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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Santiago touring, including Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
  • Chilean winery tour and tasting
  • Rodeo demonstration and traditional barbecue
  • Two-night stay on Chile’s Lake Llanquihue
  • Scenic Lake District crossing by catamaran and coach
  • Alpine Bariloche
  • Lively Buenos Aires, including tango performance
  • Natural wonder of Iguazu Falls
  • Vibrant Rio de Janeiro
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Santiago, Chile

Day 2: Arrive Santiago Upon arrival in the Chilean capital this morning, we transfer to our hotel where our rooms are ready for our early arrival. After time to rest and have lunch on our own, we meet our fellow travelers at a welcome briefing with our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director. Then we embark on a city tour featuring colonial Plaza las Armas and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 3: Valparaiso/Viña del Mar Today we encounter the old port of Valparaiso, the former fishing village marked by colorful wooden houses and narrow, winding streets, now Chile’s third largest city and cultural heart. We visit Concepcion Hill, ride the old wooden funicular, and tour writer Pablo Neruda’s home at La Sebastiana. There’s time for independent exploration before we return to Santiago via the resort town of Viña del Mar. B

Day 4: Santiago/Maipo Valley This morning we travel to Chile’s acclaimed wine-growing region in the Maipo Valley for a private tour and tasting. Tonight we dine as guests in the homes of gracious Santiago families. B,D

Day 5: Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas We fly this morning to Puerto Montt, gateway to Chile’s Lake District. We briefly tour Angelmo Cove’s fish and handicraft markets then continue on to our hotel in lakeside Puerto Varas. Late afternoon we depart for Alerce to meet Chilean cowboys, watch a rodeo demonstration, and enjoy a traditional asado-style (barbecue) dinner. B,D

Day 6: Puerto Varas/Calbuco Today we see the picturesque lakeside town of Calbuco, known for the nearby volcano of the same name and for its fishing industry. We see a mussel fishery and spend time with a local fisherman and his family, with whom we enjoy lunch together. After returning to Puerto Varas late afternoon, dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 7: Vicente Rosales Park/Lake District Crossing/Peulla We depart this morning for Vicente Rosales, Chile’s oldest national park, where we see Petrohué Waterfalls with snow-topped Osorno Volcano in the distance. Then we embark on the first leg of our Lake District crossing, boarding a catamaran for the ride across Lake Todos Los Santos, arriving 1½ hours later in Peulla. Here, amidst beautiful natural scenery of Andes peaks and dense forests, this afternoon we enjoy a 4×4 excursion. B,L,D

Day 8: Lake Crossing/Bariloche, Argentina Today we embark on a full and distinctive day of travel as we journey variously by coach and catamaran to Bariloche, passing through stunning Lake District scenery of snow-topped crests, narrow mountain passes, glassine lakes, evergreen forests, and scenes of rural life. We cross from Chile into Argentina, arriving this evening at our lakeside hotel, perched on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by Nahuel Huapi National Park in the foothills of the Andes. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 9: Bariloche We relish more beautiful scenery on this morning’s tour featuring Campanario Hill, where we board chairlifts for the seven-minute ride to the summit – and to spectacular panoramic views. Then we visit downtown Bariloche, tourist center for winter skiing and summer visitors. B

Day 10: Bariloche/ Buenos Aires We board a mid-day flight to the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, arriving this afternoon. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 11: Buenos Aires Today’s city tour features the lovely mansions and parks of Palermo, the colorful bohemian barrio of La Boca, and picturesque San Telmo, among other sights. Tonight we enjoy dinner and a tango show. B,D

Day 12: Buenos Aires This morning we visit Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires’ beloved Opera House whose acoustics rank among the world’s best. After a guided tour here, the rest of the day is at leisure. B

Day 13: Buenos Aires/Iguazu Falls We travel today to Iguazu Falls, straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil. Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazu comprises some 275 individual cataracts and islands spread over a vast national park. B,D

Day 14: Iguazu Falls This morning we take guided hikes on two of the park’s tracks and also see the dramatic, towering Devil’s Throat waterfall. B

Day 15: Iguazu Falls/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil We cross the border this morning to see Iguazu from the Brazilian side, getting a different perspective as we take a guided walk along the river. This afternoon we transfer to the airport for the flight to vibrant Rio, the most-visited city in the southern hemisphere. B,D

Day 16: Rio de Janeiro A full day of touring this pulsating city of Carnivale, Bossa Nova, the samba, and stunning natural beauty begins with a visit to Corcovado Hill, the 2,329-foot peak capped by the 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer. From the viewing platform, we see glorious panoramic views of the city, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Tonight we celebrate our journey at a farewell dinner at a local churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian steak house. B,D

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro/Depart for U.S. After a morning at leisure, we enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, including a cable car ride to the summit of Sugar Loaf, Rio’s iconic peak at the edge of the sea. Then we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. B

Day 18: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 29 meals: 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 10
Oct 17
Oct 31
Nov 7
Miami$6,971$7,171
Orlando, Tampa$7,271$7,471
Atlanta, Balt, Boston,
Charlotte, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
Minn, New York, Phil,
San Fran, Wash, DC
$7,371$7,571
Den, Detroit, Phoenix,
Portland (OR), Seattle
$7,471$7,671

Limited Winter/Spring space still available – call for details.

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $576, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,595. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round- trip international flight: $3,295 per person

Accommodations
    Hotel Atton Vitacura, Santiago / Days 2-4, Extension / Superior First Class

    Opened in 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel is located in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access. Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and mini-bar.

    Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas, Puerto Varas / Days 5-6 / Superior First Class

    Completed in 2009, the 98-room Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas is close to the center of Puerto Varas, with panoramic views of Lake Llanquihue and the Andes Mountains. This modern hotel showcases the mixed cultural heritage of the region, blending native and German elements. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and fitness center with gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and spa with massage treatments. Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-fridge, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Natura, Peulla / Day 7 / Superior First Class

    Hotel Natura occupies a beautiful natural setting in the center of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, nestled amidst the Andes near Lake Todos los Santos. The 45-room Alpine-style property has a restaurant, bar, and lounge; fitness center; sauna; massage treatments; Wi-Fi internet access; gift shop; and laundry and dry cleaning service. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.  Please note that there is no air conditioning at this hotel.

    Villa Huinid, Bariloche / Days 8-9 / First Class

    Set amidst gardens on a hill overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Villa Huinid offers an impressive panoramic lake view. The 73-room hotel’s amenities include restaurant and bar; indoor pool; fitness center; spa with sauna, steam room, and massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning service. Guestrooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.  Please note that there is no air conditioning at this hotel.

    Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires / Days 10-12 / Deluxe

    The Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires is located on the Avenida del Libertador in the heart of Buenos Aires, close to art galleries and museums, shopping, dining, and historic areas. The contemporary 265-room hotel has a terrace restaurant and bar, fitness center, spa with sauna and massage treatments, solarium, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel, Iguazu Falls / Days 13-14 / Superior First Class

    The Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel is located in the heart of the jungle on a promontory overlooking the Iguazú River, just a 15-minute drive from Iguazú Falls. The 162-room hotel features two restaurants, bar/lounge, fitness center and spa with massage treatments, outdoor swimming pools, sauna, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-refrigerator, internet access (surcharge), TV, and phone.

    Hilton Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro / Days 15-16 / Deluxe

    The tallest building in Copacabana, the Hilton Copacabana sits just across from the famous beach and within walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants. Renovated in 2011 in keeping with sustainability practices, the 545-room hotel offers a restaurant and two bars; rooftop terrace and heated rooftop pool; indoor pool; fitness center; spa with sauna, steam room Jacuzzi, and massage treatments; beauty salon; and laundry and dry cleaning service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, minibar, Wi-Fi internet access (surcharge), in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island / Extension / Superior First Class

    Strung along a rocky headland on the southwest coast of Easter Island, the eco-friendly Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa enjoys stunning sunset views over the Pacific.  Furnished with comfortable, island-themed décor, the hotel boasts a host of amenities including two restaurants; a bar; outdoor swimming pool with rock gardens; spa with hot tub, sauna, and massage room; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas).  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature art from local Chilean artists and include private bath with hair dryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Pre-Tour Option

Easter Island

4 days/4 nights for $2,395 total price
Single Supplement: $595

Discover revered and remote Easter Island, home of the Rapa Nui people and their enigmatic moai statues.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Easter Island/Santiago
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights at Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Sup. First Class); 1 night Santiago at Atton Vitacura (Sup. First Class)
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including visits to multiple moai sites across the island; Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum; Puna Pau and Rano Kau craters, Orongo birdman cult ruins, Rano Raraku volcano, Anakena Beach
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Land only guests: $2,495 total price

Tour Directors for this Journey
Gabriel Blacher

“Our tour director, Gabriel Blacher, was outstanding in every way – knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He went out of his way to assist everyone on the trip with their individual needs. He definitely went the extra mile, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have had Gabe as our tour guide.”
Gary & Katherine Head
San Carlos, CA

Ivan Bustamante

“Ivan was not just excellent, but exceptional. Executive material with people skills.”
Theodore & Carol Bywaters
Dallas, TX

Silvana Cohen

“Was caring, thoughtful, and wanted to make sure we were enjoying the experience. Would love to travel again with her.”
Susan Miller & Robert Shuffelton
Cardiff, CA

Marina Farina

“Marina was outstanding. Her concern for our comfort was impressive. Her knowledge of the area was great! She was like a little whirlwind taking care of everyone. Her smile was infectious – made us all happy!”
Arlene Baer
Elk Grove, CA

Nadia Gibson

“Nadia provided excellent services. She molded 20+ people into a family.”
David Ross
Ann Arbor, MI

Christian von Johnn

“Christian was an excellent tour guide. He was always ‘upbeat’ and smiling, pleasant, and caring. He is a gem!”
Peggy & Richard Falkenstein
Hampstead, NC

Alejandro Maureira

“Cannot say enough good things about Alex! He was exemplary as a tour director.”
Jack & Linda Hawxhurst
Keswick, VA

Maria Elena Bartsch Mittelmann

“Our tour director was outstanding. She brought individuals together as a group and immediately learned their personalities and needs. Also, very knowledgeable about sightseeing – history, culture, geography, etc.”
Dr. & Mrs Arnold Friedman
Potomac, MD

Daniel Paredes

“I have been on a dozen escorted tours in the last 15 years, some with wonderful tour directors. But Daniel was by far the finest director in our experience. Through some magic, he built firm cohesion among the group members while simultaneously attending to the needs and desires of each individual.”
Patricia Hill
Gulf Shores, AL

Lucelia Scarpelli

“She was the ultimate [tour director], she was always available if needed, and friendly and courteous. Would definitely be excited to have her again.”
Hinton & Peggie Lucas
Huntersville, NC

Nick Tozer

“Nick was one of the best tour directors I have seen. Took very good care of the entire group. Extremely knowledgeable on history, people, and current events – and the stories within a story. And he knows everyone!”
Catherine McGuigan
Sugar Land, TX

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Sara Wheeler
Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile
British author Sara Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.

Jorge Luis Borges
On Argentina
This collection of essays provides a literary travel guide to the esteemed writer’s hometown and is centered on the “taste for Buenos Aires,” which Borges himself proclaimed as one of the three major themes in his writing.

Insight Guides
Insight Guide Chile
This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps.

Insight Guides
Insight Guide Argentina
This profusely illustrated guide features concise essays by well-regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.

HEMA Maps
Southern South America Map
A full-color map of South America from Tierra del Fuego north to Rio de Janeiro. One-sided. Scaled at 1:4,000,000.

National Geographic
Rio de Janeiro Map
With an index, inset maps and points of interest.

Sandra Branco
Culture Smart! Brazil
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Top Ten Rio de Janeiro
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions and pull-out map.

Joseph Page
The Brazilians
A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.

Daniel Joelson
Tasting Chile, A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines
With recipes from restaurants and home chefs across Chile, this compilation is a great introduction to Chilean cuisine. Includes information on pairing wines with dishes and a basic overview of wine producers and varieties in Chile.

Larry Rohter
Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed
Former New York Times bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Rohter explores the history, economy, culture and contradictions of Brazil, delivering an insightful portrait of this increasingly powerful – and endlessly fascinating – country.

Jason Wilson
Buenos Aires, A Cultural History
An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions.

Mike Gonzalez
Tango, Sex and Rhythm of the City
A nice, concise history of the tango, its origins, key figures and a profile of the generation that rediscovered it.

W.H. Hudson
Far Away and Long Ago
Hudson’s enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina. A bestseller and a classic.

Robert Harvey
Liberators, Latin America’s Struggle for Independence 1810-1830
Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.

Nicholas Fraser
Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron
Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita’s life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s.

Isabel Allende
My Invented Country
Novelist Allende ruminates on her upbringing in Chile, interweaving memories of South America with her feelings for the United States, where she has lived since the assassination of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973.

Alexis Levitin (Editor)
Brazil, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
The latest in the excellent series. The diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including greats like Jorge Amado and Machado de Assis, as well as newcomers.

Katherine Silver (Editor)
Chile, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers.

Pablo Neruda
Five Decades, Poems 1925-1970
A bilingual edition of 138 poems by the great Pablo Neruda, drawn from his entire career. Neruda is the quintessential South American poet: lyrical, engaging and bristling with life.

Lawrence Thornton
Imagining Argentina
A brilliant first novel that captures the hope and spirit of Argentina during the military rule of the late 1970s. This inventive tale focuses on Carlos Rueda and a group of citizens whose relatives disappeared.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Night Flight
Saint-Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
The Silence of the Rain
A businessman is killed and Inspector Espinosa, an intellectual with a wandering heart, is on the case in this bestselling Brazilian mystery, memorably set in Rio de Janeiro.

Sharon Chester
A Wildlife Guide to Chile
Chester’s splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.

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