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									                     SOUTH AMERICAN CULTURAL TOUR
                           Hosted by Andy Karzas, April 2006




DAY 1, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19                                                DEPARTURE FROM CHICAGO


Depart Chicago at 5:15 p.m. on your overnight flight to Santiago, Chile (via Dallas).


DAY 2, THURSDAY APRIL 20                                                            SANTIAGO, CHILE


Early morning arrival in Santiago. Transfer to the Ritz-Carlton where early check-in has been
arranged. Offering sweeping views of the Andes and an unparalleled level of service, this
luxuriously furnished hotel offers the perfect welcome to Chile’s premier city. Relax this morning,
then meet your Guide, Hugo Alarcon, in the early afternoon for a city tour.

Start by visiting San Cristóbal Hill for an impressive panoramic view of the city, nestled in the
valley of the Andes. Next, visit La Moneda, the Presidential Palace. Just a few blocks away is
the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square.

Return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner in the early evening.
RITZ-CARLTON                                                                                  (D)



                                   DAY 3, FRIDAY APRIL 21                                SANTIAGO


                                   Today your Guide will show you some of the most important
                                   and interesting museums of Santiago. Visit the Bellas Artes
                                   Museum, containing one of the world’s most important
                                   collections of Chilean art.

                                   Lunch will be served at the Sommelier Restaurant, located
in the colorful Bellavista area.
In the afternoon you will visit the Dominicos Handicrafts Market, boasting the best quality
products anywhere in Santiago. Typical buys include items made from wood, copper and wool.
There is also a fine selection of ceramics, leather goods, and silver jewelry.

This evening you will attend a program of Mozart and Schubert performed by the Santiago
Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Municipal.
RITZ-CARLTON                                                                      (B, L)




DAY 4, SATURDAY APRIL 22                                                SANTIAGO / WINE COUNTRY


Relax this morning as you drive toward the coast to see the lovely seaside home of famous poet
Pablo Neruda located in Isla Negra.

Lunch today will be in the small town of Algarrobo at Muelle Restaurant where a delicious
meal will be served accompanied by a beautiful view of the sea.

Leave the coast and journey into the Chilean countryside. Nestled among poplar-lined fields and
rolling hills lies one of Chile’s most unique boutique properties, the elegant Hacienda Los
Lingues, your home for the next two nights. This historic estate has stayed in the same family
for 4 centuries. Guest rooms feature antique armoires and tables, iron bed frames with
crocheted bedspreads, ancestral family photos, and fresh flowers. Hermès amenities grace the
bathrooms.

Join the group for a welcome cocktail and dinner at the Hacienda.
HACIENDA LOS LINGUES                                                                  (B, L, D)


DAY 5, SUNDAY APRIL 23                                                              WINE COUNTRY

The morning will be at leisure. For anyone interested, horseback riding can be arranged.

Depart the Hacienda in the late morning for a drive through the countryside to the Viu Manent
Vineyard for lunch. Afterwards, take a tour of the vineyard by horse-drawn carriage, providing
a brief introduction to the winemaking process.

Visit the Museum of Colchagua, a private collection of valuable historical objects, many unique
in Chile. Then return to Los Lingues to rest and refresh before dinner in one of the beautiful
salons of the Hacienda.
HACIENDA LOS LINGUES                                                                  (B, L, D)
DAY 6, MONDAY APRIL 24                                        SANTIAGO / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


Today’s flight takes you across the Andes and the Argentinean Pampas to the exciting city of
Buenos Aires where you will be welcomed by your Guide, Patricia Waddington. Transfer to
the Sofitel, located in a charming restored landmark Art Deco building. This beautiful property
is a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”.

This evening the group will dine at the superb Cabañas Las Lilas Restaurant. Tango shows
start late in Buenos Aires, and you will have the option to attend one tonight if you desire.
SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES                                                                          (B, D)


DAY 7, TUESDAY APRIL 25                                                                BUENOS AIRES


Explore the history of Buenos Aires through the story of Eva Peron during a half-day tour. From
a poverty stricken, illegitimate child to the First Lady of Argentina, Evita became one of the most
powerful women of our time. You will visit several places where her work was carried out as well
as the famous balcony, her mausoleum and the Evita Museum.

Return to the hotel for the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.
SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES                                                                             (B)


DAY 8, WEDNESDAY APRIL 26                                                             BUENOS AIRES


Explore the culture of Buenos Aires today, beginning with a guided tour of the Teatro Colon,
the city’s impressive opera house. Also visit the Recoleta Cemetery where many Argentinian
historical figures are buried. You will see spectacular mausoleums and crypts of the national
heroes and the ancestors of traditional families.

The afternoon will be at leisure to shop or further explore this fascinating city.

The “grand finale” of your stay in Buenos Aires will be an evening at the Teatro Colon to see
“Don Giovanni”.
SOFITEL BUENOS AIRES                                                                        (B)


DAY 9, THURSDAY APRIL 27                                                       BUENOS AIRES/ IGUASSU

Morning flight from Buenos Aires to Iguassu where you will
transfer to the Sheraton Internacional. Located in the heart
of Iguassu National Park, this privileged setting will afford you
views of the Falls from your well-appointed guestroom.
Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet where the Iguassu & Paraná Rivers join. Here Iguassu
Falls plunges into a wide gorge in a series of gigantic waterfalls 2 miles in length and with a
drop of over 240 feet. The thunderous roar of crashing water and the multicolored ring of mist
above the falls is a spectacular sight.

In the afternoon, visit the Argentine side of Iguassu National Park and walk the paths that
lead along the lush tropical basin of the Devil’s Gorge. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants,
butterflies and exotic birds add to the experience.

Dinner this evening will be at La Rueda Restaurant, specializing in local fish.
SHERATON IGUASSU (WATERFALL-VIEW ROOM)                                                          (B, D)


DAY 10, FRIDAY APRIL 28                                                   IGUASSU   /RIO DE JANEIRO

                            This morning you will drive to the Brazilian side of the Iguassu
                            National Park to view the Iguassu River Canyon with views of the
                            various falls. If you like, you can continue on a footpath which will
                            take you to a special area for an incredible panoramic view of Devil’s
                            Throat and the surrounding falls.

                            Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival will
                            be in the early evening, so the group will transfer directly to dinner at
                            the Pampa Grill. Located in the Copacabana area, this restaurant
features a tempting buffet and fresh grilled seafood. Your Guide in Rio will be Ivor Sergio.

Afterwards, check into the Caesar Park Hotel. Located on Ipanema Beach, this contemporary
hotel features a rooftop restaurant. You will enjoy ocean views from your handsomely furnished
guestroom.
CAESAR PARK HOTEL (OCEAN-VIEW ROOM)                                                       (B, D)




DAY 11, SATURDAY APRIL 29                                                           RIO DE JANEIRO

Many interesting sights await you on this morning’s city tour. Highlights will include Flamengo
Park, the São Bento Monastery, Fine Arts Museum and the National Library.

Lunch will be at the Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant. Afterwards, return to the hotel to stroll
the beach or enjoy the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool.

Join the group in the late afternoon for a cable car journey to the top of Sugar Loaf
Mountain for panoramic views of Copacabana beach and the Santa Cruz Fortress. Tonight you
will attend the performance of “Macbeth” at the Teatro Municipal.
CAESAR PARK HOTEL (OCEAN-VIEW ROOM)                                                (B, L)
DAY 12, SUNDAY APRIL 30                                                     RIO DE JANEIRO / DEPARTURE

The morning will be at leisure to prepare for your departure. Join the group in the early
afternoon for a cogwheel train ride through the Tijuca Forest. Enjoy spectacular views of
Rio, peeking through the dense vegetation. The highlight of this tour awaits you atop
Corcovado Mountain at 2400 feet above sea level -- the majestic statue of Christ the
Redeemer. The 120-foot high figure will welcome you with its famous outstretched arms to a
breathtaking view – one that will stay in your mind through your travels home – and beyond!

Late afternoon transfer to Rio´s International airport for your homebound flight, scheduled to
depart at 8:55 p.m. for Chicago (via Miami) – arriving home at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 1st.
                                                                                                         (B)




                                  LAND TOUR INCLUDES
                      Deluxe hotel accommodations for 11 nights
              Morning check-in at the Ritz Carlton on arrival in Santiago
                           Meals as indicated in the itinerary
                              Wine with lunches & dinners
                All sightseeing as outlined – including admission fees
                    Reserved seats for three musical performances
                       Expertly trained English-speaking guides
                            Transfers by private motorcoach
                                    Baggage handling
                                Taxes on included items
                                Argentina departure tax
                                     Chile entry visa
                                     Brazil entry visa
                   Gratuities for motorcoach drivers & meal servers
                      Services of a professional AAA Tour Director

                    Tour services arranged by Abercrombie & Kent South America



                                     Itinerary Revised April 3, 2006

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or property. We reserve the right to make any necessary itinerary changes or to cancel a tour due
to insufficient interest. AAA also reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of
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