From the backstreet parillas and late night tango shows of the Argentine capital to the favelas that tumble down Rio’s mountain setting, Argentina and Brazil are two countries that dance to an altogether different beat. Starting in Buenos Aires, this tailor-made trip will showcase highlights both urban and natural, taking you on a journey through the Andes-framed vineyards of Mendoza – a colonial gem synonymous with malbec – and on to Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. End with a stay in the city of Carnival, where that iconic statue forever gazes down onto a melting pot of samba street parties and Ipanema’s famous golden sands.
Your luxury holiday begins with premium lounge access before take off. An overnight flight takes you to the Argentina capital.
Arriving in Buenos Aires on day two, a private transfer will bring you to your luxury hotel, a masterpiece of French classicism in capital's exclusive Recoleta district. Then, on your first full day, you’ll be introduced to the city's highlights on a private half-day tour, calling in at Recoleta’s iconic cemetery, colourful La Boca and the fabled Café Tortoni. In the evening, with an included tango show and dinner, you'll be treated to the Latin rhythms that define this energetic city's outlook. Sip champagne and enjoy a gourmet three-course meal as world-class performers dance to the infectious beat of a live quintet of some of the city's finest musicians. It's all wrapped up in the velvet-clad cabaret hall of the famous Faena Hotel.
Fly from the capital to Mendoza. Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Andes, this is a region famed for its wine production, best showcased in rich malbecs and fruity tempranillos. Based at the ever-so-stylish Entre Cielos – a hotel with its own spa, gourmet restaurant and vineyard – you’ll have three days to independently explore this wine-lovers' paradise where imposing mountain landscapes provide a stunning backdrop to boutique estates some 1,400 metres above sea level. Taste your way through the region's best wines, perhaps enjoying an optional tour of the Uco Valley's most recognised estates together with a delicious vineyard lunch.
On day eight, you’ll fly to the mighty Iguazú Falls on the Brazil–Argentine border, ready to explore it all over the next two days of included private touring. The terracotta roofs and whitewashed walls of your luxury hotel are tucked away on the Brazilian side of the falls among tennis courts, swimming pools and an impossibly green toucan-filled jungle. It’s the only hotel in the national park itself, and the perfect base for boardwalk strolls that bring you to plunging gorges and panoramic viewpoints. On day nine, a 4WD will take you further into the rainforest on the Argentine side, and to a river cruise that will bring you right up to the falls’ spray.
Today's private tour takes in the Brazilian side of the falls for a more comprehensive overlook and the chance to capture that iconic panorama. However, for the best in aerial views, we highly recommend a helicopter flight to take in the falls and their jungle surrounds from above. You’ll then fly to Rio for a private transfer to your luxury Copacabana hotel with its art-deco exterior and sweeping beach views.
Stay: Belmond Copacabana Palace
On your first full day in Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’, you’ll visit one of Rio’s most iconic sights – Christ the Redeemer – on a private city tour. A cog train will bring you to its 2,300-foot-high perch, where its watchful gaze looks out over the entire city. The next day, you’ll join your private tour guide and head to Sugar Loaf Mountain where cable cars summit its domed protrusion to yet more picturesque cityscapes of Rio’s beaches and islands. In the evening, you’ll be treated to an included traditional barbecue dinner and a theatre performance that demonstrates how modern Brazilian dance developed from indigenous and African roots.
Stay: Belmond Copacabana Palace
Take a private transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
"This is a fantastic combination of two of the most popular countries on anyone’s Latin America bucket list. I love Buenos Aires for its beautiful architecture and fantastic lifestyle, music and food, while I adore Rio for its sunshine and the most awe-inspiring location one can imagine. I recommend complementing the holiday with wine tasting in Mendoza and a visit to Iguazú Falls, one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature"
Low Season from: £5,850 pp
High Season from: £6,245 pp