- Brazil and Argentina with Buenos Aires
Discover why so many people fall in love with the 'Paris of the Southern Hemisphere'. Buenos Aires provides a seductive mix of stunning European architecture, old-world languor and elegant neighbourhoods where colonial buildings and outdoor markets can be found at every turn.
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Depart London on your scheduled flight to Rio de Janeiro International Airport via Sao Paulo.
On arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to settle in and relax.
Spend the morning on a half day tour of the city including a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain, a natural peak situated on a peninsula at the mouth of a bay, and one of Rio's most famous icons. Take a ride in a cable car to the 394 metre summit for breathtaking views over the surrounding beaches and bays including the well-known Copacabana Beach. Enjoy the rest of the day as free time to further explore this beautiful city and perhaps stop to try some 'acai', a local deliciously healthy fruit, at one of the city's thousands of juice bars found on every corner you turn.
This morning's tour takes you to Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest, site of the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue. Considered to be the largest art deco statue in the world, the impressive figure standing 30 metres tall and arms stretching 28 metres wide, is a symbol of Brazilian Christianity overlooking the city. The afternoon is at leisure, you may choose to take a stroll along Ipanema beach or explore the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
The morning is free before you take your flight to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. We suggest you take a trip to Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood where the Portuguese Royal Family used to reside in the eighteen hundreds. On arrival in Iguazu, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, Iguazu National Park is home to incredible waterfalls with 275 jumps of water falling from an average height of 70 metres. On today's tour you will explore the routes of the Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and Devil's Throat. The Lower Circuit is a trail of just under one mile and allows you to get closer to some of the smaller waterfalls. From the Upper Circuit you will be able to enjoy stunning panoramic views and the top of the majestic falls. The infamous Devil's Throat is where the largest volume of water descends from Iguazu and from the catwalk here you will really be able to feel the intensity of the almighty thunder.
This morning, cross back into Brazil to see this side of Iguazu National Park. Take in the amazing views of San Martin Island and three of the most impressive jumps of the falls before getting to a further viewpoint with a perfect view of the Devil's Throat just 150 metres away. In the afternoon you will transfer to the airport in order to catch your flight to Buenos Aires where you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Today's morning tour of the city starts in the historic Plaza de Mayo, the site of the 1810 revolution and now a hub of political life. From here you will see the Casa Rosada government palace and its famous balcony where Eva Peron used to address the people. Later you will reach the picturesque and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca with its famous street 'Caminito' whose architecture reflects the European influence of the late 19th century. After this, head to the modern Palermo neighbourhood with its elegant residences, finally reaching the district of Recoleta, the most sophisticated neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure; perhaps see a Tango show which your guide will be able to organise for you at an additional cost.
Enjoy a day at leisure to take in the city at your own pace. We recommend a visit to the Malba Museum to learn about Latin America arts or a drink at one of the vibrant bars in Plaza Serrano - ask for an 'alfajores', a soft delicate cookie filled with dulce de leche.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK via Sao Paulo.
Enjoy exploring this fascinating city at your leisure.
Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.
Mark Shrimpton19 Sep 19
First class, well situated. As a single traveller, I was particularly impressed that the single person surcharge was reasonable and you meet up with other people I think max 20 travellers for this tour.
Susan Sumner24 May 19
Arena Leme in Rio was brilliant hotel, very clean and staff helpful. Check into hotel was very good and easy. Breakfast was excellent. St Martin Iguazu Falls. Restaurant was very good and food excellent Kenton Palace Buenos Aires Excellent hotel and check in went really well. Staff always ready to help. A really fabulous holiday first time we have travelled with Mercury and will not be the last. The tour did exactly what it said and was very well delivered. All tour guides were excellent and were always in hand to help advise and point in the right direction for eating . Cannot speak highly enough of this tour Restaurant food was really good. Room was excellent well laid out and very clean.
Aileen Mugridge11 Apr 19
Perfect views and great restaurants just outside the hotel
Caroline Rogers24 Sep 18
Excellent location for all hotels used.
Stuart Nickerson21 Feb 17
Arena Leme in Rio.. excellent view from room, brilliant selection for breakfast. San Martin Ignacio... Beautiful location. Breakfast adequate, a la cart very good. Excellent bird sanctuary next door. Kenton Palace Buenos Aires... Excellent location, spacious room with bath and shower !
Darren And Stacey Sidwell10 Oct 16
Very good tour, overall very satisfied. All the tour guides have been excellent and very helpful!
Maureen Hawkins10 Oct 16
An excellent, good value tour.
Hardeep Dosanjh09 Jun 16
Excellent tour guide, very informative. Brilliant when needed help.
Catherine Yates31 May 16
We had a good holiday thanks.
Alan Lindop22 Nov 14
Hotel in Rio: Windsor Leme: Excellent. Fantastic views, very large room and bathroom.Very clean. Breakfast superb. Check in very good. 2 large double beds.
Hotel in Iquazu: San Martin. OK but not English 4 star. Clean and tidy. Breakfast OK. Reception staff slow and not particularly efficient, but OK for time we were there.
Hotel: in Buenos Aires. Kenton Palace. Excellent. Good breakfast, reception staff good. rooms superb. Very large rooms with 2 double beds. Bathroom first clas, separate bath and shower and toilet.
Hotel. in Montevideo: Once again not English 4 star and whilst convenient for the city, as we all had rear view rooms with awful views. Breakfast good
UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel for either countries, this will be granted on arrival for stays of up to 90 days.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices: <br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All flights are operated by Iberia Airlines and go via Madrid in both directions. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 45cm x 25cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.
We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a local guide throughout the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real, known as BRL. The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso, known as ARS. However, US Dollars are also widely used throughout both countries. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks as well as your lunch and dinner on each day. Approximately £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the tour.