Experienced Interlude tour company owner Jeanette Savage, has been lured back to her desk to create a final journey – “an Interlude in South America”.
Savage has been creating and escorting international small group tours for more than 30 years and announced her retirement 12 months ago. However, an enthusiastic group of past guests convinced her to dust off her suitcase and do one last trip.
The ‘Interlude in South America’ is a 26-day fully-hosted tour with a maximum of 16 guests. The tour departs from Australia on 23 September, 2017 and includes:
- Return Economy Class International airfare with LAN and Qantas Airlines
- Eight economy class domestic airfares on LAN as per itinerary.
- Fully escorted from Sydney International Airport
- Private Airport to Hotel air-conditioned coach transfers throughout
- Quality accommodation with daily breakfast
- Eight Lunches & 12 dinners as specified
- Exclusive Belmont Rail 2-day/1-night rail journey
- Tours as per itinerary
- Admission & Entrance Fees as per itinerary
- English-speaking local tour guides throughout
Lucky guests on the tour will discover the amazing treasures, ruins, ancient cultures and spectacular scenery of South America. The tour includes Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and a rail trip over the Andes on the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train to Lake Titicaca. Fly from Peru to Iguassu to visit the Brazilian and the Argentinean side of the world famous Iguassu Falls.
Rio de Janeiro is next with its famous Copacabana beach, Ipanema and Sugar Loaf Mountain with its entrancing Christ the Redeemer statue. Also ride the cable car to Urca Hill with views of Guanbara Bay and Copacabana. On to Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, guests will experience all this city’s magic from the tango to its vibrant culture. Fly to Santiago, Chile and take the Gondola for a great overview of this cosmopolitan city. Finally, it is onto cultural Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its charming, picturesque and historic port and incredible street art.
Tango into Buenos Aires
On to Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, guests will experience all this city’s magic from the tango to its vibrant culture. Also explore its glamorous neighbourhoods, unique architecture, and enjoy a getaway on a typical island launch to explore the channels, streams, and islands of the Tigre Delta. It wouldn’t be Buenos Aires without doing a Tango lesson. Guests will also visit a traditional Argentininean ranch, tuck into Argentinean wines and witness the incredible skills of the gauchos.
Fly to Santiago, Chile and take the Gondola to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a great overview of this cosmopolitan city. Visit Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace ‘La Moneda’. Cross the fertile Valles de Curacavi and Casablanca, visit a vineyard and sample their famous wines.
Finally, it is onto cultural Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its charming, picturesque and historic port and incredible street art.
There is also an optional add-on cruise from Valparaiso to Rio.
The original small group touring company, Interlude Tours offers high value for the seasoned traveller and first timers in a family atmosphere with no rushed starts and ample free time to explore on your own or with new friends.
The Finer Things in Travel caught up with Jeanette to ask her a few qusetions.
Which tour has stood out for you above all others?
An Interlude in Canada was one of the outstanding tours. 28 days across Canada from British Columbia in the west to Nova Scotia in the east, offering a pre-tour Inside Passage cruise and a 5 night add-on to New York City. It was a fun tour that had everything; planes, trains, buses and ships. It delivered a massive variety of stunning scenery, wonderful iconic hotels and interesting boutique lodges, plus lobsters and clam chowder to die for!
If you could go back to one place, what would it be?
The place I would like visit again is the Baltic States; Estonia and Latvia in particular. I had only one fleeting visit and there is so much history to discover and beauty to explore.
Which country has the best food?
Vietnam for me. Delicious authentic street food made with fresh market produce. Culinary decadence and oh so cheap!
What makes a great tour?
A great tour is based on pre-tour planning. Design and deliver a varied itinerary with a relaxed pace and fastidious attention to every detail and have sound contingency plans in place. Get to know your travellers and their expectations; keep them happy and worry free. And also toss in a few little surprises in destinations along the way.
Interlude Tours: (612) 94052218