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Samba, Tango, & Waterfalls: Holiday of a Lifetime

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9 Days
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US$ 5,699

Experience two distinctly different countries with their many amazing attractions, Brazil and Argentina. Start off in Brazil’s most colourful city, Rio de Janeiro, the Samba capital.


Enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of Corcovado Mountain and have a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain enjoying more exceptional views. See how the local Cariocas spend their time on the world renowned exotic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. One day will be spent travelling into the mountainous hinterland beyond Rio to the city of Petropolis, the summer retreat of Brazilian emperors with its old mansions and charming squares.

Then it’s on to Iguassu Falls which border Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Stay on the Brazilian side but take in the outstanding panoramic views from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides for spectacular views of this natural phenomenon. Consider and optional helicopter ride to enhance your experience.

Then head south to Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires with its wide boulevards and sophisticated neighborhoods. Get to know some of these with visits to the colourful La Boca district where the Tango originated and upscale Recoleta, home to the extraordinary and unique mausoleums found in the local cemetery including the one housing the grave of Eva (Evita) Peron. The ever present tango is part of your BA experience - you will have dinner at a local café featuring a first class tango show. Also find out why Argentinian wines are so special with a wine tasting paired with local cheeses plus stop for a coffee at the oldest café in the country.

Your stay will be completed with a trip to a traditional hacienda outside the city to have not only a demonstration of Gaucho skills but also to enjoy traditional folk songs and dances accompanied by a typical Argentine grill with local wines.


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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,699

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Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Travel from your hometown for your flight to Brazi and your first stop in Rio de Janeiro. On arrival into Rio, you are met and transferred to our hotel. Meet your Goway Tour Director and the rest of the group this evening.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

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    Porto Bay Rio Internacional



    Right on Copacabana beach in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio Internacional offers the best of two worlds - the sensational city and a breathtaking view over the beach right on the doorstep. The hotel is in front of Copacabana beach ...

    Right on Copacabana beach in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio Internacional offers the best of two worlds - the sensational city and a breathtaking view over the beach right on the doorstep. The hotel is in front of Copacabana beach on Avenida Atlantida. Close to the main tourist attractions, shopping, and leisure centres. There are 117 apartments/rooms decorated in the best taste.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio’s famous sites an encompassing city tour.

Passing by some of Rio’s most famous beaches, we stop at the Cosme Velho Station to board a cog-train for the 20 minute ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain. Ascend through the forest lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city below. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado, you are wowed by both the omniprescence of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, and the purely incredible views.

The great views and photo opportunities continue with the two-staged cable car ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain. From here you have a closer look at the city’s magical coastline and beaches. We tour through old town Rio and stop for a buffer lunch at a traditional salon, the Confeitaria Colombo.

Cap of this epic day with dinner at Chef Orini’s Hotel Cipraini Restaurant. Known as one of the best restaurants in Rio, and named after the finest hotel in Venice, this award-winning restaurant offers exceptional Northern Italian cuisine. Chef Luca Orini’s vibrant menu combines the best in Brazilian and Italian ingredients. Innovative dishes sit alongside classic recipes that have been in Orini’s family for generations.

CHEF´S TABLE

Located in the heart of the restaurant, the Chef’s Table is one of the most exclusive fine-dining adventures in Rio. Guests to follow Chef Orini as he prepares an array of dishes inspired by the day’s freshest ingredients. This special menu is paired with carefully selected wines.

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Day 3

Day trip to Petropolis

A short jaunt away is the imperial retreat Petropolis, a well preserved historic city in the cool mountains outside of Rio.

Take the scenic drive up Serra dos Orgaos, a forested mountain range just outside of Rio, and cut through mountains and valleys into this historical town.

Spend the day exploring the imperial palace of Dom Pedro II, taking in the gothic architecture of the catherdral, and touring along that charming city’s highlights, such as the old mansions and charming square.

Break for lunch at a lake front restaurant in front the impressive Quitandinha Palace.

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Day 4

Rio to Iguassu Falls – Brazilian Side

Travel south to one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world - Iguassu Falls. Taller and twice as wide as Niagara Falls, with 275 cascades over nearly two miles of the Iguassu River, the falls are actually within view and a stone’s throw away from our world-class acommodation at the Belmond Hotel.

Embark on a guided walk along the catwalks that run along the Brazilian side of the falls. The trail starts right from the Das Cataratas Hotel, and winds down towards the river’s edge and the falls themselves. Observe some of the local wildlife but be awe-struck by the Iguassu Falls themselves. At the end of the trail, and elevator provides a speedier access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls

This evening we take in a colourful South American cultural show at Rafain Churrascaria, known for their buffet-style Brazilian fare, this restaurant is an institution. Witness the well-produced show with traditional local song and dance from throughout South America, with of course a Brazilian flare.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

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    Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas



    Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas is the only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park, with the world famous Iguassu Falls just a two minute stroll away. As the only hotel within the national park, guests are able to enjoy exclusive access to the falls each ...

    Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas is the only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park, with the world famous Iguassu Falls just a two minute stroll away. As the only hotel within the national park, guests are able to enjoy exclusive access to the falls each morning before the park opens. There is a selection of rooms and suites to choose from.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Iguassu Falls – Argentina Side

Cross into Argentina and spend time exploring the falls from a different point of view, surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest.

Iguazú National Park —a total of 55,500 hectares— bears the name of the river serving as northern border, which means ‘great waters’ in the Guarani language. On different footbridges, we will visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles. We will visit on the upper circuit; stop at different viewpoints along the way, and then reach the balcony at Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). No doubt, this is the most amazing of all falls: water falls down from 80 meters.

In the afternoon upon return to our hotel in Brazil, there is also a chance to take an optional helicopter tour over the falls, explore the natural wonder even further close up nearby your hotel, or, for the adventurous, get wet and up close on a motor boat ride towards the base of the falls themselves.

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Day 6

Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires

We travel onward to the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires. Take some time to stroll in the heart of the city, before heading to take in one of Buenos Aires' most famous experiences – an impressive tango show.

Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires countless gastronomic and artistic options. From the city waterfronts at the turn of last century to Piazzolla’s avant-garde vision, Tango remains Argentina’s premier musical art form. Cafe de Los Angelitos Tango dancers, singers and band have been acclaimed as some of Argentina’s best. We will enjoy an unforgettable night, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music —main protagonist of the night— while enjoying the best of its varied gastronomic offer.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Melia Buenos Aires

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    Melia Buenos Aires



    This modern hotel provides 209 spacious and comfortable rooms including Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and Premium Suites. All the rooms have been carefully designed and combine elegance, quality service and the latest technology, as well as modern temperature control ...

    This modern hotel provides 209 spacious and comfortable rooms including Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and Premium Suites. All the rooms have been carefully designed and combine elegance, quality service and the latest technology, as well as modern temperature control systems and soundproofing.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Hacienda visit, Gacho Show, and Buenos Aires Wine tour

Visit a traditonal hacienda (farm) in the fertile praries only a few kilometers away from the city of Buenos Aires. Home to the gaucho, the humid pampa is one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world and is famous for its cattle raising and grain agriculture. The wild air of the countryside will invite us to break away from the city and discover a charming hundred-year-old rural tradition in the midst of the XXI century. Take in folk songs and dances, equestrian activities, unbeatable shows of traditional gaucho skills, and sample typical dishes such the famed Argentine grill, empanadas, and excellent Argentinian wines.

Back in Buenos Aires, we embark on an exclusive wine tour. We begin with cool glass Torrontés paired with local cheeses, continue to a hidden street art gallery for a Pinot Noir from Patagonia, make a stop at a typical Palermo restaurant for a Malbec paired with a milanesa, a typical Argentine comfort food, and finished up at one of the best grill houses in the city for a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a small appetizer.

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Day 8

Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Take in many of the city’s marvels on a full day tour, and get acquainted with city’s major neighbourhoods and attractions.

Visit the La Boca, a neighbourhood settled and built by Italian immigrants. Stop at the Casa Rosada, the presidential’s palace, and nearby Plaza de Mayo, and imagine Evita waving to the crowds from the balcony. You will also drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses. Our next stop is Recoleta, a truly European and luxurious neighbourhood that is packed with elegant restaurants, outdoor cafes, and exquisite shops, and it’s grand Recoleta Cemetery. We stroll through Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks, and make a final stop at Café Tortoni founded in 1858, is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country. With a very rich history, it is visited at all times by intellectuals, politicians and artists. Enjoy a coffee or chocolate with pastry.

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Day 9

Depart Buenos Aires for Home

Say good bye to your travel companions and travel to the international airport for your flight home.

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