Brazil and Argentina! Sept 23 to Oct 2, 2024
Sept 24, Tuesday - Arrive in Rio de JaneiroWelcome to Brazil! Morning arrival in Rio, the vivacious "sun and fun" capital of South America; meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by dinner at a typical Brazilian Churrascaria! Overnight: Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Windsor LemeMeals: Dinner
Sept 25, Wednesday - Rio de Janeiro, Tour of Corcovado MountainAwake this morning in amazing Rio. Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue, that embraces the entire city, is designated as one of the seven "New Wonders of the World". See the thrilling 360 degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, continue along Rio's famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema before returning to your hotelOvernight: Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Windsor LemeMeals: Breakfast
Sept 26, Thursday - Full Day in Rio de JaneiroThis morning, take the not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you'll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay. The afternoon is at leisure to discover all of the delights of Rio on your own. Watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, and linger at a waterfront café to just "people-watch" OR attend the optional Carnival and Samba Experience. Visit one of the top Samba schools in the city and learn what made the Samba & Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity. On your last night in Rio at leisure, be sure to sample the cuisine at some of the fabulous restaurants and cafes ringing the beachfrontOptional: Half Day Carnival and Samba Experience (PM) $69Overnight: Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Windsor LemeMeals: Breakfast
Sept 27, Friday - Fly to Iguassu, Brazilian FallsDepart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls, for overnight. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentine dinnerOvernight: Iguazu, Amerian Portal de Iguazu HotelMeals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sept 28, Saturday - Iguazu, the Argentinean FallsYour adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes you to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit,* and you will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil's Gorge - stand in amazement as you gaze at spectacular "Devil's Throat" the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature's most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna.*Please be advised that in order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, followed by a series of narrow boardwalk paths. The paths feature many sets of stairs and can be slippery due to the mistOvernight: Iguazu, Amerian Portal de Iguazu HotelMeals: Breakfast
Sept 29, Sunday - Fly to Buenos AiresThis afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurantsOvernight: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Marriott HotelMeals: Breakfast
Sept 30, Monday - Buenos Aires City TourDiscover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops. Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. Overnight: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Marriott HotelMeals: Breakfast, Dinner
Oct 1, Tuesday - Full Day in Buenos AiresToday we attend a fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up for this evening's "Farewell to Argentina" dinnerOvernight: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Marriott HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Oct 2, Wednesday - Depart ArgentinaTransfer to the airport for your departure flightMeals: Breakfast
You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.
Brazil -While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit Centers for Disease Control and also consult with your personal healthcare provider.
About the Zika Virus - The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus mostly found in areas of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. According to the CDC, most cases of Zika are mild. However, there is a potential link between this virus and a brain defect called microcephaly which affects unborn babies and may pose a potential risk to pregnant women. If you are pregnant or believe you could be at the time of travel, the CDC cautions against traveling to these destinations. For information, please visit www.cdc.gov/zika/. This VALUE TOUR tour is operated by Gate 1 Travel. Best Connection Travel Inc, (BCT) acts solely as agent for accepting reservations for Gate 1 Travel, any airline and trip insurance used in connection with this package. As agent, BCT's sole financial liability is limited to the amount of commissions paid by suppliers for making your reservations. BCT is not responsible or liable for breach of contract or any other intentional or careless actions on the part of such suppliers which result in delays, missed connections, climatic conditions, losses, damages, or additional expenses due to a change in the advertised schedules, change in any service or accommodations, or any other causes beyond our control. In the event the services and accommodations set forth on this flyer cannot be supplied because of delays or other causes, BCT will use its best efforts, provided we have received notice of the delay or disruption, to arrange for comparable services and accommodations. A completed registration form and a deposit is required to hold a reservation. BCT charges a $35 change/cancellation fee in addition to supplier change/cancellation fees.