(Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls)
(Rio de Janeiro)
Be taken away with the beauty and the culture that is Argentina and Brazil. A private guided tour of Buenos Aires will allow you to appreciate its amazing history and European style. A tour of the Tigre Delta is the perfect way to view the marshlands and various small islands that it has to offer. Next fly to Mendoza to soak in the local culture & explore the city's highlights. From grape to bottle, you’ll receive an intimate look into the winemaking process as you visit the vineyards & celebrated wineries of Andeluna Cellers, Bodega Salentein, Ruca Malen, Belasco de Baquedano & Bodega Catena Zapata. Taste world renowned Merlots, Syrahs, Lambecs, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Semillions, Torrontes, & the region's famous Malbecs, flavours enhanced by the breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. Then fly to Iguazu Falls- famous for its grand size and beauty. Here, you will have the chance to visit the Argentine side, and then make your way over to the Brazilian side for a completely different view. From here, you will fly to Rio de Janeiro. A private guided walking tour of the city will allow you to get more acquainted with your surroundings. A must see is a trip to Corcovado and Sugarloaf with a stop to visit the famous Christ statue- the views from up here go on forever! Enjoy some time at leisure for you to explore this amazing area on your own, or head to the beach, relax and soak up the sun. A Samba show with local barbeque dinner is a great way to end your tour.
With 24/7 local support, private transfers and tours and first class accommodations throughout your trip, you are sure to have a memorable experience!
Note: A valid passport is required for all American or Canadians citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country. For other nationalities it is the traveler's responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil and its consulates for up-to-date information.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card. Travellers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can pay the reciprocity fee before entering Argentina by accessing the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.
How can I pay the Reciprocity Fee Online?
1.Register at www.provinciapagos.com.ar and obtain an entry code. 2.Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM. 3.After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4.Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt. 5.The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Subject to change without notice.
Meet your private guide and transportation at your hotel for a half-day tour of Buenos Aires including its ancient passages. The recently discovered ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Depart for Plaza de Mayo, the city’s founding site and genuine starting point of Buenos Aires’ urban development. Next is trendy San Telmo, a former enclave for local aristocracy. In San Telmo you’ll get to visit one of the recently unearthed ancient subterranean tunnels, a part of a 3,000 sqm. labyrinth below the streets of San Telmo, made up of a long corridor with vaulted ceilings and display cabinets exhibiting many items and utensils recovered during the excavation. From ancient times, many myths have been created around the tunnels: people said they witnessed secret encounters, disappearances, murders or even political conspiracies.
Other areas that are included in your tour include La Boca, (which was strongly shaped by the working class Italian immigrants, with its make shift houses made from scrap materials found in local shipyards), Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires’ latest and most sophisticated neighborhood, and La Recoleta, where a short stop is made at the gorgeous Plaza San Martín, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, (the city’s second oldest church), and the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, an imposing labyrinth of ornate graves and mausoleums where some of the most important characters of Argentina’s political and cultural life (including Eva Peron) are buried. The last stop on the tour is at the area known as Palermo Woods. Next to the woods lie the splendid palaces built by the wealthy classes in the early 20th century to rival with Paris. After having gained deep insight in this culturally rich city, you will be returned to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day private tour exploring the lower delta of the Paraná River with your own English speaking guide. The Coastal Train leaves the northern side of the city and passes into Buenos Aires, where we will see the city’s largest and most expensive homes, including the Presidential Major House. Mouth-dropping mansions, architecture, and wealth showcase the success of some of the country’s biggest movers and shakers, as we pass the shores of the Rio de la Plata where some homes have been constructed over the past century. We’ll visit the San Isidro station and its nearby shopping center. Only 30 km from the Federal Capital, the city of Tigre is the starting point to understanding the Lower Delta of the Paraná River, where a group of islands and streams open up like a fan. The complex river branches have formed attractive natural scenery and environmental landscape frequented by local creatures, and one is left speechless by the ruggedness. Approximately 4 hours are spent on this trip, which shares a few significant and breathtaking sides of Argentina.
"Rojo Tango” is an invitation to live and feel the tango intensely. It is an embracing and sophisticated show to experience the pleasure of the tango up to its most minimum details, its harmonic melodies, its rhythm and the feelings and colors coming to live in the dance. Witness a professional performance, offered to a reduced audience. Rojo Tango show takes care of every little detail so that you can experience the essence of Tango. Dancers wear unique costumes, a result of thorough research and an updated innovation in fabrics, embroideries and colors. The hairdos are visually important and match every detail of the costumes and dance. The special lighting enhances the dance's different nuances. Enjoy a fantastic dinner as you see the show.Return to your hotel afterwards.
Depart from the illustrious Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Pink House, truly the President’s office (he works but doesn’t live there); the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You will then head for San Telmo, once the residential district chosen by the primitive Buenos Aires aristocracy, where you will visit San Telmo’s lovely cobbled streets, stopping by Plaza Dorrego, one of the most traditional spots. On weekends, an antique fair takes place in this square, where you can purchase anything from art and antiques to old magazines and records. The next stop is at Avenida de Mayo, a Paris-inspired boulevard that opened to the public in 1894.
The port district of La Boca is one of the city’s most characteristic spots. In La Boca, stop by the mythical Caminito Street, an outdoors museum dedicated to tango and soccer. Leaving La Boca behind, pay a visit to Puerto Madero, a rather contrasting port district. Puerto Madero is nowadays Buenos Aires’ most modern and sophisticated area, and the spearhead of an urban renovation project started in 1991 with the revamping of a series of huge warehouses and silos.
Next, head for Retiro, where you will observe the splendid Plaza San Martin, and once in Recoleta, visit Avenida Alvear, where one can find the top designer houses in the world. In Plaza Francia, visit the Colonial Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the second oldest in town. Next to it we find the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, where many of the greatest personalities in Argentine history are buried, Eva Perón included. Finally, head for Palermo, one of the city’s most proteic neighborhoods. There, first visit Palermo Chico, similar in its spirit to Recoleta. Then visit Belgrano, one of the loveliest residential neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. There, you will see the Barrancas de Belgrano, a beautiful, lush park built on a series of slopes, the exotic Barrio Chino (Chinatown), which is located a few blocks away, and the Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, popularly known as “the round church” because of its Renaissance-style shape. Ending your visit, you will head for the Costanera Norte (Northern Promenade), where you will see a different view of the river. Lunch is included in this tour.
Enjoy your time at Leisure in Buenos Aires with some optional activities including: Cafes of Buenos Aires, which will focus on 4 of the city`s remarkable cafes. During the tour you will have the chance to experience traditional Porteño habit of getting together at a coffee shop. Another option is the Argentine literature tour, with a special focus on Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina`s most famed writer. Some other options include: Churches of Buenos Aires, Argentina Flavors, Wine Tasting, Buenos Aires by Night, Buenos Aires Architecture, Jewish Buenos Aires, and lastly a Helicopter Tour (3 options available). Please note that these tours are available at an additional cost.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Flight subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 2 hour.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide .
Enjoy a private panoramic city tour of Mendoza with your own vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide. Travel through city streets, mixing in the history and culture of the people who transformed this desert into a thriving oasis. Begin the tour at the historical site, where in 1561 Don Pedro del Castillo founded the city; The Plaza and the Museo del Área Fundacional (including the Jesuit ruins). Continue on to the main square, which is surrounded by the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Francis. Visit both Independencia and Spain Plaza and later journey to the prestigious Emilio Civit street; a residential area that leads to General San Martin Park. This well known park is over 370 hectares in size and is considered the heart of the city. Enter through the famous gates, the horses of Marly, Rosedal and Lake until we reach the Cerro de la Gloria, where the Monument to San Martín and his army is located. Finish up the tour with a visit to Challao. The Virgin of Lourdes alongside spectacular views of the Mendocinian Mountains will leave a lasting impression of this beautiful city.
Approximately 60 minutes south of the city of Mendoza, the Uco Valley encompasses the highest altitude Argentine vineyards (averaging between 900 and 1200 meters above sea level). Known especially for Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon, and Torrontes production. Its striking natural setting - below a stretch of the Andes that includes the 6,800 meter Mount Tupungato. The valley's dry weather and the wide thermal amplitude between day and night have created its distinctive microclimates that result in wines that are rich in color and ideal for aging. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Andes as you are swept up in the tradition of the Old World and the excitement of the New World. Discover the unique characteristics of Tupungato's terroir and the secrets of more than 125 years of winemaking tradition.
Andeluna Cellars winery and vineyard is located in the Andes Foothills. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the classic architecture of the winery is surrounded by prime vineyards and magnificent views of the Andes Mountains. These beautiful surroundings create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy award winning wines.
Continue to Bodega Salentein where grand productions meet high style. Designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross. The Bodega's two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system. The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheatre and was inspired by ancient classical temples.
Enjoy lunch at either Salentein or Andeluna winery (to be confirmed upon booking, depending on availability)
Enjoy a full day exclusive tour to three of the most important wineries of the region, Bodega Catena Zapata, Ruca Malen Winery and Belasco de Baquedano Winery.
Bodega Catena Zapata is widely recognized for its revolutionary owner and wine-maker Nicolás Catena. He is known for introducing to the international wine community the true potential and quality of the Mendoza terrain. Argentina produces world-class wines, thanks to the Malbec grape in general and the wines of Nicolás Catena in particular.
Continue on a private visit to Bodega Ruca Malen, exclusively focused on making wines of excellence, based on their knowledge and above all, their passion for winemaking. The bodega visit will take you from the vineyards and sorting machines to the fermentation and aging rooms, offering an intimate glimpse into the wine making process from grape to bottle.
For a broader knowledge of the different aromas found in wine enjoy a tour of Belasco de Baquedano Winery and experience its great “hall of aromas”, which tells you about the different types of aromas existing in wine: primary aromas (those that characterize the grape variety), secondary aromas (the ones released during fermentation and its transformation into wine) and tertiary aromas (produced through aging in barrel and/or bottle).
Enjoy a delicious lunch at either Ruca Malen or Belasco de Baquedano Winery, the choice is yours.
Flight from Mendoza to Iguazu Falls via Salta.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and Iguazu in the company of an English-speaking guide, and a private vehicle with a professional driver.
Experience the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls from Misiones, the area which borders Brazil. After being picked up by your English-speaking guide and private vehicle, you will be transferred to Iguassu Park to take a train to the walkways. Marvel at the Iguassu Falls as you make your way along the path system. Stop by "Devil's Throat" and get up close to the falls. At the end of the tour you will return to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day private guided tour to explore the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls. You will be picked up at your hotel and be driver over to the Brazilian National Park side of the falls, passing the Brazilian boarder. You will have the opportunity to look at some authentic Brazilian hand-made crafts, before starting the short drive through a subtropical, lush jungle growing spectacular palm trees and lianas, to the start of the Iguazu Falls Walk. When you arrive at the beginning of the path, take some time to marvel at the panoramic view of the enormous Iguazú Falls emerging in front of you, conveying their spectacular magnificence. Your personal guide will take you to the 1,200 meters long footbridge to order to experience this natural wonder from a different perspective. You will discover that these falls, although they belong to Argentina, can only be seen from the Brazilian side. Take a panoramic elevator to get an even more impressive sight of the Iguazú Falls. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
NOTE: A Brazilian Visa is required for all travelers wishing to enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls tour - this visa is the traveler's responsibility.
Consider doing an hour and a half boat safari combining river navigation and jungle safari. After a 12km drive in a 4x4 vehicle into the jungle, learn about the wildlife of the area, before reaching "Port Macuco". From there, you can continue by powerful zodiac speedboats, 12km up river passing through the white waters of the lower Iguazu River and into the Devil's Throat canyon. You will also visit the "San Martin" and the "Tres Mosqueteros" falls to experience the force of nature. Stop for a quick and refreshing "shower" underneath it. Alternatively, enjoy a 2 hour tour encompassing a short ride in a 4x4, a short walk in the forest, and a ride on inflatable boats which will take you out to bask in the grandeur of the Iguazu Falls, at an unbelievable proximity to its base. Experienced pilots' maneuver in the midst of the misty Falls. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if either of these activities is of interest.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
Fly from Foz do Iguacu directly to Rio de Janeiro. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Enjoy a private guided walking tour in the historical downtown of Rio de Janeiro, visiting the São Bento Monastery (est. 1590), Candelária Church (est. 1630), the Imperial Square, the Tiradentes Palace, the Cinelandia Square with its Municipal Theatre, National Library and the Belas Artes Museum, among other modern buildings. Absorb the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio as regaled by your expert guide.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with your own vehicle, professional driver and English speaking guide visiting Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, you can enjoy a Panoramic city tour by car, passing by the main monuments such as Sambódromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square with its Municipal Theatre, National Library and the Fine Art Museum, to name but a few. Arriving at the Sugar Loaf, you can take a cable car to get to the summit where you will have one of the most fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. From here, the stop on the tour is Cosme Velho district, a traditional neighborhood in the Southern part of Rio de Janeiro which houses the picturesque Largo do Boticário - a small square enclosed by several neo-colonial style houses, built in the 1920s. (The houses were constructed using materials from much older buildings in the city's Centro district which had been demolished). Here, you can take a train up to the Corcovado Mountain, through the Atlantic rainforests of Tijuca to see the famous Christ The Redeemer statue and admire the fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro below. Before returning to the hotel, you will be taken for a visit to São Conrado beach to observe the famous hang gliders flying over the beach. You will no doubt enjoy the hosted lunch stop during the day and at day's end, having seen all of the sights; you will be brought back to your hotel.
Today take the time to enjoy the city of Rio de Janeiro by maybe spending time at the beach, sipping on fruit juices or walking along its streets.
There are also plenty of options for half and full day tours in and around Rio de Janeiro. Consider tours focusing on the modern and historical aspects of the city, the botanical gardens or a visit to one of the biggest slums in the world with approximately 150.000 inhabitants.
If you prefer to be outdoors, enjoy a half day zodiac boat ride of the Guanabara Bay to Cagarras Archipel passing in front of all the famous beaches like Botafogo where Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema are located. A day spent cruising on the Azure waters is another option. For a more cultural experience, consider a guided tour of Petrópolis, located on the mountains of the Atlantic Mountain Range where you can visit the Imperial Museum, residence of the Imperator D. Pedro II. Additionaly, you can visit the Cathedral, and the Christal Palace. All of these options are available on a private basis, and some are offered on a shared basis. Please contact one your Sales Consultant if any of these are of interest to you.
Experience Rio at night. The "Rio Scenarium" is a show house that rises as a differential in the cultural nightlife scenario of Rio de Janeiro. Located at the most typical bohemian neighborhood of the city, the Lapa, the "Rio Scenarium" encourages the preservation of the old houses in the neighborhood, and intends with its artistic program to spread and rescue the best musical traditions and attract new audiences. The "Rio Scenarium" creates a pleasant and cozy environment, allied to the charm of the beautiful manors of old Rio. Always maintaing high standards of traditional Brazilian music, this is by far the best bet for any travelers wanting to experience just that.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
Sofitel Buenos Aires is considered one of the finest hotels in the city, it is a testament to hospitality and style. The 144 rooms are decked in rich textiles, and carefully planned color schemes set the atmosphere of delicious Argentinean and international taste at their best. The hotel is located in Recoleta, an exclusive area of the city, with plenty of sights and eateries nearby. However, you may well opt to dine in the hotel restaurant and bask in the flavors and surprises that the chefs successfully explore. If you can tear yourself away from this haven, be sure to watch a tango show and visit the numerous art galleries nearby.
Welcome to a land of sunshine and fine wine. Entre Cielos lies in the beautiful Mendoza region in the foothills of the Andes. The hotel's modern design creates an elegant, poetic environment, respectfully integrated into the magnificent Argentinian landscape. Your senses will be stimulated to fully relax and recharge the body and soul. Entre Cielos has 16 individually designed luxury rooms including a floating wine loft above the vineyard. The land surrounding the hotel produces the world’s finest Malbec wines and you can celebrate and enjoy wine any and every moment. Entre Cielos provides a unique combination of experiences, paired with impeccable service and a touch of Swiss style, that ensures every stay is unforgettable.
Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel is an impressive 5 Star Hotel in the middle of the subtropical jungle and only fifteen minutes from Iguazu Falls. Surrounded by great trees, outstanding vegetation and wildlife it is situated over the left side of the river Iguazu, only five Kilometers from Puerto Iguazu city center. The Hotel has direct access to the river though its own deck. Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel features rooms with amazing views of the jungle. Technology and a tranquil ambiance will make your stay an unforgettable experience. The hotel offers a deluxe range of guest rooms and luxurious suites with a wealth of amenities. Each room has individual temperature control, Internet access and full audio and visual equipment upon request.
Considered one of the top hotels in Rio de Janeiro, the Sofitel has a prime seat on Copacabana Beach. The 388 rooms are immaculately kept, each possessing a contemporary allure and sharp decor. Take advantage of the extensive room facilities, including plasma cable TV, DVD players, and high speed Internet. Feast on an endless choice of cuisine and dining styles, from bar settings to French gourmet cuisine. Fusions of flavors will keep you coming back for more. Later, stop by any of the bars and mingle with other guests, or make use of the 2 pools, gym, and 2 saunas on site.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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