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  • Ultimate South America

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  • Santiago

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  • Iguazu Falls

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  • Buzios

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  • MSC Musica

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  • Ilhabela

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  • Christ the Redeemer

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  • Ultimate South America

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  • Santiago

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  • Buenos Aires

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  • Iguazu Falls

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  • MSC Musica

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  • Ilha Grande

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  • Buzios

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  • MSC Musica

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  • Ilhabela

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18 Day Ultimate South America

  • Visit Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro & Santiago
  • Cruise to vibrant Argentina, Brazil & Uruguay
Includes Return International Flights

A destination known for passion and adventure, the magic and allure of South America is strong. On this 18 day tour and cruise package through diverse countries from Chile to Argentina, Brazil and beyond, the bucket list cities and landscapes you’ve always dreamed of are yours to discover.

The vibrant city of Santiago, framed by the snow-capped Andes mountains, is the perfect place to begin your South American discovery. Renowned for its elaborate architecture and cosmopolitan culture, there is so much to discover in this gorgeous capital. Continue on with visits to both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of powerful Iguazu Falls, the world’s largest waterfall system; lose yourself in the tango rhythm of beautiful Buenos Aires; and then board the sensational MSC Musica for an unforgettable seven night cruise. Visit the captivating city of Rio de Janeiro, home of Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach; soak up the untouched beauty of the Brazilian coast in Ilhabela; and feel like a movie star in glamorous Punta del Este.

This deal includes return international flights, three internal flights, nine nights sailing aboard MSC Musica, six nights quality accommodation, 32 meals, English-speaking tour leader/guides and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Auckland for Santiago, Chile. Fly with LATAM Airlines or Qantas Airways (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Santiago, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Principado Express Hotel or similar, Santiago
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a half day panoramic tour of Santiago. See the Government Palace “La Moneda” (entrance not included), the historic centre of the Plaza de Armas, the Santa Lucia Hill, the Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Municipality and the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood, among others. During the tour you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Barrio Bellavista, recognised for its strong bohemian style; the Central Market, a nineteenth century building with more than 214 shops where you can try delicious traditional dishes; the Mapocho Station, a cultural centre reconverted in the 90s, which today is a space for cultural diffusion of the country; and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the main centres of dissemination of visual arts in Chile, founded in 1880, being the first of Latin America. Finally, you will take a scenic drive through modern Santiago to reach the Faba store, which specialises in making Lapis Lazuli jewellery.

Overnight: Principado Express Hotel or similar, Santiago
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a morning at leisure in Chile's capital city, Santiago, which sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes. In the afternoon be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Upon arrival be transferred to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure in this lively, cosmopolitan city.

Overnight: Hotel Merit San Telmo or similar, Buenos Aires
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time be transferred to the airport for the flight to Puerto Iguazu. Relax for the remainder of the day in Puerto Iguazu, the gateway to Iguazu Falls in Iguazu National Park, home to hundreds of cascades. The town sits at the confluence of the Ríos Paraná and Iguazu and looks across to Brazil and Paraguay.

Overnight: Jardin de Iguazu Hotel or similar, Puerto Iguazu
Meals included: Breakfast

Your journey today will bring you on a full day guided tour to the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, which is the best way to see and learn about some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The three circuits (upper, lower and Devil’s Throat) each give a unique and unforgettable view of the falls from different angles. In this subtropical forest area, there is an incredible variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies, among many others.

Overnight: Jardin de Iguazu Hotel or similar, Puerto Iguazu
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast join a four-hour half day guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Travel through the vast Brazilian national park (entrance included), right up to the raised walkways which wind through the subtropical forest and eventually to the Devil’s Gorge. From here, you’ll get a panoramic view of the Argentine side of the falls: the perfect spot to take some photos. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Buenos Aires or take the opportunity to join an optional evening show.

Optional Activity: Tango Show with Dinner - $125 per person
Around 8:00pm this evening you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to a “Tanguería” (Tango House) in the San Telmo neighbourhood, the birthplace of tango and one of the oldest barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires. Arrive at a Conventillo, a historic tenement restored and now a restaurant/theatre, where La Ventana takes place. Kick off the night with a delicious three-course dinner and enjoy a live tango and folk bands, a gaucho demonstration and a moving tribute to Eva Perón. After the show, you will be transferred back to the hotel around midnight.

Overnight: Hotel Merit San Telmo or similar, Buenos Aires
Meals included: Breakfast

Today discover the magic of Buenos Aires! After breakfast enjoy a three-hour city bus tour where you will see the beautiful parks and gardens of the Recoleta and Palermo neighbourhoods, the Colon Theatre, Mayo Square, The Cathedral, traditional Mayo Avenue, Congress Square and many other significant buildings and palaces (entrances not included). The tour continues with a visit to San Telmo, the residence of the aristocracy until the end of the 19th century. After which you will have the opportunity to explore Caminito Street in La Boca. The tour bus will drop you in Central Buenos Aires where you can enjoy sometime at leisure before being transferred to the cruise terminal to embark on the wondrous 9-night South America cruise aboard the ‘MSC Musica’. The cruise will depart at 7:00pm.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The perfect starting place to discover the jungle. As you approach the low-lying, whitewashed colonial port of Vila do Abraão in Ilha Grande, the mountains rise dramatically from the sea, and in the distance there’s the curiously shaped summit of Bico do Papagaio (“Parrot’s Beak”), which rises to a height of 980m and can be reached in about three hours. Ilha Grande comprises 193 square kilometres of mountainous jungle, historic ruins and beautiful beaches, excellent for some scenic tropical exploration.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Búzios is an impressively scenic resort bursting with high-spending people, and a very popular port of call on holidays to Brazil. Armação, the main settlement, is built in a slight colonial style, the streets lined with restaurants, bars and chic boutiques, and has been nicknamed “Brazil’s St Tropez”. It then comes as little surprise to find that it was “discovered” by none other than Brigitte Bardot, who stumbled upon it while touring the area in 1964.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

In its position on the southern shore of the magnificent Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro has, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most stunning settings in the world. Extending for 20km along an alluvial strip, between the azure sea and forest-clad mountains, the city’s streets and buildings have been moulded around the foothills of the mountain range that provides its backdrop, while out in the bay there are many rocky islands fringed with white sand.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Ilhabela is one of the most beautiful spots on the Brazilian coast between Santos and Rio. Of volcanic origin, the island’s startling mountainous scenery rises to 1370m and is covered in dense tropical foliage. With 83 percent of the island protected within the boundaries of the Parque Estadual de Ilhabela, the dozens of waterfalls, beautiful beaches and azure seas have contributed to the island’s popularity.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Situated on a narrow peninsula, Punta del Este is a glamorous location dotted with incredible restaurants, impressive casinos and boutique shops. The streets are bordered by some of the finest beaches on the coast and the harbour is home to super yachts from the world over. This is an exclusive and luxurious destination, and is considered to be the go to holiday spot for many South American celebrities. Enjoy strolling the promenade and trying some of the world class seafood.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Musica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning cruise into Buenos Aires. After breakfast, disembark and spend some time at leisure before making your own way to the airport for the return flight back to New Zealand. Guests can store their luggage at the port storage for a fee, if required, until transferring to the airport.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the wonders of Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
  • Visit Santiago, Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro and more
  • Cruise the best of South America in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay
  • Explore Buenos Aires on a locally guided tour
  • See the highlights of Santiago on a guided tour
  • Journey into the biodiverse Iguazu National Park
  • Explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls on a full day guided tour
  • Discover the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls on a half day guided tour
  • Visit the captivating Iguazu National Park
  • Dock in Rio de Janeiro, home of Christ the Redeemer
  • Discover the jungle of Ilha Grande
  • Relax in Buzios, a South American scenic resort
  • Soak up the most beautiful spots on the Brazilian coast in Ilhabela
  • Experience Punta del Este the South America glamour destination
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 3 x internal flights: Santiago to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu return
  • 9 night MSC South America Cruise
  • Sail aboard the spectacular ‘MSC Musica’ ship
  • Selected entertainment on board
  • 6 nights quality hotel accommodation on tour
  • Enjoy 32 meals including all meals while cruising
  • English-speaking tour leader and guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Parking, toll fees and city taxes
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Santiago Airport to Hotel (Day 1)
  • Santiago City to Airport (Day 3)
  • Buenos Aires Airport to Hotel (Day 3)
  • Buenos Aires Hotel to Airport (Day 4)
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport to Hotel (Day 4)
  • Puerto Iguazu City to Airport (Day 6)
  • Buenos Aires Airport to Hotel (Day 6)
  • Buenos Aires City to Cruise Port (Day 7)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 10th March 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
- Inside Cabin: $2030
- Ocean View Cabin: $2130
- Balcony Cabin: $2360
 
Departure Dates (2020)
January: 26 (SOLD OUT)
February: 4
March: 10
 
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Latam Airlines Group and Qantas Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Santiago, Chile
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Buenos Aires, Argentina
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
*Santiago
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- Only an inbound stopover may be chosen.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now $11599
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

Santiago: Hotel Principado Express or similar

Buenos Aires: Hotel Merit San Telmo or similar

Puerto Iguazu: Hotel Jardin de Iguazu or similar

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Santiago, Chile (Pre Tour): $180 per room including breakfast.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina (Post Tour): $105 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 6: Tango Show with Dinner - $125 per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability)
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Argentina, Chile, Brazil or Uruguay for stays up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping:
-- Land: Recommended at $5 USD (approx. $8 NZD) per person/ day payable on tour.
-- Cruise: Recommended €10 (approx. $17 NZD) per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has a temperate climate, which is classified as a humid subtropical climate under the Köppen climate classification with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms while winters are cool and drier with frosts that occurs on average twice per year. Spring and fall are transition seasons characterised by changeable weather.
 
Puerto Iguazu:
Puerto Iguazú has a humid subtropical climate. Temperatures are warm in winter and hot in summer. There is no dry season and rainfall is abundant with every month receiving over 100mm of rain.
 
Rio de Janeiro:
Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate according to the Köppen climate classification, and is often characterised by long periods of heavy rain between December and March. In inland areas of the city, temperatures above 40°C are common during the summer, though rarely for long periods, while maximum temperatures above 27°C can occur on a monthly basis.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $5 USD per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour.
 
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. MSC is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at €10 per person per day. If you believe you are not receiving the standard of service expected on your cruise, you may reduce or remove the gratuities charged to your onboard account at the cruise reception desk. Although expected by MSC they are a discretionary payment.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay


A tourist visa is not required for these countries if travelling on a New Zealand Passport. Passengers must hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page. 

 

Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.





We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order. 
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