Destination: South America

Companions fly free on APT’s 2012 itineraries*

APT is launching its new South America 2012 brochure with a companion fly-free deal for every itinerary on bookings made before 30 June 2011. This represents savings of up to $3735 per couple.

A 21-day The Very Best of South America escorted tour is the backbone of APT’s new small-group journeys which are restricted to a maximum of 24 passengers. Travellers can add Chilean fiord cruises, Patagonian lakes, Galapagos Island cruises, an Amazon lodge, Patagonian fiords, Rio Carnival or Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro city stays to create a itineraries ranging from 24 to 31 days.

The Very Best of South America is priced from $11,995 per person twin-share. There are nine departures between April and November next year for this luxury escorted coach tour which explores the cities and ancient sights of Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Chile.

The price includes touring, accommodation, 39 meals, flights within South America, local arrival and departure transfers, port charges and all tipping, Freedom of Choice Touring and Dining, APT Tour Director and local guides.

Among the highlights are exploring Buenos Aires, full-day excursion to Uruguay’s oldest town, Iguassu Falls including jet boat ride, discovering Rio de Janeiro (including Corcovado, Sugarloaf mountain at sunset, Copacabana beach, and the amazing local culture and dining), two days exploring Santiago and its neighbouring wine regions, Cusco high in the Andes, a local hand-weaving demonstration, riding PeruRail’s Vistadome train to the lost Inca City of Machu Picchu, onboard the Orient Express’ Hiram Bingham train for a luxurious rail journey and sumptuous four course dinner, and riding the Orient Express Andean Explorer in first-class to Lake Titicaca.

Contact: phone 1300 229 804, visit www.aptouring.com.au, or see your local travel agent

*Based on media release issued by APT

Above: Rio de Janeiro.

Below: Patagonia.