Holidays in Argentina

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North and South

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The Very Best of Argentina

10-day holidays in Argentina for £2195pp

Argentina is one big country and, as you'd expect, the climate, geography and landscape vary hugely from north to south. These great 11-day holidays in Argentina showcase this fabulous country's most stunning scenery...

You'll start off in the style and sophistication of Buenos Aires before flying north into the sub-tropical rainforest around the Iguazu Falls. From here, you'll fly right to the south of Argentina and the beautiful mountains of Patagonia.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival in Buenos Aires
  • Day Two: Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Day Three: Free Day in Buenos Aires
  • Day Four: Fly to Iguazu
  • Day Five: Iguazu Falls (Brazil side)
  • Day Six: Iguazu Falls (Argentina side)
  • Day Seven: Fly to El Calafate
  • Day Eight: Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Day Nine: Free Day in Calafate
  • Day Ten: Overnight flight back to the UK

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Detailed Itinerary

Day One – Start of Your Holidays in Argentina

Your holidays in Argentina begin 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 to enjoy some superb Argentinean cuisine with views over the river. (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; bike tours; or 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. 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 Iguazu

This morning we'll pick you up and take you back to the airport to catch a flight to Puerto Iguazu, on the border with Brazil. We'll be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in this small town, which is the jumping-off point for visits to the amazing Iguazu Falls. You'll arrive in the late afternoon so you have plenty of time to wander around and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of this sub-tropical town. (B)

Day Five - Iguazu Falls (Brazil Side)

We will enjoy your first visit to Iguazu Falls today, from the Brazilian side of the falls. Here a long walkway along the canyon top allows you to appreciate the scale of Iguazu as you work your way along to a point giving you a panoramic view of the famous Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls combine in a drop of 350 feet, sending spray over 100 feet into the air for a permanent rainbow. The Brazilian side of the falls guarantees you some amazing photos and really allows you to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls. (B)

  • Wildlife lovers should consider a jeep safari down the Macuco Trail after your tour today. It’s the perfect way to get up close to some fantastic Brazilian mammals and birds, and it ends with a boat trip down the Iguazu River.

Day Six - Iguazu Falls (Argentina Side)

After breakfast this morning we will take you to re-visit Iguazu Falls, but this time from the Argentinian side, where a system of walkways projects right out into the middle of the waterfall system, giving you the chance to get close to these natural monsters and really feel the pounding of the waterfalls all around you. Although you don’t quite get the views of the Brazilian side today, most people agree that this is actually the most impressive way to experience the sheer power of Iguazu Falls. (B)

  • If you'd like a more adventurous time of things today, why not take to the river for some whitewater rafting?

Day Seven - Fly to El Calafate

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 Eight - Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

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)

  • How about some ice trekking on the glacier today? It’s a fun experience and gives you more time to admire the beauty of the National Park. Just as us for more information!

Day Nine - Free Day in 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'd like something more organised, how about a trip over the border to Chile and the amazing Torres del Paine National Park?

Day Ten – Overnight Flight Home

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 Aireswhere you'll arrive in plenty of time for your international flight home. (B)

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Wine tasting tours in Argentina

Argentina Wine-Tasting Tour - 4 days from £795pp

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 Holidays

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 Wetlands

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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.

Visit to Colonia

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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What's Included?

Our standard price for these holidays in Argentina is £2195 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 lunch on your Gable Island and Perito Moreno tours, and breakfast every day.

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 2020.

International flights

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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