Experience the Epic Landscapes of Patagonia
10-day Argentina Holidays for £1950pp
It's no surprise that many people choose to spend their Argentina holidays in the epic landscapes of Patagonia. This vast region of snow-capped mountains, colossal glaciers, crystal-clear lakes and unspoilt meadows is hard to top for its natural beauty, and this 12-day holiday gives you plenty of time in both El Calafate and Bariloche so you can explore the very best of Argentinian Patagonia, as well as a quick trip across the border to visit the Torres del Paine National Park in neighbouring Chile...
- Day One: Arrival in Buenos Aires
- Day Two: Buenos Aires City Tour
- Day Three: Free Day in Buenos Aires
- Day Four: Travel to Patagonia
- Day Five: Perito Moreno Glacier
- Day Six: Free Day in El Calafate
- Day Seven: Fly to Bariloche
- Day Eight: Cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi
- Day Nine: Free Day in Bariloche
- Day Ten: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Your Argentina Holidays Begin
You will start your Argentina holiday today with arrival in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of the world’s great cities. On arrival we’ll meet you and take you to your hotel in the centre of town. You’ll be having a full city tour tomorrow, but you’re just a few blocks from all the main sites, as well as from restaurants and cafes, so you’re perfectly placed to head out and start soaking up the unique atmosphere of Buenos Aires.
Day Two - City Tour of Buenos Aires
After a free morning to relax after your journey, we will take you for a tour of the major sights in the city. We will visit the historic centre, including the famous Plaza de Mayo where the demonstrations by mothers of the ‘disappeared’ against the military government took place, as well as the Casa Rosada from whose balcony Evita addressed the crowds below. We will also visit the beautiful Cathedral before heading to the tango districts of San Telmo and La Boca, also home to the famous Boca Juniors football team. We will also visit the exclusive Palermo and Recoleta areas, with their leafy avenues and grand houses, superb restaurants and boutique shopping before ending up in the riverside district of Puerto Madero, where you can enjoy some superb Argentinean cuisine with views over the river if you wish. (Breakfast included)
- Today you will see the highlights of Buenos Aires, but there are plenty of alternative city tours which can be tailored to your specific interests, including: art; graffiti; gastronomy; architecture; football; tango; Evita; Pope John Francis; a tour by bicycle; and even a helicopter ride! Just ask us for more information.
Day Three – Free Day in Buenos Aires
We have left you with a full free day in Buenos Aires, so you’re not rushing around too much as you settle into your holiday to Argentina. There’s so much to see and do here that those who like to stay busy can explore the historical and cultural sights while others can sit back with a glass of wine or perhaps some excellent Argentinian ice-cream and relax in one of Buenos Aires' fabulous cafes... (B)
- If you’d prefer another tour today then just let us know. You could spend the day at a nearby ranch for some horse riding and a traditional ‘asado’ barbeque. Alternatively, Uruguay is just a short ferry ride away so you could spend the day visiting either the capital of Montevideo or the picturesque Colonial town of Colonia.
Day Four – Travel to Patagonia
This morning we will pick you up and take you to the airport for a flight south to El Calafate. This lovely little town on the shores of Lake Argentino is the perfect base for exploring Argentinian Patagonia. We’ve left the rest of the day free for you to enjoy the beautiful views of mountains, flower-rich meadows and the flamingos grazing in the lake shallows as you get used to the higher altitude. (B)
Day Five - Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast today we will travel out into the Los Glaciares National Park to visit the colossal Perito Moreno glacier. This enormous river of ice is 3km wide and up to 70m in height, with colours ranging from brilliant white, through to exquisitely pure blues and turquoises. We will walk along several different paths to give us views from above and alongside the glacier, and finally from below the enormous wall of ice itself. In the tranquility of the surrounding countryside, you can actually hear the slow grinding of the ice as the glacier moves. It’s an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of any holiday in Patagonia. (B)
- Why not take a boat trip out across Lake Argentino to the base of Perito Moreno?
- Or an ice trek out across the glacier itself to experience the true scale?
Day Six - Free Day in El Calafate
We have left the whole of today free for you to relax or to enjoy some of the many activities possible from El Calafate: you could do some walking in the surrounding area, take a boat trip on the lake, do some horse-riding with your very own gauchos, or perhaps rent a bike and head out on the many trails into the Patagonian countryside... (B)
- If you enjoy hiking we highly recommend a visit to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It’s a long day but the scenery is absolutely breathtaking and gives you the chance to take some amazing photographs.
Day Seven - North to Bariloche
After breakfast this morning we'll take you back to the airport for a short flight north to the lovely lakeside town of San Carlos de Bariloche. In the first half of the last century, Bariloche had a large number of German immigrants and you could be forgiven that you’d landed in a small town in the Black Forest for all the wooden chalets and chocolate shops you find here – there’s even a resident St. Bernard in the main square! The town offers some excellent walking possibilities and is many people’s favourite destination in Argentina so it will be your base for the next few days: a perfect chance to relax, enjoy the lovely countryside, and perhaps the occasional chocolate or two... (B)
Day Eight - Cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi
Today we’ll take you down to the port of Puerto Pañuelo to board a catamaran for the short trip across the lake to Isla Victoria. This beautiful, densely-forested island lies right in the middle of the lake and once we arrive we’ll take a chair-lift up to the summit of the island for some fantastic views back across the lake. We’ll then walk back down to the harbour and sail around to the Los Arrayanes National Park, on the Quetrihue peninsula. Arrayan is Spanish for ‘myrtle’ and this myrtle forest is a beautiful, tranquil place, home to deer, guanaco, condors and eagles. After an afternoon exploring the Park, we’ll return by boat to Bariloche in the evening. (B)
Day Nine - Free Day in Bariloche
We have left today free for you to relax and enjoy exploring Bariloche. There are a range of gentle walks available from the town itself, whether along the lakeshore or into the hills around the town, or you can just enjoy the cute shopping streets and quiet plazas of Bariloche, while you sit back with views of the lake and get those postcards written. (B)
- We'd hugely recommend a visit to the beautiful 'Seven Lakes' of San Martin de Los Andes
- Or if you'd like to stretch your legs, a trek up to the summit of Cerro Challhuaco?
- If you'd like all the scenery but without too much walking, then why not hire a car for a day?
Day Ten – Last Day of Your Argentina Holidays
Unfortunately, today marks the end of your Argentina holidays. After a free morning to relax, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires, where you'll arrive in plenty of time to check-in for your international flight back to the UK. (B)
Options for your Argentina Holidays
Iguazu Falls - 3 days from £650pp
If your Argentina holiday doesn’t already include it, you really have to consider adding on a trip to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Iguazu Falls. Spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina, a three-day trip from Buenos Aires gives you time to see both sides of the Falls. On the Brazilian side, a long walkway along the canyon top leads you to a panoramic view of the famous Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls combine in a drop of 350 feet, while on the Argentinian side, a network of walkways projects out into the middle of the canyon so you can get close and feel the awesome power of these natural monsters.
Argentina Wine-Tasting Tour - 4 days from £750pp
Argentina’s beautiful wine country around the city of Mendoza, is well worth visiting in any case, but this four-day extension will let you really make the most of it, with visits to six of the area’s best wineries so that you can sample some of Argentina’s finest wines and also drink in the stunning scenery as you travel around.
Rio and Brazil Beach Break – 7 days from £1250pp
About the only thing that Argentina doesn’t do brilliantly is beaches – they’re fine, but they’re not fabulous. However, just a short flight north you have access to all the great beaches of Brazil, and this 7-day extension flies you to Rio to spend a couple of days there before heading on to the gorgeous Buzios peninsula, with its dozens of beaches. Ranging from wide sandy bays to tiny secluded coves, there's sure to be the perfect beach for your tastes, so you can relax and soak up some tropical sunshine.
Esteros del Ibera Ranching - 4 days from £1200pp
In the humid sub-tropical north of Argentina, the vast Esteros del Ibera wetlands are a haven for birds and wildlife, with almost no roads or people to interfere with the pristine nature on offer. A visit to the area allows you to really get away from it all, staying on a converted ranch, reached by either jeep or horseback, and heading out each day to see some of South America’s most beautiful scenery and rarest wildlife.
Day Trip to Colonia – from £185pp
Just across the wide River Plate from Buenos Aires, the beautiful Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento is one of South America’s real gems: the cobbled streets and colonial houses are like stepping back in time and a day spent here is the perfect contrast with the hustle, bustle and sophistication of Buenos Aires. This full-day trip takes you by fast boat across the Rio Plata to Colonia, where you’ll have a guided tour and then plenty of free time to wander and explore at your own pace before we pick you up and take you back across the river to Argentina.
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The standard price for our "Andean Explorer" Argentina holidays is £1950 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, plus all indicated meals.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2017.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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