A Whale of a Time in Argentina...
16-day holidays to Argentina for £2750pp
To sample a little bit of everything the country has to offer, have a look at our 16-day "Great Circle" holidays to Argentina. You'll have some time to enjoy the sophistication of Buenos Aires, before travelling to the coast to see colonies of penguins and schools of whales swimming in the Atlantic. From here, you'll head back inland to Patagonia, with its snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes and colossal glaciers, before ending up in Argentina's wine country, where you can enjoy visits to the local vineyards and enjoying a special wine tasting session... Salud!
- Day One: Arrival in Buenos Aires
- Day Two: Buenos Aires City Tour
- Day Three: Free Day in Buenos Aires
- Day Four: Travel to Puerto Madryn
- Day Five: Whale-Watching Cruise
- Day Six: Punta Tombo Penguins Tour
- Day Seven: Travel to Patagonia
- Day Eight: Perito Moreno Glacier
- Day Nine: Free Day in El Calafate
- Day Ten: Travel to Bariloche
- Day Eleven: Lake Cruise
- Day Twelve: Free Day in Bariloche
- Day Thirteen: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Start of Your Holidays to Argentina
Your holidays to 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 Puerto Madryn
This morning we’ll pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight south to the city of Trelew. Here we’ll meet you and take you on to the town of Puerto Madryn. This was one of the centres for the Welsh colonization of Patagonia, but today it’s the base for heading back out to sea to see some of Argentina’s rather larger inhabitants... (B)
Day Five - Whale Watching at Peninsula Valdes
After breakfast today, we will head down to the harbour to catch a boat out into the ocean to enjoy the awesome sight of the huge southern right-whales in the waters just off the coast. These majestic creatures arrive here every July to mate and give birth, and stay until the end of the year before heading back into the southern ocean. Seeing these enormous creatures as they leap above the waves is an unforgettable experience. (B)
- If you like the idea of whale watching but would prefer to do so from dry land then just let us know! If you’d rather not have a tour by boat today we can drive you to El Doradillo beach, where the calm waters are often frequented by mother whales and their calves, meaning you can often whale watch from the beach.
Day Six - Penguins at Punta Tombo
We will visit another of the coast’s most popular inhabitants today, as we head to the beaches of Punta Tombo to see the massive colony of Magellan Penguins who make their home here from September to April. After a walk along the shore with these beautiful creatures we will drive to the nearby town of Trelew where you can visit the museum of Palaeontology if you wish to learn a little more about some of the species found along this stretch of Patagonian coastline. There will also be some free time to enjoy a traditional welsh afternoon tea before we return to Puerto Madryn later today. (B)
Day Seven - Fly to El Calafate
After breakfast this morning, we will pick you up and take you back to Trelew for your flight on 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
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 a trek out across the glacier itself to experience the true scale?
Day Nine - 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'd like something more organised, how about a trip over the border to Chile and the amazing Torres del Paine National Park?
- Or for something adventurous, a chance to go ice-climbing in the Glaciers National Park?
Day Ten – North to Bariloche
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 Eleven - Cruising 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 Twelve - 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 stetch your legs properly, 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 Thirteen - Last Day of Your Holidays to Argentina
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and today will be the last day of your holidays to Argentina. You'll have some free time this morning to say goodbye to Bariloche, before we pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight to Buenos Aires, where you'll arrive in plenty of time to catch your international flight home. (B)
Options for our Holidays to Argentina
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.
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.
The standard price for our "Great Circle" holidays to Argentina is £2750 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 Perito Moreno, Nahuel Huapi and Wine Tasting 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.
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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