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Grand South America with Quito and Galapagos Island Cruise (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)
from $17,829 pp

  • Duration: 28 days
  • Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru
  • Bookable Online
Witness the many cultures and contrasts of South America on this luxurious journey, showcasing a dazzling array of natural beauty, vibrant civilisations, and mystical ancient cities. Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, uncover the secrets of the Incas from a Local Expert at Machu Picchu, and marvel at breathtaking scenery along the way. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold
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Included With Your Trip
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Additional Information

Arrive in Quito

Welcome to Ecuador. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Plaza Grande, Quito.

Quito Sightseeing.

A drive north will take you to the Monument to the Equator. Here, you can experience the rare opportunity of standing in the Northern and Southern hemispheres simultaneously. Next, visit the Ethnographical Museum, which presents the history of the cultures of Ecuador. Continue to the historic centre of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Journey to the San Francisco Square, pass the church of La Compañia and see its ornate and richly sculptured façade. Continue on to visit one of the oldest streets in Quito, La Ronda. Later, enjoy dinner with wine in the historic Old Town at Theatrum.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Plaza Grande, Quito.

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and Board La Pinta.

In the morning, fly to Baltra, in the Galapagos Islands, where you will be met and transferred to the Itabaca Channel. A ferry will take you across the channel to Santa Cruz Island, where you then head for the highlands to learn about the island’s ecosystems and biodiversity. After lunch, travel to El Chato Reserve to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. A short journey will take you to Puerto Ayora where you board La Pinta, your yacht for the next four nights.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hotel: La Pinta.

Observe the fascinating wildlife.

In the morning, a panga (dinghy) will ferry you to Eden Islet to observe Blue footed boobies, reef sharks and frigates. There will be a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, ride in a glass-bottom boat to see the tiny island of Sombrero Chino. Upon return to Eden Islet, explore the beautiful surrounds and wildlife as you wander the 1,312-foot-long (400 metres) trail.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hotel: La Pinta.

Bartolomé Island, Pinnacle Rock and Sullivan Bay.

In the morning, the Galapagos icon of Bartolomé Island awaits. Ascend a wooden staircase for spectacular views from the top before boarding a panga cruise around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. After lunch, the panga will take you to Sullivan Bay, a white, coral-sand beach that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. It also has a trail running above a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hotel: La Pinta.

Explore Genovesa Island.

Begin your day with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds, with options available for all travellers. In the afternoon, there is a panga ride alongside the cliffs before disembarking for a captivating walk to observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, Frigatebirds, storm petrels, and the elusive short-eared owl.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Hotel: La Pinta.

Onward to Lima.

Return to Baltra Island to disembark and be transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (FB) Anticipated arrival time in Lima is 22:00.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Lima City of the Kings.

Experience Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert as you explore the UNESCO-listed, Historic Centre of Lima. Step onto the colonial balconies, with private-access, at the Archbishop's house. Your Highlight Lunch is at Amoramar in the bohemian district of Barranco. Visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of Peru’s leading artists, before enjoying a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado and learning about Peruvian coffee with a barista. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner on the terrace at Huaca Pucllana.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Lima and On To The Sacred Valley.

Board your flight to Cusco before continuing to Peru's Sacred Valley. Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, and president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Enjoy lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.

Exploring the Sacred Valley.

In the morning, head to the town of Maras to meet with a local family and learn about the arts and crafts of the region. View the spectacular terraced salt pans dating back to Inca times. Experience a typical caja china lunch, cooked in a wooden box, before witnessing a private Pachamama Ceremony, or 'Payment to the Earth', as a local shaman performs the centuries-old ritual.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Hotel: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.

Journey to Machu Picchu.

Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site. Settle into the Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu, before enjoying an included lunch upon arrival at your resort. Venture along nature trails with a Local Expert, through the fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation and the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before dinner with wine at the hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Mysterious Machu Picchu.

The entire day is yours to discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu with your Local Expert.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Return to Cusco.

Return by train to Sacred Valley for a Highlight Lunch of traditional Peruvian meal cooked underground. Later, get up-close to llamas, alpacas and even the rare vicuñas, before arriving at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.

Colonial Cusco.

Join your Local Expert to explore the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha and cathedral, followed by the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Set out for San Blas to visit a candle shop and learn about its importance to the locals. Later, a candlelit Highlight Dinner is served at the reputed MAP restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.

Lake Region of Peru.

Board your included flight to Juliaca and continue to Puno, along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Your lakeside hotel is on Esteves Island.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno.

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca.

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros before continuing to the island of Amantaní to enjoy lunch, hosted by the local community.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno.

Puno, Back to Lima.

Head to Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo to explore the burial grounds, before your flight to Lima. At night, savour a sensational Highlight Dinner at world-renowned Astrid y Gastón.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Fly to Santiago.

Bid farewell to Lima as you fly to Santiago. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in Lastarria, Santiago's trendiest neighbourhood.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

The Sights of Santiago, Valparaiso and Wine Country.

Meet a Local Expert for a city exploration before a visit to the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso and the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a tasting.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.

Fly to Buenos Aires.

Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Buenos Aires. In the evening, your Highlight Dinner with wine is at Piegari Carnes, known for its Argentine beef.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires.

Beautiful Buenos Aires.

Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert on an exploration of the city including Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta. Enjoy views of the balcony, made famous by Evita Peron, and walk the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. Visit the Belle Époque Teatro Colon. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine, live music, singers and dancers at Rojo Tango.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires.

Pampas, Estancias and Gauchos.

San Antonio de Areco remains one of the prettiest towns in the Pampas District. Step into a world of riding boots and leather chaps at an Estancia, where you will be served a delicious asado Highlight Lunch and a taste of the life of an Argentinian gaucho, or cowboy.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Hotel: Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires.

The Falls of Iguassu.

Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Local Expert will take you to meet a tribal representative of the indigenous Guarani people. Venture to the Argentinean side of the falls to see the unfathomable Devil's Throat. Your luxurious resort is the only hotel inside the Brazilian Iguassu National Park. Dine on a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine at your hotel's restaurant.(Continental Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu.

The 'Great Waters' of Iguassu Falls.

side of the falls, see the panoramic view of San Martin Island and visit the incredible Bird Park, which provides shelter for over a thousand exotic birds, butterflies and reptiles from across South America.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel: Belmond Hotel de Cataratas, Iguassu.

Rio de Janeiro, City of Sea and Samba.

Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel on famous Copacabana Beach. The evening is at your leisure with your Traveling Concierge on hand to make recommendations.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro.

Exploring Rio de Janeiro.

Join a Local Expert on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. At Confeitaria Colombo, enjoy a Highlight Lunch amid a lavish setting. In the afternoon, visit one of Rio's favelas before a stop at The Maze, an iconic jazz club. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner served at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, followed by a show at the Ginga Tropical.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro.

A Farewell to Rio de Janeiro.

Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, toast your journey over a Farewell Celebration Dinner, at the Michelin starred MEE Restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro.

Depart Rio de Janeiro.

A private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, locally known as Galeao International.(Buffet Breakfast)

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