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24 Day Best of South America with Cuba

APT Tour starting in Santiago and finishing in Havana

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 24 Day Best of South America with Cuba. Let APT take you to the heart of South America before a four-night discovery of Cuba. Immerse yourself in Havana's wondrous air of faded glory with a ride in a classic American car and explore the lush tobacco-growing Pinar del Rio...read more


Operator: APT
Type: Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 28
Duration: 24 Days
From: Santiago to Havana
Tour Code: ISCU24
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Cuba
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Day By Day


Arrive Santiago (Chile)

Welcome to Santiago for the start of your enthralling adventure. The Chilean capital boasts one of the world's most incredible settings, situated in the Santiago basin and spectacularly flanked to the east by the snow-capped Andes mountain range. This afternoon, explore the city's iconic landmarks on a guided tour, before enjoying a Welcome Reception in the evening. Stay Two Nights: The Singular Santiago

Santiago, Freedom of Choice

Today, you have a choice of two sightseeing options, both of which include a delicious lunch. You might like to travel to the picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso. Here, embark on a tour of the World Heritage-listed Historic Quarter and, on a funicular ride, treasure views of the colourful buildings below. Alternatively, learn about the history of Chilean wine during a tour and tasting of aged wines amid the beautiful setting of Santa Rita winery. (B/L)

Santiago, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Fly to the lively Argentinian capital. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the fashionable Recoleta barrio (district) of Buenos Aires. At your hotel, discover Argentina's national dance during a tango lesson, before indulging in a delicious selection of tapas. Stay Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel (B)

Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice

Step out and discover Buenos Aires today. Your tour begins with a visit to the Avenida de Mayo, an avenue connecting with the city's main downtown square, the Plaza de Mayo. You'll also see Government House, made famous when Evita Perón stood on the balcony - a key moment in Argentinian political history. Next, enjoy coffee and a snack at the iconic Café Tortoni, a literati coffeehouse established in 1858. Later, explore the barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses and charming pedestrian street, the Caminito. Continue on past the parks and tree-lined streets of Palermo and see La Recoleta Cemetery. Tonight, choose where to dine from one of three venues. Perhaps you'd like to learn the art of empanada making while feasting on an array of tasty Argentinian dishes during an interactive dinner party. You might prefer a relaxed evening at Fervor, a traditional Argentinian steak restaurant. Or, dinner and a tango show may be more your style. (B/D)

Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice

Choose from three activities today. Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. You may like to explore the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires during a walking tour, or perhaps visit Teatro Colón to absorb the ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to experience this proud city. (B)

Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Fly to one of the world's most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by mountains and drenched with white-sand beaches, the Carnival capital is known to be the beating heart of Brazil. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach. Stay Three Nights: Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Palace (B)

Rio de Janeiro

Today is sure to be a highlight as you make your way to Corcovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. At sunset, ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, stopping mid-way to enjoy a caipirinha while you admire the sweeping view. Return to ground level and spend the evening dining on a delicious Brazilian BBQ. (B/D)

Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of Choice

This morning, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas - the Brazilian term for shanty town. Alternatively, set out on a colonial tour of the city. Or, perhaps enjoy a Jeep tour taking you deep into Tijuca Forest, past waterfalls and fragrant tropical fruit trees. Later, the evening is yours to spend at leisure, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience Rio de Janeiro's vibrant nightlife. (B)

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Freedom of Choice

Board your flight to Iguassu Falls, an impressive series of waterfalls that straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil. You may wish to step aboard a boat ride safari and take in the breathtaking spectacle of Iguassu Falls from beneath the thundering cascades. Alternatively, embark on an awe-inspiring helicopter ride over the falls. Tonight, dine at the Ipê Grill within your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Iguassu Falls, Hotel das Cataratas (B/D)

Iguassu Falls

Today you'll spend some time exploring World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side of the falls. You'll also ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through the forest to a series of walkways and viewing points. (B)

Iguassu Falls, Lima (Peru)

Visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, set just outside the national park. Walk through the giant aviaries and see a range of exotic bird species including the iconic toucan. Tonight, fly to Lima, the country's capital, for the starting point of your Peruvian discovery. Stay Two Nights: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms (B)


Discover the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima on a guided tour. Known as the 'City of Kings', here you'll see one of the best preserved monasteries in the city, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and experience an artful combination of lively local culture and colonial monuments. Afterwards, a visit to a private hacienda will showcase regional traditions. Arrive to the upbeat rhythms of live music and dance, before enjoying lunch and an elegant Peruvian Paso horse show. (B/L)

Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred Valley

Board a flight to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. On arrival, travel through the city by coach on the way to Chincheros, set high in the Andes. To the locals of the Andean highlands in Peru, weaving is an important way for preserving ancient traditions. During a traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created. Later, settle in to your hotel overlooking a river in the Sacred Valley. Stay Three Nights: Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection by Starwood (B)

Sacred Valley, Freedom of Choice

With a leisurely start to the day perhaps explore your picturesque surrounds via one of the hotel's walking trails. This afternoon, you may select from two activities that showcase the traditions and culture of the local region. You may like to taste a range of local, handcrafted microbrews at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. Alternatively, tour the workshops at a local ceramics studio where you'll meet the owner and learn how the artisans utilise ancient techniques to create beautiful ceramics and pottery. (B/D)

Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray

This morning, witness the dazzling sight of the Maras salt mines, where thousands of glistening salt pools spill over the side of a terraced slope. Venture down the steps to watch local families tend to the pools and learn how salt has been continually harvested from this site since the Inca Empire. Your next stop is the Moray archaeological site, a fascinating collection of ancient terraced fields which were likely used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. Descending to a depth of around 150 metres, the site resembles that of an ancient Roman amphitheatre. Here, enjoy enchanting views over the terraces during lunch at El Parador de Moray. (B/L)

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Board PeruRail's Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape outside your large windows as you travel to Machu Picchu, located more than 2,400 metres above sea level. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a locally guided tour of the iconic Lost City of the Incas. This ancient Inca citadel remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911. Today, it is one of the most famous World Heritage-listed sites. Stay: Machu Picchu, Sumaq Hotel (B/D)

Machu Picchu, Cusco

As you wake this morning, you'll realise how close you are to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have the opportunity to beat the morning rush and return to experience the site in its true serenity at your own pace. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your hotel. This afternoon, board PeruRail's Vistadome train for your return trip from Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco. Aboard your train, you'll watch the picturesque mountain scenery glide by. On arrival in Cusco, check in to your hotel and absorb the Spanish colonial charm. Stay Two Nights: Cusco, JW Marriott Hotel (B/D)

Cusco, Lake Titicaca

A guided walking tour through Cusco this morning will take you to the stunning square in the city's historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. For lunch today, you may choose from three superb restaurants. Perhaps head to Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; enjoy Italian cuisine at Incanto; or choose a fine dining experience as you savour an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café. This evening's Farewell Drinks offer the chance to swap stories with your fellow travellers before you depart the tour. (B/L)

Cusco, Lima

Fly back to Lima. Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Ocean View Rooms (B)

Cusco, Lima, Havana (Cuba)

Fly to Havana today, the illustrious capital of Cuba. The city is known for its rich history, lively music, grand architecture, famous cigars, sweet cocktails and of course, classic old American cars. Be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you'll enjoy a welcome cocktail. Savour a special dinner at a local paladar this evening. Stay Four Nights: Havana, Hotel Iberostar Park Central (B/D)


Ride in a classic American car and feel the rhythm of the city during a guided tour. Visit some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the Malecón seawall promenade, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous Colon Cemetery. Later, explore Old Havana on foot. Visit Cathedral Square, San Francisco de Asis Square and the magnificent Arms Square. All the while, delight in the street theatre and commotion of everyday life along Havana's busy walkways - often the ultimate highlight. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before spending the afternoon at leisure. (B/L)

Havana, Freedom of Choice

Discover a different side to Cuba on your selected activity. On a Hemingway tour, follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway throughout Havana. Visit the author's house at Finca de la Vigia, the fishing port of Cojimar and some of his favourite hangouts, including the La Floridita bars, where the mojito and daiquiri cocktails began their journey of conquest. Perhaps embark on an Afro-Cuban heritage tour and discover the renowned Callejon de Hamel, where the Cuban artist fraternity congregate. Or, take a fun salsa lesson. (B/L)


After a day of independent discovery, you'll enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner. Experience the retro atmosphere and soulful music of a Cuban jazz club, showcasing Cuba's talented all-star musicians. (B/D)

Depart Havana

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a tango lesson and tapas at the Alvear Palace Hotel
  • Visit the iconic Café Tortoni for coffee in Buenos Aires
  • Savour a sunset cocktail at the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Enjoy lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show at a private hacienda in Lima
  • See traditional weaving in the Sacred Valley town of Chincheros
  • Admire the stunning network of salt pools in Maras before lunch overlooking the Moray terraces
  • Option to trek eight hours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Delight in a jazz show in Havana 

Included Experiences

  • All flights within South America and Cuba
  • The services of dedicated APT Tour Directors throughout your journey
  • Expert local guides in most locations
  • All tipping and porterage

Fine Dining

  • Includes 37 Meals - Enjoy 23 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Two nights at The Singular Santiago, in the historic area of Lastarria
  • Three nights at the grand Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Three nights at Rio de Janeiro's lavish Copacabana Palace
  • Two nights alongside stunning Iguassu Falls at Hotel das Cataratas
  • A total of three nights in Ocean View Rooms at Lima's stunning JW Marriott Hotel
  • Three nights in the Sacred Valley at the refined Tambo del Inka
  • Four nights at Hotel Iberostar Park Central in the heart of Havana

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • A surcharge will apply if not flying with LATAM Airlines from Australia
  • Taxes are subject to change
  • Prices are for land and all flights within South America and Cuba as well as air taxes

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