From the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the glacier-carved landscapes of Patagonia, Argentina will be sure to seduce you with its captivating vistas and cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the dance of romance with a tango lesson, learn how to make authentic Argentine cuisine on our exclusive cooking experience and cruise in style among blue and white icebergs for views of impressive glaciers.

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Learn the secrets of authentic Argentinian cuisine and make empanadas on our exclusive Argentine Culinary Experience

Cruise crystalline shimmering blue lakes and view breathtaking mountain scenery in Argentine Patagonia, .

Enjoy a Gourmet Glacier cruise, tasting the best Argentine cuisine on offer while cruising past icebergs and glaciers.

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Day 1

Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. The 'Paris of the Americas' and the birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts. The glamour and elegance of its European roots are interwoven with its undeniable Latin American essence. 

Day 2

Buenos Aires

Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences, on an city tour that portrays the many faces of Buenos Aires. Visit the Obelisk, a national historic monument and symbol of the city, as well as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear and some of Buenos Aires’ famous wide avenues such as Avenida De Mayo, Corrientes and 9 de Julio. You'll then visit the historic neighbourhoods of bohemian La Boca, with its colourful buildings, cobblestone streets and street performers practising the tango, and charming San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, known for its antique market every Sunday. Continue to magnificent Palermo and Recoleta, known for its impressive architecture, beautiful parks and the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Visit the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero before finishing your tour with visits to Lezama Park and Tres de Febrero (known as Bosques de Palermo), the Ecologic Reserve of the 'Costanera Sur', as well as the commercial and financial areas of the city.

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This evening learn the dance of romance with a tango lesson from the dancers of tonight's tango show. Following the lesson, savour delicious international cuisine with Argentinian specialties during a dinner and tango show, which traces the history of the dance from its birth in the red light districts. (B)(D)

Day 3

Buenos Aires

The day is free at leisure for you to explore Buenos Aires. You may choose to do an optional excursion such as a bike riding tour, undoubtedly one of the most interesting and entertaining ways to experience Buenos Aires, or head out into the Argentine countryside to enjoy a day on a traditional estancia.

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This evening you'll join an exclusive Argentine culinary experience. The Argentine Experience is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience. The team of guides are on hand to take you through every step of this culinary journey. Choose your gourmet fillings and create your own empanada, learning the traditional ‘replunge’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo and homemade chimichurri. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order. There will be wines from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement your meal. For dessert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet. Finally, learn about the history and etiquette of drinking mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch. (B)(D)

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Day 4

Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Fly to Iguazu Falls where you will spend the next two nights. Comprising more than 275 waterfalls, stretching over three kilometres across and towering 100 metres high, Iguazu Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Meeting at the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay the falls are enclosed by Iguazu Falls National Park which covers a large area of tropical rainforest and is home to some of South America’s most iconic wildlife. (B)

 

Day 5

Iguazu Falls

Visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, located within Iguazu National Park. In this section of the rainforest you'll witness the diversity of native species the National Park has to offer, including a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. The first stop will be Estacion Central, where you will board the train to Devil’s Throat station. Once there, walk for 1.2km along the footbridge to the top of the biggest waterfall, spectacular Devil’s Throat. From the lookout platform perched right above, marvel at the power and beauty of this magnificent waterfall.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the numerous hiking trails along the upper and lower parts of Iguazu Falls. The Upper Circuit takes you along an 800m trail raised above the ground’s surface, so as not to disturb the local fauna. Along this trail you’ll you will observe the upper parts of a number of waterfalls including Dos Hermanas, Bossetti, Bernabe Mendez, and M'Bigua. On the Lower Circuit, follow the 1.6km trail and enjoy views from the bottom of Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nunez, San Martin, Bossetti and Penon of Bella Vista waterfalls. If you are extra adventurous, get up close to the power and noise of the water and add an optional jet boat ride under the falls. (B)

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Day 6

Iguazu Falls - Bariloche

Fly to Bariloche via Buenos Aires. Bariloche lies on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi and is the gateway to the Argentine Lakes District. Stretching across the Andes of Northern Patagonia, the Argentine Lakes District is known for its emerald forests, snow-capped peaks, glacier-fed lakes and meandering rivers. On arrival the remainder of the day will be at leisure to appreciate the Swiss alpine-style architecture of this charming town and soak up breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. (B)

Day 7

Bariloche

Today you will traverse the Andes by boat across crystalline lakes surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Your excursion starts in Bariloche and, after a scenic ride along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, you arrive at Panuelo Port where you will board the catamaran and sail to Puerto Cantaros, on the western coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The deep blue waters of the lake are dotted with islands and are great for watersports including kayaking and rafting. The soaring peaks provide picture-postcard views and the shimmering turquoise blues of the lake make this one of the most beautiful and visited regions in Argentina. Once you disembark the catamaran, hike into the Cordillera and its Valdivian jungle to visit beautiful Los Cantaros Waterfall and Lake Cantaros. Along the way you’ll see the “alerce milenario” an impressive larch tree believed to be 1500 years old.

Next stop will be Puerto Blest where you'll have the opportunity to purchase your lunch, or you can bring a boxed lunch and enjoy it in the undercover area. The afternoon is free to enjoy the many sights; you may choose to walk the 3km through the jungle to Frias Lake, with its stunning emerald green waters or opt to travel by bus to Frias Lake (own expense). During this short excursion to Frias Lake there is an amazing view from the glacier of Mount Tronador. Choose to either hike the 3kms back through the jungle and along the Frias river to Puerto Blest, or travel back by bus. Board the catamaran to sail back to Panuelo Port, then return to your hotel. (B)

Day 8

Bariloche

Spend the day at leisure exploring Bariloche. You may choose to do an optional excursion to Cerro Tronador where you will be awed by the thunderous sound of calving glaciers; or take the chairlift to the top of Mount Campanario for beautiful views of Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, San Pedro Peninsula, Victoria Island and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. (B)

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Day 9

Bariloche - El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate where you will spend the next three nights. A small town set on the edge of Lake Argentino, where the Santa Cruz plateau meets the Andes, El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Offering some of the most accessible glaciers of the Patagonian icefield, Los Glaciares is home to over 200 glaciers – all surrounded by pristine forests, shimmering lakes and towering mountains, which combined create some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery. (B)

Day 10

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

Travel from El Calafate, across the Patagonia steppe, to the entrance of Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way including views of Argentino Lake, with its round bay populated by a wide variety of bird life that include swans, flamencos and more, and amazing forms of vegetation including sour cherries, lengas and flora in a variety of colours, before arriving at the World Heritage Site of Perito Moreno Glacier. The crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier covers more than four square kilometres and has an ice wall that soars 75 metres above the turquoise water of Argentino Lake. Explore the series of trails which lead to spectacular vantage points of the glacier and listen for the thunderous noise of ice chunks breaking off and tumbling into the water. (B)

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Day 11

El Calafate - Gourmet Glacier Cruise - El Calafate

Cruise among white and blue icebergs for views of some of Southern Patagonia’s most spectacular glaciers, on a Gourmet Glacier Cruise. Navigate on a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo before arriving at Spegazzini Glacier. Rising 135m above sea level, Spegazzini Glacier is an impressive sight. Land at Las Vacas Station in the Spegazzini Canal Bay for a trek where you will enjoy a view of the old Settlers’ Station, and learn about the flora and fauna along the way. See the varied colours and shapes of the ice floes of Brazo Norte before arriving at Upsala Glacier, an impressive glacier covering an entire valley. A gourmet lunch, offering the best of the Argentine cuisine, is served amidst this stunning landscape. After lunch navigate to Canal de los Tempanos and pass magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier before returning to El Calafate. (B)(L)

Day 12

El Calafate

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Estancia Experience

2 days/1 night from $945

Overnight in a traditional Estancia, just outside of Buenos Aires, to experience traditional gaucho culture.

Inclusions: One night accommodation, all meals and return transfers from Buenos Aires.

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