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Grand Tour of South America

Group Tour | Rail journeys 18 Days & 16 Nights Lead-in price: £4395 Current prices from: £4395

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), where the snowcapped Andes tower over deep valleys. Dinner and overnight on board (bunk bed cabin – upgrade to a twin-bedded cabin from £105. (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. Discover the cultural exhibition at the Andean Roots Eco Village, see how reed boats are constructed and meet a Kallawaya, a spiritual healer. Stay overnight at the Inca Utama on the shores of the lake and observe the southern constellations from the hotel’s astronomical observatory. (B, L)

Day 9: Uros Iruitos • La Paz

After breakfast take a hydrofoil cruise to the Uros Iruitos floating reed islands and visit the Quewaya Sustainable Project. Continue overland to bustling La Paz and take an afternoon tour of the city, including the witches’ market and Moon Valley. Overnight at the stylish 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 11-12: Buenos Aires

Morning city tour including a visit to the cathedral, La Boca district and the Recoleta cemetery. A day at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)

Days 13-14: 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 £110). Take a half-day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views and 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 stylish Belmond Copacabana Palace (partial oceanview room) for 2 nights. Upgrade to a deluxe ocean front room from £85. (B)

Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

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

Days 17-18: Fly to London

At leisure or optional excursions (day room use from £95). Evening flight to London with British Airways, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

Meal basis

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

Important information * Park fees

Entry fees at Iguazú & Iguaçu National Parks are not included.


Departures between January and May 2021 will stay at the luxurious Belmond Hotel das Cataratas and include a half-day tour of the Argentinian side of the falls instead of the Brazilian.

† Easter departures

The 31 March 2021 and 13 April 2022 departures will spend Easter Sunday at Machu Picchu and Cuzco.


This tour includes some early morning starts and long days. Departures in November 2021 and March 2022 will fly to Lima via Madrid.

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. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online

Superior group tour accommodation

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas
    Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls
    Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls

    The only hotel located in Brazil's Iguaçu National Park, the Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls is just a short walk away from the magnificent falls, allowing exclusive access to the walkways at dawn and dusk when the park is closed to visitors. Occupying a colonial-style building, the elegant guestrooms overlook the lush grounds and rainforest. Guests can relax by the large outdoor pool, at the spa or with a drink on the terrace. Features: 193 guestrooms, outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court, 2 restaurants, Wi-Fi, bar. Room amenities: Widescreen LCD television, minibar, luxury toiletries.

  • Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
    Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

    One of the world's landmark hotels, the Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro is a graceful, white stucco, art deco property, superbly located on the famous Copacabana promenade. Known for its sumptuous style, impeccable service and elegant rooms and suites, the hotel features two of South America's finest restaurants. The piano bar, pool and terrace are at the heart of Rio's social life. Features: 241 rooms, 3 restaurants, piano bar, outdoor half-size Olympic pool, gym, tennis court, 2 boutiques, spa. Room amenities: Widescreen plasma television, iPod dock, minibar, traditional Brazilian slippers, Wi-Fi.

  • 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.

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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.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Direct international flights with British Airways
    • Internal flights
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 16 people (max 20)
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour guides in each destination
    • 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees except Iguazú / Iguaçu National Park fees that are payable locally
    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Sacred Valley

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

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  • Puno

    Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...

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  • Iguacu Falls (Brazil)

    Located in the state of Paraná in southern Brazil, on the border between Argentina and...

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  • Rio de Janeiro

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

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