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Ultimate Bucket List Tour for Golfers (.. and non-golfers!)

26th February – 26th March. 2019

Escorted by Newport Travel with local in-country guides/hosts

The 2019 South American Ultimate Bucket List Tour for Golfers is a new 28-day escorted tour curated by Chris and Luana at Newport Travel. (30 days with flights from Sydney – returns 28 March)

Beginning with tango in Buenos Aires Argentina and all the excitement of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the journey takes us to mystical Machu Picchu and on a traverse of the Altiplano on Peru’s new luxury sleeper train, the Andean Explorer.

After a golfing sojourn in Lima, and then at iconic Iguazu Falls, we travel down to the stunning wilderness areas of Patagonia.

Here a 3-night stay is included at the luxury award-winning eco-lodge in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile– The Explora Patagonia hotel.

The trip ends with a 5-day Chilean Fjord cruise onboard the newly-built MV Ventus Australis, and a round of golf at the most southerly golf course in the world – the par 3 Ushuaia Golf Club.

This is an epic, yet leisurely-paced, journey with active, engaging and unique experiences selectively woven into the itinerary. Although created with the golfer in mind, this tour would also appeal to those, such as photographers, who appreciate lots of “free time” integrated into a well-designed, guided tour itinerary. Non-golfers are also welcome on the tour.

Accommodation is luxury, boutique-style in stunning locations, and the golf courses are iconic and among the best in South America.

BUCKET LIST GOLF EXPERIENCES (non-golfers – free time at leisure)

  • Rio de Janeiro –the Rio Olympics golf course
  • Iguassu Falls – The newest designer golf course in South America.
  • Lima – Heritage-listed and the oldest golf course on all the Pacific Rim.
  • El Calafate – with the backdrop of the Andes Mountains at the entrance to Patagonia.
  • Ushuaia – The most southerly golf course in the world.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experience Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy the excitement of Rio during Carnival
  • Savour the culinary delights of Lima, considered the gastronomical capital of South America
  • Discover mystical Machu Picchu and the ancient Inca civilisation
  • Traverse the Peruvian Altiplano on South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer
  • Visit the communities on the floating islands of beautiful Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Inca empire.
  • Cruise up to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, one of a few glaciers in the world to be growing
  • Hike, kayak or horseback ride with the gauchos in Torres del Paine NP with a 3-night stay at the award-winning and iconic Explora Patagonia Hotel.
  • 5-day Small-ship Chilean Fjord and Cape Horn cruise on the newly-built MV Ventus Australis
  • Ride the most southern train in the world to the Tierre del Fuego National Park in Ushuaia
  • Stay in luxury boutique accommodation with mostly 3-night stays
  • Unique & bucket list experiences though-out with quality local English-speaking guides

 

Activities

Detailed Itinerary

26-28 February – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (2nts)

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires! Succumb to the charms of this cosmopolitan gateway to South America, considered the Paris of the South and home to tango and it’s different, seductive artforms.

On arrival into Buenos Aires, we will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred to our hotel for 2 nights.

Hotel:  The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires
Transport: Arrival Transfer

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a private morning tour of the highlights of Buenos Aires, with the afternoon free to explore at your leisure.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional tango show with dinner, Argentinian wines included, and return hotel to venue transfers. The show includes: Two traditional tango orchestras: The great orchestra of Juan D´Arienzo and a quintet. Two tango singers, five dancing couples, music from the Altiplano and a folkloric ballet with a show of boleadoras. 32 performers in all on stage.

Hotel:  The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

28 Feb – 3 March – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (3nts)

Day 3: Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro

After a morning at leisure in Buenos Aires we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro.

On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our Copacabana Beach hotel with the evening at leisure to soak up the Carnival atmosphere in the streets of Rio .. or simply soak in the hotel’s roof-top infinity pool overlooking Copacabana Beach.

Hotel:  Miramar by Windsor

Meals: Breakfast
Transport: Transfers and flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro

On this half-day Rio sight-seeing tour, enjoy an early morning departure to Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain to avoid the crowds and then enjoy stunning views over Guanabara Bay from Sugar Loaf Mountain. We will also see the Maracanã football stadium, the Olympic golf course and the Sambadrome, the work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and host to Rio de Janeiro's legendary Carnival celebrations.

Lunch and afternoon at leisure

Evening: Ginga Tropical - Brazilian Samba and Folklore Show with dinner

Experience the diversity of Brazil with the Carimbó, the Xaxado, the Capoeira, the Forró, the Frevo, the Lambada, the Bossa Nova and all kinds of Samba with the charm and beauty of Mulatas from Carnival.

From 8:00pm - 9:00pm, the restaurant prepares a great buffet based on Brazilian Cuisine.

At 9:00pm, enjoy a 20-min Samba Lesson - learn how to dance the Samba!

The show begins at 9:30pm - sit back and enjoy an hour and a half of Brazilian culture with a live band, singers and great dancers.

Hotel:  Miramar by Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Rio de Janeiro - golf

This morning we will be picked up from our hotel and driven to the Rio Olympic golf course located in the beautiful Barra da Tijuca, for our first round of golf. For non-golfers, time is at leisure.

This afternoon and evening, enjoy the Carnival atmosphere with street bands and entertainment around the “Marvelous City”. Your tour leader will advise you of the programme and recommendations.

Optional: Gala Ball Ticket (not included but must be pre-booked – enquire for pricing)

The Copacabana Palace spins some magic on Carnival Saturday with the most popular extravaganza, the Magic Ball. The ball is the high point of Carnival weekend with most of Rio’s affluent as well as celebrities from around the world in attendance. If glamour and sophistication is what you are looking for, the Magic Ball is the perfect solution for a great evening. Many of the who’s who in South America makes it a point to be there.

Hotel:  Miramar by Windsor
Meals: Breakfast

3 – 9 March – PERUVIAN ANDES & LAKE TITICACA, PERU (6nts)

Day 6 - Rio de Janeiro - Lima

Enjoy another beautiful day in Rio at your own leisure before your evening flight to Lima. Street bands will be bustling around the corners of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and many events will be available for you to choose from. Or grab a drink and enjoy the Corcovado mountain views from the fabulous rooftop bar for one last time.

A late check out until departure has been organized in Rio.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, the capital of mystical Peru.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Lima hotel where your golf gear will be stored for the next five days, while we explore the homelands of the ancient Inca empire by luxury rail.

Hotel: Libertador Lima

Meals: Breakfast, dinner on plane
Transport: Transfers and flight Rio to Lima

Day 7 – Lima – Cusco - Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Cusco.

We will be met on arrival at Cusco airport and transferred to the heart of the Inca Empire, Cusco for lunch at a local Picantería This will give us an opportunity to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude.

After lunch, take an optional 1.5-hour guided city walking tour starting at San Pedro Market. In Cusco, Andean and European elements have been blending for centuries to create a unique cosmopolitan culture. See how colonial Spanish architecture was built on top of Inka foundations and enjoy a private visit to Cuatro Bustos Mansion, to witness exquisite examples of mixed-culture art and architectural design.

Sight-seeing coach transfer to our Sacred Valley hotel for 2 nights

If Cusco was the heart of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley bore the arteries that fed its people. Travel through time as you journey through two important Incan archaeological complexes: Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Pisac is 33 kilometres northeast of the city of Cusco, east of the Vilcabamba Mountains. The city’s architecture features a blend of Inca and Spanish, granting it an ancient and modern feel. The main square is a palette of colour with local artisans setting up their stalls there to sell their crafts, clothing and accessories.

Ollantaytambo is one of the most spectacular sites left by the Incas, mainly because of the massive size of the stones used in its walls and its architectural layout. Archaeologists claim it was a military, religious, administrative, and agricultural centre.

Dinner at the hotel is included tonight, followed by a traditional Andean ceremony. An offering led by a local shaman, pays homage to Pachamama (Mother Earth) expressing thankfulness using a plethora of Andean elements and teaching us about uses and traditions of the Andean dweller.

Hotel:  Tambo Del Inka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport: Transfers, flight Lima to Cusco

Day 8 - Machu Picchu

It’s an early morning start today for an unforgettable Machu Picchu day-tour departing from our hotel’s private train station in Urubamba. Your schedule has been designed as follows:

  • 06:20 Meeting at the Tambo del Inka Lobby and short walk to the train station.
  • 06:50 Departure from Tambo del Inka to Aguas Calientes.
  • 09:24 Arrival at Aguas Calientes train station and meet with your guide.
  • 09:30 Bus Transfer to Machu Picchu.
  • 10:00 Machu Picchu visit.
  • 01:30 Lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
  • 02:50 Transfer to Aguas Calientes.
  • 03:48 Departure from Aguas Calientes to Tambo del Inka.
  • 06:40 Arrival at Tambo del Inka

Dinner at Inka del Tambo.

Hotel:  Tambo Del Inka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport: train and coach

Day 9 - Sacred Valley - Cusco

Morning at leisure at Inka Del Tambo

Our afternoon sightseeing transfer back to Cusco will take us on a journey of discovery through the archeological site of Moray, where it is believed the Incas performed agricultural experiments on its circular terraces. Continue on to the Maras salt mines, which the Incas used to supply the Empire with salt. The pink salt harvested here is a gourmet delicacy sought after even today.

Your evening is at leisure to enjoy Cusco.

Hotel:  Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Meals: Breakfast

Days 10-12 - Belmond Andean Explorer - Cusco – Puno – Arequipa (3 days/2 nights)

Embark on the ultimate travel adventure. Explore the Peruvian Andes and experience one of the world’s highest train routes aboard South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Belmond Andean Explorer is a luxury train that transports up to 48 passengers through Peru in peerless style, taking in natural wonders such as Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon (the world’s deepest canyon) en-route.  Peruvian Highlands route schedule:
Day 1 – Thursday 11:00 am Departure from Cusco to Puno             

  • Lunch on board
  • Visit to Raqchi
  • Tea Time
  • Sunset at La Raya
  • Dinner on board
  • Arrival to Titicaca station at night

Day 2 – Friday – Lake Titicaca

  • Sunrise at Titicaca Lake
  • Breakfast on board
  • Visit to Uros Island-Typical boat ride
  • Visit to Taquile Island:
  • Collata Beach
  • Lunch at the beach (private location)
  • Typical dance and demonstration of artisan work
  • Arrival to Titicaca Lake station in the afternoon.
  • Tea Time at the station
  • Departure to Arequipa in the afternoon
  • Dinner on board.

Day 3 – Saturday – Colca Canyon - Arequipa

  • Breakfast early morning at Lagunillas
  • Visit to Sumbay Caves
  • Station Km 99.
  • Disembarkation for Colca extension
  • Lunch on board
  • Panoramic tour in Arequipa city or transfer to the airport, late afternoon. (Approximately 04:00 pm).

Late afternoon/ early evening flight from Arequipa to Lima. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel on arrival into Lima.

Accom:  Sleeper cabin, Andean Explorer 2 nts ; Hotel Libertador Lima
Meals: 3 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner – all meals with drinks and excursions on board Andean Explorer
Transport: Luxury Sleeper Train, Transfers, fly Arequipa to Lima

9-12 March – LIMA, PERU - GOLF (3nts)

Day 13 – Lima – golf

Morning golf at the heritage-listed Lima Country Club, or at leisure for non-golfers.

Afternoon Explore the City. Discovering Barranco

Barranco is the quintessential bohemian and artistic quarter of Lima. Today, it is home to painters, musicians, poets and famous writers, including Nobel Prize writer Mario Vargas Llosa Located on the cliffs of Costa Verde facing the Pacific Ocean, this district takes pride in its magnificent architecture and rich cultural life. Here, museums, art galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants and live music offer a unique dining and nightlife experience. Enjoy the small-town atmosphere and intimacy of this neighborhood by taking a walk through its streets, taste the best Peruvian seafood lunch in a huarique, an authentic traditional restaurant; and visit some of the most prominent shops of popular and contemporary art in the city. The cherry on top, a tasting of organic coffee and chocolate in one of the best coffee houses in Lima.

Hotel: Libertador Lima
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – Lima – golf

Day at leisure in Lima or opportunity for an optional 2nd game of golf.

Hotel: Libertador Lima
Meals: Breakfast

12-15 March – IGUAZU FALLS, BRAZIL – GOLF (3nts)

Day 15 – Lima – Iguazu Falls

After breakfast at the Liberatador Lima, transfer to the airport for our flight to Iguazu Falls.

Transfer on arrival to our golf resort hotel for 3 nights in Iguazu Falls.

Hotel: Wish Iguassu Golf Resort
Meals: breakfast
Transport transfers, fly Lima to Iguazu Falls

Day 16 - Iguazu Falls

6-hr day tour: Iguassu Falls Argentinian Side with Gran Aventura

Admire fantastic views of Iguassu Falls from the Argentine side during this 8-hour tour. With your local guide, get great views of Devils Throat (Garganta do Diablo), the largest waterfall in the park. Ride in a safari truck through the dense jungle and trek the Curcuito Superior and Circuito Inferior, which take you to the edge of the falls. Take a boat ride right up close to the crashing water, and don't be afraid to get wet.

Opportunity for late afternoon golf back at the resort.

Hotel: Wish Iguassu Golf Resort
Meals: breakfast

Day 17 - Iguazu Falls - golf

Morning at leisure at the resort, play a round of golf or perhaps visit the nearby Bird Park. (optional)

Afternoon visit to Brazilian side of the falls.

Discover the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls on this half-day sightseeing tour from Foz do Iguaçu. Travel deep into Iguaçu National Park for the region's best, up-close views of Devil's Throat. Trek the Cataratas trail to view the falls from both above and below, truly getting a sense of the power and majesty of this natural wonder. Learn about the flora and fauna in the area from your local guide along the way.

Hotel: Wish Iguassu Golf Resort
Meals: breakfast

15-18 March – IGUAZU FALLS – GLACIERS NP, ARGENTINA (3nts)

Day 18 - Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires

Morning at leisure before afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Transfer to your hotel.

Optional Tango show in the evening at your hotel – Rojo Tango

Hotel:  Faena Hotel Buenos Aires. (transit 1 nt)
Meals: Breakfast
Transport: transfers, fly Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires

Day 19 - Buenos Aires - El Calafate (2nts) - golf

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate.

On arrival, transfer to your hotel, which has its own 18-hole par 3 golf course – El Pinar.

Optional afternoon golf at the resort.

Hotel:  Posada Los Alamos
Meals: Breakfast
Transport: transfers, fly Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Day 20 - El Calafate

Full day tour to Los Glacieres National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier

Visit the stunning Perito Moreno glacier on this full-day trip from El Calafate. Ride via coach to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, where you will explore the park's scenic lookouts and walkways to see the glacier from a multitude of different angles. Enjoy an hour-long boat ride along Perito Moreno's dramatic front side for additional spectacular views of the icy giant.

Hotel:  Posada Los Alamos
Meals: Breakfast

18-21 March – TORRES DEL PAINE NP PATAGONIA, CHILE

Day 21 - El Calafate to Torres del Paine

Morning at leisure with opportunity for golf at the resort

Afternoon scenic transfer to Torres del Paine National Park with border crossing into Chile (approx. 5 hrs)

Explora Patagonia 3 night Program:

Explora Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, by the shore of Lake Pehoé, and boasts privileged views of the Paine’s Massif and peaks.

It is a Chilean wilderness resort which offers a way of traveling based on in-depth exploration of the surroundings, the luxury of the essential, and sustainable  development. Your experience will be taken care from beginning to end. Programs include all explorations, including horseback riding with local gauchos, lodging, meals, open bar until 12am and transport.

There are more than 40 explorations that cover the entire park. All of them are led by Explora’s own guides or gauchos and can be selected as half day or full day, with different levels of difficulty, and either as hikes, kayaking or horseback rides.

Hotel:  Explora Patagonia
Meals: Breakfast, Snacks during transfer, Dinner
Transport: Coach transfer

Day 22 – Explora Patagonia - Torres del Paine NP

Day at leisure with choice of included optional activities

Hotel:  Explora Patagonia
Meals: all meals and excursions

Day 23 – Explora Patagonia - Torres del Paine NP

Day at leisure with choice of included optional activities

Hotel:  Explora Patagonia
Meals: all meals and excursions

21-25 March – CHILEAN FJORDS & CAPE HORN EXPEDITION CRUISE (4 nts)

Day 24 - Torres del Paine NP to Punta Arenas

Morning transfer from Torres del Paine NP to Punta Arenas for an afternoon embarkation of your cruise on board MV Ventus Australis.

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is the most prominent settlement on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile. It is located at the southern end of mainland Chile, between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on the Brunswick Peninsula.

The city centre features the imposing mansions of the sheep barons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Palacio Sara Braun and several good museums. Local custom holds that visitors who rub the foot of the Magellan statue in the central Plaza de Armas will have good luck, and return again.

Situated nearby is Fuerte Bulnes, a replica of a wooden fort from 1843 and the Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos on Isla Magdalena, where you will find a colony of 60,000 Magellanic penguins.

Accom: Outside cabin Ventus Australis
Meals: all meals and excursions
Transport: coach transfer, cruise

Day 25 – Patagonia Cruise - Ainsworth Bay, Tucker Islet, Chile

Ainsworth Bay

Ainsworth Bay and Tucker island are located in the Tierra del Fuego region of Chile. Ainsworth bay is a coastal inlet fed by the meltwater of Marinelli Glacier. It is accessed via the Straits of Magellan and the Admiralty Fjord. The Marinelli Glacier is in a state of retreat.

Tucker island is located in Ainsworth Bay. It is a very small point of land which is the nesting ground for penguins and cormorants. It is an environmentally sensitive area with limited access to tourists.

Accom: Outside cabin Ventus Australis
Meals: all meals and excursions

Day 26 – Patagonia Cruise – Chilean Fjords

Great glaciers can be seen shining white and vivid blue in the summer sun, calving with a thundering roar into the sea. These waters are abundant with wildlife including whales, dolphins, seals and albatross.

Accom: Outside cabin Ventus Australis
Meals: all meals and excursions

Day 27 – Patagonia Cruise - Cape Horn

Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago 73,753 km2 (28,476 sq mi) off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan. The archipelago consists of a main island (Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, and a group of smaller islands). The main island is separated between Argentina and Chile.

Tierra Del Fuego island is situated at the point where two of the world's major oceans meet, and is consequently stormy for much of the year. The region combines a vast array of natural elements, including mountains, the sea, glaciers and forests. The town of Puerto Williams is located on the southern edge of the Beagle Channel, and is the southernmost town in the world.

Accom: Outside cabin Ventus Australis
Meals: all meals and excursions

25-26 March – USHAIA (1nt) – golf

Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to your Ushaia hotel.

Your day is at leisure to visit the town’s museum, play a round of golf at the world’s most southerly hotel or perhaps take a ride into Tierra del Fuego NP on the world’s most southerly train.

Optional: The End of the World Train Admission Ticket.

Travel to Tierra del Fuego National Park aboard the heritage End of the World train for a scenic and historical trip to Argentina’s only coastal national park. The rail line follows the route of the original convict train that ran in Ushuaia from 1910 to 1947. Learn about the history of the region as you take in a remote landscape dotted with rivers, waterfalls, forest and mountains.

End of tour dinner at our hotel, Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

Hotel: Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transport: cruise to hotel transfer

Day 28 – USHAIA , ARGENTINA - END OF TOUR

Our tour ends in Ushaia after breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Please enquire about post-tour arrangements in Ushaia, extending your tour in South America or arrangements to fly home.

Contact Luana at Newport Travel for further information on 9997 1277

or email luana@newporttravel.com.au

 

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