Friendship Tour

Celebrating Peace, Health & Friendship among the People and Wonders of South America

 

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Designed by: Kyle Case & Andy Groft
Departure date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Return date:  Monday, December 10, 2012
Locations: Buenos Aires, Iguacu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Competition: Three days of competion in Buenos Aires, Rio and Sao Paulo
Tour Limit: 42 People (Three Volleyball teams, 6 Badminton Players)
Tour Price:  $5,585 per person, double occupancy (slight adjustments based on departure airports)
Contact: Kyle Case (800-562-1268 or kcase@seniorgames.net)

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Tour Itinerary


Day 1 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Board our overnight flight to Buenos Aires! 

Day 2 Thursday, November 29, 2012

Buenos Aires
TangoWelcome, Huntsman World Senior Games Athletes, to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina! We will begin our adventure with a sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, and discover the city where tango was born! With an expert local guide, we’ll view the National Congress and head to Plaza de Mayo, home to Casa Rosada (the government house), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (the first city hall built during Spanish rule). We’ll continue on to San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio where tango performances abound. Then we will stop in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, an area once inhabited by immigrants that has become a hub for the city’s artists. And we’ll stop to admire the Colón Theatre, one of the world’s best-known opera houses. After seeing Palermo, the city’s largest neighborhood, our tour will conclude in the glamorous Recoleta area, where we can visit the grave of Eva Perón (Evita).

Overnight in Buenos Aires 

Day 3 Friday, November 30, 2012

Buenos Aires – Fiesta Gaucha
After a good night’s rest, we will travel through the countryside for a full day at an estancia, a traditional Argentinean ranch, for a fiesta gaucha. Gauchos will saddle up their horses to demonstrate their legendary skills on horseback. We’ll learn more about the gaucho lifestyle as we tour the ranch and experience their folkloric songs and dances. Plus, we will enjoy a traditional asado barbecue for lunch.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 4 Saturday, December 1, 2012

Buenos Aires – Competition
Today we will meet up with several Argentinean Voleyball and Badminton teams, and spend a good part of the day playing, meeting new people and enjoying the excitement, fun and camaraderie that sporting events never fail to bring.

Overnight in Buenos Aires 

Day 5 Sunday, December 2, 2012

Iguaçu
IguacuThis morning we’ll fly to Iguaçu. When we arrive, we’ll transfer to our hotel, which will be our base for exploring one of the world’s most magnificent waterfalls. The Iguaçu Falls boasts 275 falls cascading over a precipice nearly two miles wide and 262 feet high. It’s absolutely breathtaking and nearly impossible to capture on film or in words—and we’ll see it firsthand! Today, we will experience the falls from the Argentine side. So get ready to take in the spectacular sights of the Argentine side of Iguaçu Falls. You’ll enjoy walking along the area footbridges for incredible views of the Alvar Nuñez, Bosseti and Dos Hermanas waterfalls.

Overnight in Iguaçu 

Day 6 Monday, December 3, 2012

Iguaçu
Today we’ll experience these world famous falls from the Brazilian side. After a good night’s rest, we’ll travel to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls. Before we get out and feel its awesome power, we’ll stop at the park museum to learn about the local flora and fauna of the tropical forest. The park is home to more than 2,000 plant varieties and nearly 400 bird species, including toucans, parakeets and hummingbirds. Then, we’ll travel deep into the jungle of Iguaçu National Park and take in the beauty of subtropical plants and trees, including the abundant heart-of-palm. We will arrive at the banks of the Iguaçu River and venture by motorboat through the Iguaçu Canyon. From here, we’ll have an unforgettable view of the falls as they plunge into the mighty river.

Overnight in Iguaçu

Day 7 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Depart for Competition in Rio de Janeiro
CopacabanaThis morning we’ll make our way to the airport to continue our journey to the amazing and iconic city of Rio de Janeiro. After arriving, we’ll make our way to the hotel to drop off our things and freshen up before heading to the Volleyball and Badminton venues to meet and compete with our Brazilian friends.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro 

Day 8 Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rio de Janeiro
This morning we’ll head out on a guided tour of Rio de Janeiro that will take us through Colonial Rio, passing by the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pyramid Fountain, Paço Imperial and São Bento Monastery. We’ll continue on to Sugarloaf Mountain and ascend 1,200 feet by cable car for an aerial view of the city and bay.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro 

Day 9 Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tropical island adventure. We will board a saveiro (two-masted schooner) and spend the day cruising the emerald waters of the Costa Verde. We’ll also make stops along the way for unforgettable swimming and a scrumptious lunch.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro

Day 10 Friday, December 7, 2012

Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo
After rising today, we’ll head to Corcovado and then experience the beach tour. We’ll ascend the lush slopes of Corcovado aboard a cog train. At the summit marked by the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, we will enjoy breathtaking vistas of the city and beaches below. Later, we’ll pass by some of Rio’s most famous beaches en route to a barbecue lunch.

Finally, we’ll begin our journey to our final destination: Sao Paulo! Colloquially this bustling city is also known as “Sampa.”

Overnight in Sao Paulo 

Day 11 Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sao Paulo
Today we will make our way to the volleyball and badminton venues to have some fun and meet new friends.

Tonight we will all meet for a farewell dinner where we’ll eat a nice meal, reminisce about our adventure and give out some awards. If things work out, and the feeling is right, we may even dance a bit. Wooo hooo!

Overnight in Sao Paulo

Day 12 Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sao PauloSao Paulo
More than just the largest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo is the largest city in the entire Southern Hemisphere and the sixth largest city in the world. This city and neighboring Sao Vincente were the first permanent Portuguese settlements in the new world (1532).

Today everyone will enjoy a free day to shop for souvenirs, try various restaurants for lunch, take pictures and see some of the best sites in this city. We recommend taking one of the free TurisMetro Tours which start at the Sé metro station. You’ll have to arrive at the station by either 8:30 AM or 1:30 PM to sign up for one of the two free English tours offered on Sundays. Otherwise, just relax, attend a local church, or get suggestions from Games Staff, or other friends you may have met the previous day.

Transfer to the airport for our overnight flight back home.

Day 13 Monday, December 10, 2012

Arrive Home at your departure airport. 

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Friendship Tour