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South America gives you the opportunity to see the New World for yourself with its myriad of natural, cultural, historical, and architectural attractions. From the condor of the mighty Andes mountain range and the piranha of the sinuous Amazon River to the unique wildlife contained on the Archipelago of the Galapagos and the glorious glaciers of the Beagle Channel, Latin America never fails to impress. With Titan you can visit the mountain top city of Machu Picchu, see Iguazu Falls when in Brazil or enjoy paradise in Costa Rica.

Grand Tour of South America

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Few holidays can match this grand tour in scope, comfort and inclusions, encompassing four enthralling countries and myriad iconic highlights.  All Latin America's great wonders are here - the mysterious mountain-top Inca city of Machu Picchu, breathtaking Iguazu Falls, stunning lake-lands of Chile and Argentina and exhilarating Rio. This epic journey also presents unmissable opportunities to discover the colonial elegance of Cuzco and Santiago and the passion of Buenos Aires.
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Included
Itinerary
Included

  • 19 nights in hotel and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 22 meals: 19 breakfasts (days 3-21) 2 lunches (days 5 & 9) 1 dinner (day 20)
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Included excursions and visits: 16

  • Lima city tour
  • Sacred Valley, including the fortress of Ollantaytambo and the village of Pisac
  • Visit ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Ruins of Sacsayhuaman
  • Ancient Inca capital Cuzco
  • Santiago city tour
  • Valparaiso and Vina del Mar tour
  • Visit to a Casablanca Valley region winery
  • Puerto Montt orientation tour
  • Lake Llanquihue
  • Vicente Perez Rosales National Park
  • Nahuel-Huapi
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Two visits to Iguazu Falls
  • Rio de Janeiro city tour including Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain

Plus all these benefits:

  • Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Free connecting flights to London
  • Check-in service by Titan staff
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager and local guide
  • Scheduled LATAM Airlines flights via Sao Paulo. Internal flights as detailed in the itinerary
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)
Itinerary
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Day 1 London - In flight

VIP Outbound2 Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a scheduled LATAM Airlines flight to Lima via Sao Paulo.

Day 2 Lima

Lima Upon arrival, we transfer to the Jose Antonio Hotel (4T).

Day 3 Lima

Lima A tour of Lima begins with a walk around the Plaza Mayor, the city’s historic heart, where the surrounding buildings have been given a new lease of life thanks to a decade of painstaking restoration and renovation. We visit the 18th century cathedral, and continue by coach to view the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall and Baroque Government Palace. We also pass San Francisco Monastery, with its stunning Mudéjar-style interior and hugely significant library of parchments dating from the 15th century, sitting on top of an extensive network of underground chambers once used as the city’s cemetery. After stops at Plaza San Martin, the centrepiece of modern Lima, and the Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History, where we learn more about ancient Peruvian cultures including the Nazca, Paracas, Chavin, Ica and Chimu. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4 Lima - Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley We transfer to Lima Airport for a LAN flight into the Inca heartland of Peru. We land in Cuzco, the high altitude capital of Incan civilisation, and travel onwards to the Sacred Valley, a river-carved area of flat, fertile land which sustained many ancient towns and villages. We visit the well-preserved fortress of Ollantaytambo, sophisticated 16th century stronghold of Inca resistance against the Spanish, and the village of Pisac, noted for its lively market and stone Inca buildings, before arriving at our hotel, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (4T).

Day 5 Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu One of the standout highlights of Latin America - and indeed world travel - is Machu Picchu. Every aspect of our full day excursion is memorable, from the train that winds its way up the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking first sight of this legendary mountaintop city and the fascination of exploring its atmospheric ruins in the company of a knowledgeable guide. As you do so, take some time to imagine the excitement of American archaeologist Hiram Bingham (a possible inspiration for the film character Indiana Jones) who, in 1911, became the first ‘outsider’ to experience the majesty of Machu Picchu since its abandonment at the time of the Spanish Conquest. There is plenty of time to appreciate the glory of this Inca citadel before we retrace our steps back into the Sacred Valley.

Day 6 Sacred Valley - Sacsayhuaman - Cuzco

Cuzco The ruins of another Inca fortress at Sacsayhuaman offer a wonderful, panoramic vantage point on Cuzco and the surrounding plains and mountains. From here, Inca warriors launched forays against Spanish-controlled Cuzco in the 1530s and the blocks used in its mighty walls well demonstrate the masterful stonework of that civilisation - though they each weigh up to 200 tonnes, they are so precisely cut and aligned that a single piece of paper will not fit between them. We take some time to absorb the site and its views before proceeding to Cuzco, for a city tour and time at leisure to admire its fine colonial architecture independently. Our hotel is the Eco Inn (4T).

Day 7 Cuzco - Santiago

Santiago It is time to bid farewell to Peru and fly south via Lima to Santiago. Upon arrival in the evening, or early the following morning we transfer to the Plaza San Francisco (4T) for the first of three nights.

Day 8 Santiago

Plaza de Armas Though it may not quite enjoy the reputation of many of the continent’s other illustrious cities, Santiago is a delight to explore - a city of splendid colonial buildings sitting cheek by jowl with modern towers, all framed by the majestic, snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Our tour commences at the National Museum, and also takes in Santiago’s historic centre, the bohemian Bellavista district and San Cristobal Hill, presenting superb city and mountain views. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 Valparaiso - Vina del Mar

Valparaiso A full-day excursion north of Santiago introduces two contrasting cities. Valparaiso, Chile’s main port city built over 42 hills, has in places a strong British character from the 19th century days of empire when Britain was Chile’s biggest trading partner. The port’s turbulent past included piratical raids and, over many years, heavy fortifications were established to protect the city and its cargoes. The historic quarter is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vina del Mar could scarcely be more different - a popular, yet peaceful summer resort noted for its fine beaches, pristine parks and private gardens. En route back to Santiago, we stop at an award-winning winery for a brief tour and a tasting session with an expert sommelier.

Day 10 Santiago - Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas Today we fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District founded by German colonists in 1852. We make a short tour of the city, enjoying views of Angelemo Bay and Reloncavi Bay, and then continue to the town of Puerto Varas, overlooking the vast Lake Llanquihue - covering more than 850km, the lake is the fourth largest in Latin America. In this magnificent setting, we stay at the Cabanas del Lago (4T).

Day 11 Puerto Varas - Vicente Perez Rosales National Park - Nahuel-Haupi National Park - San Carlos de Bariloche

Vincente Perez Rosales National Park A long - but unforgettable - day of scenic exploration takes us across lakes and through the dramatic Andes Mountains into Argentina and the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. We begin our journey tracing the south shore of Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue, a small town from which departs a catamaran, crossing Lake Todos los Santos in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The lake was created many centuries ago, when volcanic eruptions prevented water from the Petrohue River draining into Lake Llanquihue. We disembark at Peulla, with free time for lunch, then it is onwards by road across the Andes and the Perez Rosales Pass into Argentina. We cross two further lakes by boat - Lake Frias and the immense, glacier-carved Lake Nahuel Haupi - and make a final transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche, where our base for two nights will be the Hotel Edelweiss (4T).

Day 12 San Carlos de Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche Your morning is free to explore San Carlos de Bariloche which, thanks to the influence of Swiss, Austrian and German settlers, somewhat resembles a European alpine resort. Then, in the afternoon, we take a scenic tour of the region, stopping at the foot of the Campanario Mountain, the Llao Llao peninsula and the Angostura River, in the shadow of the Lopez Mountains.

Day 13 San Carlos de Bariloche - Buenos Aires

Lake Nahuel Huapi After a second morning to enjoy Bariloche, we board a flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Pulitzer Hotel (4T), our comfortable base for three nights.

Day 14 Buenos Aires

Casa Rosada The ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires is a city of simmering excitement and a tango heartbeat. Our morning tour begins at the Plaza de Mayo, lined with grand buildings including the Presidential Palace, Casa Rosada, Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We then continue to San Telmo, a former port area now transformed into one of the city’s most desirable residential districts, and La Boca, a district famous for its colourful tin houses and Italian immigrant history. Finally, we visit the walled cemetery of Recoleta to view the elaborate mausoleums and resting places of Argentinean luminaries, including Eva Peron.

Day 15 Buenos Aires

Gaucho Free for you to explore Buenos Aires further. Alternatively, why not join an optional full day excursion to a typical Argentinean Estância to learn about the daily life of the gaúcho, South America’s answer to the cowboy.

Day 16 Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls A further flight takes us to the World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls, a series of 275 distinct waterfalls on the Iguazu River, which forms a stunning natural border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazu Falls are an unforgettable sight - we view them from the Argentinean side today, presenting an awe-inspiring aspect of thunderous cascades set against a lush jungle backdrop, before crossing into the fourth and final country on this amazing tour, Brazil. The Hotel Bourbon Cataratas (4T) hosts us for two nights.

Day 17 Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls A further day in the environs of Iguazu Falls, this time on the Brazilian side, where carefully constructed walkways and viewing points yield breathtaking panoramic vistas - a photographer’s delight! Take some time to relax this afternoon, or enjoy further optional exploration.

Day 18 Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro A further flight delivers us to Rio de Janeiro (possibly indirect). Upon arrival, we transfer to the Windsor Excelsior (4T) for the first of three nights.

Day 19 Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf Mountain The ‘samba city’ of Rio de Janeiro is another ‘must-see’ of world travel. Our full day tour includes a cog-train ride through the Tijuca Forest to the summit of ‘hunchback’ Corcovado Mountain, appreciating far-reaching views from virtually the same perspective as the iconic Statue of Christ the Redeemer, set in an eternal, open-armed embrace of the city, recently voted one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. We also pass some of the famous beaches and ascend the equally iconic Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for more outstanding city views, this time with Christ the Redeemer in sight.

Day 20 Rio de Janeiro

Petropolis Free to relax and make your own discoveries in Rio before a farewell dinner at a popular churrascaria restaurant this evening.

Day 21 Rio de Janeiro - In flight

Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a few last hours at leisure in Rio de Janeiro, before we transfer to the airport for a scheduled, overnight LATAM Airlines flight to London via Sao Paulo.

Day 22 London

VIP Inbound Arrival at London Heathrow where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

Colour of Brazil

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When imagining Brazil, endless jungle, Rio de Janeiro and vibrant carnivals spring to mind. This tour embraces all these, with the opportunity to meet Christ the Redeemer and perhaps watch extravagant carnival costumes and floats being created in captivating Rio de Janeiro. We also stand in awe of Iguazu Falls and watch the natural phenomenon at the source of the Amazon River. As a country that is approximately the same size as Europe and covers half the South American continent, there is much to see and our adventure continues to the state of Bahia.

Included
Itinerary
Included
 
  • 11 nights in hotel and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 20 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 4 lunches (days 6, 8-9 and 12) 5 dinners (days 3, 5 and 7-9)
Included excursions and visits: 12
  • Rio city tour including Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
  • Tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls
  • Visit to Bird Park at the Falls
  • Visit to a caboclo house
  • Canoe night tour
  • Full-day excursion to ‘The Meeting of the Waters’
  • Full-day tour of the local Amazon region, including visit to Monkey Forest
  • Evening Amazon fishing tour
  • City tour of Manaus
  • Salvador city tour
  • Cachoeira tour
Plus all these benefits:
  • Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Free connecting flights to London
  • Check-in service by Titan staff
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
  • Scheduled LATAM Airlines flights via Sao Paulo. Internal flights as detailed in the itinerary
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)
Itinerary
Day 1 London - In flight
VIP Outbound5 Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled LATAM Airlines flight to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival, we transfer to the Mirador Rio Hotel (3T+), where we are greeted with a welcome drink. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

Our adventure starts today with a true highlight - we board a cog-train to ascend 748 metres through the dense Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain where, after climbing steps to reach its peak, we will be greeted with the magnificent sight of Christ the Redeemer, and share his breathtaking views over the city. Learn about the creation of this iconic 130ft statue in 1931, before descending by train. Our tour continues past Rio’s world-famous beaches to the Urca district where we board a cable car for a two-staged ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain. At the peak of this unforgiving natural landmark, we invite you to sip a typical Caipirinha while admiring the views of Niteroi, Copacabana and Santa Cruz Fortress at sunset. Dinner is included in a local restaurant this evening.

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro

Today is free for you to explore this captivating city, or choose an optional excursion. Maybe take a unique walking tour of downtown Rio to hear the legends and stories, as you walk past the historical buildings. The excursion also includes Maracana Stadium, with a tour through the grandstand and locker rooms. Alternatively, choose an excursion to the Samba School warehouse, where carnival costumes and floats are manufactured and stored a year in advance. This evening you have an additional option to be entertained by samba bands and skilled dancers in a wonderful display of Brazilian folklore and Carnival.

Day 5 Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

This morning we depart Rio for a flight to Iguazu. On arrival, we transfer to Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort (4T). This afternoon, one of the biggest wonders of nature in South America awaits - Iguazu Falls. We travel through Iguazu National Park to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and walk beside cascades along a path that leads very close to the bottom of the Devil’s Throat to enjoy magnificent views.

Day 6 Iguazu Falls

Today we cross the border for a tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. Once in Argentina, we take a scenic drive through the Argentinean Iguazu National Park, stopping at the Visitors’ Centre and proceeding by Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point of the falls - The Devil's Throat. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. After returning to Brazil, this afternoon we visit the Bird Park, where a walking trail through native woods offers the chance to spot some of 150 species of birds, as well as viewing a butterfly cage, hummingbird aviaries and the reptile section.

Day 7 Iguazu - Manaus - Amazon

This morning we fly via Brasilia or Sao Paulo to Manaus, the Amazonas State capital. On arrival we transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge (3T) in Rio Tarumã, where we will be greeted with refreshments. You might choose to start exploring the beautiful Amazon jungle that surrounds you before we visit a caboclo house to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians and take to small boats to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility of spotting small alligators and other nightly creatures.

Day 8 Amazon

Board a boat to sail down the Negro River, navigating along the shore of the city of Manaus with views of the Amazonas Theatre and the Port of Manaus, and interesting glimpses into local life including stilt houses. We arrive at ‘The Meeting of the Waters’, a spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point the rivers form the legendary Amazon that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the two rivers run together for about 12kms, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature, density and speed of the waters of the rivers. Lunch is included and we return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 9 Amazon

For today we have a full-day excursion to explore the variety of the flora and fauna of the Amazon region and visit Monkey Forest. Since 1991, this non-profit making institution receives animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce and facilitates the rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals in their habitat. This evening you have the opportunity to take a fishing tour in the Amazon, in search of piranhas and other species.

Day 10 Amazon - Manaus - Salvador

On the way to the airport, explore Manaus on a city tour - see the market place, the busy harbour and the Opera House, a magnificent example of Neo-classical architecture and considered one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. We continue to the airport for a flight, via Brasilia, to Salvador, named by Brazilians as the ‘Land Of Happiness’. On arrival, we transfer to the Sheraton Da Bahia (4T) or the Hotel Vila Galé Salvador (4T).

Day 11 Salvador

We take a sightseeing tour of Salvador this morning, taking in its principal historical landmarks including the Farol da Barra lighthouse and Municipal Square with a stop at the art deco Elevador Lacerda, for a breathtaking view of Baía de Todos os Santos ‘All Saints Bay’. Walk through the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho district, the city's historic, UNESCO-listed old town. Visit the Baroque Cathedral, built by the Jesuits in 1672 and Sao Francisco Church, Brazil's most famous religious structure with its intricately-carved gold-leafed rosewood interior, fine paintings and sculpture and silver ornamentation. We return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening there is an optional dinner at a typical restaurant accompanied by colourful Afro-Brazilian dance and music show.

Day 12 Salvador

Today we explore Cachoeira, a town of fine colonial architecture founded by Diogo Alvarez, the only survivor of a shipwreck in 1510. The small town is one of the main centres of Candomblé, an African-based religion, and the beat of spirit drums can be heard emanating from tiny huts all over the region on Fridays and Saturdays. After a tour of the local market and historical churches, we take lunch at a farm and visit a local tobacco factory. After free time, you may like to spend your evening visiting a local Candomblé house to witness a traditional Candomblé ceremony that pays homage to the Orixas (African Gods).

Day 13 Salvador - In flight

Today we travel on to Salvador Airport for a scheduled LATAM Airlines flight to London via Sao Paulo.

Day 14 London

VIP Inbound Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

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