Grand tour of South America

Cultural and natural highlights

Scenery that will make you go wow

Embark on an extraordinary expedition through South America that meticulously unravels the continent’s rich tapestry of cultural and natural wonders.

This immersive tour seamlessly transitions from the breathtaking high Andean scenery to the thundering marvel of Iguazú Falls, offering an unparalleled exploration of the region’s diverse landscapes. Along the way, discover the pulsating heartbeat of bustling cities, including the vibrant capital of Bolivia, La Paz, where ancient traditions converge with modern life. Continue the cultural odyssey in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the soul-stirring rhythms of tango echo through the streets, and the city’s architectural elegance reflects its storied past. Your journey culminates in the exotic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, a vibrant metropolis where the energetic beats of samba blend seamlessly with the picturesque beauty of its beaches. 

This comprehensive tour not only showcases the mesmerising natural wonders of South America but also provides a captivating glimpse into the diverse cultural landscapes that define this enchanting continent.

All the things you need to know

  • Coast-to-coast, multi-country experience
  • Overnight stays at Machu Picchu & inside Iguazú National Park
  • Luxury sleeper train journey across the altiplano
  • Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca & stay on its shore
  • Upmarket beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with British Airways. Transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights. 

Morning tour of Lima, with a stop at the historic Cordano tavern for a welcome pisco sour drink. 

Fly to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Transfer to the Sacred Valley, via the indigenous village of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo Inca fortress. Stay at the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley for 1 night.

Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and explore the spectacular Inca city. Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo for 1 night.

Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase tickets at time of booking). In the afternoon, return to Cuzco by train and stay 2 nights at the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco. 

Morning tour of Cuzco and San Blas. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions.

Take the Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train across the altiplano (high plain) to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy majestic vistas from the stylish lounge car and watch the sunset at La Raya (the highest point of the route). Dinner and overnight on board (bunkbed cabin). Upgrade to a twin-bed cabin from £125.

Wake up to see the sunrise over Lake Titicaca. Travel by road to Huatajata in Bolivia visiting Copacabana and its shrine en route. See the cultural exhibition at the Andean Roots Eco Village, discover how reed boats are constructed and meet a spiritual Kallawaya healer. Stay overnight at the Inca Utama on the shores of the lake and observe the southern constellations from the hotel’s astronomical observatory.

Take a hydrofoil cruise to the Uros floating reed islands and visit the Quewaya Sustainable Project. Continue overland to bustling La Paz for an afternoon tour of the city, including the Witches’ Market and Moon Valley. Overnight at the Atix Hotel.

Fly to Buenos Aires, a city of grand architecture and European influences. Transfer to the Alvear Art Hotel for 3 nights.

Take a morning city tour, including the cathedral, La Boca district and the Recoleta Cemetery.

Day at leisure or take optional excursions

Fly to Iguazú and stay for 2 nights at the Gran Meliá Iguazú within the park (upgrade to a falls-view room from £145). Take a half-day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views.

Day at leisure to enjoy the various nearby walkways on the Argentinian side.

Fly to Rio, set among mountains, tropical forests and golden beaches. Transfer to the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana (deluxe city/partial ocean view room) for 2 nights. Upgrade to a deluxe ocean front room from £85.

Full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy a farewell drink.

At leisure or optional excursions (day room use from £95). Evening flight to London with British Airways.

Arrive in London

  • Small group size – average 16 people (max 20)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • International flights with British Airways
  • Internal flights
  • Flexible – extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour guides in each destination
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at airports and stations
  • Easter departures
  • Welcome dinner & farewell drink

This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.

Entry fees at the Iguazú / Iguaçu National Parks are not included.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. 
This tour includes some early morning starts and long days. The flight to Lima is currently via Madrid.


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