Highlights of Argentina

Explore Argentina on this organised group tour, visiting Bariloche & the Lake District, Buenos Aires, Los Glaciares National Park and the Iguazu Falls. You will have the opportunity to experience the culture, including visiting an authentic Estancia and a Patagonian BBQ.

12 Days

$3,533

Highlights of Argentina - 12 - $3,533

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Guided Tour of Santiago before visiting one or two of the many museums, markets and parks of this cosmopolitan capital
  • Explore Iguazu Falls, A total of 275 falls thunder through dense forest over a distance of 2.5km
  • Take a full-day trip to the sleepy town of Cafayate, the centre for the region's well respected wineries
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires and a food tour of San Telmo before departing

Start from Santiago and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Highlights of Argentina

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Guided tour of the city

Those passengers arriving on an international flight will be met at the airport by the tour leader or a local representative. There will be time to relax before your guided walking tour of the colonial centre of the city, and later you may be able to visit independently one or two of the many museums, markets and parks of this cosmopolitan capital. Santiago is laid out in a broad valley below the snow-capped Andes. For a panoramic view over the city, visit Cerro Santa Lucia, a central, romantic park.

For even more panoramic vistas, a cable car leads to the summit of San Cristobal, where you can join Chilean families wandering along the leafy paths. Afterwards, have a beer at one of the pavement cafes in Bellavista. This is an Italian quarter of narrow streets peppered with bars and shops selling local lapis lazuli (only Chile and Afghanistan produce the stones in commercial quantities).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Atton El Bosque


Day 2: Day trip to the historical city of Valparaiso and wine tasting

Today there is a visit to Chile's second city, Valparaiso (2 hours by bus). This lively seaport is built on a series of hills which form a backdrop to the wide bay, with views over the seaside resort of Visa del Mar. You can wander through the steep, winding streets and among the brightly-coloured colonial homes built for 19th century British and German merchants, or take a ride in one of the creaky wooden funiculars which link the cliff-top communities. On the way back you stop to visit one of the vineyards close to Santiago, to sample some highly respected Chilean wine.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Atton El Bosque


Day 3: Fly across the Andes to Mendoza

Departing Chile you fly across the Andes to the laid-back city of Mendoza, one of the first places to be colonised by the Spanish in 1561. Although much of the city has been destroyed over the years through fires and earthquakes, its pleasant tree lined avenues, low rise buildings and university city atmosphere make it a great base to explore the region, and a walking tour of the city will help you orientate through its plazas.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton or Diplomatic Hotel


Day 4: Tour of local vineyards

Todays full day tour will include a visit to 3 different vineyards in the Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu areas of Mendoza province. Within the rain shadow of the Andes, these zones have been transformed over generations into world-class wine producing regions using both traditional and modern methods of irrigation. You'll have the opportunity to understand more about the processes involved in the cultivation and production of wine as well as the chance to taste the different varieties. Lunch at one of the wineries is included (with wine, of course).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton or Diplomatic Hotel


Day 5: Flight to Salta

You'll fly to Salta, in the northwest of the country. This friendly town is set in the foothills of the Andes, green and flowery in summer, somewhat more arid in winter. It has an attractive main square with a splendid baroque cathedral and many cafes, bars and restaurants. On the outskirts lies a hill, reached by a long cable car, from where there is a sweeping panorama of the city and the mountains beyond. The best-preserved Inca mummies yet found are displayed in a museum here. They were recently recovered from the peak of a remote mountain over 6,000m high.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton or Design Suites


Day 6: Wine tasting in Cafayate, visit the multi-coloured canyon country

From Salta you take a full-day trip to the sleepy town of Cafayate, centre for the region's well respected wineries. The road follows a dramatic, winding canyon; its rocky walls ranging in colour from yellow ochre, through dusty violet to blood-red. There are several stops en route where you can walk up narrow desert canyons for expansive views. The town itself is set against an Andean backdrop, and we visit one of the many local vineyards, with a guided tour and opportunity to sample wines such as the Torrontes, which is unique to Argentina.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton or Design Suites


Day 7: Optional visit to Humahuaca gorge and nearby Andean villages

Today there is an optional excursion to visit the Humahuaca Gorge, where the spectacularly contrasting coloured rock strata is as extraordinary as photographs suggest. The higher and drier hillsides are dotted with battalions of giant cacti. En route you may stop at a few of the colonial/Indian villages, constructed from traditional adobe bricks. These are the only places in Argentina where the inhabitants still wear the intricately woven ponchos of the Andes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton or Design Suites


Day 8: Fly to Puerto Iguazu

Fly to Puerto Iguazu in the subtropical north-east corner of Argentina. The Iguazu Falls constitute one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in the world. A total of 275 falls thunder through dense forest over a distance of 2.5km. At the u-shaped Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) the Iguazu river is sent cascading over a precipice and columns of vapour are thrown skyward. Elsewhere the river flows decorously through the rainforest breaking up into dozens of smaller falls. You can often spot toucans perched in the foliage above the tumultuous waters.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Panoramic


Day 9: Explore the Argentine side of the waterfalls

Today you visit the Argentine side of the falls, starting at the National Park Visitor Centre, which reveals the biodiversity of the region's tropical rainforest. A small locomotive then transfers you to Cataratas Station where the Upper Walk begins. This sequence of causeways links dozens of tiny basalt islands at the top of a sheer rock face and the walkways cross the myriad streams of the Iguazu river as they cascade over the lip of the precipice and thunder onto the rocks below. The train then continues to Devil's Throat Station and from here a 1km long walkway leads across the river to the Devil's Throat. From this vantage point you can feel the mesmerising power of the water as it plummets into the vortex below. Following this, there is an optional boat trip out to the base of the falls; it's an exhilarating ride that takes you within touching distance of the water and your clothes and hair are soaked with the spray.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Panoramic


Day 10: Guided tour of Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires an elegant city famed for its grand colonial and belle ?poque architecture along with the arty port district of La Boca. It was in La Boca, with its gaily painted houses, that the tango was born, and where Diego Maradona honed his footballing skills. The centre of town is home to the historic heartland, government buildings and churches as well as chic shopping districts, which have a nostalgic, Parisian feel. The bohemian district of San Telmo is full of quaint old houses interspersed with antiques shops, tango bars and extravagant restaurants. Close to the centre is the Gallic influenced Recoleta district where Evita Peron was laid to rest. You can explore some of these quarters on our guided city tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Recoleta Grand


Day 11: Food tour of San Telmo

Today's included excursion is a culinary-themed lunchtime walking tour around the bohemian district of San Telmo. Here you will find some of the best off-the-beaten-track eateries to taste authentic Argentine dishes, including from the city's traditional hole-in-the-wall parrillas. Learn about culture and cuisine visiting several venues, sampling traditional street foods like choripan, provoleta and empanadas; a variety of classic parrilla cuts of meat; wines; and artisanal 'heladeria' ice creams.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Recoleta Grand


Day 12: Depart for international flight or extension

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
February 2019
17-Feb-2019 $3,533* Fully Booked
May 2019
12-May-2019 $3,533 Provisional Date
July 2019
21-Jul-2019 $3,533* Provisional Date
October 2019
13-Oct-2019 $3,533 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £2,838

If you're travelling on the 13th October 2017 there is a single supplement charge of 699 GBP

On any other date there is a single supplement charge of 669 GBP

Includes

  • Services of Tour Leader
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions:
  • Santiago: walking tour of the city
  • Santiago: day trip to Valparaiso and a vineyard
  • Mendoza: walking tour of the city
  • Mendoza: full tour of local wineries
  • Salta: Cafayate canyons and wineries
  • Iguazu: Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls
  • Buenos Aires: city tour
  • Buenos Aires: Parilla tour

Excludes

  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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