Essence of South America Tauck Tours

Essence of South America

The Essence of South America tour is a 14 day luxury tour to several world-class cities in South America. From Chile to Argentina and on to Brazil with so many stops along the way, this tour will have you staying in amazing accommodations in these legendary locations. You’ll visit Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

From volcanoes to the big city life, this two week tour shows you everything that South America has to offer. This Tauck tour starts out in Chile on the western coast of South America and ends in Rio de Janeiro in the east. Along the way you’ll sample fine wines, take in the breathtaking visuals, and even get a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes of Carnaval. This tour features many exclusive opportunities that help you truly get a feel for what makes South America tick. Book your Essence of South America tour now and enjoy the travel tour of a lifetime.


14 Daysfr. $8,490

Tour Highlights & Offers

  • A walk along the base of thundering Iguazú Falls during two nights at a hotel with views of the waterfall
  • A three-night stay in Buenos Aires featuring a private visit to Teatro Colón Opera House, and dinner and a tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel
  • Three nights in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana beach, featuring dazzling oceanfront views
  • Private tour of Rio’s Samba City for a behind-the-scenes look at Carnaval costumes, floats and sensational samba dancing
  • Private cruise on Guanabara Bay for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro
  • A crossing of the Andes Mountains from Chile to Argentina, including a private cruise in Patagonia's beautiful Lake District
  • Guided tour and lunch at Don Juan coffee plantation
  • Two nights in Bariloche, the “Switzerland of South America”
  • A tour and gourmet lunch at a renowned Chilean winery to discover the secrets of Chile’s fabulous wine during two nights in Santiago
  • On-Tour Air (4 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 10 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago in Santiago, Chile (2 nights)
  • Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas in Puerto Varas, Chile (1 night)
  • Llao Llao Hotel & Resor in Bariloche, Argentina (2 nights)
  • Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina (3 nights)
  • Meliá Iguazú Hotel in Iguazú, Argentina (2 nights)
  • Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (3 nights)

Welcome to Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Tauck's comprehensive South America tour begins at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago at 6:00 PM. A transfer from Santiago Airport to The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago is included. Please join us for our welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight.

Dinner

THE RITZ-CARLTON, SANTIAGO

Spectacular Santiago & world-renowned wines

Santiago, Chile

Tauck's first full day in South America explores the city of Santiago – both up-close and from a scenic hilltop perch. The city is a mix of skyscrapers and classical buildings – beginning with a visit to the Plaza de Armas. Head outside of the city to a winery for a tour and a gourmet lunch that celebrates generations of Chilean winemaking traditions. Back in Santiago, the rest of the day is free to explore as you please.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE RITZ-CARLTON, SANTIAGO

Puerto Montt & Puerto Varas in the lake district

Puerto Montt, Chile

Patagonia is said to be one of the most beautiful areas on Earth. Fly from Santiago to the Patagonian port city of Puerto Montt, founded by German immigrants in 1853. Continue on through the rolling countryside of scenic Patagonia, viewing lovely lakes and mountains, to Puerto Varas, the lakeside "city of roses," where the influence of those German settlers is seen in both architecture and beautiful gardens. Explore the interesting sights of this charming city as you please or enjoy life along the spectacular lake – and have dinner at your leisure in your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HOTEL CUMBRES PUERTO VARAS

Crossing the Andes by land and by boat

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

oday, you'll cross the majestic Andes Mountains – a highlight of South America tours – traveling from Chile to Argentina. Following a morning drive from Puerto Varas to the Argentine border, board a private boat and cruise to Bariloche, the "Switzerland of South America" on Nahuel Huapi Lake in Nahuel Huapi National Park; have dinner à la carte this evening at your leisure at Llao Llao Resort, your home for the next two nights, where you'll enjoy a Lake Suite in the Moreno Wing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

LLAO LLAO HOTEL & RESORT

A day as you please at your resort in Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

oday's the day... to spend a leisurely day as you please at one of the best resorts featured on Tauck's South America tours. There are many amenities and activities to enjoy at Llao Llao (some at an additional charge) including tennis, swimming, sailing, archery, spa treatments and Pilates among others; a private tango lesson is included, on us; or, you might decide to do some more exploring of Nahuel Haupi National Park on your own. Or, if you wish, visit the ski-resort town of Bariloche – the largest city in the Lakes District (famous for its chocolates).

Breakfast, Dinner

LLAO LLAO HOTEL & RESORT

Buenos dias, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The day begins just right in Bariloche with a chairlift ride up Cerro Campanario for a breathtaking, 360-degree perspective of the Andes’ soaring mountain peaks, wide-open sky and lake waters below. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America." Arrive at the Alvear Palace Hotel, a landmark in La Recoleta, one of the city’s most elegant districts; dine as you please tonight at the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

The tango & more in Argentina's "Big Apple"

Buenos Aires, Argentina

No doubt about it, Buenos Aires defines “sizzle”... and you’ll discover why today when a local guide shows you the city. First up is a visit to Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace) where you’ll see the balcony made famous by Evita Perón. Explore the colorful La Boca neighborhood, which is both a working class barrio and artist colony, and then enjoy lunch in the San Telmo District, a mix of colonial-style homes, narrow lanes, artist lofts and hip bars. This evening, experience the allure of the infamous tango when a superb show follows dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

Teatro Colón & the art of living in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today's discoveries begin with a fascinating behind-the-scenes visit to Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’ seven-tiered opera house first opened in 1908. Its opulent stained glass, marble staircases and excellent acoustics recently underwent a three-year refurbishment. The remainder of the day and evening are free for you to explore more of this fascinating city as you wish.

Breakfast

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

More of Buenos Aires & on to Iguazú Falls

Buenos Aires, Argentina

See the immense Avenida 9 de Julio, a stately avenue traversing Buenos Aires that was modeled after Paris’ Champs Elysées in the 1930s, along with the posh Embassy District and the Rose Garden, an oasis of green. On foot, explore La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Argentina’s most famous and wealthiest families, including the grave of Evita Perón. South America tours are not complete without experiencing one of nature’s greatest wonders.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Fly from Buenos Aires to the Argentinean side of the mighty Iguazú Falls – deeper and twice as wide as Niagara Falls – for a two-night stay. As you explore Iguazú National Park, you’ll be amazed by the sheer size of the falls and the natural beauty that surrounds them. Wherever you look, the views are breathtaking. Your hotel is set in the heart of the national park; dine tonight at the hotel's restaurant, boasting wonderful views of the thundering waters!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MELIÁ IGUAZÚ

The Argentine falls at Iguazú National Park

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

You’ll have to visit two countries to get a complete look at Iguazú Falls, a highlight of South American tours. Today you’ll experience the Argentinian side, walking along grated walkways of metal. Spend the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazú National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna. Guided hikes take you to the Superior and Inferior Circuit and Devil’s Throat, through which the falls’ largest volume of water passes. The afternoon is free for you to do as you wish. Your hotel concierge can tell you about the optional boat rides, helicopter excursions and hikes that are available here (at additional charge).

Breakfast, Lunch

MELIÁ IGUAZÚ

In Brazil, it's Iguaçu Falls – and on to Rio

Iguacu, Brazil

Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge from Argentina to Brazil to view the famous falls (known as Iguaçu here) from a different perspective this morning; you’ll never forget your walk along the base of the falls on the Brazilian side – 275 cascades form a 1 1/2 mile-long waterfall.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Later, fly to Rio de Janeiro and your iconic Art Deco landmark hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach, the 5-star Belmond Copacabana Palace.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BELMOND COPACABANA PALACE

Christ the Redeemer & Samba City in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arise in amazing Rio for an unforgettable excursion up Corcovado Hill by train to Tijuca National Park to see the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a walking tour of Rio's historic downtown, including the Cathedral and other Belle Époque landmarks, and lunch at the famous Colombo Tea Room. Then discover the passionate nature of Rio’s beloved Carnaval celebration, which draws visitors from around the world each year, on a visit to Samba City – where a local guide leads you on a behind-the-scenes look at the business of Carnaval and the creation of its dazzling costumes and floats, which includes an exclusive samba performance. Spend the evening as you please on your own in Rio tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch

BELMOND COPACABANA PALACE

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

An incredible day in and around Rio de Janeiro begins with a private boat cruise on Guanabara Bay, to see some of the city's iconic beaches, fortresses and the breathtaking Rio skyline. After lunch at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria, a two-stage cable car ride to the 1,390-foot summit of iconic Sugarloaf Mountain rewards with stunning views. Return to the Belmond Copacabana Palace in the late afternoon,

Enjoy the farewell cocktail party this evening in one of the hotel's magnificent ballrooms, followed by dinner at a local Rio restaurant. Truly saboroso!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BELMOND COPACABANA PALACE

Journey home from Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Your journey ends in Rio de Janeiro. Spend your last day in Rio as you wish, browsing in the city's museums and shops or savoring the sights on Rio's beautiful beaches. While hotel check-out time from the Belmond Copacabana Palace is 12:00 noon, if you are on a later flight Tauck has reserved a hospitality room to refresh and relax before making your flight. A transfer is included from Belmond Copacabana Palace to Rio de Janeiro International Airport; plan to arrive at the airport at least 3 1/2 hours before your flight departs.

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Fri, Jan 18, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Jan 25, 2019
$10,490.00
Tue, Jan 29, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Feb 01, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
$10,490.00
Tue, Feb 12, 2019
$9,290.00
Tue, Feb 26, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Mar 01, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Mar 08, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Mar 22, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Sep 13, 2019
$8,490.00
Fri, Sep 20, 2019
$8,490.00
Fri, Sep 27, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Oct 04, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Oct 11, 2019
$10,490.00
Tue, Oct 15, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Oct 25, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Nov 01, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Nov 08, 2019
$10,490.00
Fri, Nov 15, 2019
$9,290.00
Fri, Dec 06, 2019
$11,590.00
Fri, Dec 13, 2019
$10,290.00
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $700.00 per person
  • 59-30 days before departure: $1400.00 per person
  • 29-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $700 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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