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Grand Tour of South America

Group Tour | General Interest 18 Days & 16 Nights Lead-in price: £3995

This tour focuses on South America's cultural and natural highlights, revealing the continent's diversity, and passing from high Andean scenery down to the thundering Iguazú Falls. Stop in buzzing cities along the way including Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires in Argentina and the exotic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Coast-to-coast, multi-country experience
  • Overnight stays at Machu Picchu & inside Iguaçu National Park
  • Luxury sleeper train journey across the altiplano
  • Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca & stay on its shore
  • Opulent landmark hotel in Rio de Janeiro
  • Small group size - average 16 people (maximum 20)
  • Stay in 5-star accommodation
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Lima, Peru

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

Day 2: Lima

Morning tour of Lima, including the colonial centre and a stop at the historic Cordano tavern for a local pisco sour. (B)

Day 3: Fly to Cuzco - The Sacred Valley

Fly to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Transfer to the Sacred Valley, via the local market in Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca fortress. Stay at the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley for 1 night. (B)

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and explore the spectacular Inca city. Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo for 1 night. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Cuzco

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. (B)

Day 6: Cuzco

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

Day 7: Luxury train to Puno

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, stop by the archaeological site of Raqchi and watch the sunset at La Raya (the highest point of the route). Dinner and overnight on board (bunk bed cabin). Upgrade to a twin-bedded cabin from £110. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Wake up to see 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 Utamaon the shores of the lake and observe the southern constellations from the hotel’s astronomical observatory. (B, L)

Day 9: Uros Iruitos - La Paz

Take a hydrofoil cruise to the Uros Iruitos 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. (B)

Day 10: Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Day 11: Buenos Aires

Morning city tour including a visit to the cathedral, La Boca district and the Recoleta cemetery. (B)

Day 12: Buenos Aires

A day at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)

Day 13: Fly to Iguazú / Iguaçu

Fly to Iguazú and stay for 2 nights at the Gran Meliá Iguazú within the park (upgrade to a falls-view room from £105). Take a half-day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views. (B)

Day 14: Iguazú

Time at leisure to enjoy the various nearby walkways on the Argentinian side. (B)

Day 15: Fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 £75. (B)

Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

Full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B)

Day 17: Fly to London

At leisure or optional excursions (day room use from £80). Evening flight to London with British Airways, arriving the following day. (B)

Day 18: Arrive London

Arrive in London. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Tour + Búzios Beach: 5 days & 3 nights from £475 Relax at the end of your tour in the charming beach resort of Búzios, with first-class restaurants, chic shops and numerous sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters.

Galapagos pre-tour: Take a pre-tour to the Galapagos Islands and discover their fascinating wildlife. The islands are best explored aboard an expedition cruiser and combined with a 2-night stay in Quito. Please enquire for details.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Locally escorted tour: This tour is led in each destination by a local tour guide.

Park fees: Entry fees at Iguazú and Iguaçu National Parks are not included.

Easter departures: The 13 Apr 2022 and 29 Mar 2023 departures will spend Easter Sunday at Machu Picchu and Buenos Aires.

Itinerary: This tour includes some early morning starts and long days. The flight to Lima is currently via Madrid. Stays in Rio till the end of May 2022 are at the opulent Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
    Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

    The Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is located in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima, close to Kennedy Park. It is a medium-sized hotel with guestrooms decorated in a contemporary style with local Peruvian textiles and art. Features: 148 rooms, restaurant, cafe, swimming pool, gym, sauna, ATM, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, heating, coffee facilities. Please note there is a new hotel being built adjacent to the Casa Andina Premium, due to be completed by the end of 2021. Work is being carried out 8am-5pm and rooms nearest the construction are not being used. We've been advised that there should be no disruption to clients.

  • Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley
    Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

    Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley) is located near Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, and is surrounded by Andean peaks. It is part of a small resort offering charming rooms, a restaurant with a local ambience, and a bar with an outside terrace where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Peruvian countryside.

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is situated in five hectares of cloud forest garden beside the Urubamba river, a five-minute walk from the station at Aguas Calientes. The hotel rooms are spread throughout Andean village-style cottages dotted throughout the gardens, each room offering spacious private bathrooms, phone and large beds. There is a restaurant with views over the river, a cafe & bar and a spa. The beautiful orchid gardens attract a variety of birds and butterflies, creating a tranquil atmosphere, and there is a small organic tea plantation. There are regular buses to the site of Machu Picchu, a journey of 30 minutes. Features: 81 rooms, restaurant, cafe, spa. Room amenities: Safe, en suite bathroom

  • Casa Andina Premium Cuzco
    Casa Andina Premium Cuzco

    Occupying an 18th-century mansion, Casa Andina Premium Cuzco is in the colonial part of Cuzco, beside Limacpampa square and just a few blocks' walk from the main square. The hotel's rooms combine traditional local furnishings with modern comforts. There is a central patio with a fountain, a colonial bar and a stylish restaurant decorated with traditional paintings. Features: 93 rooms, restaurant, bar, massage room, ATM, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, heating.

  • Inca Utama Hotel
    Inca Utama Hotel

    The Inca Utama hotel is situated on the shores of Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. It has comfortable rooms, restaurants with lake views and a spa offering traditional treatments. On site are museums, an Andean village and an observatory to educate visitors about the Aymara indigenous culture.

  • Atix Hotel
    Atix Hotel

    The Atix Hotel is located in the upmarket residential neighbourhood of Zona Sur, around a 20-minute drive from downtown La Paz. A member of Design Hotels, the property has a striking geometric façade made of native woods and local Comanche stone, and a modern and sleek interior with artwork, sculptures and photographs by national artists throughout. Guestrooms are spacious and elegant in contemporary, muted tones and feature handcrafted furnishings and alpaca blankets. The rooftop is home to both an infinity pool and stylish bar, which both have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide superb views over the city and surrounding hilltops. The restaurant serves a creative menu that showcases the diverse culinary traditions around the country, using locally sourced produce. Features: 53 rooms, restaurant, rooftop bar, swimming pool, gym, sauna. Room amenities: Television, desk, safe, turndown service, Wi-Fi.

  • Alvear Art
    Alvear Art

    Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Art is close to San Martin square and numerous shopping streets. The hotel features a sleek, classic design with artworks, an impressive marble lobby area and spacious rooms with mahogany furnishings. The restaurant offers an international menu using regional ingredients. The rooftop swimming pool is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy superb panoramic views of the city.

  • Gran Melia Iguazú
    Gran Melia Iguazú

    The Gran Meliá Iguazú is the only hotel located inside the Iguazú National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls and within walking distance of the cataracts. Guestrooms have a fresh, contemporary decor and offer a private balcony overlooking the tropical surroundings or the majestic waterfalls. An impressive infinity pool and a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows also offer superb vistas of the crashing waters. There is also a lounge bar with an outdoor terrace. Features: 176 guestrooms, restaurant, bar, 2 swimming pools, spa. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, minibar, Wi-Fi.

  • Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
    Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

    Inspired by the glamorous Carioca of the 1950s, this sophisticated first-class hotel has an ideal location between the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, with views over the Copacabana beach. Guestrooms are spacious and feature parquet floors, modern furnishings and a private balcony. The restaurant offers stunning views over the ocean and serves both typical Brazilian and international cuisine.

Superior group tour extensions

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos
6 Nights from £3295

Take a pre-tour to the Galapagos islands and discover their fascinating wildlife. The islands are best explored aboard an expedition cruiser and combined with a 2-night stay in Quito.

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.


Grand Tour of South America
3 Nights from £0

Relax at the end of your tour in the charming beach resort of Búzios, with first-class restaurants, chic shops and numerous sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.


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Dates & prices

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Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
20 Jul 2022 - 6 Aug 2022 £4,295 £0 £1,295 Yes Reserve
14 Sep 2022 - 1 Oct 2022 £4,295 £0 £1,295 Yes Reserve
28 Sep 2022 - 15 Oct 2022 £4,095 £0 £1,295 Reserve
5 Oct 2022 - 22 Oct 2022 £4,095 £0 £1,295 Yes Reserve
19 Oct 2022 - 5 Nov 2022 £4,095 £0 £1,295 Reserve
2 Nov 2022 - 19 Nov 2022 £3,995 £0 £1,295 Yes Reserve
 

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * 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
  • * 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at airports and stations
  • * Easter departures

Destinations on this tour

  • Lima

    Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...

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  • The Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...

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  • Cuzco

    Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.

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  • Machu Picchu

    One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...

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  • Iguazu (Argentina)

    On approaching Iguazu Falls, a faint but thunderous roar can be heard and you...

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  • Rio de Janeiro

    Brazilians call Rio de Janeiro 'cidade maravilhosa', meaning 'the marvellous city', and...

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