Best of Argentina tour
Description of Best of Argentina tour
See the highlights of Buenos Aires on a private tour, discover the rugged mountains and beautiful glacial lakes of Los Glaciares National Park, explore the stunning vineyards of Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina, then visit the iconic Iguazú Falls, the world’s most spectacular waterfall.
Discover the highlights of Argentina on this incredible 12-day luxury itinerary. You’ll start your adventure in vibrant Buenos Aires, the "capital of South America," where you’ll explore the city on a private guided tour and enjoy an unforgettable tango show and dinner.
From Buenos Aires you’ll head south to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, where you’ll have a chance to explore the massive Perito Moreno Glacier.
You’ll then venture inland to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina. Here, you’ll tour the stunning vineyards with opportunities to sample world-renowned wines, and you’ll also have a chance to relax and enjoy leisurely lunches in the sun with a backdrop of the Andes Mountains.
Next, you’ll fly to Puerto Iguazú to see the spectacular Iguazú Falls. You’ll stay in luxurious jungle accommodation, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the rainforest to discover the unique wildlife and plants, plus you’ll enjoy a full day excursion to see the world’s largest waterfall.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Buenos Aires - Upon arrival at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (also known as Ezeiza International Airport), you will be met by a representative and transferred to the Casa Sur Palermo Hotel, where you’ll stay for the next three nights. Casa Sur Palermo Hotel is a newly built luxury boutique hotel offering exclusive accommodation, fantastic food and a range of excellent services and facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool and a spectacular rooftop terrace, plus a spa and fitness centre. This stylish hotel is located in the heart of the trendy Palermo Hollywood barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires, surrounded by hip cafes, bars and restaurants, plus chic boutiques and art galleries. After you have checked into your room you may wish to discover the local area and enjoy a meal and glass of Malbec to celebrate your first night in Argentina.|
|Day 2:||Explore Buenos Aires - After breakfast, your English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and you’ll embark on a private tour of Buenos Aires. You’ll walk along the widest avenue in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, which runs through the heart of the city, and you’ll see the major attractions, including the impressive Teatro Colon Opera House, the famous pink government house, Casa Rosada, and the Pirámide de Mayo, a white obelisk which was built to mark the first anniversary of independence from Spain. You’ll also visit the districts of La Boca and San Telmo where the city was born, and the trendy Puerto Madero docklands area where you’ll find fantastic cafes and restaurants. Then, you’ll head to the Recoleta neighbourhood to visit the huge cemetery and the graves of Argentina’s most famous figures, before ending your tour back at your hotel in Palermo. Your guide will be happy to adapt the tour depending on your personal interests, so if you’re a foodie, history buff or architectural enthusiast, be sure to let your guide know.|
|Day 3:||Explore Buenos Aires - Today, you’ll have a free day to explore Buenos Aires at your leisure. You may wish to visit Cementerio de la Chacarita, a 19th century cemetery sprawled across the suburbs, where you can see statues and mausoleums of Argentina’s most revered tango icons, or you can discover the spectacular El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a former theatre which has been turned into a grand bookstore, visit a tango hall to witness the sensual, energetic dance of Argentine culture, or explore the city’s museums and art galleries, including El Caminito, a historical, artist-lined alleyway and colourful street museum, and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (also known as Malba), Argentina’s leading contemporary art museum, where you’ll see works by leading Latino modern artists, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and lesser-known locals. Alternatively you can experience an exciting football match at the famous Bombonera stadium in La Boca! This evening you’ll experience one of the best tango shows in Buenos Aires, along with a traditional Argentine feast. On this memorable night you’ll watch a "Nuestro tango" show at the historic El Querandí whilst enjoying a delicious dinner and exclusive wines.|
|Day 4:||Transfer to El Calafate - After a hearty breakfast at Casa Sur Palermo Hotel, you’ll take a private transfer to Jorge Newbery airport, where you’ll board a domestic flight to El Calafate. El Calafate is a small town located in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina and a perfect base from which to explore the spectacular Glaciers National Park, where you’ll find huge blue icebergs floating in dazzling turquoise waters and the massive Perito Moreno Glacier. Upon arrival at El Calafate, you’ll be met by a private driver and driven to Koi Aiken, your hotel for the next three nights. Koi Aiken is set in stunning natural surroundings and offers breathtaking views of the mountains and lake. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café, plus there’s a rooftop terrace, a sauna and massage/treatment rooms.|
|Day 5:||Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion - El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier and today you’ll experience this majestic icy expanse on a full-day tour, which will include an opportunity to walk over the ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll be picked up at Koi Aiken by your private English-speaking guide and embark on an 80-kilometre journey to Los Glaciares National Park, enjoying spectacular scenery along the way. (El Calafate is 80 kilometres from Perito Moreno Glacier along a 50 kilometres paved road and then the final 30 kilometres of the journey are within Los Glaciares National Park). As you enter the Andean Patagonian Forest, you’ll stop at "Curva de los Suspiros" (Sighs Curve), where you’ll get a panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier. As you reach "Bajo de las Sombras" (Under the Shadows) Port, you’ll board a shared boat for a 20-minute crossing over the icy waters of the "Brazo Rico," part of the Argentino Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina. You’ll glide past broken icebergs and breathtaking scenery, then meet your mountain guides on the opposite shore. After disembarking the boat, you’ll venture into the forest and walk along the icy "beach," as your professional guide points out interesting plant species. As you get closer to the glacier, you’ll put crampons over your shoes to begin your trek over the glacier, walking in this enchanted wonderland for approximately one hour. Your magical trek will end with a toast - using glacier ice - before returning to the refuge for lunch. (Please note: The trekking is moderate. The ice surface is irregular, but firm and safe). This afternoon, you’ll sail back to the mainland and walk along the platforms in front of the glacier, taking in the breathtaking views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and you might even witness the glacier’s signature movement and hear the cracking sounds from detaching icebergs.|
|Day 6:||Explore El Calafate - Today, you’ll have a free day to discover El Calafate at your leisure. You may wish to take a day trip to El Chaltén, a beautiful village within Los Glaciers National Park. You can explore the Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy Mountains, see the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint, or head to the shores of Laguna Capri for breathtaking mountain views. Alternatively you can take a full day excursion to Estancia Cristina, a spectacular icy wilderness in the heart of Los Glaciers National Park. On this memorable day trip, you’ll take a boat cruise over the Lago Argentino, passing massive icebergs and the Upsala Glacier before visiting Estancia Cristina, where you can trek through the Andes, see the Cañadon de los fossils, a gorge filled with ancient marine fossils, and tour a ranch to learn about the history and culture of the traditional Patagonian gauchos.|
|Day 7:||Transfer to Mendoza - After breakfast, you’ll be met at Koi Aiken by your private driver and transferred to back to El Calafate airport for your domestic flight to Mendoza in Argentina’s Cuyo region. On arrival in Mendoza, you’ll take a private transfer to Lares de Chacras, your accommodation for the next three nights. Lares de Chacras is a small, family-run, boutique hotel located in the heart of the Chacras de Coria region of Mendoza. This beautiful hotel has 11 spacious rooms which feature amenities such as air-conditioning and TVs. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, a lush garden and a massage gazebo.|
|Day 8:||Mendoza Winery Tour - Mendoza is located in the heart of Argentina's wine country and today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the world-class vineyards of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu with a private English-speaking guide. You’ll spend the day learning about the complete vinification process from grape-growing to bottling, and of course you’ll have a chance to sample wines from the different vineyards. You’ll also learn about the fascinating history of this region, including the ingenious irrigation system developed by the Hupares Indians over 500 years ago that used water from the snow-capped Andes to transform this once desert region into a lush oasis. There’s also an option to enjoy a biking tour through the wineries. This optional activity offers a perfect opportunity to soak up the beautiful landscapes and renowned wineries of Lujan de Cuyo.|
|Day 9:||Explore Mendoza - Today, you have a free day to explore Mendoza at your leisure. If you’re feeling active, you may wish to cycle through the vineyards, kayak on the lakes, or go horse riding or hiking in the mountains. You can also take a day trip to Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas at 6,954 metres, and trek along the forested trails. Alternatively you can dine at one of Mendoza’s excellent restaurants and enjoy a romantic lunch paired with some of Argentina’s world-famous wines.|
|Day 10:||Transfer to Puerto Iguazú - After breakfast this morning, you’ll be met at the hotel by your private driver and transferred back to Mendoza airport for your domestic flight to Puerto Iguazú. On arrival at the airport, you’ll take a private transfer to Loi Suites Iguazú, your accommodation for the next two nights. Loi Suites Iguazú is a luxury hotel set deep within the lush Iryapú Jungle, just 15 minutes from the magnificent Iguazú Falls. This afternoon you can take in the incredible jungle views, enjoy a swim in the outdoor heated pool, spot toucans and colourful butterflies in the lush gardens, relax with a massage or treatment at the luxurious spa, or indulge in a delicious meal in the hotel’s Naipi Restaurant.|
|Day 11:||Explore Iguazú Falls - After breakfast, your private English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your adventure to the mighty Iguazú Falls. Your entrance fees to the Argentine side of the park are included, and you’ll get to see the falls from three viewpoints. You can walk along the Upper Circuit for amazing panoramic views of Iguazú Falls and the Iguazú River, and take the Lower Circuit for a close encounter with the cascades of the falls. The Lower Circuit is a network of walkways and stairways, designed to offer spectacular views of the falls and follows paths through the jungle, where you’ll have a chance to observe wildlife. Lastly, you’ll arrive at the Devil’s Throat Gorge, an extraordinary feat of nature and a truly memorable sight.|
|Day 12:||Depart from Iguazú Falls - After a final breakfast at Loi Suites Iguazú, you’ll be picked up with your luggage and driven to the border crossing to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls for a final view of this spectacular natural wonder. The Brazilian side offers breathtaking panoramic vistas and you’ll have two hours with your expert guide who will point out the incredible wildlife and plants of the jungle. After the tour your Best of Argentina holiday comes to an end and you’ll be driven to Foz de Iguaçu International Airport for your return flight home.|
PlanetAs with all of our luxury holidays, this itinerary has been crafted to ensure that it positively effects the local communities and environments visited.
This itinerary includes trips to some of Argentina's protected areas of natural beauty, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Perito Moreno Glacier to the scenic eco-train ride through the jungle to Iguazu Falls. By visiting these sites (all entrance fees are included in your luxury tour), you are supporting the preservation and conservation of these areas, and indicating to authorities that tourists are interested in protecting Argentina's incredible natural environments.
Whilst exploring Argentina's areas of natural beauty, please ensure that you don’t leave any litter – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife.
We also make a special effort to recommend accommodation providers which have responsible and sustainable initiatives. For example, Loi Suites in the Iguazú Falls area is located in the Iryapú Jungle, built with maximum respect for nature and preserving native vegetation.
PeopleAll the local guides referred to in this itinerary are paid a fair wage. We believe that using local guides is important, as it helps generate local incomes and creates jobs, plus it offers a more authentic travel experience.
Our tour activities are always focused around authentic local experiences, so that you can learn about the local culture. Soak up the rich history and culture of Buenos Aires with a guided city tour, and sample the local food and world-class wines of Mendoza.
We recommend independent local hotels, lodges, guesthouses and campsites, rather than international chain hotels, which helps support local communities and allows you to experience true Argentine hospitality. For example, this Argentina holiday includes a stay in an authentic estancia (cattle ranch) with a local gaucho farming family. Estancia La Eloisa, a family-owned ranch where you’ll meet traditional gauchos (cowboys) and their horses and learn about daily farm life.
We believe getting to know the destination and the people who live there means that you will have a more authentic and meaningful travel experience.
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