DAY 01 : INDIA – BUENOS AIRES
Upon arrival Buenos Aires International airport complete your immigration and customs formalities and transfer to Indian restaurant for dinner and then check into hotel.
DAY 02 : BUENOS AIRES – CITY TOUR
American Breakfast at Hotel.
Half Day Buenos Aires City Tour with Lunch and guide – Duration 5 hrs. Get acquainted with Buenos Aires during this tour highlighting the city’s major neighbourhoods and attractions. Among the points of interest you will see are Main Square Plaza de APRo surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral. 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. Local Lunch.
Later, drive through elegant Barrio Norte on your way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks.
Visiting a Tango Show is a MUST when you are in Buenos Aires. The Tango tradition started at the end of the last century, developing from a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer quarters. In the beginning Tango was only danced by men, accompanied by flutes, violins and guitars. The flutes were later replaced by the bandoneón (a type of accordion), which gave the Tango its distinctive flavor. Reflecting the nostalgia and melancholy of mostly European immigrants, the tango brought up some great musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla and Anibal Troilo.
Transfer from the hotel and drive to one of the famous Tango Houses. Then enjoy tango show with its music, singing and dancing. After the show return back to the hotel.
DAY 03 : BUENOS AIRES – EL CALAFATE
Early breakfast at hotel.
Check out and transfer to airport for your flight to El Calafate.
Arrive into Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares NP amidst dramatic scenery and natural beauty. We have the day free to explore the town and enjoy one of its attractive restaurants, Tango bars or artisans handcraft markets. We overnight in town.
Local Dinner at restaurant.
DAY 04 : EL CALAFETE (PERITO MORENO EXCURSION)
We wake up and prepare for the enormous 60m high Perito Moreno Glacier!
Tour departs at 0800 hrs and returns around 1700 hrs
A must for all visitors to Argentina is the Glacier Perito Moreno in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. From Calafate, it is an 80 km bus ride, making stops along the way to take pictures. After entering the Andean Patagonian forest, you stop at the Curva de los Suspiros (Sighs Curve), to enjoy the first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier, then continue the way to the platforms and balconies in front of the glacier, having free time to admire it.
The Perito Moreno Glacier forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino lakes. The Perito Moreno glacier, 5 km wide and 80 Mts. high above Argentino Lake, is one of the few in the world which still advances forming a wall and containing the Brazo Rico waters. Every 4 or 5 years, the water pressure is so strong that it breaks into multiple icicles giving an overwhelming spectacle that is truly impossible to explain. The continuous slides from its frozen walls astonish you at any time throughout the year. Get impressed by the Patagonian Andes lakes, forests and mountains stretching for 500 beautiful kilometers and massive glaciers falling into the world’s southernmost seas.
Dinner at local restaurant
DAY 05 : EL CALAFETE (TODO GLACIER EXCURSION)
Breakfast. Tour departs at 0800 hrs and returns around 2000 hrs
Todo Glaciares Full Day Navigation Tour including lunch box (about 10 hours)
Departure from your hotel to Punta Bandera port, 50 km away from Calafate.
During the tour you navigate among huge icebergs, beginning navigation along the Northern side of the Lago Argentino up to Herminita Peninsula, from where you will see the Upsala Glacier.
Continue through Spegazzini Channel in order to see Spegazzini Glacier. Return back to the Northern arm navigation through Tempanos channel, where you will see the North face of Moreno glacier, returning back to Punta Bandera. Upon arrival at Punta Bandera return back to El Calafate.
Dinner at local restaurant
DAY 06 : EL CALAFETE – BUENOS AIRES – IGUASSU FALLS
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls via Buenos Aires. Arrive Iguassu transfer to hotel.
Dinner at hotel
DAY 07 : AT IGUASSU FALLS
Breakfast. Tour departs at 0900 hrs and returns around 1700 hrs
FD TOUR BRAZIL & ARGENTINE SIDE FALLS WITH LUNCH
Departure from hotel and enter the Iguassu National Park, the largest in southern Brazil. Visit the Park’s Visitors Center with its exhibit on the local eco-system. We then continue down the Cataratas Highway through the rain forest of the National Park to the falls. The Iguassu Falls are on the border of Brazil and Argentina where the Iguassu River drops into a gigantic horseshoe canyon. We descend the walkway, contemplating the lovely waterfalls in all of nature’s exuberance, with panoramic view of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. The walk ends at the elevator (one does not come back by the same route).
Located 28km from downtown of Foz do Iguassu (20km of which are in Argentinian Territory). Crossing the Iguassu River into the Argentine side by Tancredo Neves Bridge. After 30 mnutes by car we arrive at the Argentine National Park and visit the Falls. Normally we get the train to the Devil´s Throat, that is the biggest falls, located between the Brazilian and Argentinian Falls and by walk we visit the others falls, located in the Upper Circuit and if time permit the Lower Circuit
Dinner and Folklore Show at Rafain
Departure from the hotels in the beginning of the evening, for the Iguassu by Night Program.
In one of the most typical places of the city the participants will enjoy the best specialties of the traditional gaucho barbecue. After this fantastic dinner, the participants will enjoy a fine show that focus on the best of the three cultures and identities of the countries of the area. Brazil with the Gauchos folk, Argentina with Tango, and Paraguay with Polka.
DAY 08 : IGUASSU FALLS-MANAUS-AMAZON ECO PARK
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to airport for your flight to Manaus. Arrive in Manaus, meet & greet by local guide and transfer to Hotel. Box Lunch.
Transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge….. Reception with local juice, after which guests will be shown to the rooms. Following visit to the Monkey Jungle.Dinner and evening tour by canoe with opportunity for Alligator spotting.
DAY 09 : AT AMAZON
Wake up to the sounds of another world, unchanged for centuries. Morning, proceed for Nature Hike trips on foot and by canoe deep into the Amazon Jungle exploring igarapes (narrow creeks) and igapos (flooded forests) with their abundance of flora and fauna, including the distinctive sounds of the Howler Monkey, and calls of toucans, parrots and other native birds and wildlife. Have your cameras and binoculars ready! Truly an experience to be remembered for the rest of your life. Lunch. Then visit the home of a local Amazonian resident with opportunity for fishing.
DAY 10 : AMAZON-MANAUS-RIO
Breakfast and full day tour to the Meeting of the Waters. We take a boat excursion to visit the confluence of 3 mighty rivers … the Rio Negro, Amazon river and River Solimos… this is possibly the widest river confluence in the world. Lunch.
An option for canoe ride with an opportunity for Piranha Fishing. Return to the lodge by 17:30 hrs.
Dinner at the lodge then transfer to Manaus airport for flight to Rio
DAY 11 : ARRIVE RIO
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to hotel.
Breakfast buffet at hotel´s restaurant on arrival. Day is at leisure.
Have lunch at your convenience. Your tour leader will show you restaurants all around the hotel prior to your retiring for rest. Afternoon, your well located Hotel on the Copacabana beach allows for private exploration…
Evening, proceed for dinner followed by Samba show at Platforma I – this is the night for tour members to enjoy Brazilian music, closing with a go at Carnival. The show is a display of the Brazilian music tradition and tour members will have the opportunity to have a glimpse of the rich Carnival costumes and the contagious beat of the drums. After the show return to hotel.
DAY 12 : AT RIO
Breakfast. Tour departs at 0900 hrs and returns at 1700 hrs
Depart for FD Sugar Loaf and Corcovado (by van) – 08hs
The tour starts in the morning, with the participants pick up by bus at the hotel, followed to the Urca´s district and specifically to the Praia Vermelha, where is located the Sugar Loaf´s cable car station, the initial spot to ascend to it. The cable car rolls over strong iron cables, tracked by a cog-wheel system, and has a 65 paxs capacity. There are two stages, the first from Praia Vermelha to the Urca´s Station, and the second from Urca to the Sugar Loaf´s top (at 396 meters). At the top, the view of the center downtown, beaches and the meeting of Guanabara´s bay and the ocean waters are simply superb.
After descending the hill, the participants will be taken to a pizzeria for lunch
After lunch driving up the participants to Cosme´s Velho district to the station of the cog-wheel train of the Corcovado Mountain where they will embark in van. On the way up, the participants will arrive at the statue of the Christ Reedemer, placed in the Corcovado mountain top at 710 meters high. This giant statue of 40 meters high and with 1.100 tones of weight, known all over the world, have the best view of the city, with full 360 degrees vision of the Ocean, the surrounding beaches, the city downtown and the Guanabara Bay .
Return to the hotel along the seashore avenues of Copacabana an Ipanema beaches.
DAY 13 : RIO DE JANEIRO-DUBAI
Breakfast. Day at leisure. Today at your own pace, do beach combing at Copacabana, Leblon and Ipaenema beaches. Discover what makes Rio so special. The Brazilians are fond of saying …. it took God 7 days to create the World. 6 days were spent in the making of Rio!! Visit the flea market and the departmental store and Gem factory.
Optional: visit Petropolis…also known as the Imperial City…the summer residence of the Portuguese rulers. Escape the crowds of Rio de Janiero at Petropolis, the beautiful mountain retreat of Brazil’s only two emperors. Wander through the Imperial Museum. Pay your respects at Catedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara, the burial place of Brazil’s last imperial family.
Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the Brazilian Emperors, which is now a Museum, specialized in Imperial history and memorabilia.
The town’s name (city of Peter) honors Emperor Pedro I, the nation’s first monarch.
The city was the summer residence of the Brazilian Emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century, and was the official capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903.
After the 60km drive from Rio de Janeiro you will arrive in Petropolis to explore the Imperial Museum, housing tapestries, antique furniture and jewels. A highlight of your visit is the 1.7kg imperial crown with over 600 diamonds and 77 pearls. The former palace of Dom Pedro II has been restored to its former glory, creating the perfect setting for your trip back in time.
Admire the gothic architecture of Catedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Visit the tombstone of Brazil’s last emperor, Dom Pedro II and his wife and daughter. Before returning to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro you will see Crystal Palace, a magnificent glass structure imported from France to house exhibitions and events.
Evening dinner and proceed to hotel. Check out and transfer to airport for your flight back to India via Dubai.
DAY 14 : RIO DE JANEIRO-INDIA
Board your flight to India.