, our tour takes us by cogwheel train to the top of Mount Corcovado and one of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the 125 foot high statue of “Christ the Redeemer”, for spectacular views of the city, followed by a visit to the Tijuca Forest. The afternoon is at leisure, a chance to rest up and relax before we enjoy dinner together this evening at our hotel.

 


Thursday 12 October

Rio de Janeiro (B.D)

This morning, our tour includes the spectacular ride on the aerial cable-car to the summit of the famous “Sugarloaf” for even more spectacular views of the bay. Thereafter, we see the historical centre of Rio including the Royal Palace, National Historical Museum, Candelaria Church and the monastery of Sao Bento. Afternoon at leisure.  This evening, we dine at a local restaurant situated on one of Ipanema’s most charming streets, offering traditional Italian specialties. After dinner, we enjoy an exciting show where we see an amazing array of costumes and items from the previous “Carnival”.


Friday 13 October

Rio de Janeiro (B.L)

This morning, we leave the hotel for a full day tour to Petropolis, including lunch. This part of the State includes cities located amid the mountains of Serra dos Orgaos; Petroplis, Teresopolis and Nova Friburgo being their finest examples. Petropolis and Nova Friburgo were colonized by Swiss and German immigrants and display the physical and cultural traits of those European regions. Petropolis originated and developed as the imperial city, since it was the favourite of monarch Pedro II, who spent the summers there in order to avoid the heat of Rio de Janeiro. The German immigrants initially settled in the town in order to serve the imperial family and they left strong influences in the habits, in the local food and in the architecture. We will also visit Sao Pedro de Alcantara, a French Neo Gothic Cathedral dating back to 1884.


 

Saturday 14 October

Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (B.D)

Sadly, it is time to say farewell to Rio as we return to the airport and join our morning flight to Iguassu (Brazil). On arrival, we are met and transferred to our delightful hotel inside the Brazilian national park right at the Falls, for a 2-night stay.

The Iguassu River splits into 275 amazing waterfalls, one of the most majestic spectacles in the world. The virgin jungle of the national park surrounds the deep “Garganta del Diablo” (Devils Throat), a confluence of rapids falling straight down. Spray rises over 30 metres from the bottom (hidden by the mist) and countless rainbows are threaded under the sun. Butterflies and tropical birds fly over the falls.


Sunday 15 October

Iguassu (B.L)

This morning, we enjoy a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls followed by the “Macuco” safari. We travel the “Macuco Trail” in a rustic open wagon which allows an unhindered view of the jungle in all its splendour. We walk down the Iguassu Canyon trail visiting the Macuco Falls and penetrating the Brazilian jungle on foot for a more intimate contact with nature. Then, we “shoot the rapids” in a spectacular boat ride up Iguassu Canyon for a different view of the falls, this is followed by a lunch at The Porto Canoas Restaurant before we return to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the magnificent setting at the falls.


Monday 16 October

Iguassu – Buenos Aires (B.D)

Late this morning, we join our coach and cross the giant “Devil’s Cataract” and the border into Argentina.

Embark on the national park’s sightseeing train for our tour around the Argentinean side of the falls and walk to the highest point of the falls to enjoy the views over the Cataratas while taking in the spectacular orchids, colourful birds and other wildlife on the way. We arrive at Iguassu Airport in time to join our afternoon flight to Buenos Aires where we are met on arrival and transferred to our downtown hotel for a 3 night stay.


Tuesday 17 October

Buenos Aires (B.L)

Today, we travel to the outskirts of Buenos Aires for our “Gaucho” excursion. It allows us the opportunity to admire the traditional dances and enjoy the songs, and the food, of the Argentinian Gaucho (cowboy). The venue is a beautiful country residence at an old ranch, located on the fringe of the city.


Wednesday 18 October

Buenos Aires (B.D)

The heart of the city now, as in the colonial days, is the Plaza de Mayo with the historic Cabildo, the Town Hall where the movement for independence from Spain was first planned, the pink “Casa Rosada” (Presidential Palace), the Municipalidad (City Hall) and the Cathedral where San Martin, the father of Argentina’s struggle for independence, is buried. This morning’s sightseeing tour of South America’s largest metropolis will show us many of the highlights of Buenos Aires. We see Government House, the Casa Rosada, the Cathedral at the site of the first church built in Buenos Aires, Columbus Square, Boca Square, plus many more places of interest in the “Paris of the Americas”. Afternoon is at leisure.

This evening, we are transferred to one of the best Tango Houses in Buenos Aries where we will take part in a Tango class before enjoying dinner – the first drink is on the house! After dinner, watch the experts in a brilliant Tango performance.  The Tango started at the end of the last century from a mixture of various rhythms which were danced in the poorer areas. At the beginning, it was danced by pairs of men to the music of the flute, the violin and the guitar.


Thursday 19 October

Buenos Aires – Bariloche (B.D)

This morning we join the short flight to the southern Argentine resort town of Bariloche. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 3 night stay. We enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.


Friday 20 October

Baroliche (B.L)

Our morning tour will explain the life and growth of the centre of Bariloche, the Cathedral and historic neighbourhoods. We visit the Patagonia Museum located in the civil centre where you discover the evolution of Bariloche and its culture. At the end of the tour, stop at Cerveceria Weiss for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure.

 


Saturday 21 October

Bariloche (B.D)

This morning, we drive along Bustillo Ave bordering Nahuel Huapi Lake towards Playa Bonita. Continue to Campanario Hill, where a cable car will take us to the summit. Enjoy a complete overview of the area then drive towards the San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas. Visit San Eduardo Chapel and admire the Bridge that connects Nahuel Huapi Lake and Moreno Lake and proceed to Bahia Lopez. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 


Sunday 22 October

Bariloche – El Calafarte (B.D)

This morning, we return to the airport and join the flight to El Calafarte. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2-night stay. Dinner at the hotel this evening.


Monday 23 October

El Calafarte (B.D)

Starting off from El Calafate, we travel 80 km to Perito Moreno Glacier, the last 26 km within the National Park.  We will pass by the Argentine Lake with its Round Bay populated with a huge variety of birds, such as black neck swans, flamenco, duck steam, gallareta and cauquén.  On reaching the Glacier we have the opportunity to walk around footbridges for majestic views.  We enjoy lunch as part of today’s excursion.

This afternoon we have a different perspective of the Glacier, on board the “Brazo Rico”.  Our navigation of the Argentine Lake allows us to appreciate the ice floes of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Our boat allows us to get close enough to observe the ebbs and flows of the ice movement.  Boarding is done in the dock located in the Bay “Under the Shade”, approximately 7 km from the Viewpoint of the Glacier.


Tuesday 24 October

El Calafarte – Torres Del Paine (B.D)

Today we travel by the coach short distance to the wonderful Torres Del Paine National Park.


Wednesday 25 October

Torres Del Paine (B.L.D)

Choose from an array of excursions including trekking, horseback riding and guided vehicle excursions.

Enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel, with an open bar (Premium brands not included)


Thursday 26 October

Torres Del Paine (B.L.D)

Choose from an array of excursions including trekking, horseback riding and guided vehicle excursions.

Enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel, with an open bar (Premium brands not included)


Friday 27 October

Torres Del Paine – Puerto Natales (B.D)

Today we enjoy a short drive, and join our cruise shop, Skorpios III. Sailing through Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels.


Saturday 28 October

Cruising (B.L.D)

This morning we arrive at Amalia Glacier. The vessel approaches the glacier with panoramic views from the ship. We can disembark on a nearby beach, soft hiking through the beach, flora and rocks, arriving to a viewpoint where we can appreciate this beautiful glacier. We continue on sailing for El Brujo Glacier, with weather and ice permitting, passengers can disembark and contemplate this glacier from a nearby rock. This afternoon sail to amazing Calvo Fjord with an excursion on the “Capitán Constantino” icebreaker, appropriate to navigate between the ice. Visit to the Fernando, Capitán Constantino and Alipio glaciers, among others.


Sunday 29 October

Cruising (B.L.D)

Visit to Montañas Fjord, from where you can see four glaciers, that slide down the Sarmiento Mountains to the sea, two of them are on our route. Visit to Alsina Glacier, excursion on our boats, to explore this small bay and its glacier, enjoying its beauty and enormous mountains. Returning to Skorpios III we continue sailing through Montañas Fjord toward Bernal Glacier for a walk in a small native forest, and then crossing through a stream, which crosses a glacier water lagoon. Continue soft hiking over front and side moraines. Here, passengers can feel and touch the ice, and appreciate the iceberg melting. Returning to the ship, tonight we will enjoy the Captain’s dinner and Farewell Party. This is also our last evening together.


Monday 30 October

Punta Arenas – Santiago – Home (B.L.D)

Sadly, this morning our cruise comes to an end as we depart our ship and head to the airport for our flight


Wednesday 01 November

Home

An early morning arrival home. Welcome home.

 


Easter Island Option:

 

For those that wish, there is the opportunity to extend the tour and visit Easter Island; one of the most isolated islands on Earth, famed for its archaeological sites. You’ll enjoy day tours of the North Coast temples, see the quarry of Rana Raraku Volcano and explore the areas of Orongo & Ahu Akivi.


Monday 30 October:

Punta Arenas – Santiago – Easter Island (B.L)

Sadly, this morning our cruise comes to an end as we depart our ship and head to the airport for our flight to Easter Island. We bid farewell to those returning home today. Late arrival into Easter Island where we are met and transferred to our hotel.


Tuesday 31 October

Easter Island (B.L)

Today you will enjoy a full day tour to the North Coast temples of Akahanga, Vinahu, Tongariki, Te Pito Kura, and the quarry of Rana Raraku Volcano.  There will be a boxed lunch en route, and time for relaxing and swimming at beautiful Anakena Beach.


Wednesday 01 November

Easter Island (B.D)

We will spend the morning touring Orongo, a stone village and ceremonial centre at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). There will be a stop for lunch, own arrangements, and we will then continue our tour with a visit to Ahu Akivi, a particularly sacred place in Rapa Nui (or Easter Island), looking out towards the Pacific Ocean. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.


Thursday 02 November

Easter Island – Santiago – Home (B)

A leisurely start this morning before we are transferred back to the airport to start our journey home early this afternoon. We will fly to Santiago before continuing on to Auckland.


Friday 03 November

Arrive Home

Arrival time is early morning. Welcome home!

 

 

 

Additional Cost Per Person to Include Easter Island Option:

Sharing Double or Twin Room                    $

Single Supplement                                          $

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Prices

Tour Costs

Per Person Share Twin Room/Cabin – $18,500
Supplement for Single Room / Cabin (if required) – $6,100

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point.
  • All Airport, Government & Security Taxes (as at 01 October 2016).
  • First Class hotel accommodation.
  • Outside cabin on the 3 night cruise.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of local guides and hosts for touring and sightseeing.
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
  • Tips to local guides, coach drivers and cruise staff.
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tours leader.

Costs Exclude
  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance (advice and assistance supplied, visa fees (if required).
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.
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