Essence of South America

From $15,780 Per Person Twin Share

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Embark on an adventure across the eastern coast of Brazil, Argentina, and the western coast of Chile. Discover the unique essence of each destination with exclusive travel experiences that showcase the best of what these countries have to offer.

Tauck’s South American tour is a 12-day comprehensive journey, uncovering natural and architectural wonders throughout Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Stay at luxurious hotels located in the heart of each city for multiple nights, and experience some of the world-class cities. Witness the breathtaking Iguazú Falls, savor the finest wines from Chile, indulge in famous Argentinian beef, go behind the scenes of Rio’s vibrant Carnaval, immerse yourself in the heat and passion of the tango and samba, meet a silversmith, and much more.



  • On-Tour Air included (3 flights)
  • Three nights in Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana beach, featuring dazzling oceanfront views
  • A three-night stay in Buenos Aires featuring a private visit to Teatro Colón Opera House, and dinner and a tango show
  • 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


Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Tour starts: 6:00 PM, Belmond Copacabana Palace. Includes airport transfer to this iconic Art Deco hotel with a stunning view of Copacabana Beach. Join us for a welcome reception, dinner, and traditional entertainment.

Includes: Dinner
Stay: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 2: Sugarloaf Mountain and a cruise

In Rio, start your day with a private boat cruise on Guanabara Bay for stunning seaside views. Take a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking panoramic vistas. Enjoy a delicious churrascaria barbecue lunch and explore the rest of the day at your leisure.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch
Stay: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 3: Corcovado, Samba City & more

In Rio, visit Corcovado Hill by train to see Christ the Redeemer statue. Explore downtown Rio with a walking tour of historic landmarks. Discover Carnaval with a behind-the-scenes visit to Samba City, including a samba performance. End the day with dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stay: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 4: Fly to Iguaçu Falls

UNESCO-listed Iguazú Falls, taller than Niagara Falls, spans two countries – Argentina and Brazil. Explore the Brazilian side with a local guide, walking on trails and catwalks for stunning views of the cascades. Stay at a hotel inside the national park, surrounded by nature’s wonders.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stay: Belmond Hotel Das Cataras

Day 5: Discover the falls your way

Choose your adventure at the park: helicopter ride, jungle jet boat or Bird Park tour. Enjoy leisure time before a private tasting dinner featuring Brazil’s culinary heritage.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner
Stay: Belmond Hotel Das Cataras

Day 6: On to Argentina

Cross the border into Argentina for a different view of the falls. Walk along the “Superior Circuit” to “Devil’s Throat” for stunning views. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires and check-in at the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stay: Alvear Palace Hotel

Day 7: The tango & more in Argentina’s “Big Apple”

Discover the sizzling city of Buenos Aires with a local guide. Visit Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Casa Rosada. Explore the vibrant La Boca neighborhood and enjoy lunch in San Telmo District. End the day with a mesmerizing tango show after dinner.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stay: Alvear Palace Hotel

Day 8: Visit a silversmith and a horse ranch

Experience Argentine traditions in San Antonio de Areco with a visit to a famous silversmith’s workshop. Continue to a traditional estancia for lunch and a gaucho demonstration. Evening is free to explore Buenos Aires at your leisure.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch
Stay: Alvear Palace Hotel

Day 9: Teatro Colón and a day to explore Buenos Aires

Start your day with a private guided tour of Teatro Colón, one of the world’s best concert venues. Explore its opulent interiors and excellent acoustics. Rest of the day is free to explore Buenos Aires at your leisure.

Includes: Breakfast
Stay: Alvear Palace Hotel

Day 10: Fly to Chile

Fly to Santiago, Chile and drive to Millahue Valley for a two-night stay at a renowned hotel with unique architecture and an on-site winery. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner
Stay: Vik Chile Millahue


Day 11: Chilean Wine Country, your way

Immerse in wine country beauty with your choice of activities: horseback riding, cycling, cooking class, or wine and chocolate pairing. Enjoy a wine pairing lunch, winery tour, and a farewell reception and dinner with regional specialties and scenic views.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stay: Vik Chile Millahue

Day 12: Travel home from Santiago

Tour ends: Santiago. Drive to Santiago this morning for a city tour and lunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, where day rooms have been reserved for you before your flight home. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago to Santiago Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch


2024 Departures Available – Includes On-Tour Air

6th Jan (1 room, 2 guests) from $15,780
20th Jan (1 room, 2 guests) from $15,780
3rd Feb (1 room, 2 guests) from $15,780
5th Oct (1 room, 2 guests) from $15,780
21st Dec (1 room, 2 guests) from $17,380


Important Terms

  • You have the right to cancel your reservation with Tauck at any time prior to departure of the Trip. However, regardless of reason cancellations result in costly expenses, therefore a cancellation may result in a penalty fee that increase the closer the cancellation is to departure.
  • 120 days or more before departure = Loss of Deposit, 60 days before departure = Loss of 50% of tour cost, not including air (if applicable), 59-1 day before departure = Loss of 100% of tour cost, not including air (if applicable)
  • Please note - Airfares included on On-Tour Flights required with any of Tauck tours may be subject to different cancellation fees not outlined above. * For services included in your booking that are not provided by Tauck, additional cancellation fees may be incurred. * Travel Professionals may impose their own cancellation fees.

*Rates are subject to availability and seasonality and may change without notice. Rates are based on two adults sharing. For solo travellers or single person occupancy rates or further information on terms and conditions, please contact our Travel Specialists at time of booking.

Nights 1-3:

Belmond Copacabana Palace

The iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace is a renowned Art Deco-inspired landmark overlooking Copacabana Beach. With a history dating back to 1923, it has a reputation for graciousness and service. The hotel offers fine dining options, a spa, fitness center, beautiful swimming pool, and exclusive beach service. Guest rooms feature ocean or garden views, unique period furniture, and original artwork.


Nights 4-5:

Belmond Hotel Das Cataras

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel inside Iguaçu National Park, providing exclusive access to the waterfalls at dawn and in the evening. Guest rooms are decorated in classic Portuguese style with local artwork, and dining options include a gourmet restaurant, poolside grill, and bar.


Nights 6-9:

Alvear Palace Hotel

The Alvear Palace Hotel, opened in 1932 for European visitors, exudes Belle Époque splendor in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta neighborhood. Grand French-inspired public areas, elegant guest rooms with butler service, and award-winning dining at La Bourgogne make for a luxurious stay. The hotel also features a serene 8,600-square-foot Alvear Spa offering wellness and beauty treatments, including the exclusive Radiant Treatment by La Prairie.


NIGHTS 10 – 11

Vik Chile Millahue

Perched on a hilltop in Chile’s picturesque Millahue Valley, Vik Chile Millahue is a stunning destination with glass houses that hang from steep hills, offering breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. This unique hospitality experience captures the dramatic natural surroundings in exquisite luxury, providing a rare and inspiring getaway just a two-hour drive from Santiago de Chile.


Call a Luxury Tour Specialist on 1300 308 081 and Quote #94418

(During Business Hours)