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12 Day Taste Of South America Premium Small Group Tour

12 Day Taste Of South America Premium Small Group Tour

You will be accompanied by various multi-lingual local guides during the tour, who will be responsible for guiding you through the various cities and attractions that you will be visiting. In each new city that you visit, you will likely be introduced to a new local guide who is an expert in that region. Depending on the itinerary chosen and your group size, your local guide may provide commentary in multiple languages.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted by Local Guides

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
230 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including full day tour and a welcome dinner with paired wines in Santiago, a guided tour followed by a three course dinner with some of Argentina’s best wines in Mendoza, guided city tour and Tango & dinner show in Buenos Aires, tour of Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides, and a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro including a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch
11 nights in central hand picked 4-star accommodation throughout 
✓ Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners with paired wines
✓ Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide in each country (excluding internal flights)
✓ All internal domestic flights included
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
✓ Option to add on Machu Picchu with our 18 Day Taste of South America & Machu Picchu Premium Small Group Tour

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Plaza el Bosque Ebro or Similar

Welcome to Santiago! 

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Plaza el Bosque Ebro or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, meet your local tour leader who will brief you about the upcoming activities. Following this, enjoy a full day walking tour of this incredible city. We’ll walk to Santa Lucia Hill: Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago here on February 12, 1541. Then continue to “Paseo Ahumada”, the city’s main shopping and commercial centre to see “La Moneda” government palace and the Stock Exchange. Following this we head to the Plaza de Armas square and see Santiago’s Cathedral and then take a transfer to the other side of the city to explore the Parque Bicentenario. This beautiful park is on the slopes of Cerro San Cristobal and has a total area of 27 hectares and showcases around 4,000 trees of which more than 1,300 are native species and protected by the Chilean Ministry of the Environment.

Enjoy time at the North Lagoon home to black-necked swans, flamingos, coots and herons before returning to your hotel this afternoon where the rest of your day is at leisure.

This evening, enjoy an Inspiring Taste with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant paired with some of the finest Chilean wines found in the local area.

Hotel
Huentala Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today you are transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mendoza, one of the most picturesque cities in Argentina and one of the largest wine producing areas in Latin America. As such, Mendoza is one of the nine Great Wine Capitals, and the city is an emerging enotourism destination and base for exploring the region's hundreds of wineries located along the Argentina Wine Route.

Upon your arrival at Mendoza airport, you will be met by your local driver and transferred to your hotel. After check-in,  meet your tour leader for an orientation walk around the city.

Note: In the event your flight to Mendoza is later in the day, your orientation tour will take place tomorrow morning.  Flight times are subject to change.

Hotel
Huentala Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore the beautiful wine country on your own. 

Alternatively, you may wish to join the optional tour below.

This evening enjoy an included dinner at a unique location, where regional cuisine is still valued, accompanied by the best wines.

Optional Tour - Full Day Winery Tour & Paired Wine Lunch

Today you will enjoy tasting various varieties of wines and lunch in a place surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy a fully guided tour of two of the region’s favourite wineries. Learn of the different varieties and methods used at each winery, tour the vineyard and cellars and enjoy a tasting of their varieties. At the end of the tour, in the last winery, a first-class lunch with matching wines will be served.

Hotel
725 Continental Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, you are transferred to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires where, at the airport, you will be met  and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the downtown district.

Born on the banks of Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts. Avenues which display sensational European buildings and architectural pieces of work and neighbourhoods oozing with intense cultural, artistic and gastronomic surprises around each corner. 

Please note that your internal flights within Argentina have a luggage limit of 15kg per person (33lbs). Unfortunately, Inspiring Vacations cannot increase this limit and is limited by the airlines luggage policy.  Any fees for excess baggage incurred at the airport will be the responsibility of the traveller and payable directly to the airline during check in.

Hotel
725 Continental Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, meet your local guide and fellow travellers to discover Buenos Aires through the eyes of a local on a half day city tour covering all the main sites.  Start off by visiting Plaza de Mayo, the heart of Buenos Aires and the place where the city was founded. Then, head to Puerto Madero, known as the gateway of the founders of Argentina. There you will appreciate the transformation of one of the most modern neighbourhoods in the city. Continue to La Boca and Caminito, where you will feel Argentinians’ passion for football. Pass by the Bombonera Stadium and the Riachuelo River, populated by Italian immigrants.

Next, a visit to San Telmo, the place where the elegant and sensual dance, Tango, originated. Finally visit Palermo and Recoleta to learn more about Porteños’ customs, habits and behaviours, also pass by the Recoleta Cemetery (entrance ticket is not included) and the beautiful Floralis Generica. 

Return to the hotel where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Take time to relax or perhaps seek out one of the many local “Parrillas'' or steakhouses where open-fire hearth and grates prepare flavoursome Argentinian steak - a true sensory experience! From fine dining to street carts, these steakhouses can be found all over the city.

Hotel
725 Continental Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires on your own. 

Tonight, enjoy an Inspiring Site with a special Tango-show and dinner at one of the city’s premier theatres. You will be escorted from your hotel to the historic venue showcasing the authentic representation of the Buenos Aires culture through the ages. With an array of artists on stage you will experience tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers all while feasting on international and local Argentinian dishes and a selection of Argentine wine. Following the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel for the evening.

Optional Tour - Tango Lessons & Argentinian BBQ Dinner

Today you'll head to a traditional conventillo, an urban house with a large patio, and enjoy an exclusive tango performance by two professional dancers who have been working together for more than 15 years. The dancers are passionate about preserving and sharing the art of tango, and the performance will be followed by a fantastic beginner’s class so you can experience part of Argentina’s cultural heritage first-hand. Learn about the style and history of the dance and pick up a few moves you can take home with you.

After the dance lesson, learn what local life looks like in Buenos Aires and head to the home of a porteno (inhabitant of Buenos Aires) for a traditional Asado feast. Chat to your friendly host about all things Argentine while enjoying a fantastic spread of barbecued meats, provoleta cheese and plenty of local wine.

Optional Tour - Full Day Fiesta Gaucha

A unique visit to the cradle of Argentinian tradition. Live an unforgettable experience at a classic estancia that still keeps its Argentinian creole architectural style intact. You will be transferred from your hotel to the countryside for a full day on a traditional Argentinian ranch where you will get an understanding of local folklore and tradition. You will travel in time, enjoying creole exhibitions, customs, abilities and skills followed by an Argentinian BBQ lunch.

Hotel
Wyndham Foz Do Iguacu Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Transfer to the airport today for your included flight to Puerto Iguazu where on arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome  to Iguazu Falls - one of the most famous world-wide attractions! Made up of 275 individual waterfalls, they are divided between Argentina and Brazil and provide vastly different views and experiences depending on which side they are viewed from. In the "Land of the Falls,"  you can revel in the splendour of the natural forests, rivers and lakes. 

After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Please note that your internal flight will have a luggage limit of 15kg per person (33lbs). Unfortunately, Inspiring Vacations cannot increase this limit and is limited by the airlines luggage policy.  Any fees for excess baggage incurred at the airport will be the responsibility of the traveller and payable directly to the airline during check in.

Hotel
Wyndham Foz Do Iguacu Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

These spectacular falls can be viewed from both sides; the Brazilian side offers a broader, panoramic view, and the Argentinian side offers a series of catwalks that allow you to experience the Falls up close.

This morning you’ll explore Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side. Beginning at the visitor’s centre, you’ll take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological Train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges. These footbridges, raised off the jungle floor, provide panoramic views from above and below the falls.

A visit to monumental, roaring Devil’s Throat – arguably the most spectacular of the falls – is one of the day’s highlights. It’s the heart of the falls and the highest, at about 80 metres. The noise as these mighty falls plunge to the bottom of the narrow canyon is almost deafening. There’s the chance of getting under the falls, with an optional ride on the Gran Aventura.

You’ll return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Optional Tour - Iguazu Grand Adventure

The best way to experience the falls is to get right in the action. You’ll travel through lush landscape by specially designed tracks. This five-kilometre long ride ends at Puerto Macuco.

Board a small boat and explore Lower Iguazu River for as long as six kilometres, heading towards the waterfalls area to enjoy the sight of plenty of small cascades. From the Tres Mosqueteros Falls, see the falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).

Afterwards, it’s surely a highlight when you face the incomparable San Martín waterfall. After that we’ll navigate downriver to Puerto Macuco. You’ll walk up the hill, about 150 metres, and ride a truck back to the starting point. This tour goes for 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Please note: This tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, people with back injuries, heart conditions or those with hearing aids.

Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, you’ll tour the relatively dry Brazilian side of the falls, with breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. Uninterrupted vistas of the Floriana Falls, the Devil’s Gorge canyon and the Iguazu River are spectacular and guaranteed to impress.

To enhance your tour, you may wish to see the falls from another perspective with an optional Helicopter ride.

Following your morning tour you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.  On arrival you will be met and tranferred to your hotel.

You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Bem vindo ao Rio - Welcome to Rio! On arrival and transferred to your hotel located just steps from the city’s dazzling iconic shoreline .

Nicknamed a cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city), Rio de Janeiro is world-renowned for its dazzling landscapes and location, nestled between steep, green mountains and crystal-clear seas. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for not only its ‘staggeringly beautiful location’, but its cultural landscape. The city is full of energy. Cariocas, the locals of Rio, are known for their carefree spirit and charm.

Optional Tour - Helicopter Ride Iguazu Waterfalls Brazilian Side

Get a spectacular aerial view of Iguazu Falls during a 10-minute helicopter ride. Board a state-of-the-art helicopter flown by an experienced pilot in Foz do Iguaçu. You’ll soar above the magnificent falls to get a bird's-eye view of the rushing water and the surrounding rainforest while enjoying commentary from your pilot. Be sure to bring your camera for amazing photo opportunities.

Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you’ll meet your local guide and embark on a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro to see the city’s famous landmarks, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

We’ll take a scenic drive from Copacabana Beach, continuing along Botafogo Beach and passing the imposing Guanabara Palace on the way to Corcovado Hill. At the top we’ll find the greatest national icon, Christ the Redeemer, standing tall over the city with arms outstretched. This giant Art Deco statue was recently named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The panoramic views of the city are lovely from up here, 709 metres at the summit.

We’ll then continue on to the district of Urca and the world-famous rocky peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, where you’ll board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill, enjoying spectacular views of Guanabara Bay. A second cable car takes you on to Sugarloaf, with 360-degree views of the city and surrounds. Sugarloaf Mountain towers over the harbour, 400 metres above the mouth of Guanabara Bay.

Afterwards, we’ll pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian lunch at a local churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat barbeque.

After lunch, we’ll visit the Maracanã Stadium, home of Bellini’s statue and the Hall of Fame. Brazilians also love their football (soccer) and this is their biggest stadium. Entrance to the stadium is not included. And there will be a stop at the Sambadrome, the stadium for the city’s main Carnival parade.

As we pass through the city’s historic centre, you’ll have a chance to see the Lapa Arches. Built in the middle of the 18th century, this aqueduct is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering. We’ll also make a quick stop to see the colourful Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron. These steps are decorated with more than 2,000 brightly coloured tiles and mirrors.

We’ll return to the hotel along Aterro de Flamengo (Flamengo Park), passing by the Monument to the Dead of World War II and the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo.

Meals
Breakfast

Your tour concludes at the hotel after breakfast. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small, intimate group experience – no more than 20 people
  • Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide in each country (excluding internal flights)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in selected 4-star hotels 
  • 11 breakfasts 1 lunch and 3 dinners including local wine 
  • Included internal flights in economy class from Santigao to Mendoza, Mendoza to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro 
  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours by expert local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

  • Santiago – explore Santiago’s main sites on a full day walking tour, and enjoy a welcome dinner in one of the city’s favourite restaurants with paired wines
  • Mendoza – enjoy a half day guided tour of the beautiful city of Mendoza followed by a three-course dinner with some of the region's best wines. 
  • Buenos Aires - see all of the city’s highlights on a guided city tour. Enjoy the passion and drama at an included tango and dinner show with Aregntinian wine.
  • Iguazu Falls - Experience the falls from both the Aregntinian and Brazilian sides with guided tours of.
  • Rio de Janeiro - embark on a full day city tour of Rio de Janeiro, including the famous Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf landmarks and enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch.

  • Tango-show and dinner at one of the city’s premier theatres - “La Ventana”

  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago paired with some of the finest Chilean wines found in the local area. 
  • Special Mendoza regional cuisine dinner with local Argentinian wines
  • Traditional Brazilian lunch at a local churrascaria in Rio

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $450.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $900.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”2”

Leisurely Paced Tour: This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry and is a welcome way to show your appreciation. If you feel that your guide/s and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

The suggested tipping amounts for Africa is AUD$5-7 per person per day for the guide and AUD$3 per person person day for your driver, to be paid in either local currency or USD, so you will need to convert your currency depending on your preference. Please note that this information is to be used as a guideline only and is subject to change based on the recommendations that we receive from our ground operator. Tipping is not compulsory and should be done at your discretion.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,231.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Group Size
4-20 people

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Full Day Winery Tour & Paired Wine Lunch (Day 4) - $292 per person
  • Tango Lessons & Argentinian BBQ Dinner (Day 7) - $381 per person
  • Full Day Fiesta Gaucha (Day 7) - $267 per person
  • Iguazu Grand Adventure (Day 9) - $188 per person
  • Helicopter Ride Iguazu Waterfalls Brazilian Side (Day 10) - $385 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $319.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $297.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $328.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $328.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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