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Luxury

Best of South America with Galapagos Islands

Santiago to Arequipa
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: ISG27
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Trip Highlights

Iguassu From Any Angle

See the colossal waterfall from a helicopter flight, or get even closer to the thunderous cascades on a boat safari

Explore the Lost City

Feel refreshed and ready to explore the Lost City after breezing all the way to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome Train

The Ultimate Wildlife Wonder

Home to thousands of animal and marine species, the Galapagos Islands is a definite must-see destination

Your Vacation Includes

  • All flights within South America
  • The expertise of a dedicated APT Tour Director and expert local guides
  • Included sightseeing in up to 13 locations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in six locations
  • All tipping and porterage
  • Finest dining - a total of 49 meals

Map & Itinerary

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South America Map ISG27 2018

Santiago to Arequipa

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Arrive in Santiago, Chile’s capital. This afternoon, explore the city’s landmarks on a guided tour, before a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Two Nights: The Singular Santiago

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You might like to travel to the colourful port city of Valparaiso for a tour of the World Heritage-listed Historic Quarter and a funicular ride. Alternatively, learn about Chilean wine during a tour and tasting.


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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At your hotel, discover Argentina’s national dance during a tango lesson, before indulging in a delicious selection of tapas.


Fly to Buenos Aires where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the fashionable Recoleta barrio (district).

Stay: Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Next, visit the iconic Café Tortoni, a literati coffeehouse established in 1858. Later, explore the barrio of La Boca.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, learn how to make empanadas during an interactive dinner party, dine at an Argentinian steak restaurant, or take in dinner and a tango show.


A tour of Buenos Aires begins with a wander along Avenida de Mayo to the Plaza de Mayo.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta, or take a city walking tour. Alternatively, head to Teatro Colón opera house.


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Fly to Rio de Janeiro, lapped by a deep blue ocean and flanked by mountains and lush verdant rainforest.

Stay: Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At sunset, ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping mid-way to enjoy a caipirinha.


Make your way to Corcovado, famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views. Dine on a delicious Brazilian BBQ tonight.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps venture deep into the urban Tijuca forest on a jeep tour, take a colonial city walking tour, or sail on Guanabara bay, gliding through the bay’s tranquil waters, passing islands and historic forts while viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugar Loaf Mountain. (due to local unrest in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro and in the interests of your safety and wellbeing, the touring of the Favela’s has currently been withdrawn from our touring options and replaced with the Guanabara Boat Tour).


Today enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice Sightseeing tour.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may wish to step aboard a boat ride safari and take in the breathtaking spectacle from beneath the thundering cascades. Alternatively, embark on an awe-inspiring helicopter ride over the falls.


Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, which straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil.

Stay: Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas

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Spend time in World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways.

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Walk through the giant aviaries and get up close to a range of native South American birds, including the iconic toucan, at Parque das Aves Bird Park. This evening, board your flight to the Peruvian capital, Lima.

Stay: Two Nights: Hilton Lima Miraflores

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Afterwards get a taste of traditional culture when you visit a private hacienda to enjoy live music and dance, before lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show.


Head out to explore Lima on a city tour today.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a weaving demonstration here today, you’ll learn how the famous colourful materials of South America are created.


Board a flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. On arrival, you’ll travel to Chincheros in the Sacred Valley, which is located in the Andean highlands.

Stay: Two Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, and see thousands of salt pools spill over a terraced slope. Afterwards, travel to the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields. Later, enjoy a picnic lunch.


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OPTIONAL INCA TRAIL HIKE

Perhaps enjoy an optional Inca Trail Hike. Must be pre-booked.


Board PeruRail’s Vistadome train and admire the lush forest as you set off towards Machu Picchu. On arrival at the famous ruins, take a guided tour and learn about its history. This incredible ancient Inca citadel remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911.

Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel

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You will have the chance to beat the morning rush and return to experience sunrise at Machu Picchu. Then, board PeruRail’s Vistadome train for your return trip to the Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, check in to your hotel and absorb the Spanish colonial charm.

Stay: Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For lunch, perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar, savour Italian cuisine at Incanto, or enjoy a fine dining experience at the renowned MAP Café.


A walking tour of Cusco will take you to the square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board your stylish luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer for a two night escape. Journey across the giant peaks and wide open spaces of the highest plains of the Andes to reach Lake Titicaca.


Stay: Two Nights: Belmond Andean Explorer

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Early risers will be rewarded with a stunning sunrise before you enjoy breakfast on board. It’s then time to head off to explore Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a boat ride out to the Uros Islands and Taquile Island where you’ll enjoy a private lunch on the beach.

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Continue by train to Sambay Caves and explore fascinating cave paintings before lunch onboard. In the afternoon arrive in Arequipa. Blessed by 300 days of sunshine annually and filled with dazzling white stone buildings, the ‘White City’ is a delight.

Stay: Three Nights: Arequipa, Casa Andina Private Collection

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, join a delicious ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate workshop. Enjoy tastings and create your own flavours.


Embark on a city tour, where you can admire the 16th-century Santa Catalina Convent.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit San Lazaro, Arequipa’s traditional quarter and the ‘Tambos’. These white stone buildings once used as basic shelters which are now considered living museums of architecture.


End the day’s touring with a visit to an Alpaca textile centre. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Guayaquil via Lima.

Stay: Guayaquil Hilton

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Fly to Baltra Island and take a small ferry ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island and continue to Finch Bay Eco Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Explore the Galapagos Islands National Park on day trips aboard their private yacht, and embark on island tours. During these excursions you will have the chance to see the large tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Perhaps go snorkelling and interact with playful seals.

Stay: Three Nights: Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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Enjoy a full day exploring the Galapagos Islands by yacht. Be part of a small group of only 20 guests, aboard the Sea Lion Yacht with naturalist guides, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Your yacht offers day trips to different sites within the National Park which may include the wildlife-rich North Seymour, iconic Bartolome, the wild and rugged South Plaza, and the beautiful Santa Fe.

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Today explore the Galapagos Highlands in search of giant tortoises and pay a visit to the unique lava tunnels. You are also able to visit the many bays and beaches in the area and try kayaking from your hotel or simply relax by the hotel’s pool.

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Make your way to Baltra Island airport for your return flight to Guayaquil where your journey comes to an end.

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Travel & Accommodation

A Taste of South America

Zesty caipirinhas, juicy steaks and fine Peruvian chocolate - you'll be tantalised by the region's favourite dishes

First Class through the Andes

Step aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train and spend two nights in luxury, discovering sights along the way

Stay Amid a Natural Wonderland

In the heart of the Galápagos Islands, award-winning Finch Bay Lodge is perfectly positioned for discovery

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family